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Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sudan's impending presidential and parliamentary elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of fraud accusations, boycotts, political assassinations, intimidation, abuses of power by the rul ...

Who's to Blame for the Continuing Tragedy in Coal Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The heart-chilling news flashed through West Virginia's Coal River valley, a darkening pall on the blue sky afternoon of April 5, 2010, one day after Easter's hope-filled celebration of resurrectio ...

This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.thispalestinianlife.org/Stories.php"></a>Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show <a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeile ...

Can Petraeus Push the U.S. Toward Peace in the Middle East?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The taboo was finally broken and the genie is out of the bottle, despite some attempts to force it back. The taboo was finally broken and the genie is out of the bottle, despite s ...

A Darfuri Perspective on Sudan's Dubious Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a Darfuri, I recognize the fact that this presidential and parliamentary election in Sudan is an important milestone for the implementation of the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ...

Enough Jawboning: A Bold but Hopeful Proposal for Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599053392_7PtdJ"></a>There is a biblical story in which Samson used the jawbone of an a ...

Presidents' Plans and Precedents for Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599051510_WL6dK"></a>Several sources have recommended <a href="http://mediamatt ...

Coal Mines, Potato Salad, and Damn Good People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The unfolding coal mine disaster in West Virginia has me constantly checking the news for updates on the plight of our fellow Americans who are victims of this latest tragedy.</p> ...

West Virginia Mine Disaster: Mourning in the Mountains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There was a lovely reflection in today's <em>NYT</em> by novelist Denise Giardina about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia. There was a lovely ...

Ahead of Sudan Vote, Concern over Interference by Lord's Resistance Army
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>The murderous regime in Khartoum is showing its true colors again. While they parade and pretend to be preparing for fair election ...

Why Obama Needs an Ambassador for International Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Religious persecution remains a major problem around the world, whether by repressive governments or by one faith against another. A position of U.S. Religious persecution remains ...

Murder and Militant Songs Betray Mandela's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As millions of Christians celebrated Easter this past weekend, their celebrations were interrupted by events in South Africa and Zimbabwe that reinforced the relevance of the message of Easter for ...

(Some) Palestinians Allowed to Travel to Jerusalem for Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Israeli Embassy has confirmed this afternoon with Sojourners that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/30/a-palm-sunday-procession-to-jerusalem-ends-in-arrests-including-the-donkey/">trave ...

'God Will Not Hear You': Death Threat to a Colombian Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"God will not hear you," the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1004&amp;article=a-paramilitary-death-threat&amp;1004_webextra=Extended%20 ...

Finding Watchtowers and Blind Spots in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598749580_J3NyL"></a>From the window of my hotel room in Bethlehem, I could see the &qu ...

Jon Stewart: 'How Oscar Romero Got Disappeared by Right-Wingers...for the Second Time'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/19/jon-stewart-how-oscar-romero-got-disappeared-by-right-wingers-for-the-second-time/"></a>Jon Stewart has pointed out that one of the revis ...

Wisdom from Cesar Chavez: 'The Oppressed Almost Always Overestimate the Oppressor'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Today's Lenten prayer comes from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9sar_Ch%C3%A1vez" target="_blank">Cesar Chavez</a> (1927-1993) -- Mexican American farm worker, ...

A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

The <em>Washington Post </em>has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means tortur ...

A Hold-Out and a Hunger Strike on Aid for Uganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>My alarm went off at 5 a.m. today. As I sat up and unzipped my sleeping bag, a gust of Oklahoma wind bitterly ushered me into a new day. Drops of rain splashed my face, extinguishing the last few embe ...

A Pastor's Response to Glenn Beck's Call to Leave 'Social Justice' Churches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently Glenn Beck made <a href="http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/08/glenn-beck-urges-listeners-to-leave-churches-that-preach-social/">some comments</a> about leaving a chur ...

A Disturbing Question and a Determined Conviction on the Treatment of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

At the urging of one of <a href="http://www.ebcla.org">EBCLA's</a> deacons, I began reading <em>NY Times</em> bestseller <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/ ...

