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On Palestinians: Whose Narrative Wins?
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:16am | Type: Blog

Once again last week the pages of the <em>New York Times</em> was graced with an ad published by David Horowitz's <a href="www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org" target="_blank" ...

Living the Resurrection on Mother's Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:35pm | Type: Blog

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ...

How Should We Respond to the Death of Osama bin Laden?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osama bin Laden is dead. This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osam ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

I know that Jesus is the Answer, But What Does That Mean?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Actually, I don ...

Success in the Immigration Reform Movement After SB 1070
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sb-1070/" target="_blank">SB 1070 in Arizona</a>, the controversial bill that mobili ...

Reflections on the Gulf Oil Spill and a Prayer for Lost Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last year, I was deeply troubled by the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/gulf-coast/" target="_blank">Gulf Oil Spill</a>, having been born and raised on the Florida Gulf Coast. ...

Jesus Knows Sign Language
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:27pm | Type: Blog

During my last year of college, my pastor lent me the book Living Gently in a Violent World, co-authored by Jean Vanier and Stanley Hauerwas. This book is an exploration on how followers of Christ ought to liv ...

Rediscovering Values For Lent: Risky Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

Lord, What a Parade!: A Hymn for Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to celebrate <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank&quo ...

Homeless Men and Women Donate $1,000 to the Hunger Fast Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/15/homeless-men-and-women-donate-1000-to-the-hunger-fast-movement/" target="_self"></a>A quilt hangs in the dining and fellowship ...

Libya, Just War, and Augustine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It was on the shores of North Africa that one of the greatest Christian thinkers tried to work out the relationship between Jesus' teachings about loving even enemies and the impending invasion by ...

The Cincinnati Riots and the Racism That Remains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, Timothy Thomas died from a gunshot fired by a police officer in Over-the-Rhine -- a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ten years ago, Timothy Thomas died from a guns ...

The Medicaid Card: A Useless Piece of Plastic?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The other day I saw a quote from <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/02/health/policy/02medicaid.html?_r=1&amp;scp=1&amp;sq=NICOLE%20R.%20DARDEAU&amp;st=cse" target=" ...

Finding God on the Running Course
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

I started running because of my sister. Kim and I began when we were pre-teens. I believed running was the key to making me more like her -- 5 foot 9, lean, beautiful, and highly intelligent. There was one pro ...

Why I am Joining the Fast: Global Hunger is Getting Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After my teenage granddaughter returned recently from a service experience in Uganda, sponsored by American Jewish World Service, she remarked that she would never again say she's "starving" on ...

Nestling for the Planet
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

The April issue of Sojourners magazine takes on climate change denial. One challenge is that the truth is hard to face -- but, as scientist Sasha Adkins describes from personal experience, one strategy is to d ...

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 ...

Day Two of Fasting Against 'Selectively Cruel' Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, Tony Hall, David Beckmann, Ritu Sharma, and I began a water fast because of what I call "selectively cruel" <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/budget-cuts/" target=&quo ...

Why I Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I believe deeply in the power of nonviolence, first as a Christian, and second as one committed to seeing the principles of human dignity, freedom, and justice advanced throughout the world. ...

Why I am Beginning a Fast Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<ol> <li>Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "&l ...

Single Pastors, The Church, and Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Recently I found a story about a friend from seminary in <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/us/22pastor.html" target="_blank">New York Times</a></em>. ...

Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's: Tax Season War Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf" target="_blank"></a>Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordina ...

Lessons From Behind Bars
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

In 2010, Hope House DC received a grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. to support participation in the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read project. In ...

Palestinians at Their Worst and Best
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action.</p> During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of P ...

Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers Yearn for Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/23/afghan-youth-peace-volunteers-yearn-for-hope/" target="_self"></a>In a country torn by 30 years of war, where the promise of pe ...

Writing Words to Change a Life
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

I love words. They nourish me more than food. As a child (and even now, as an adult) I read novel after novel, losing myself in the characters, the plot, and the effortless descriptions of good writers. ...

