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Sojourners Magazine Awards
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Sojourners</em> magazine received many honors at the joint annual conventions of the <a title="http://www.epassoc.org/" href="http://www.epassoc.org/">Evangelical Pre ...

M2EP Live: Why We're Here, part II
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Live from the halls of the Mobilization, here are a few more quotes about faith and justice work from some of the fantastic people who are here!</p> Live from the halls of t ...

M2EP Live: Frederick Haynes on God's Grammar
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My favorite part of last night's powerful worship service at the Mobilization was when Rev. My favorite part of last night's powerful worship service at the Mobilization ...

M2EP Live: We're on the Inside
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

This is the first event in Sojourners history where the White House has had a role, any role, aside from the one where they call the local police and ask them to remove us from the sidewalks. ...

M2EP Live: First blog
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

This is my first blog, so bear with me if I get it wrong. With a blog you only have 140 characters to convey your message and ... no ... that's a twitter, I think, from people who twit. ...

M2EP Live: Why We're Here
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Before and after the worship service tonight, I got a chance to chat with just a few of the thousand-plus people coming to the Mobilization. Here's what they had to say:</p> ...

M2EP Live: Blogging and Twitter from the Mobilization to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Here in the Sojo offices, all is abustle as we complete preparations for <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">The Mobilization to End Poverty</a> (it's not too late for you to ...

Be Not Afraid: Faith and Reason in the Notre Dame 'Scandal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Notre Dame President Rev. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins is facing furious backlash after inviting President Barack Obama to give the university's commencemen ...

Apologies of the Powerful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5354862.stm">I am deeply sorry</a> for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address," <a href="http://www. ...

The Rush Limbaugh April Fools' Response
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

April 1 was quite the roller coaster for me. First of all, I'm already in a good mood because it's my sister's birthday (no kidding). April 1 was quite the roller c ...

The latest news on Obama Afghanistan strategy, Afghanistan-on the ground, Budget, Immigration, National service, Death penalty, Sudan airstrikes, North Korea, Opinion.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

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Voice of the Day: Moshe Dayan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies.</span><br /> <strong><br /> - <span id="lblAuthor">Moshe Dayan</span>&l ...

Defiant Hope: St. Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with my parents, my husband, and my one-year-old son. Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland w ...

Jet-Powered Gardening: My Christian Carbon Footprint, Part 3
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/09/holy-expansion-my-christian-carbon-footprint-part-3/">continued from part 2</a>]</p> [ continued from part 2 ...

Verse of the Day: 'When kindred live together in unity'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

How very good and pleasant it is<br /> when kindred live together in unity!<br /> It is like the precious oil on the head,<br /> running down upon the beard, H ...

An Involuntary Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

The latest news on Budget, Budget Analysis, D.C. Voting Rights, Victory in Chicago, Abortion, Iraq Withdrawal, Photos of War Coffins, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Opinion.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

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Guarded Optimism in Zimbabwe and South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It's been just over two weeks into the new transitional government in Zimbabwe. There is guarded optimism and most people have adopted a 'wait and see' approach. It ...

Today's Guest Host at USA Today Faith and Reason Forum
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I'm the guest host at the <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/religion/index"><em>USA Today</em> forum on Faith and Reason today</a>. ...

The latest news on the Economic Stimulus, Pay Discrimination, Draft Registration, Global Food Shortage, Afghanistan, Iraq, Arab-Muslim Relations, Israel-Gaza, Iran, Russia, Zimbabwe, and Mexico.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

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Peacemaking, Power, and Politics: Books for Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

As a former theology and philosophy professor at Asbury Seminary, Sojourners' COO, Chuck Gutenson, is a walking encyclopedia of all things theological As a former theology a ...

Verse of the Day: 'Must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats: Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must A ...

Being Mindful of Our Blessings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During this time of Advent, a season of cheer and joy, there are people who do not have much in economic standings or bank balances to be cheerful or grateful for. During this tim ...

2008: Cinema in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Looking back on the year's movies, I'm struck by how many of my favorites featured the theme of family and community -- perhaps this reflects only my current personal concerns, or maybe there's ...

An Agenda of Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

While most attention is being paid to the deepening economic crisis, the incoming Obama administration will also inherit a number of interrelated international crises. While most ...

