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Ethiopia: Motherhood is Powerful, Precious
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 8:38pm | 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 - 8:39pm | 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 - 11:42am | 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 - 8:04am | 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 - 12:01pm | 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 - 11:21am | 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 - 3:36pm | 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 - 3:34pm | 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 - 2:17pm | 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 ...

Living Letters
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

Is America a place where she really can become an architect, a lawyer or anything she wants to become? And will the schools prepare her? Odeth is a living letter to me and to you. Her life asks a vital questio ...

The Sound of Learning
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

The dangers that swirl around her come from gender stereotypes that threaten to curb her scientific interests. I worry that she will internalize the myth that boys are good in math and science and girls are n ...

James and the Giant Book
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

In Roald Dahl's classic children's book James and the Giant Peach, 7-year-old orphan James Henry Trotter escapes his two rotten, abusive aunts by crawling into a giant peach. The peach rolls, floats, ...

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

I babysat often through high school and remember a mom asking the dreaded question. I answered that I wanted to be a lawyer. She asked if I had ever thought about teaching. My response? I laughed and told her ...

Music for Small and Tall
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Bryan Moyer is Mennonite, and his musical career was launched when he and some friends and colleagues in the Mennonite church began thinking about how the church can sing about God’s kingdom in ways that are a ...

The Pages in the Book Go 'Flip, Flip, Flip'
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

According to the U.S. Department of Education, 70 percent of low-income fourth-grade students can't read at a basic level. I often wonder, "What can I do in my day-to-day work as a teacher to help?&q ...

Riding the Bus to Equality
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Is there a more universal symbol for public schools than a big, yellow school bus? Every morning at 7:15, the doors of our school open wide to a line of bus riders ready to come i ...

Gardeners of Youth
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 9:12am | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Maresca Nurturing the life of children, from stage to stage. We who nurture the life of children co ...

Why Education Matters More Than We Know
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

Improving education is key to addressing global poverty. For The Huffington Post ,  Robert Gallucci writes: Around the world, 35 million girls who should be in ...

(Home) Schooling Bill Maher
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 7:37am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, on his weekly show "Real Time with Bill Maher," the not-so friendly atheist, Mr. Maher took issue with the Santorum families decision to homeschool their children. Tim King, former homes ...

Education for ALL: A “Sweeping, Disruptive Technology”
Originally Posted: 01/26/2012 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

I’m interested in how it is that inspired vision – unconstrained by “what ifs” or fear of change – might break down barriers to opportunity and help overcome systemic privilege that holds some people back from ...

2012 State of the Union Address: The Complete Text
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we ho ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

At 9pm ET, President Barack Obama will address a joint session on Congress to give them information on the State of the Union. THE WASHINGTON POST: Obama To Take On Economic Anxiety In Election-Year State Of The Union, Amid GOP Attacks ...

"Helping One is Better than Helping None"
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

“I've never felt compelled to step out of the reporter's role to help someone this way. This time, with this person, I did,” Watson says. “Roya is an extraordinary young woman, the daughter of a fath ...

In Solidarity with Poor Churches: Embodying the Faith of Dr. King
Originally Posted: 01/18/2012 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

Last Thursday, Jan. 12, I was arrested in the Bronx for civil disobedience along with 43 others. It was a group that consisted mainly of clergy and church laity, a grassroots evangelical effort led by Bronx Co ...

A Robin Hood for Wall Street
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

With the opening of the G20 Summit in Cannes, France today, an idea that's been around for awhile is in the news again and gaining more attention as a result of the #OWS movement: The so-called " ...

Is The American Dream God's Dream?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

Nearly 50 million Americans are currently living below the poverty line (that is $22,000 for a household of four) and half of them are working full time jobs. Edit ...

What We Need to Do to Cut Poverty in Half in 10 Years
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Top 10 Findings from Half in Ten's Inaugural Report Tracking Our Progress Reducing Poverty: Where We Are Today and What We Need to Do to Cut Poverty in Half in 10 Years T ...

Columbus Day, Wall Street, and Alabama Immigrants: "It's About Power, Stupid"
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

In 1992, political strategist James Carville coined the catchphrase that won Bill Clinton the presidency: "It's the economy, stupid." In 1992, political strategist ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:28pm | Type: Blog

The puzzle here is not that readers of the Bible would tilt toward the political left. That, for me, as well as for thousands of other American evangelicals, is self-evident. ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups. Part of a university education is le ...

Evening Links of Awesomeness: Banned Books Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! If you're anything like us, you've probably been too busy to read much of anyth ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 President Obama and aides are bracing for a tough re-el ...

50 Years of Peace Corps, 10 Years of War
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

As the Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, it is time to take stock and commit to making it bigger, better and bolder. As one of four members of the House who volunteered, I answered f ...

The Republican Debates So Far (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Most people who follow the political public discourse in our country know the Republican mantra on the economy -- cut taxes, cut regulation, cut federal spending, balance the national budget, and all ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

Let's Hold Glenn Beck to His Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

On his radio show last week, Glenn Beck read a vow of nonviolence, which he said he'd been working on for about a year, and pleaded his followers to take it as well. On his ...

Joy's Shadow As New School Year Begins
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten today. A poignant milestone dressed up in an exceptionally cute plaid jumper. My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten ...

Life as a Homeless Youth
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, services in the City of Chicago are falling far behind the need. When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, servic ...

Migrant Workers and The Grapes of Wrath Revisited
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When John Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath was published in 1939, it caused a sensation. It won the Pulitzer Prize and was the best-selling novel of the year. Wh ...

Buddhas Brought Back to Life in Central Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly blog about issues in Afghanistan to educate our readers about the latest news and developments rel ...

God Is Watching
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The markets are watching, the Republicans are watching, the Democrats are watching, the media are watching, the pollsters and pundits are watching. The markets are watching, ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

Walmart's New Urban Strategy Comes With a Lousy Track Record
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Walmart has launched a charm offensive as part of its new urban strategy to impose smaller versions of its big box in inner cities across the country. It has proposed four stores for Washington, D.C. ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

6:24 and James 5:1-6) Be Well, Bob Griffin True, but where do you think True, but where do ...

Enough Activists, But Not Enough Convergence: An Interview With James Lawson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over lunch last week, during the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's <a href="http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/learning-and-resources/educational-initiatives/fletche ...

Muslim Victim Rais Bhuiyan Campaigns to Save His Attacker
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas when a man walked in with a gun. Thinking the store was being robbed, Bhuiyan opened the cash regi ...

What Does it Mean to 'Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors?'
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:50am | Type: Blog

Smack dab in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer, obscured by old translations and otherworldly assumptions, is a radical cry for Jubilee justice “And forgive us our debts, as we al ...

Would I Risk as Much as the Dreamers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The youngest person in a crowd of teenagers and young adults at the Dream Act Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday was an 8-year-old girl. The youngest person in a cro ...

Toothbrushes, Towels, and Tackling Root Causes in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://mccpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/toothbrushes-towels-and-tackling-root-causes-in-gaza/" target="_blank"></a>We met 10-year-old Noor Al-Abid in Nove ...