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Waiting for God in the Dark Night of the Soul: On Peter Rollins' Atheism for Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

I love Peter Rollins' honesty about his dark night of the soul. He's popularized a term for the intellectual position accompanying the dark night of the soul: a/theism. I interpret Peter's thoug ...

A Lenten Commitment to Give Up the Fear of Failure
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

What if we, as a Lenten discipline, make a commitment to give up the fear of failure — for such fears are too often personally devastating and publicly debilitating if left ignored or unresolved? ...

The Art of Slowing Down (And The Wisdom of Louis Armstrong)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

This world. It’s so beautiful. And every day, we have the opportunity to relish it. How many days are spent checking off to-do-list items on the backs of receipts? Why do we think we’re so busy all the time? W ...

'Memento Mori' and Living Today to the Fullest
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

The Memento mori ("remember you will die") of Ash Wednesday and of a Holy Lent is not a macabre, dark, or morbid reminder. It is our wake up call to live fully in the moment, to live *today* to its f ...

40 Ways to Live Simply for 40 Days of Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Use this Lenten season as a time to grow closer to God and simplify your life. Try a new suggestion from this list each day and experience the stronger relationships and calmer pace of an (almost) Amish lifest ...

The Only Way Out is Through (A Lenten Reflection)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

How about we all just agree to skip Lent this year and just get back together on Easter, okay? A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! -Joel ...

Ashes and Hope
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Lent is a time when we try to identify with our own weakness, so since we are about to start the Church’s penitent season, it was shocking to read Virgilio Elizondo’s account of how a people generally consider ...

A Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors This pledge, which draws on one used by Mahatma Gandhi's independence campaign in India, was used in the U.S. civil righ ...

The Scales of Rejoicing
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 2:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C "THIS IS THE LORD'S DOING; it is marv ...

Faith to the Utmost
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ronald Osborn Today many people identify as "spiritual but not religious." Before it was trendy, Oswald Chambers, the man behin ...

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Bathanti Hemorrhaging from the concertina / crown, brass knuckles, scourging, cigarette burns, / lurching the last meter of Golgot ...

Finding God in the Depths of Silence
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Rohr Real interior silence, not just the absence of noise, is a foundational spiritual discipline. So why are we so resistant to ...

What Happens When the 'See of Peter' is Vacant?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

If you live in the post-Modern, post-Christendom uber-hip world, you might not understand the full weight of this morning's announcement. A pope hasn't "resigned" in 600 years. ...

Fasting Like an Old Testament Prophet Gains Followers During Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

During Lent, which starts Feb. 13, the 40-year-old mother of two keeps a type of Daniel Fast, which involves eating only food from seeds (vegetables, fruits, unleavened grains), drinking only water and practic ...

Risking Depth and Passion
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C "EVEN IF I OWNED Picasso's &# ...

Into the Dark Woods
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 2:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger As the human soul matures, we are confronted with moments that force us to let go of yet another thin veil of self-delu ...

Into the Dark Woods
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: SojoMail

April 5, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Our only hope today lies in ...

Elijah at the Table: Pascha and Passover
Originally Posted: 03/29/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

“Easter? Isn’t that over ?” I’m already gearing up to hear this, just as I launch into trying to trying to actually make something spiritually of Lent’s remaining weeks, after my feeble efforts, while also anticipating the Feast of Feasts that aw ...

Songs for the Lenten Journey
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Music to aide contemplation as we head into the fifth week of Lent and Holy Week… I discovered Songs for Lent last year on Noise Trade – the site that trades music for promotion, and maybe a small donation — and I think it’s one of ...

Saints Compete for Top Ranking in 'Lent Madness'
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

For three years running, "Lent Madness" has taken to the Internet as a competition between Episcopal saints in a single-elimination bracket tournament resembling the one followed by March Madness fan ...

Doing Nothing For Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:29pm | Type: SojoMail

March 8, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "She is wondering if sh ...

Doing Nothing for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

What struck me most indelibly is how at ease — content, yes, but more than that — Peterson is in his own skin. Fully present. Mellow but absolutely alert, energized, fascinated by the world and the people arou ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America; The Amish; Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spiri ...

The Foolishness and Weakness of God
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B In this Lenten season we ask what is truly tran ...

40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

40 Ideas for Keeping a Holy Lent from House for All Sinners and Saints church in Colorado, that God's Politics contributor Nadia Bolz-Weber serves. 40 Ideas for Keeping a H ...

