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Study: 3 in 5 of Iraq's 1.5M Widows Lost Husbands Since 2003 U.S. Invasion
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A study released this week by a global humanitarian aid organization concluded that three out of every five widows in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence that followed the 2003 invasion ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

Hymns for September 11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people remember "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," a hymn written on the afternoon of September 11, 2001. Many people remember " O God, Our Words Cannot Expr ...

Our Dark Night
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

They say at some point in their lives great leaders experience a "dark night of the soul," or a period in life when your feet, knees, and face scrape and stick to the proverbial bottom. ...

It's Time For Us to Grow Up and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day the mail brought an advertisement for something I desperately need (or so the ad suggested). If I ordered it right now, the ad said, I would save a hefty percentage off the usual price. ...

The Debt Ceiling Play: My 'CliffsNotes' Version
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions. It is not, as we have known in recent history, a traditional fight between Republicans and Democrats. It is a conflict between those ...

Stranger in a Strange Land
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Evan Knappenberger A former Army intelligence analyst in Iraq talks about Bradley Manning, the weight of conscience, and the witness of St ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: The Politics and Pain of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

The War Must Not Go On!
Originally Posted: 08/06/2011 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama made his long-awaited announcement on beginning withdrawal of the 103,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Last evening, President Obama made his long-a ...

'Please Welcome Them'
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 1:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels There is a light in me now, and it is taking over the darkness. Two years ago in Jordan, I met an ...

Could the U.S. Be Moving to a State of Perpetual War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One might think that three wars -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya -- would be enough. Apparently, for the United States military apparatus, it's not. One might think that three war ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Democrats Unite. Taliban. The Cost of War.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

A Mother's Day for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Julia Ward Howe, best known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in 1862, began working to heal the wounds of the Civil War once the war had ended. Julia Ward H ...

When the Wicked Perish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

If I had been in a baseball stadium on Sunday night, I would have been chanting "USA! If I had been in a baseball stadium on Sunday night, I would have been chanting "US ...

Is It Moral to Celebrate a Person's Death?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: This post was written in response to a question posed by T</em>he Washington Post's<em> On Faith blog editors: Is it moral to celebr ...

Are We Closer to Peace After Bin Laden's Death?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100503-whitehouserally1.jpg"></a>The news of Osama bin Laden's death rippled across social networking sites Sunday night. As I scrolled ...

The First Nonviolent Revolution? The Resurrection.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As Lent ends and the Holy Triduum begins, my mind turns to resurrection. Perhaps a bit too soon as the Good Friday death of Jesus and his descent into darkness is still impending. ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama's Policy Team. Pakistan. Trauma.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our ...

My Letter to the IRS: 'I Reserve the Right Not to Kill'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning act of grace and enemy-love in human history -- Jesus' death and resurrection. As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning a ...

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Silent Betrayal of our Veterans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Forty-three years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. Forty-three years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, ...

Martin Luther King and the Spiritual Death of a Nation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. Although I never met him, I value his life and teachings more and more each year.</p> Today is the 4 ...

How Did John 3:16 Become About 'Weirdos and Violence'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? You probably know who he ...

Mr. President, Please Count the Costs in Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I'm glad I'm not the president right now. I'm glad I'm not the president right now. I can't imagine what it would be like to be the commander and chief of ...

Report From Afghanistan: The Human Toll of Obama's 'Good War'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/a-report-from-afghanistan-the-human-toll-of-obamas-good-war/" target="_self"></a>In December, as the United States entered the ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Civilian Casualties. Drones. Solutions.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest ne ...

Friday Links Round Up: Mobilizing Hope. Gnomes. Afghanistan.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | 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 ...

What Would You Do With $1 Trillion?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/16/what-would-you-do-with-1-trillion/" target="_self"></a>The United States has already spent $3 trillion on the Iraq and <a hr ...

Egypt's Power Vacuum
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110202-gascannister.jpg"></a>For an entire week now we've watched tens of thousands of Egyptians march demanding a change in government. ...

How the Grinches Stole 9/11 Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I penned <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRed-Blue-God-Black-Church%2Fdp%2F0787983136%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1203628539%26 ...

The Christian Industrial Complex
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I went into a Christian bookstore the other day and was surprised to see some of the most prominent display space given over to military flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These fl ...

Who Will Listen to the Voices of Veterans Calling for Peace?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police officers at the White House gates. I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police offi ...

Middle East Martyr-Christians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One of the most precious artifacts I have in my office isn't an ancient coin or oil lamp. It is a business card. From northern Iraq.</p> One of the most precious artifa ...

Study Finds White Evangelicals Believe in American Exceptionalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

More than eight-in-10 white evangelical Christians in the United States believe that God has granted the United States a special role in history, according to a study released Wednesday.</p> ...

Preaching on Truth and Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This series written by Logan Mehl-Laituri for God's Politics focuses on selective c ...

Three Steps Toward a Balanced Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There has been a lot of talk about deficits lately. This is for good reasons. Our personal and national relationship to debt is indeed a moral issue. There has been a lot of talk ...

Friday Links Round Up: Natural Birth. Pedicures. Detroit.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/12/friday-links-round-up-natural-birth-pedicures-detroit/" target="_blank"></a>Natural Birth. Pedicures. Detroit. Here's a li ...

Veterans' Suicides and Selective Conscientious Objection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This is the fourth installment of a series Logan Mehl-Laituri is writing for God's ...

The Right to Act in Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This is the second installment of a series Logan Mehl-Laituri is writing for God's ...

Securing Soldiers' Rights to Selective Conscientious Objection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>Last March I testified at the <a href="http://conscienceinwar.org/2010/07/24/log ...

Americans Lost Freedom in Iraq: D
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As you read this post, please understand, I'm not a pacifist. I was raised in a politically conservative family. My dad is a proud WWII vet. My only brother retired from the U.S. Air Force. ...

The War in Iraq: At What Cost?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The emotion that grips me this morning, after watching President Obama's speech last night and listening to the commentary about the "end of our combat mission in Iraq," is a deep sadness. ...

Seeking Peace Among the Peoples
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, Christian leaders and lay persons from all walks of life and just about every denominational body came together for the <a href="http://www.peace2010.net/">Peace Among the Peoples ...

Wikileaking Afghanistan: Disaster Is Not a Good Thing, But Knowing About It Is
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100728-wikileaks.jpg"></a>It's out: An enormous trove of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/27/wikileaks-truth-tellers-and-a- ...

Wikileaks, Truth Tellers, and a Crisis of Conscience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've been staying with friends over the summer as I make my way slowly to North Carolina for divinity school, and I have been enjoying a few luxuries that I'm not used to, like television. ...

Changing the Script on Political Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I picked up a copy of Daniel Schultz's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1935439146?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9 ...

'No Stranger to Danger': RIP Quaker, Lawyer, Indigenous Peace Warrior Waratah
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sad news for so many of us in the peace and human rights movement this morning to hear our friend Waratah Rose Gillespie has passed away. Sad news for so many of us in the peace a ...

McChrystal vs. Obama: Battle of the 'Hard Hearts'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday U.S. top Afghanistan warrior General Stan McChrystal was very publicly called to the carpet in the Oval Office. Sources say his job is on the line. Yesterday U.S. top Af ...

Confusing our Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I catch up on my news in the airport. Yesterday I watched this obscure story about a second grader in Rhode Island who wore a baseball cap to school with soldiers carrying guns on the front. ...

Violence from the Past
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The day after we here in the U.S. paused to remember the men and women who had died fighting for our country, the fight continued from beyond the grave. The day after we here in t ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...