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Retreats Aim to Help LGBT Youth Recapture Some of Their Broken Spirituality
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

“Most LGBT adults have left their childhood religion because of rejection they’ve experienced,” Ryan said. “So many have a lack of rootedness and connectedness. (Reciprocity’s) approach is helping to restore a ...

Weekly Wrap 11.14.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

1. Interstellar Isn't About Religion (and Also It Is Totally About Religion) "While the film has a marked admiration for science—it is science, in the end, that helps humanity to rescue itself—it has ...

Pope Francis to Build Showers for Homeless in St. Peter’s Square
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor — and upend the expectations of the papacy — Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. ...

VIDEO: Our Neighbors in the Pews
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 1:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video giving voice to the homeless of San Francisco.  In her piece “ Compassion in the Stacks ...

Left Behind
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 7:00am | Type: Magazine Article

John A. Zukowski Long-term unemployment can mean losing not only income, but your sense of purpose. Faith and advocacy groups can help—b ...

Compassion in the Stacks
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot The San Francisco Public Library reaches out to homeless patrons through an innovative social work program.  ...

Weekly Wrap 10.24.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

1. Black People Riot Over Injustice; White People Riot Over Pumpkins and Football Title says it all. 1.  Black People Riot Over Injustice; White People Riot Over Pumpkins and F ...

Finding Church Amid An Endless Winter
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

The real sermon amid this eternal winter, on that cold and snow-covered Sunday, was that the Word was present Sunday at Holy Redeemer, was made flesh in his body gathered, and Jesus Christ was making all thing ...

On Scripture: A Hard Word to Hear This Winter (Isaiah 58: 1-9a)
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Questions keep bothering us, tugging at us. The life of faith is far more dynamic than a list of creedal statements. This has been a hard winter — from Minnesota to Alabama. It’s ...

Pope Francis: An Imitation of Christ
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year. But that is only because Jesus is his Person of the Day — every day. Pope Francis is  TIME's Person of the Year . But t ...

Is Pope Francis Sneaking Out of the Vatican? Maybe Not, but He Wouldn't Be the First
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Vatican officials say reports that Pope Francis has been slipping out at night to visit the homeless in Rome are “simply not true,” though that hasn’t stopped the stories from capturing the public imagination. ...

On Scripture: Jesus, Poor Veterans, and the Grass That Suffers (Luke 21: 5-19)
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

There is a popular African proverb that says, when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This proverb highlights the reality that too often while nations and powerful entities fight amongst themselves, the common people of the land suffer the m ...

Criminalizing Christ: The Nationwide Targeting of Homeless
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

The list of cities targeting the homeless is long, and it’s not just a symptom of conservativism or of the Deep South. This targeting crosses all political lines. The list of 10 Meanest Cities toward the homel ...

Vanity of Vanities: Does Ministry Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

The system is broken, and we are broken with it. The religious systems have failed the people they claim to serve, and our social safety nets have holes large enough for lives to slip through, nearly undetecte ...

Struggle of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Leigh Donaldson Early morning before he unlocks the church gate the rector kneels before the gridiron fence surrounding the Cathedral, not in prayer but to c ...

The Forgotten 50,000
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Eleven years after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, more than 50,000 people rested in homeless shelters and on the streets of New York City last night — nearly 45 percent of which were children. ...

'There Should Be No Poor Among You'
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

We seem to have ‘no poor among us’ – we do our best to exclude, ignore, or even ban them when we do see them. There should be no poor among you -  Deuteronomy 15:4 This ...

Homeless Jesus Sculpture Searches for a Home
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz notes the ironies in his latest creation, “Jesus the Homeless,” a bronze sculpture depicting the Christian savior huddled beneath a blanket on an actual-size park bench. Only ...

Be Ready to Be Changed
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Blog

We’re surrounded by beauty all of the time. Sometimes we just need a little help seeing it. We have a group at our church that does a weekly sandwich ministry together. Though we ...

How Will I Know I Have Given Enough?
Originally Posted: 04/12/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

I am advocating that individual Christians and church communities stop thinking of serving others as a line in a budget of many competing priorities, and begin to think about emulating God’s grace as central t ...

To Whom Do They Answer?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

Congress will close its doors and lawmakers will head home to be with their constituents for the Easter recess. If inside reports are to be trusted, they will leave Washington "armed with excuses" th ...

