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175 Leaders Urge U.S. Support In Christianity's Historical Heartland; Egyptian Churches Not So Sure
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 9:26am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Jayson Casper ...

Tragedy Begets Resilience
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

How would our injured victims respond? Within days, the answer was clear. They would remain resilient. Among the many images of the marathon victims that emerged shortly after th ...

'The Square' Sheds Light on Egypt's Religious and Political Divisions
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

There’s a lot anyone can learn from Jehane Noujaim’s Oscar-nominated documentary The Square, an examination of the 18-day uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. There’s a ...

On Scripture: #firstcenturyproblems (Matthew 1:18-25)
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

As Matthew 1:18-25 demonstrates, today’s poor are more likely to be struggling with #firstcenturyproblems than they are #firstworldproblems, and, in this, they find solidarity with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. ...

Concerned with Violence Against Muslims, Islamic Organization Visits Myanmar
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

At the end of a three-day tour, the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation told Buddhist-majority Myanmar to repeal “laws restricting fundamental freedoms” after more than 240 Muslims were killed by B ...

U.K. Minister Sayeeda Warsi Calls on West to Protect Christian Minorities
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

The highest-ranking Muslim in the British government on Friday called on Western governments to do more to protect besieged Christian minorities across the world, particularly in the Holy Land where they are n ...

An Antidote to Religious Strife in Egypt: Nationalism
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

After decades of polarization along religious lines, Christians and Muslims in Egypt are coming together to rally behind their flag. After decades of polarization along religious ...

Syrian Christians May Get Pulled into Civil War
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

A huge statue of the Virgin Mary towers over churches, monasteries and mosques in the Syrian city of Maaloula, where a dialect of the Aramaic language of Jesus is still spoken. A ...

Political Islam on the Defensive Across the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

The backlash against Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt comes as secular forces across the Middle East are rising up in opposition to political Islam. Divisions reach from top leaders to the street. ...

Commentary: Islamist Suppression Could Reach U.S. Shores
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

In regular 20-year cycles, starting with Nasser in the 1950s, the Egyptian military regime has launched brutal campaigns of repression against its Islamist opponents. Although each of those previous suppressio ...

On Scripture: From Egypt to South Africa, We Are Each Other’s Keepers
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, has been in the hospital for over two months. Nearly twenty years after his election South Africa remains, despite a myriad of troubl ...

Egypt's Christians Under Attack: Interactive Map
Originally Posted: 08/16/2013 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Since the July 3 ousting of former president Mohammed Morsi, Christians in Egypt have faced a shocking spike in violent attacks. USA Today has created an interactive map with real-time updates on attacks on Ch ...

Learning to Love Complexity
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

In the modern global connectedness, our future depends on making our way through a minefield of things we don’t understand and can’t reduce to crime-drama simplicity. Tumult in Eg ...

A 'Redeemable Revolution'
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Theresa Webb An interview with Sen. Ehab El Kharrat, a Christian member of Egypt's Parliament, on why he sees the country as a ...

Poll Says Muslim Brotherhood Has Soured Americans on Egypt
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

The Islamic political party known as the Muslim Brotherhood has soured American attitudes towards Egypt, arguably America’s most important Arab ally, since its candidate Mohamed Morsi won presidential election ...

Transcript: Remarks by the President to the U.N. General Assembly
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY on September 25th, 2012. Editor's Note: The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks to th ...

U.S. Muslims, Copts Appeal to Rioters: Stop the Violence
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. are pledging not to let a spate of violent protests in some 20 Islamic countries derail recent efforts to improve the sometimes troubled relations between the tw ...

The ‘Maverick’ Egyptian-American Copt Behind the Anti-Muslim Film
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Florida Pastor Terry Jones ignited deadly riots by threatening to burn Qurans in 2010, and by torching the Islamic holy text last year. Recently, Jones said he would promote a crude film that portrays Islam’s ...

'Innocence of Muslims' Video Suggests a Fetish for Armageddon
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Pray for the makers of the film, for the Muslims in Libya and Egypt who have reacted in anger, and for the people of Israel who wake up every day, resented or reviled by so many of their neighbors. ...

U.S. Muslims Worry About Fall-Out from Libya Attacks
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 7:56am | Type: Blog

Muslim Americans condemned violence in Egypt and Libya that left four Americans dead, but remain concerned that the deaths could rekindle anti-Muslim sentiment just as post-9/11 resentment was starting to ebb. ...

The Top 10 Stories of August 27, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

<p><b>Quote of the day.<br /> </b>&quot;Rimsha has been sent to jail without any proof. We demand this law should be repealed, people are misusing it. And Rimsha should be released ...

U.S. Muslims and Coptic Christians Petition Egypt Not to Include Shariah
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 6:35am | Type: Blog

Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. are calling on the Egyptian government to exclude any mentions of Islamic law or language that discriminates against minorities in its draft constitution. ...

