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Caring for the Poor is Government's Biblical Role
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

I want to suggest that what size the government should be is the wrong question. A more useful discussion would be about the purposes of government and whether ours is fulfilling them. So let's look at wh ...

The HIV Minister (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Andrena Ingram is currently the only known Lutheran ordained pastor living openly with HIV. Her husband's death from an AIDS-related illness, and the shame that he felt, inspired the pastor to be open about her own diagnosis with HIV. She ...

Turning the Tide on AIDS
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

With an estimated 10,000 religious leaders worldwide now living openly with HIV, according to Ugandan pastor Gideon Byamugisha — the first African faith leader to publicly reveal his HIV-positive status — the ...

Breaking the Bubble Wrap
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Magazine Article

David M. Csinos and Brian D. McLaren We may be tempted to quarantine our children from the scary world out there—but it's better to ...

Health Care and Judgment Day (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

One-hundred years after Teddy Roosevelt pressed for a national health care program — the Supreme Court has levied its judgment: States can opt out, but they cannot prevent the nation from offering its citizens ...

Heat, Hope, & Hootenanny: The Holy Spirit Gets Cooking At Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

Without a doubt, the blossoming and beckoning of the Wild Goose movement in North America heralds a bright radical future for today’s Jesus followers bringing the kingdom come. On ...

A New Hymn for Justice
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette wrote this hymn based on Micah 6:8 after attending Bread for the World’s Lobby Day on June 12th and reading Jim Wallis’ “The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates.” ...

Wisconsin: Time to Speak the Truth, Not Move On
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

The threats to the poor and the central city are just as real this morning as they were yesterday. The cry of the oppressed still rings out in Milwaukee and Racine, Green Bay and Madison. This is not a moment ...

Remembering Harvey Milk's Legacy
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

Today is Harvey Milk Day. Before Harvey Milk’s assassination in 1978, the newly elected public official delivered this powerful message to a group in California: “Without hope, not only gays, but those who ar ...

Groundbreaking Report: Exonerees Served More than 10,000 Years in Prison for Crimes They Didn't Commit
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

A report issued by the National Registry of Exonerations documents nearly 900 individual cases of exoneration. Combined, these (mostly) men and women served more than 10,000 years in prison for crimes they did ...

The Table is the Microcosm of a Practical Faith
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

The table is a place where we bypass rank and privilege and create a zone where you take what you need and bring what you are able. It is a commons where we are defined in new, equal relationships with one ano ...

Walter Wink: Remembrance and Reflection
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

Walter Wink, 76, a world-class biblical scholar and non-violent practitioner, crossed over to God on May 10 at his home in Western Massachusetts. Following a slow decline, he had been in hospice for several we ...

WATER: Clear Gold in the Desert
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

How much water have you used today? You probably took a shower, used your toilet, brushed your teeth, maybe boiled some for a cup of tea of coffee, not to mention being well on the way to the 64 ounces of wat ...

Pastors and Congregants Wear Hoodies to Church
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

Christians and other people of good faith nationwide stood in solidarity with Trayvon Martin this weekend by wearing hooded sweartshirts — aka "hoodies"— to church. Monday marks the one-month anni ...

Restoring Dignity
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

A nonprofit in New York City founded by a young social worker leverages a network of resources to provide aftercare and safe housing for women who are victims of sex trafficking. ...

We Take Requests: Bono's Address to the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 03/10/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

You asked for it. So here it is — an oldie but a goodie: Bono's keynote address at the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast. You asked for it. So here it is — an oldie but a go ...

Fields of Denial
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 7:29pm | Type: Blog

But even with its inclusive set of policy issues and actors, the Farm Bill is notable for one issue policymakers and advocates doesn’t touch: People who work on farms. About every ...

"Honor Killings" is a Deadly Oxymoron
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The Shafias’ trial and sentencing, which has shined a spotlight on the brutal practice, has been a bit of an Emperor’s New Clothes situation: Most of us villagers are nodding our heads in agreement that, by go ...

Mitt Romney and Moral Imagination
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

It always is disturbing when you hear of politicians who create laws that don’t apply to themselves or start wars that their children won’t be fighting in. The center of a ...

Christians and Climate Change: What Would MLK Do?
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the reality of climate change are both victims of western culture’s remarkable capacity to accommodate and neutralize that which is most critical of it. ...

Martin Luther King Sunday is Not Just for Black People
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Dedicating a Sunday — even in an all-white church (perhaps particularly in an all-white church) — where the injustice is named from the pulpit is the beginning of a conversation that continues to be too rare i ...

Righteous Indignation: Half of America is Poor
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, the television news program 60 Minutes told the story of homeless American families who live in their cars and vans. This is structural violence. This is a sin and a shame. ...

The Afternoon News: Friday Nov. 11, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

An afternoon round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojouners commitments to ...

