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Finding the Way Out: Why It's Time to End the War in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The clock is ticking toward a July decision by President Obama to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, as he has promised. The clock is ticking toward a July decision by Pre ...

Friday Links Round Up: Budget Cuts. King Philip IV. Japan.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/11/friday-links-round-up-budget-cuts-king-philip-iv-japan/" target="_self"></a>Budget Cuts. King Phillip IV. Japan. Here's a ...

Lent: Giving Up Coffee, or My Life?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>photo &copy; 2006 <a style="padding:0;margin:0;color:#aaa; text-decoration:underline;" title="click to visit the Flickr profile page for Ahmed Rabea" href="http://www.f ...

Rep. Keith Ellison Testifies Against Hateful Bigotry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/11/rep-keith-ellison-testifies-against-hateful-racism/" target="_self"></a>During my Lenten journey this year, I will be looking t ...

Mr. President, Please Count the Costs in Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I'm glad I'm not the president right now. I'm glad I'm not the president right now. I can't imagine what it would be like to be the commander and chief of ...

Rep. King is Saying 'No' in the Face of Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">At the climax of <em>The King's Speech</em>, I held my breath with the rest of the packed audience and hoped to God that history was kind to King G ...

This Lenten Season is For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Every Lenten season I give up something, usually chocolate. I sometimes fast for several hours during the day. Sometimes I read an extra book or two, usually on peace theory. Ever ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: What is Idolatry?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

My Lent: Ashes, Addiction, and the Reality of Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lent is late this year, thanks to an unusual alignment of the earth and heavens -- the vernal equinox, the paschal full moon -- and to the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/easter/" target="_ ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time. I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope ...

Why I'm Fasting From Facebook This Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 11:02pm | Type: Blog

In contemplating next weekend's National Day of Unplugging, I'm reminded of the Facebook Fast I embarked on back in 2008. In contemplating next weekend's National ...

From the Streets of Madison: A Crash-Course on Collective Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/25/from-the-streets-of-madison-a-crash-course-on-collective-action/"></a>Before last week, we'd rarely thought about unions or union ri ...

How Do We Take Lent Beyond Chocolate and Caffeine?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lent. It's an odd word, not exactly one that shows up in the vernacular of our everyday.</p> Lent. It's an odd word, not exactly one that shows up in the vernacula ...

Why I'm Trying to Resist Political Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I'll be honest, I've been pretty disgusted with the callousness of our national discourse, how so many politicians, including Democrats, seem all too eager to balance state and federal <a href=&qu ...

Showcasing Unsung Heroes in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

During my interview in <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1012&amp;article=reel-struggles-for-justice" target="_blank"><em>Sojou ...

Friday Links Round Up: Mobilizing Hope. Gnomes. Afghanistan.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/18/friday-links-round-up-mobilizing-hope-gnomes-afghanistan/" target="_self"></a>Here's a little round up of links from aroun ...

I Was Attacked During Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's Speech Yesterday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/17/i-was-attacked-during-secretary-hilary-clintons-speech-yesterday/" target="_self"></a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/201 ...

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. It is now clear tha ...

Why Are the Big Banks Still So Bad?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau convened their first roundtable of religious leaders at the White House. Why does this matter? Yesterd ...

Groupon's Controversial Social Critique
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/08/groupons-controversial-social-critique/" target="_self"></a>I admit, I only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Yes, it&# ...

Cast Off the Stupor of Indifference
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today I want to focus on the people of Egypt -- those million or more who have gathered in Tahrir Square, both as a united, insistent, revolutionary body, and as individuals -- professors and bake ...

Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was able to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning and noted two important things about <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/03/remarks-president-national-p ...

The Big Thug Must Go
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I am watching the television as Mubarak's thugs attack peaceful demonstrators in the streets of Cairo. Tahrir Square is now a scene of terrible violence. I am watching the te ...

Embrace Your Crisis of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<h1><span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px;">A crisis of faith -- when you seriously question whether what you believe/how you see/what you're committed to is actually tru ...

