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Where Wars Come From
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Peace is a respectful, harmonious, and cooperative relationship between groups and nations. Peace is a respectful, harmonious, and cooperative relationship between groups and nati ...

New Life from an Old Hymn
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra, Florida, is the kind of church ...

Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Vote Out Poverty! Vote Out Poverty!" shouted the diverse group of clergy and faith leaders as they marched in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, at our ecumenical public witness event last October. ...

Putting Some Labor Back in Labor Day Weekend Services
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Labor Day weekend is often a slow time for congregations. Members are attending family gatherings. Parents are getting children ready for school. Labor Day weekend is often a slow ...

'People of Faith Challenge Democrats'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

On Monday, I <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/08/faith-at-the-conventions-by-ji.html">wrote </a>that one of the things I would be looking for at the political conventi ...

Bishop Charles Blake's Remarks at DNC Interfaith Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Excerpt from Bishop Charles Blake&rsquo;s remarks at the Interfaith Forum, Sunday, August 24, 2008, Denver, Colorado:</p> Excerpt from Bishop Charles Blake’s remarks at ...

Minor Party Pros and Cons
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

If you're among the growing number of voters who are disenchanted with both major parties, you may be considering a move to a third party. You're not alone. If you' ...

Mal-Engagement, Disengagement, and Wise Engagement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I understand the sentiments shared by many voters in the recent <a href="http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=334">Pew poll on faith and politics</a>. I understan ...

Talismans and Tokens
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> I'm not much for talismans or religious tokens in the usual sense ...

A Multicultural Witness Against the 'Homogenous Unit Principle' (part 2, by Jin S. Kim)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

[...<a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/08/a-multicultural-witness-agains.html">continued from part 1</a>]</p> [... continued from pa ...

Death of Zambia's President -- and Zimbabwe's Negotiations
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

On Aug. 19, 2008, Zambia President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa died. His death was a loss not only to his nation but to the region. He was outspoken about the situation in Zimbabwe. On ...

Two Questions of a Soon-to-be Immigrant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In a few weeks, I will make a life-changing journey. After 33 years of living in Northern Ireland, and for very good reasons, I am about to become an immigrant. In a few weeks, I ...

An International Day of Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God" (Matthew 5:9).</em></p> "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they s ...

A Multicultural Witness Against the 'Homogenous Unit Principle' (Part 1, by Jin S. Kim)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I am grateful for CNN's special report, "<a href="http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2008/black.in.america/">Black in America</a>," as well as the subsequent <a href="http ...

Changing the Backyard
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

My two boys have an alley for a backyard. My two boys have an alley for a backyard. Luke (9) and Jack (5) are thoroughly urban kids, but I watched them, these past two weeks, fall ...

Race at the Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I can't go anywhere these days without hearing about the Olympics ("Michael Phelps this, Michael Phelps that." Thank God my friend finally told me who Michael Phelps is). ...

'The Jungle' in Postville Affects Us All
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Agriprocessors, the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the U.S., has developed a longstanding reputation for abusing animals, workers, and laws. Agriprocessors, the largest kosher s ...

A Look at Mary in August
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

My wife and I are starting the book of Luke for our devotional reading this week. The whole Christmas story comes up so fast, and it is a bit strange to consider the story in August. ...

Something is Brewing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The combined outcome of events happening at the moment is hard to predict, but something is brewing in the southern African region around the issue of Zimbabwe. The combined outco ...

Working Against Torture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Torture is a moral issue. On Sept. Torture is a moral issue. On Sept. 11-12, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia, Christians will be sharing their grave concerns over the United States' ...

A Step Forward on Abortion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Abortion is a moral issue, felt deeply on all sides of the debate. That debate has also been deeply divisive, becoming a "third rail" of American politics. Abortion is a ...

Edwards: 'I Sin Every Day'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In the Sojourners/CNN candidate forum in June of 2007, John Edwards said, "I sin every day," in response to a question on sin and forgiveness. In the Sojourners/CNN cand ...

Wedge Issues (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

As we draw closer to the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/21/us/politics/21church.html">candidate forum at Saddleback Church</a>, I've had several conversations with clergy on ...

China Bars Olympian and Darfur Activist from Attending Summer Games
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Looks like Joey Cheek -- a winter Olympics medalist who co-founded the organization Team Darfur to protest the genocide incited by the regime in Khartoum -- will not be going to Beijing in support ...

A Ragamuffin's Dream (Part 1, by Claudia Mair Burney)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p>Almost midnight. Dark.</p> ...

