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How William J. Barber Saved Wake County Schools
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

February is Black History month. February is Black History month. In public schools and community centers across the United States, Black History month means that the busts of pre ...

Looking For Light Along the Border
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100208-nomoredeaths.jpg"></a>For many Americans, the Sonora Desert conjures up images of a summer vacation replete with tequila shots and su ...

Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails accounts for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated, and, as Michelle Alexander ...

How to Pray for Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here is a new update from my friend, Wafik Wahba, Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Tyndale University and Seminary. Here is a new update from my friend, Wafik Wahba, ...

Cast Off the Stupor of Indifference
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today I want to focus on the people of Egypt -- those million or more who have gathered in Tahrir Square, both as a united, insistent, revolutionary body, and as individuals -- professors and bake ...

Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was able to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning and noted two important things about <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/03/remarks-president-national-p ...

President Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Long story short, I have a meeting with a group of other folks at the White ...

Mary and Martha: Women in Ministry in the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've always found this story of Mary and Martha perplexing. Mainly because of Jesus' response to Martha. I've always found this story of Mary and Martha perplexing. ...

Prayer and Fasting for Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

An Egyptian friend living in Chicago just spoke with a pastor in Cairo. For security purposes, I have not used the name of the pastor in Cairo, but I do know him and deeply respect him. ...

Values at Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, a little mountain village in Switzerland, where each January corporate CEOs, heads of state, and leaders of nonprofit organizations ...

Peace For Me Must Also Mean Peace For My Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"To win the future" was a catch phrase for President Obama during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. "To win the future" was a catch phrase for Pres ...

Obama's Global Challenge: Healthy Competition or Unhealthy Nationalism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God did not come with it, and the sky did not fall. Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God d ...

Encouraging News from South Sudan, Troubling News from Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I have encouraging news from <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/south-sudan/" target="_blank">South Sudan</a>, and I have troubling news from Darfur. Let's start with the So ...

Examples of Civility, Then and Now
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The calls for a more <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/civility/" target="_blank">civil discourse</a> in our public life spurred by the shooting in <a href="http://blog. ...

Christian Civility: The Test of Intra-Faith Relations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Recently, I read an article featuring a pastor with whom I had strong disagreements. The more I read, the less I liked -- and it was a long article. Recently, I read an article fe ...

Remembering Sargent Shriver, Dedicated Public Servant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/19/remembering-sargent-shriver-dedicated-public-servant/" target="_blank"></a>Yesterday afternoon <a href="http://www.wash ...

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 -- ...

Join Us in Signing the Peace and Civility Pledge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;id=373" target="_blank"></a>The horrible shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others is ...

Snapshots from Tucson
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;">I welcomed in the New Year in Tucson, Arizona with the kind folks of the <a href="http://restorationproject340.wordpress.com" target="_blank ...

An Attack on the Soul of the Nation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110110-GabrielleGiffords1.jpg"></a>The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the young Congresswoman from Arizona, must speak to the soul of this n ...

Nonviolent Activists in Palestine Face Harassment, Prison, and Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Al-Walaja-November-13-2010/15158696_BntxA#1090842085_GTdxP" target="_blank"></a>Last Friday, at a protest ...

Fish-Workers in Sri Lanka Struggling for Life and Livelihood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the wake of the horrendous tragedy of the 2004 Indian Ocean <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0601&amp;article=060148a" target="_blank&quo ...

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 ...

'Come and See': A Reflection from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"Tell them to come and see who we are." Almost every Afghan we met said that. <em>Tell them to come and see</em>. "Tell them to come and see who we are. ...

Where is my Mother? The Injustice of a Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Maria, 7, and Lupe, 3, are our next-door neighbors. For some reason, they have decided they like coming to our house. I'm not exactly sure why, we have nothing that I would consider appealing to ...

The Christian Industrial Complex
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I went into a Christian bookstore the other day and was surprised to see some of the most prominent display space given over to military flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These fl ...

Southern Sudanese in Khartoum at Risk
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: South Sudan is preparing for its independence referendum on January 9 -- an event whose occurrence is threatened by North Sudan's intransigence ...

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 ...

A Green Christmas: 5 Realistic Ideas for Celebrating the Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Well, here we go. Like it or not, tis the season. For me the holidays are a mixed blur of emotions, hopes, and unfulfilled, unrealistic dreams and desires. Well, here we go. Like ...

This Advent, What Are You Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we want, we want it now. Pay-per-view. One-click shopping. Smart phones. Drive-through restaurants. We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we wan ...

How Can a 'Peace and Justice' Community Support the DREAM Act?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We've been asked by more than one of our readers and supporters about how we can <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream-act/" target="_blank">support the DREAM Act</a> and ...

A Season for Holy Mischief and Divine Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Critiquing the thick irony of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/christmas/" target="_blank">Christmas season</a> is fair. Critiquing the thick ...

Undocumented Young People Need the DREAM
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last Wednesday, December 1 marked the 55th anniversary of the beginning of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_Bus_Boycott" target="_blank">Montgomery bus boycott< ...

Building Bridges for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Imagine you've become a mom for the first time. Looking at your infant daughter, you have a personal revelation that your conventional consumer-driven lifestyle is shallow. I ...

Justice for Farmworkers
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: This m ...

In Defense of Simple Food
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: This month ...

Preparation for the Poor: Why Climate Funding Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The effects of climate change -- coastal flooding, stronger storms, spreading vector-borne diseases like malaria, and changes in rainfall patterns -- are already taking their toll on marginalized p ...

What Does it Mean to Have No African American Senators?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On November 2, the mid-term elections were held and the conversation the next day for many people I talked with was that there were no African-American senators. On November 2, th ...

Connecting with Friends Without Homes: An Interview with Ken Loyd
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

While researching my book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310292891?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=031 ...

It Takes a Movement: The Next Steps
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Pastors: God Calls us to Cross-Cultural Ministry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As we continue to live within the ever-increasing multi-ethnic and multicultural reality, it is more and more obvious that the "black and white" matrix of the American Christian church is outdated. ...

Update from Haiti: Flooding, Cholera, and Local Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/09/update-from-haiti-flooding-cholera-and-local-action/" target="_blank"></a>There's been considerable rain where we live in ...

It Takes a Movement: How Access to Power can be Dangerous
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

It Takes a Movement: Why a 'Movement' is Necessary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Looking Towards South Sudan's Referendum
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

[<em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> As Sudan prepares for the key January 9 referendum in which South Sudan will decide whether to become independent, as outlined by the 2005 agreement ...

Do We Need Truth and Civility Past Election Day? Yes We Do.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Well, we made it to Election Day -- time to pack up the ol' <a hr ...

Honor Roll: Senator Andrew Maynard and Republican Challenger Stuart Norman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> [Editor's Note: Welcome to Sojourner's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/ ...

Stanley Hauerwas on Glenn Beck and More
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What do Cornel West, Rita Nakashima Brock, Carol Rose, and Onleilove Alston have in common? What do Cornel West, Rita Nakashima Brock, Carol Rose, and Onleilove Alston have in com ...

Honor Roll: Trinity United Methodist Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> [Editor's Note: Welcome to Sojourner's Truth and Civility Election Watch Honor Ro ...

As Passionate as the Parisians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

They are rioting in Paris to prevent the government from resolving its debt crisis on the backs of the middle class. They are rioting in Paris to prevent the government from resol ...