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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 ...

'Jerusalem,' a Tribute to the Holy City, Comes to the Giant Screen
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

It may be as close as a person can get to praying at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Western Wall, without actually going there. It may be as close as ...

Westminster Abbey Marks Kristallnacht Anniversary with Interfaith Service
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

At an emotional worship service, considered one of the largest gatherings of Christians and Jews, some 1,600 British men and women filed into Westminster Abbey Sunday to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallna ...

Meet the ‘Nominals’ Who Are Drifting From Judaism and Christianity
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Meet the “Nominals” — people who claim a religious identity but may live it in name only. They’re rarely at worship services and indifferent to doctrine. And they’re surprisingly  ...

Lessons in Creating Ubuntu
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Getman Conversations in Transition: Leading South African Voices. David Philip Publishers Conversations ...

Hot Dogs for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel I felt the horror of a kid caught in a grade school coolness competition. WHEN I WAS growing up in ...

Study Says Gays Find Most U.S. Faiths Unfriendly
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

Gay Americans are much less religious than the general U.S. population, and about 3-in-10 of them say they have felt unwelcome in a house of worship, a new study shows. Gay Americ ...

Recognizing 'Christian Privilege'
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rabbi Seth Goren How the dominance of Christianity affects interfaith relations. BECAUSE I'M A Jew in Be ...

Creating Connections by Erasing Boundaries
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Yes, it’s a tough time to be a denominational partisan, to believe one’s own tradition is absolutely right and all others wrong. But that was never God’s desire. God has wanted oneness, not separation; and hum ...

As Holocaust Museum Turns 20, Ranks of Survivors Dwindle
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum marks its 20th anniversary today (April 29) with more than 750 survivors, museum officials are calling it one the last large gatherings of those who managed to escape Hitl ...

Jerusalem Court Upholds Women’s Prayer Rights at Western Wall
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Women who want to wear prayer shawls while praying in the women’s section of the Western Wall are not breaking the law, according to a landmark decision handed down Thursday by the Jerusalem Distri ...

Jews Worldwide See An Ally in Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Jews worldwide welcomed newly elected Pope Francis as a friend on Wednesday, and pointed in particular to his sympathetic and strong reaction to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in his native Argentina — th ...

Father Abraham and the Jews
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

In his recent book, When General Grant Expelled the Jews, Brandeis University Professor Jonathan D. Sarna recounts an important but little-known event in 1863 in Lincoln’s quest for full civil, religious, and ...

When All of Abraham’s Children Share a Table: A Moment I’ll Never Forget
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 6:40pm | Type: Blog

Standing between my friends — a Muslim Palestinian and Jewish Rabbi — I prayed that this meal would be a picture of reconciliation found among the children of Abraham, because as a follower of the pro-people J ...

New Orleans Synagogue Reopens 7 Years After Katrina
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina toppled a nearby floodwall and drowned their synagogue, and after a seven-year journey praying in hotel meeting rooms, then in rooms borrowed and rented from another congreg ...

Why Would Jews Vandalize a Holocaust Memorial?
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

How could Jews desecrate the memories of millions of fellow Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis? The news that Israel’s memorial to Holocaust victims had been grafittied i ...

Jews are World’s Most Migratory Religious Group
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:38pm | Type: Blog

One in four of the world's Jews has migrated from one country to another, compared to 5 percent of Christians and 4 percent of Muslims who have left their native lands. WASHI ...

O Come Ye, O Come Ye to Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

What one quickly learns when visiting Bethlehem is that the political climate today is quite similar to the one that was prevailing during the time of Jesus. “O come ye, O come ye ...

Why I Don't Heed "The Call"
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 7:28am | Type: Blog

Though I treasure my Pentecostal heritage, these days I feel like an outsider looking in, because though it started out as a pacifist movement in the early 20th century, today Pentecostalism (at least in Amer ...

News: Monday Morning Quick Links (Updated)
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

BIG GOVERNMENT: Jesus Would NOT #OccupyWallStreet BIG GOVERNMENT: Jesus Would NOT #OccupyWallStreet Some on the Left suggest that if were Jesus alive today he ...

Spotting the Kingdom of God After the Tragedy of Death
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greates ...

