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Learning to Love Complexity
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

In the modern global connectedness, our future depends on making our way through a minefield of things we don’t understand and can’t reduce to crime-drama simplicity. Tumult in Eg ...

A New Hymn for Human Rights Day
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette wrote this hymn in celebration of Human Rights Day (December 10), the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Carolyn W ...

One Reason the U.S. Must Continue Funding Foreign Aid
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Because Bill Gates says so. Because Bill Gates says so. Bill Gates traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week to tell members of congress not to cut foreign aid funding f ...

Halloween Treats Can Be Tricky: The Ethics of Chocolate
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

There are plenty of big things for us to worry about in America right now. Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading quickly across North America and around the world. There ...

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 ...

Cutting Foreign Aid: Not The America I Love
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post . I watched the Republican debates from my hotel ...

Faith Without Borders
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Whose responsibility was it to feed the 30,000 hungry children in the Horn of Africa who have starved to death in the last three months? Who should be ensuring that no child in this world dies before his or h ...

Report from the Global Christian Forum in Indonesia: Day Two
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reform ...

Report from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia.
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reforme ...

Trees: In Honor of Wangari Maathai
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai was a girl in Kenya, her mother taught her that the wild fig tree was a tree of God. When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wanga ...

An Oldie but a Goodie
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:17am | Type: Blog

This poster originally appeared in the inaugural issue of The Post-American magazine in the fall of 1971. The Post-American was the original name of Sojourners Magazine. ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 4:55am | Type: Blog

On Sept. 30, the NYC General Assembly of #OccupyWallStreet -- organizers of the ongoing demonstrations in New York City's financial district against economic injustice that has spread to other cities acro ...

Lord, Have Mercy: Suicide Bomber Kills 75 in Somalia
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

A truck bomb has killed at least 70 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, including a crowd of young students applying for scholarships to study abroad. This just in from A ...

The F Word
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

What's more obscene? Thirty-thousand children dead in Somalia in three months? Or the world standing by and letting it happen? What's more obscene? Thirty-thousa ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dead Sea Scrolls go digital Dead Sea Scrolls go digital The Dead Sea scrolls, 2,000 parchment and papyrus copies of 974 biblical texts, have been pixilated f ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

The Polemics of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. In the wake of Troy Davis' exe ...

How many slaves work for you?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 8:55pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the torrent of mail that flows into my in-box each day. Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the t ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

Requiem for Republicans
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Last weekend, former Senator Charles Percy of Illinois passed away. Along with former Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon, who died a month ago, they represented the last vestiges of an era of moderate Republicans ...

Afternoon Philosofail
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A philosophy professor of mine from college, who is also a Facebook friend, just posted a link to the following item, without comment (although I could hear what he was undoubtedly thinking from 900 m ...

Why Christians Should Be Biased
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake, Christians should be biased. I know there has been a lot of conversation in the past few years about Christians cleaning up their image. We are often known more for our prejudices than princi ...

On the Immorality of Fracking
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Illness among people and livestock. Tainted drinking water. Explosions and fires. Illness among people and livestock. Tainted drinking water. Explosions and fires. ...

Study: 3 in 5 of Iraq's 1.5M Widows Lost Husbands Since 2003 U.S. Invasion
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A study released this week by a global humanitarian aid organization concluded that three out of every five widows in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence that followed the 2003 invasion ...

Rick Perry, Superman and Immigration
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rick Perry was recently asked by a nine-year-old "If you were a super hero, what kind of super hero would you be?" His answer to the child's benign question was simultaneously predictable and ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

What is an Evangelical, anyway?
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Blog

Not long after the 2004 presidential election, I was dining with some friends in Brooklyn when the conversation turned to religion and politics - the two things you're never supposed to discuss in pol ...

TGIF: Links 'n' Such
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The Gubbio Project, which helps churches become refuges for homeless people throughout the U.S., recently earned a new fan: Author Anne Rice. "When I was in San Francisco, I visited St. Boniface Church in ...

Swords into plowshares, Guns into "Peace Angels"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Last Mother's Day, the Violence Prevention Coalition of Los Angeles ran a gun buy-back event where people could exchange firearms for grocery coupons -- no questions asked. The VPC collected more than 2, ...

Obama's Remembrance: 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spent Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, by visiting each of the attack sites in New York City, Washington, ...

Turning Mourning into Voyeurism
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I'm sure it will end on September 12 when the news media go back to reporting the most urgent question of our time -- which GOP candidate will win the tea party debate on Monday night? ...

We've Changed, But How?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I woke up on the morning of September 11, 2001 both nervous and excited. I woke up on the morning of September 11, 2001 both nervous and excited. I had spent the last two months ...

Remembering 9/11 Through Music and Literature
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I read and the music that kept me going in the days and months after 9/11. Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I r ...

10 Years After 9/11: The Good and the Bad
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was at home in Washington, D.C. getting ready to go to Sojourners' office. On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was at home in Was ...

Take a Walk on 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, many of us are wondering how best to honor the many victims of that tragedy and its aftermath. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 appro ...

More than 1,000 Arrested Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

As of this morning, more than 1,009 Americans have been arrested to bring national attention to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. This is what church looks like. As of thi ...

When the Earth Shakes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It was over in less than a minute. Three miles below the surface of the earth near a town in Virginia named Mineral, a fault line shifted. It was over in less than a minute. Thre ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across barren cracked earth. Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across bar ...

Why is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes. When ...

Dear World: Please Wake Up!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Some sources have stated that more than 12 million people are being impacted by the worst drought and famine in the region of the Horn of Africa in 60 years. 12 million people. So ...

Inspired by Rosa Parks, Israeli and Palestinian Women Take a Swim
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

An account in The New York Times by Ethan Bronner reports that Israeli women and West Bank Palestinian women and girls have once again broken Israeli laws. http://creativecommon ...

Basketball Underdogs: The Afghanistan National Team
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Olympics is the greatest representation of national athletic pride. The Olympics is the greatest representation of national athletic pride. Somehow every couple of years, patr ...

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I have gotten so used to stories of violence in the news every morning that I confess they don't move me as much as they should, or used to. I have gotten so used to stories ...

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only wa ...