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Standing Up for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Should you not walk in the fear of our God?</p> Should you not walk in the fear of our God? This is the question Nehemiah addresses to the people of Judah when he sees t ...

43.6 Million: Census Declares More Americans are in Poverty than Ever Before
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is the highest number America has ever seen: 43.6 million people are living in poverty in the United States, the wealthiest country in the world. It is the highest number Ameri ...

Welcome, Elizabeth Warren!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1004" target="_blank"></a>It's a great thing that Elizabeth Warren has <a href= ...

Poverty is Not a Dirty Word
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Just a few years ago, I remember how often people would be surprised when I told them that one in six children lived in poverty in America. Just a few years ago, I remember how of ...

The Woman With the Bent Back
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then, there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. ...

No One is "Illegal"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/15/no-one-is-illegal/"></a>Today is a day of hope for immigration reform. More than 500 immigration activists and faith leaders have gathere ...

Charges Against Border Humanitarians Reversed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In southern Arizona, a glimmer of hope for immigration activists is like a drop of water on a hot summer day -- you are quenched for a brief moment, but the moment is gone once you realize how thir ...

Flipped: A Film Review
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100908-flipped.jpg"></a>A lot of contemporary movies picture American suburban life as banal, hypocritical, and morally bankrupt -- a deceitf ...

What Constitutes Sacred Space at Ground Zero?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Close to nine years after the attacks on September 11, Lower Manhattan remains plagued by the sight of a gaping hole where the Twin Towers once stood. Close to nine years after th ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: A Watering Hole Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>[<em>Editor's Note<span style="font-weight: normal; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, God& ...

American Muslims Are Not Responsible for 9/11
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of resting my soul, while I was on vacation with my wife and boys, I was sure not to watch any cable news. For the sake of resting my soul, while I was on vacation wi ...

Citizenship: What's It Worth?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham's proposal to modify the 14th amendment (yes, the one that granted slaves citizenship after the Civil War) is perhaps the clearest signal yet of the ...

Non-Cooperation with Evil in the Streets of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. With monsoon moisture in the air and faint st ...

Choices Make Changes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." <em>William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)</em></p> ...

Death By Ministry: Why is Being a Pastor so Unhealthy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, I spent several hours/week doing research (and meeting with other pastors) about pastoral health and vitality for my denomination.</p> Several years ago, ...

'Trust is the new Black': God at the Aspen Ideas Festival (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Against many odds, I was given the chance to spend six days at the <a href="http://www.aifestival.org/">Aspen Ideas Festival</a> this summer. Against many od ...

REEL Images of Immigration: The Visitor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/reel-images-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on im ...

Update from Haiti: Despite Ruin, Pockets of Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-haiti-partners-updat.jpg"></a>Driving today through Port-au-Prince in the glaring summer sun, there is still plenty of rubble being re ...

'Darkness Cannot Put Out Darkness': Friends Murdered in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-heather-afghanistan1.jpg"></a><a href="http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/">Ten more lives were lost in Afghanistan last w ...

'Hey Obama, Don't Deport My Momma!': A Photo Essay
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/29/hey-obama-dont-deport-my-momma-a-photo-essay/"></a>A children's rendition of Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' filled t ...

Op-Eds Worth Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This morning, I found a trifecta of three of my favorite op-ed writers in the papers. This morning, I found a trifecta of three of my favorite op-ed writers in the papers. The eff ...

Shirley Sherrod: A Moral Giant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Shirley Sherrod is a moral giant compared to shameful media celebrities <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/22/shirley-sherrods-true-revelation/">who wrongly accused her of racism</a>.& ...

A Hymn of Welcome for Immigrants: 'Abraham Journeyed to a New Country'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, we see <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/comprehensive-immigration-reform/">stories of immigrants</a> -- people called to settle in new lands and begin new lives for ...

