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Let's Go Beyond Consumerism, Citizenship, and Individualism
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Deeper than individual rights and responsibilities, we are called to surrender our prerogatives and take on the burdens of others — not because we have to, but out of love. Over t ...

The Church's Call in Educating Their Community's Children
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 7:22pm | Type: Blog

What is the call or consideration of the church to the topic of education? What role does the church have in the education of the community? I love October. As a teacher, it was t ...

Yes, Community. But Then What? A Conversation with Brian McLaren, Stephanie Spellers, and Doug Pagitt
Originally Posted: 10/04/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Following is an audio interview I conducted with these three key voices in the CANA conversation. We talked about why CANA is needed now, more than ever, and what sort of transformation they hope to affect wit ...

5 Things We Learned About Pope Francis From His Blockbuster Interview
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ comments this week on everything from gays to abortion (less talk, more mercy), the hierarchy (be pastors, not bureaucrats), and religious faith (doubt is part of belief) continue to reverberate ...

A Community of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacy Martin Regardless of where we end up on immigration reform, Matthew 22 reminds us that no law can make us love our neighbor. ...

Ramadan, a Shared Table, and Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

As I often say, as followers of Jesus, we have no choice but to move toward relationships with those who are marginalized, dehumanized, and in need of love. We don’t compromise our faith by hanging out with pe ...

The Price of Holiness
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

I have been talking to a friend lately about the nature of achievement. We have been talking about money and art and what it means to care for oneself and the concept that human beings deserve to be happy. Or, ...

The Power of Partnership
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana Memphis' Congregational Health Network has become a model for how hospitals and faith communities can work together. ...

Life, Dignity, and the Tragedy in Bangladesh
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Priniski What Catholic social teaching says about those who make our clothes. THE APRIL 24 collapse of a ...

Raising Children to Be Global Citizens
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

We quickly realized that the very best gift we could give our children is to live the kind of life we would desire them to live as faithful followers of Jesus. In other words, if we are to be role models to ou ...

From the Archives: July 1994
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Rohr Our Script Matters THE FUNCTION of healthy religion and church is to provide individuals and soc ...

No Room at the Inn
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Cincinnati's faith leaders cross denominational lines to standup to a corporate bully. REV. ...

Keep On Keepin' On
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Alycia Ashburn How do we sustain our climate activism? It can't be about fear. IN ORDER TO imagine the s ...

Monasticism, Beloved Community, and The Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

Indeed, we must give up our personal or private identities to the service of all. But how do we do this as a culture, a global church? Editor’s Note:  Jim Wallis’ latest ...

VIDEO: 6 Months After Superstorm Sandy, Hope Emerges
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

This week marked six months since Superstorm Sandy left entire communities devastated. But in the midst of this natural disaster, many banded together. Here, a New York filmmaker shows us how tragedy can turn ...

We Don't Need Your Cookies
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

When we complete a task, it is good to celebrate the end result, but what do we really remember? Is it not the people, the things we did, and the lessons learned in the process of completing the task? ...

Lattes for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

I wonder if one of the things that we can think about in terms of the common good is learning to practice neighborliness in the inconsequential moments so that when we face the bigger political difficulties of ...

(VIDEO) Stories That Change the World
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Rather than just offer you more “ideas” about the common good, we are going to offer you some stories about how ordinary people are creating it. Stories are what change the world ...

Be Ready to Be Changed
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Blog

We’re surrounded by beauty all of the time. Sometimes we just need a little help seeing it. We have a group at our church that does a weekly sandwich ministry together. Though we ...

PHOTOS: Natural Beauty
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors With its earth roof, straw bale walls, and cordwood construction, Woodhaven is a beauty to behold. Linda and Scot DeGraf’s handmade, ecofriendly home in West Virginia i ...

Submission: Freedom and Community
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Freedom has always been important to Americans, but a short-sighted definition of freedom has played havoc with the common good recently. Communities, essential to our survival and well-being, are suffering. ...

Feeding our Imagination
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Mallory McDuff Fiction with a climate change theme. CRITICS HAVE BEMOANED the lack of fiction centered on cli ...

Change From Within
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 11:20am | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Molloy Villages in Senegal put an end to female genital cutting—and show the power of communities learning together to change. ...

'The impacts are quite severe on the ground'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Victor Mughogho Victor Mughogho works with local churches in southeast A ...

Built to Last
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Linda DeGraf Scott DeGraf More than just another green house, 'Woodhaven' bu ...

The Economy and a Pair of Shoes
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 6:38am | Type: Blog

The globalized economic system is pathologically designed to function towards injustice, and injustice implicates the exploitation, destitution, and ultimate collapse of local communities around the world, esp ...

