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The Fair Sentencing Act: A (Small) Step Towards Making Things Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, prison, race, and justice (or the lack thereof).</p> I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, pr ...

Glenn Beck Co-opting the Steps of the Lincoln Memorial
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I am grieved and angry that Glenn Beck is going to be on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28 (the anniversary of the historic civil rights March on Washington on August 28, 1963) -- and ...

Supporting Churches and Synagogues for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This spring, we saw an opportunity to join the efforts of Rev. This spring, we saw an opportunity to join the efforts of Rev. Jim Wallis and Sojourners to stand up to the Tea Part ...

The Careful (and Necessary) Work of Journalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week, <em>The Washington Post </em>ran a three-part series on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/19/top-secret-america/">top secret counterterrorism organizations</a& ...

The Tea Summit We All Should Attend
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The NAACP recently roared into the national spotlight when, during the organization's 101st Annual Convention, its delegates unanimously passed a <a href="http://www.naacp.org/blog/entry/why-we-pa ...

Glenn Beck and the Foolishness of the Cross
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Should Christians reject the cross of Jesus Christ? Should Christians reject the cross of Jesus Christ? Listen to Glenn Beck and it would be reasonable to think that the answe ...

Glenn Beck and a Neighborless Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to thank <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a>. I want to thank Glenn Beck . His recent tirade against liberation theolog ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Once again, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a> has waded into theological waters beyond his depth. Once again, Glenn Beck has ...

Why National Flags Don't Belong in Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I first heard the announcement to rise for "the presentation of the colors," I didn't understand what that was. When I first heard the announcement to rise for ...

Top Secret America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>The </em><em>Washington Post</em> today blanketed the front page with this lede:</p> The Washington Post today blanketed the front page w ...

What Do We Do When There Are No Simple Solutions?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The other day, I got together with a pastor friend who is feeling discouraged and overwhelmed by the extent of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">the Gulf oil spill</a> and his ...

The Oil Has Stopped, But How Can I Keep From Praying?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is with cautious optimism that I write these words: Apparently, oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf (at least from the spot where we had been watching <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spi ...

Excuse Me, Senator Grassley, Did I Hear You Correctly?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say that? Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say ...

Changing the Script on Political Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I picked up a copy of Daniel Schultz's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1935439146?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9 ...

Controversy in Wisconsin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. Every summer, a number of Christian mus ...

Information Consumers:
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, like most mornings, I spent 33 minutes on the elliptical trainer in my apartment exercise room. As a way to distract myself and multi-task, I watched the morning news. ...

Flag vs. Font: Pledging Our Allegiance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">"You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own forever." (The Book of Common Prayer) " ...

Praying on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong><em>Editor's note: </em></strong><em>Jim Wallis is on a tour of the Gulf Coast with an interfaith group of leaders sponsored by the Sierra Club. ...

Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: What I am about to write may sound radical or irrational to some. I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: ...

Calling People to Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Several months ago, I was invited to speak at </em><a href="http://www.lifest.com/"><em>Lifest</em></a><em>, a Christian festival in Wisconsin with more ...

Why I Remain a Catholic Priest, Despite Scandal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. My ...

McChrystal vs. Obama: Battle of the 'Hard Hearts'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday U.S. top Afghanistan warrior General Stan McChrystal was very publicly called to the carpet in the Oval Office. Sources say his job is on the line. Yesterday U.S. top Af ...

The Gulf Spill Brings Christians to Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In early June, a week-long gathering at the <a href="http://divinity.duke.edu/reconciliation/index.html">Center for Reconciliation</a> at Duke Divinity School brought together a diverse g ...

It Will Take a Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week, in President Barack Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill, he used the term "mission." That's the right word. This week, in President Barack O ...

Bloody Sunday and Telling the Truth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/16/an-astonishing-apology-in-the-house-of-commons/"></a>For 14 people in my homeland, northern Ireland -- a place whose divisions are so ful ...

My Initial Response to President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was glad the president emphasized the need to break our addiction to oil in his speech last night, and I thought he did a good job of demonstrating commitment to the people of the Gulf region. ...

