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Wounded Souls
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Gregg Brekke Christians have a presumption against war—as well as an obligation to help heal those who suffer its consequences. ...

VIDEO: The War Within
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors For some veterans, PTSD rages on as "the war within." In " Wounded Souls &qu ...

U.K. Minister Sayeeda Warsi Calls on West to Protect Christian Minorities
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

The highest-ranking Muslim in the British government on Friday called on Western governments to do more to protect besieged Christian minorities across the world, particularly in the Holy Land where they are n ...

Syrian Christians May Get Pulled into Civil War
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

A huge statue of the Virgin Mary towers over churches, monasteries and mosques in the Syrian city of Maaloula, where a dialect of the Aramaic language of Jesus is still spoken. A ...

Bradley Manning Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

If Manning had been found guilty of aiding the enemy, he could have been sentenced to life in prison. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin Wednesday. A military judge rule ...

Choosing Royal Babies Over Abu Ghraib
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

To fall victim to the intoxicating distraction of pleasantries when our neighbors suffer stands in violent opposition to the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By now most of the ...

The Song Remains
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Ramzi Kysia After more than two decades of defiant work for peace, Kathy Kelly continues to move others to love and action. ...

Barack Obama and the Drone Wars: The Logic of Violence
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Reducing the number of deaths caused by our use of violence is a worthy goal, and Obama does seem genuinely engaged in drawing the number down. So for the sake of argument, I will take him at his word. But (yo ...

AUDIO: The Cosas, an Iraqi Christian family
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dawn Araujo An interview with an Iraqi Christian family ...

Americans Debate Concept of Evil in Relation to Terrorism, Shootings
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Press

May 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Jerome Socolovsky ...

Friends Without Borders
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Shane Claiborne Can getting to know people on the "other side" help tear down the walls between us? It already has. ...

Iraq and North Korea: The Lies We All Believe
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

Can a nation choose the path of Christ and survive in this world of violence? I don’t know for sure, because I can’t think of an example of a nation that has tried. Today, March 1 ...

On Scripture: 10 Years of War and Hopes for Peace
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, the Iraq War began. Ten years marked by conflict, violence, and loss. Ten years of debate about why we went to war and why we remained. Ten years dealing with death and injury – 4,488 U.S. death ...

Sojo Stories: The Preemptive Love Coalition
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

A few weeks back at the Justice Conference we had the chance to sit down with Jeremy Courtney, cofounder of the Preemptive Love Coalition, and tell the story of his amazing work in Iraq providing heart surgery ...

Ten Years After Iraq
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

We’re approaching the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq — an appropriate time to reflect upon the antiwar ferment that gripped the globe at that time. We’re approaching t ...

John McCain's Theology of War Is Wrong
Originally Posted: 02/04/2013 - 12:44pm | Type: Press

February 1, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

John McCain’s Theology of War is Wrong
Originally Posted: 02/01/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

John McCain angrily insisted on “right” and “wrong” answers to his questions of Chuck Hagel yesterday. As a theologian and a religious leader, I want to say that John McCain is “wrong.” ...

The Obama Synthesis
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A foreign policy of fewer troops on the ground, but more drones in the air. Ross Douthat posits that President Obama’s nominations of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defen ...

Afflictions of the Soul
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Addressing "moral injury" among veterans. Counter-insurgency wars, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, frequently place soldiers in morally ambiguous situations. What ...

Shiite Muslims Quietly Establish a Foothold in U.S.
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

In some ways, the Sunni/Shiite divide is similar to divisions between Protestants and Catholics — both follow the same faith, but with different ways of understanding and worshipping God. ...

Facts and Ideology
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

The consequences of ignoring facts for ideology. In September, 2003, I wrote a piece for Sojourners magazine on the " Project for the New American Century ," a neo ...

What It’s Like to Go to War
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Bill Moyers interviews a decorated Vietnam veteran on his experience and the current war in Afghanistan. On the PBS Moyers & Company , Bill Moyers recently interviewed Kar ...

Jimmy Carter Tries to Pull the Log from America’s Eye
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Carter’s confessions to foreign leaders are not merely symbolic — as though he must search for a token American violation in order to get a foot in the door with those who perpetrate the really bad things. Des ...

DRONE WATCH: Death From Above
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:46am | Type: Blog

With White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan’s recent public acknowledgment of their use and revelations of President Obama’s direct involvement in deciding which targets are struck, the world medi ...

