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Global AIDS Day and Advent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"It gets better." Those are the words of promise that many of us spoke to Internet audiences this past autumn to encourage adolescents who are considering suicide. " ...

WikiLeaks: Historian's Dream, Diplomat's Nightmare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This past Sunday and Monday the news media published their first summaries of the documents they received from WikiLeaks which contained more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. ...

Underwear For a Cause
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Recently I walked through downtown Austin in my underwear. Okay, so it was actually men's boxers and an undershirt, but still, technically, underwear. Recently I walked thro ...

Preparation for the Poor: Why Climate Funding Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The effects of climate change -- coastal flooding, stronger storms, spreading vector-borne diseases like malaria, and changes in rainfall patterns -- are already taking their toll on marginalized p ...

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/banner_farmworkers1.JPG"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: In November, Sojourners w ...

How You Can Help Protect Children Around the World
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

I have been an international human rights activist and lobbyist for 31 years in Washington. There have been times when issues I cared about and worked hard on simply didn't bear fruit, and I wonder at tho ...

Urgent Action Needed on Behalf of the Saharawi People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This morning I received an e-mail from a friend asking me to get the word out about a tragic human rights event that has been taking place over the past week, which the world knows little to nothin ...

Churches Key to Peace in Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<strong>[</strong><em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> Voter registration has now started for South Sudan's January 9 referendum on independence -- an event whose occurre ...

Obama's Remarks to the Indian Parliament and Just Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

One goal of just peace theory is to make war obsolete. The idea is to establish justice, in all of its various iterations, so that peace will prevail. One goal of just peace theor ...

It Takes a Movement: The Next Steps
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Waging Peace During Threats of Terrorism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

We've all heard the horrible news of the threatening packages sent from <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1003&amp;article=is-military-money-a-sta ...

Update from Haiti: Flooding, Cholera, and Local Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/09/update-from-haiti-flooding-cholera-and-local-action/" target="_blank"></a>There's been considerable rain where we live in ...

It Takes a Movement: How Access to Power can be Dangerous
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Despite Genocide, I See Hope for Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 - 7:35am | 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 ...

A House of Prayer for All Races
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was privileged the last few days to be in Phoenix, Arizona. I was privileged the last few days to be in Phoenix, Arizona. (What an amazing place -- the sunshine and the cloudles ...

Looking Towards South Sudan's Referendum
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

[<em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> As Sudan prepares for the key January 9 referendum in which South Sudan will decide whether to become independent, as outlined by the 2005 agreement ...

Stopping the Next Food Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101102-longgrainrice1.jpg"></a>Imagine a world in which Wall Street decided that vaccines were a good investment -- not pharmaceutical compa ...

We're Sick of the Attack Ads
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Dear Candidate, Party Organization, PAC, Super-PAC or any Committee that ...

Holding Evangelism and Social Action in Tandem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> in Cape Town, South Africa has been very clear: There is ...

The Global Church Must Hold Politicians Accountable
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of the great things about <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> in Cape Town, South Africa is ...

Whole Mission, Whole Church, Whole World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> is under way. The Third ...

Breaking the Chains of Debt at the IMF
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In April 2009, following the global financial crisis in late 2008, leaders of the G20 (the world's 19 largest economies plus the European Union) designated the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/in ...

A Global Community Event
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Like millions of people around the world, ...

A Crucial Time for Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

With only 88 days left until the independence referendum in southern Sudan -- unless it is delayed by Khartoum's foot-dragging tactics -- the eyes of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sudan/" ...

Proclaim Jubilee: Why I March for Economic Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It's been ten years since the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/jubilee/" target="_blank">prophetic call to Jubilee</a> was made in 2000. It&# ...

Who's Holding Back U.S. Aid to Haiti?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On Friday, September 24, at 3 p.m. a violent and terrifying storm erupted over <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/haiti/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince, Haiti</a>. ...

