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Where Idolatry Rages, Prophets Speak Out
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

Guns are dangerous idols. ... While the idolatry rages on, prophets are beginning to speak out. Guns are dangerous idols. While mass shootings are happening at an alarming rate an ...

Life, Death, Taxes, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

The common good is not only about politics. The common good is about life and how we live it. It is ultimately about how we are all connected. I haven’t written much in the past t ...

Is There No Cure for These?
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

Could the common bond of Jesus’ prayer bring two opposing views into the same room in a shared search for understanding and action? Or are the formative cultural experiences so determinative that faith and rel ...

It Is Time to Honor the Spirit of the Republic
Originally Posted: 04/12/2013 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

It is time — it is way past time — to honor the spirit of the republic and the wisdom of the founders by ending our idolatrous worship of guns and our prostration before an interpretation of the Second Amendme ...

More Than 3,300 Gun Deaths Since Newtown; Faith Leaders Say 'Enough'
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Today, on the National Mall, I stood with fellow faith leaders, including clergy from Newtown, to remember lives lost at Sandy Hook elementary school and the 3,364 gun deaths that have happened since. ...

Meet the ‘Catholic NRA’
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

Among the Catholic faithful, not everyone supports gun control measures. Call them the NRA Catholics. As the Senate takes up a heated debate over gun control and background checks ...

Witnesses to Trauma: Faith Leaders Stand Up for Gun Violence Legislation
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

For many pastors of urban congregations, “stepping up” to end gun violence stems from a very personal place — as they have been forced to bury their own neighbors and church members. ...

Guns and immigration: Tale of two movements
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 3:11pm | Type: Press

April 2, 2013 Sojo in the News Jonathan Capehart ...

Shooting Down Easter
Originally Posted: 03/30/2013 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

The conversation yelling match around gun control is exhausting — both in terms of the ethical boundaries each side will breach to advance its cause, and the way our rhetoric has turned into an exercise in “cr ...

National Cathedral hosts interfaith call to action on gun violence
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 2:00pm | Type: Press

March 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Mike Conneen ...

Religious leaders call for assault weapons ban, background checks on gun buyers
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Press

March 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Katherine Shaver ...

Faith Leaders Speak Out to Reduce Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Driven by our moral call to protect each member of our society, people of faith have been outspoken about the need to craft meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence. This week, Mayors Against Illegal Gun ...

Newtown rabbi joins interfaith gun-control campaign
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 11:13am | Type: Press

March 12, 2013 Sojo in the News Jewish Telegraphic Agency ...

Clergy press for assault-weapon ban
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:03pm | Type: Press

March 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

Call and Response: What the President Did This Week
Originally Posted: 02/15/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Press

February 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Nearly 50 People Murdered in Chicago and No One Gives a *&%^$
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Chicago is weeping from the emotional exhaustion of having to bury too many youth who have been murdered. My city of Chicago, known as the City with Big Shoulders, is now on its k ...

Leaving Fantasy Island: A Call for the Church to Respond to Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

In my time in the capital, I have come to feel as though there are many arriving in Washington on the proverbial plane, escaping the realities of their hometowns, for the Fantasy Island in the beltway. ...

Gun Violence: How Valuable is a Life?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

What about all the images of God erased from our lives and families every year through gun violence in the U.S.? Earlier this month, my friend and colleague,  Richard Twiss , co ...

Lay Down Your Arms and Take a Stand
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

In this fight, the individual with the loaded AK-47 rifle may be only slightly less dangerous than the passive citizen, the average person who may think "something should be done about guns,” but fails to ...

Christians: Gun Violence is Our Issue
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Once we establish that gun violence is "our issue," once we have established solidarity, organization has a platform. Newtown is us, but so is Chicago. A well-known rest ...

Call and Response: What the President Did This Week
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Whoever is willing to protect the poor and vulnerable in our fiscal debates and commit to overcome poverty with new opportunities will find the faith community at their back, at their front, and on both their ...

An Ash Wednesday Question
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

America is an arsenal with an open door. And any attempt to close the door is “unconstitutional.” Liberty, one of three basic rights outlined by The Declaration of Independence, is killing the other two. “Libe ...

