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Immigration Reform's Post-Election Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Just a few months ago, Christian advocates of immigration reform believed that the political environment in the country would make it very difficult to make the legislative changes necessary to pro ...

'Yes, We Did' - But What Will We Do Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I layered my clothing and stepped out into the biting pre-dawn chill, and as my friends and I walked the three miles down to the Mall and stood for hours feeling our toes go numb, I found it all ...

Lift Every Voice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I was there at the Lincoln Memorial Opening Inaugural Event, the Inauguration I was there at the Lincoln Memorial Opening Inaugural Event, the Inauguration Nice writin, ...

Obama: 'Talk is Cheap'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

For millions in the U.S.A. For millions in the U.S.A. and hundreds of millions throughout the world, the much anticipated inauguration of the 44th President of the United States o ...

Hope Replaces Cynicism: Reflections on the Inauguration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Generations are often defined by tragedy and crisis. Cultural milestones are often measured by a traumatic event that is shared by a generation. Remember Pearl Harbor? Generatio ...

Inauguration Journal: Scattered Thoughts Over Four Days of History
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's a better country than I thought it was. I honestly wouldn't have thought this possible. I guess I would have agreed with the older generation of African Americans in my neighborhood: Th ...

God's Inaugural Spokespersons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I thought God -- the real God, the One who cares passionately about justice, peace, and diversity -- came out rather well in the inaugural ceremonies.</p> I thought God -- t ...

Video: Dr. Sharon Watkins' Sermon at the National Prayer Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Disciples of Christ General Minister and President (and Sojourners Board member) Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins delivered this sermon, "Harmonies of Liberty," during the National Prayer Service ...

Video and Transcript: Rev. Joseph Lowery's Inauguration Benediction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p> God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet s ...

Video and Transcript: Rick Warren's Inaugural Invocation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Here's the video and the transcript of Rick Warren's prayer at the inaugural ceremony, for your reference and comment:</em></p> Here's the v ...

20th January, 2009
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On 20<sup>th</sup> January, 2009, I turned on my radio to listen to the news and heard these words from the leader of the main opposition party in Zimbabwe: "Today is probably one of the dark ...

Obama's Inauguration Speech: Tough Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

President Obama's inaugural address might not have been one for the ages.</p> <p>But it certainly was the right one for the moment.</p> President Obama' ...

Video: Jim Wallis in Inaugural Prayer Service at National Cathedral
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Today Jim Wallis participated in<span> the National Prayer Service to celebrate the inauguration of the 44<sup>th</sup> President of the United States. ...

An Inauguration Pilgrimage: Dreams From My Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We waited for 30 minutes. Standing, awkward, we looked up at the board. When I arrived at Penn Station the board said train #167, enroute to Washington D.C., "25 mins late"... Five minutes l ...

More About Bishop Robinson's Lost Inaugural Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am thankful that <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/2009/01/21/bishop-robinsons-lost-prayer/">Cathleen Falsani's blog post included the text of the prayer given by Bishop Eug ...

The Obama Inauguration: A Singular and Unique Event
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The inauguration of President Barack Obama was a singular and unique event. I intend an emphatic redundancy. It was much much. Very very. Amazing.</p> The inauguration o ...

Bishop Robinson's Lost Prayer at the Inaugural Kick-off
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sunday afternoon, I sat in front of the TV with a box of tissues and watched every second of the "We Are One" concert at the Lincoln Memorial live on HBO.</p> ...

International Inauguration Congratulations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

What an amazing and inspiring event. Our TV networks had the event 'live' so we could share this moment with the citizens of the USA! What an amazing and inspiring event ...

What Kind of Love Can Really Change the World?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

What a moment it was on Saturday at the War Memorial Plaza in Baltimore as President-elect Barack Obama heard a woman shouting in the crowd, "We love you, Obama!" and he answered, "I love you ba ...

Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president. The day after the inaugur ...

Police Violence Undercuts Pundits' 'Post-Racial' Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after Barack Obama was elected president, I heard people say multiple times that we have now arrived as a "post-racial" nation and that it can now be said that anyone can truly be president ...

Video: My Son Met Barack Obama at Ben's Chili Bowl
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last Saturday our family and a couple of friends decided to drop into <a href="http://www.benschilibowl.com/">Ben's Chili Bowl</a> for a quick bite to eat before heading down to the ...

Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This kind of feels close to an exercise in I-told-you-so, but for all the folks who assert that voting is a hopelessly corrupted exercise in irredeemable empire, consider as an indicator the testim ...

Come to the MLK Day Open House at Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Right now at Sojourners we are feeling the energy of all the activities planned around the inauguration-the concerts, worship services, <a href="../../../mlk">MLK day of service</a>, and ...

This Feels Like Family: The Obama Inauguration and Beyond
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As my mother and I prepare to "Thelma and Louise-it" to travel to Washington for the Obama inauguration, my excitement is tempered with anxiety. As my mother and I prepa ...