Interview: Jim Wallis Reaches Out to Glenn Beck Down Under
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I'm impressed by several things. One being people who love well and whose presence disarms in such a way that others can be received as they are. I'm impressed by severa ...

Former Legislators Sound a Warning, Call for Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43063.html" target="_bl ...

What Do Glenn Beck and Alan Grayson Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Here's a logic lesson for you: Both Beck and Grayson use the argument "If A is a B, and A is also a C, then all Bs are Cs." And they shouldn't use this kind of argument. ...

Just a Few Days Left to Save Thousands of Children's Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

With just a few days effectively left in this session of Congress, as a grassroots organizer I feel like I'm in the middle of a political thriller, the movie preview for which would include that d ...

Postcolonialism Comes Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

For most of us, the term<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/colonialism/" target="_blank"> "colonialism" </a>conjures images of palm trees, pith helmets, and mosquito ne ...

Prayers for the Congo
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo has once more been a theater of serious violations of human rights. The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo has o ...

Floodwaters Diverted in Pakistan to Save U.S. Base
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

It appears that flood waters have been diverted in Pakistan to save a U.S. air base. The Shahbaz air base is used by the U.S. military to launch drone attacks into Afghanistan and Pakistan, attacks that kill a ...

Justice in the Hole: A New Way to Educate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I think about the gospel as being a new way of seeing the world. Jesus would empower people that usually did not have power in their normal day to day life. I think about the gosp ...

Standing Up for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Should you not walk in the fear of our God?</p> Should you not walk in the fear of our God? This is the question Nehemiah addresses to the people of Judah when he sees t ...

George W. Bush Led on AIDS. Will Obama?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The world needs President Barack Obama to be a global leader on HIV/AIDS.</p> The world needs President Barack Obama to be a global leader on HIV/AIDS. It was not that l ...

Globalized Justice: A Promise to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last month I was in a meeting of African bishops discussing the transformation of Africa when a speaker strayed from his specific topic and gave a list of details which outlined the impact of <a hr ...

We Have Our Brother Back
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I rejoice that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/14/my-phone-conversation-with-terry-jones/" target="_blank">Pastor Terry Jones</a> and his church have decided never to burn ...

Another Disaster for Pakistan as More Loans Announced
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/pakistan/" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> is still in the midst of recovering from a devastating flood -- one of the worst humanitarian disasters ...

It Didn't Happen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It didn't happen. The threat of a pastor from a very small Florida church to burn Qurans and start "International Burn a Koran Day," was not carried out. It didn� ...

My Phone Conversation with Terry Jones
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When the story of the fringe Florida pastor and his proposed burning of the Quran broke back in July, we intentionally decided not to give oxygen to the story. When the story of t ...

'Welcome, Cordoba House!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong>Lisa Sharon Harper spoke at a candlelight vigil in support of the Cordoba House in New York on September 10. Below is her transcription of the speech ...

The Massachusetts Bible Society Got it Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Among all the responses to the planned (but now canceled) burning copies of the Quran on Saturday by a church in Florida, the <a href="http://www.massbible.org/burn-one-give-two">Massachusetts ...

Human Atrocities in Congo: What Can We Do?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

Heading off Next Year's Deadliest War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The stakes in Sudan are high, as there are less than six months until south Sudan is slated to vote on independence. The stakes in Sudan are high, as there are less than six month ...

The DRC: The Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, with fertile soil and rich minerals. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, wi ...

Hymn for Pakistan: "Whatever You Do"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief efforts in Pakistan.</p> This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief ...

No Sense in Washington About Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The countdown is on to next year's independence referendum in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/15/sudanese-churches-four-key-concerns-ahead-of-troubled-elections-and-four-ways-we-can-help/&qu ...

Does Awareness Equal Activism?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/11/does-awareness-equal-activism/"></a>On May 2, 1963, African-American kids all over Birmingham, Alabama heard a D.J. from WENN announce, & ...