The Revolution of the Heart Begins in Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For nearly two months <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">oil has gushed into the Gulf </a>because of BP's government-endorsed "error." The environmental destruct ...

Faith & Justice Networks: New Wineskins for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Over the past decade, discussions about justice have reached a tipping point in the evangelical world. Over the past decade, discussions about justice have reached a tipping point ...

DC Catholic Charities: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Few people expect their workplace benefits to be a casualty of the culture wars, but in Washington, DC, the battle over same-sex marriage hit local employees of Catholic Charities square in the poc ...

Stop the Crippling of the Clean Air Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The brazen chutzpah of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">Big Oil </a>and Big Coal is amazing. The brazen chutzpah of Big Oil and Big Coal is ...

Empathy and Empire are Antithetical
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A University of Michigan study suggests that the college students of today are 40 percent less empathetic than students twenty or thirty years ago. A University of Michigan study ...

Forgiveness, Fear, and the Mosque at Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. While a few years ago these were ...

Texas School Board: The "Common Good" as Liberal Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The Texas School Board has approved controversial new social studies standards . Some on the board appear more intent on imme ...

Imagining a New American Church Response to Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week, a group of 150 Christian leaders committed to the ministry of reconciliation in their churches, communities, schools, and organizations gathered at Duke Divinity School to explore how th ...

Why My Faith Calls Me to March
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In my research into how to build grassroots ministries that are sustainable and Christ-centered for my books, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310292891?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-20&a ...

A Time for Moral Reckoning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I am watching unbelievable pictures tonight of endless swaths of brown oil mixed with the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, of dying wetlands and marshes, of miles of contaminated coastlines, of d ...

Labor is Part of the Immigration Equation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>If migration policy was "freed" or emanc ...

Wanted: A Pro-Family Immigration System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There's a wonderful family at my church who are from Rwanda. There's a wonderful family at my church who are from Rwanda. They have been granted asylum in the United Sta ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

Why Do Americans Emphasize Charity Over Justice?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Recently I came across <a href="http://www.catechism.org/lent/Walking-inthe-Footsteps-of-Jesus-Act-Reflect-Transform-essay.pdf" target="_blank">Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus: Cath ...

Civility and a Hermeneutic of Generosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We live in an increasingly partisan world. This is not news. But it's the news "business," in many ways, that has made it so.</p> We live in an increasingly ...

Finance Reform a Historic Accomplishment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last evening, the U.S. Senate passed a financial regulatory reform bill by a 59-39 vote, including four Republicans. Last evening, the U.S. Senate passed a financial regulatory re ...

Why Glenn Beck is a Danger to True Evangelical Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I watched the Glenn Beck show on Fox News yesterday. His topic was how churches that are using the term, "social justice" are misinterpreting scripture in order to spread Marxism. ...

Civility: The Problem of Being Nice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In March, I signed <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=action.display&amp;item=100308-civility-covenant">The Civility Covenant</a> issued by the folks at Sojourners. ...

Glenn Beck, Immigration, and Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After Glenn Beck said "social justice is a perversion of the gospel" and a "code" for Marxism, communism, and Nazism, I invited him to a public dialogue to discuss the true meaning of socia ...

Anti-Immigrant Law Passes in Arizona, 'We Will Not Comply'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The law signed today by Arizona Gov. Brewer is a social and racial sin, and should be denounced as such by people of faith and conscience across the nation. The law signed today b ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

Who Speaks for American Jews?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It's the age-old question. Who can claim to speak for American Jews on Israel?</p> <p>World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder seems to think he's found the answer. It's him.< ...

Wearing My Jesus Goggles to the Boston Tea Party
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Tea Party Express -- the traveling band of conservative speakers, entertainers, and organizers -- stops in Washington, D.C., today on its nationwide effort to "vote them out of office" i ...

Video: Washington Post Interviews Jim Wallis on Glenn Beck and Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p><a href="https://secure.ga3.org/03/grow_biblical_socialjustice">+ Support Sojourners as we respond to Glenn Beck's attacks</a></p> ...