Border Walls Keep Out Mary and Baby
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. Her abdomen, swollen with ...

Numbers That Mark the Beast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

I wrote a book recently with a friend of mine that stirred some conversation. In it we try to retell the story of the Bible in the context of the American empire. I wrote a book r ...

Mary's Song: A Poem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Dark times<br /> Regime change.<br /> "How are we gonna make it?"<br /> "How are we gonna live?"<br /> Tomorrow?</p> <p>Fear for breakfast<br /> Tr ...

My Advent Calendar: December 15
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of peace on earth and goodwill toward all, I went to see the remake of the 1951 movie <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043456/">The Day the Earth Stood Still</a& ...

Blagojevich, Illinois' Corruption, and the Reformers Who've Fought It
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Somebody had to say it, and they came from Hyde Park.</p> Somebody had to say it, and they came from Hyde Park. It was open knowledge among people in and around Spring ...

A Texas Procession for Life
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

In his 1995 encyclical <em>The Gospel of Life</em>, Pope John Paul II wrote, "Where life is involved, the service of charity must be profoundly consistent. In his ...

Protesting Injustice and Celebrating Memories at the Gates of the SOA
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

This past weekend I road-tripped with my housemates, the Sojourners interns, from Washington, D.C., to the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. This past weekend I road-tripped with my ...

A Time for Giving Thanks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

It is a time to be thankful, even in the midst of the economic crisis all around the world. The election showed that our country is better than some of us thought it was. It is a ...

Is the Dream Fulfilled? Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Where have all the prosperity preachers gone? It seems like only yesterday when we were hearing about prosperity preachers and messages about God pouring out financial blessing. ...

A Prayer for a New President and a New America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

God of Abraham, Miriam, Hannah, Rizpah, and David...<br /> God of Elijah, Amos, Ruth, Isaiah, Deborah...<br /> God of Mary, John the Baptizer, Peter, Paul, Philemon and Onesimus... ...

Joe the Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

A new figure has entered the 2008 election campaign. His name is "Joe the plumber," and his concerns about his future have now entered the message of this political year. ...

Changeling and the Spirituality of Activism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081015-changeling.jpg"></a>Clint Eastwood's latest feature <a href="http://changelingmovie.net/">Chang ...

Verse of the Day: 'Let justice roll down'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. </span></p> <p><strong>- <span id="lblBook">Amos 5:24</span></strong>&l ...

Voice of the Day: St. Francis of Assisi
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; </span><span><br /> where there is hatred, let me sow love;<br /> where there is injury, pardon; Lord, make me ...

Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2608">Continued from part 1</a>] I began to wonder what the TBN folks would think of me, a heavily tattooed Christian progressi ...

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Aaron jumped back when he heard the words. He looked at me in disbelief. "Like, a real one? A born-again one?" he asked. Aaron jumped back when he heard the words. He ...

The Last Story of Summer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Tomorrow is the autumnal equinox and, with its coming, summer official ...

God's Politics Has Moved!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<strong>Please change your bookmarks to:</strong> <a href="http://www.godspolitics.com/"><strong>http://www.godspolitics.com</strong></a></p> ...

One Day, I Will Join the NRA
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This week, The New York Times ran an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/10/opinion/10wed2.html?_r=1&amp;oref=slogin">editorial </a>about H.R. 6691, follow-up legislation ...

'Meaner Streets' in D.C.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Even though we don't often weigh in on local D.C. Even though we don't often weigh in on local D.C. political issues, the Sojourners policy team made an exception on a n ...

The Church's Role in the Georgia-Russia Conflict
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The recent Georgia-Russia mini-war in and around South Ossetia was definitely not a religious war, but it serves as a reminder that religious identity doesn't even come in third place when issues ...

Reflecting on Our Response to 9/11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Seven years ago this morning, airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania. Seven years ago this morning, airplanes wer ...

Amy Sullivan: 'Are Evangelicals Really Sold on Palin?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

I saw a column this weekend in <em>Time </em>magazine by Amy Sullivan in which <a href="http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1839190,00.html">she asks, "Are Evangelic ...

Hyphenated Emergents
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> I am going to preach this morning. Actually, in all probability I will ...