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Ted Cruz Booed Off the Stage When He Touts Israel-Christian Solidarity
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

After he said “Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was heckled off the stage at a Sept. 10 gala to raise awareness of beleaguered Mideast Christians. Cruz, the keynote speaker at the Washington, D.C., dinner, spons ...

Weekly Wrap 8.29.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 2:24pm | 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. ...

Michael Brown, Iraq, Putin, Gaza: How to Reconcile the Brokenness?
Originally Posted: 08/16/2014 - 10:34am | 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, ...

The Nature of Joy
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

As tanks open fire on the humble homes of the Gazan poor and rockets rain down on a terrified Israeli populace we are compelled to ask, “How do we keep coming back to this profane and violent place called war? ...

War Is Abortion: Pro-Life Christians Should Care About Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Brian Gorman ...

Sayeeda Warsi, First Muslim in British Cabinet, Resigns Over 'Indefensible' Gaza Policy
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The first Muslim to serve in a British Cabinet resigned Tuesday over her government’s “morally indefensible” policies in Gaza and its role in the Middle East peace process. The fi ...

'Silence Is Betrayal:' Speaking Out for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian I march because of verses like Isaiah 1:17, which instructs us to, "learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." and Proverbs 31:8-9, ...

Weekly Wrap 8.1.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/01/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 8.1.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1.  Visualization: Casualities in the Israel-Palestine Conflict Washington Post  is keeping a regularly ...

Until We See Their Faces
Originally Posted: 08/01/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, God calls us to love and show compassion to the stranger, particularly those who suffer. But first, they must become real to us. And there is nothing more viscerally real, per ...

Israel and Palestine: Peace or Pieces?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

To suggest that there simply needs to be another ceasefire in the current conflict, then more negotiations — without acknowledging that past negotiations have unalterably yielded the same result: more missiles ...

Holy Eucharist: How We See Jesus in the 'Other'
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

When I see Jews and Arabs, Russians and Ukrainians, Sunnis and Shiites, I see Jesus in his divided, warring brothers, whom he calls me to love as he has loved me. When the Word b ...

Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

We have politicians who are mostly looking for opportunities to blame their political opponents, boost their own reputations, and protect business interests. As people of faith, we are called to speak the trut ...

World War I at 100: New Books Examine the Battle of Beliefs Behind the 'Great War'
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Some called it “The Great War.” Others called it “The War to End All Wars.” History proves it was neither. Some called it “The Great War.” Others called it “The War to End All War ...

Pope Francis Appeals for Peace with Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

As Israel continued its ground offensive into the Gaza Strip, Pope Francis urged Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to end the spiraling conflict. ...

What I Said To Syrian Refugee Women
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Press

July 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Lynne Hybels ...

De-escalating Violence and the Human Story in Israel/Palestine
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

I was sitting in the airport the other day listening to yet another account of the current events unfolding in Israel and Palestine. Almost mechanically, the lips of the news anchor spilled out words like terr ...

Presbyterians Remove Controversial 'Zionism Unsettled' from Denomination's Website
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has removed from its website a booklet that many Jewish groups have criticized as hostile to Israel and denigrating to Judaism. The Presbyterian Chur ...

Presbyterians Narrowly Vote to Divest from 3 Companies Involved in Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted Friday to divest church funds from three American companies it cited for profiting from the oppression of Palestinians within Israel’s occupied territories. ...

The Stubborn Persistence of 'Jew-Hatred'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee The term "anti-Semitism" hides an ugly history of racialized animus. THE SHOOTINGS ...

A Refusal to Hate: Tent of Nations Family Responds to Destruction of Farmland
Originally Posted: 05/26/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Early on May 19, military bulldozers, in violation of the laws of appeal, destroyed 1,500 fruit trees nearly ready for harvest in the valley below the Nassar dwellings. There was no warning of the impending de ...

Pope Francis Eyes Religious Reconciliation on Trip to Holy Land
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

It sounds a little far-fetched and for some purists perhaps unthinkable: A pope, a rabbi, and a sheik decide to travel to the Holy Land and follow in the steps of Jesus. It sounds ...

Muslim and Anti-Muslim Groups Go to War in Bus, Print Ads
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

A public opinion war on Middle East politics is playing out this spring in new advertising campaigns on public buses and in newspapers. A public opinion war on Middle East politic ...

Pope Francis Will Take Rabbi and Muslim Leader With Him to Holy Land
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis will be accompanied on his first visit to the Middle East by Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Muslim leader Omar Abboud — two friends from Buenos Aires. Pope Franci ...

Evangelicals And Peacemaking - Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe's Speech At The Third Christ At The Checkpoint Conference In Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Press

March 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Geoff Tunnicliffe ...

