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April Fools' Day's Religious Roots
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Let’s be clear: April Fools’ Day is not a religious holiday. It does, however, trace its origins to a pope. Let’s be clear: April Fools’ Day is not a religious holiday. It does ...

New and Improved Christmas Hymns
Originally Posted: 12/13/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

As a public service, I have written historically accurate versions of three of the most beloved holiday hymns. Without personally endorsing any of the theology below, I also offer some alternatives to those wh ...

Mapping Gandhi's Faith Journey
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel How did a skinny, shy, middle-class Indian come to lead one of history's great liberation struggles? ...

'Why Are White People So Mean?'
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Laments engage "the most unbearable questions of faith." THE METRO IS crowded tod ...

'Courage! Your Faith Has Made You Well'
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Magazine Article

Alicia de los Reyes Is faith healing a sign that the Spirit is moving—or a response to economic pressure and a broken health-care system? ...

Our Dolls, Our Selves
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Even at their best, toys like the American Girl Dolls send a mixed message. WHEN MY DAUGHTER, Jessic ...

Love, Race, and History
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Trethewey focuses her keen verbal gifts on the most sensitive nerve in American life. WHE ...

The Battle is Joined
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben We can see in our mind's eye all the generations to come, and so we know why we fight. ALL ...

VIDEO: "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 1:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A half a century after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. penned “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” King’s prophetic words continue to reverberate. In “ To Redeem the Soul of Am ...

To Redeem the Soul of America
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 8:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Vincent Harding King's "living letter" from Birmingham jail still speaks to us all. AT TIMES I ...

The Forgotten
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

Immigration is not my problem — deportation, not my concern. My family will never be personally harmed by the injustices of a broken system. But I care about immigration reform because injustice is here. I car ...

A 'Historic Moment' on Climate Change?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis It's more human to deny the evidence, attack the messengers, and try to delay any response. A ...

The Truth About Thanksgiving: Why You Should Celebrate
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

Humans have an unfortunate characteristic – we don’t want to hear the voice of our victims. We don’t want to see the pain we’ve caused, so we silence the voice of our victims. ...

From the Archives: December 1974
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Samuel Escobar Spiritualized Poverty WHY IS the message of a poor Galilean preacher “good news for the poor”? ...

Vatican Newspaper Calls ‘Jesus Wife’ Fragment a ‘Clumsy Fake’
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

The Vatican's newspaper has declared the controversial “Jesus wife” papyrus fragment “a fake." L'Osservatore Romano on Friday (Sept. 28) devoted two articles to Harvard professor Karen King' ...

I Love How History Repeats Itself
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

Okay... for all my friends out there. No, history does not repeat itself. Yes, history is a human construct. Okay... for all my friends out there. No, history does not repeat itse ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups. Part of a university education is le ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...

Must-Read du Jour: Why the Antichrist Matters in U.S. Politics (NYT)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Today's Must-Read du Jour comes from an op-ed by Matthew Avery Sutton in the New York Times. Sutton, an associate professor of history at Washington State University, and author of Aimee Semple McPherson ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Immigration Reform for Texas: Seeking a Winning Cocktail
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

One little known fact about Houston is that it was the only major city in the South to integrate nonviolently. One little known fact about Houston is that it was the only major ...

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 ...

Saying Goodbye to Uncle John: My Memories of John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. What many people don't understand is that he was the most influentia ...

Buddhas Brought Back to Life in Central Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

Walmart's New Urban Strategy Comes With a Lousy Track Record
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Walmart has launched a charm offensive as part of its new urban strategy to impose smaller versions of its big box in inner cities across the country. It has proposed four stores for Washington, D.C. ...

Why We Need to Cut Wasteful Defense Spending in the United States
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's funny the things that you remember. I can remember one time when I was a teenager watching an episode of the Montel Williams show. It's funny the things that you re ...

The Debt Ceiling Play: My 'CliffsNotes' Version
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions. It is not, as we have known in recent history, a traditional fight between Republicans and Democrats. It is a conflict between those ...

Just Jesus and an Unjust July 4: Why I Don't Celebrate Independence Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:57pm | Type: Blog

My friends and I can be stupid. Add explosives to the equation and the idiocy quotient increases exponentially. Such was the case every 4th of July during high school. My friends ...

The Highest Calling: Being a Dad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was Father's Day. As a favor to a dear friend, I did a speaking event on Saturday night away from home, and planned on returning very early in the morning for Sunday and Father's Day. ...

The Logic of Online Community
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:49pm | Type: Blog

When trying to make sense of the changes that new media have brought to us, we can use either supplementary or substitutionary logic. When trying to make sense of the changes that ...

My Response to Sojourners' Article About 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/10/all-in-the-family-my-response-to-sojourners-article-about-the-family/" target="_self"></a>I very much appreciated all the good ...

Can Mindfulness Be Tweeted?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

I attended a basketball game this winter at the University of Maryland, accompanied by an intern at my workplace, a man in his twenties. I attended a basketball game this winter ...

The Meaning of America: President Obama's Address to Parliament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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. ...

Navy Honors and Discredits C
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

No one delivers sad irony quite like the United States Military. Yesterday the U.S. No one delivers sad irony quite like the United States Military. Yesterday the U.S. Navy announ ...

Newt Gingrich: A Catholic Running Against Islam?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and high-profile conservative intellectual, announced that he is officially in the running for the Republican nomination for president. New ...

Facebook, Freedom Riders, and Other Lessons in Nonviolent Activism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

By the time Egyptian activists in Tahrir square had ousted Mubarak, I'd read more articles labeling it a "Facebook revolution" than you can wave a shoe at. By the t ...

The Time for Immigration Reform is Now
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Back when President Obama was candidate Obama, one of his favorite mantras on the stump was the need to recapture what Martin Luther King, Jr. Back when President Obama was candid ...

A Mother's Day for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Julia Ward Howe, best known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in 1862, began working to heal the wounds of the Civil War once the war had ended. Julia Ward H ...

Books, Films, and Studies on the Surprising Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 - 7:35am | 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 ...

From the Malls of America to the Destitute and Lost
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Do you find yourself reluctant to attend women's retreats, Bible studies, or conferences because too often they focus on fashion, dieting, women's emotions, and new forms of abdominal exercises? ...

God Bless Donald Trump and the Birthers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There are times in our faith walk when we pray prayers out of simple obedience. There are times in our faith walk when we pray prayers out of simple obedience. Matthew 5:43-44 ...

Was Jesus a Passive Doormat?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This past <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank">Palm Sunday</a> marked the beginning of Holy Week for Christians -- a week of remembering Jesus' s ...

For Gulf Coast Residents, the Oil Spill Nightmare Continues
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:24pm | Type: Blog

For three months last year the Gulf Coast oil spill was the major topic of news reports all over the world. For three months last year the Gulf Coast oil spill was the major t ...

Entering God's Story
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

My daughter has had a difficult time understanding Lent this year. My daughter has had a difficult time understanding Lent this year. She was all about pancakes and beads on Mardi ...

The Discipline of Fasting
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Since our fast began this past Monday, I've been re-reading one of the classic books on spirituality by my friend Richard Foster, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060628391?ie= ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...

Why I Do Not Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama forcefully <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/politics/29prexy-text.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his decision to launch airstrikes ...