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Moral Measure of a Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Remembering Elizabeth Edwards, Advocate for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/12/08/remembering-elizabeth-edwards-advocate-for-health-reform/" target="_self"></a>[Editors' note: Today we remember Elizabeth ...

That Thieving Christ and Advent
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 10:04pm | Type: Blog

In this season in which we find ourselves there is an anticipatory feeling in the air. A waiting, a longing, and yearning. This is a time filled with preparations and signs and symbols. ...

Korean-American Women and Ordination in the Church
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

In 2004, I was the 40th Korean-American clergywomen to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. denomination. Forty seems like such a small number when you consider that in 2011, Korean-American Clergywom ...

Thanksgiving Alone is Not Lonely
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It had been a busy semester and the Tuesday before Thanksgiving I arrived back home from an exhausting American Academy of Religion meeting. It had been a busy semester and the Tu ...

What We Need is More Killing!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Entitlement Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

You might think that those who spent their campaigns telling their constituents that they would work to appeal "Obamacare" -- just another government entitlement -- would either think that <a hre ...

This Veterans Day, Honor the Consciences of Our Veterans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. This weekend, military veterans are ...

Do We Need Truth and Civility Past Election Day? Yes We Do.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Well, we made it to Election Day -- time to pack up the ol' <a hr ...

Wonderful and Complicated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Got an e-mail the other day from a friend who is a young Christian leader. He told me he was getting married. Wow, I thought. Married! Got an e-mail the other day from a friend wh ...

Herbie Hancock on Striking the Wrong Chord
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the midst of matching mentors to new interns a couple of weeks ago at Sojourners, I came to an uncomfortable realization. In the midst of matching mentors to new interns a coup ...

Challenging Goliath: Justin Hudson
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestorysummaries/p/davidandgoliath.htm">David and Goliath</a>. Da ...

Hope for the Holy Land
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100902-hopeforholyland.jpg"></a>Two years ago, as I listened to the escalating rhetoric of hate in the international media, I became haunted ...

Game Changers
Originally Posted: 05/19/2011 - 2:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Insights on being the first in the family to graduate from college. ‘I Did It for the Family’ ...

Citizenship: What's It Worth?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Additional Films
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Each day this week, we've featured a film featuring different aspects of th ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Farmingville
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

The Dragonfly Abides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Tombolombo. Tombolombo. That is the word for "dragonfly" in Chichewa, my son Vasco's native language. It was one of the first words Vasco taught me when he came ...

Abraham, Joseph, and Today's Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Abraham and Sarah left all that was familiar and dear to them to follow the promise of a better future. Abraham and Sarah left all that was familiar and dear to them to follow ...

Using the Afghan War Diaries to Guide our Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The details brought to us in the <a href="https://mail.sojo.net/owa/redir.aspx?C=a57607d98ddf41daad4719eb09bd2c7a&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwardiary.wikileaks.org%2f" target="_blank">A ...

President Obama on "The View"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

President Obama visited with the five hosts of the ABC daytime talk show "The View." People complained. He should have gone to the Boy Scout gathering. President Obama v ...

The Parable of Shirley Sherrod
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The Shirley Sherrod <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/21/agriculture.employee.usda/index.html" target="_blank">incident</a>, the latest stumble in our nation's c ...

A Hymn of Welcome for Immigrants: 'Abraham Journeyed to a New Country'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 - 7:34am | 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 ...

The Fruit of the Spirit For Everyone, Not Just Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Kindness, gentleness, love, peace, joy. Would you be more likely to describe these character traits as "masculine" or "feminine"? Kindness, gentleness, love, p ...

A Republican Pastor for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and care at Trinity Grace Church in New York City. I am an evangelical Christian. My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and c ...

Voices from the Gulf: We Arise to the Putrid Scent of Oil
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

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

The Beginning of Justice for Marcelo Lucero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

Video: CNN Covers Jim Wallis and Other Faith Leaders in Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100708-jim-cnn-gulfcoast.jpg"></a>Watch the video below of CNN's coverage of Jim Wallis and other faith leaders as they tour the Gulf Co ...

Testifying on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The captain was the first to smell it. He told us that the ocean didn't used to smell this way. Then, we all smelled it. The captain was the first to smell it. He told us ...

Helping Women Leave the Sex Industry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's note:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1008&amp;article=selling-our- ...

Adjusting to an Inter-racial Adoption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/21/ignoramus-racial-moments-and-interracial-adoption/">I traveled to Ethiopia to pick up our adopted son, Isaac.</a> Isaac was abando ...

Fatherhood: The Best Job in the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

Voices from the Gulf: Pray We Will Not Lose Heart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p class="wackmsg_new_sender"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> Editor's note: This w ...

A Pledge to the Next Generation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We are witnessing a massive despoiling of God's creation that will impact ecosystems for generations. Our response must think that far ahead as well -- to our children and our children's children. ...

Foreclosure: Dismantling Family Ties
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

Health Care and a New Imagination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively poor congregation had an accident and racked up a huge medical bill in the hospital. About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively ...

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

Ignoramus Racial Moments and Interracial Adoption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes in life you learn best not from the times that you shine, but from the times that you act like a total ignoramus. It seems that racism and fear of outsiders are on the rise in the U.S.A. ...

Arizona's Questionable Track Record on Race: MLK Day, Banning Ethnic Studies, and Regulating Accents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It wasn't that long ago that the state of Arizona did not recognize, in fact went out of its way to criticize, the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It wasn't t ...

From Fear to Fact: U.S. Citizen Arrested for 'Driving While Latino' in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Certain moments in our nation's history have consistently opened the door for the least civil voices to enact evil through civil policy: think the institution of race-based U.S. slavery, the In ...

Evangelicals on the Border: Steps Forward and Back for Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

From the borderlands perspective, it has been a week of momentous steps both forward and back for immigrants. From the borderlands perspective, it has been a week of momentous ste ...

In Honor of Civil Rights Leaders Benjamin Hooks and Dorothy Height
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

I Didn't Learn About the Emerging Church From White Males
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://ww ...

My Changing Understanding of Creation (and Five More Ways to Keep it Simple and Go Green)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.thispalestinianlife.org/Stories.php"></a>Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show <a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeile ...

A Reading for April 15: The Parable of the Taxpayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpayer (from the VERY New Testament). This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpa ...

Coal Mines, Potato Salad, and Damn Good People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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> ...