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Who Are the Rohingyas and Why Are They Fleeing Myanmar?
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The Rohingya people are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority group. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims live in squalor in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. That number has ...

Genocides and Holocausts: Never Again
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

The refrain of “never again” arising after World War II has, regrettably, not been employed everywhere. One hundred years ago — April 1915 — as World War I raged across Europe, th ...

On Eve of Anniversary, Turkey’s ‘Cultural Genocide’ of Armenian History Is Ongoing
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

This tiny Kurdish village outside the city of Van in Turkey’s southeast is home to the ruins of a once-famous 11th-century Armenian Christian monastery. This tiny Kurdish village ...

Part III: Embodying Life
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

To be at home in the discomforting memory of death and destruction, silence and agony, offers a light into the dark memories we would rather forget. In remembering the places from which we came, home is where ...

Rwanda 20 Focus On Prevention
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Press

April 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Cason ...

Part I: Remembering That Out of Death Comes Life
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

No matter how many questions I ask, how many stories I listen to, how many fragments of bones I see, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to understand how in just one hundred days, close to one million people were ...

Artist Statement: About the 'On Pilgrimage' Series
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

On pilgrimage, I’ve learned that experiencing the brokenness of the world leads to a greater sense of internal healing. As I’ve begun to find healing in these paradoxical stories, my hope is that together we w ...

Struggling Alongside the People of Sudan and South Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

Sudanese turned to the U.S. for a better life not only for themselves but in order to support their family and friends back home, and to advocate for help in stopping genocide, mass atrocities, and human right ...

Transcending a Genocidal God
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The History Channel's The Bible, like so much of so-callled "religious pop culture," seemed to be the produ ...

Al-Khatib and Al Jazeera: Listening to Victims in Syria
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

If I can’t trust my government to sort out the good guys from the bad guys for me, how can I ever figure out what, if anything, my government should be doing in my name? What the ...

Guatemalans Gain Justice Over ‘Evangelical’ Dictator
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Blog

On May 10, 2013, a Guatemalan court sentenced Rios Montt to 80 years in prison after finding him responsible for deliberate killings by the armed forces of at least 1,771 members of the Maya Ixil population du ...

As Holocaust Museum Turns 20, Ranks of Survivors Dwindle
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum marks its 20th anniversary today (April 29) with more than 750 survivors, museum officials are calling it one the last large gatherings of those who managed to escape Hitl ...

Four Quesitons for Sophoan Rath
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Sophoan Rath, survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime Bio: Tour guide in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and ...

The Cost of Being 'Christian'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper "Richard Twiss was willing to step out for what he believed in." ALL EYES WERE f ...

Exodus from Violence
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Preaching the Word

Exodus 3:1-15 Jim Douglass Douglass is troubled by the implication in Exo ...

Rewriting History: Thanksgiving or Genocide?
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

I’m not suggesting we not be thankful. But if it were up to me, I’d repeal the official day of Thanksgiving that was sanctioned by Congress because no matter how we want to re-tell or re-write that story, we a ...

Doing Nothing is Not an Option -- United to End Genocide
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, I had the privilege of spending some time at the End Genocide Action Summit, which brought people from all over the world to Washington, D.C., to learn about and fight against genocide ...

Sudan: History Must Not Repeat Itself
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

We cannot allow the history of a brutal genocide to repeat itself in Sudan, nor denial and inaction to repeat itself in Washington, D.C., but both are happening at this very moment ...

North Sudan Attacks, Occupies Border Region
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The folks at the <a href="http://www.satsentinel.org/">Satellite Sentinel Project</a> have confirmed that North Sudan has burned three villages in Abyei (a disputed border region which is ...

Geronimo: A Revealing Code Name
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A few days ago <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/on-waking-up-to-todays-news.html" target="_blank">on my personal blog</a>, I asked this question in response to the ...

Libya, Just War, and Augustine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It was on the shores of North Africa that one of the greatest Christian thinkers tried to work out the relationship between Jesus' teachings about loving even enemies and the impending invasion by ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...

Love Wins: My Interview with Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/18/love-wins-my-interview-with-rob-bell/" target="_self"></a>Monday morning, 8 a.m PST. My phone rings. It's Rob Bell calling ...

Revisiting Rwanda: Finding the Truth After Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the documentary <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJU-zBKe4uI" target="_blank">Earth Made of Glass</a></em>, director Deborah Scranton weaves together t ...

