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'Get Them When They're Young!'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Asra Q. Nomani The Child Evangelism Fellowship targets children as young as 4—threatening them with hellfire and damnation—and runs &quo ...

Into the Playhouse
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:39pm | Type: Blog

As we get older, we lose many of those childlike qualities. We think we have all the answers and stop asking questions. We lose our ability to marvel at the small things and at the big things, too. We pull awa ...

Want to See the Face of God?
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

A 26-year-old man was driving his pickup truck over a causeway on Lake Pontchartrain. His truck plunged over the railing and into the water. What happened next is inspiring. Did y ...

Does Jesus Love African-American Males?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! I recently held a To ...

Open Letter to White People: Why I am Donald Sterling and So Are You
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

We need to take a long, painful look in the mirror. The image we see will make us uncomfortable, but, tragically, it is us. The image staring you back at you is the image of Donald Sterling. ...

The Criminality Of Blackness
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Press

March 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Openness, Diversity, and Magnanimity
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. Take the imposition of ashes out to the sidewalks where ...

Time to Stop the Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers of Color
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

These children are our children. These men are our brothers. Are we our brothers’ keepers? As Christians, our answer must be yes. I have a vivid memory of my first visit to Sing S ...

Dialogues with Harlem Heritage: A Church’s Prophetic Voice in the Context of Diversity
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

As our churches strive to become those “beloved communities,” we remember a Christ who became conversant with the desolation of a wilderness experience, and the pain of the cross so our world could be tethered ...

For God, Country, and Coca-Cola
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

I love my country because it is a nation that welcomes the “Other.” Indeed, we haven’t always been good at this, and we still struggle with it, but the United States is a nation of immigrants. ...

Only 19 Percent Are Women
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Last week, a controversy erupted over Twitter when it came to light that a prominent evangelical conference with 110 speakers only had four women on stage. Last week, a controvers ...

Mosaix 2013: Growing Multi-Ethnic Congregations That Reflect Unity, Diversity Of God's People
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Press

November 4, 2013 Sojo in the News Melissa Barnhart ...

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Press

October 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

American Jews Say Others Face More Discrimination
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

y they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, and blacks facing far more. American Jews say they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, ...

Waiting for Another MLK
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

Are we waiting for another Dr. King? As I collect my thoughts to write these words, I’m mindful that I don’t honestly know what discrimination is. I have never (consciously) experienced discrimination because ...

Slave Mentality
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

Jesus shared the same experience as my ancestors, the enslaved African. My ancestors rescued that story, through faith in a living, breathing God. Crickets chirping, a branch crea ...

Diversity Within the Divine
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Genesis describes a creator who loves diversity and thinks that the many, many differences in our world are very, very good. In the story of Noah’s ark, the creator insists on a boat big enough to preserve all ...

An Open Letter to the Evangelical Church: I Am Not Your Punch Line
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

When family drama shows up in the church, it grieves me. It riles me up like nothing else does because it is in my identity as a Christian and Jesus-follower where I am all of who God created me to be and has ...

Program Aims To Build New Generation Of African-American Church Leaders
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Press

October 4, 2013 Sojo in the News J Michael Parker ...

Who Elected These Clowns?
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

In a world far removed from the tragic cesspool of Washington scheming and maneuvering, real people flocked to Central Park on El Camino Real for this town’s first Bacon & Brew Festival. ...

From the Archives: November 1994
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Parker Losing Innocence I GREW UP in rural Mississippi, a black girl who lived “out in the booneys,” ...

Our Stories To Tell
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

I wasn't interested in their stories about her. I was interested in her story about herself.  "We all have a story to tell." These are the words that will greet ...

Reflections from Wild Goose Festival '13
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

Even more amazing than these "celebrity" Christians was the interactions that the "nobodies" who live quiet, faithful lives in small communities around the world and all have come together ...

Moving Backward on Racial Progress
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Once again, as happened in the 19th century, impoverished whites who should be lining up to resist predatory behavior by the moneyed class are being turned against their own best interests by race politics. ...

Overcoming Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/06/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

It is easy to let your stereotypes fly free on Twitter, but it’s just as easy to let them fly around the bar or kitchen table. And it’s easy to let those stereotypes control your behavior. ...

Sikhs Hopeful on Anniversary of Shooting
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

One year after a gunman opened fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., killing six worshippers, Sikhs say they are hopeful about the future and even more determined to be better understood. ...

WATCH: Jim Wallis Talks Trayvon Martin, Race, and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis sat down after the George Zimmerman verdict earlier this month to give his thoughts on race, faith, and truth. Jim Wallis sat down after the George Zimmerman verdict ...

