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Immigration Reform's Post-Election Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Just a few months ago, Christian advocates of immigration reform believed that the political environment in the country would make it very difficult to make the legislative changes necessary to pro ...

Inauguration Journal: Scattered Thoughts Over Four Days of History
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's a better country than I thought it was. I honestly wouldn't have thought this possible. I guess I would have agreed with the older generation of African Americans in my neighborhood: Th ...

Come to the MLK Day Open House at Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Right now at Sojourners we are feeling the energy of all the activities planned around the inauguration-the concerts, worship services, <a href="../../../mlk">MLK day of service</a>, and ...

My Obama Inauguration Benediction: A Singular Moment in Time
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

You would think attempting to summarize my feelings on having been asked to deliver the Benediction at the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama-would be simple. In fact, it's quite a challenge; gi ...

Creating a New American Ethos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. America has come from Native American genocid ...

Remembering Merton on the 40th Anniversary of His Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

1968 was a year filled with tragic deaths, of young leaders lost. 1968 was a year filled with tragic deaths, of young leaders lost. In April, we reflected on 40 th anniversary ...

Odetta Has Gone Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Odetta has gone home.</p> <p>Artists that touch our hearts help us to see, and they speak for us our own mute truth. A spiritual breath of courage and grace breathes through them and upon ...

Speaking of Change
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ronald Williamson How a Howard Thurman lecture series has transformed a university -- and much more. IT MIGHT ...

'A Black Man Would Never Be President'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

When I was a kid I remember hearing and declaring that I could be anything I wanted to be, which included being the president of the United States. When I was a kid I remember hea ...

My Prayer for Election Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

On the eve of this historic election, let us pause for a moment of thanks. On the eve of this historic election, let us pause for a moment of thanks. We should thank God for the m ...

Fighting Tears as the Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I have been fighting tears for the past few days. And as Tuesday draws closer it becomes harder and harder to keep those tears at bay. I have been fighting tears for the past few ...

Why I Believe Christians Should Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Hey Shane, thanks for weighing in. I appreciate it. Hey Shane, thanks for weighing in. I appreciate it. I am so thankful for you and everybody who is asking the question of how to ...

Listening to Those Who Sacrificed for the Right to Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I read with interest <a title="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3130" href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3130">Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's post</a> on v ...

'A Movement Requires Sacrifice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

The word "movement" is in the air these days. The word "movement" is in the air these days. Many of the leading causes of our times want to be "movements. ...

Lewis and McCain: When Heroes Collide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

John McCain is an American hero. In 1967, after his plane was shot down over Hanoi in Vietnam, an injured McCain parachuted into a lake. John McCain is an American hero. In 1967, ...

American First, Christian Second?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Recently, I watched an ongoing <em>New York Times</em> online report by Jennifer Steinhauer and Ben Werschkul called <a title="http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=5aac1546381f300674da8a59 ...

Speeches are Fine, but Real Change Takes a Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It was a warm spring afternoon when Martin Luther King addressed tens of thousands gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the largest gathering to date in the growing struggle for civil rights.< ...

An Historic Speech
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, I started what would become an historic day with my favorite historian. As a young man, Vincent Harding was part of the inner circle of the southern freedom movement with Dr. ...

Rev. Otis Moss on Prophetic Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Somebody came up to me in Denver and said, "At the Democratic Convention of 2008, faith is cool!" That is indeed a big change from recent years. Somebody came up to me i ...

A 'Postmodern Negro' Perspective on Not Voting
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

I'm voting in this election, not with naivete but with sincere enthusiasm. I'm voting in this election, not with naivete but with sincere enthusiasm. Not with any messia ...

The Democratic Nomination's Historic Significance
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

I have been watching the Democratic National Convention this week, and I think when Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech tonight it is going to be an important historic moment. ...

A Turning Point
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis After 40 years, we might finally be ready to come out of the wilderness. The year 1968 was very si ...

A Nation of Jenas
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Alexis Vaughan How God's Word empowers us to fight racism. Seven guards, one nurse, and a 14-year-old bo ...

Agents of Change
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Members and associates of Holy Family Catholic Church in Natchez, the first African-American parish in Mississippi, pl ...

Who Killed Jimmy Lee Jackson?
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 10:17am | Type: Magazine Article

John Fleming A 40-year-old civil rights murder mystery, and the former state trooper who holds the answer. ...

Web Exclusive: Extended content
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 10:17am | Type: Magazine Article

John Fleming Uncut interview with the man at the center of the Jimmy Lee Jackson murder case. Warning: This ...

Creating the Beloved Community
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 6:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Charles Marsh An excerpt of the book: The Beloved Community John Perkins was an early leader i ...

Radical Hospitality
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 7:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rosemarie Harding Rachel E. Harding How kitchen-table lessons in welcome and respect he ...

Long Train Runnin'
Originally Posted: 05/20/2011 - 9:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger 'The work isn't over until we close our eyes and die.' It was one of those ho ...

A Lesson for Living
Originally Posted: 05/20/2011 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Dale W. Brown For Louisiana writer Ernest Gaines, home is the place where you're torn between the difficulty of leaving and the terro ...

Moral History
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Chris Byrd Birminghamians live with their history more than most Americans, and Birmingham's story is linked to the nation's his ...

Unforgiven
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Tony P. Hall Why we should apologize for slavery. June 19—the day 135 years ago when the last Americans held ...

Mainstreaming Justice
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Susan Dolan-Henderson The liberation movement for the disabled is just beginning. There is an old picture of m ...

Toward a More Perfect Union
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Vincent Harding Rosemarie Harding Remembering James Farmer. ...

Pitting Forgiveness Against hate
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sherrod Brown John Lewis and the civil rights movement. Few in the U.S. Congress have the moral stature of Rep ...

The Children Shall Lead
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Will Campbell David Halberstam credits the youth in the civil rights movement. David Halberstam’s latest book ...

Smoke, Mirrors, and Campaign Reform
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sharon Basco Real change may come through the courts. Far from the Beltway, in the red clay country of rural G ...