Corporate Greed, Meet Coconut Theology
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

It's a clear sign something's wrong when talks on "free trade" turn an island paradise into an armed camp. It's a clear sign something's wrong when t ...

Light in the darkness – an interview with Daniel Walker, author of "God in a Brothel"
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Author Daniel Walker sits down with Sojourners' James Colten to talk about his new book, "God in a Brothel," the scourge of child slavery and the sex industry worldwide, and the church's r ...

The Morning News: Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

A morning round up of news related to the Sojourners' commitments to social justice. NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Conference: Human Trafficking, Sex Slavery Thriving In U.S., Abroad. ...

Join a Circle of Protection on Nov. 16: Standing For and With the Poor
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

The New York City Human Circle will be replicated throughout across the nation, when faith leaders host Human Circles as members of the Sojourners National Mobilizing Circle, which is bringing together faith a ...

Chris Hedges' Occupy Wall Street Statement
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:30am | Type: Blog

Christ Hedges' statement on Occupy Wall Street. Editor's Note: Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges made this statement in New York City's Zuccotti Park on Thurs ...

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 ...

Ohio Elections and Issue Three
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

In 2009, I wrote several posts for God's Politics in support of health care reform. In 2009, I wrote several posts for God's Politics in support of health care ...

News: Morning Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Occupy Wall Street, False Idols And A Moral Economy NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Occupy Wall Street, False Idols And A Moral Economy Even as so ...

"Hole-y" Bible Gets a Digital Makeover
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

This morning, as I caught up on what had been going on in the world over the weekend, I stumbled across a very interesting resource -- a website that compares the frequency with which words appear in ...

News: Morning Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

DAILY KOS: Social Justice Index: USA Number 27 Of 31 OECD Members Social justice index: USA No. 27 of 31. Democrats in Congress attempt to eat on $4.50 a day to protest potential ...

#OccupySunday: Angela Davis Speaks at Occupy Philadelphia
Originally Posted: 10/31/2011 - 7:04am | Type: Blog

According to the Occupy Philadelphia Facebook page: According to the Occupy Philadelphia Facebook page : Civil Rights activist Angela Davis spoke to a crowd o ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jim Wallis and Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, went head to head Thursday night at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School outside Chicago in a debate over the hot ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

Moving Money: Investing in a New World
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away $10,000 outside the Stock Exchange. Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away ...

Doing Nothing is Not an Option -- United to End Genocide
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, I had the privilege of spending some time at the End Genocide Action Summit, which brought people from all over the world to Washington, D.C., to learn about and fight against genocide ...

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

NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew modestly over th ...

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 ...

Andrew Marin answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:35pm | Type: Blog

To me, reclaiming the word evangelical starts with how Christians see their call by Jesus in Matthew 28 as the Great Commission. To me, reclaiming the word evangelical start ...

Afternoon SoJo: Round-up of the Best Op-Eds of the Day
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The Occupy Wall Street movement continues to preoccupy the imaginations of editorial writers around the country. Clarence Page in the Chicago Tribune thinks that "a lack of formal leaders, agenda and st ...

The Poor People's March and Occupy Wall Street
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

At the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, at least two speakers -- the Rev. Bernice King, Martin Luther King's daughter, and the Rev. At the ...

Deconstructing Harry: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "the Doctrine of Devils"?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

"[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian "[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian Glad to see you on this, Tim. Glad to see you on this, Tim. Jackso ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Without a Vision, the People Will Perish
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a month old. Now what? On Sunday afternoon, I stood in Zuccotti Park with several thousand other folks trying to take in the veritable circus that is the Occupation site san ...

Faith and #OccupyWallStreet: "This is a Holy Spirit moment."
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Speak, for your servant is listening Remember the Bible story where God calls out to Samuel in the middle of the night and Samuel jumps out of bed and runs to Eli, saying "Here I am," because he doe ...

Jim Wallis on #OccupyWallStreet: "This Could Really Change Things" (Video)
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Last week, Sojourners CEO, the Rev. Jim Wallis, visited with #OccupyWallStreet demonstrators in New York City. Last week, Sojourners CEO, the Rev. Jim Wallis, visited wi ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Generation Finds Its Voice
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Like many of my contemporaries, I found the non-violent protests in Egypt that led to regime change earlier this year terribly inspiring. But, also like many in my generation, I never thought such a movement ...

Crime, Forgiveness and Retributive Justice: A God's Politics Interview with Naseem Rakha
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

An eye for an eye, a life for a life. This is one way -- based, some argue, in scripture and biblical ethics -- that proponents of capital punishment justify the death penalty. ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Hand Gestures, Health Care and the Birth of a New Paradigm
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

NEW YORK, N.Y. NEW YORK, N.Y. Great to see this on the Great to see this on the ground reporting. Co-sign Greg's comment. Keep Co-s ...