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Letting Go—And Its Complications
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. HarperOne. FORGI ...

'Daddy, why are those people sleeping in the park?'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt How to talk with our children about homelessness. MY 5-YEAR-OLD daughter, Zoe, is in preschoo ...

A Place in the Commons
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

In the ambiguity of the spiritual marketplace, it can be difficult to discern what is the common good and what is simply the marketplace. Abba Moses asked abba Sylvanus, “Can a pe ...

Pastor's Corner: Consider A Deeper Resolution To Compassion
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Sister M. Brigid Clingman ...

A Whale of a Lesson
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

The blue whale and the second graders modeled sympathy and compassion for all of us. This SOLE lesson brought heart to my classroom. “A blue whale’s heart is as big as a Volkswage ...

Reimagining Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Sheldon C. Good A movement is underway to free people of faith from the yoke of Christmas consumerism. CHRIST ...

'Write Your Life, Live Your Faith'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Gene Luen Yang Comic book creator Gene Luen Yang on his latest work, Boxe ...

No Girls Allowed
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Summer is a relatively slow time in church life, and as such, it is usually the time when we have a chance to get away with family for some much-needed rest and relaxation. This past week, we went to visit Amy ...

When Robbers and Innkeepers Profit from Good Samaritans
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well known, beloved and influential portions of the New Testament. As a striking narrative about care and compassion for others, the content of Luke 10:29-3 ...

Sermon — Prayer, Actually — on Jesus Loving Us So Much He Wants to Throw Up
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

I’m not a fan of the over-use of the term “the Lord. ”Like when people say “I just love the Lord,” I just never really know what that means. The way it’s casually thrown around makes me uncomfortable. ...

The Man in Row 26
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels How small my world gets when I'm not paying attention. OUR PLANE SITS at the gate in Brusse ...

Anesthetics and Advocates Below the Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

Whether it is through awareness campaigns or other opportunities that come to our attention, may we continue to step up, reach out, and jump into the aches and pains of poverty, so that we may not only reduce ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Just Lead! A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church by Sherry Surratt and J ...

Ohio’s Rob Portman Becomes First GOP Senator to Support Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday announced he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex marriage after reconsidering the issue because his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay. ...

Crossing the Belief Divide
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God's Heart. Zondervan. / Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the R ...

Aren't We Supposed to Be Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels Wherever I go in the world, I want to be quick to listen to differing perspectives and slow to pick sides. ...

Loan Stars
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry The new Louisville Loan Club is a way to protect people from the shark pool of payday lenders. ...

Lord Have Mercy: A Prayer for Colorado
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Loving God, Darkness has covered our nation and thick darkness has descended upon our people. Tragedy has clouded out the light. Shots rang out in Aurora, Colorado. Some people were wounded by gas and bullets. ...

A New Hymn for Justice
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette wrote this hymn based on Micah 6:8 after attending Bread for the World’s Lobby Day on June 12th and reading Jim Wallis’ “The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates.” ...

Standing with Nuns, Standing for Compassion
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

This incident has inspired thousands to react in solidarity with American nuns. Long before the Vatican statement was released, however, I’ve had a sense that compassion is something powerful enough to trigger ...

Is There a Link Between Compassion and Religiosity?
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

NPR  reports on a University of California, Berkeley study: Are religious people more moved by compassion than those who described themselves as less religious or non-religious?   Read the whole article  here   (compassio ...

Fun, Fantasy, and Other Deep Truths
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Vernon Nick Harkaway, writer of novels that brim with humor and meaning, talks about legacy, not-so-silly writing, and the moral ...

Cee Lo, Tebow and American Fundamentalisms
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Cee Lo Green got himself in some pop-culture hot water on New Years Eve when he changed the lyrics to John Lennon's "Imagine." You would think he was changing the Bible or something, but no, it ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Free South Africa, To Love More Deeply, When Disaster Strikes, Wrestling with Tradition. Free ...