Why Ash Wednesday Belongs Out of the Church and Out on the Streets
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

We are going into public with our ashes because Jesus died in public. He didn’t die in the Upper Room surrounded only by his disciples. DURHAM, N.C. -- There is something decide ...

On Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians Take it to the Streets
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

This year, at least 49 Episcopal parishes across 12 states will offer ashes to passersby at train stations, bus stops and college campuses on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22) as Danieley's "Ashes to Go" ...

Lent in College: A Time for Wrestling
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 3:29pm | Type: Press

February 21, 2012 Sojo in the News Anne Marie Roderick ...

Fat Tuesday and Skinny Wednesday
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

In a world filled with clutter, noise, and hustle, Lent is a good excuse to step back and rethink how we think and live.In a world of instant gratification, it’s a chance to practice delayed gratification. ...

Lent (or Why I Need a Break from the 'Like' Button)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

If our default is to ask life’s big questions on Twitter before we offer them in prayer, then someone other than God is in control. If we "Like" what someone is doing on Facebook before we recognize ...

A New Hymn for Ash Wednesday
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 6:45am | Type: Blog

This coming Wednesday, Febr. 22, is Ash Wednesday. The following new hymn is based on the Revised Common Lectionary’s assigned reading of Isaiah 58:1-12 with its social justice themes. ...

Why We Fast
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

In February of 2009, when I tried a month-long Ramadan fast for the book Flunking Sainthood, I felt like a failure for most of the month. In February of 2009, when I tried a month ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:28pm | Type: Blog

The puzzle here is not that readers of the Bible would tilt toward the political left. That, for me, as well as for thousands of other American evangelicals, is self-evident. ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

One Dress Protest: How I Found Freedom in Prison
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never been arrested before, it feels strange to write that. Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never be ...

An Interview With Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Nadia Bolz-Weber likes to have both tradition and innovation happening at the same time in House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission church she founded in Denver, Colorado, that's part of the Evan ...

Hurricanes and Spoiled Romance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When our ideas about nature come primarily from Sierra Club calendars or selected snippets from Thoreau, an east coast earthquake and monster hurricane (in the same week) are powerful wake-up calls. ...

Alabama Clergy Sue to Stop Anti-Immigrant Law
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Alabama legislature passed their infamous, anti-immigrant law (HB 56), the religious community in the state immediately cried foul. When the Alabama legislature passed th ...

Where Has All the Sanity Gone?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Where has all the sanity gone? I, for one, never expected in my wildest dreams to pine for the days of Ronald Reagan. But I'm there. Where has all the sanity gone? I, for ...

What's in a Name?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Whether we realize it or not, names matter. Ask Barack Hussein Obama, whose infamous middle name has led xenophobic adversaries to question his citizenship. Whether we realize it ...

Betty Ford and the Trials and Blessings of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Life is hard. It is full of pain, disappointments, and challenges of every kind. When hard times come our way, we often ask, Why me? And the answer comes: Why not you? Life is har ...

The Debt Ceiling Play: My 'CliffsNotes' Version
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions. It is not, as we have known in recent history, a traditional fight between Republicans and Democrats. It is a conflict between those ...

Loving Casey Anthony in a Culture of Vengeance
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

I couldn't bear to watch any of the coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial. I heard snippets of information on occasion: intimations of incest; a car that "smelled of death"; fist fights bre ...

Just Jesus and an Unjust July 4: Why I Don't Celebrate Independence Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:57pm | Type: Blog

My friends and I can be stupid. Add explosives to the equation and the idiocy quotient increases exponentially. Such was the case every 4th of July during high school. My friends ...

8 Inspiring Movies About Social Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/29/8-inspiring-movies-about-social-change/" target="_self"></a>Ah the joy of watching movies in the summer! Of course, there are a ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

10 Ways Pastors Muck It Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After posting a blog about my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/13/10-problems-of-a-dying-church-and-how-to-fix-them/" target="_blank">observations of a dying church</a>, th ...

What Do People of Faith Have To Say About Torture?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:52pm | Type: Blog

In 1998, when former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan announced June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, he stated, "This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have ...

The Story and Voice of Sung-Bong Choi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100609-sungchoi.jpg"></a>Have you heard the story of Sung-Bong Choi? I absolutely love these kinds of stories. And it's not that I just ...

Pentecost: The Coming of the Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/09/pentecost-the-coming-of-the-wild-goose" target="_self"></a>This Sunday is Pentecost. For 50 days, a group of 120 followers of J ...