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The Year in Review. (Too Soon?)
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Where were the bugs? We were supposed to get lots of bugs.  IT’S A LITTLE early to be looking b ...

How to Suppress the Vote
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana Why powerful people are working to curtail voting rights in America (for certain people, that is).  ...

Cardinals Begin Conclave to Elect the Next Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

The doors of the Sistine Chapel closed behind the cardinals on Tuesday, marking the official start of the conclave that will elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. The 115 cardinal-electors walked in proces ...

Do Young Voters Need a Business Education, or Are We On the Right Track?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

A number of polls suggest the economy is actually a top priority for most young voters. As it happens, though, young people seem to have very different ideas on how best to handle economic instability than the ...

Who Speaks for Catholics?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Before the election, several bishops went so far as to threaten their parishioners with eternal damnation if they voted for Obam ...

A Season of Urgent Patience
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

During the upcoming season of Advent we ask God to provide us with a full portion of urgent patience. On the morning of Nov. 7, just hours after polling places closed and as vote ...

Obama’s Immigration Opportunity
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

With conservative opinion on immigration shifting, a unique opportunity exists to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. As President Barack Obama prepares for a second term, ...

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. ...

Ancient Wisdom for 21st Century Problems
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

In an attempt to make sense of the 2012 election and the unfolding David Petraeus sex scandal, I consulted the Bible and the Sayings of the Fathers, a collection of sage rabbinic teachings written between 200 ...

Civic Duty: What Can I Do Now?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

I ask the question; one, because I do not know the answer; two, because I have an entirely different answer. So first, the question stands: What can I do now, as a citizen? This s ...

The 'Nones' Say 2012 Election Proves They are a Political Force
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

fter Tuesday's election, that may soon change. According to a Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life study released last month, “nones” — those who say they have no religious affiliation or do not believ ...

The Money Map
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The US map according to outside electoral money. We’re all accustomed to the electoral maps of the United States – blue states on both coasts and the upper Midwest, everywhere els ...

Why Is Voting Made So Difficult?
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Why is voting in the U.S. made so difficult? As millions of Americans wait in long lines to vote today, David Firestone wonders why it has to be so difficult. “This is th ...

Pregnant with Possibility
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Donna Schaper Advent marinates us as we prepare to taste Christ's arrival. THE TASTE OF the election sti ...

Watch the Vote: The Ground Game
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

For the next 12 days it’s all about the ground game. With most voter registration deadlines passed, the fight against voter suppression has shifted focus from registration drives to calling banks, car-pools, and calls to vote early. Bishop Dwayne Roy ...

Evangelicals Mobilizing for Romney Campaign
Originally Posted: 10/22/2012 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

The Romney-Ryan ticket is the first Republican presidential campaign in history without a Protestant candidate, but this hasn't deterred evangelicals from launching massive get-out-the-vote and registrati ...

Give Us This Day Our Daily Vote
Originally Posted: 10/22/2012 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

While several years pass between presidential elections, we vote for the collective benefit of our global common good on numerous occasions with each passing day. In a few week ...

Values of a Public Faith (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

In this year of presidential elections, I have decided to summarize key values that guide me as I decide for whom to cast my vote. Editor's Note:  This is part two of a ...

Thou Shalt Follow These 10 Commandments for the Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:44pm | Type: Blog

Since there’s sure to be drama this week and next following the debates — and each day leading up to Election Day on Nov. 6, and likely some weeks afterward — I thought I’d share with you my 10 Commandments of ...

We’ve Got Issues
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Think and pray about whom, you would entrust with the responsibility to lead your community, state, and nation. If you care about having a substantive conversation about is ...

What Was Really Said at the Debate?
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Despite all the arguing there was much left unsaid by President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney at Wednesday night's debate. Last night millions of Americans watched the fi ...

Nietzsche Dissects American Political Discourse
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

If the government is designed ultimately for the good of the people, is the political discourse today reflective of that goal? What if I told you that the political discourse in A ...

Is Democratic Optimism Grounded in Reality?
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

President Obama rode a tide of optimism into the White House four years ago, only to watch his support erode after the reality didn’t live up to the speeches in many cases. But we wanted to hear it, and it wo ...

Why Voting Matters
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

As we have since 2004, Sojourners has published an issues guide of principles and policies for Christian voters. We encourage you to use this guide to educate yourself on these issues. ...

Obama Surges Ahead Among Catholic Voters
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

President Obama’s support among Catholic voters has surged since June, according to a new poll, despite a summer that included the Catholic bishops’ religious freedom campaign and the naming of Rep. Paul Ryan, ...

