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Religious Freedom and the Mosque and Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In a unanimous vote yesterday New York City's historic landmarks commission voted to withhold historic protection from the downtown building slated to become a Muslim community center (called Park5 ...

The Immigration Fight Isn't Over
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, U.S. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton preliminarily struck down key provisions in Arizona's infamous SB 1070 law and ruled that states cannot pr ...

After World Cup, Violence Persists in South Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100714-fifa-worldcup.jpg"></a>The World Cup eclipsed our lives in South Africa as we witnessed four weeks of unbelievable soccer and celebrat ...

Open Letter to Obama: 'Lives are at Stake'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, In your brief time in office you have clearly not been one to shy away from tough challenges. And as you pointed out, immigra ...

Calling People to Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Several months ago, I was invited to speak at </em><a href="http://www.lifest.com/"><em>Lifest</em></a><em>, a Christian festival in Wisconsin with more ...

Nonviolence takes hold in "Mexico's Gaza"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/09/nonviolence-ta (ironically called the Unit (ironically called the Unit for the Social Well-being of the Triqui Region), a ...

Forgiveness, Fear, and the Mosque at Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. While a few years ago these were ...

Memorial Day: Giving Our Full Measure of Devotion to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Utopia. It is the place that is no place. It is the reality that does not yet exist. It is the political economy that has no politics or economics. Yet. A utopian vision is important. ...

'Chay La Lou': The Things Haitian Women Carry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

She is my mother. She is my aunt. She is my next door neighbor. I recognize her familiar gait; the quick-paced step. Most importantly, I recognize the invisible burden she carries. ...

Something There Is That Doesn't Love a Wall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a>In this simple statement from his poem <a href="http://wri ...

Then and Now: Students Caught in the Middle are Leading the Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524_100501-0007-immigration-rally.jpg"></a>On May 17, the anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, four college students ...

Glenn Beck Attacks Churches on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I thought Glenn Beck must have moved on to other things, but the other night, he went back to his attack on social justice churches. This time the issue was climate change.</p> ...

The Myth of Out-of-Control Border Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855525806_h5Bmr"></a>My beloved city, Phoenix, is making a fantastic ...

Learning to Love White Men: Between Bigoted Brothers and Holy Husbands
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

At eight months pregnant, I had a dream my new baby boy was born. He came out with pale white skin, blue eyes, and long, pin-straight red hair. He didn't look like he belonged to me at all. ...

From Fear to Fact: U.S. Citizen Arrested for 'Driving While Latino' in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | 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 ...

Echoes of Arizona: Illinois Congressional Candidate Stopped and Searched for Driving-While-Looking-Latino
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Early Saturday evening, three friends and I headed out to Chicago for dinner at a favorite restaurant in our old neighborhood (Pilsen). Early Saturday evening, three friends and I ...

The God Who Sees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I was in second grade handball was all the rage. We played it with big red rubber balls against backboards on the playground. When I was in second grade handball was all the ...

'Reasonable Suspicion' in Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My college girlfriends and I had considered Arizona as a spot for a 40th b-day bash, but I'm not sure we'd pass muster. We've all been questioned before. My colle ...

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 ...

God is Big Enough to Take Our Doubt and Anger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"To believe is human, to doubt divine."</p> "To believe is human, to doubt divine." Those words are central to the self-described "incendiary th ...

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 ...

Friendship Sealed with Accountability
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Do you remember the moment your friend became your friend? Not j ...

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 ...

Enough Jawboning: A Bold but Hopeful Proposal for Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599053392_7PtdJ"></a>There is a biblical story in which Samson used the jawbone of an a ...

Jesus and the Klan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I recently viewed an episode of Gangland on The History Channel. This particular show, which documents the rise of the younger members of the Imperial Klan of America (or KKK), really roused my anger. ...

Once Again, the Health-Care Bill Is Far From Perfect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

According to Robert Pear's recent article in <em>The New York Times</em> (<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/29/health/policy/29health.html">"Coverage Now for Sick C ...

Passover for Non-Jews and 'the Bread of Affliction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In preparing a Passover seder in which many of my guests are first-timers and non-Jews, I am challenged by a number of factors: There is the barrier of language -- some of the texts that we read ar ...

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 ...

A New March on Washington
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#816712604_FVFqL"></a>March 21, 2010: With crowd turnout twice the expec ...

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 ...

Video: Living Between Borders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Isabel has learned to live with fear. That is what she mus ...

A Significant Step Toward Health Reform in Spite of Poisonous Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694023328_ihUmp"></a>From the very beginning, more than a year ago, the faith community ...

America's Health Care: Paying More for Poorer Outcomes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694013928_MMBJm"></a>Soon, they tell us, Congress will or will not pass a health-care bi ...

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 ...

By Fearing Churches that Speak out for Social Justice, Glenn Beck Fears the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

In a recent show, Glenn Beck told his listeners to watch out for churches that use the term "social justice," or "economic justice." He thinks that those terms are code words that will lead ...

Regulating Wily Predators in Ecosystems and Economies
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> I've been obsessing about coyotes. A breedin ...

Professional Women and Impostor Syndrome
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I knew I was dreaming when Michelle Obama sat down across from me. I was wearing a formal dress sitting on one of the tall bar stools at our local pub, in the quiet back corner near the dartboard. ...

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 ...

The Bleeding Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I love my church. And I love that it isn't afraid to explore the difficult issues -- and figure out how to do so in loving ways. I love my church. And I love that it isn' ...

An Evangelical Missionary's Honest Perspective on Pat Robertson's Haiti Remarks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

When I was a student at Christ for the Nations School of Missions, I learned about the so-called "pact with the devil" that the African slaves of Haiti made to free themselves from the French. ...

Five Ways (and 27 Million Reasons) to Fight Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Today is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eve-blossom/are-we-really-aware-human_b_417820.html" target="_blank">Human Trafficking Awareness Day</a>. ...

'Irreconcilable Islam' and Irascible Christianity, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/05/gingrich-labels-irreconcilable-wing-of-islam-but-ignores-irascible-christianity/">[continued from part 1]</a> If duplicity were the only moral fai ...

Gingrich Labels 'Irreconcilable Wing of Islam' but Ignores Irascible Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

"'Tell me what distinguishes the murderer at Fort Hood, the people we arrested in Denver and Detroit and New York, and the five people who were just picked up in Pakistan?'" Former House Sp ...

Why N.T. Wright is Wrong About Social Media
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The Out of Ur blog recently posted a <a href="http://www.outofur.com/archives/2009/11/ur_video_nt_wri.html" target="_blank">video of N.T. Wright</a> going off on the dangers of ...

'Twas a Week Before Christmas: A D.C. Holiday Poem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

'Twas a week before Christmas, and all through my city<br /> Politicians were scrambl'n, it wasn't very pretty.<br /> Health care and climate were up in the air, ...

The Parable of the Unmerciful Bankers
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> This week, I joined a press conference with Peo ...

Contemplating Feminine Incarnation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>At church on a recent Sunday we were encouraged to find ways to see the world differently this week. Change our routine and change our perspective to help us get out of the rut of going through life w ...

Advent: Hope for Immigrants Too
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. Last year at ...

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Janet L. Parker Are scare tactics the best tools in our work against climate change? Four years have passed si ...

An Afghan Leader We Can Admire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The media coverage of Afghanistan focuses, on the one hand, on the evils of the Taliban and, on the other hand, on the necessi ...