How To Start a Revolution: A New Film About Gene Sharp
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100318-genesharp.jpg"></a>With all the <a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/2011/02/gene-sharp-and-the-science-of-people-power/&quo ...

The Scandal and Beauty of Grace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus came to us full of grace and truth (<a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=167387230" target="_blank">John 1</a>). Jesus came to us full of gra ...

What Does Rob Bell Really Say? (A Review of the Actual Book Itself)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/15/what-does-rob-bell-really-say-a-review-of-the-actual-book-itself/" target="_self"></a>Whether it was a brilliant marketing stra ...

Prayer of the Day: For Our President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Lord, we pray that you bless our president and members of Congress with wisdom and right judgment. Lord, we pray that you bless our president and members of Congress with wisdom ...

America's Greatest Deficit is Spiritual, Not Merely Financial
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

With all the angst about the economy, the deficit, and a looming government shut-down, I'm still concerned that we're treating symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying disease. ...

Rep. King is Saying 'No' in the Face of Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">At the climax of <em>The King's Speech</em>, I held my breath with the rest of the packed audience and hoped to God that history was kind to King G ...

This Lenten Season is For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Every Lenten season I give up something, usually chocolate. I sometimes fast for several hours during the day. Sometimes I read an extra book or two, usually on peace theory. Ever ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: What is Idolatry?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

Why Your State Should Follow Utah's Example
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Reading the recent headlines of immigration news has hardly been uplifting, with multiple state legislatures attempting to pass <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/29/arizona-style-imm ...

Remember Bloody Sunday by Counting the Votes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Forty-six years ago, civil rights activists in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/selma/" target="_blank">Selma, Alabama</a> began what they hoped would be a 50-mile march to the ...

Opportunity Missed in the U.N. Veto of the Israel Settlement's Resolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. Resolution calling Israel to account for it ...

Jon Stewart and the Sheer Hypocrisy of FOX News on Teachers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/jon-stewart-and-the-sheer-hypocrisy-of-fox-news-on-teachers/" target="_self"></a>I like teachers. My three sisters are teachers ...

Peace Through (Nonviolent) Strength
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Erica Chenoweth directs Wesleyan University's program on terrorism and insurgency research, which she established in 2008. Erica Chenoweth directs Wesleyan University's ...

Is 'What Would Jesus Cut' Heresy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Heresy is a strong accusation. Heresy is a strong accusation. But that is right where Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center took his column about Sojourners' ...

Friday Links Round Up: Books. Pizza. Women Writers.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Books. Pizza. Women Writers. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> Books. Pizza. Women Writers. Here's a little ...

Friday Links Round Up: Mobilizing Hope. Gnomes. Afghanistan.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/18/friday-links-round-up-mobilizing-hope-gnomes-afghanistan/" target="_self"></a>Here's a little round up of links from aroun ...

Xenophobic Border Watch Groups are Domestic Terrorists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">On May 30, 2009, a terrorist attack in Arizona ended the lives of two U.S. citizens -- a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter. On Ma ...

How Child Sex Trafficking is Being Overcome in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

One of the things that make the work of fighting global slavery so difficult is that people feel defeated by the sheer size and scope of the problem. One of the things that make t ...

Indiana Immigration: Hoosier Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and getting swept up in basketball-mania. I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and ...

Political Winter Storms in the West Virginia Coalfields
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

In the old days, in the coal towns of West Virginia, winter was a time when folks hunkered around the pot-bellied stove and whiled away time spinning stories. In the old days, in ...

Egypt: Another Step Towards Mainstreaming Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The movement that ended President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year autocratic rule has not only created a spectacular breakthrough for Egyptian democracy, it has bequeathed a priceless gift to the rest of u ...

A Letter to Young Egyptian Protesters, From a Veteran U.S. Activist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I hope that somehow, through the vast network we call social media, this gets to you in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/tahrir-square/" target="_blank">Tahrir Square</a>, even ...

Mubarak Stays, Anger Grows
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/10/mubarak-stays-anger-grows/" target="_self"></a>I watched on Al Jazeera television and followed tweets (<a href="http:// ...