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Scripture's Role in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>For many years now, religious leaders and diverse faith groups have <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html">contributed</a> much to the ...

Who Sinned, That This Child Was Born Uninsurable?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinne ...

Surprises in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, such as availability of basic foodstuffs instead of empty shelves in supermarkets. My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, ...

The Conservative Bible Project, Jesus, and Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is a conservative project to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/the-gospel-according-to-the-conservative-bible-project/">translate the Bible to reflect a conservative ideology</a ...

The Financial Barriers to Legal Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The <em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immig24-2009sep24,0,1871688.story">Los Angeles Times</a></em> reported last week that the United States Citizenship an ...

Roman Polanski and the Politics of Remembering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm reluctant to comment regarding film-maker Roman Polanski's arrest and the attempt to extradite him to the U.S. I'm reluctant to comment regarding film-maker Rom ...

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of our Country
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

With an issue like health, deeply personal, but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debat ...

Health Care: Where Do We Go from Here?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim Wallis, Harry R. Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim ...

Discrimination in Services -- No. Protection of Faith Identity -- Yes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>This post responds to the following question posed on <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/2009/09/should_religious_charities_dis/all.html">The Washington Post's & ...

'Loving Thy Neighbor': People of Faith Speak Out against Unjust Immigration Laws
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A recent Center for American Progress report, <a title="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html" href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_t ...

A Prophetic Call in the Midst of Political Corruption (Colombia's Churches Cry Out, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/22/colombias-churches-cry-out-for-accompaniment/">continued from part 1</a>]</p> [ continued from part 1 ] ...

Audio: 'If You Don't Do Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, You Will Catch Hell'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's always hard to narrow down Pastor Efrem's sermons to a few key minutes, and this one was no exception. Preaching from Matthew 25, he puts some extended focus on the health-care debate. ...

Health-Care Bankruptcies Hurt All of Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A bankruptcy office was not on my dream list of places to work after college. The legal realm seemed opaque and impersonal. A bankruptcy office was not on my dream list of places ...

Human Trafficking and the Average Joe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>So a friend of mine, Shelton Green, has started an organization to help fight human trafficking -- <a href="http://whatsyourresponse.com/" target="_blank">What's Your Re ...

'We Are Defined as a Nation by How We Treat Those Who Have Chosen to Hurt Us'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The decision by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to release on compassionate grounds the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has been ferociously and strongly condemned i ...

Labor Sunday: What Can We Do to Honor Workers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>To work is to pray.</p> <p>It's a Latin phrase that the Order of St. Benedict adopted as its motto.</p> <p>St. Benedict, the founder of the order, recognized the sacred va ...

40 Days for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If you watch enough cable news you would think the fight over health-care reform has been reduced to protestors screaming about socialism, "death panels," and the evils of government. ...

An Essential Point in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As debates rage over the proposed health-care reform (which I strongly support), I believe many politicians, activists, religious leaders, and ideologues are missing an essential point. ...

'Jose Illegal' is a Lie
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's an e-mail to make your blood boil.</p> It's an e-mail to make your blood boil. A recent e-mail forward contrasts the lives and lifestyles of hypothetical ...

Let the Little Children Come: Scripture and the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Old Testament, we find God's repeated command to care and look out for immigrants. Throughout the Old Testament, we find God's repeated command to care an ...

A Sojourner Goes Home: In Memory of a 'Cherished Pastor and Rebellious Saint'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As our nation mourns the untimely death of the King of Pop, I am grieving over the death of a lesser know man: a man whom many will never know, but whose mark on the world is significant. Two weeks ag ...

Are Single Moms the New Widows?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, God's people are instructed to care for those who often cannot thrive on their own, most often widows and orphans. Throughout the Bible, God's peop ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

Re-founding Fathers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Many problems in our society will be solved when young men are willing to become good fathers. Of course, they can do this only if they have an example to follow. Many problems in ...

Obama's Catholic Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Against the backdrop of protest and spectacle that threatened to overshadow graduation at the University of Notre Dame last week, President Obama delivered a graceful commencement address that stan ...

Jack Kemp: Bleeding-Heart Conservative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League switched its All-Star game from New Orleans to Houston. In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League s ...

The Hole in Our Gospel: Interview with World Vision's Richard Stearns
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.urbanfaith.com/images/HoleinGospelCover121x178.jpg"></a> <p>As the pastor of a church with a deep desire to love others as Christ would, I've recently been ...

The Power to Dominate and the Power to Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate on Jesus' teachings, as well as to emulate his deeds. As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate ...

A Good Story: 'I'm Going to Kill You'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I often tell people not to ask me for statistics because in this work all the statistics are bad. Ask me for stories instead, I say, because even in the worst of times I always have a good story. ...

Obama's Public Promise to Reform Immigration this Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Hundreds of faith leaders and immigrant advocates across the country visiting their members of Congress at home this week just got a huge boost from the Obama administration.</p> ...

Compassionate Conservatives Looking to Rebrand and Expand Their Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I've been asked to comment on churches that are more conservative, predominantly evangelical, and how they are coalescing around poverty reduction. I've been asked to co ...

5th Sunday of Lent: Saying Yes to Holy Week
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary</em></em><em><em>: </em></em><em>Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 ...

Diagnosing Our Economic Illness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

What Makes Liberals and Conservatives Angry? Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to something. When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to so ...

Stop the Raids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

For the past several weeks, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago has been conducting a national tour promoting immigration reform, primarily speaking at Latino evangelical churches around the country. ...

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Faith into Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:</em></em><em> Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm107; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21</em></p> ...

3rd Sunday of Lent: Unpredictable Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2: 13-22</em></p> Bible readings from the Revised ...

The Perils of Well-Meaning But Short-Sighted Generosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Rick Warren, the most prominent evangelical pastor of our day, has established a highly successful program arranging teams from his church to help specific villages in Africa. Ric ...

Prosecuting the Potluckers: Activists Face Legal Challenges for Feeding the Homeless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis wrote a great post last week entitled "<a href="../2009/03/06/6793/">Potluck Perspective</a>." Unfortunately, sharing food with 'the least of these' is aga ...

Our Moral Audit of the Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Four years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, Sojourners coined a phase, "budgets are moral documents." That phrase has now entered the common lexicon, but it remains our fundam ...

Ash Wednesday: Concrete Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51; 2nd Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.</em></p> Bible readings f ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | 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 ...

Pastor-in-Chief
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In this week's town hall meetings, President Obama demonstrated an important aspect of his office: Pastor-in-Chief.</p> In this week's town hall meetings, Presiden ...