Selective Memory in the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A well-repeated Arab saying dealing with conflicts states: <em>al bad'azlam</em>, "the initiator [of a conflict] is the wrong one." So if you are trying to figure out who is wrong in ...

Time Magazine's Top Ten Religion Stories: Right on New Evangelicals, Wrong on the Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

<em>Time</em> magazine just released its <a href="http://www.time.com/time/specials/2008/top10">"Top Ten of Everything in 2008."</a> <a href="http://www.time ...

Midwifing a New America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

I think it was sometime early in 2007 that I began to find myself almost possessed by a profound premonitory sense that the next year, this year, 2008, would be filled with a special power. ...

Election Night Unity, Online Animosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

<strong>Jamie</strong>: We took a puzzle system of trains for about an hour or so until we pulled to an unexpected stop on the tracks, just feet from the platform of 125th Street. ...

Your Photo Memos to Barack Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>About a week before my first day on the job at Sojourners, a very exciting piece of news made its way around the office: Barack Obama had worked out at the gym across the street from Sojourners. Welco ...

Elections and Christ the King
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The great wheel of the Christian liturgical year is turning once again. The great wheel of t ...

My Day on the Hugo Chavez Show
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Tonight, PBS's Frontline will air "<a title="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hugochavez/" href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hugochavez/">The Hug ...

Hate Crimes, Racist Incidents Escalate After Obama's Election
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/photos/8/85a10c0c-9e7b-4486-8061-23d8ed3a444b.html?SITE=ALANN&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT"></a></p> ...

God's Spirit is for Everybody: Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America, Part 3
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=4027">continued from part 2</a>] [<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/romal-tune-joel-sermon">read all four parts</a> ...

A South African Role Model of Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Since the historic election of Nov. 4, I have been part of discussions with college students and faith-based institutions that have experienced racial tension and intolerance on their campuses. ...

Ethnic Cleansing in Orissa: India's Persecuted Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In India, the world's largest democracy, <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Sunday_Specials/The_Audacity_of_Hope/articleshow/3690305.cms">millions applauded the recent U.S. ...

Is the Dream Fulfilled? Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Where have all the prosperity preachers gone? It seems like only yesterday when we were hearing about prosperity preachers and messages about God pouring out financial blessing. ...

Obama's Promise to Close Guantanamo and the Value of Your Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

President-elect Barack Obama, in his first interview since being elected, promised to close Guantanamo Bay. President-elect Barack Obama, in his first interview since being electe ...

Back to Square One in Zimbabwe and the 'Obama Effect' in South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Sunday, Nov. Sunday, Nov. 9, regional leaders (SADC) held an emergency meeting aimed at resolving the political crisis in Zimbabwe 'once and for all.' The meeting could ...

Our Children's 'Audacity of Hope'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

"I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord "I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord (audacity of hope, Barack Obama, change, Children, Educatio ...

Obama: The Power of a Precedent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I live in a small but proud neighborhood in Saint Paul, called Rondo. I live in a small but proud neighborhood in Saint Paul, called Rondo. In the early 1960s, it was a vibrant, t ...

Obama: Get Two for the Price of One on the Economy and Environment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

President-elect Obama,</p> President-elect Obama, You need a smart, elegant "signature initiative" that will solve many problems at once. Green For All rec ...

The Big Shift: Latino Evangelical Voters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In 2004, <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=Soj0804" href="../../../index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=Soj0804">Latino evange ...

Don't Take the Bush-Obama Handshake for Granted
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The campaign was filled with backstabbers, liars, and cheats. Entire books were created out of thin air to defame opponents. The campaign was filled with backstabbers, liars, and ...

Seeing the Election Beyond Black and White
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Watching Barack Obama's victory speech and reflecting upon the significance of his election as the next president of the United States left me profoundly moved.</p> Wat ...

The World Responds to Obama's Victory
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Leaving O'Hare airport on the afternoon of election day, I was somewhere near Greenland on a flight to Europe when the captain announced the results. Leaving O'Hare airp ...

Obama's Victory and Middle East Democracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

A curious thing has happened as Americans were choosing their first black president. Democracy suddenly ceased to be a bad word for many genuine democrats in the Middle East.</p> ...

Scapegoating Sarah Palin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Let me <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=1998">repeat myself.</a></p> Let me repeat myself. While many conservatives have kno ...

A TKO and a Split Decision
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

My wife and I were sitting watching the election returns come in on CNN. She was 'chatting' online with some of her friends. My wife and I were sitting watching the ele ...

Campaign Community Organizers as the Foundation for Future Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As a volunteer in the Obama campaign, I was constantly amazed at my fellow volunteers of all ages, races, and economic groups. As a volunteer in the Obama campaign, I was constant ...