White Working Class Voters Still Looking for a Candidate, Still Religious
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

The white working class, a potentially rich bloc of voters for Republicans or Democrats, hasn’t settled on Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama, a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute shows. ...

VIDEO: Obama, Romney Answer Faith Leaders' Call to Address Poverty in Election
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The Circle of Protection, comprised of Christian leaders from across the religious spectrum, today released President Barack Obama's and GOP nominee Mitt Romney's video responses to the call to addre ...

6 Suggestions for Christians for Engaging in Politics
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Every four years, posts about politics pop up with increasing frequency on social media, eliciting often-furious back-and-forths that usually end up doing nothing more than reminding each side how right they a ...

The Politics of Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

In my mind, the poor are the ones being hijacked in all of this. Wealthy politicians from both major parties certainly are not arguing or creating policy from the viewpoint of Jesus. In fact, thinly veiled rel ...

Caring for the Poor is Government's Biblical Role
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

I want to suggest that what size the government should be is the wrong question. A more useful discussion would be about the purposes of government and whether ours is fulfilling them. So let's look at wh ...

Cardinal Dolan, Sister Simone Campbell, To Bless the Democratic Convention
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

In a move that could recast the reigning political narrative about the Catholic bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has accepted an invitation to deliver the closing benediction at the Democratic National Conventi ...

The Shrill Are Shouting: So What?
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

To judge by the shrill echoes of shrill voices, the right wing is arming for battle, with God on their side, the flag as their shield, and the future of a white Christian nation at stake. Foolhardy politicians ...

Public Jesus: How Churches Can Talk about Politics in an Election Year (Without Killing Each Other)
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

How can churches have a healthy conversation about politics in the middle of a national election without demonizing the opposition and causing disunity? Learning to speak as a Chr ...

Religion v. Spirituality, Right v. Left
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Are conservatives more religious and liberals more spiritual? Matthew Hutson asks an interesting question in an article for The Huffington Post - Are Conservatives Mor ...

Liberals Must Talk About God and Country with Heart
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Conservatives often resort to name-calling in the absence of debate, but liberals ignore whole categories of discussion. Like patriotism and religion. Well, it's time we got over that. ...

Wisconsin: Time to Speak the Truth, Not Move On
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

The threats to the poor and the central city are just as real this morning as they were yesterday. The cry of the oppressed still rings out in Milwaukee and Racine, Green Bay and Madison. This is not a moment ...

With Nomination Clinched, Focus Turns to Romney’s Mormon Faith
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney clinched the GOP presidential nomination on May 28, becoming the first Mormon selected by a major political party. But will his barrier-breaking faith be a boon or bane to his White House campaign? ...

QUIRK: Mitt Romney = Unicorn?
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

In the Washington Post , Dana Milbank raises the question that has (apparently) been on everyone's lips during this election season: Is Mitt Romney a unicorn? An interesting question, we can all agree. By why are people ask ...

The Electorate – Who Are We?
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Take Part on Tuesday has created to great infographic that shows who actually votes in America. Some of the highlights: Married people are more likely to vote than widowers, divorcees or those who have never been married. The higher t ...

The Challenge
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Glenn Kessler, writer of the Washington Post Factchecker column, issues a challenge to President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Glenn Kessler, writer of the Washington Post Factcheck ...

Bearing Witness in Contentious Times
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Debra Dean Murphy Four books that encourage people of faith to bring more light and less heat to the public square—and to our pews. ...

When a City Can't Afford an Election
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Apart from the state of public discourse and apathy concerns of the weary voter, another issue is creeping up that could pose a problem for potential turnout—money. If the GOP pr ...

Are Voter-ID Laws Racist?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice More than 5 million voters could be affected by new Voter-ID laws and (coincidentally?) a disproportionate number of them are pe ...

Pastor Poised to Be First African-American to Lead Southern Baptists
Originally Posted: 02/04/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

After months of urging from other Baptists around the country, the Rev. Fred Luter told his African-American congregation that he will seek to become the first black man to lead the predominantly white Souther ...

The Afternoon News: Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. THE WASHINGTON POST: Trumka: Organized Labor Will Continue Standing Wi ...

Jim Wallis and Gary Bauer on CNN's "State of the Union" Discuss Religion and the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:09am | Type: Blog

On Sunday morning (11/6), Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis appeared on CNN's "State of the Union," with American Values president Gary Bauer and host Candy Crowley to discuss how religion will affect t ...

Jim Wallis and Richard Land: Join the Great Conversation
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Last night, at the National Press Club here in Washington D.C., the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Sojourners co-sponsored a conversation between Richard L ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew modestly over th ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...