7 Lessons About Peace From My Time in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

There is no place on earth that has exploited human story and experience for the sake of a tourist “experience” more than in the Holy Land. Having just gotten home from guiding an ...

Evangelical, Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestine
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Secretary of State John Kerry brought his argument for a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace to the annual AIPAC conference this week, and whatever else we might know, we know this: Many evangelical Christians ...

Sojourners Magazine - Confessions Of A Violent Peacemaker
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Press

February 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Moriel Rothman ...

Messenger of Peace
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 11:08am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Yousef Bashir's remarkable story of reconciliation. For years, Yousef Bashir was a prisoner ...

Moriel Rothman's Spoken Word Poetry
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Moriel Rothman speaks candidly about his decision to not serve in the Israel Defense Forces. It’s ...

Profiles in Courage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "When someone is faced with a gun and chooses to respond with respect and love, that's hope." ...

Confessions of a Violent Peacemaker
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Moriel Rothman An Israeli-American resister on the spiritual links between violence and nonviolence. What a ...

Pope to Visit the Holy Land, But Details Spark Debate
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

Christmas is the one time each year when much of the world turns its gaze to Bethlehem, the West Bank town at the heart of the Gospel account of Jesus’ humble birth in a stable. But Bethlehem may be in for a s ...

Pax on Both Their Houses
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Getman Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East. North Atlantic Books. ...

Christ At The Checkpoint 2014 Conference
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Press

November 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Jeremy Reynalds ...

Saving 40,000 Lives in Under 3 Minutes
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

United Hatzalah are changing the emergency rapid response game and uniting people of all faiths in the process. How can we save 40,000 lives in under three minutes? That questi ...

The Peace Process
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

How does one find ways to strengthen the fragile line between democracy and the lurking dark social disorder? Limiting or reversing anarchy in the U.S. and abroad may depend on finding ways to persuade and pro ...

U.S. Jews Diverge on Israel: Strong Ties Despite Disagreements
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Where once it seemed that uncritical devotion to Israel was the norm for U.S Jews, that Zionism and Judaism were hand-in-glove, new research finds that’s not the case today — if it ever was. ...

A Dogged Pursuit of Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "The alternative—not having negotiations—is guaranteed to fail." GEORGE MITCHELL, the ...

On Scripture: It Is About the Land. It Is Not About the Land
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

When I traveled to Israel this summer with a group of seminary students from Andover Newton Theological School and Boston University School of Theology, what struck me most was another lesson of geography: If ...

Our Obsession With Violence and the Stories You’re Not Supposed to Hear
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

We do grave harm to these regions and the people within them when we fail to highlight these gritty, subversive, and everyday movements of hope in the midst of conflict. As followers of the great Reconciler, w ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter The March by PBS / Secular Days, Sacred Moments edited by David Cooper / One True Vine by Mavis Staples / The Israeli-Palest ...

Gaza: The Persistent Paradox
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Rodrick Beiler Gaza, a land at once ugly and impoverished—and beautiful and rich. IN "SILENCE FOR G ...

Court: Law Designating ‘Israel’ as Birthplace Unconstitutional
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A federal appeals court has ruled unconstitutional a 2002 law that allows Americans born in Jerusalem to designate Israel as their birth country on their passports. A federal appe ...

Thousands of Athletes to Compete in “Jewish Olympics”
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

More than 1,100 American Jewish athletes will be competing in the Maccabiah Games, known as the “Jewish Olympics” and held in Israel once every four years. More than 1,100 America ...

VIDEOS: Just Vision
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Preview Ronit Avni's inspiring films about nonviolence in the Holy Land. In “ Stories Wor ...

Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Intervenes on the Recruitment of Christian Arabs into Israeli Army
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

The Catholic Church's Justice and Peace Commission of the Holy Land led by Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah has issued a statement against attempts by the Israeli Defense Force to begin conscripting Chris ...

Stories Worth Telling
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We need to hear more about the people committed to peace. IN HER JEWISH school in Montreal, Roni ...

Privacy from Rulers: Tents of Ancient Israel, Cell Phones of Today
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Are there any spiritual and religious roots to the notion of personal and household privacy? What does the ancient arrangement of tents in an ancient Israelite encampment have to ...

Rabbi’s Message for American Jews: Change or Die
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, ordained in the liberal Reconstructionist tradition, sees a divide between generations of American Jews that could spell disaster for the community. Rabbi Si ...

A Holy Land Without Christians?
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Gregg Brekke Arab Christians are vital to a thriving Middle East - and their numbers are dwindling. LIKE MANY ...