War at What Cost? A Veteran Perspective
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

This unfathomable amount of money was approved by the House of Representatives in the National Defense Authorization Act. These funds will serve to bring suffering and pain to innocent people, further militari ...

On Syria: The Cost of War
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

War always kills. It always destroys. It always diminishes capacity. It cannot build it. Ultimately, war threatens the image of God on earth. One year after Syrian President Bas ...

Nine Years of War in Iraq
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 12:39pm | Type: Media

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IRAQ REFLECTION: A Small Miracle in Suleimaniya
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

A Christian peacemaker in Kurdish Iraq responds to the sudden killing of an American Christian school teacher by an Iraqi student. The news spread through the city of Suleimaniya ...

Anthony Shadid, 1968-2012
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

When you read the news as much as I do, you learn which bylines to look for if you want the most comprehensive and well-written coverage of a story. Mr. Shadid was one of those correspondents. ...

Is Iran Really a Threat?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

It seems like every day we hear from another politician saying that “we are ready to attack Iran if necessary," or from another pundit full of hot air telling us why we should invade Iran right now. ...

Collateral Murder and Preemptive Love
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 3:58am | Type: Blog

Today I was catching up on emails and came across two messages that deeply affected me, maybe because I read them back-to-back. Today I was catching up on emails and came across ...

The Red Phone
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

There are numerous other situations that bombard my newsfeed every day. They wear me down, anger me, cause me pain, and bring me to tears. If only there were a red phone. How many ...

2012 State of the Union Address: The Complete Text
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we ho ...

Iran: Ask Questions First
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 2002 and winter of 2003, a steady drumbeat of rhetoric and accusations from the Bush administration were leading the United States into war against Iraq. In the fa ...

U.S. Veterans Show Solidarity With Iraqi Restaurant
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

After vandals threw a 20-pound rock through the window of an Iraqi restaurant in Lowell, Mass., its owners, overwhelmed with fear at this unwarranted hate crime, came close to shutting its doors permanently. T ...

GOP Primaries and Old Country Buffet
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

If the GOP primaries were like Old Country Buffet, I’d be happy. Think about it. There wouldn’t be so much money involved and we could pick only the stuff we liked and ignore the rest. ...

The War is Over. Learn from the Sacrifice.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It does no dishonor to those who served to learn from the mistake that was made in starting an unnecessary war in Iraq. And, to realize that it is a mistake the U.S. continues to make. ...

The Morning News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 THE NEW REPUBLIC: Why Are American Politicians Always Switching Religions? If Newton Leroy Gingrich becomes the Republican candidate ...

Armistice Day/Veteran's Day: 11/11/11
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

I say if we are to truly honor veterans, we ought to remember and honor Armistice Day with the hope that we can bring an end to violent conflict within and between nations. Befor ...

The moral injuries of war in Iraq
Originally Posted: 11/09/2011 - 12:55pm | Type: Press

October 28, 2011 Sojo in the News Liz Lefebvre ...

Listening to Veterans
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:16am | Type: Blog

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A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The General Election, Say Evangelicals (includes comments from Jim Wallis) Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The Ge ...

NEWS: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices A year ago, N ...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

My son Jack was born just days before the war in Iraq began. So, for these last eight and a half years, it's been very easy for me to remember how long this horrible conflict has been going on. ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Vatican Meets OWS: 'The Economy Needs Ethics' Vatican Meets OWS: 'The Economy Needs Ethics' The Vatican today elaborated on Pope Benedict XVI's ...

News: Quick Links Round-up and Redux
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

THE WASHINGTON POST/RELIGION NEWS SERVICE: D.C. Pastor To Lead Democrats' Faith Outreach THE WASHINGTON POST/RELIGION NEWS SERVICE: D.C. Pastor To Lead Democrats' Fait ...

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. to Withdraw Most Troops from Iraq by Year's End
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

After almost nine years and nearly 5,000 American fatalities, President Obama announced today that, "the coming months will be a season of homecomings. After almost ni ...

A Decade of War (and Football)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Let’s face it — while lawmakers are picking their own battles in Washington, they aren’t fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. Not to date myself, but I was in middle ...

Kal Penn: Enough with the Cynicism and Disappointment, Time to Re-engage!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Before I met President Obama, I was always cynically independent when it came to politics. Like a lot of other young people with different views on different issues, I never considered myself to be either a D ...