Jimmy Carter Tries to Pull the Log from America’s Eye
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Carter’s confessions to foreign leaders are not merely symbolic — as though he must search for a token American violation in order to get a foot in the door with those who perpetrate the really bad things. Des ...

Coptic Christian Ex-patriots Keep Wary Eye on Egyptian Elections
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

The fate of Copts looks as tenuous as ever as Egyptians struggle to determine who won this weekend's first-ever democratic presidential elections. Abdel was born into a Musli ...

Egypt Court: Parliament Dissolved, Elected Illegally
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Highest court in Egypt declares parliament invalid, ruling members elected illegally. CNN reports on worrying developments in Egypt: "Egypt's highest court ...

Evangelicals, Muslims Seek to Shape Common Values in Post-Revolution Egypt
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

Christianity Today  reports: 17 Coptic evangelical leaders met with five Muslim Brotherhood counterparts at the Brotherhood's headquarters on February 28, and crafted a joint statement of common values that both sides agree the new Egyp ...

Pope Shenouda Mourned in Funeral (Video)
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

Tens of thousands of Coptic Christians mourn the death of Pope Shenouda III in a funeral mass at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo. Tens of thousands of Coptic Christians mourned the ...

Remembering Pope Shenouda III: 'A Heart for Unity'
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

The death of Pope Shenouda III, leader of the 10 million Coptic Christians centered in Egypt, comes at a critical time for this church, which makes up about 10 percent of the Egyptian population. Today’s funer ...

Coptic Christians Mourn Death of Pope Shenouda III
Originally Posted: 03/19/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Egyptian Christians are mourning the death of Pope Shenouda III, the longtime leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, who died on Saturday (March 17) at the age of 88. Egyptian Chri ...

In the Stacks: Required Reading with Duane Shank
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

One of my must reads is the "Sunday New York Times Book Review." There are too many books being published that I would love to read, but don’t have the time. So, I rely on reading book reviews as one ...

Middle East Christians Keep Wary Eye on Arab Spring
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

The Arab Spring uprisings that toppled secular dictatorships have unleashed long-suppressed freedoms that have allowed Islamic parties to gain a share of political power they have been denied for decades. Thei ...

Egypt: The Revolution One Year On
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

Today is one year to the day since protestors massed in Cairo's now-legendary Tahrir Square. Inspired by events in nearby Tunisia, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians called on their leader, Hosni Mubarak, ...

The Top 10 News Stories of 2011: What Would Your List Include?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

In mid-December, the Religion Newswriters Association released its top 10 religion stories of the year. The Associated Press now has its annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors and their choices for ...

The Year of the Protester
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

According to TIME Magazine, 2011 is the year of “The Protester.” I love seeing who is chosen as TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Pres ...

Egypt's Bumpy Road to Democracy
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Initial results from Egypt’s first round of elections produced an unexpectedly large showing for Islamists. Initial results from Egypt’s first round of elections produced an un ...

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: A Decade Of Progress On AIDS (OPINION) I’ll tell you the worst part about it, for me. It was the look in their e ...

Revolution 2.0: Fulfilling Egypt's Democratic Promise
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

There were no speeches, but constant chanting rose from groups throughout the Square, all with a similar message: Military rule must end. This past Friday, my wife (and fellow pea ...

Dark Days in Tahrir Square
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

As we watched from a balcony overlooking the Square we heard the boom of military cannons, saw contrails from tear gas canisters hurtling across the Square, and felt clouds of stinging gas wafting up to our la ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Generation Finds Its Voice
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Like many of my contemporaries, I found the non-violent protests in Egypt that led to regime change earlier this year terribly inspiring. But, also like many in my generation, I never thought such a movement ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Digital Hootenanny
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:53am | Type: Blog

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple; By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me? ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Food Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Apples Apples Ok, well, Apple (singular) to be more precise. Ever wondered what Steve Jobs' favorite gelato flavor might be? Yeah, us neither. But someone went unde ...

TGIF: Links 'n' Such
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

The Gubbio Project, which helps churches become refuges for homeless people throughout the U.S., recently earned a new fan: Author Anne Rice. "When I was in San Francisco, I visited St. Boniface Church in ...

A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:13am | Type: Blog

I send many of my students to the Middle East as interns. In fact, Wheaton College has an entire program devoted to student short-term placement. I send many of my students to the ...

My Search for the Truth About the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 2008, as I heard the increasing public rhetoric of hostility emanating from the Middle East, I found myself wondering what Jesus would say and do if he were here in the flesh today. ...

Nothing Spontaneous About It
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 8:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The roots of Egypt's revolt: the story of Egypt's long preparation for nonviolent revolution. ...

Best Practices in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Kathy Kamphoefner What the Egyptians did right: a Cairo-based nonviolence trainer looks at what the Jan. 25 activists did right. ...

How Peer Pressure Creates Social Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

People are rarely swayed by information alone. People are rarely swayed by information alone. If they were, the cigarette industry would have collapsed when the first Surgeon Gene ...

Friday Links Round Up: Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:36pm | Type: Blog

Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade. Here's a little round up ...