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Gown of Grief: The Collection’s Songs of Mourning and Celebration
Originally Posted: 07/23/2014 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

The Christians that remain relevant in our world have invested in the Kingdom here, now, and all around us, and they don’t shove tracts that guarantee afterlife fantasies in our faces on the same street corner ...

Morning Roundup 7/2/2014
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Press

July 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

Happy Birthday, Prostate Cancer, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

As I enter this new year, I am recalling again, as I often have during this past year, how much life, and those whom God has put in my life, are so ultimately and absolutely valuable and sacred to me. So I vow ...

Why I Stay in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle A testament of irrational fath and quiet, gracious miracles. A QUESTION ASKED of me 100 times in ...

10 Truths Learned About Trauma
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Different Dream ...

Selling the Peeps and Emptying the Tombs
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

There’s always Someone working passionately to get us out of our tombs, no matter how big the stone. The seasonal items aisle in the grocery store is a work in progress. Stuffed b ...

Killing People Is Hard to Do
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Why don't we treat death row prisoners at least as well as we treat dogs? Twelve years ago we took our beloved Maltese dog, Moose, to the vet and came home without him. Moose ...

Finding Hope On Opening Day
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Press

April 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Tom Feran ...

Opening Day: Hope Springs Eternal
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 5:23pm | Type: Press

April 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Our Lady of the Watershed
Originally Posted: 05/11/2014 - 10:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger There are thousands of ways for a church to serve its watershed and all life within it. OUR ...

Recovering Creatureliness
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Chris Grataski If we seek to follow Jesus in context, nothing is more contextual than a watershed. The foll ...

Cynthia Bourgeault -- "Sojourners" Interview
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

February 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Christopher Page ...

My Brother John: A Eulogy for the Living
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

Having just hit 45, Dante comes to mind: midway-through-the-journey-of-our-life-I found myself within a dark wood for the right way had been lost. Who can know how our days are numbered? The lesson for me is t ...

Please Stop Calling Your Relatively Privileged Life 'Crazy' and 'Messy'
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

What do you think about the way people use words like “bipolar,” “crazy,” and “manic” when they really mean “moody,” “energetic,” “quirky” and even “fun?" A few weeks ago, I ...

Thou Who Art in Me
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Manaster Be the pulse driven from a broken shell. And fallen, fallen light renew! — William Bl ...

A River Runs Through It
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Water in the New Testament "HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?" pondered the middle-aged wom ...

‘Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion’ Exhibit Probes the Spirituality of Everyday Chaos
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Meet “Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,” a saint everyone probably can relate to. Meet “Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,” a saint everyone probably can relate to. The chaos of ...

10 Bible Verses about Water
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors God's word is rich with images of water. Drink up. Water not only sustains our bodies and co ...

Unexpected Sightings: My Emmaus Moment
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

God is present in every aspect of human life — from the trees, to the clouds, to the faces of people we interact with each day. They are all created by the same hands of the same God. ...

God Loves a Holy Mess
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Biblical writers suggest that God loves a holy mess. They compare God’s creative spirit to a strong wind, and we all know what happens when a powerful wind blows through our windows or through our lives — ever ...

Loving Like Christ
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Thanks be to God for the life of Gordon Cosby. GORDON COSBY was perhaps the most Christian human b ...

‘Death Cafes’ Normalize a Difficult, Not Morbid, Topic
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

The casual get-togethers are held at coffee shops, restaurants and, recently in Atlanta, at the historic Oakland Cemetery. Hosts are social workers and chaplains — no professional association, philosophy, or r ...

Life, Death, Taxes, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

The common good is not only about politics. The common good is about life and how we live it. It is ultimately about how we are all connected. I haven’t written much in the past t ...

Loving My Own Life Means Sharing It With Others
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

After a bit of reflection, I came to see that loving my own life really does imply that I want to share it with others. Many of the great Christian thinkers throughout our history ...

The Garden Outside Pleasantville
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

In some way or other, I think it’s safe to say that we all have a kind of nostalgia for the innocence and purity of the Garden of Eden before what we call “the fall.” In some way ...

House of Prayer and Dreams
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Edwidge Danticat Haiti's once and future cathedral is a place of healing and memory. WE WERE LOOKING at ...

The Juxtaposition of Death and Life, or Church on a Bike
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

All around us, death and life, life and death. Pitch black darkness, confusion, pain, redemption, hope, joy, life, and healing hover around us and within us each day and it’s rarely a smooth, seamless process. ...

Art As An Act of Faith
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

I’m cloaked in Bible stories and Christian tradition, and therefore I live in hope that there’s a Creator and that this God is working quietly to heal the world. Almost two years ...

Tigers By the Tale
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Sandi Villarreal For Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee, stories help light the way through chaos and despair. ...

Assassins and Psychopaths
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Three of the best films of the year: Samsara, Looper, and Seven Psychopaths. THREE OF THE best ...

The Naked Artist: Narcissism or Self-Giving Love?
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

To rejoice in not being God means to rejoice in being ourselves. To accept that we are not God is to accept our imperfection. How is it possible that the creative life can feel si ...

Awakenings
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

I like the image 'landscape of being' as I see my neighbors around me. I like the action 'continually jumping about' and 'moving imaginatively' as I live with my neighbors, apprec ...

Art in Life
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

In a world where the law of evolution is in effect, where there is survival of the fittest, where only the strong survive, there is an art in life where the smallest and most forgotten paint a picture of strug ...

Life, Death, and Connectedness in the Company of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

I recognize that with each passing day we are deeply connected within the company of strangers, for they depend upon us, and we deeply depend upon them. This is, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, the “single ga ...

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

I babysat often through high school and remember a mom asking the dreaded question. I answered that I wanted to be a lawyer. She asked if I had ever thought about teaching. My response? I laughed and told her ...

Learning How to Live Well
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes we have to get out of the way and let the Spirit do his thing — that requires intentionality. Other times we’ll have to choose to love or choose to forgive or choose to speak the truth, and as we con ...

Church No More: Part 3 — The 'C' Word
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

I have a confession.(That's rich, right? A minister confessing.) I have a hard time telling people I'm a minister. Yes, really. I actually tend to handle it this way: ...

Church No More: Part 1 — Walking Away From Church
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

This minister is walking away from church — well, at least for the next three months. I'm rewriting the old African-American spiritual “Down By the Riverside.” (Don't ...

Shane Claiborne's 12 Hopes for 2012
Originally Posted: 01/04/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Shane Claiborne shares his 12 hopes for the new year. 12.  Do something really nice – that no one knows about. 11. Spend more money on other people than I spend on myself. Lov ...

Cold, Broken or Grumbled, Every Hallelujah Counts
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

As I lay on the kitchen floor -- my body rocking with sobs, my mouth telling my husband, "I hate my life" -- it never occurred to me to pick up the phone and call a friend. To tell someone about the ...