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Defining Identity: Person of Color. Woman. Poor. Fatherless. Undocumented.
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

In the midst of these experiences, I had to define the core of my identity. I am a person of color. I am a woman. I am poor. I am fatherless. I am an undocumented immigrant. Indeed, it has been excruciating se ...

The Expectation Deficit
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper The civil right of equal opportunity never ensured the human right of equal access. RECENT ...

Who is Allah? #BringBackOurGirls
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram’s abduction of these innocent girls is the bastardization of Islam because it is the bastardization of Allah. To justify abducting and selling young girls into slavery in the name of Allah is to red ...

In a Nutshell: What Is Boko Haram?
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram is among the most vicious terrorist groups operating in North Africa, home to some of the worst Islamist extremists in the world. Boko Haram is among the most vicious t ...

Shakira, Jude Law, Goldie Hawn And Lang Lang Join Education Emergency Coalition
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Press

April 10, 2014 Sojo in the News A World At School ...

Studying Interfaith Leadership
Originally Posted: 05/11/2014 - 10:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel This may be a field whose time has come. CAN YOU GO to school to become an interfaith leader? An i ...

VIDEO: "American Promise"
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors What does it take to educate and parent African-American children, all while maintaining family values? ...

Supreme Court Rejects Asylum Bid for German Home-schooling Family
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a family seeking asylum in the United States because home schooling is not allowed in their native Germany. The Supreme ...

7 Things Churches No Longer Do (But Should)
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Next time you’re at church, look at the prayer request lists are accessible to the congregation — 99 percent of them will be physical ailments. Then look at what’s missing: nobody will share about marital prob ...

Is Poverty Killing our Kids?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

What if one of the reasons for our strung-out culture was the social, emotional, mental, and physiological outworking of the effects of poverty? Despite all the modern convenience ...

Want to Win the War on Poverty? For the Sake of the Most Vulnerable, Let's Work Together
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

The only way to win the “war on poverty” is for liberals and conservatives to make peace — for the sake of the poor. The only way to win the “war on poverty” is for liberals and ...

War on Poverty Anniversary Recalls Religion's Role in Appalachia
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

The 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty, which falls today, reminds us how intractable that effort can be, despite the hope and determined idealism when the legislation ...

Views on Evolution Driven by Religion More Than Education
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

As evolution remains a contentious issue for many public schools, a new survey suggests that views on the question are driven by Americans’ religious affiliation more than their level of education. ...

A Garden Toolbox for Schools
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese   Catholic Coalition on Climate Change Catholicclimatecovenant.org This site has education and worship resources tailored to different ages and set ...

Rooted in Faith
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese A school garden project helps kids learn about plants—and Catholic social teaching about caring for the environment. ...

'American Promise' Film Documents Two Black Families Navigating Education in America
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

The documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class, and opportunity. American Promise  spans 13 years as Joe Brewste ...

Letters from a School Near MLK Street
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Read Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the laborers in the field. But in place of American blue-collar workers dealing with the loss of manufacturing, or Hispanic day-laborers waiting to be hired throughout the ...

Education as an Exercise in Dominion
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Poorer communities — mostly black and Latino — have schools without books and fewer qualified teachers while richer communities — mostly white — have Olympic-sized swimming pools, AP and college-credit course ...

The Rev. Jim Wallis, Christian Activist, To Speak Thursday At Dillard
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2013 Sojo in the News John Pope ...

The Church's Call in Educating Their Community's Children
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 8:22pm | Type: Blog

What is the call or consideration of the church to the topic of education? What role does the church have in the education of the community? I love October. As a teacher, it was t ...

How Can People of Faith Help Students Achieve Their Potential?
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

Children from all racial and economic backgrounds have God-given potential and are truly “made in [God’s] image and likeness.” If given the opportunities and support, they will achieve. ...

Church Partnerships Working to Stop School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

We know that the pipeline is undergirded by Zero Tolerance policies, mass expulsions, unprecedented school arrests, inadequate school funding, and myriad other unjust policies that either criminalize our child ...

Jon Stewart to Malala Yousafzai: 'Can I Adopt You?'
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Just as she left the world speechless when she addressed the United Nations in July, Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for women’s rights and access to education, rendered America's jes ...

3 Reasons to Stand with Public Schools
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, former public school student, and a public school teacher, there are three requests I would make of Christians regarding their conversations and their actions when it comes to education. ...

Can a Hebrew Charter School Teach the Language but Not the Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

As a public school, Sela can’t ask students about their religion, but Lody estimates that only about 20 percent of the school’s 120 students will be Jewish, and more than half will be African-American. ...