CrossFit: A Secular Church?
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

I think CrossFit is like secular church. It offers more than weight loss or fitness. It speaks to our innate desires for community, purpose, and transformation. The first Christma ...

'Unexpected Gifts' of Community
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

“Stepping into community is far riskier than expected. It’s far worse than you expect it to be. But in the end, it’s far better than you could ever imagine.” I’ve been asked sev ...

Solidarity and Sustaining the Beloved Community
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

The beloved community is a beautiful and fragile thing, but with God all things are possible. Editor's Note : This post is part of our monthly newsletter Faith in Action ...

Why We (Still) Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The Beloved Community is not a utopian ideal. DURING THE unseasonably warm autumn of 1951, ...

'Relevance' Is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Joshua Witchger Many young adults are leaving the church these day ...

10 Things I Learned in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

"No matter how objective we may think we are or desire to be, we all see the world through a specific telescope/worldview. When we choose to look through the telescope of people who are “different” than u ...

Neighborliness is the New Sexy — 7 Ways to Achieve It
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

There we were talking with Diana Butler Bass in an online chat and the words flowed forth: Neighborliness is the new sexy. It was ridiculous, but then I started mulling the idea over and this is what happened. ...

Meeting the Demands of a New Generation of Christian Leaders
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 7:30pm | Type: Blog

Part of the theology was there already for the CCDA. A deep faith in the lordship of Jesus Christ coupled with a desire to love one's neighbor — especially the vulnerable — has long drawn people to work w ...

When Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Preaching the Word

John 6:35 John 6:41-51 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Why God& ...

Wild Goose West: Wild Spirit, Wonderful New Friends
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

Hello fellow Sojourners!This is a brief missive for your enjoyment. I just returned from the Wild Goose Festival in Corvallis, Ore. Yes, Oregon and not North Carolina. You see, in a fit of wisdom, the good peo ...

Where Do I Fit In?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

I am stuck between two worlds — the evangelical world where I am too liberal (by virtue of my vocation and career) and the mainline Christian world where I often feel disappointed by the lack of passion. I don ...

Group House Gives Women a Place to Discern Their Calling as Nuns
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

In what is being described as the first of its kind in the U.S., the Archdiocese of New Orleans has transformed a vacant church rectory into a group house where single women will live together while deciding w ...

Church No More: Part 4 — I Don't Want to Go Back
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

I do not want to go back to Church because life outside of Church is better. It just is. There's no dogma complicating the path to God. It is more than refreshing to escape the games church-folk play with ...

Ten Ways to Live 'Almost Amish'
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

These principles (similar to the list that Wendell Berry laid out more than two decades ago in Home Economics) provide guidelines for a simpler, slower, more sustainable life. They offer me hope. ...

Come Together and Listen
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Two Bulls The Lakota people of South Dakota are building bonds with the Taizé brothers from France. The result? Spirituality that ...

Margot's Monday Minute: On Neighbors and Neighborliness
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Neighbors and neighborliness. They're messy, surprising, and all of us. The Messiness Neighbored ...

All Sinners, All Saints, All Welcome
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

"I am a flawed person. I should not be allowed to be here talking to you. But you know what? That's the God we're dealing with, people." ~ Nadia Bolz-Weber to the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering ...

Learning How to Live Well
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Sometimes we have to get out of the way and let the Spirit do his thing — that requires intentionality. Other times we’ll have to choose to love or choose to forgive or choose to speak the truth, and as we con ...

In Praise of Episcopalians
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

I'm proud of The Episcopal Church. I'm proud of how they conducted themselves. I'm proud that they disagreed, deliberated, explored, preached, and prayed their way through this. We Baptists aren ...

Physical Churches: Do They Matter Anymore?
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Many non-Christians lay the sins of our nation and even the world at the feet of the church. After all, a 77 percent of us self-identify as Christians (in 2009). So why is it that the Christian faith, the self ...

Public Jesus: How Churches Can Talk about Politics in an Election Year (Without Killing Each Other)
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

How can churches have a healthy conversation about politics in the middle of a national election without demonizing the opposition and causing disunity? Learning to speak as a Chr ...

Church No More: Part 3 — The 'C' Word
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

I have a confession.(That's rich, right? A minister confessing.) I have a hard time telling people I'm a minister. Yes, really. I actually tend to handle it this way: ...

The Paddle Out: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

We were not alone out there, bobbing up and down on our boards in the sea. Surely the Spirit of the Lord was in this place. And Mark was there, too, along with those who have gone before us into Eternity, in t ...

Wild Goose 2012 Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

For the first hour I was there as I nearly passed out trying to set up a tent in the sweltering heat, I was in a panic mode wondering why I was stupid enough to subject myself to the discomfort and imperfectio ...