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A Day of Silence for a Lifetime of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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, ...

Video: Moby and MoveOn Protest Budget Cuts Against the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/13/video-moby-and-moveon-protest-budget-cuts-against-the-poor/" target="_self"></a>As artist and musician Moby states at the begin ...

Why Are Palestinian Christians Leaving Israel?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100414-crossisrael.jpg" target="_self"></a>A friend of mine pointed out on his Facebook page that 45.9 percent of Americans blame ...

Undocumented and Unafraid: The Immigrant Rights Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/12/undocumented-and-unafraid-the-immigrant-rights-movement/" target="_self"></a>The immigrant rights movement is getting extreme. ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Mind of Christ
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

The Ryan Plan: A Declaration of War on the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I've been fasting for 15 days in solidarity with the <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/sojo/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=399&amp;autologin=true" ta ...

Reverend Billy Against Mountain Top Removal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/11/reverend-billy-against-mountain-top-removal/" target="_self"></a>Reverend Billy and the <a href="http://www.revbilly.co ...

Libya, Just War, and Augustine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It was on the shores of North Africa that one of the greatest Christian thinkers tried to work out the relationship between Jesus' teachings about loving even enemies and the impending invasion by ...

The Cincinnati Riots and the Racism That Remains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, Timothy Thomas died from a gunshot fired by a police officer in Over-the-Rhine -- a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ten years ago, Timothy Thomas died from a guns ...

My Letter to the IRS: 'I Reserve the Right Not to Kill'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning act of grace and enemy-love in human history -- Jesus' death and resurrection. As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning a ...

Friday Links Round Up: The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here� ...

The Elephant in the Sanctuary: Women and Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I concluded my celebration of Women's History Month (March) with a sober realization that the abuse of females is inseparable from the study of women's history.</p> ...

I Am Fasting So People Don't Go Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the tradition of the church, the season of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/lent/" target="_blank">Lent</a> was observed through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. ...

The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced at the National Press Club that the budget debate had become a moral crisis. The hunger f ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Quran Burning. Troop Drawdown. War Tax Calculator.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Glenn Beck and Teachable Moments
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/glenn-beck-and-teachable-moments/"></a>It was announced today that Glenn Beck will <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com ...

In the Midst of Fasting, I am so Grateful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On day three of my prayer fast, I woke up with the hymn, "I Am So Grateful," which the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ Children's Choir sang beautifully yesterday, running throug ...

Burning Anger and Small-Minded Men
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"It is not that we burn the Koran with some type of vindictive motive," <a href="http://foxvzw-news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?aid=42386587&amp;afid=1&amp;pg1=2501" targe ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Power of Grief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

The Church Called to Rebellion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-Portfolio/13237970_n64hV#1125028640_vBEo3" target="_blank"></a>People can take a certain amo ...

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Silent Betrayal of our Veterans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Forty-three years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. Forty-three years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, ...

Why I am Fasting (Again)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 1993 -- nearly 20 years ago -- I went on a water only fast to protest the lack of conscience of the U.S. Congress towards hungry people.</p> In 1993 -- nearly 20 years ag ...

The Medicaid Card: A Useless Piece of Plastic?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The other day I saw a quote from <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/02/health/policy/02medicaid.html?_r=1&amp;scp=1&amp;sq=NICOLE%20R.%20DARDEAU&amp;st=cse" target=" ...

Terry Jones: We Have Lost Our Brother
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a blog posted on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/14/we-have-our-brother-back/" target="_blank">God's Politics on September 14, 2010</a>, I wrote that I rejoiced th ...

Martin Luther King and the Spiritual Death of a Nation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. Although I never met him, I value his life and teachings more and more each year.</p> Today is the 4 ...

Remembering the Real, Radical Martin Luther King
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

"I had no idea Martin Luther King was a radical!" These shocked words were spoken to me this weekend after an activist training I'd been running in Sydney. "I ...

Friday Links Round Up: Afghanistan. Geography Game. @jimwallis.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/01/friday-links-round-up-afghanistan-geography-game-jimwallis/" target="_self"></a>Afghanistan. Geography Game. @jimwallis. Here&# ...

Can We Stand to Lose 70,000 Children?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When I was younger, I played by the rules. Everything had to be fair. The quantity of animal crackers in my possession had to be equal, not greater or less than my brother's. ...

Finding God on the Running Course
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

I started running because of my sister. Kim and I began when we were pre-teens. I believed running was the key to making me more like her -- 5 foot 9, lean, beautiful, and highly intelligent. There was one pro ...

Faith That Creates Jobs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As the old saying goes, 'In God we trust -- all others pay cash.' As our economy shows promising signs of recovery, the cash is not translating into jobs. As the old say ...

Why I am Joining the Fast: Global Hunger is Getting Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After my teenage granddaughter returned recently from a service experience in Uganda, sponsored by American Jewish World Service, she remarked that she would never again say she's "starving" on ...

Nestling for the Planet
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

The April issue of Sojourners magazine takes on climate change denial. One challenge is that the truth is hard to face -- but, as scientist Sasha Adkins describes from personal experience, one strategy is to d ...

How To Talk With Climate Change Skeptics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The reasons for raising doubts about the human causes of global warming, explains <em>Skeptical Science's</em> John Cook, are often political rather than scientific. ...

The Discipline of Fasting
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Since our fast began this past Monday, I've been re-reading one of the classic books on spirituality by my friend Richard Foster, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060628391?ie= ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban. Kill Team. Photos.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 reader ...

Fasting in Unity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! "How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil ...

The Real March Madness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/30/the-real-march-madness/" target="_self"></a>At the end of Roland Joff&eacute;'s exquisite film, <a href="http: ...

A Duty to Love in a Time of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When President Obama addressed the American people and the world on the military operations in Libya, he spoke of a responsibility to act. When President Obama addressed the Ameri ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Exposing Darkness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

Why I Do Not Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama forcefully <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/politics/29prexy-text.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his decision to launch airstrikes ...

Rethinking Our Approach to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It is time for those of us who have been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform to rethink our strategies. It is time for those of us who have been advocating for compreh ...

Day Two of Fasting Against 'Selectively Cruel' Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, Tony Hall, David Beckmann, Ritu Sharma, and I began a water fast because of what I call "selectively cruel" <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/budget-cuts/" target=&quo ...

Why I Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I believe deeply in the power of nonviolence, first as a Christian, and second as one committed to seeing the principles of human dignity, freedom, and justice advanced throughout the world. ...

Faith Leaders Announce Fasting, Prayer, and Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/28/faith-leaders-announce-fasting-prayer-and-action/" target="_self"></a>Facing scribbling reporters and flashing cameras at a pac ...

Why I am Beginning a Fast Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<ol> <li>Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "&l ...

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.</p> Across the United Sta ...

Friday Links Round Up: Food Prices. Aurora Borealis. Fasting and Prayer.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

Food Prices. Aurora Borealis. Fasting and Prayer. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week. Food Prices. Aurora Borealis. Fasting a ...

Single Pastors, The Church, and Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Recently I found a story about a friend from seminary in <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/us/22pastor.html" target="_blank">New York Times</a></em>. ...

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On the morning of Saturday, March 25, 1911 more than 600 employees, mostly immigrant women, reported for work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. On the morning o ...