Understanding the Protests in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The massive <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/world/middleeast/26egypt.html?_r=2&amp;hp" target="_blank">anti-government protests</a> that flared in Egypt yesterday ...

Grading Civility: 75 Percent Give the United States a C, D, or F
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama spent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/state-of-the-union-2011-breakdown/" target="_blank">4 percent</a> of his State of the Union ...

Christian Civility: The Test of Intra-Faith Relations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Recently, I read an article featuring a pastor with whom I had strong disagreements. The more I read, the less I liked -- and it was a long article. Recently, I read an article fe ...

Nonviolence is More Powerful Than Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the American discussions of violence and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/civility/" target="_blank">civility</a> in public discourse following the tragic shoot ...

The Work of Healing Starts in Our Hearts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends and loved ones call to check on their personal safety. Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends an ...

Shooting a Reminder of Our Swords of Words
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

God's heart broke just as ours did upon hearing of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/congresswoman-gabrielle-giffords/" target="_blank">victims in Tucson</a>. ...

Violent Stories That Change Us for the Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A public figure is shot. School children are shot. A building explodes. A package explodes. And immediately we look for someone or something to blame: Republicans? A public figu ...

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Speaking for the Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The Sunday after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther Kin</a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/& ...

Snapshots from Tucson
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;">I welcomed in the New Year in Tucson, Arizona with the kind folks of the <a href="http://restorationproject340.wordpress.com" target="_blank ...

An Attack on the Soul of the Nation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110110-GabrielleGiffords1.jpg"></a>The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the young Congresswoman from Arizona, must speak to the soul of this n ...

Nonviolent Activists in Palestine Face Harassment, Prison, and Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Al-Walaja-November-13-2010/15158696_BntxA#1090842085_GTdxP" target="_blank"></a>Last Friday, at a protest ...

Palestinians Protest Death of Nonviolent Activist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Jawaher-Abu-Rahmah.jpg"></a>For nearly six years, the Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Bil' ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging d ...

Friday Links Round Up: DREAM Act. Films of 2010. Winter.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:</p> Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed ...

Who Will Listen to the Voices of Veterans Calling for Peace?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police officers at the White House gates. I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police offi ...

This Advent, What Are You Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we want, we want it now. Pay-per-view. One-click shopping. Smart phones. Drive-through restaurants. We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we wan ...

My Story as an Undocumented Immigrant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

To become an undocumented immigrant requires very little but is a result of tremendous social, economic, political, and environmental forces; I offer my story as example.</p> ...

Give Smart: Three Tips to Make Donations Count
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A lot of us don't have as much disposable income as we had two or three years ago. Some of us have a lot less. But Christmas is coming, and we still want to give. A lot of us ...

This Thanksgiving, Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The political ads are finally off the air. (We can all give thanks for that!) But now there is a new wave of advertisements hitting all of us. Each one will give us a different reason to consume. ...

Three Steps Toward a Balanced Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There has been a lot of talk about deficits lately. This is for good reasons. Our personal and national relationship to debt is indeed a moral issue. There has been a lot of talk ...

Obama's Remarks to the Indian Parliament and Just Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One goal of just peace theory is to make war obsolete. The idea is to establish justice, in all of its various iterations, so that peace will prevail. One goal of just peace theor ...

This Christmas, Do We Go Local, Fair Trade, or Make Our Own?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Christmas is a month away and Christmas music is already playing, guaranteeing that by the time the season actually arrives, we will be so heartily sick of it that we take no notice -- and in the p ...

What I Meant To Say About Missouri
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/04/missouris-health-care-dilemma/">previous post about Missouri's health-care insurance vote</a> and obesity rates was posted, commenter ...

Naming Jesus Again and Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While discerning a vocation to Roman Catholic religious life years ago, I had the opportunity to go on retreat with a group of women religious. While discerning a vocation to Roma ...

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 ...

'God, is it Okay to Be Afraid Now?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I gave up fear for Lent. That seemed like a good and perhaps even holy idea at the time. I gave up fear for Lent. That seemed like a good and perhaps even holy idea at the time. ...