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Sister Joan Chittister's Stanford Baccalaureate Address
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 7:25pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Sister Joan Chittister, the Benedictine Catholic sister, author and social justice stalwart, delivered the Baccalaureate address at Stanford University a few weeks ago. On God's Poltic ...

Wallis, McLaren, Schaeffer, Harper and Others on #OccupyTheology (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

Our friends at #OccupyTheology caught up with Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis, Brian McLaren, Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper and others at the Wild Goose Festival to talk about the Occupy ...

Losing Touch With Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

It’s such an easy thing to do, To overshoot and lose touch with You; Surrounded by everyday anxieties,... It’s such an easy thing to do, To overshoot and lose touch with You; ...

Wild Goose 2012 Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

For the first hour I was there as I nearly passed out trying to set up a tent in the sweltering heat, I was in a panic mode wondering why I was stupid enough to subject myself to the discomfort and imperfectio ...

Former White Supremacist Sheds Hate, Embraces Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Two years ago, Chris Simpson led a white pride march. Six months ago, he abandoned the white supremacy movement. On April 15, he was baptized. RIVES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two years ag ...

Church No More: Part 2 — Church That Doesn't Steal Your Joy
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

I lost my joy. I suspect there are a few of you who feel the same way. Not that you aren't happy, but there is this deep place of celebratory joy which you once knew that really doesn't come around m ...

From the Mountaintop: A Closing Liturgy from the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

It is necessary that we take time while on the mountaintop to reflect on all that God has given us in this special place. To imagine the implications of these truths, these questions, these stories on how we w ...

Colorado Springs and the Wrath of an Angry God
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Colorado Springs really must have angered God. I’m not sure what the city's residents have done, but He has to have a reason for burning up homes and possessions. One thing we know: God sends messages thr ...

Health Care and Judgment Day (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

One-hundred years after Teddy Roosevelt pressed for a national health care program — the Supreme Court has levied its judgment: States can opt out, but they cannot prevent the nation from offering its citizens ...

The Affordable Care Act: Without a Vision, the People Perish
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

While I appreciate the political analysis and the importance of political processes to the wellbeing of the United States, I believe that a majority of coverage has missed one of the most remarkable points of ...

Life in Translation
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

I have been thinking about the church of my youth. I have been remembering, if you will, as a guy who has read too much Updike (I'll never forgive him for the Rabbit books) might remember his youth. ...

Michelle Obama Addresses Leaders at the African Methodist Episcopal Church Conference
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, as President Obama followed the monumental decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act, his wife, Michelle Obama addresses an assembly of 30,000 leaders and laity at the African Meth ...

How the Wild Goose Cured My Heebie-Jeebies
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

I imagined the spaces and places other than church that might be out there for churchless people “like me.” Bars? Starbucks? Soccer games? Bars? (Sorry, did I mention 'bars' already? I get a bit dist ...

With God Some Things Never Change
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Peace is better than war. Good of the whole is better than whims of a few. God wants everybody — red, yellow, black, brown and white taken care of. God wants true community, more togetherness … not more separa ...

When All the Church Can Say Is 'I'm Sorry'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

The whole experience was exhilarating, partly because it started out being utterly terrifying. It could have gone very differently, and in a different context, it still might. But that doesn’t mean that more p ...

The Death of Cynicism
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 12:09am | Type: Blog

I knew I was cynical, but I didn’t know I was about to die from my cynicism. Then I went to the Wild Goose Festival. I wasn’t healed there. Just the opposite. I was playfully wooed to mourn the passing of my y ...

To Know, To Love, To Heal
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

What does Jesus’ encounters with a desperate, suffering woman and a young girl believed to be dead have to do with America’s love of freedom and fireworks? Fifth Sunday After Pe ...

Toward an Evangelical Peace Movement
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Given the historical record, it may seem the deck is stacked against American evangelicals organizing into a comprehensive peace movement — yet that’s exactly what’s happening. Bi ...

Heat, Hope, & Hootenanny: The Holy Spirit Gets Cooking At Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

Without a doubt, the blossoming and beckoning of the Wild Goose movement in North America heralds a bright radical future for today’s Jesus followers bringing the kingdom come. On ...

Wild Goose Heaven Is Our Answer to Hate
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

The second Wild Goose Festival has just ended. I left a piece of my heart in the hills of North Carolina. Ahead is the third WG fest at the end of August in Portland OR. And then there will be next year and th ...

Love Greater Than Our Differences: Christian Piatt's Interview on ChurchNext
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

I spoke with Chris Yaw recently, host of an online program called ChurchNext. On it, he has dialogues with a number of church leaders about the current state of organized religion, the changing face of Christi ...

Immigration: Unity, Morality and Common Sense
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Tuesday was a big day. Nearly 150 evangelical leaders signed onto an “Evangelical Statement of Immigration Reform.” Instead of ideology, we came together because of morality and common sense. And that’s what l ...

Activism, Slacktivism or Distractivism?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

I struggle to know how much is enough. I hear about Joseph Kony and the many children he’s exploited as child soldiers. I get angry, discouraged. I write about it, talk to friends about it. And then my life ke ...

Church No More: Part 1 — Walking Away From Church
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

This minister is walking away from church — well, at least for the next three months. I'm rewriting the old African-American spiritual “Down By the Riverside.” (Don't ...

