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Honoring the Greatest Commitment of Sen. Edward Kennedy's Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In the aftermath of the 2004 presidential election, the Democrats were roundly accused of losing the "moral values voters" in America, and of being the party of "secularists" who w ...

Interfaith Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Hospital waiting rooms are glum places pretty much everywhere. People, sick or injured, wait and wait and wait. Nowhere are the huge gaps between rich and poor so graphically in evidence. ...

Desire, Incorporated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Well, glory be Well, glory be My first reaction (to quote My first reaction (to quote George Will) was "Well". An article that compares pornography to McDonal ...

In the Culture War, Justice Loses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christian minority in the town of Gojra. A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christ ...

Put Down the Bottle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm not a complete locavore purist, at least not yet. I do eat things shipped from the other side of the world, such as ginger, or (fair trade) chocolate. But <em>water</em>? ...

Health-Care Reform: Check the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If you have paid attention to the health-care reform debate at all, you know that there is a lot of bad information out there. If you have paid attention to the health-care reform ...

A 'Truth-telling' Ministry for People of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every so often, the issues at stake in the public debate become so clear and compelling, so alarming and disconcerting -- or both at the same time -- that I feel a need to speak out in a more perso ...

More Than Beer-Bottle Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It has now been a couple of weeks since President Obama convened what was infamously dubbed the "Beer Summit." You know <a href="../2009/07/28/gates-arrest-analysis-cliff-notes/">the ...

With the Health-Care Debate, Let's Begin with Honesty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Has he been pre-authorized? Because if the test hasn't been, it may not be covered and you may be caught with the bill as my husband and I learned." Her jagged words hit me like a political ad. ...

We Must Act on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As a nation, we are engaged in making decisions about our health care that will impact our families and communities for generations to come.</p> As a nation, we are engaged ...

To Whom Much is Given
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We learned the story in Sunday school: </p> We learned the story in Sunday school: The rich ruler comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesu ...

My Experience of U.S. Health Care as a Recent Immigrant (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have friends in the UK who are doctors, men and women who work in intense, busy careers. Like many salaried positions, things get exponentially better the longer you're in the system. ...

A Place at the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my favorite family gathering. I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my ...

An Open Letter On Health Care to Conservative Christians in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dear Friends,</p> Dear Friends, Although today I would not call myself a political or social conservative, I am grateful for my heritage as an evangelical Christian: My ...

Letter to Congress on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<h3 style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2009/08/what-most-of-us-want-to-say-to-congress.html"> D ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

Palin Bad for Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Thursday, I wrote about <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/06/truth-telling-and-responsibility-in-health-care/" href="../2009/08/06/truth-telling-and-responsibility-in-health-care/&q ...

Now that a Wise Latina is a Supreme Court Justice ...
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Early next Saturday morning I will board a plane with my daughter to spend a week in Honduras. Early next Saturday morning I will board a plane with my daughter to spend a week in ...

Speaking Truth in Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do ...

My Experience of U.S. Health Care as a Recent Immigrant (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Regular readers will know that in the past year, I embarked on a genuinely life-altering journey. I emigrated to the United States, got married, and now make my home in North Carolina. ...

Who Lit The Fire Under the Right-Wing 'Populists' Against Health-Care Reform?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://rosemarieberger.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/obamacare.jpg"></a>By now, we've all seen the angry "regular Americans" who are rising up to resist ...

How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>In the August 2009 issue of</em> Harper's Magazine<em>, Brooklyn-based writer Rachel Aviv penned an article titled "Like I was Jesus: How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ." ...

Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Yesterday was the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Here is an important piece wo ...

Just Say No to Khartoum Appeasement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In a <a title="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/08/06/the_phony_optimism_on_darfur/" href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/artic ...

The Struggle Continues in South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have been home in South Africa for two months as of August 6. I am grateful that my family and I are home in the land of our beginnings. I have been home in South Africa for tw ...

Truth-telling and Responsibility in Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have said that one <a href="../2009/07/02/three-moral-issues-of-healthcare/">important moral principle</a> for the health-care debate is truth-telling. I h ...

A Conversation with Robert Jensen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593762348?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=1593762348" mce_href="http://www.am ...

Risking Ourselves for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a big fan of iTunesU, and I usually try to listen to informative podcasts on long drives, since I can't read and drive simultaneously. I'm a big fan of iTunesU, ...

Making Peace with Sam Harris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. D ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In recent days, it seems that the Religious Right is trying everything they can to derail the health-care reform our country so desperately needs. In recent days, it seems that th ...

Washington Update: Abortion Funding Not in Health-Care Bill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<strong></strong>The health-care reform debate in Washington, D.C., has many components, but one that has drawn enormous attention from the pro-life community is a concern over whether health-care ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SnJYnNcPDHI/AAAAAAAACw8/4G6Xga-fHwU/s1600-h/obama-beer.jpg"></a></p> <p>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they sha ...

Bishops vs. The Bomb: Act II
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When the United States and the Soviet Union stared into the abyss of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick began reading obscure journals like the <em>Bulletin of the At ...

A Cancer Survivor Speaks Out For Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/yes-multi-scarf-0132.jpg"></a></p> I just read an e-mail forward where someone compared the pr ...

An Evangelical Who Doesn't Like Sarah Palin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was doing a workout anyway, so I decided to watch Sarah Palin's farewell address while pumping away on the elliptical machine. I was doing a workout anyway, so I decided to ...

Mark Sanford, John Ensign, and 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Presently, the glare of the media spotlight has started to shine on a number of political figures, all of whom coincidentally have a connection to a D.C.-based group called The Family. ...

How to Win a Culture War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one. The soul of our nation has been marred from a perpetual state of culture war. Want to know how to win a culture war? ...

Four Lessons from the Religious Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009506344_religiousright21m.html" target="_blank">This <em>Seattle Times</em> article </a>on the current st ...

Interpretation, Hermeneutics, and Judge Sotomayor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Judge Sonia Sotomayor has begun jumping through the Senate's ritual hoops to become the next member of the Supreme Court. Judge Sonia Sotomayor has begun jumping through the ...

A Prime Minister's Conscience is Pricked
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Only God would open up an opportunity for a Catholic from San Francisco to speak prophetically to the Prime Minister of Australia, at the Anglican Centre in Rome, on behalf of Cambodians about to lose ...

Why the Fuss About Dr. Francis Collins' Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'm excited about the <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0908&amp;article=with-all-your-mind" href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

Iran: Two Kinds of Islam, Two Kinds of Religion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There is the Islam of the dictators and their religious allies, used to keep people in their place, used to justify their own power, used to shame and threaten those who question their authority. And ...

Justice for Victims of Colombia's Military
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On June 8, Pastor Reinel Martinez Medina testified before the Colombian Congress on the execution of his brother at the hands of Colombian Public Security Forces: "I dare to speak out about my brot ...

Eco-Justice: Getting There from Here
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As I look at where we need to get, pronto -- 350 parts per million or less carbon in the atmosphere, sustainable use of planetary resources, and a world economy consistent with those things -- and ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

Sojourners Magazine: We've Got a New Look!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Sojourners</em> magazine just had its first redesign in my seven years of working here, and all I can say is "wow," because I have a limited graphic-design vocabulary.</p> ...

To My Brothers, Sisters in Iran
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have never met you but I have to thank you. You are half a world a way but I'm watching you on TV, reading blogs, looking at pictures and following your Twitter updates. I ...

Reclaiming the Church's Mission and Message on Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the role of the church will be significant. As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the ...