Encouraging News from South Sudan, Troubling News from Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I have encouraging news from <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/south-sudan/" target="_blank">South Sudan</a>, and I have troubling news from Darfur. Let's start with the So ...

Stay Informed and in Prayer for the People of Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As voting continues in South Sudan's week-long <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sudan/" target="_blank">independence referendum</a>, which started yesterday, here are a fe ...

Despite Genocide, I See Hope for Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The events that I saw in my childhood during the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sudan/" target="_blank">war in Sudan</a> are called genocide today. ...

The Upcoming Vote in South Sudan: Just the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On January 9, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/05/looking-towards-south-sudans-referendum/" target="_blank">South Sudan will vote on whether to secede</a> from the North an ...

5 Books on Making Nonviolence Work in a Scary World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the November issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, Rose Marie Berger <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1011&amp;article=celebrate-the-peace-para ...

The Church Must Retain a Prophetic Voice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to get people to stop believing in him. We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to ...

Is the Cordoba House "Insensitive"?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">"Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right to build a mosque near Ground Zero. "Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right ...

Human Atrocities in Congo: What Can We Do?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100903-cellphone.jpg"></a>Between July 30 and August 3, a <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #772124;" href="http ...

What Constitutes Sacred Space at Ground Zero?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Close to nine years after the attacks on September 11, Lower Manhattan remains plagued by the sight of a gaping hole where the Twin Towers once stood. Close to nine years after th ...

Has Hate Corrupted the Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a writer with a public blog, I've become used to getting hate emails. Sure, some people might leave offensive comments on a blog, but the real vitriol gets reserved for emails. ...

Tragic Anniversaries and Embodying Resurrection Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week is a confluence of anniversaries. April 7 was the 16<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda where more than 800,000 died in a few days. This wee ...

Nonviolence: What About Hitler?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In any in-depth conversation about the effectiveness of nonviolence as a strategy, this question always comes up: Would these nonviolent strategies have worked against the Nazis? ...

A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

The <em>Washington Post </em>has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means tortur ...

Voodoo Haiti, Voodoo West
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/vudu-haiti-vudu-occidente/">En espa&ntilde;ol</a>] Haiti is an example of how both flesh and bones politicians as well as countries can look ...

Vudu Haiti, Vudu Occidente
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/voodoo-haiti-voodoo-west/">English version</a>] Hait&iacute; es ejemplo de c&oacute;mo los pol&iacute;ticos de carne y hueso pero tam ...

Michael Steele and Racially Insensitive or Racist Comments
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am writing to educate Michael Steele and those whose understanding of Native Americans are as superficial as his. On Jan. 4, 2010, Steele, the leader of the Republican Party, held up his hand in the ...

TIAA-Cref Divests from Sudan Oil Interests
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the situation in Sudan remains dire (and could worsen as the country faces volatile elections this spring), Christians can celebrate a recent story of hope: the first major U.S. ...

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech and Just Peace Theory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

If all we notice in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/world/europe/11prexy.text.html">President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture</a> is a justification of war, we will miss ...

Affirming the Footnotes: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Although there are several points I find troubling, inaccurate, or misleading in the recent <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">Manhattan Declaration</a>, and although I noticed th ...

Uwem Akpan's Double Calling as Priest and Writer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Remembering Native Americans -- Beyond November
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In November we first think of Thanksgiving, and as we Native Americans say, Thanksgiving is a time when we once again reflect upon all we have and the genocide it took to get it. ...

Cautious Optimism on Obama's New Sudan Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Activists greeted the Obama administration's <a title="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-urgency-implementation" href="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-ur ...

Why Celebrate Columbus Day?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

From the journal of Christopher Columbus:</p> From the journal of Christopher Columbus: In all the world, there is no better people nor better country. They love their ...

A Woman with Full Authority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many people in Minnesota get really excited about fall. We welcome cooler weather, colorful trees, and a chance to share treasures from our garden. Many people in Minnesota get re ...

Peace Day and Our Fearless Obligation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught fearlessness.</p> Jesus taught fearlessness. Thus, to follow Jesus means to live a faith that takes us beyond our anxieties, beyond our deepest fears and tr ...

Genocide, Not War, Is the Problem in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The outgoing commander of the U.N./African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur has garnered much press by saying, on his way out of the door, that "I would not say there is a war going on in Darfur. ...