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Priest Scandal Re-opens Celibacy Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Scandal has again surfaced in the American Catholic Church, but, gratefully, this time it is not over child abuse or mismanagement of funds. Scandal has again surfaced in the Amer ...

Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught, part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Doctors who are working in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka Doctors who are working in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka (Asia, attack, civilians, conflict, death, Fami ...

Postcard from Postville: A Year After the Raids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Today marks the first anniversary of the <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=action.ccir&amp;item=ccir_mult" href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=action.ccir&amp;item ...

What President Obama's Budget Means for Poor People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

If a budget is a moral document, what should be said about the president's proposed budget for 2010? I focus here on what this budget proposal says about justice for poorer Americans.</p> ...

The Obama Budget's Promise and Peril
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>I've been asked for a few words about how the recession may affect poverty in the United St ...

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Support Wearing Thin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In a stunning turnabout, some of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's firmest allies distanced themselves from his hard-line tactics when the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to postpone accepting $1.6 m ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

A Fallen Soldier Comes Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last week, I had a quick 24 hour trip from Seattle to Chicago. As I was returning on Thursday night to Sea-Tac airport and eager to get back to my wife and kids from a good but exhausting trip, I wa ...

A Double Victory for Liberian Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order granting a <a title="http://www.startribune.com/local/north/41595947.html?page=1&amp;c=y" href="http://www.startribune.com/local/nort ...

Stop the Raids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

For the past several weeks, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago has been conducting a national tour promoting immigration reform, primarily speaking at Latino evangelical churches around the country. ...

Share Your Strength
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In what ways do you find community and healing from our consumer culture's profoundly screwed-up body images, supersized portion size, and meals in front of the TV? Sojourners wants to know!</p> ...

Liberian Deportation Threat One More Reason for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The clock is ticking for thousands of Liberian immigrants as the month of March draws to a close. The clock is ticking for thousands of Liberian immigrants as the month of March d ...

The Economy and Abortion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I have written about <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2008/10/13/what-is-the-meaning-of-life-seeking-common-ground-on-abortion-reduction/" href="../2008/10/13/what-is-the-meaning-of-life-seekin ...

An Involuntary Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> In 1956, a few hundred Catholic teachers and catechists gathered ...

Gender, Genetics, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"The difference between men and women," the humorist Dave Barry says, "is that, if given the choice between saving the life of an infant or catching a fly ball, a woman will automatically choose ...

2nd Sunday of Lent: Bringing Everyone to the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38<br /> </em> Bible readings from the Revi ...

There's Just Something About Madea
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The first three screenings of Tyler Perry's new film, Madea Goes to Jail, that I tried to go to last week were sold out. When I finally did get a ticket, I had one of the last single seats in the ...

Green My Hood
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Is it possible to create a new economy in the hood that would create jobs, lower energy costs, reduce the carbon footprint of an urban neighborhood, and allow neighbors to get to know one another a ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

A First Person Fight for the Millenium Development Goals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>I am the tenth of 17 children from a polygamous East African family. I hail from the village ...

Prayer, Renewal, and Action on Immigration Week
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus said in Matthew chapter 18, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." God is showing up in a powerful way amongst immigrants and non-immigrants alike all ...

The Best Thing for the Economy, the Right Thing for the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> The economy and the nation are at a crossroads. Unemployment, po ...

Friendship Across Fences: Communion and Civil Disobedience on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Photos by <a href="http://www.livingontheborder.com">Karl W. Hoffman</a></p> <p>Each Sunday afternoon, people from San Diego and Tijuana gather to celebrate communion at a ...

Two Kinds of Economic Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> I just watched President Obama's Indiana speech and town ha ...

Economic Free Fall Without a Safety Net
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Earlier this week the New York Times reported that even as m ...

Remembering Millard Fuller
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, died yesterday. Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, died yesterday. Poor and homeless of the world lose his ...

Cardinals Win Super Bowl
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

So you think the Pittsburgh Steelers won the big game Sunday night? So you think the Pittsburgh Steelers won the big game Sunday night? Hundreds of poor kids in El Salvador will ...

Tips on Bridging the Persistent Digital Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Even in our current political climate, as President <a title="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1XWvs7SL5I&amp;eurl=http://www.freepress.net/ Obama demands" href="http://www.youtube.com/wat ...

SCHIP: Finally, a Victory for Children's Healthcare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The 111<sup>th</sup> Congress is turning out to be a bit more exciting than the 110<sup>th</sup>, with members tackling tough issues with a vigor that was in short supply in 2008. ...

Bringing Word and Music Together Against Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am very honoured and excited to be invited to the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> in April. I am very honoured a ...

Immigration Reform's Post-Election Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Just a few months ago, Christian advocates of immigration reform believed that the political environment in the country would make it very difficult to make the legislative changes necessary to pro ...

This Feels Like Family: The Obama Inauguration and Beyond
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As my mother and I prepare to "Thelma and Louise-it" to travel to Washington for the Obama inauguration, my excitement is tempered with anxiety. As my mother and I prepa ...

Child Tax Credit: Better Late Than Never
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In 2003, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=about_us.reunification">Call to Renewal</a> was deeply engaged in working to have a refundable child tax credit included in that yea ...

My Advent Calendar: December 15
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>This morning, I found window 15 outside the church building on the stairs leading up to the cathedra ...

Postville Still Suffering in the Wake of Immigration Raids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Months after <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=action.ccir&amp;item=ccir_mult">the largest immigration enforcement raid in history</a>, the tiny community of Postville is ...

Continuing the Abortion Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

This is the sequel to the original <a title="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-abortion-conversation/" href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-abortion-conversation/&q ...

A Different Economic Measure: Quality of Life and an Economic Bill of Rights
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> I'm tired of all the frantic talk about how much or little ...

My Personal 'Faith Priorities' for this Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In 2004, several conservative Catholic bishops and a few megachurch pastors like Rick Warren issued their list of "non-negotiables," which were intended to be a voter guide for their followers. ...

Sept. 11 Families Join Nonviolence Efforts in Iraq
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Please, spread the message: There is not only violence in Iraq, there is something more -- people are building peace and seeking real change. Please, ...

A Pastoral Strategy for an Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As the polls and media pundits have pointed out, many Americans ...

Immigration Raids Continue to Tear Communities Apart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

It's happened again. It's happened again. With the recent memory of traumatic raids in Postville, Iowa, and Laurel, Mississippi, still lingering, federal agents invaded ...

My Struggle with New Monasticism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a title="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/new-monastics-and-race" href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/new-monastics-and-race">Read all posts in this conversation on New Monastics and race.</a ...

New Study on Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

The heated abortion debate has up to this time been focused on legal measures. The heated abortion debate has up to this time been focused on legal measures. A new study commiss ...

What if the Amish Were in Charge of the War on Terror?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

I confess: Over the last 10 days, I did not pay much attention to the Amish school shooting. As the mother of an 8-year old girl, I find school violence stories too painful to follow.</p> ...