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Sorry, Presidential Candidates: Hope Resides in Groans, Not in Your Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Hold your groans, but I’m obliged to point out that the 2016 US presidential campaign is gathering momentum. It’s election season. Hold your groans, but I’m obliged to point o ...

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid. Oh … and Jesus.
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Time to change the algorithms of despair in our newsfeeds into algorithms of hope. Lately I’ve noticed that the “prayers of the people” at my church are beginning to sound like th ...

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The First Time Resurrection Mattered to Me
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it came because this was the first time I gardened. Or felt depression. Or intimately walked through the liturgical season with the same people. I’ve celebrated Easter befor ...

Songs of Ourselves: Grief, Hope, and Sufjan Stevens
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

What is Good Friday about, after all, if not that even the Architect can die by His own creation? Sufjan Stevens’ newest album,  Carrie & Lowell ( out now), is a heartbreaki ...

Daring to Hope in the Stress of Uncertainty
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Many people fear death. It’s an understandable fear. And one that’s socially acceptable. But shouldn’t we also admit that living can be scary as hell, too? Many people fear death. ...

The Beginners' Guide to the Sound of Sap
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Joy after all, does not make its home in things but jumps out into the space between them. Joy is found, discovered, and unwrapped. It finds its existence not as an object but as a gift always being given. It ...

Hope Matters
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 7:15pm | Type: Blog

Most of us have that area of our lives where we struggle to hope. For me it is that space down deep where I hide the dream of a family: a loving husband and laughing children and a rockin’ writing and speaking ...

'I Wish I Could Also Have Died:' Boko Haram Haunts Kids
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Memories of Boko Haram’s murderous spree in his Nigerian hometown haunt Tom Gowon, 9. Memories of Boko Haram’s murderous spree in his Nigerian hometown haunt Tom Gowon, 9, as he s ...

It Doesn't Have to Be This Way
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

This month, as we raise awareness about the massive problem of human trafficking, let’s also share the important message of hope. It doesn’t have to be this way. If you’re reading ...

10 Resolutions for 2015
Originally Posted: 12/31/2014 - 6:52pm | Type: Blog

All three definitions of 'resolution' are wonderfully attractive to me — and timely for this brand new year. Some people don’t like the idea of New Year’s resolutions, ...

Campfires of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Many events this year feel like they have sucked the hope right out of us. And yet, even in the midst of terrible events and stories, the possibilities of hope still exist depending on what we decide to do for ...

Hope in the Dark Times
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 11:46pm | Type: Blog

The first time I really got it, I was 16 years old. The first time I really got it, I was 16 years old. I had traveled by myself to visit distant relatives in Paris, with ...

The Pastoral Irony of Advent
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

This is my first Advent as an ordained minister, and I am attempting to quickly learn so many things. Including: what Advent means in different cultural contexts; how to determine the "accurate" them ...

Grace Stories
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

Advent is a time for stories. In my childhood, these weeks were filled with Sunday school pageants, beautifully illustrated children's books, and swapping out Legos for the figurines in my mom’s Nativity ...

Hope — The Most Important Gift
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

I currently serve as Pastoral Associate at a Catholic parish in Buffalo, NY, where our pastor decided to hold monthly Prayer Hours for Peace in response to the violent outbreaks in Syria, the uprising in Fergu ...

Rhythms
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Christianity’s rhythm is cyclic, repetitive. Still, in the same way that we can continually find new gusts of loveliness and truth in old Scriptures our eyes have taken in before, each Advent is a fresh encou ...

Hope in the Christ’s Resurrection
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

I don’t have hope this Advent because of the great work Sojourners is doing here in Washington, D.C., or because I try my hardest to live a righteous and loving life. I only have hope because of this Jesus. ...

A Season of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

With all of this pain and heartache in the world, I often find myself asking, “Where is the hope?” “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes ...

November Sings the Blues
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Late November is Vitamin D season. The dregs of the year threaten to swamp the spirit, clinging to each rough edge of the soul, and frequent shots of sunshine and warm coziness are needed just to keep the deep ...

To the Millennia and Beyond!
Originally Posted: 11/27/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B.  I CONFESS THAT I DO NOT often us ...

Remembering those who have gone before us
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 12:15pm | Type: Press

November 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Bryan Massingale ...

'Don't Get Weary Though The Way Be Long'
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 5:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joanna Shenk Vincent Harding and the struggle to build a more democratic America.  IN JANUARY 2012, I was dri ...

And That Is Grace ...
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

We like to put flesh-and-blood on the notion that we are recipients of some great gift that arrives unexpectedly and is given freely. Someone or something that comes into our life and significantly changes it ...