Do We Get Pleasure From Sharing Our Pain?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

This is true of any bad news, really. When I feel sick. When I don’t get my way. When I’ve had a bad day. You name it. If it’s negative, then I look forward to sharing it. I don’t mean to; I just do.I sense th ...

From Jim Wallis to Billy Graham, on His 93rd Birthday: "Thank you!"
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:37am | Type: Blog

Billy Graham is 93 years old today. And all over the world, people are discussing his influence and impact and remembering their own encounters with the world's leading evangelist. ...

#OccupySunday: Blood-Boiler du Jour
Originally Posted: 10/31/2011 - 7:04am | Type: Blog

In case you missed it... In case you missed it... In an OpEd titled, " What the Costumes Reveal, " New York Times columnist Joe Nocera wrote about a Halloween ...

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 ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct. ...

Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey. If older generations paint morality in black and white, young ...

Somebody You Should Know: Christopher Sofolo
Originally Posted: 09/29/2011 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

That the email ever made its way to me is something of a miracle. That the email ever made its way to me is something of a miracle. And brother, am I glad it did. ...

Compassion, Destruction, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprising addition to the typical summer blockbuster canon -- for one thing, it manages to entertain and challenge, without resorting to gratuitous violence to ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

We're Connected by What We Eat
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

To the farmers who grow our food, the harvesters who pick it, the transporters who bring it to market, the grocers who present it, and the cooks who prepare it. To the far ...

Speculative Fiction, the Church, and Hope
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

So NPR just released the results of their survey for the "Top 100 Science-fiction and Fantasy Books." It's a great list with some of my all-time favorite books on it (although I disagree with ...

Economic Crisis or Nonviolent Opportunity? Gandhi's Answer to Financial Collapse
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On Monday the Dow Jones industrial average fell 634.76 points; the sixth-worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst drop since December 2008. On Monda ...

Dear World: Please Wake Up!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Some sources have stated that more than 12 million people are being impacted by the worst drought and famine in the region of the Horn of Africa in 60 years. 12 million people. So ...

A Tribute to Mark O. Hatfield
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Mark O. Hatfield's political witness shaped a whole generation of students, teachers, pastors, and social activists in the evangelical community and beyond. Mark O. Hat ...

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I have gotten so used to stories of violence in the news every morning that I confess they don't move me as much as they should, or used to. I have gotten so used to stories ...

Family Research Council Attacks Evangelical and Catholic Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In response to Sojourners' radio ads about the budget debates, the Family Research Council's political action committee has launched radio ads in Kentucky and Ohio arguing that deficit reduction shou ...

Spotting the Kingdom of God After the Tragedy of Death
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greates ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:53pm | Type: Blog

We are looking for 1,000 pastors to debunk a myth based on the political assertion that government doesn't have any responsibility to poor people. We are looking for 1,000 p ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

An Undocumented Student's Message to Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">We want actions, not words.</p> We want actions, not words. For nearly two decades I've called the United States of Ame ...

8 Lessons Learned as a Pastor and Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/13/8-lessons-learned-as-a-pastor-and-mother/" target="_self"></a>I love this photo. Exemplified in this photo is where my life as ...

President Obama and the Economic and Moral Imperatives of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The world around us is teaming with meaning. Words are lush with meaning. One word can point to many different ideas, emotions, expectations. The world around us is teaming with m ...

Was Jesus a Passive Doormat?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This past <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank">Palm Sunday</a> marked the beginning of Holy Week for Christians -- a week of remembering Jesus' s ...

I Am Fasting So People Don't Go Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the tradition of the church, the season of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/lent/" target="_blank">Lent</a> was observed through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. ...

Glenn Beck and Teachable Moments
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/glenn-beck-and-teachable-moments/"></a>It was announced today that Glenn Beck will <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com ...

Why I am Beginning a Fast Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<ol> <li>Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "&l ...