The City of God & The City of Cain
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Matthew Myer Boulton How taking it to the streets is changing theological education. MY FIRST GUIDED tour of ...

'Forward Together, Not One Step Back!'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove A grassroots resistance movement emerges in North Carolina. THOSE WHO BELIEVE in fr ...

Inspired By Malala: What Your Story Can Do
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Malala reminded us that the world is full of vitriol and violence, hate and ignorance — that this is true for people of all faiths, all backgrounds, all political parties. That there is no corner untouched by ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Educating All God's Children: What Christians Can—and Should—Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids by Nico ...

'Bring Our War Dollars Home'
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 1:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Candice Quinn Local governments push for Pentagon spending cuts. YEAR AFTER YEAR, more than 50 percent of the ...

'Girl Rising:' Changing the World, One Story at a Time
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

Through the vivid accounts of nine girls from the developing world — Cambodia, Nepal, Peru, Afghanistan, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Haiti, and India — and their valiant struggles for the right to be educat ...

WATCH: Elizabeth Smart on Human Trafficking, Limits of Abstinence Education
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City and held in captivity for nine months in 2002 at age 14, spoke out about her experience at a human trafficking panel at Johns Hopkins Universi ...

U.S. Christians Rally Around Homeschooling Family Facing Deportation
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

In Germany, home-schooling families face fines, jail time and even loss of custody if their children are not enrolled in a traditional school. When Uwe and Hannelore Romeike’s asy ...

'We Dare Not Postpone Action'
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Churches Together Church leaders respond, 50 years later, to King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." ...

Changing Poverty Into Opportunity: A Moral Cause To Bring Us Together
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:39pm | Type: Press

February 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Changing Poverty Into Opportunity: A Moral Cause To Bring Us Together
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Fighting poverty must not be a partisan issue. When we look at both the causes and the solutions, this battle should bring both liberals and conservatives together. Overcoming poverty, by creating opportunity, ...

In Kabul, Widows and Orphans Move Up
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Yet the community in Kabul seems agreed — we heard it mentioned at some point during each visit — that their greatest need and greatest hope is to somehow give their children an education. ...

Getting Children Out of Work and Into School
Originally Posted: 12/19/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Children! Forced slave labor, some of them as young as 8 years old, imprisoned, beaten, and required to make decorations intended celebrate the birth of the savior of the world. B ...

The Circle of Life
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Nyambura J. Njoroge Adapted from "Women as Compassionate Champions: The Doers and the Leaders," by Nyambura J. Njorage, in Wome ...

Nurturing An Inner Voice
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice," the old saying goes. I believe it and practice it in my classroom. During my first year as a second-grade te ...

Educating Girls Reduces Poverty.
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 7:04pm | Type: Blog

One of the surest ways to reduce poverty is to provide an education for girls. It’s been said before, but it’s worth saying again. One of the surest ways to reduce poverty is to p ...

Ethiopia: Motherhood is Powerful, Precious
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

Sunday afternoon, after us ONE Moms dropped our luggage at the hotel, piled into our chartered bus, and drove to the outskirts of the city to the Mary Joy Aid Through Development Association, I met my Ethiopia ...

Ethiopia: God Is Even Bigger Than We Think
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:39pm | Type: Blog

My flight's about to board for Ethiopia. I'm not looking for anything or anyone. I'm going with an open hand and heart. And I know — more than I ever could express in words — that God is even bi ...

Love Bug: Kids Flourish When We Focus on Their Strengths
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Bralyan loves bugs. I met him during the first week of school as I conducted the standard assessment of how many words he could read per minute from a second-grade story. After the assessment, I gave him the c ...

Awful Leads to Wonderful
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

How was your last year? Wherever it fell in the 7-year farming cycle, please remember that your work is a seed in fallow ground that is bringing life to all people, regardless of color, nationality, socio-econ ...

Helping Billy Inherit the Earth
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

I want my student to see that the things that make him different are the things that make him unique. Those traits can help him build a more humane world for all of us. But it's hard for a 7-year-old, or ...

A Revolutionary Picture
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Larry Doby was black and Steve Gromek was white. Gromek was from the working-class culture of Hamtramck, Mich., and Doby from the Jim Crow culture of Camden, S.C. It was a revolutionary picture because it show ...

What Can Churches Do?
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Romal Tune Faith for Change seeks to support public education—without crossing the church-state divide. JUST ...

Education and the Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jan Resseger Julie Polter An advocate for public education argues that trying to make ...

Protecting Immigrant Families: Webinar on Family Unity Waivers
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

On September 10, the Coalition will host a webinar from 4-5 p.m. EDT for faith leaders interested in learning more about Family Unity Waivers. Whether encouraging children to suc ...