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Does Jesus Love African-American Males?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! I recently held a To ...

Singing the Stories Untold
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 6:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Silas House Caroline Herring makes truth-telling a mission in her music. SINGER-SONGWRITER Caroline Herring w ...

Of Traffic and Tee Times: The Grace of Unexpected Community
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The things you do for your children. Or rather, the things you unwittingly do for yourself. It was an early autumn Thursday afternoon, four days after the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 4:25 p.m. If ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

In an interview earlier this week with MSNBC's Martin Bashir, economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out some of the issues tackled in his latest book, The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue an ...

#OccupySesameStreet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

occupysesamestreet#OccupyWallStreet (the New York-based protest against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government) has moved to a new loc ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Life: Interrupted
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

I've come to believe that one aspect of maturity is the ability to see life's interruptions not as interruptions but as necessary events and journeys. If we think of the unexpected as an interrupt ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. " Continuing a cycle of vi ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

Why Christians Should Be Biased
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake, Christians should be biased. I know there has been a lot of conversation in the past few years about Christians cleaning up their image. We are often known more for our prejudices than princi ...

Friday Links Round Up: World Travel. Bon Iver. Google Earth.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: These videos will surely make you want to travel the world: Move, Learn, Eat. H ...

Hidden Battles: A Story of Five Former Soldiers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Hidden Battles is a 65-minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat ...

Friday Links Round Up: Wealth Gap. Tattoos. The Horn of Africa.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: Moving photos of the memorials in Norway. The racial wealth gap continues to grow wider. Would you eat it? ...

Walmart's New Urban Strategy Comes With a Lousy Track Record
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Walmart has launched a charm offensive as part of its new urban strategy to impose smaller versions of its big box in inner cities across the country. It has proposed four stores for Washington, D.C. ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

As the time shortens for Congress and President Obama to agree to the contours of legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, I am reminded of the story of King Solomon and his judgment regarding ...

Matthew 25 -- Why We Went to the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt default deadline is fast approaching. Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt d ...

Immigration Theology from a Dreamer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"I will call them my people, who were not my people. And her beloved, who was not beloved." (Romans 9:25 referencing Hosea 2:23) http://creativecommons.org/license ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

Friday Links Round Up: Cookies. Dads. Harry Potter.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 Ted Major | more info (via: Wylio)Friday Links Round Up: Cookies. Dads. Harry Potter. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: ...

Bringing the Camp Spirit Back Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 11:15pm | Type: Blog

I was not one of the 1,500 who attended the inaugural Wild Goose Festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina last month, but I did grow up going to Christian summer camp. I was not ...

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/soj11031.jpg"></a>Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, As your target date to begin U.S. ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring ac ...

Friday Links Round Up: Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:36pm | Type: Blog

Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade. Here's a little round up ...

Commencing Hubris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I can appreciate how difficult it must be to craft a good commencement address. The need to avoid well-worn pieties while also offering something of the best-distilled wisdom of the ages. ...

Living the Resurrection on Mother's Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:35pm | Type: Blog

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ...

Jane Eyre, Sucker Punch, and Feminism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Hollywood is generally fairly reluctant to produce films with strong feminist messages. It is far easier to sell women cast as the sexy sidekick or vapid damsel in distress. Holly ...

Ayn Rand, Manichaeism, and Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ah, the voice of Ayn Rand from St. Petersburg, Russia rises again with the opening of a new movie based on her novel, <em>Atlas Shrugged</em>. Ah, the voice of Ayn ...

Nestling for the Planet
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

The April issue of Sojourners magazine takes on climate change denial. One challenge is that the truth is hard to face -- but, as scientist Sasha Adkins describes from personal experience, one strategy is to d ...

Fasting in Unity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! "How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...

Lessons From Behind Bars
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

In 2010, Hope House DC received a grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. to support participation in the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read project. In ...

Fast, Pray, and Act -- New Threats to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The extreme budget cuts proposed to critical programs that save the lives, dignity, and future of poor and vulnerable people have crossed the line. The extreme budget cuts propose ...

Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers Yearn for Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/23/afghan-youth-peace-volunteers-yearn-for-hope/" target="_self"></a>In a country torn by 30 years of war, where the promise of pe ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Trusting God That We Have Enough
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' note ...

Prayer of the Day: For Our President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lord, we pray that you bless our president and members of Congress with wisdom and right judgment. Lord, we pray that you bless our president and members of Congress with wisdom ...

Wisconsin: America's Tahrir Square?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A week after a shocked world reveled in Egypt's incredible moment of freedom and people power, Wisconsin is reviving its own unique tradition of people power and creative protest. ...

Political Winter Storms in the West Virginia Coalfields
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

In the old days, in the coal towns of West Virginia, winter was a time when folks hunkered around the pot-bellied stove and whiled away time spinning stories. In the old days, in ...

The Big Thug Must Go
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I am watching the television as Mubarak's thugs attack peaceful demonstrators in the streets of Cairo. Tahrir Square is now a scene of terrible violence. I am watching the te ...

He Said, She Said: A Personal Journey Through the Use of Inclusive Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Although I grew up in diverse church settings -- ...

A Message of Gratitude
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On New Year's Day I sat and reflected on the past year. On New Year's Day I sat and reflected on the past year. The feeling that rushed through me was gratitude -- of co ...

This Advent, Embrace a Doubting Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=159874132" target="_blank">Matthew 11: 2-11</a>, when John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and ...

Interview With A Dreamer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Felipe Matos, 24, was sent to the United States from the slums of Brazil by his mother who longed for him to find a better life and achieve his dreams. Felipe Matos, 24, was sent ...

Human Beings Matter More Than Analogies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last week, I joined a conservative talk show in Cincinnati to talk about <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/30/pray-for-bernard-pray-for-the-dream/" target="_blank">Bernard Pastor& ...

Waiting for Love in a Tea Party World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last week I sat at a breakfast table with prominent New York City faith leaders. The topic of the morning was: "In this post-election moment, what issues are you passionate about? ...

My Favorite Simple Cooking Recipe Books
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As Valerie Weaver- Zercher writes in "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1012&amp;article=simple-living-becomes-sexy" target="_blank" ...

Thank God for the Patriot Millionaires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This morning I learned about a website and a letter signed by more than 3 dozen millionaires (folks who have earned over $1 million in a year either now or in the past) asking the President to allo ...

Undocumented Farmworkers Need Support
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/food-and-faith/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: In November, ...