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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 ...

Facebook, Freedom Riders, and Other Lessons in Nonviolent Activism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

By the time Egyptian activists in Tahrir square had ousted Mubarak, I'd read more articles labeling it a "Facebook revolution" than you can wave a shoe at. By the t ...

The Time for Immigration Reform is Now
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Back when President Obama was candidate Obama, one of his favorite mantras on the stump was the need to recapture what Martin Luther King, Jr. Back when President Obama was candid ...

Claremont Lincoln: The World's First Interreligious University
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On May 16, 2011, the Claremont School of Theology, located in Claremont, California, announced the receipt of a $50 million naming gift from Joan and David Lincoln that will establish the Claremont ...

My Thoughts on Sojourners, Coalition Building, and LGBTQ Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On my personal blog, I <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/this-is-not-actually-a-blog-post.html" target="_blank">traced my journey</a> on the issue of homosexuality ...

President Obama and the Economic and Moral Imperatives of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The world around us is teaming with meaning. Words are lush with meaning. One word can point to many different ideas, emotions, expectations. The world around us is teaming with m ...

Afghanistan: No More Excuses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After 10 long years, the national conversation on the war in Afghanistan has changed significantly. And now, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, used for years to justify the war, is over. ...

In a Broken World, I Long for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Like all of you, I was stunned some days ago as I started soaking in the breaking news of Osama bin Laden's capture and death via U.S. military operations.</p> Like all ...

On Palestinians: Whose Narrative Wins?
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

Once again last week the pages of the <em>New York Times</em> was graced with an ad published by David Horowitz's <a href="www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org" target="_blank" ...

Good News to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Years ago, the member communions of the National Council of Churches declared that a budget is a moral document. Years ago, the member communions of the National Council of Church ...

A Statement on Sojourners' Mission and LGBTQ Issues
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Some controversy has arisen about an ad campaign that a new coalition wanted to run in Sojourners on the issue of the LGBTQ community and the church. [ Update : For a list of ...

One Pastor's Journey to America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' Note</strong>: <em>This month, Sojourners and Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will be featuring "The Stories of Immigration" blog series. ...

Christians and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For the longest time, when Christians have thought about political engagement, they have often begun the discussion with the question: What is the biblical role of government? For ...

Books, Films, and Studies on the Surprising Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/06/books-films-and-studies-on-the-surprising-power-of-nonviolence/" target="_blank"></a>At Sojourners, we have always been advocat ...

Geronimo: A Revealing Code Name
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A few days ago <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/on-waking-up-to-todays-news.html" target="_blank">on my personal blog</a>, I asked this question in response to the ...

Christians Must Call For This War to End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There is no more room or time for excuses. There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in American history -- no longer has any justif ...

The Violence We Live By
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"However much we try to distinguish between morally good and morally evil ways of killing, our attempts are beset with contradictions, and these contradictions remain a fragile part of our mode ...

Osama, Obama, and Twitter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Seconds after news of Osama bin Laden's death, I logged on to Twitter and watched the 140-character updates roll in.</p> Seconds after news of Osama bin Laden's de ...

Bin Laden's Gone -- Now Let's End the War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The killing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="_blank">Osama bin Laden</a> brings partial closure to the long war against al Qaeda. ...

Are We Closer to Peace After Bin Laden's Death?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100503-whitehouserally1.jpg"></a>The news of Osama bin Laden's death rippled across social networking sites Sunday night. As I scrolled ...

After Bin Laden, People of Faith Must Transcend Triumphalism
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

For more than a decade, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="_blank">Osama bin Laden</a> has been Exhibit A in the contemporary manifestations of the leth ...

From the Malls of America to the Destitute and Lost
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Do you find yourself reluctant to attend women's retreats, Bible studies, or conferences because too often they focus on fashion, dieting, women's emotions, and new forms of abdominal exercises? ...

God Bless Donald Trump and the Birthers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There are times in our faith walk when we pray prayers out of simple obedience. There are times in our faith walk when we pray prayers out of simple obedience. Matthew 5:43-44 ...

African-American Clergy on Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On April 4th, the global community commemorated the life and legacy of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Dr. On ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban Prisoners. National Security Shakeup. Military Spending.
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 ...

Leaders Create Alliance to Defend Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Piercing through the bitter, partisan bickering regarding the nation's budget, an unprecedented and diverse group of Christian leaders announced today the forming of a Circle of Protection agains ...

Violence in the Name of Faith?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I received a question from a reader recently that asked: You write a lot about the plight of the Palestinians. I received a question from a reader recently that asked: You write ...

I know that Jesus is the Answer, But What Does That Mean?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Actually, I don ...

UPDATED: The Hunger Fast Resource Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/the-hunger-fast-resource-post-updated/" target="_self"></a></p> <p>Tuesday, April 26</p> ...

Ayn Rand, Manichaeism, and Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ah, the voice of Ayn Rand from St. Petersburg, Russia rises again with the opening of a new movie based on her novel, <em>Atlas Shrugged</em>. Ah, the voice of Ayn ...

Raising Up Voices for Indigenous Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

During my travels connecting with communities as part of an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310292891?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;crea ...

Three Cups of Truth on the Greg Mortenson Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

I just watched a 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea and co-founder of the nonprofit the Central Asia Institute. Watching I just watched a 60 M ...

Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up. ...

Reflections on the Gulf Oil Spill and a Prayer for Lost Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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. ...

Rediscovering Values For Lent: Risky Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

Video: Afghan Youth Ask, 'Are There No Other Options Than Killing?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100419-afghanyouth.jpg"></a>The Afghan Youth for Peace held a candle-lighting prayer vigil to remember all of their family who have died as ...

One Year Later, Big Oil Still Isn't Sorry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

Was Jesus a Passive Doormat?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This past <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank">Palm Sunday</a> marked the beginning of Holy Week for Christians -- a week of remembering Jesus' s ...

America's National Humiliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started fasting, calling people of faith and conscience to do the same.</p> Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started f ...

Oh Lord, Won't You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The gospel according to the movie <em>True Grit</em> (2010) is as follows: "You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. The gospel according to ...

Friday Links Round Up: Weddings. T-Shirts. Taxes.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:18pm | Type: Blog

Weddings. T-Shirts. Taxes. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Weddings. T-Shirts. Taxes. Here's a little round up of li ...

Lord, What a Parade!: A Hymn for Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to celebrate <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank&quo ...

Embracing Creation Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

Homeless Men and Women Donate $1,000 to the Hunger Fast Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/15/homeless-men-and-women-donate-1000-to-the-hunger-fast-movement/" target="_self"></a>A quilt hangs in the dining and fellowship ...

Experiencing God's Creation, Rain or Shine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

Woe to You, Legislators!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It is <a href="http://nymag.com/print/?/news/politics/70282/index1.html" target="_blank">reported</a> that Congressman Paul Ryan makes every member of his staff read philosopher ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 5:00pm | 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 ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama's Policy Team. Pakistan. Trauma.
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 our ...

A Day of Silence for a Lifetime of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Silence, when used effectively, can be a beautiful thing. As a mother of young children, five minutes of silence would mean five minutes of sanity. Silence, when used effectively, ...