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Green My Hood
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Is it possible to create a new economy in the hood that would create jobs, lower energy costs, reduce the carbon footprint of an urban neighborhood, and allow neighbors to get to know one another a ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

A First Person Fight for the Millenium Development Goals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>I am the tenth of 17 children from a polygamous East African family. I hail from the village ...

The Poverty Forum's Three Points of Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It is the power of relationships that make new things possible. Relationships are the foundation of and the means for creating a culture shift. It is the power of relationships t ...

Tulia and Jena: America in Miniature
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I moved to Tulia, Texas, in the summer of 1998, a year before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/10/the-war-on-drugs-in-tulia-texas/">a massive drug bust decimated the black side of town< ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...

Weathering Our Economic Blizzard
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> I heard a report on NPR Monday that "The weather in Lon ...

Obama's New Faith-Based Council
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The <a title="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-faith-based5-2009feb05,0,1591409.story" href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-faith-based5-2009feb05,0, ...

Mobilizing Art Against Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, I read this quote by John Piper: "...the weeping of the saints at the loss of precious souls is, paradoxically, the weeping of joy in God." I believe that is what God wants for me and fo ...

Audio: Shifting How We 'Have Church'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the church has constantly changed throughout history to get closer to God's heart. In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the c ...

Milk, Honey, and Miter Saws
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> In this month's issue of Sojourners magazine, Wal ...

Remembering Millard Fuller
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, died yesterday. Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, died yesterday. Poor and homeless of the world lose his ...

Tips on Bridging the Persistent Digital Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Even in our current political climate, as President <a title="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1XWvs7SL5I&amp;eurl=http://www.freepress.net/ Obama demands" href="http://www.youtube.com/wat ...

SCHIP: Finally, a Victory for Children's Healthcare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The 111<sup>th</sup> Congress is turning out to be a bit more exciting than the 110<sup>th</sup>, with members tackling tough issues with a vigor that was in short supply in 2008. ...

My Hope is not Entirely Dead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I want to be hopeful these days, what with Barack Obama just being inaugurated as our nation's 44th president, but <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2008/04/11/keeping-the-faith-by-bart-campolo/" ...

Kingdom Values Over Cultural Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Do you find it curious that some Christians seem entirely focused on gender differences? Have you also noticed that this is rarely the posture of scripture? Do you find it curious ...

We're in This Together
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Chuck Collins As our economy continues to decline, "common security clubs" are one way people can support each other and take ac ...

Black and White Like Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I took my 11-year-old daughter to the Cheetah Girls concert a week after Election Day. Stood in line for 20 minutes with other moms to buy her overpriced popcorn and soda. Forked over the rest of the ...

Seeking Reconciliation Between Rich and Poor in Immokalee
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When I think of Immokalee, my mind remembers a place where reconciliation has come alive. When I think of Immokalee, my mind remembers a place where reconciliation has come alive. ...

'Yes, We Did' - But What Will We Do Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I layered my clothing and stepped out into the biting pre-dawn chill, and as my friends and I walked the three miles down to the Mall and stood for hours feeling our toes go numb, I found it all ...

When One Suffers, All Suffer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependence, our mutuality, and our oneness as the church? Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependenc ...

God's Inaugural Spokespersons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I thought God -- the real God, the One who cares passionately about justice, peace, and diversity -- came out rather well in the inaugural ceremonies.</p> I thought God -- t ...

An Inauguration Pilgrimage: Dreams From My Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We waited for 30 minutes. Standing, awkward, we looked up at the board. When I arrived at Penn Station the board said train #167, enroute to Washington D.C., "25 mins late"... Five minutes l ...

My Obama Inauguration Benediction: A Singular Moment in Time
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | 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 ...

MLK and the Mountain Moving Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>This post was Jim Wallis' contribution when invited to write a guest post on the blog for <a href="http://usaservice.org/blog">USA Service</a>, a campaign to encourage nati ...

MLK Day Altar Call to Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the Presidential Inauguration Committee announced that the annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be an official part of the inauguration activities. ...

An Atheist's Praise of Evangelism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew Parris is a self-confessed atheist, but he writes with extraordinary candor and insight about the role of faith in social transformation in a recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

My Advent Calendar: December 15
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>This morning, I found window 15 outside the church building on the stairs leading up to the cathedra ...

What if the Amish Were in Charge of the Economy?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Three years ago, Diana Butler Bass asked, "What if the Am ...

Postville Still Suffering in the Wake of Immigration Raids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Months after <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=action.ccir&amp;item=ccir_mult">the largest immigration enforcement raid in history</a>, the tiny community of Postville is ...

Hard Times
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Recently, West Side Chicago folks went down to the state Capitol ...

The Short But Significant Life of Brenden Foster
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

This entry is dedicated to Brenden Foster and to all -- in ways seen or unseen -- who seek to live their lives with grace, compassion, and generosity. This entry is dedicated to B ...

A TKO and a Split Decision
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

My wife and I were sitting watching the election returns come in on CNN. She was 'chatting' online with some of her friends. My wife and I were sitting watching the ele ...

Letter to the Man Who Yelled at Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear Sir,</p> Dear Sir, I am writing you this letter after much internal debate to inform you of the many realizations that erupted within me after our very brief encoun ...

What New Monastics Can Learn from History (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2950">continued from part 1</a>] Out of a general respect for anyone who seeks to serve the inner city (I grew up in the housing project ...

What New Monastics Can Learn from History (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The settlement house movement is the foundation of public welfare in the United States. The settlement house movement is the foundation of public welfare in the United States. Beg ...

Will Christians Lead or Follow on Questions of Diversity?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Even as I was reporting <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2647">Bart Campolo's challenging questions on cross-cultural community</a> last week, I had the beginnings o ...

Jubilee on Wall Street: Reimagining God's Vision in Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> All the ruckus on Wall Street has created an incredible moment f ...

Bart Campolo's Tough Questions on Cross-Cultural Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Bart Campolo gave me a call recently about our ongoing <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/new-monastics-and-race">blog conversation on New Monastics and race</a>. ...

Holy Insecurity
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As an Episcopalian, I attend a church where the weekly Sunday te ...

Family Values: Ministry or 'Just Life'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

I believe that every dedicated family following Jesus is a great instrument for the kingdom of God. A family serving together is a picture of God's love and grace. I believe ...

My Struggle with New Monasticism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

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Letting Reconciliation's Challenge Change Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

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More Baby Steps as We Crawl Toward Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

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Baby Steps as We Crawl Toward Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

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Reconciliation's Challenge for New Monastic Communities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

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Small-Time Ministry, Big-Time Dreams
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<P>There are plenty of times I miss running a legitimate ministry organization like Mission Year. There are plenty of times I miss running a legitimate ministry organiza ...

Organizing Hope
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Tapping the reservoirs of church and community. Regardless of the outcome of the current pre ...

Is It Still a Wonderful Life?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

E.J. Dionne Jr. Building a new politics on the old values of generosity, compassion, and community. For a very ...

Engaging Hearts and Minds
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gina Joseph I just finished Jim Wallis’ thought-provoking editorial “A Real ‘Values’ Agenda” (January 2008). I ...