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Angel Island: History Repeats Itself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note</strong></em><em>: This statement was delivered at an interfaith prayer vigil at the U.S. Editor's Note ...

Reclaiming Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy: Rejecting the Cup of Bitterness of Hate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Last weekend, the nation had an opportunity to reflect, commemorate, and celebrate the March on Washington and Dr. Last weekend, the n ...

Hope for the Holy Land
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100902-hopeforholyland.jpg"></a>Two years ago, as I listened to the escalating rhetoric of hate in the international media, I became haunted ...

Americans Lost Freedom in Iraq: D
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As you read this post, please understand, I'm not a pacifist. I was raised in a politically conservative family. My dad is a proud WWII vet. My only brother retired from the U.S. Air Force. ...

Creating Liberated Spaces in a Post Colonial World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Conversation this year in Atlanta, GA from Nov. Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Convers ...

On Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Rally (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100901-restoringhonor1.jpg"></a>Glenn Beck is wrong on so much: wrong on social justice and liberation theology. His logic is often flawed. ...

The DRC: The Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, with fertile soil and rich minerals. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, wi ...

Community Organizing Affirms Human Dignity For All
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>In</em> <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home">Sojourners</a><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home"> ...

Remembering Katrina: A Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">I arrived in the faith-based advocacy community in Washington, D.C. fresh out of divinity school. I arrived in the faith-based advocac ...

What Constitutes Sacred Space at Ground Zero?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Close to nine years after the attacks on September 11, Lower Manhattan remains plagued by the sight of a gaping hole where the Twin Towers once stood. Close to nine years after th ...

Finding Faith in the Margins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I was interviewed in <a href="http://www.statesman.com/life/faith/satirist-ponders-true-meaning-of-christ-outside-christianity-870492.html">The Austin American Statesman</a> about my ...

American Muslims Are Not Responsible for 9/11
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of resting my soul, while I was on vacation with my wife and boys, I was sure not to watch any cable news. For the sake of resting my soul, while I was on vacation wi ...

A Different Idea for Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here's an idea for people who are unhappy about having an Islamic Center near the site of the World Trade Center, especially if those people are Bible-believing Christians and/or defenders of the U ...

For They Shall be Called Children of God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. And I think that my very favorite one has always be ...

The Implications of Calling Cordoba House a "Mosque"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Islam did not attack America on Sept. 11 -- terrorists did. Islam did not attack America on Sept. 11 -- terrorists did. Peace-loving, law-abiding American Muslims suffered losses ...

Non-Cooperation with Evil in the Streets of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. With monsoon moisture in the air and faint st ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100813-interns.jpg"></a>Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> ...

Choices Make Changes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." <em>William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)</em></p> ...

Death By Ministry: Why is Being a Pastor so Unhealthy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, I spent several hours/week doing research (and meeting with other pastors) about pastoral health and vitality for my denomination.</p> Several years ago, ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Made in L.A.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Farmingville
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

REEL Images of Immigration: The Visitor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/reel-images-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on im ...

Update from Haiti: Despite Ruin, Pockets of Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-haiti-partners-updat.jpg"></a>Driving today through Port-au-Prince in the glaring summer sun, there is still plenty of rubble being re ...

'Darkness Cannot Put Out Darkness': Friends Murdered in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-heather-afghanistan1.jpg"></a><a href="http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/">Ten more lives were lost in Afghanistan last w ...

Who Wins When the U.S. Restricts Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There is one thing the opponents of the Cordoba Initiative (that plans to build an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero) have in common with the Cordoba Initiative's leadership: their clear con ...

Religious Freedom and the Mosque and Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In a unanimous vote yesterday New York City's historic landmarks commission voted to withhold historic protection from the downtown building slated to become a Muslim community center (called Park5 ...

Why I Am Not Quitting Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

By now, most of you have heard of the <em>dramatic news</em> of Anne Rice's simple statement of "quitting Christianity." I'm amazed how much coverage this has received -- everyw ...

