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Colombia's Churches Cry Out for Accompaniment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"If [state officials and the paramilitary groups] knew what we were telling you, we would be riddled with bullets as soon as we walked out that door."</p> ...

Zelaya Returns: But How Will Honduras Move Forward?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this morning Radio Globo -- a pro-resistance radio source -- broke the news that Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, the deposed president of Honduras, has arrived in Tegucigalpa and was calling his suppo ...

Peace Day and Our Fearless Obligation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught fearlessness.</p> Jesus taught fearlessness. Thus, to follow Jesus means to live a faith that takes us beyond our anxieties, beyond our deepest fears and tr ...

Hope is a Verb
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was too young to remember President John F. Kennedy. My mother worked on his campaign and hauled her baby (me) along with her to pass out literature. I was too young to remembe ...

Partnerships to End Poverty, Led by the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Poverty Initiative, based at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, has a mission "to raise up generations of religious and community leaders dedicated to building a social movement to en ...

Judgment Day: Does Matthew 25 Apply to the Health-Care Debate?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I heard a Christian leader say that the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25 is not a reason for Christians to support universal health care guaranteed by their government. ...

Faith is about Redemption: The Life of Ted Kennedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have never really trusted those who are intolerant and condemning of other people's shortcomings. It makes me suspect they are likely hiding their own. I have never really ...

Science, Salvation, Slavery, and Equality: The Bible and Historic Reforms
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Perhaps booksellers should provide consumer warning labels that r ...

Zuma's Visit to Zimbabwe: Seeking 'Batho Pele'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is a Sotho expression, <em>batho pele</em> -- meaning "putting people first" -- that one wishes could inform politics in Zimbabwe. There is a Sotho exp ...

Honduran Coup Government Showing Sensitivity to U.S. Pressure -- More is Needed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

While the United States remains focused on health-care reform and back-to-school activities, the impact of the Honduras coup in June continues, much out of the popular media. Whil ...

Five Christian Considerations for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I approach the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/11/an-open-letter-to-conservative-christians-in-the-us-on-health-care/">discussion about health-care reform</a> from the perspective o ...

Criteria for Spiritual Leadership: Content of Character
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Does it seem curious to you that when the issue of leadership in the church is discussed, gender is frequently cited as a primary element to consider? Does it seem curious to you ...

The Moral Core of the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

With all of the shouting, the fear, and now what often looks like hatred -- we are in danger of losing the moral "core" of this health-care debate. With all of the shout ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

Speaking Truth in Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do ...

Bishops vs. The Bomb: Act II
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When the United States and the Soviet Union stared into the abyss of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick began reading obscure journals like the <em>Bulletin of the At ...

Mark Sanford, John Ensign, and 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Presently, the glare of the media spotlight has started to shine on a number of political figures, all of whom coincidentally have a connection to a D.C.-based group called The Family. ...

Reclaiming the E-Word and Seizing the Episcopal Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Lost in the buzz over the U.S. Episcopal Church's decision to bless same sex unions was a missional moment. Lost in the buzz over the U.S. Episcopal Church's decision to ...

Daring to Disarm: McNamara and the Moscow Summit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

At around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, two headlines were dueling for the coveted center space of the <em>New York Times</em> Web site. At around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, two head ...

Three Moral Issues of Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Death, disease, and pain did not exi ...

Immigration Reform This Year: Let's Get to Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama met with key legislators to discuss the details of moving comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year. Yesterday, President Obama met with ke ...

Direct from Iran, an Unvarnished Assessment of Protests' Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/16/iran-elections-hope-excitement-concern/">The protests rocking Iran</a> are of great significance for the politics and society of a Middle East reg ...

Justice for Victims of Colombia's Military
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On June 8, Pastor Reinel Martinez Medina testified before the Colombian Congress on the execution of his brother at the hands of Colombian Public Security Forces: "I dare to speak out about my brot ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

Green Jobs Take Youth Miles High
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When La'Kyla Byrd cleared trails and tended to trees in Denver's City Park this past year as a member of <a href="http://www.milehighyouthcorps.org/">Mile High Youth Corps</a>, ...

Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://eugenecho.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/where-is-my-vote.jpg"></a></p> <p>Are you tracking with the developments in Iran? I'd love to hear your tho ...

Demand an Exit Strategy for Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In a March <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/24/60minutes/main4890687.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody">interview</a> with <em>60 Minutes</em>, President Obama ...

Praise and Criticism for Obama's Cairo Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic speech to the Muslim world. In mainstream U.S. The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic spee ...

Evangelical Leaders Overlook Minorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Abortion: Conversations, Not Killings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/how-i-and-other-pro-life_b_209747.html"><em>The Huffington Post</em>, former religious-right leader Frank Schaeff ...

Obama's Catholic Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Against the backdrop of protest and spectacle that threatened to overshadow graduation at the University of Notre Dame last week, President Obama delivered a graceful commencement address that stan ...

The Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

Was Iraq a Holy War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Bush to renege on his usage of the word "crusade" ...

Let Us Pray for the World's Bad Actors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Let us pray for Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and for the Burmese generals. Let us send them our love. This is the counterintuitive radicality of the Christian witness. ...

Postville Community Leaders Rally Around Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Postville, Iowa, is a powerful place. Tuesday, hundreds of community members and people of faith from across the country gathered to pray and reflect on the traumatic events of May 12, 2008. ...

Women Who Were Wild at Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or universities. I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or u ...

The Burden of Inclusion Should Rest Upon 'Insiders'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As I process the conversations I had recently at EVDC09 (a gathering of emerging church participants to discuss the future of Emergent Village), I realized that one of the topics that keeps surfaci ...

Sunday Night at the Mobilization
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last night, the Mobilization to End Poverty began with the over 1,100 faith leaders and activists gathered together from across the country. Last night, the Mobilization to End Po ...

A Spiritual Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday evening the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> will begin. Sunday evening the Mobilization to End Poverty ...

Made in L.A.: Putting a Human Face on the Immigrant Experience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that would put a human face on the struggles of immigrant workers in L.A. Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that wo ...

Defining 'Progressive'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"Progressive" has become the adjective of choice to describe faith communities with commitments to justice, serving the poor, and environmentalism. "Progressive&quo ...

Three Encouragements Toward Making Your Churches More Multicultural
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. But one of the joys of planting and pastoring Quest Church is that it's one of t ...

G-20 Recap: Global Economics Cannot Be a Values-Free Zone
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The group of 20 leading and emerging nations met at the Excel Centre in London's Docklands last week in a meeting which Gordon Brown heralded as the dawning of a new world order. ...

Calling a Nation to its Best Values and Priorities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

Tutu Confronts ANC, Zimbabwe Launches Recovery Program
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been another week of high drama in South Africa and more mixed news from Zimbabwe. In South Africa three key issues have dominated public debate. It has been another week o ...

Obama and the G-20
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the largest economies and the European Union, will meet in London. Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the ...

The Perils of Well-Meaning But Short-Sighted Generosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Rick Warren, the most prominent evangelical pastor of our day, has established a highly successful program arranging teams from his church to help specific villages in Africa. Ric ...

Audio: Who is in Control? Wealth and Wisdom
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>It's always difficult to find just a few minutes from Pastor Efrem's sermons to highli ...

Earth to G-20 Part 2: The Hidden Treasure of the IMF
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/11/earth-to-g-20-the-developing-world-is-too-big-to-fail/">continued from part one</a>] <em>Recently, Neil Watkins took some time to answer a ...