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Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A missing sculpture. Battle of the wages. Standing in solidarity against SB1070. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> A mis ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

iPhones. Broken oil rigs. The World Cup. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> iPhones. Broken oil rigs. The World Cup. Here ...

Adjusting to an Inter-racial Adoption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week: ...

Wanted: A Strong Dose of Bipartisan Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity" (Psalm 133:1). Yes, and how ugly it is when we don't. "How good and pleasant it is ...

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 ...

Voices from the Gulf: 'I am Hurt, Angry, but Hopeful'
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> Editor's note: This w ...

Refusing Monsanto to Preserve Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: Recently, <a href="../2010/06/11/10000-haitian-farmers-march-against-monsanto/">10,000 Haitians marched in protest</a> of hybrid seed which Monsanto had dona ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week: ...

Grief, Repentance, and the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100607_BPlogo1.JPG"></a>The current<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/"> crisis in the Gulf of Mexico</a> is b ...

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 ...

Facebook: Friend or Foe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Well, they're at it again. Well, they're at it again. In the April issue of Sojourners I wrote about the joys and potential pitfalls of Facebook : On one hand, us ...

Sojourners Magazine Wins Top Magazine Honors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/magazine"><em>Sojourners</em> magazine</a> was recently recognized as the best general interest magazine by two leading religious press organizati ...

Saying Goodbye to Ernie Harwell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last evening, after his Little League game, my son Luke and I called his Uncle Billy to tell him what happened (a role my brother volunteered for after Luke's grandpa died). ...

Dr. Dorothy Irene Height: A Servant Leader Among Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In an age when many leaders desperately seek their 15 minutes of YouTube fame, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height was celebrated by presidents and everyday citizens alike for being the rarest of all humans -- ...

Six Principles for How to Handle Critics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Some of my readers have too much time on their hands. Some of my readers have too much time on their hands. While I do appreciate some of you sending me interesting materials for ...

Snowmageddon in Sojourners' D.C. Neighborhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Thanks to our media assistant <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/author/sheldon-c-good/">Sheldon C. Thanks to our media assistant Sheldon C. Good for finding this g ...

Book Sales, Best-Seller Lists, and Why They Matter
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=special.RV&amp;item=RV_order"></a>Yes, this is an unabashed request for you to buy a copy of Jim's new book, <a href=&qu ...

Video: Jim Wallis' Conversation with McKinsey Quarterly
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> At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, ...

Could Church Become a Playground for All?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Malcolm Gladwell, in his popular book <em>The Tipping Point</em>, names three types of people who do the work of making social movements succeed: Connectors, who bring us together, Mavens, who conn ...

Disney's A Christmas Carol: A Missed Opportunity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Disney's new high-tech, 3-D animated version of Charles Dicken's <em>A Christmas Carol</em>, already a box office smash well before Thanksgiving, is a film that comes with high expectatio ...

Christians Must Find a More Christ-like Symbol than 'Crusaders'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Imagine for a minute the fallout were a Muslim high school in America to choose for its mascot "the Jihadists."</p> <p>In that light, how do you think Muslims (or Jews) view Chri ...

Video: An Interview with Michael Sandel on Civil Dialogue in the Struggle for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Sandel, Harvard Professor and author of the new book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374180652?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=so ...

Boys are Warriors and Girls are Princesses? Spiritual Gifts are not Divided by Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studies? Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studie ...

Video: Sen. Lindsey Graham Calls out Conservative Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sen. Lindsey Graham demonstrated recently what soulful leadership looks like in the Republican Party. Sen. Lindsey Graham demonstrated recently what soulful leadership looks like ...

A Comment Code of Conduct Update and Reminder
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Regular commenters on this site may have noticed some slight differences in our <a href="http://disqus.com/">Disqus comment system</a> recently. Regular comm ...

Words Matter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama delivered his <a title="blocked::http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/us/politics/24prexy.text.html?pagewanted=print" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/us/politics/2 ...

Kennedy: A Record of Public Service for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The death of Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy marked the end of a remarkable era in the life of our country. Camelot, a time of hope, grows distant, its memories receding. The death of S ...

Interfaith Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Hospital waiting rooms are glum places pretty much everywhere. People, sick or injured, wait and wait and wait. Nowhere are the huge gaps between rich and poor so graphically in evidence. ...

Put Down the Bottle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm not a complete locavore purist, at least not yet. I do eat things shipped from the other side of the world, such as ginger, or (fair trade) chocolate. But <em>water</em>? ...

A Place at the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my favorite family gathering. I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my ...

Making Peace with Sam Harris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. D ...

A Father to the Fatherless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school. Father ...

A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="title">It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Day ... It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Da ...

Daddy's Girls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

At a recent wedding I attended, one of the groomsmen toasted the bride saying that she was going to make the perfect wife because she had already demonstrated her ability to be her fianc&eacute;'s ...

Sojourners Magazine: We've Got a New Look!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Sojourners</em> magazine just had its first redesign in my seven years of working here, and all I can say is "wow," because I have a limited graphic-design vocabulary.</p> ...

A Calendar is a Moral Document
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Dad, could we go to the field and practice a little more pitching?" Our Astros Little League baseball team had just won the Northwest Washington, D.C. championship game in the last inning. ...

Verse of the Day: 'You shall not oppress a resident alien'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.</p> <p><strong>- Exodus 23:9</strong></p> ...

Voice of the Day: Florynce R. Kennedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Oppressed people are frequently very oppressive when first liberated. And why wouldn't they be? They know best two positions. Somebody's foot on their neck or their foot on somebody's neck.</ ...

Re-founding Fathers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many problems in our society will be solved when young men are willing to become good fathers. Of course, they can do this only if they have an example to follow. Many problems in ...

Jim Wallis and Jon Stewart Get It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis is one of the most talented interviewees I've ever known. He knows how to get substance, not just spin, into a sound byte, and he has an amazing ability to think on his feet. ...

A Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away.</p> On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away. I had gone to the hospital the morning before in San Diego to vis ...

Dads Healing Holes and Wounded Souls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When my oldest son, Jamin, was moving out of the toddler years, I started to have a difficult time hugging and kissing him. When my oldest son, Jamin, was moving out of the toddle ...

Education in Color
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Raising one half-African son and one of mixed European descent posed both ordinary and unique parenting challenges for my husband and me. Raising one half-African son and one of m ...

Blessing of the Bicycles
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/gp_bike1.jpg"></a>Urban biking is not without peril. Many of my parishioners rely almost exclusively on human-powered transportation and do ...

What if the Bible's Ruth Came to America Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Learning from Shavuot and Pentecost: Can we share our harvest? Can we share our talk and tongues? Can we relearn how to share our work and rest?</p> Learning from Shavuot an ...

Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A standard definition of community development often goes something like this:</p> A standard definition of community development often goes something like this: Commu ...

Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After weeks of controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate as this year's commencement speaker, we have seen both the American democratic tra ...

Challenging Obama on Abortion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This is a challenge to President Obama and Congress written in light of his commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame. This is a challenge to President Obama and Congres ...

No Blank Check for the IMF
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

At the G20 Summit in London in April, the Obama administration committed to providing $100 billion in new resources to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to respond to the global recession. ...