International Women's Day: 'Whom God Hath Made Equal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. While here in the United States we might have a f ...

The Police Motorcade: A Sign of Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over the past few days, I've had the privilege of representing <a href="http://www.sojo.net/magazine">Sojourners magazine</a> at the annual <a title="Faith and Polit ...

What Does the Civil Rights Movement Have to Do With Me?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

This weekend I have the privilege of representing <a href="http://www.sojo.net/magazine"><em>Sojourners</em> magazine</a> at the annual <a title="Faith and Politics In ...

Why did God Create Women?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307267148?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307267148"> ...

Peace is Patriotic: Anabaptists and the National Anthem
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

The recent decision by Goshen (IN) College to begin playing an instrumental version of the U.S. The recent decision by Goshen (IN) College to begin playing an instrumental version ...

We Sentence Innocent People to their Deaths
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/"></a>It is <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/participate-in-death-penalty-awareness-week/page.do?id=1641094&quo ...

A Victory for Justice in Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last Wednesday morning I awoke with butterflies in my stomach, as did many of my <a href="http://asjhonduras.com">Asociaci&oacute;n para una Sociedad m&aacute;s Justa</a> colleagu ...

Justice on Trial in Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Forty-one months ago, almost to the day, I was at my desk in the office of the Honduran Christian justice organization Asociaci&oacute;n para una Sociedad m&aacute;s Justa (Association for a More J ...

Palestinian Christians, Israeli Allies, and Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a> <a href="http://ncronline.org/news/justice/palestinian-ch ...

Beyond Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religiou ...

A Profound Choice for Israel and the World's Jews
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598931103_ji8fs"></a>I've just returned to the U.S. following an exhilarating week ...

J Street: Pro-Peace = Pro-Israel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>Often when Sojourners addresses issues relating to Israel and Pale ...

Refugees: North Korea's Seeds of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

North Korea is the most isolated and closed-off country in the world. North Korea is the most isolated and closed-off country in the world. Basic freedoms -- such as the freedom o ...

Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity' (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061853984?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061853984">&l ...

Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061853984?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061853984">&l ...

Human Rights in China: Google and Gao Zhisheng
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Google's vow to pull out of China last month was partly based on the discovery that human rights activists' Gmail accounts had been hacked into, purportedly by Chinese intelligence. As a hum ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/08/fashion-as-a-social-justice-vehicl ...

Beyond a Predictable Script: Dialogue with Comments on My Israel/Palestine Posts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesus worked and walked in the past. It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesu ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> On his blog , international missiologist Andrew ...

The Injustice of an 800 Mile Wall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and grew up in San Diego, California, only a few hundred yards from the actual borderline. As a kid, there were always border patrols around but I never felt like my bir ...

Family Research Council: Homosexual Behavior Should Be Criminalized in America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The debate rages on--in the military as well as the church. What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The deb ...

Obama's Call for Civility Amid Prayer Breakfast Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-national-prayer-breakfast">spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast</a> this morning, with a plea for c ...

The Global Grassroots Struggle Against Corporate and Government Corruption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=tell-the-truth-and-shame-the-devil], anti-corruption"><em>As described in the February ...

Justice for Vieques
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The book of Jeremiah states, "For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? The ...

Israeli Peacemakers' Challenge to Americans
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>We have spoken with many Palestinians in the West Bank and in East ...

50 Years Later: From a Sit-in to a Civil Rights Museum
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Feb. 1, 1960, four African-American students sat down at the "whites-only" lunch counter at the F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina. As I child, I was told by my late fathe ...

Israel and Palestine: People Aren't the Enemy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Friday night we were the guests of a synagogue in West Jerusalem. It was beautiful to see the room full of Jewish families honoring God in song, reading, silence, and prayer. Frid ...

Americans Listening to Palestinians Listening to Israelis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

What a day it was. Halfway through, many in our group of twenty felt that we couldn't take much more. What a day it was. Halfway through, many in our group of twenty felt tha ...

Five Observations from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>We arrived in Bethlehem with our wonderful group of pilgrims. Folk ...