SOTU: Time for Common Ground for Common Good
Originally Posted: 02/12/2013 - 11:35pm | Type: Blog

There was truth tonight in the president’s State of the Union message. There was truth tonight in the president’s State of the Union message. There was truth that the rising c ...

Episcopal Bishop Schori Addresses Senate Committee on Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 02/12/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

Episcopal Bishop Schori on preventing gun violence Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, submitted written testimony today to the U.S. Senate ...

Guns ... According to Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

What would God say about gun control? Not in some sort of glib WWJD-type platitude, nor in an entangled concoction of American freedom and Christian theology. And definitely not in a sensationalized proof-text ...

The Second Amendment Can't Heal Trauma
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

How did this gun-owner-since-he-was-eight find himself at a prayer vigil to end gun violence on the steps of the Michigan state capitol? How did this gun-owner-since-he-was-eig ...

Religious coalition takes on the gun lobby
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 2:47pm | Type: Press

February 4, 2013 Sojo in the News Lauren Markoe ...

Respect for a Father’s Grief
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

The Second Amendment is not holy writ, and a gun is not God. Far too many Americans have made these created things, these inanimate objects more important than the compassion we ought to have for one another. ...

Pastors, Parents and People of Faith: Game Changers on Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/31/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Press

January 31, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

God of Love Wouldn’t Embrace An Arsenal
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

For Christians, it’s hard to square the deification of guns with Jesus telling his followers to put away their swords, even as he was being arrested and led off to death. So you ...

Death in Broad Daylight: A Childhood Memory
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

I applaud the parents who give their children a voice in the public discourse by allowing them to write letters to the president and to their congress members. They have the power to help change our laws and o ...

PHOTOS: Families Affected by Gun Violence March on Washington
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Over the weekend I joined more than 6,000 people in a march for common sense gun control legislation. Over the weekend I joined more than 6,000 people in a march for common sense ...

Obama proposals on gun control align with religious leaders' pleas
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Press

January 28, 2013 Sojo in the News Jerry Filteau ...

Faith Community Organizes Call-in Day to End Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

While the debate on sensible gun restrictions has continued, local evening newscasts continue to run stories highlighting yet more tragic deaths from gun violence. We need more than a conversation. We need Co ...

The Courage to Reject our Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Not only have we created a culture of violence, we glorify violence in our movies, television shows, and video games. Even in pro sports, players increasingly settle disagreements on the court or field with ph ...

Help End the NRA’s Dangerous Idolatry of Guns
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

“Idolatry of guns.” What does that mean, exactly? “Idolatry of guns.” What does that mean, exactly? It might be hard to admit, but if you think about it, you can see that many ...

What’s Going On: Mobilizing Against Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

We who believe in the God of Peace must lean forward into the not-yet-here future we are promised, and live as though that day has come. We must use nonviolent means to disarm our nation, and make it safe for ...

Assault weapons all about swagger
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Press

January 23, 2013 Sojo in the News Ina Hughes ...

Weapons of war not needed on the hunt
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Press

January 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Sue Mullins ...

The NRA's Dangerous Theology
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Press

January 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Courage for the Common Good: Obama's Second Term
Originally Posted: 01/21/2013 - 7:00pm | Type: Blog

President Obama seemed more confident about action than ever before, and perhaps this is indicative of what we can expect for his second term. We need courage now. I attended the ...

‘Religiously-Repugnant’: Progressive Preacher Jim Wallis Blasts the NRA for Its ‘Dangerous Theology’
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Press

January 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

Sr. Carol Keehan: Sandy Hook 'Separate Issue' But 'Abortion Takes the Life of an Innocent Child'
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Patrick Burke ...

Faith coalition backs Obama gun plan
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Wayne Rhodes ...

Faith leaders call for tighter gun control
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

Faith leaders launch gun control push
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Michelle Boorstein ...

Faiths United Calls for Morals Over Politics on Gun Control
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Anamika Roy ...

Faith Groups Call For Action On Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Sojo in the News WFMD ...

Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Mel Fabrikant ...

Clergy Demand An End To Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:34pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Jaweed Kaleem ...