The New Faces of Poverty
Originally Posted: 02/21/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Press

February 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Brad Broders ...

Church and State for the Homeless
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Christianity Today writes about the homeless. Christianity Today reports: When Kimberly Banks unexpectedly lost her job in 2006 and her job search stretched from we ...

Homeless, Not Helpless
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield In New York City, an activist group of homeless and formerly homeless people challenges the powers that be. ...

Word on the Street
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 9:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Charles L. Howard For Rev. Deborah Little, giving it all away is a sign you're doing something right. EX ...

Churches have ‘prophetic duty’ to challenge poverty
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Press

August 31, 2012 Sojo in the News Christian Today ...

Is Homeless Crackdown a Sign of Compassion Fatigue?
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on ...

It's Time to Say a Brave YES to What You Were Made For
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Arloa Sutter didn’t know what she was doing, but she did it anyways. I love gutsy people like that. I want to tell you the story of one brave woman who has given her life to live ...

Walking a Mile with a Meth Head
Originally Posted: 03/24/2012 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

Emmanuel shows up on our front porch about once a week. His name means “God with us,” but if there’s anyone on the planet who appears to have been forgotten by the Divine, It’s him. He stands at about 5’4″ and ...

'Homeless Hotspots' a Controversial New Charity
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

A new charity project debuting at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, is sparking controversy. BBH Labs, a non-profit in New York, has started a campaign called “Homeless Hotspots,” in whi ...

I Continue to Fail “The Poor”
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, it feels like this work is hardly making a dent in the poverty juggernaut we’re fighting against. So sometimes it’s just easier to keep it at arms-length and focus on “the poor.” That may help ...

Righteous Indignation: Half of America is Poor
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, the television news program 60 Minutes told the story of homeless American families who live in their cars and vans. This is structural violence. This is a sin and a shame. ...

The Morning News: Friday, Dec. 2, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 AMERICAN SPECTATOR: Social Muddle: Business, Justice, and the Gospel are Already Social The adjective that economist Friedrich Hayek f ...

Join a Circle of Protection on Nov. 16: Standing For and With the Poor
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

The New York City Human Circle will be replicated throughout across the nation, when faith leaders host Human Circles as members of the Sojourners National Mobilizing Circle, which is bringing together faith a ...

British Clergy to Support #OccupyLondon with Circle of Protection, Prayer
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

On Sunday (10/30), the Anglican Bishop of London, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard Chartres, met with Occupy London protesters who have encamped for several weeks now on the ground of St. ...

#OccupySunday: Blood-Boiler du Jour
Originally Posted: 10/31/2011 - 6:04am | Type: Blog

In case you missed it... In case you missed it... In an OpEd titled, " What the Costumes Reveal, " New York Times columnist Joe Nocera wrote about a Halloween ...

Moving Money: Investing in a New World
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away $10,000 outside the Stock Exchange. Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away ...

A Devotion for Wall Street
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

A reporter recently asked me, "As a Christian leader, does your faith have anything to say about Wall Street?" I said, "How much time do you have?" The Christian message has a lot to say ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

For LGBT Youth, a Shelter From the Streets of Rejection
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: This post is part of a series over the last few weeks on youth homelessness. [ Editors' note : This post is part of a series over the last few week ...

Let's Hold Glenn Beck to His Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

On his radio show last week, Glenn Beck read a vow of nonviolence, which he said he'd been working on for about a year, and pleaded his followers to take it as well. On his ...

Hurricane Irene and the Wrath of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"Do you think God sent Hurricane Irene?" a young man asked me with a curious look in his eyes that was as innocent as it was pensive. "Do you think God sent Hurric ...

Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I was in Baghdad in March 2003, where I lived as a Christian and as a peacemaker during the "shock-and-awe" bombing. I was in Baghdad in March 2003, where I lived ...

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 ...

Ali Forney Center's Ad Supporting LGBT Homeless Youth
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The first few nights weren't so bad. It was on the fourth night, the night it rained, that it got to me. The first few nights weren't so bad. It was on the fourth night ...

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 ...

Sojourners Launches Radio and Facebook Ads Calling Politicians to Remember the Poor
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

If you live in Kentucky, Nevada, or Ohio and listen to Christian or country radio, you'll be hearing some of Sojourners' new radio ads calling for legislators to remember the least of these during th ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

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 ...