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What Do Americans Pray for? Themselves. And Maybe a Sports Team
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

When Americans aren’t busy praying for themselves or their own needs — and most of them are — many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite sports team or the golden ticket in the lottery, accor ...

These 3 Things, Not Government, Will Eliminate Poverty, Social Justice Advocate Jim Wallis Says
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Press

June 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

Citizen Action Making a Vital Difference in South Africa
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

Changes require a more broadly palliative and increasingly active new generation —inspired by a Mandela-type cultural magnanimity that loves justice and spurns vengeful spirits — to join with the emerging forc ...

We The People: The High Cost Of Believing Lies
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 12:08pm | Type: Press

January 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Clyde Ussery ...

We The People: The High Cost Of Believing Lies
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 12:08pm | Type: Press

January 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Clyde Ussery ...

Wanted: A New Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

It’s been three months since the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook resigned as the State Department’s religious freedom watchdog, and those who decry religious persecution in Syria, Sudan, and elsewhere are wondering ho ...

Want to Win the War on Poverty? For the Sake of the Most Vulnerable, Let's Work Together
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

The only way to win the “war on poverty” is for liberals and conservatives to make peace — for the sake of the poor. The only way to win the “war on poverty” is for liberals and ...

The NSA's Need to Know, Your Privacy, and Jesus' Path
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

There is no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to security. We will always be seeking the better mousetrap to ensnare increasingly stealthy mice, nibbling at our heels. But with each new effort to stave ...

American Bible Society Sends 525 'Poverty and Justice' Bibles to Congress Following Government Shutdown
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Press

November 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

Organization Outlines Continued Efforts to Cut Poverty in Half
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Last week, Half in Ten released its third annual report on its commitment to and efforts toward U.S. poverty reduction. Last week, Half in Ten released its third annual report on ...

Our Prayer From Capitol Hill Is Trending
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:16pm | Type: Press

October 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Faithful Filibuster: A Vigil Under The Dark Clouds Of Washington
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why The Government Shutdown Is Unbiblical
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:11pm | Type: Press

October 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Faithful Filibuster: Christian Leaders Read Scripture, Exhort Congress To Care
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 1:29pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Katherine Burgess ...

Why the Debt Ceiling Matters
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood These manufactured crises show how much our politics could use a dose of moral sanity. AS FIGH ...

Pope Francis: We Need You in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 09/26/2013 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

How do our politicians learn what their public service role ought to look like? They could listen to Pope Francis: “…. every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves t ...

Be nice. They're listening (and taking notes).
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. If you have something to hide, hide it better. SINCE WE NOW know the federal government has bee ...

The Reckless Right-Wing War on America
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

It is tragic to watch contemptuous right-wingers declaring war on America. It is tragic to watch contemptuous right-wingers declaring war on America. With little heed for conse ...

Atheists Rally Around Jailed Bangladeshi Bloggers
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

An international consortium of nonbelievers is planning rallies Thursday outside Bangladeshi embassies and consulates to demand the release of several Bangladeshi bloggers who were arrested on charges of blasp ...

A Call for a New Social Covenant
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

We urgently need a new social covenant between citizens, businesses, and government. Contracts have been broken, but a covenant adds a moral dimension to the solution that is now essential. ...

Stop Shopping and Save the Earth; Giving Thanks to Those who put Food on our Table; Celebrating People Power
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Press

November 22, 2012 Sojo in the News Ian Masters ...

Poverty: Should The Government Be Responsible For Caring For The Poor?
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Press

August 29, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

DC Pastor on the Politics of Faith in Government
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

DC-based pastor and former Sojourners staff member,  Rev. Aaron Graham  unpacks what it means to have faith and serve in government for  The Washington Post: It breaks my heart today to see how often politics shapes our faith, rather than ...

Listening to Veterans
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 4:16am | Type: Blog

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#OccupySunday: We Are the 100 Percent
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. It may give power ...

Budgets, Boredom, and Being "Stronger Together"
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When it comes to the federal budget, the numbers, programs and acronyms are stupefying -- and I mean literally. When it comes to the federal budget, the numbers, programs and acro ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Rediscovering Values
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: In light of the recent protests at #OccupyWallStreet and around the world, we have revisited Jim Wallis' 2010 book Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street ...

The Spiritual Side of #OccupyWallStreet
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

USA Today's religion reporter Cathy Lynn Grossman has a great post this morning looking at coverage of the spiritual import of the #OccupyWallStreet protests from the perspective of several religi ...

Video Commentary:"New Hashtag...#Didn'tYouEverLearnToShare?"
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

+ Video may contain brief coarse language + + Video may contain brief coarse language + "And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Hand Gestures, Health Care and the Birth of a New Paradigm
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

NEW YORK, N.Y. NEW YORK, N.Y. Great to see this on the Great to see this on the ground reporting. Co-sign Greg's comment. Keep Co-s ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

In an interview earlier this week with MSNBC's Martin Bashir, economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out some of the issues tackled in his latest book, The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue an ...

#OccupySesameStreet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

occupysesamestreet#OccupyWallStreet (the New York-based protest against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government) has moved to a new loc ...

The Republican Debates So Far (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Most people who follow the political public discourse in our country know the Republican mantra on the economy -- cut taxes, cut regulation, cut federal spending, balance the national budget, and all ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | 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 - 5:24am | 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. ...

Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. " Continuing a cycle of vi ...

Too Poor to Die?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Every time I think I've exhausted my outrage capacity, I see something new to refuel it. Every time I think I've exhausted my outrage capacity, I see something n ...

Jon Stewart on 'the Poors': Fridges & Microwaves & TVs, Oh My!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

WARNING: Sarcasm ahead. WARNING: Sarcasm ahead. Scandalous statistics reveal that nearly every household ( 99.9 percent according to the Heritage Foundation ) classified as ...

What is 'Biblical Politics'?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has always tried to understand and advocate for "biblical politics." But what does that mean now, especially as we approach another major election? Sojourne ...

Red State Wins: Take a Bow, Silent Bob
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Don't believe most of what you'll hear about Kevin Smith's new movie, Red State. Don't believe most of what you'll hear about Kevin Smith's new m ...

10 Years After 9/11: The Good and the Bad
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

A Killing Machine
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Two long pieces this weekend described "one hell of a killing machine," and "the dark matter Two long pieces this weekend described "one hell of a killing m ...

The Sanctity of Labor and the Challenges Before Us
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the U.S. and Canada celebrated Labor Day, a day honoring workers. What does it mean to honor workers at a time of high unemployment, job insecurity, and the threat of lay-offs? ...

Libya's Revolution: A Model for the Region?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Recent analyses of the Arab Spring have questioned the efficacy of nonviolent resistance compared to armed struggle in ousting authoritarian regimes. Recent analyses of the Arab ...

Life as a Homeless Youth
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, services in the City of Chicago are falling far behind the need. When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, servic ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

Deaths in Afghanistan: Robbing the World of Human Possibilities
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I hate war. I do not hate it because people die. Death is inescapable. And believers believe that we will meet those we love again in heaven. I hate war. I do not hate it because ...

The Works of the Flesh and the Debt Ceiling Deal
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In Galatians 5:19-20, Paul lists the "works of the flesh," contrasting them to the "fruit of the Spirit" immediately thereafter (Gal. 5:22-23). In Galatians ...

Inspired by Rosa Parks, Israeli and Palestinian Women Take a Swim
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...