Observing the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by Sharing Faith
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

The email came just a few days before two Jewish rabbis and two Muslim friends joined two of us Christian ministers for a Sunday morning service. This service was part of a national event called Faith Shared. ...

My Search for the Truth About the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In 2008, as I heard the increasing public rhetoric of hostility emanating from the Middle East, I found myself wondering what Jesus would say and do if he were here in the flesh today. ...

I Treat My Slaves Just Great!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've been a Christian all of my life. My parents taught me that God loves everyone equally and that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. I've been a Ch ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring ac ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

Nakba Day Protests: Palestine's Arab Spring?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-April-2011/16441449_SnEeG#1236911459_74RXd" target="_blank"></a>The scenes were stunning: Hu ...

On Palestinians: Whose Narrative Wins?
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

Once again last week the pages of the <em>New York Times</em> was graced with an ad published by David Horowitz's <a href="www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org" target="_blank" ...

Palestinians at Their Worst and Best
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action.</p> During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of P ...

Revisiting Rwanda: Finding the Truth After Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the documentary <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJU-zBKe4uI" target="_blank">Earth Made of Glass</a></em>, director Deborah Scranton weaves together t ...

Five Frustrations When You Debate Israel and the Palestinians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:11am | Type: Blog

I've been fascinated watching an earlier blog hunker down into a strong debate about Israel and the Palestinians (February 22, "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/when-will-3-5-million- ...

Why We Opened Our Church to Muslims
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In a <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/januaryweb-only/muslimsevangelical.html" target="_blank">recent article</a> on <em>Christianity Today's</em& ...

Different Faiths, Common Humanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This past week I was afforded a sneak peek at the forthcoming PBS documentary <a href="http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/calling/" target="_blank"><em>The Calling</em>< ...

Glenn Beck's Offensive Attacks on George Soros
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

And the hits just keep on coming.</p> And the hits just keep on coming. The list of people who Glenn Beck has attacked with faulty logic and fear tactics is growing long ...

Thinking About the Kingdom
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Not getting much sleep these days. Wondering if I'll ever get to sleep through the night again. I've heard that having small children changes your life. Consider that confirmed. ...

Americans Deeply Ignorant About Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"The person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation was Martin Luther, Thomas Aquinas or John Wesley?" Less than half (46 percent) of Americans know the answer is Luther, and ...

Tearing Down Walls in Memphis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On a muggy Memphis night last week, Tiffany Kelly and Imani Phipps, both juniors at local high schools, sat at the top of the historic Levitt Shell amphitheater as chants of "One Memphis, One Love" ...

Outrage about Helen Thomas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes it feels like there's hardly enough outrage to go around. I started this post to condemn the recent, well, outrageous, words of Helen Thomas. Sometimes it feels lik ...

Stop the Crippling of the Clean Air Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The brazen chutzpah of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">Big Oil </a>and Big Coal is amazing. The brazen chutzpah of Big Oil and Big Coal is ...

Pope Benedict: Greatest Persecution is from Sin Within the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On the papal plane, <em>Shepherd One</em>, en route to Portugal to visit the <a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/portugal/fatima-shrine-of-our-lady-of-fatima" target="_bla ...

Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an evangelical college, a place where the students were serious young Christians. In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

Who Speaks for American Jews?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It's the age-old question. Who can claim to speak for American Jews on Israel?</p> <p>World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder seems to think he's found the answer. It's him.< ...

Nonviolence: What About Hitler?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In any in-depth conversation about the effectiveness of nonviolence as a strategy, this question always comes up: Would these nonviolent strategies have worked against the Nazis? ...

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 ...

Jesus and the Klan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I recently viewed an episode of Gangland on The History Channel. This particular show, which documents the rise of the younger members of the Imperial Klan of America (or KKK), really roused my anger. ...

Christians, Jews, and Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity toward Jews, of a never-ending sense to be protective of their religion As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity towa ...

Passover for Non-Jews and 'the Bread of Affliction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In preparing a Passover seder in which many of my guests are first-timers and non-Jews, I am challenged by a number of factors: There is the barrier of language -- some of the texts that we read ar ...

Vatican II 101: Social Justice is Part of Catholic Identity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Writer James Carroll, in his recent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547336268?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;cre ...

Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conferenc ...