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What 'Frozen' Teaches us about Power, Privilege, and Community
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Disney has given us a story to help us reflect more deeply on the powers inherent in our interconnectedness, and how we can best move towards life, leaving the death of winter behind. ...

Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

Health Care and Judgment Day (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 7:54am | Type: Blog

One-hundred years after Teddy Roosevelt pressed for a national health care program — the Supreme Court has levied its judgment: States can opt out, but they cannot prevent the nation from offering its citizens ...

An Open Letter to the Occupiers from a Veteran Troublemaker
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

You have awakened the sleeping giant, too long dormant, but ever present, deep in the American democratic spirit. You have awakened the sleeping giant, too long dormant, but ever ...

Carrying the Living King Back to the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rose Berger from Sojourners magazine spoke to the hundreds of us gathered in Lafayette Park just before we processed to the fence surrounding the White House. Rose Berger from ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

Mandatory E-Verify: Immoral and Bad Business
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I admit it: A few years back, when I first heard about the E-Verify program, I thought it sounded reasonable. The program was described to me as a way for employers to voluntarily verify the U.S. ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

What Does it Mean to 'Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors?'
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:50am | Type: Blog

Smack dab in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer, obscured by old translations and otherworldly assumptions, is a radical cry for Jubilee justice “And forgive us our debts, as we al ...

Would I Risk as Much as the Dreamers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The youngest person in a crowd of teenagers and young adults at the Dream Act Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday was an 8-year-old girl. The youngest person in a cro ...

Wanted: An Uncool Church of Distractions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms.</p> Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms. Helms, a 12-year-old who suffers ...

The Church Called to Rebellion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-Portfolio/13237970_n64hV#1125028640_vBEo3" target="_blank"></a>People can take a certain amo ...

The Theological Mistake of the King Hearings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt, terrorism is real. And there are small groups of terrorists who threaten countless innocents across the world. They are waging a battle on two fronts. There is ...

Why Your State Should Follow Utah's Example
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Reading the recent headlines of immigration news has hardly been uplifting, with multiple state legislatures attempting to pass <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/29/arizona-style-imm ...

Reagan's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This Sunday would be Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, and the predictable tributes have come from across the political spectrum. This Sunday would be Ronald Reagan's 100t ...

After Tucson, the State of the Union
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In Tucson, Arizona, President Obama spoke to the state of the nation's soul. Next Tuesday, January 25, he will speak to the state of the union. In Tucson, Arizona, President ...

Paying Tribute to Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Style
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

<p style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">In observance of <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Human-Trafficking-Awareness-Day-Global-Observation ...

Waiting for Love in a Tea Party World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last week I sat at a breakfast table with prominent New York City faith leaders. The topic of the morning was: "In this post-election moment, what issues are you passionate about? ...

Preparation for the Poor: Why Climate Funding Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The effects of climate change -- coastal flooding, stronger storms, spreading vector-borne diseases like malaria, and changes in rainfall patterns -- are already taking their toll on marginalized p ...

Despite Genocide, I See Hope for Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The events that I saw in my childhood during the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sudan/" target="_blank">war in Sudan</a> are called genocide today. ...

Glenn Beck vs. Christ the Liberator
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

After his colossal "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., Glenn Beck took aim at one of his favorite targets, Barack Obama, but in a novel way. After his colossal ...

Why We Must Challenge Society's Notions of Beauty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The earliest representations of Jesus show him eating and healing. In both instances, those who shared the scenes with Jesus included misfits, outcasts, the infirm, and the impoverished. ...

Goodbye, Styrofoam Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Although the damage was minimal, the storm turn ...

The Revolution of the Heart Begins in Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

For nearly two months <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">oil has gushed into the Gulf </a>because of BP's government-endorsed "error." The environmental destruct ...

Focusing World Cup Fever on South Africa's Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I have committed my work, social action, and development endeavors to a social consciousness and awareness that propels a high standard of morality, ethics, and codes of conduct. ...

Nonviolence takes hold in "Mexico's Gaza"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/09/nonviolence-ta (ironically called the Unit (ironically called the Unit for the Social Well-being of the Triqui Region), a ...

Labor is Part of the Immigration Equation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>If migration policy was "freed" or emanc ...

Power and the Emerging Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

This I Believe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of the best gifts I received when I finished grad school was a book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805086587?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1 ...

'Can the Subaltern Speak?' or, Moving the Emerging Conversation Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href=&qu ...

The Global Emergence Won't Be Televised
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </ ...

An Emerging Introspection Round-up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index. ...

Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sudan's impending presidential and parliamentary elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of fraud accusations, boycotts, political assassinations, intimidation, abuses of power by the rul ...

I Am Emergent and I Don't Fit the Stereotype
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

Finding Watchtowers and Blind Spots in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598749580_J3NyL"></a>From the window of my hotel room in Bethlehem, I could see the &qu ...

Vatican II 101: Social Justice is Part of Catholic Identity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Writer James Carroll, in his recent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547336268?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;cre ...

Two Words for Glenn Beck, Five Thoughts for the Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha regarding what Glenn Beck said on his radio and TV show recently:</p> By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha rega ...

Bearing Witness Against Cyber-Smears in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? How is it then, whether in relati ...

We Sentence Innocent People to their Deaths
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/"></a>It is <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/participate-in-death-penalty-awareness-week/page.do?id=1641094&quo ...

The Bleeding Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I love my church. And I love that it isn't afraid to explore the difficult issues -- and figure out how to do so in loving ways. I love my church. And I love that it isn' ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/08/fashion-as-a-social-justice-vehicl ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> On his blog , international missiologist Andrew ...

Faith Beyond Belief: Dogma Without Deeds is Dead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

In a recent interview with <em>Commonweal </em>magazine, renowned Catholic theologian David Tracy argued that theological discourse, with its accompanying jargon and disputes about certain doctrina ...

'I don't live for the Jesus who eats red meat, drinks beer, and beats on other men.'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Several weeks ago, I had an extensive phone interview with a reporter from The New York Times about the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the wide and nebulous net of "evangelical ...

MLK and the Supreme Court: Why Campaign Finance Reform is a Civil Rights Issue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663712345_UfZ3C"></a>This week started off by honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and is ending with a ...

The Televangelist and the Archbishop: Contrasting Christian Responses to Haiti's Tragedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Upon learning of the ruinous earthquake that leveled most of Haiti, my wife and I felt sadness and horror, as well as concern for the affected, their families, and friends. Upon l ...

America's Pervasive Pattern of Race-Based Medical Disparities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating African-Americans and other marginalized groups. Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating Afri ...

Governments, a Kingdom Agenda, and Reading Scripture Badly
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A popular argument amongst political conservatives goes like this: while they grant that Scripture requires concern and care for the poor and marginalized, that concern is one to be addressed by in ...

A More Serious Threat to Catholic Identity than Removing Public Crucifixes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In his article<a href="http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/benedicts-ongoing-battle-against-secularism"> "Benedict's ongoing battle against secularism,"</a> < ...