Pentecost and the Sin of Racism
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

The sin of racism does not represent the meaning of Pentecost. Charles Ramsey, a black man, said, “I am a Christian.” His compassionate response to a white woman, a stranger’s cry for help is a transforming r ...

The Voices Project: Offering Perspective to Places of Power
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The Voices Project has become a natural expression of black leaders who often live and work cross culturally. We are not angry; we are not looking for a fight. We are speaking to each other, supporting our dyn ...

Radical Theology: The New 'White' Religion?
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

While we’re busy navel-gazing and discussing the meaning of Nietzsche’s “death of God,” non-Anglo religious leaders were busy dealing with real-world problems right in front of them. ...

Our Most Segregated Hour: Church, Black Theology & René Girard
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

The Theology and Peace Conference this year offers not just the space for such a dialogue … framed through the extraordinary arguments of René Girard, scholars, theologians, ministers, and laypeople from aroun ...

A Caution in Pursuing the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

As an African-American woman I enter the Common Good conversation cautiously because I know that in our society we have a habit of taking what is good for Western hegemony and making it the standard for everyo ...

Richard Twiss, Speaking Plain Truth, and Promoting Diversity at Christian Conferences
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

If I was able to ask Richard today how best to honor him, I know that — after talking about his concern for his wife, kids, and grandkids — he would expect me to use my voice to speak truth. ...

Calling of the Shepherd
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis A prayer for the new pope to fulfill, in fresh ways, the promise of Vatican II. WHEN POPE BENEDI ...

Deep in the Heart of Texas Mythology
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Those who try to simplify American culture and demand that it fit their uniform standards fail to see the beauty of diversity, and they miss the half-truth – charming, but always partial – of the mythologies w ...

Maybe the Fighting is Almost Over
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Watching the prayers, the songs, the speeches, the crowd massed on the Washington Mall, I felt the faith. We don't have to hate each other. We can work together for a future that will be good for our coun ...

New Congress More Religiously Diverse, Less Protestant
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Three Buddhists, a Hindu, and a “none” will walk into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country. ...

New Congress to Welcome First Buddhist Senator, Hindu Representative
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Religious diversity in new Congress. Christian Post reports: When the new members of Congress are sworn in on Jan. 3, the institution that once mirrored the nation& ...

I Support Mix It Up At Lunch Day BECAUSE I am a Christian
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

Luke's Gospel is a Gospel that proclaims love for the marginalized. And out of the four, Luke has the most meals. One of my current writing projects has me spending a lot of ...

Ethiopia: The Face of God
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia — When I posted the photograph of a beautiful little Ethiopian girl holding a daisy a few days ago, my friend and fellow God's Politics blogger Christian Piatt responded on Twitter wit ...

Racial Politics
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis It is contrary to Christian values to use attacks on welfare to win white votes. RACE WAS THE issu ...

My Morning Prayer
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

Faithful God, help us find you in those who seem to be the smallest and most forgotten ones around us, for you said you would be here with us in them. Help us have faith. Dear God ...

Muslim Delegates at Democratic Convention Quadrupled Since 2004
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

The number of Muslim delegates attending the Democratic National Convention has quadrupled since 2004, according to a Muslim advocacy group. The number of Muslim delegates atten ...

When All of Abraham’s Children Share a Table: A Moment I’ll Never Forget
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 6:40pm | Type: Blog

Standing between my friends — a Muslim Palestinian and Jewish Rabbi — I prayed that this meal would be a picture of reconciliation found among the children of Abraham, because as a follower of the pro-people J ...

Report Highlights Islam’s Global Diversity
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

Beyond central pillars of the faith, Muslims worldwide vastly differ as religious convictions are shaped by cultural and social contexts, according to a new report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Lif ...

A Dialogue about Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

A friend of mine once said, “a true and genuine dialogue only takes place when each person is willing to be ‘converted’ to the other side of the argument.” At first I was skeptical of this remark, as I wondere ...

Pennsylvania Atheist Threatens to Desecrate Quran Over State Bill
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

The director of the Pennsylvania chapter of American Atheists says he will desecrate the Quran if the state House of Representatives doesn't drop a "Year of Religious Diversity" resolution. ...

As the World Bank Turns
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis The Bank's new head has community-level anti-poverty expertise—and many challenges to face. ...

FIRSTS: “Lord, Why Did You Make Me Black?”
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Our administrative assistant remembers the first time she heard the poem "Lord, Why Did You Make Me Black?" as part of our FIRSTS series. I was thirteen years old, a fre ...

Number of African-American Baseball Players Declines
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

This morning, USA Today released research results showing that the percentage of African Americans in baseball is now down to 8 percent, the lowest since Jackie Robinson’s day Yes ...