Using the Afghan War Diaries to Guide our Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The details brought to us in the <a href="https://mail.sojo.net/owa/redir.aspx?C=a57607d98ddf41daad4719eb09bd2c7a&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwardiary.wikileaks.org%2f" target="_blank">A ...

President Obama on "The View"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

President Obama visited with the five hosts of the ABC daytime talk show "The View." People complained. He should have gone to the Boy Scout gathering. President Obama v ...

The Beauty of Roots
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christopher Smith On being the people of God in a particular place. In our neighborhood of Indianapolis, Near ...

Darth Vader Goes Swimming and Clarity Floods In
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We joined the flood club this weekend. I've heard rumors about this group of people before. We joined the flood club this weekend. I've heard rumors about this group of ...

Scary Hope: The Nuclear Cinema of Summer 2010
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Back in the late '90s, when Y2K fears were running rampant, apocalyptic fantasies like <em>Armageddon </em>and <em>End of Days</em> burned up the box office. ...

What Does Justice Look Like in Cambodia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For the first time, a senior Khmer Rouge commander has been found guilty of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/06/does-grace-abound-to-the-chief-of-torturers/">crimes against humanity in Cam ...

Americans With Disabilities and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It seems a bit strange when you think about. ...

Shirley Sherrod: A Moral Giant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Shirley Sherrod is a moral giant compared to shameful media celebrities <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/22/shirley-sherrods-true-revelation/">who wrongly accused her of racism</a>.& ...

How Heroes are Made: Remembering Nate Henn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Heroes are not made in the warm hallways of cul-de-sac safety. Nor are they made of black and white print from the critic's air-conditioned desk. Heroes are not made in the w ...

A Rare Opportunity for Direct Civil Disobedience in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Since the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/us/politics/24immig.html">recent passage of Arizona Senate Bill 1070</a>, scheduled to go into effect on July 29, those of us ...

"CO2 is Green": More Big Oil Propaganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Big oil and big coal are worried about the upcoming climate change legislation. They're especially worried about what it will do to their b ...

Cruise Ships: Dark Secrets Below Deck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While working as an entertainer on a cruise ship, I often sat in one of the many distinguished seats on board that reflected my status. While working as an entertainer on a cruise ...

What Do We Do When There Are No Simple Solutions?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The other day, I got together with a pastor friend who is feeling discouraged and overwhelmed by the extent of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">the Gulf oil spill</a> and his ...

The Importance of Being Engineers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I often say that one of my favorite parts of being a pastor for 24 years was pronouncing the benediction each week at the end of gathered worship. I often say that one of my favor ...

'Gentrification Kills': Confronted by the Writing on the Wall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100714-gentrification-kills.jpg"></a>Every morning I walk to my job -- from my neighborhood that sits on a hill along the edge of Howard Univ ...

Voices from the Gulf: We Arise to the Putrid Scent of Oil
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender"></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender">Edi ...

A Salvation Army for the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This video from "Just Salvos Live" is a great initiative from the Salvation Army in Australia that intros young peeps to some of the issues that surround how climate change affects the poorest of p ...

Immigration, the Bible, and the Lawsuit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524-immigration-civil-disobedience-lisa-sharon-harper.jpg"></a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/getting-past-false-debates ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A missing sculpture. Battle of the wages. Standing in solidarity against SB1070. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> A mis ...

The Beginning of Justice for Marcelo Lucero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/stopping-anti-immigrant-violence-at-its-ideological-roots/">In November 2008, a Latino man, Marcelo Lucero, was stalked and murdered</a> on a stre ...

Everyone Needs to Read This
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100708-justice-amos.jpg"></a>Everyone needs to read this.</p> <p>Every Christian needs to read this.</p> <p>Every Chr ...

Flag vs. Font: Pledging Our Allegiance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">"You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own forever." (The Book of Common Prayer) " ...

Am I Living the American Dream?
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

<em>We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.</em></p> We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. ...