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Reflection on Prophet Malcolm X
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this hour, amongst everything else that is on my mind, I am mindful of the 19th of May, 2009, marking the birthday of a mystic activist and voice of justice. In this hour, amon ...

Let Us Pray for the World's Bad Actors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Let us pray for Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and for the Burmese generals. Let us send them our love. This is the counterintuitive radicality of the Christian witness. ...

Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After weeks of controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate as this year's commencement speaker, we have seen both the American democratic tra ...

Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea ...

Challenging Obama on Abortion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This is a challenge to President Obama and Congress written in light of his commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame. This is a challenge to President Obama and Congres ...

Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The industrialized world's collective failure to both regulate pollution and curb gross overconsumption has put millions and billions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people at increase ...

For the Record: Still Not the Religious Left
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Before our Mobilization to End Poverty, a member of our staff sent an e-mail to some members of the media in which he mistakenly referred to it as "the first big mobilization of the Religious Left ...

Doing Kingdom Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There were some remarkable outcomes to last week's Mobilization to End Poverty, with nearly 50 <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-host-sponsors">sp ...

M2EP Video: Voices from Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Day two of the Mobilization to End Poverty included a trip to Capitol Hill to lobby senators and representatives on issues related to poverty and social justice. Day two of the Mo ...

The First 100 Days
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Wednesday marked the 100th day of President Obama's administration and the final day of Sojourners' <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home&amp;so ...

M2EP LIVE: Just Back From Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dateline: Our Nation's Capitol -- Dateline: Our Nation's Capitol -- Since my delegation left without me, or, more accurately, did not pause when I stopped to buy gum - ...

M2EP LIVE: Taking on the Powers (kind of)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This is the day. The day that the entrenched powers on Capitol Hill come face to face with the horde of advocates from the Mobilization Against Poverty. This is the day. The day t ...

M2EP Live: Charlotte Keys Update
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was delighted to run into Charlotte Keys, head of Jesus People Against Pollution of Columbia, MS, whom I'd <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0903&am ...

M2EP Live: We're on the Inside
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This is the first event in Sojourners history where the White House has had a role, any role, aside from the one where they call the local police and ask them to remove us from the sidewalks. ...

M2EP Live: Why We're Here
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Before and after the worship service tonight, I got a chance to chat with just a few of the thousand-plus people coming to the Mobilization. Here's what they had to say:</p> ...

Defining 'Progressive'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"Progressive" has become the adjective of choice to describe faith communities with commitments to justice, serving the poor, and environmentalism. "Progressive&quo ...

A Christian Mistake
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In ominous red and black, last week's <em>Newsweek</em> cover carried the headline, "The Decline and Fall of Christian America." The magazine's <a href="http://www.newsw ...

Obama: 'America is not a Christian Nation'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Monday, in his address to the Turkish Parlaiment, President Obama made a statement guaranteed to spark controversy. Monday, in his address to the Turkish Parlaiment, President Oba ...

Video: Jim Wallis on CNN Discussing Obama's Faith Council
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis, Eboo Patel, and Rabbi David Saperstein discuss the role of President Obama's Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Jim Wallis, Eboo Patel, and Rab ...

Obama at Notre Dame: Continuing a Tradition of Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Barack Obama will be the ninth president awarded an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame and the sixth president to address its graduates during commencement services. ...

The Obama Notre Dame Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The University of Notre Dame recently announced that President Barack Obama will be its spring commencement speaker and that he will also be receiving an honorary doctorate of laws degree. ...

Impeach the Pope?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

So there was a fascinating <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/03/impeach_the_pope.html" target="_blank">editorial</a> in <em>The Washingt ...

The Collapse of Evangelicalism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the March 10 edition of <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em>, <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html">Michael Spencer predicts "the coming evangelica ...

Obama's Community of Support and Challenge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/politics/15pastor.html?_r=1&amp;hp"><em>The New York Times</em> ran a story</a> about five pastors who have served ...

The Poverty Forum's Three Points of Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It is the power of relationships that make new things possible. Relationships are the foundation of and the means for creating a culture shift. It is the power of relationships t ...

Pastor-in-Chief
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this week's town hall meetings, President Obama demonstrated an important aspect of his office: Pastor-in-Chief.</p> In this week's town hall meetings, Presiden ...

Video: Jim Wallis Talks about Obama's Faith-Based Council with BBC and Fox News
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks about how Obama's new Council on Faith-Based &amp; Neighborhood Partnerships will take on the priorities of poverty, abortion reduction, fatherhood, and interfaith dialogue.</p> ...

Postpartisan, not Bipartisan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I'm surprised that the media and politicians don't understand the difference between postpartisan and bipartisan. I'm surprised that the media and politicians don&# ...

A Fine Start for Common Ground Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The first weeks of the Obama administration have been a whirlwind of appointments, and as advertised, "change," but the aspect most in evidence is the president's efforts at finding common groun ...

Video: Jim Wallis on Finding Common-Ground Solutions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Last week, Jim Wallis was interviewed by David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network at the White House after a meeting with President Obama and the President's Council on Faith-Based &am ...

Obama's New Faith-Based Council
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The <a title="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-faith-based5-2009feb05,0,1591409.story" href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-faith-based5-2009feb05,0, ...

Rev. Joel Hunter on This American Life
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In case you're not a loyal listener of PRI's <em><a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org">This American Life</a></em> (the Rodrick Beilers have passed many a long r ...

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 ...

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. ...

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> ...

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 ...

Look Who's Praying at the Inauguration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop.</p> <p>The first female president of the Disciples of Christ.</p> The first openly gay Episcopal bishop. The first fem ...

In Support of Rick Warren
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<a title="blocked::http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?author=147 Posts by Valerie Elverton Dixon" href="../?author=147"></a></p> ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own</em></em> Charlie Brown Christmas <em><em>spec ...

Palestinian Christians Still Waiting for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When I lived in Jerusalem during the fall of 2000, after the failure of Camp David and as the second intifada erupted, I found myself angry with everything around me - the crushing might of Israel' ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

Will Obama Spell Justice Outside of the U.S.?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

More people around the world will watch Barack Obama's inauguration than any other presidential inauguration in history. More people around the world will watch Barack Obama& ...

Struggling with Tolerance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Frank Schaeffer at The Huffington Post has <a title="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/obama-was-right-to-pick-w_b_152330.html" href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer ...

Policy and Organizing: A Year in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

It was quite a busy year for the policy team at Sojourners, and we can already hear the challenges and opportunities of 2009 calling for our attention. It was quite a busy year fo ...

Another Reason for Being a Red Letter Christian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

With the resignation of Richard Cizik as vice president for government affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, we have one more reason why many of us are calling ourselves Red Letter C ...

Numbers That Mark the Beast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

I wrote a book recently with a friend of mine that stirred some conversation. In it we try to retell the story of the Bible in the context of the American empire. I wrote a book r ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of peace on earth and goodwill toward all, I went to see the remake of the 1951 movie <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043456/">The Day the Earth Stood Still</a& ...