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More than 1,000 Arrested Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As of this morning, more than 1,009 Americans have been arrested to bring national attention to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. This is what church looks like. As of thi ...

Working for the Kingdom of God: A Defense
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Oh, I am against the idea of a state c ...

Hurricanes, Hype, and Hope
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Did anyone else get the feeling, as we watched weather reporters wave their arms frantically in swirling motions across oversized maps of the eastern seaboard -- with their eyes bulging as they pus ...

Carrying the Living King Back to the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rose Berger from Sojourners magazine spoke to the hundreds of us gathered in Lafayette Park just before we processed to the fence surrounding the White House. Rose Berger from ...

Missing Servant Leaders on Corporate Tax Responsibility
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

We're sorely missing the servant leadership of America's CEOs on matters of corporate taxation. We're sorely missing the servant leadership of America's CEOs o ...

595 Arrested at the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I'm home. I'm tired. And I feel great! I'm home. I'm tired. And I feel great! Yesterday, 145 religious leaders, artists, and students were arrested in front o ...

A Flat Tax and 'the New Austerity,' or
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

At Europe Through the Back Door, our tour program just sold its 11,782nd seat for our 2011 season -- topping our best tour sales year ever (2007). At Europe Through the Back Doo ...

Hurricane Irene and the Wrath of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"Do you think God sent Hurricane Irene?" a young man asked me with a curious look in his eyes that was as innocent as it was pensive. "Do you think God sent Hurric ...

Reflecting the Image of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In reading some of the responses to my last post Embodied Theology, I was reminded of an essay I wrote for a class last semester, so I've rewritten part of it as a blog post to help clarify my positi ...

Tools for Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday afternoon I found out that ABC news plans to dedicate it programming today to "Hunger at Home: Crisis in America." It precipitated my writing of this post which I had planned to add as a la ...

God's Wrath Caused East Coast Earthquake
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I want to beat televangelist Pat Robertson to the jump on yesterday's East Coast earthquake. I want to beat televangelist Pat Robertson to the jump on yesterday's East C ...

Hubble, Hubble, Climate Trouble
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

For the past 30 years, through my work with Maryknoll and Pax Christi International, I've come to know grassroots communities around the world in situations of war and poverty. ...

Isn't the Keystone XL Pipeline in Our National Interest?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Won't it reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil? Won't somebody else develop the Alberta tar sands if the U.S. doesn't do it -- someone like China, perhaps? ...

Video: Practicing the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I am currently reading Mark Scandrette's book Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life together in the Kingdom of Love. I am currently reading Mark Scandrette's book Practi ...

Climate Witness as Act of Faithfulness
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The earth dries up and withers ... The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. - Isaiah 24:4-6 ...

Oil Addicts Anonymous
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

If the United States is a fossil fuel addict, then the Alberta tar sands are our next big fix. If the United States is a fossil fuel addict, then the Alberta tar sands are our nex ...

Have we Christianized Jesus?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Christianized Jesus -- the turning of a radical into a conservative shadow of his former self -- explains our problem of establishing and celebrating freedom fighters today. ...

A Call to Civil Disobedience Against the Keystone Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher was sentenced recently to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine for disrupting a federal oil and gas lease auction in 2008 that was later deemed illegal. ...

No More Dirty Work! Clean, Green Jobs, Not Tar Sands Oil
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama will decide as early as September whether to light a fuse to the largest carbon bomb in North America. That bomb is the massive tar sands field in Canada's Alberta province. ...

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. ...

God's Creatures Defending God's Creation
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I'm getting arrested on Aug. 29 at the White House. It's time to put my body where my soul is -- defending God's creation. I'm getting arrested on Aug. 29 at t ...

Trigger Words
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel C. Hunter I got accused of everything from turning my back on Christ to taking God out of the classroom! ...

Why We Need to Cut Wasteful Defense Spending in the United States
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's funny the things that you remember. I can remember one time when I was a teenager watching an episode of the Montel Williams show. It's funny the things that you re ...

Are Books a Thing of the Past?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 Zhao ! | more info (via: Wylio)Sales of printed books are down 9 percent this year, supplanted in part by digital versions on Kindles, Nooks, and even iPhone apps. ...

How Long Do You Spend in the Shower?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Many of us not only shower too frequently (there is evidence that suggests that daily showers are not always good for us), but many of us also spend far too long in the shower. Ac ...

