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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 ...

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, ...

Why Are Palestinian Christians Leaving Israel?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | 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 ...

Rethinking Our Approach to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

Tread Lightly During Spring Break Travel
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

My family, while I was growing up, was not much for spring breaks. As other families we know flitted about preparing for palm trees and sand, my sister and I would pout and lament to my mother that we had the ...

How Should Christians Respond to Uprisings in the Arab World?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Egypt-Solidarity-Rally-in/15817757_mcbiZ#1180102181_Mup8Q" target="_blank"></a>After decades of repressio ...

In the Wake of Japan Disaster, Must We Accept Nuclear Power?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Navy reported today that it had detected low levels of airborne radiation at the Yokosuka and Atsugi bases, about 200 miles to the north of the Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactors. ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Seeing Signs of Sickness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/banner-rediscovering-values.jpg"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the ...

A Revelation on Community During Jury Duty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury duty. Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury ...

The Theological Mistake of the King Hearings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt, terrorism is real. And there are small groups of terrorists who threaten countless innocents across the world. They are waging a battle on two fronts. There is ...

Why Your State Should Follow Utah's Example
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Reading the recent headlines of immigration news has hardly been uplifting, with multiple state legislatures attempting to pass <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/29/arizona-style-imm ...

God Uses Insignificant Persons to Change the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-February-2011/15741163_ShwH4#1198959247_g3Xko" target="_blank"></a>We have seen the collapse of Mub ...

Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/03/can-an-orange-bracelet-turn-hearts-in-washington/" target="_self"></a>In a credit to both Republicans and Democrats, Congress j ...

An Open Letter to Speaker Boehner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. Speaker,</p> Dear Mr. Speaker, This past Sunday, you gave a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters annual conference and said that cutting spending is th ...

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The current budget and deficit debate in America is now dominating the daily headlines. There is even talk of shutting down the government if the budget-cutters don't get their way. ...

Back in Business in Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/back-in-business-in-haiti/" target="_self"></a>More than a year after an earthquake stalled the country's economy, some bu ...

The Other Side of the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, we knew that advancing progressive immigration policy would be challenging. Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, ...

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. It is now clear tha ...

Why Are the Big Banks Still So Bad?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau convened their first roundtable of religious leaders at the White House. Why does this matter? Yesterd ...

Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails accounts for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated, and, as Michelle Alexander ...

Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was able to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning and noted two important things about <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/03/remarks-president-national-p ...

The Tiger Mother In Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

By now, you've surely heard about the infamous <em>Wall Street Journal</em> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754.html" target="_ ...

Unemployed in the New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

People tend to approach each New Year with optimism, but the latest news about unemployment was not particularly encouraging. People tend to approach each New Year with optimism, ...

After Tucson, the State of the Union
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In Tucson, Arizona, President Obama spoke to the state of the nation's soul. Next Tuesday, January 25, he will speak to the state of the union. In Tucson, Arizona, President ...

Young Evangelicals Must Champion Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In some ways, 2010 was a great year for evangelicals who have longed for the church to stand for just and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration/">compassionate immigration reform</a& ...

Friday Links Round Up: Dutch Winter. Chinese Mothers. Martin Luther King Jr.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Dutch Winter. Chinese Mothers. Martin Luther King Jr. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> Dutch Winter. Chinese Mot ...

Guantanamo: When Will It Get Foreclosed?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

Please keep in your prayers those who are fasting and praying at the U.S. capitol between January 11 to 21, keeping vigil for the closing of the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo. As an opening to their prayer vi ...

In Wake of Shooting, Love is the Better Portion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A bullet discharged. Then another. And another. And another. And suddenly, a grocery store is transformed from the mundane to the horrible, hell on earth. People lay dead. A bulle ...

He Said, She Said: A Personal Journey Through the Use of Inclusive Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Although I grew up in diverse church settings -- ...

An Attack on the Soul of the Nation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110110-GabrielleGiffords1.jpg"></a>The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the young Congresswoman from Arizona, must speak to the soul of this n ...

'Come and See': A Reflection from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"Tell them to come and see who we are." Almost every Afghan we met said that. <em>Tell them to come and see</em>. "Tell them to come and see who we are. ...

A Christmas DREAM for Students Around the Country
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">As the holidays draw near, bright lights decorate the streets of the District of Columbia, carols are sung, cookies are baked, and stores fill up with anxious shopp ...

Moral Measure of a Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few? In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it ...

The 12 Days of (a Grassroots) Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For those who are looking for something beyond the traditional 12 days of Christmas gift-giving shtick, here are some ideas I gleaned during my ongoing travels for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp ...

A Season for Holy Mischief and Divine Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Critiquing the thick irony of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/christmas/" target="_blank">Christmas season</a> is fair. Critiquing the thick ...

President Obama Should Have Fought This One
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

He should have fought this one. The richest 2 percent of the country just got an extension of tax cuts they didn't need at great cost to us all. He should have fought this on ...

To Our Supporters: Thank You
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"I thank my God every time I think of you. "I thank my God every time I think of you. In every prayer I utter, as I plead on your behalf, I rejoice at the way you have a ...

Come Celebrate With Us Where You Are
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

A few years ago, a bunch of activist-types and a bunch of prayer-warriors got together to create a prayer book with the goal of bringing together the Bible and the newspaper. A fe ...

Underwear For a Cause
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Recently I walked through downtown Austin in my underwear. Okay, so it was actually men's boxers and an undershirt, but still, technically, underwear. Recently I walked thro ...

Preaching on Truth and Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This series written by Logan Mehl-Laituri for God's Politics focuses on selective c ...

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/banner_farmworkers1.JPG"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: In November, Sojourners w ...

What We Need is More Killing!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Now, let me see if I have this right. Real men kill, maim, and inflict destruction. Saving lives and rescuing those in harm's way is, well, feminine. Now, let me see if I ha ...

What Does it Mean to Have No African American Senators?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On November 2, the mid-term elections were held and the conversation the next day for many people I talked with was that there were no African-American senators. On November 2, th ...

It Takes a Movement: A Post-Election Analysis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Mythbusters: Beyond the Shadow of Race-Baiting and Partial Truths
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's Note: </em></strong><em>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. ...

Don't Deport My Neighbor!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Are you feeling dismayed that comprehensive immigration reform will not be a victory this year? I am with you in those feelings of frustration. Are you feeling dismayed that compr ...

Former Legislators Sound a Warning, Call for Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43063.html" target="_bl ...

Our Righteous Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There is quite a strong tradition in the Old Testament of complaining to God about injustice and suffering. It's lamenting -- and we should perhaps reclaim this part of our tradition. ...

What's Next for the Gulf?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This past Tuesday, five months and 5 million barrels of oil after the BP spill disaster began to devastate the eco- and economic systems of the Gulf Coast, the Obama administration launched the nex ...