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Can 'Good Will Hunting' Help You Decide What to Do with Your Life?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

It probably can’t. It may help you ponder the kind of person you hope to become, and it might even help you orient yourself towards the next few baby steps you take in this life, but decide what you want to do ...

What Can Mandela's Jail Cell Teach Us About Leadership?
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Press

October 31, 2014 Jim Wallis Huffington Post ...

What Can Mandela's Jail Cell Teach Us About Leadership?
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

I believe that Nelson Mandela was the greatest political leader of the 20th century — because of his 27 years of spiritual formation in prison. Visiting Mandela’s jail cell on Robben Island was the most emotio ...

Mark Driscoll Shares His Experiences After Resignation
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

The controversial founder of Mars Hill Church who stepped down last week offered a brief address at the Gateway Conference on Oct. 20. Initially, he and conference organizers agreed that he would not give a fo ...

Episcopal Church’s Katharine Jefferts Schori Will Not Seek Re-Election
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman elected to head a national branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, announced Sept. 23 that she will not seek a second nine-year ...

What Christianity Can Learn from the Dalai Lama
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

Historically, Christianity hasn’t been very open to the idea of being influenced by other religions. In the early days of the faith, we borrowed from Hellenism, Zoroastrianism, Gnosticism, Judaism and various ...

Anxiety and Christian Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

I would challenge theology that suggests that prayer is a “cure” for any kind of suffering, but the fact remains that my ability to manage my anxiety rests in my relationship with God. Though I do not believe ...

Catholic Sisters Are Redefining Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger True power is energy that bears fruit. A new model of leadership that’s been refined in the ...

Doubly Called: Living (and Accepting) Life as Mom & Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

I've always been one who feels guilty easily, so being a mom and a pastor—and a Lutheran—comes naturally to me. It's silly really, but there are ample opportunities to feel guilty in two of the singu ...

Church of England Set to Vote on Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Women’s rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops. CANTERBURY, England — Women’s rights ac ...

Seven Leaders To Inspire You To Act
Originally Posted: 05/23/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Press

May 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Adria Goodson ...

You're Smart Enough To Change The World, Not Just Run It
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Press

May 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Lillian Cunningham ...

Jim Wallis On Finding His Voice
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Lillian Cunningham ...

The Need to Be Relevant
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

The goal of the Christian leader should always be to look for what the Spirit is already doing in a given place or situation. It is a challenge because you have to suppress your “relevant” self and become vuln ...

Honoring Your Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Headline news is usually bad news. Pain, division, and anger drive on-line traffic and often directs the content. Headline news is usually bad news. Viral blog posts are usu ...

VIDEO: The Real-Life Vicar of Dibley
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 12:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Rev. Joy Carroll Wallis, one of the first women ordained in the Church of England, is the real-life vicar of Dibley. ...

What I Learned by Marrying a Priest
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Changing the world requires the leadership of women. JOY CARROLL and I were married in 1997. A yea ...

When Leaders Let You Down
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

If we don’t learn how to deal with being let down, we’ll end up getting increasingly cynical and jaded and disconnected, and we’ll burn out and check out and get out, and nothing will ever change except that w ...

Four Reasons Churches Stink at Transformation (and What We Can Do About It)
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

The most important transformations are spiritual and emotional ones. Yet, the fitness community does transformations better than churches do. Though we have many stories of people ...

The Sounds of Silencing—And Speaking Out
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Angela Kissel Her pastor told her it was 'against scripture' for females to preach. When furlough ...

Only 19 Percent Are Women
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Last week, a controversy erupted over Twitter when it came to light that a prominent evangelical conference with 110 speakers only had four women on stage. Last week, a controvers ...

Called to Lead
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Toya Richards Jackson More and more African-American women are called to ministry—yet still excluded from the pulpit. ...

On Accountability: The Buck Never Stops
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

In the end, of course, no one will accept accountability, for we live in an age when the “buck” never stops on one’s own desk, if it stops at all. It was a strange, but telling, s ...

The Revolving Door of Church 'CEOs'
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

From major corporations to startups led by visionary leaders, from universities to churches, the departure of the top leader can stop momentum and usher in months, perhaps years, of uncertainty. ...

The Party of No Compromise
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice GOP attempts to circumvent the health-care law range from the inane to downright bullying. I SPENT M ...

What About the Women?
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Carol Keehan Pope Francis is clearly on a mission to alter the status quo, but will that extend to greater freedom for women's leade ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

From Diversity to Pluralism
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Bridges don't fall from the sky; people build them. THE TERM “DIVERSITY” in professional and ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Just Lead! A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church by Sherry Surratt and J ...

COMMENTARY: Leaders Who Can Act like Grown Ups
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

Government by the immature is proving to be a disaster. ... Immature leaders put off important decisions and get lost in small concerns. They take sides like schoolchildren rather than seeing the needs of the ...

A Call for a New Social Covenant
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

We urgently need a new social covenant between citizens, businesses, and government. Contracts have been broken, but a covenant adds a moral dimension to the solution that is now essential. ...

Emerging From the Wilderness
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Wise leaders spend time in the wilderness. Wise leaders spend time in the wilderness. Some choose a sojourn in the desert; most are driven there when their leadership fails ...

The Circle of Life
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Nyambura J. Njoroge Adapted from "Women as Compassionate Champions: The Doers and the Leaders," by Nyambura J. Njorage, in Wome ...

Who Would Jesus Execute?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Richard Viguerie Jim Wallis interviews Richard Viguerie, a law-and-order co ...

Emerging Hope
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Take heart! A new generation is ready to lead. I’VE ALWAYS LOOKED forward to Advent. It’s a time e ...

The Vocation of Presence
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Sometimes I fly through my schedule so fast that I zoom past the craft. A FEW YEARS back, Sojour ...

Beyond 'Superman'
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 3:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Nicole Baker Fulgham Four traits of successful public school reform. I'VE BEEN INVOLVED in public educat ...

Behold, The Dreamer Cometh
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Korla Masters Rev. Doug Mork Duane Shank Peggy Flanagan ...

Caring for the Poor is Government's Biblical Role
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 9:39am | 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 ...

Mars Hill Bible Church Names Rob Bell’s Successor
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

In an email sent on Wednesday to members of the Grandville, Mich., church, leaders announced Kent Dobson had accepted the lead position. GRANDVILLE, Mich. — Mars Hill Bible Church ...

Anglican Breakaway Groups Confront New Power Struggle
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

The saga of the Anglican Mission in the Americas sounds like the words to an old country song: "Why have you left the one you left me for?" The saga of the Anglican Miss ...

Jim Wallis and Richard Land: Join the Great Conversation
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Last night, at the National Press Club here in Washington D.C., the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Sojourners co-sponsored a conversation between Richard L ...

Farewell to Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Hero
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights movement, died Wednesday at 89. The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights m ...

A Decade of War (and Football)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Let’s face it — while lawmakers are picking their own battles in Washington, they aren’t fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. Not to date myself, but I was in middle ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...

Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups. Part of a university education is le ...

What is 'Biblical Politics'?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has always tried to understand and advocate for "biblical politics." But what does that mean now, especially as we approach another major election? Sojourne ...

Missing Servant Leaders on Corporate Tax Responsibility
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

We're sorely missing the servant leadership of America's CEOs on matters of corporate taxation. We're sorely missing the servant leadership of America's CEOs o ...

Martin Luther King's Other Dream
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The forthcoming dedication of the national memorial monument honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., affords an opening for considering the complexity and meaning of his leadership. ...

Our Dark Night
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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. ...