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 ...

Observing the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by Sharing Faith
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

The email came just a few days before two Jewish rabbis and two Muslim friends joined two of us Christian ministers for a Sunday morning service. This service was part of a national event called Faith Shared. ...

Dissenters, Monastics, and Doubters: My Kind of Faith at the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/01/dissenters-monastics-and-doubters-my-kind-of-faith-at-the-wild-goose-festival/" target="_self"></a>Fed up and worn out from th ...

Environmental Activist Anna Clark: 'Christians Must Conserve Resources'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Anna has a heart for equipping churches to make small and big changes for the sake of creation care and stewardship of the earth's resources. How can Christians do this, you ask? Read our conversation to ...

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Game Over For the Climate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

We need you. We need you. In late August -- from the 20th to Labor Day weekend -- some of us are mounting what may turn into the largest-scale use of civil disobedience yet around ...

We Have the Technology
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lyndsay Moseley Off-the-shelf renewable power can meet 100 percent of world need -- if we have the will.  Re ...

Wanted: An Uncool Church of Distractions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms.</p> Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms. Helms, a 12-year-old who suffers ...

The Ugliest Word in the English Language: Fracking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I think I know the ugliest word in the English language -- a neologism, actually, coined to describe the technique for pumping liquid at high pressure into rock to open up cracks so that natural ga ...

How To Prepare for Turbulent Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Change happens in our lives whether we like it or not so we must learn how to mold our lives so that we bend, rather than break, in the midst of change. Change happens in our live ...

The Battle of Blair Mountain Redux
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/14/the-battle-of-blair-mountain-redux/" target="_self"></a>Hundreds of miners, activists, students, academics, environmentalists, ...

A Hymn Celebrating God's Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This hymn was originally used for the dedication of the 180 solar panels on the sanctuary of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware where I am the co-pastor. This h ...

Yemen: The Difference Between a Peaceful Revolution and Violent Clashes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Atiaf Alwazir, who runs the blog <a href="http://womanfromyemen.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Woman from Yemen</a>, has a new post explaining the relationship between what she ...

Why We Need Renewable Energy Sources That are Cheaper and Safer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan has caused considerable concern among Wall Street types, many of whom had already voted with their wallets against the financial feasibility of nuclear power by ...

Presidential Contenders: None Standing Tall on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Whoever is our next president -- whether President Obama in a second term or the eventual Republican nominee -- will be the most consequential president <em>ever</em> for overcoming global warming ...

8 Lessons Learned as a Pastor and Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/13/8-lessons-learned-as-a-pastor-and-mother/" target="_self"></a>I love this photo. Exemplified in this photo is where my life as ...

5 Green Reads For Your Summer Reading List
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

While Earth Day and Good Friday being on the same date this year was a relatively rare alignment, thankfully for many people the everyday companionship of religious belief and care for creation i ...

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day as a Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for your congregation, small group, or family.<em></em></p> Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for y ...

Reflections on the Gulf Oil Spill and a Prayer for Lost Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last year, I was deeply troubled by the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/gulf-coast/" target="_blank">Gulf Oil Spill</a>, having been born and raised on the Florida Gulf Coast. ...

Make Earth Day a Church Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It is fitting that this year <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/earth-day/" target="_blank">Earth Day</a> falls on Good Friday and that three days later the greatest dawn since t ...

One Year Later, Big Oil Still Isn't Sorry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">One year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, life has not returned to normal in the Gulf. One year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil ...

For Gulf Coast Residents, the Oil Spill Nightmare Continues
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:24pm | Type: Blog

For three months last year the Gulf Coast oil spill was the major topic of news reports all over the world. For three months last year the Gulf Coast oil spill was the major t ...

Embracing Creation Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today is the annual <a href="http://www.dayofsilence.org/" target="_blank">National Day of Silence</a>, a day where students across America pledge to be silent for a day in orde ...

Experiencing God's Creation, Rain or Shine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I'm a Midwestern girl coming out of her winter shell this month. Flip flops are lost companions just now crawling out from under beds and hidden closet shelves. I'm a Mi ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "Wh ...

Reverend Billy Against Mountain Top Removal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/11/reverend-billy-against-mountain-top-removal/" target="_self"></a>Reverend Billy and the <a href="http://www.revbilly.co ...