A Ragamuffin's Dream (Part 1, by Claudia Mair Burney)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p>Almost midnight. Dark.</p> ...

The Indescribable Drama of Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Next Wednesday is the Feast of the Transfiguration. What that means is ...

Tennessee Church Shootings: The Culture War's Latest Casualties
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Tragically, the culture war crossed over fighting words to shooting bullets. Once again, a community of faith was caught in the crossfire. Tragically, the culture war crossed over ...

Tennessee Church Shootings: The Culture War's Latest Casualties
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Tragically, the culture war crossed over fighting words to shooting bullets. Once again, a community of faith was caught in the crossfire. Tragically, the culture war crossed over ...

Rand: Solution to Terrorism Is Not Military
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Some compelling quotes from a recent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/29/AR2008072902041.html">Rand Corp. Some compelling quot ...

New Hope Down Under
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Though it is winter in Australia, the sun was shining on Sydney Harbor, one of the most beautiful urban landscapes in the world. Though it is winter in Australia, the sun was shin ...

Tina Beattie on The New Atheists, Part 2: Faith and Reason Are Not Enemies (interview by Becky Garrison)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Following is a continuation of Becky Garrison's e-mail exchange with Tina Beattie, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amaz ...

A Crash Course in Jesus Studies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> A Sunday or two ago, I made mention of -- more to the truth, wrote a w ...

Another Look at The New Yorker's Obama Cartoon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

To presume is human, to reconsider sublime. At least that's what I'm beginning to believe as a father of three. To presume is human, to reconsider sublime. At least that ...

Four Iraqi Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I had the unique opportunity of meeting with four Iraqi evangelicals at a conference in a country near Iraq. They were young church leaders. Recently, I had the unique o ...

What Do 'Patriotic Dissenters' Appreciate About the USA?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As we recently marked the "birth" and independence of the United States, I'd like to ask you to consider a very simple question:</p> <p>What do you appreciate about the Unit ...

A Woman's Place is in the House ... of Bishops
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

It was almost 16 years ago that I sat in the debating chamber of Church House in Westminster and voted as a member of the House of Clergy to ordain women to the priesthood in the Church of England. ...

A Woman's Place is in the House ... of Bishops
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

It was almost 16 years ago that I sat in the debating chamber of Church House in Westminster and voted as a member of the House of Clergy to ordain women to the priesthood in the Church of England. ...

A Woman's Place is in the House ... of Bishops
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

It was almost 16 years ago that I sat in the debating chamber of Church House in Westminster and voted as a member of the House of Clergy to ordain women to the priesthood in the Church of England. ...

A Responsible Withdrawal From Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I participated in a conference call based on a report from The Task Force For A Responsible Withdrawal From Iraq. Recently, I participated in a conference call based on ...

An Alternative July Fourth Celebration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

'Twas truly a gift to be at the 25th anniversary of the <a href="http://www.cornerstonefestival.com/">Cornerstone Festival</a>, hosted by our friends at <a href="http://www.j ...

Don't Shoot!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

"Don't shoot -- I want to grow up," read the protest sign an 11-year-old boy held in the wake of 30-plus shootings of Chicago schoolchildren this school year. " ...

Gundamentalism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Last week's headlines blared the news: The Supreme Court has ruled that there is a constitutional right to gun ownership. Last week's headlines blared the news: The Supr ...

Your Comments on Seminary at Sing Sing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Last week, I posted a piece about <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/06/graduating-from-sing-sing-semi.html">speaking at a graduation ceremony</a> inside Sing Sing priso ...

A Call for Evangelical Rhetorical Accountability
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability <a href="http://ecfa.org/">(ECFA.org) </a>was launched in 1979, in response to growing concern "over an increase of [sic] questio ...

Good News in Pew's Latest Survey
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I hear those three little words -- "the latest poll" -- I generally tune out. Whenever I hear those three little words -- "the latest poll" -- I gener ...

The Gaza Cease-Fire and Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I arrived in the West Bank the afternoon of Saturday, June 7, and hit the ground running. The next morning we starting filming for <a href="http://thispalestinianlife.blogspot.com">a f ...

Thank God For George W. Bush
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In the late summer of 2004, a seminary colleague and I pondered the possibility of another four years of Bush 43. In the late summer of 2004, a seminary colleague and I pondered t ...

Pagans and Patriarchs
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> <p>Welcome to summer. Officially and totally summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It's certifiably summe ...

Making Their Mark: Interview with Gloria Luna, Social Advocate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<a title="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Making%20Their%20Mark&amp;blog_id=37" href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Making%20Their%20Mark&a ...