Anne Lamott's Commencement Speech at U.C. Berkely: 'You Are Not Your Bank Account ... You Are Spirit.'
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Author Anne Lamott, one of our favorite Jesus-loving subversives, recently delivered the undergraduate and interdisciplinary studies commencement address at the University of California at Berkeley. ...

Wisconsin: Time to Speak the Truth, Not Move On
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

The threats to the poor and the central city are just as real this morning as they were yesterday. The cry of the oppressed still rings out in Milwaukee and Racine, Green Bay and Madison. This is not a moment ...

Missional Church: A Paper Revolution
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes we want to believe that a new ad campaign, worship service or big, expensive mission trip will give us the charge we need to turn things around in the church. But what if the real revolutions take pl ...

Young Snake Handlers Grasp the Power of Faith
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

Hamblin, 21, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., is part of a new generation of serpent-handling Christians who are revitalizing a century-old faith tradition in Tennessee. ...

Church Sign Epic Fails: Volume XVI
Originally Posted: 06/03/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

Sweet 16 and never been theologically on point. Got some good ones this week. Enjoy. Sweet 16 and never been theologically on point. Got some good ones this week. Enjoy. ...

Is Technology Good For Religion?
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Technology can greatly enhance religious practice. Writing for  The Washington Post ,  Lisa Miller  says yes: "Technology can greatly enhance religious practice. ...

Snake Handling, Stigmata and Testing God
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Faith is an orientation toward something rather than an arrival at it. Faith is a daily practice, not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Yet we continue to try to define God, faith and the Bible on our own terms ...

Chronicling Belief's Strange Wonders
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the country in Between by Jeff Sharlet. WIT ...

Deliver Us From Smugness
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 7:59pm | Type: Blog

It is not the imperfection or presence of conflict themselves within the Communion of the Saints that too many of those who would not call themselves Christians find repellent. It is how the church deals with ...

Community of the Heart
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

The Trinity is meant not only to tell us the truth about God but to invite us to live that truth — a truth revealed not in abstract theory but in the flesh and blood, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus ...

Atheists, Believers Both Do Good But for Different Reasons, Studies Say
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 5:44pm | Type: Blog

Atheists and others who don’t adhere to a religion often say they can be good without God. Now, three new studies appear to back them up. BERKELEY, Calif. — Atheists and others w ...

The Problem with Certitude
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

I'm troubled by the way many Christians choose to take definitive and certain stances about complex issues, and the rhetoric they use to state and defend these positions, rhetoric that tends to divide rat ...

Tell The Story of Who You Are With Your Whole Heart
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

Every soul cries: “Am I worthy of connection?” We then allow the mass public to tell us the answer to that. Please note: that unstable analysis can never end well no matter how popular one may seem. This lead ...

When You're Afraid to Be Who You Are
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

I am a bubbly extrovert who struggles with an enormous amount of anxiety when meeting new people. Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? I am a bubbly extrovert who struggles with a ...

The Graduation Speech I Wish I Could Give
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

Choose carefully those with whom you surround yourself. Pay attention to that which you pursue with all your heart, all your soul and all your might -- and to what compromises you are willing to make in that p ...

Groundbreaking Report: Exonerees Served More than 10,000 Years in Prison for Crimes They Didn't Commit
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

A report issued by the National Registry of Exonerations documents nearly 900 individual cases of exoneration. Combined, these (mostly) men and women served more than 10,000 years in prison for crimes they did ...

Unexpected Hope: The Vocation of the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

So I want to speak directly to you about the vocation of the church in the world. Let me start with a baseball story. I have been a Little League baseball coach for both my son’s teams over many years. And I’ ...

'Sound of My Voice': Belief, Skepticism and Cults
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

In the feature-length drama Sound of My Voice, Peter Aitken, a 20-something school teacher, is angry at the cultish fanaticism that led to his mother’s death (per her cult’s teaching, she refused to take medic ...

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend: ‘The Spirit of America: Promise & Reality’
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 2:16pm | Type: Press

May 14, 2012 Sojo in the News Kathleen Kennedy Townsend ...

This Is My Body (Day Ten)
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

On the rare occasion we actually slow down long enough to pray, worship, reflect or simply be in the moment, we have no idea how to do it. I watch people in church, and it’s clear from the body language that w ...

I Am My Mother's Daughter (Thanks Be to God)
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

When asked to describe my mother, Helen, my usual answer is: Queen Esther in espadrilles and a matching purse. Esther comes to mind when I think of Mom because she was fiercely loyal, smart, determined, brave ...

Don’t Think Too Hard; You’ll Kill God (Day Nine)
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

It’s not hard to understand why lots of folks are howling that such postmodern theology is yet another subversive form of atheism, intent on killing God once and for all. But if that’s really all there is to o ...

Unable to Work, Indian Immigrant Women Turn to Spiritual Practices for Comfort
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

LOS ANGELES -- Even though she met her husband through an arranged marriage, Pooja Sindhwani considers herself a modern woman. She worked in interior design in her native India for four years, and she and her ...

Mom: Prayer, Pure Sweetness and No Nudity Involved
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

“Get working on your prayer life,” I told myself. I knew what made my mother who she was. She was close to very few people. But she was close to God. Whatever character defects my mother started out with, the ...

Sojourners' Statement on President Obama's Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage. Within the Christian community and the nation at large, there are a diversity of opinions regarding human sexuality. While often ...

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's ABC News Interview on Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

"At a certain point, I've just concluded that — for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that — I think same-sex couples should be able to get married. Now — I have to tell yo ...