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To the Millennia and Beyond!
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | 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 - 11:15am | Type: Press

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

'Don't Get Weary Though The Way Be Long'
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 4:40pm | 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 - 8:22am | 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 - 9:29am | 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 - 8:27am | 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 - 12:41pm | 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 - 9:07am | 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 - 9:07am | 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 - 1:10pm | 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 - 9:06am | 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 - 10:06am | 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 - 1:34pm | 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 - 8:36am | 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 - 8:36am | 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 - 8:36am | 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 - 8:53am | 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 - 1:30pm | 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 - 9:00am | 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 - 9:00am | 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 - 3:53pm | 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 - 9:22am | 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 - 10:09am | 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 - 10:44am | 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 - 12:23pm | 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 - 9:38am | 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 - 9:24am | 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 - 7:38pm | 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 - 9:28am | 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 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

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

A Prayer for Mandela
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We give thanks for how he turned righteous anger into the power of reconciliation. NELSON MANDELA ...

VIDEO: A Soldier of Conscience
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Joshua Casteel served as an interrogator in Iraq. Then an encounter with a Jihadist challenged him to truly live out his fait ...

Four Questions for Sister Jean Lait, CSF
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 1:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Sr. Jean Lait, an Anglican Franciscan sister based in San Francisco, protests drones and their effects on children ...

And Now, the Rest of the Story
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels For years, Charlene's face haunted me and compelled me to action. A FEW YEARS ago in this c ...

The Beginning of the End of War
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Margaret Alvarado Joshua Casteel was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison and later staffed open-air burn pits in Iraq. The experien ...

AUDIO: A Song for Newtown
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A choral piece dedicated to “all who grieve and in memory of the children and adults of Sandy Hook Elementary School.” ...

Five Traits of a False Prophet
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

I got to thinking about what folks like Theresa Caputo have in common, be they prosperity-preaching ministers, self-help “Jesus light” media darlings, or channels for the dearly departed from Jersey Shore. Fol ...

The New Commonwealth of God
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A A PROFOUND SENSE of expectation launches a ...

VIDEO: The Poet of Poverty
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Father Michael Doyle's poetry captures a city of despair and hope. As Andrea Ferich wri ...

Digging
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrea Ferich Bury the Dead: Stories of Death and Dying, Resistance and Discipleship, edited by Laurel Dykstra ...

Grief, Courage, and Perseverance
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle Joan Chittister Walter Brueggemann Cherie Q. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Breaking the Line by Simon & Schuster / Moved by the Spirit by USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture / The Adventist ...

A Lifesaving Partnership
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 9:41am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey The Global Fund has a plan to win the fight against the three major diseases of poverty—and it's working. ...

But We Had Hoped...
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

In only four words — “But we had hoped” (Luke 24:21) — we find one of the most profound expressions of human emotion in the entire New Testament. In only four words — “But we ha ...

The Post-Cynical Christian
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Press

June 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Huffington Post ...

The Post-Cynical Christian
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Be skeptical and ask the hard, tough questions about our institutions — especially Washington and Wall Street. But cynicism is a spiritually dangerous thing because it is a buffer against personal commitment. ...

Sojo Stories: Dirty Wars
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Days before President Barack Obama's high-profile speech on drones and U.S. counterterrorism efforts, we sat down with investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to take an inside look at U.S.-led covert wars, ...

Creating Equal
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot As the Lean In debate shows, striving for gender equality is still personal and political—and vital. ...

'God is Good. God is Great. Hope is Eternal:' Lessons in Life and Dying
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 8:39am | Type: Blog

In less than 12 months, we re-established a friendship and Mike and his wife, Nancy, taught me amazing lessons about living with the prospect of dying.   My friend Mike died la ...

Sermon On Why Hope and Vapid Optimism Are Not The Same Thing
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

A hope that does not disappoint looks less like being idealistic about ourselves and more like being idealistic about God’s redeeming work in the world. … suffering produces en ...