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Nonviolence is More Powerful Than Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the American discussions of violence and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/civility/" target="_blank">civility</a> in public discourse following the tragic shoot ...

Remembering Sargent Shriver, Dedicated Public Servant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/19/remembering-sargent-shriver-dedicated-public-servant/" target="_blank"></a>Yesterday afternoon <a href="http://www.wash ...

Do Violent Words Cause Violence? Lessons from the Civil Rights Era
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/arizona/" target="_blank">tragic Arizona shootings</a> have sparked debate over an important question: What's the connection between v ...

Shooting a Reminder of Our Swords of Words
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

God's heart broke just as ours did upon hearing of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/congresswoman-gabrielle-giffords/" target="_blank">victims in Tucson</a>. ...

Stay Informed and in Prayer for the People of Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Palestinians Protest Death of Nonviolent Activist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Jawaher-Abu-Rahmah.jpg"></a>For nearly six years, the Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Bil' ...

'Come and See': A Reflection from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"Tell them to come and see who we are." Almost every Afghan we met said that. <em>Tell them to come and see</em>. "Tell them to come and see who we are. ...

The Truth of Tax Transparency Will Set Us Free
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's started. I saw my first ad for a tax help company on TV yesterday, and I received an email recently about using an online service to settle my bill with the government. ...

Record Levels of Violence in Afghanistan Do Not Equal Progress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Greetings from <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/afghanistan/" target="_blank">Afghanistan</a>. Greetings from Afghanistan . I arrived here now ...

Southern Sudanese in Khartoum at Risk
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: South Sudan is preparing for its independence referendum on January 9 -- an event whose occurrence is threatened by North Sudan's intransigence ...

Clergy and Students Pray Together for the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Interfaith leaders and graduating high school students from across the United States joined hands to pray in the Hart Senate Office Building yesterday at the end of a <a href="http://www.christianp ...

The World Cup, BBC, and Corruption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As an Australian with great love for my adopted home in London, I have been following with interest the <a href="http://www.england2018bid.com/" target="_blank">bid by England to host ...

Stop the Games in Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In just the past few days, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-224.shtml" target="_blank">U.S. In just the past few days, the U.S. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

It Takes a Movement: Why Politics is Frozen Solid
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 ...

Recipes for Resistance: Cooking With GMOs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As genetically modified organisms (GMOs) become more prevalent, so do protests against them. As genetically modified organisms (GMOs) become more prevalent, so do protests against ...

Not Happy with the Results? Hallelujah, Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I think the elections turned on misinformation, anger, and fear. I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I th ...

Honor Roll: Senator Andrew Maynard and Republican Challenger Stuart Norman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> [Editor's Note: Welcome to Sojourner's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/ ...

Honor Roll: The Institute for Civility in Government
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>[Editor's Note: Welcome to Sojourner's Truth and and Civility ...

Mountaintop Removal Kills People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">More than 2,000 activists gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 activists gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washing ...

Blogging Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As newspapers continue to shrink and reduce staff, too often the first to go are religion reporters. As newspapers continue to shrink and reduce staff, too often the first to go a ...

Our Righteous Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There is quite a strong tradition in the Old Testament of complaining to God about injustice and suffering. It's lamenting -- and we should perhaps reclaim this part of our tradition. ...

Getting Beyond Labels (Part I)
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>Ever since Peter and Paul had opposing views about ministry to the Gentil ...

Social Justice is Not Totalitarianism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1009&amp;article=why-does-glenn-beck-hate-community-organizers" tar ...

What's Next for the Gulf?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This past Tuesday, five months and 5 million barrels of oil after the BP spill disaster began to devastate the eco- and economic systems of the Gulf Coast, the Obama administration launched the nex ...

Is He a Christian, a Muslim, or a Cactus? Why Can't We Just Believe President Obama?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/10/01/is-he-a-christian-a-muslim-or-a-cactus-why-cant-we-just-believe-president-obama/" target="_blank"></a>I received a letter this ...

The Church Must Retain a Prophetic Voice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

Beck, Nazis, and Civil Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Glenn Beck can do better. Fox News can do better. When it comes to upholding truth and having civil dialogues, let's be honest, we all can do better. Glenn Beck can do better ...

We Won't Back Down from Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Until recently, I bet most of you didn't realize how dangerous that concept is, and ...

When Winning an Election Undermines Democracy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Some days, I miss getting a physical copy ...

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 ...

Poverty is Not a Dirty Word
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Just a few years ago, I remember how often people would be surprised when I told them that one in six children lived in poverty in America. Just a few years ago, I remember how of ...

No One is "Illegal"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/15/no-one-is-illegal/"></a>Today is a day of hope for immigration reform. More than 500 immigration activists and faith leaders have gathere ...

Charges Against Border Humanitarians Reversed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In southern Arizona, a glimmer of hope for immigration activists is like a drop of water on a hot summer day -- you are quenched for a brief moment, but the moment is gone once you realize how thir ...

Americans Lost Freedom in Iraq: D
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As you read this post, please understand, I'm not a pacifist. I was raised in a politically conservative family. My dad is a proud WWII vet. My only brother retired from the U.S. Air Force. ...

The War in Iraq: At What Cost?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The emotion that grips me this morning, after watching President Obama's speech last night and listening to the commentary about the "end of our combat mission in Iraq," is a deep sadness. ...

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 ...

Remembering Katrina: A Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">I arrived in the faith-based advocacy community in Washington, D.C. fresh out of divinity school. I arrived in the faith-based advocac ...

In Honor of Women's Equality Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It took more than 70 years of blood, work, and persistence, but the movement prevailed and on August 18, 1920, women were given the right to both vote and run for office. It took ...

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 ...

Choices Make Changes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." <em>William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)</em></p> ...

Living By Faith in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As reflection on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/09/the-dangers-of-just-peacemaking/">killing of ten aid workers</a> from the International Assistance Mission (IAM) in Afghanist ...

'Trust is the new Black': God at the Aspen Ideas Festival (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Against many odds, I was given the chance to spend six days at the <a href="http://www.aifestival.org/">Aspen Ideas Festival</a> this summer. Against many od ...

What I Meant To Say About Missouri
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/04/missouris-health-care-dilemma/">previous post about Missouri's health-care insurance vote</a> and obesity rates was posted, commenter ...

The Dangers of Just Peacemaking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory holds that peace can only come when the basic needs of people are met. This need includes health care. Just peace theory holds that peace can only come when the ...

'Darkness Cannot Put Out Darkness': Friends Murdered in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-heather-afghanistan1.jpg"></a><a href="http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/">Ten more lives were lost in Afghanistan last w ...