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Extremism, Terrorism, and the Attack in Norway
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Similar to many of my Western counterparts, my first thoughts when I first heard about the attacks in Norway went to extreme Islamic terrorism. Similar to many of my Western count ...

Buddhas Brought Back to Life in Central Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly blog about issues in Afghanistan to educate our readers about the latest news and developments rel ...

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"God is Watching," reads the headline for a full page ad Sojourners ran in this morning's Politico. "God is Watching," reads the headline for a full pag ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

'You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock!': The Daughters of South Africa Speak Out
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The lost art of reading might be in danger, but I'm happy to report that the desire to write remains strong, at least with Amazw'Entombi ("Voices of the Girls"). ...

Sojourners Launches Radio and Facebook Ads Calling Politicians to Remember the Poor
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

If you live in Kentucky, Nevada, or Ohio and listen to Christian or country radio, you'll be hearing some of Sojourners' new radio ads calling for legislators to remember the least of these during th ...

From Selma to Syria: The Power of Song in Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

How should music rank among the ever-growing list of time-tested nonviolent methods such as boycotts, marches, strikes, sit-ins, and vigils? http://www.flickr.com/commons/usage/ ...

Afghan Exchange Students Flee to Canada
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly blog about issues in Afghanistan to educate our readers about the latest news and developments rel ...

Poverty, Treasure Islands, and Global Tax Dodgers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 John Hilliard | more info (via: Wylio)As Christians concerned about poverty, it is time to turn our full attention to the injustices of an "offshore tax system" that enables cor ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Ahmed Wali Karzai. Veterans. NATO.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to ...

Being There: Why I Want to go to Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Don't get me wrong -- I love sitting behind my computer here at Sojourners, or proofreading a stack of magazine-pages-to-be, fresh from Art Director Ed Spivey's printer. But sometimes there's no ...

Why Afghan Women Need to be Part of the Peace Process
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

What is wrong with the typical photo of world leaders making decisions for their countries? The general absence of women -- at the table, in the room, and, as a result, from the agenda. ...

Observing the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by Sharing Faith
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

The email came just a few days before two Jewish rabbis and two Muslim friends joined two of us Christian ministers for a Sunday morning service. This service was part of a national event called Faith Shared. ...

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 ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: The Politics and Pain of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Toothbrushes, Towels, and Tackling Root Causes in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://mccpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/toothbrushes-towels-and-tackling-root-causes-in-gaza/" target="_blank"></a>We met 10-year-old Noor Al-Abid in Nove ...

Michelle Obama and the Women of South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divine meet. Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divi ...

A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:13am | Type: Blog

I send many of my students to the Middle East as interns. In fact, Wheaton College has an entire program devoted to student short-term placement. I send many of my students to the ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama to Bring 33,000 Troops Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: 80 Percent of Captured 'Taliban' Were Civilians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

My Search for the Truth About the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In 2008, as I heard the increasing public rhetoric of hostility emanating from the Middle East, I found myself wondering what Jesus would say and do if he were here in the flesh today. ...

Waking the Church to Just Consumerism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God blesses the earth with enough provision and food for its inhabitants. The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God ble ...

Yemen: The Difference Between a Peaceful Revolution and Violent Clashes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Atiaf Alwazir, who runs the blog <a href="http://womanfromyemen.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Woman from Yemen</a>, has a new post explaining the relationship between what she ...

His Name is Potlako
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

His name is Potlako. Potlako means "earlier than expected," I suppose he was named Potlako because he was either a premature baby or he followed soon -- too soon -- after his elder brother. ...

Could the U.S. Be Moving to a State of Perpetual War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One might think that three wars -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya -- would be enough. Apparently, for the United States military apparatus, it's not. One might think that three war ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

Why We Need Renewable Energy Sources That are Cheaper and Safer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan has caused considerable concern among Wall Street types, many of whom had already voted with their wallets against the financial feasibility of nuclear power by ...

Unveiling the Walls that Divide Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I find it discomforting that the Lord instructs someone to wage war and therefore reasoning that God-sanctioned war is justifiable even though as Christians we are called to be peacemakers in the w ...

Japan's Nuclear Dependency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Despite the ongoing catastrophe of nuclear reactor meltdowns following last spring's earthquake, the Japanese people remain largely supportive of nuclear energy. Despite the ...

The Meaning of America: President Obama's Address to Parliament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches: "it has not yet been revealed what we shall be." Such is the case with every child, every grandchild, and great grandchild -- those we know and those we will never meet. ...

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 ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban. Britain. Obama BBC Interview.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Nakba Day Protests: Palestine's Arab Spring?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-April-2011/16441449_SnEeG#1236911459_74RXd" target="_blank"></a>The scenes were stunning: Hu ...

Restoring Haiti's Economy Through Local Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the largest conference room in Haiti, deals were made, contact information swapped, and the air buzzed with excitement at a business fair hosted by Partners Worldwide and a dozen sponsors target ...

Ordinary People and Just Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When we think about world events, we often think about them in relation to larger-than-life people -- the leaders of nations or of revolutions. When we think about world events, w ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: John Kerry. House Withdrawal Legislation. Poppy Fields.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

'It's Time for This War to End, And to End Now'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On April 14, Jim Wallis attended a press conference on Capitol Hill. On April 14, Jim Wallis attended a press conference on Capitol Hill. Organized by Rethink Afghanistan, a c ...

Rebuilding Haiti With a Passion for Business
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/rebuilding-haiti-with-a-passion-for-business/" target="_self"></a>Evelien de Gier moved to Haiti 28 years ago from the Netherla ...

In a Broken World, I Long for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Like all of you, I was stunned some days ago as I started soaking in the breaking news of Osama bin Laden's capture and death via U.S. military operations.</p> Like all ...

On Palestinians: Whose Narrative Wins?
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

Once again last week the pages of the <em>New York Times</em> was graced with an ad published by David Horowitz's <a href="www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org" target="_blank" ...

The Top 10 Stories of May 9, 2011
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

<b>Quote of the day.</b><br /> &quot;We're an Army that's in uncharted territory here. We have never fought for this long with an all-volunteer force that's 1% of the popul ...

Books, Films, and Studies on the Surprising Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/06/books-films-and-studies-on-the-surprising-power-of-nonviolence/" target="_blank"></a>At Sojourners, we have always been advocat ...

Christians Must Call For This War to End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There is no more room or time for excuses. There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in American history -- no longer has any justif ...

The Violence We Live By
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"However much we try to distinguish between morally good and morally evil ways of killing, our attempts are beset with contradictions, and these contradictions remain a fragile part of our mode ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Afghan Mothers. Taliban. Osama bin Laden
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

When the Wicked Perish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

If I had been in a baseball stadium on Sunday night, I would have been chanting "USA! If I had been in a baseball stadium on Sunday night, I would have been chanting "US ...

Osama, Obama, and Twitter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Seconds after news of Osama bin Laden's death, I logged on to Twitter and watched the 140-character updates roll in.</p> Seconds after news of Osama bin Laden's de ...

Is It Moral to Celebrate a Person's Death?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: This post was written in response to a question posed by T</em>he Washington Post's<em> On Faith blog editors: Is it moral to celebr ...

Bin Laden's Gone -- Now Let's End the War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The killing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="_blank">Osama bin Laden</a> brings partial closure to the long war against al Qaeda. ...

Osama bin Laden: The Death of the 'Madman with a Sword'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The mix of relief and grief displayed by crowds in the streets outside the White House and the Capitol building was a human response to the news that U.S. The mix of relief and gr ...