How Heroes are Made: Remembering Nate Henn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Heroes are not made in the warm hallways of cul-de-sac safety. Nor are they made of black and white print from the critic's air-conditioned desk. Heroes are not made in the w ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

The Oil Has Stopped, But How Can I Keep From Praying?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is with cautious optimism that I write these words: Apparently, oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf (at least from the spot where we had been watching <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spi ...

Immigration, the Bible, and the Lawsuit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524-immigration-civil-disobedience-lisa-sharon-harper.jpg"></a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/getting-past-false-debates ...

Deportations that Destroy the Human Spirit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Maybe I would be better off just crossing again and going to prison for many years." Upon hearing this, an instant knot forms in my gut. "Maybe I would be better o ...

The Beginning of Justice for Marcelo Lucero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/stopping-anti-immigrant-violence-at-its-ideological-roots/">In November 2008, a Latino man, Marcelo Lucero, was stalked and murdered</a> on a stre ...

We Must Ask Moral Questions About Our Oil Addiction (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I asked some <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/07/we-must-ask-moral-questions-about-our-oil-addiction-part-i/">moral questions about our oil addiction</a>. ...

An Open Letter to Madonna
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-falsani-family.jpg"></a>Dear Madonna,</p> <p>Thank you. Earlier this week, after a month-long sojourn in Malawi, my family ...

Why I Remain a Catholic Priest, Despite Scandal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. My ...

Fatherhood: The Best Job in the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Sometimes the most important things are not at the top of the news cycle -- even the things that ultimately make the most difference in the world. The c ...

The Gulf Spill Brings Christians to Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In early June, a week-long gathering at the <a href="http://divinity.duke.edu/reconciliation/index.html">Center for Reconciliation</a> at Duke Divinity School brought together a diverse g ...

Voices from the Gulf: Our Way of Life, Forever Altered
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p class="wackmsg_new_sender"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender"></p> <p class= ...

Immigration, Children, and the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/15/immigration-children-and-the-way-of-jesus/"></a>Last month, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/20/a-second-graders-challenge-t ...

Foreclosure: Dismantling Family Ties
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A recent study authored by National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Center for Community Capital at the University of North Carolina found that family bonds were profoundly distressed after exper ...

Imagining a New American Church Response to Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week, a group of 150 Christian leaders committed to the ministry of reconciliation in their churches, communities, schools, and organizations gathered at Duke Divinity School to explore how th ...

Labor is Part of the Immigration Equation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>If migration policy was "freed" or emanc ...

Wanted: A Pro-Family Immigration System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There's a wonderful family at my church who are from Rwanda. There's a wonderful family at my church who are from Rwanda. They have been granted asylum in the United Sta ...

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Somebody sent that sign to my wife Joy and she promptly put it up outside right next to our front door. It's true -- our family now organizes life around baseball. Somebody s ...

Sanitation and Self-Deception
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Our sins are hidden in our sanitation. Last week on the New York subway, I read an article about the connection between sanitation and self-deception. Our sins are hidden in our s ...

Child Care Cuts Force Parents Back on Welfare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

With middle-class families mostly worrying about how they are surviving this Great Recession, and with the political leaders who want their votes aiming spins at them, there hasn't been much attent ...

New Study Reveals Deepening Racial Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One's wealth is determined by the value of one's assets minus one's debt. One's wealth is determined by the value of one's assets minus one's debt. T ...

'What the Arizona?': Silence is not an Option in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>I know that there are many of you that are engagin ...

A Day in the Life of Phoenix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>8:00 a.m.</strong> 8:00 a.m. Arizona is a great state. And Arizona is a great state. And they are on the right track with the law they passed. Y ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

Why My Conservative Business Friends Support Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman friend to get some insight into how immigrants enhance our culture. Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman f ...

'Doing God's Work': A Moral Case for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment and embattled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifies today before a congressional subcommittee, faith-based organizations an ...

Lamentations and Turning the Next Page in Arizona's Immigration Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may ...