A Shard of Hope: HBO’s 'The Leftovers' on Grief
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

Tom Perotta, who authored the play on which the show is based, purposely included allusions to 9/11. Rather than a theological treatise on the Rapture, it is a beautiful case study in grief and the excruciatin ...

Economic Equity and Gender Equality for South Africa: A New Agenda for a New Generation
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

I just returned from a remarkable month in South Africa—the country that changed my life. I’ve often said that I learned my theology of hope from South Africa, during the anti-apartheid struggle I was thrust i ...

To Spiritually Thrive, We Must First Spiritually Survive (And Help Others Do the Same)
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

On numerous occasions we get pulled back into a right relationship with God only because people were willing to love us, and this wouldn’t have happened without individuals selflessly making the decision to in ...

Possible Grace
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Calvary is a rare and beautiful film, one that tells the truth, or at least asks for it honestly. ...

A Summit for Change
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis "When I claim to be a Christian, it should be a radical statement." IN JUNE, SOJOURNERS ...

Jobless Kabul and the Works of War
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. cobbles together justifications for its ongoing, foolhardy war in Afghanistan, glimmers of hope persist in small communities. Last week, here in Kabul, the Afghan Peac ...

Turning Toward Home
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Angie Schmitt Once an abandoned structure, the Bell Building offers "housing first"—and hope—to Detroit's homeless. ...

A Faith that Never Wavered
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Zab experienced many highs and lows over the past nine years as she battled Hodgkins lymphoma and leukemia, but her talent and wit never waned — blessing each member of the staff, community, and our Sojourners ...

What's So Good About Suffering?
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I’m confronted by Scripture that reminds me that suffering will be part of our lives. And I’m confronted by the tendency — which I am sure that I share with many of my sisters and brothers — to ...

Breaking Down the Invisible Walls
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. IVP Books. OVER THE PAST 2, ...

Why I Stay in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle A testament of irrational fath and quiet, gracious miracles. A QUESTION ASKED of me 100 times in ...

This Land is Our Land
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Julianne Couch From Orange City, Iowa, to York, Nebraska, and across the Midwest, young organizers are cultivating hope in rural places. ...

Faith is a Verb - A Theology of Love
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

In the end we can have all the theology in the world, but if we have not love we are nothing. There is a line in the famous movie  Ben Hur  in which one of his relatives goes to ...

To the Dying Church: Offer Us the Hope You Once Did
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Offer us the hope you once did. Spur us on to be a beacon of hope, love, and compassion. My Dear Friend, It breaks my heart to be the one to tell you this, but I figured you m ...

God Sets the World Right
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A EVER SINCE ADAM AND EVE ate themselves out ...

'Daddy, why are those people sleeping in the park?'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt How to talk with our children about homelessness. MY 5-YEAR-OLD daughter, Zoe, is in preschoo ...

He Is Risen... Play Ball... Amen
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Press

April 19, 2014 Sojo in the News John Longhurst ...

Making a Difference through Love — and Red Plastic Diamonds
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

At 5 a.m. on a Friday last August, 20-year-old Joshua Jank’s condition was worsening. Nurses at his hospice home in Fort Wayne, Ind. told his mother to gather anyone who wanted to say a last goodbye. ...

Death and Dying Resources
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Magazine Article

Resources for living well in the midst of death and grief. Death is the inevitable end to our lives and the lives of our loved ones. In the U.S., however, we often choose to ignore t ...

The Hope of Glory Amidst 'Bondage and Decay' of Environmental Injustice
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

I am encouraged because despite the bondage and decay, glory is coming. In order for us to really receive God’s promises, we need to relieve ourselves of the bondage of sin that is manifested through environme ...

Ashes of Hope: My Love of Lent but Not of Murder on a Cross
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

I think these ashes of hope are what the soul longs for. Beyond a good love story, a good hope story. To know that all of our troubles will not be squandered, but used for fodder to keep these tales of beauty- ...

West Virginia: Where Energy Rules, Subjects Suffer
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The national exposure of the West Virginia chemical spill needs to be a catalyst for national pressure to protect our people from King Coal and his court. I’ll be upfront and admi ...

A Tribute to Mandela
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 10:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill These magazine articles and blog posts published by Sojourners through the years pay tribute to the great South African ...

Unemployment, the Vote, and Hope
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 8:38pm | Type: Blog

Today’s Senate vote on unemployment benefits brings hope to 1.3 million people who dare to hope every day. It is right and good that we stand with the least — ones who have fallen on hard times — in their time ...

Saving What We Love
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Margaret Atwood A hopeful encounter with real-life "God's Gardeners." I MET MARKKU and Leah Ko ...

Profiles in Courage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "When someone is faced with a gun and chooses to respond with respect and love, that's hope." ...