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Grace Stories
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

Advent is a time for stories. In my childhood, these weeks were filled with Sunday school pageants, beautifully illustrated children's books, and swapping out Legos for the figurines in my mom’s Nativity ...

Murdered Nuns Laid to Rest in the Congo as Crime Investigation Continues
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Three elderly Italian nuns murdered in Burundi were laid to rest Sept. 11 in a Xaverian cemetery in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid heightened calls for action about their death. ...

When the Fighting Stops
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis What does it take to reintegrate combatants into society? MARIE-LOUISE IS a 34-year-old single ...

And Now, the Rest of the Story
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels For years, Charlene's face haunted me and compelled me to action. A FEW YEARS ago in this c ...

Teaching Congolese Refugees Self-sufficiency Gains Nun U.N. Recognition
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Angélique Namaika, a Roman Catholic nun, rides a bicycle on the rutted roads of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern province of Orientale, which is plagued by rebel violence. ...

How Long, O Lord?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that sexual and gender-based violence happens only, or even primarily, in the developing world or transitional societies. While particularly graphic stories often bring ...

International Women's Day: A Christian Response to Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo face shockingly high rates of rape, including reports of mass rapes by soldiers, especially in the conflict-ridden province of Kivu. One Christian hospital, operated b ...

Bullet-Proof Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Toya Richards Death threats haven't stopped Rev. James Byensi, a Congolese pastor, from seeking peace in his homeland. ...

Aren't We Supposed to Be Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:52am | 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. ...

Photo of the Month: Room at the Inn?
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors December 2012 photo of the month. The Sojourners magazine photo of the month ( December 20 ...

Gathering Around the Peace Table
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "We've been caught up in conflict and violence for so long." —Congolese pastor SE ...

A Step Forward: The SEC Releases Rules on Conflict Minerals and Transparency
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

The rule will require companies to publicly disclose whether or not they use conflict minerals — tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold — that originated in eastern Congo or neighboring countries in the manufacturi ...

Conservationist: Dominique Bikaba
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Eastern Congo is home to some of the world’s most stunning scenery—and some of its most brutal and unimaginable violence. The relationship between these two symbols of the region is a close one. ...

Human Rights Lawyer: Denise Siwatula
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

Denise has seen the destruction of her home through natural disaster and the pain of thousands of Congolese women who are raped every year. Still, she is faithful with the calling that she has been given—worki ...

Community Builder and Footballer: Amani Matabaro
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Congo is still suffering from the overspill of the Rwandan genocide, the aftermath of which took the lives of both of Amani’s parents. Rebel groups roam the Kivu provinces of eastern Congo and seek to unravel ...

Conflict Minerals Report Card
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

How different electronics corporations are doing in avoiding conflict minerals. As conflict, rape, and other human rights abuses continue in eastern Congo, armed groups are still ...

Faith Amid the Rising Conflict in Eastern Congo
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Faith, for many in eastern Congo, is a source of hope in an environment where optimism is often in short supply. Many Congolese consider faith communities to be among the few trusted institutions in a society ...

Congo: Will There Ever Be Peace?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

In this week's edition of The Economist, an examination of the continuing tensions between government forces and rebel groups. In this week's edition of  The Economis ...

The Key Missing Feature in the New iPad3
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

With the innovation of the iPad 3, comes some critical missing features — including conflict free minerals from eastern Congo. To date, Apple has been a leader on this issue, but I know they can do more. ...

Gratitude for the 'Better Men'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I'm grateful to the men who use their power, money, and influence on behalf of women. Recen ...

Jim Wallis on Congo, Supply Chain and the Good Samaritan
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes, caring for our neighbor means a change of plans. Sometimes, caring for our neighbor means we have to slow down a little bit. Sometimes, caring for our neighbor might even cost us money. ...

Why I Do Not Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama forcefully <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/politics/29prexy-text.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his decision to launch airstrikes ...

Do You Know if There's Blood in Your Phone?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Last summer's financial reform bill included something the world has long needed: a requirement that electronics manufacturers disclose whether their products include conflict minerals from Congo. ...

Friday Links Round Up: Dead Coral in the Gulf. Rubik's Cubes. Election Results
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/05/friday-links-round-up-dead-coral-in-the-gulf-rubiks-cubes-election-results/" target="_blank"></a>Dead Coral in the Gulf. Rubik& ...

Human Atrocities in Congo: What Can We Do?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100903-cellphone.jpg"></a>Between July 30 and August 3, a <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #772124;" href="http ...

The Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels In the DRC, soldiers use women's bodies as a battlefield. The Democratic Republic of Congo ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

iPhones. Broken oil rigs. The World Cup. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> iPhones. Broken oil rigs. The World Cup. Here ...

I'm a Mac, and I'm Helping Fuel War in the Congo
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100628-mac-pc.jpg"></a></p> "With 1.7 million iPhone 4s sold within three days of launch, ...

The Kingdom of God is not an Empire with Language Laws
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0611&amp;article=061121">Barabara Kingsolver</a>'s novel titled <em><a href="http ...

The Gulf Oil Spill as Seen from Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I'm in Kenya with a group of about<a href="http://www.amahoro-africa.org/" target="_blank"> 150 emerging leaders </a>from across East and South Africa. ...

Slavery is Alive and Well ... For Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?</p> It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it? ...

Reading Ezekiel with Nick Kristof
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

In Sunday's <em>New York Times</em>, Nicholas Kristof, one of my favorite columnists, has a striking piece on the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28kristof.html&quo ...

The Global Grassroots Struggle Against Corporate and Government Corruption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=tell-the-truth-and-shame-the-devil], anti-corruption"><em>As described in the February ...

Religion and Women: The Oldest Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Nicolas Kristof had a recent article in <em>The New York Times</em> titled, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10kristof.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss">"R ...

Can You Hear Them Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When I went to hear a staged reading of Lynn Nottage's play "Ruined," about the price of the ongoing war in Congo, last week, I had a stronger than usual motive to be sure to turn off my cell ph ...