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Could the U.S. Be Moving to a State of Perpetual War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One might think that three wars -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya -- would be enough. Apparently, for the United States military apparatus, it's not. One might think that three war ...

More Financial Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here is part two of my thoughts on the financial situation that the United States faces. Our nation needs a jobs bill. The country needs a second stimulus bill. Here is part two o ...

Debt Showdown Reveals an Out-of-Touch Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

God only knows what alternative universe the United States Congress occupies. On May 31, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a bill to raise the debt limit of the United States. ...

Presidential Contenders: None Standing Tall on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Whoever is our next president -- whether President Obama in a second term or the eventual Republican nominee -- will be the most consequential president <em>ever</em> for overcoming global warming ...

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 ...

Financial Crash Amnesia in the House
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As unemployment brought on by the recession still hovers around 9 percent, most ordinary folk in the U.S. As unemployment brought on by the recession still hovers around 9 percent ...

Christians Must Call For This War to End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There is no more room or time for excuses. There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in American history -- no longer has any justif ...

African-American Clergy on Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On April 4th, the global community commemorated the life and legacy of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Dr. On ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

Leaders Create Alliance to Defend Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Piercing through the bitter, partisan bickering regarding the nation's budget, an unprecedented and diverse group of Christian leaders announced today the forming of a Circle of Protection agains ...

UPDATED: The Hunger Fast Resource Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/the-hunger-fast-resource-post-updated/" target="_self"></a></p> <p>Tuesday, April 26</p> ...

Friday Links Round Up: Monks. Al Franken. Oysters.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:31pm | Type: Blog

Monks. Al Franken. Oysters. Here's a little roundup of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Monks. Al Franken. Oysters. Here's a little roundup of li ...

Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up. ...

One Year Later, Big Oil Still Isn't Sorry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">One year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, life has not returned to normal in the Gulf. One year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "Wh ...

Friday Links Round Up: The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here� ...

The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced at the National Press Club that the budget debate had become a moral crisis. The hunger f ...

Why I am Fasting (Again)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In 1993 -- nearly 20 years ago -- I went on a water only fast to protest the lack of conscience of the U.S. Congress towards hungry people.</p> In 1993 -- nearly 20 years ag ...

Martin Luther King and the Spiritual Death of a Nation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. Although I never met him, I value his life and teachings more and more each year.</p> Today is the 4 ...

Can We Stand to Lose 70,000 Children?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When I was younger, I played by the rules. Everything had to be fair. The quantity of animal crackers in my possession had to be equal, not greater or less than my brother's. ...

Day Two of Fasting Against 'Selectively Cruel' Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, Tony Hall, David Beckmann, Ritu Sharma, and I began a water fast because of what I call "selectively cruel" <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/budget-cuts/" target=&quo ...

Fast, Pray, and Act -- New Threats to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The extreme budget cuts proposed to critical programs that save the lives, dignity, and future of poor and vulnerable people have crossed the line. The extreme budget cuts propose ...

Writing Words to Change a Life
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

I love words. They nourish me more than food. As a child (and even now, as an adult) I read novel after novel, losing myself in the characters, the plot, and the effortless descriptions of good writers. ...

Finding the Way Out: Why It's Time to End the War in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The clock is ticking toward a July decision by President Obama to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, as he has promised. The clock is ticking toward a July decision by Pre ...

Is 'What Would Jesus Cut' Heresy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Heresy is a strong accusation. Heresy is a strong accusation. But that is right where Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center took his column about Sojourners' ...

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. It is now clear tha ...

What Would You Do With $1 Trillion?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/16/what-would-you-do-with-1-trillion/" target="_self"></a>The United States has already spent $3 trillion on the Iraq and <a hr ...

Obama's Budget Battle Hurts the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama released his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/15/us/politics/15obama-doc.html" target="_blank">budget proposal</a> Monday, officially staking ...

Indiana Immigration: Hoosier Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and getting swept up in basketball-mania. I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and ...

Budget Cuts and Bad Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/republicans-find-places-to-cut-43-billion/" target="_blank">$43 billion in ...

The Truth About the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ten months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and by now most of the nation has shifted its focus away from the gulf to more recent and pressing topics. Ten months ...

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

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/01/egypt-coverage-round-up/" target="_self"></a>There's been a lot of fascinating coverage of the protest in Egypt today. Her ...

Let's Be Honest About Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's time to be a little more honest about Egypt. President Hosni Mubarak is a dictator, and has run a brutal and corrupt police state for three decades. It's time to be ...

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 ...

Conviction and Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We are both evangelical Christians who believe that our treatment of the poor, weak, and most vulnerable is how a society is best biblically measured. We are both evangelical Chri ...

How To Say Defiantly, 'I am Baptized!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

At the baptism of our Lord, heaven simply could not contain God Godself and God the Spirit who interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring a very important message. At ...

After Tucson, the State of the Union
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In Tucson, Arizona, President Obama spoke to the state of the nation's soul. Next Tuesday, January 25, he will speak to the state of the union. In Tucson, Arizona, President ...

What Should We Remember About Dr. King?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Over the years, I have read thousands upon thousands of pages on the life of Dr. Over the years, I have read thousands upon thousands of pages on the life of Dr. King, and as an e ...

What a Tragedy Can Call Us To Do
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We needed to be called to transcend politics in our response to the shootings in Arizona, lest the politics of our reactions to this tragedy turn us even further against one another. ...

The Work of Healing Starts in Our Hearts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends and loved ones call to check on their personal safety. Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends an ...

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 ...

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Speaking for the Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The Sunday after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther Kin</a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/& ...

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 ...

Praying and Fasting in the New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. The holiday season is a season of feasting and of celebration. Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a ...

How the Grinches Stole 9/11 Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

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100 Reasons for a Christmas Miracle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm" target="_blank">Call your Senators right now about the DREAM Act</a>.</p> ...

Four Reasons Not to Mess with Payroll Taxes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Now that President Obama's people have sent out glowing press releases about how wonderful the proposed tax agreement is (<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/10/a-win-women-mothers-and ...

Human Beings Matter More Than Analogies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last week, I joined a conservative talk show in Cincinnati to talk about <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/30/pray-for-bernard-pray-for-the-dream/" target="_blank">Bernard Pastor& ...

Clergy and Students Pray Together for the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Interfaith leaders and graduating high school students from across the United States joined hands to pray in the Hart Senate Office Building yesterday at the end of a <a href="http://www.christianp ...