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Running from ISIS
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

I found the courage and fortitude of these displaced Iraqi Christians inspiring. Despite the hardships they faced and the daunting challenge of creating a new life in a new land, they remain faithful. ...

An Eerie Calm: Iraqi Christians Anxiously Ponder Their Future
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

The people of Alqosh have defended themselves in the face of many would-be invaders throughout the centuries, he said, but now “we are living cautiously; every family is ready to flee.” ...

Why Do Westerners Join ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Why do they join? Is it religious devotion? Psychological imbalance? Tendency toward radical movements and anarchy? All of these motivations may play a part, but my argument is that these men and women who lea ...

How Christians Reject Jesus: On Violence and ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Many Christians look to the Bible to justify divinely sanctioned violence against our enemies. Excuse me for stating the obvious, but Christians are not Biblians. We are Christians. As Christians, we should be ...

Why I’m More Worried About Ebola Than ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

The headlines and talk shows are dominated by the response ISIS. To be clear, this group readily uses fanatical and brutal actions to achieve its radically exclusive vision. The images they skillfully project ...

War Is Not the Answer
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Iraq: Humility is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Press

June 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

After a Summer of Crisis, Churches Can't Go Back to Business As Usual
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

When churches conclude their summer hiatus and resume full-scale ministries this week, much will have changed from a year ago — outside their doors. When churches conclude their ...

Weekly Wrap 8.29.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

1. Photo Essay: On the Ground in Israel and Gaza Two photographers spent the beginning of August chronicling the latest outbreak of violence for New York Times Magazine. The images tell the story of war. ...

Pope to Iraqi President: ‘I Appeal to You with My Heart Full of Pain’
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis wrote to the president of Iraq, calling for an end to the “brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities” and urging political leaders to end the humanitarian crisis in the country ...

James Foley’s Parents Draw on Faith After Journalist Son’s Execution
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Once again, John and Diane Foley appeared on national television Wednesday to speak in clear and deliberate voices about their son, conflict journalist James Foley. ...

Gratitude as Resistance: An Ancient Idea for our Collective Anxiety
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

My point: if it’s joy we are looking for, we might need to shift our attention pretty dramatically. This is especially for those of us who want to be on the pioneering front edge of God’s restorative work. ...

Michael Brown, Iraq, Putin, Gaza: How to Reconcile the Brokenness?
Originally Posted: 08/16/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Despite the swell of division and resulting violence, part of the issue is that we have such a sharply tuned and inexhaustible news cycle that places every tragedy, from St. Louis to Ukraine, right before us, ...

Needed: An International Strategy in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

If military action needs to be taken to protect civilians from further ISIS aggression, it should be multilateral not unilateral. American leadership no doubt will remain important, but the authorization for a ...

Someone Tell the President: Iraqi Christians Are Dying
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results have been deadly. It’s starting to seem as if t ...

US Must 'Destroy' Islamic State, Say Religious Conservatives
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of more than 50 religious leaders, led by mostly conservative Catholic, evangelical, and Jewish activists, is calling on President Obama to sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremis ...

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

The fact is, violence has not only failed to create stability, in many ways it has acted to exacerbate the situation of instability and injustice which fuels terrorism. Violence does not stop violence, instead ...

On Iraq Pope Francis' Message of Peace Meets Realities of War
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Even as Francis called on the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes,” the Vatican also tried to make peace with the idea that U.S. military strikes that be ...

Islamic State Accused of Capturing Yazidi Women and Forcing Them to Convert, or Else
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Senior leaders in Iraq’s minority Yazidi community say their wives and daughters, forcibly held by Islamic militants, are being given a choice: Convert to Islam and marry jihadists — or else. ...

Islamic Extremists Impose Reign of Terror on Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women ...

Between Iraq and a Hard Place
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright U.S. intervention has been the problem in Iraq, not the solution. THE DEEPENING CRISIS grippi ...

Behind #WeAreN: 'If One Group Is Marked, We're All Marked'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

A Muslim movement that says, “We are all Christians,” is subversive in the most daring of ways. It taunts the Islamic State and says to suffering neighbors, “Doctrine aside, we see your humanity. You should no ...

Iraq: Humility Is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

America is stunned by what is happening in Iraq right now, and happening so quickly. We may be facing the worst terrorist threat to international security so far — despite all we have done and sacrificed. Both ...

Wounded Souls
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | 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 - 12:21pm | 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 - 5:21pm | 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 - 3:37pm | 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 - 11:11am | 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 - 8:24am | 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 - 9:22am | 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 - 7:30am | 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 - 1:50pm | 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 - 1:35pm | Type: Press

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

Friends Without Borders
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | 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 - 4:02pm | 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 - 6:44am | 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 - 9:19am | 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 - 2:22pm | 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 - 11:44am | Type: Press

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

John McCain’s Theology of War is Wrong
Originally Posted: 02/01/2013 - 3:09pm | 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 - 9:31am | 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 - 2:20pm | 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 - 10:17am | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 - 1:28pm | 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 - 3:49pm | 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 - 6:46am | 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 - 10:08am | 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 - 7:52am | 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 - 11:39am | Type: Media

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