The Common Good

Results for Faith and Politics

What Does it Mean to 'Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors?'
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

Smack dab in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer, obscured by old translations and otherworldly assumptions, is a radical cry for Jubilee justice “And forgive us our debts, as we al ...

Sudan: History Must Not Repeat Itself
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

We cannot allow the history of a brutal genocide to repeat itself in Sudan, nor denial and inaction to repeat itself in Washington, D.C., but both are happening at this very moment ...

Just Jesus and an Unjust July 4: Why I Don't Celebrate Independence Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:57pm | Type: Blog

My friends and I can be stupid. Add explosives to the equation and the idiocy quotient increases exponentially. Such was the case every 4th of July during high school. My friends ...

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Game Over For the Climate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them. Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart ...

Toothbrushes, Towels, and Tackling Root Causes in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://mccpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/toothbrushes-towels-and-tackling-root-causes-in-gaza/" target="_blank"></a>We met 10-year-old Noor Al-Abid in Nove ...

From Your Gas Tank to World Hunger: The Dangers of Speculative Futures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Wall Street may seem far away, but it's actually as near as your gas tank -- and as widespread as global hunger. Wall Street may seem far away, but it's actually as near ...

Michelle Obama and the Women of South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divine meet. Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divi ...

A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:13am | Type: Blog

I send many of my students to the Middle East as interns. In fact, Wheaton College has an entire program devoted to student short-term placement. I send many of my students to the ...

The War Must Not Go On!
Originally Posted: 08/06/2011 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama made his long-awaited announcement on beginning withdrawal of the 103,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Last evening, President Obama made his long-a ...

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/soj11031.jpg"></a>Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, As your target date to begin U.S. ...

News Flash Paul Ryan: This is Mass Unemployment, Not a Siesta
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the past two years, the social safety net has helped more Americans than any time in a generation. So why are so many people trying to tear it to shreds?</p> In the past ...

This is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

With President Obama's announcement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan expected in a speech tomorrow evening, news stories today are citing a variety of unnamed sources claiming to know what he ...

Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's noon on the West Coast, and Ashley Judd is scurrying to make a live on-air interview with a National Public Radio local affiliate in Berkeley. It's noon on the West ...

Are Millennials Conflicted About Morality?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:55pm | Type: Blog

The Public Religion Research Institute recently released the results of their newest survey, "Committed to Availability, Conflicted About Morality," which shined new light on the complexity of opinio ...

The Ugliest Word in the English Language: Fracking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

What Do People of Faith Have To Say About Torture?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:52pm | Type: Blog

In 1998, when former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan announced June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, he stated, "This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:53pm | Type: Blog

We are looking for 1,000 pastors to debunk a myth based on the political assertion that government doesn't have any responsibility to poor people. We are looking for 1,000 p ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: 80 Percent of Captured 'Taliban' Were Civilians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

My Search for the Truth About the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In 2008, as I heard the increasing public rhetoric of hostility emanating from the Middle East, I found myself wondering what Jesus would say and do if he were here in the flesh today. ...

The Faith Community and the Wisconsin State Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus never said anything about collective bargaining. He never called for the continuation of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. Jesus never said anything about ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

My Response to Sojourners' Article About 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/10/all-in-the-family-my-response-to-sojourners-article-about-the-family/" target="_self"></a>I very much appreciated all the good ...

Waking the Church to Just Consumerism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God blesses the earth with enough provision and food for its inhabitants. The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God ble ...

I Treat My Slaves Just Great!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've been a Christian all of my life. My parents taught me that God loves everyone equally and that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. I've been a Ch ...

Yemen: The Difference Between a Peaceful Revolution and Violent Clashes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

Congressman Weiner and the Rules of Decent Behavior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/26/zero-tolerance-trump-schwarzenegger-and-strauss-kahn/" target="_blank">the following in response</a> ...

Why Did Two Wild Goose Contributors Spend the Night in Jail?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

North Carolina, host state for the inaugural <a href="http://wildgoosefestival.org/" target="_blank">Wild Goose Festival</a>, has many things going for it. ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

An Alternative to Abortion: Imagine the Story We Can Live Out
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After my <a href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/rapture/" target="_blank">recent intense post about the rapture</a> that has come and gone, I thought I'd write ...

More Financial Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here is part two of my thoughts on the financial situation that the United States faces. Our nation needs a jobs bill. The country needs a second stimulus bill. Here is part two o ...

Debt Showdown Reveals an Out-of-Touch Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

God only knows what alternative universe the United States Congress occupies. On May 31, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a bill to raise the debt limit of the United States. ...

Music, Art, and the Pursuit of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I love that the Wild Goose Festival is described as festival of justice, spirituality, music, and art. I love that the Wild Goose Festival is described as festival of justice, spi ...

Why We Need Renewable Energy Sources That are Cheaper and Safer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

Unveiling the Walls that Divide Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I find it discomforting that the Lord instructs someone to wage war and therefore reasoning that God-sanctioned war is justifiable even though as Christians we are called to be peacemakers in the w ...

Japan's Nuclear Dependency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Despite the ongoing catastrophe of nuclear reactor meltdowns following last spring's earthquake, the Japanese people remain largely supportive of nuclear energy. Despite the ...

A Friend of the Family
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 7:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Lucy Bryan Green The secretive, elitist Capitol Hill organization has cozied up to the despots -- and, in my case, done genuine good. ...

The Real Crisis in Ohio: Senate Bill 5
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This has been a difficult year in Ohio. This has been a difficult year in Ohio. For a state that lives and dies with the Ohio State Buckeye football team, the allegations surround ...

Friday Links Round Up: School Lunch. Commencement. Women.
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

School Lunch. Commencement. Women. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Here’s a little round up of links from around the Web ...

The Meaning of America: President Obama's Address to Parliament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches: "it has not yet been revealed what we shall be." Such is the case with every child, every grandchild, and great grandchild -- those we know and those we will never meet. ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban. Britain. Obama BBC Interview.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Restoring Haiti's Economy Through Local Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the largest conference room in Haiti, deals were made, contact information swapped, and the air buzzed with excitement at a business fair hosted by Partners Worldwide and a dozen sponsors target ...

Where are the Relief Efforts for Minnesota's Social Storms?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's rare that an urban area is struck by a tornado. It's rare that an urban area is struck by a tornado. This weekend, neighborhoods on the north side of Minneapolis ...

Harold Camping, Rapture, and Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The rapture date and prediction has come and gone.</p> The rapture date and prediction has come and gone. By now, all of you have heard about the frenzy around 89-year-o ...

Newt Gingrich: A Catholic Running Against Islam?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and high-profile conservative intellectual, announced that he is officially in the running for the Republican nomination for president. New ...

Chipotle Firings: One Story of a Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/19/chipotle-firings-one-story-of-a-broken-immigration-system/" target="_self"></a>Just over one month ago, a few dozen fired emplo ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: John Kerry. House Withdrawal Legislation. Poppy Fields.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

'It's Time for This War to End, And to End Now'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On April 14, Jim Wallis attended a press conference on Capitol Hill. On April 14, Jim Wallis attended a press conference on Capitol Hill. Organized by Rethink Afghanistan, a c ...

Let Them Eat Tanks: My Interview with Ben and Jerry's Co-Founder, Ben Cohen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/let-them-eat-tanks-my-interview-with-ben-and-jerrys-co-founder-ben-cohen/" target="_self"></a>I had the opportunity to intervie ...

Presidential Contenders: None Standing Tall on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...