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Anti-Immigrant Law Passes in Arizona, 'We Will Not Comply'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The law signed today by Arizona Gov. Brewer is a social and racial sin, and should be denounced as such by people of faith and conscience across the nation. The law signed today b ...

An Open Letter to Governor Brewer of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Esteemed Governor Brewer:</p> Esteemed Governor Brewer: My wife and I are both Evangelical pastors who have unrelenting commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our pa ...

A Word from Phoenix: 'I don't want my city to be the Birmingham or Selma in this drama'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, a group of local faith and community leaders, along with <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/21/arizonas-immigration-bill-is-a-social-and-racial-sin/">Jim Wallis</a> and Noe ...

Arizona's Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530258814_kGpKA"></a>I got up at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to fly to Pho ...

In Honor of Civil Rights Leaders Benjamin Hooks and Dorothy Height
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The world is stubborn. It changes its thinking at a glacial pace. People fear change, and they come to hate what they fear. Powerful interests do not want to lose or to share power. The work of so ...

My Changing Understanding of Creation (and Five More Ways to Keep it Simple and Go Green)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. I would picture Barbie and Ken doubling ...

Singing in Exile: An Arizona Church Responds to Immigration Enforcement Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Let me first say that neither I, nor Neighborhood Ministries, no ...

Who's to Blame for the Continuing Tragedy in Coal Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The heart-chilling news flashed through West Virginia's Coal River valley, a darkening pall on the blue sky afternoon of April 5, 2010, one day after Easter's hope-filled celebration of resurrectio ...

A Word of Hope for Immigration Advocates
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> It was a hard week, but I got a word from the Lord and my streng ...

Coal Mines, Potato Salad, and Damn Good People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The unfolding coal mine disaster in West Virginia has me constantly checking the news for updates on the plight of our fellow Americans who are victims of this latest tragedy.</p> ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

'I Am Always Looking Over My Shoulder'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> "I come from a very small town in Mexico, where I was livin ...

The Sin of Usury
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Recently, on the <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog">Call &amp; Response blog</a>, <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog/02-22-2010/dan-rhodes-congreg ...

A Pastor's Petition
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Cesar and Angelica first contemplated migrating to the U.S. from ...

Escaping from Real Communism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> I have lived in Decorah, Iowa, for 25 years. I graduated from th ...

A Million Christians for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential.</p> Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential. For more than a year, Sojourners has been discu ...

Health-Care Reform: Hallelujah and Hallelujah Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Saturday when the House of Representatives passed the health-care reform bill and on Tuesday when President Obama signed it into law, many of us who have been advocating for health-care reform s ...

A Real Hero
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> For the last four years I have been living and working in sout ...

Immigrants Helping Immigrants
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>I never doubted that I was a descendant of immigrants. Shortly after World War II, students were ...

Pray Immigration Reform Into Passage
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530299533_pYZW5"></a> On Sunday, a major <a href="http://changetake ...

Standing (Online) With Immigrants
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/images/action/standwithimmigrants.jpg"></a>This Sunday, March 21, we invite you to join with us and thousands of other people of faith from around th ...

Four Steps to Save the Souls of Big Banks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> The biggest banks have an ethical obligation to hel ...

How Obama's Faith Council Worked: Six Points of Consensus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As some of you may know, I served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for year one of his administration. Our one-year term is almost up, and yester ...

World Vision Staff Killed in Pakistan: The Cost of Courageous Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

When was the last time you felt gripped by crushing fear? Like the kind that might take over as you listen to friends and co-workers being killed? When was the last time you felt ...

God is Going to Change Hard Hearts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Erica grew up in San Salvador and had to work with her parents s ...

A Disturbing Question and a Determined Conviction on the Treatment of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

At the urging of one of <a href="http://www.ebcla.org">EBCLA's</a> deacons, I began reading <em>NY Times</em> bestseller <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/ ...

Why did God Create Women?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307267148?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307267148"> ...

Immigration Reform: Change Takes Courage and Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530254746_CFpJb"></a>The window is closing on comprehensive immigration ref ...

The Cost of Doing Nothing About Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

After nearly a year of our work for health-care reform, the debate seems to be reaching the end. After nearly a year of our work for health-care reform, the debate seems to be rea ...

Health-Care Polls, Good Will, and the Golden Rule
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#693960076_qjZLW"></a>Good will is a primary element of moral conduct. This is an importa ...

Justice on Trial in Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Forty-one months ago, almost to the day, I was at my desk in the office of the Honduran Christian justice organization Asociaci&oacute;n para una Sociedad m&aacute;s Justa (Association for a More J ...

Green Jobs and the Pink-Collar Ghetto
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

A new report this week tells us that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the stimulus bill), now a year old, so far is responsible for saving or creating roughly <a href="http://www.was ...

Sadness and Hope in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Debates about immigration policies and reform continue to rage. Consequently, op-ed pieces, books, and reports on this contentious topic appear daily. Debates about immigration po ...

Is George W. Bush Pro-Life? Is Any Politician?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President George W. Bush <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/news/bush-232385-life-president.html">receives a pro-life award</a> this weekend from Legatus, an organization ...

Israel and Palestine: People Aren't the Enemy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Friday night we were the guests of a synagogue in West Jerusalem. It was beautiful to see the room full of Jewish families honoring God in song, reading, silence, and prayer. Frid ...

Can I Get A Witness (for Immigration Reform)?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530323111_4Ljmo"></a>Some in Washington would have us believe that immigrat ...

My Son's Struggle with Christianity vs. Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As is the case for many Americans, I use the Christmas and New Year holidays as a time to reflect and try to gain perspective on matters near and dear to me. As is the case for ma ...

Seeking Justice for Haiti's Oppressed, Orphans, and Widows
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

"Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." Isaiah 1:17</p> "Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead fo ...

Haiti, Aftershocks and Tremors: One week and two days later
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the rest of the world has been pondering the economic and social fate of the recently earthquake-devastated island nation of Haiti, Haitian-Americans alone have asked, "What will happen to ou ...

Can Compassion for Haitians Extend to Other Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred many Americans to action -- through donations, public service, humanitarian aid, etc. While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred man ...

A New Direction for Juvenile Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. ...

Report from Haiti: Poverty and the Earthquake Collided
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

We landed in Haiti about five hours ago. It has been approximately a week after the major earthquake struck this country. We landed in Haiti about five hours ago. It has been appr ...

The Real Housewives of Orange County...Really?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> With the release of Jim's newest book, Red ...

Haiti: 'How Long, Oh Lord, How Long?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

My phone rang at 1:00 a.m. It was one of the young men in the family we lived with for the first seven months when my wife and I moved to Haiti. My phone rang at 1:00 a.m. It was ...

Nothing But Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The jobs that pay my bills -- speaking and managing <a href="http://eape.org/">EAPE </a>-- often carry me far from the jobs that don't: writing and loving my neighbors here in Walnut ...

Religion and Women: The Oldest Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Nicolas Kristof had a recent article in <em>The New York Times</em> titled, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10kristof.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss">"R ...

Haiti: God Is Suffering With Those Who Are Suffering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

There are times when events make everything else pale in comparison. There are times when events make everything else pale in comparison. I'm in Los Angeles today on my book ...

Not All Racial Comments Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Please God, save us from hyper-partisanship and hyper-media in perpetual election mode selling us a hyperbolic public discourse. Please God, save us from hyper-partisanship and hy ...

Bishops Flex Moral Muscle for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While attention is focused on final negotiations over health-care legislation, Catholic bishops have signaled they will play a leading role in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform this year ...