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Bigger Love: Debating Marriage and Sex Beyond Morality
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Is morality the only way to talk about marriage and sex? Certainly the American judiciary thinks otherwise as it hammers out the constitutionality of every union under the sun. The polygamy question could broa ...

Baby Makes 3: More Unmarried New Moms Cohabiting
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Nearly three in five births to unmarried women across the United States were to women living with their partner — marking the first time a majority of these births were to women in cohabiting relationships, ac ...

Mommy, Minister, and Unmarried: Single Mothers in the Pulpit
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birthday and the tick-tock of her biological clock was getting hard to i ...

Utah to Appeal Gay Marriage Case to Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday that he will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter The Disposable Project by Raul Guerrero / Jesus Was a Migrant by Deirdre Cornell / The New Black by Yoruba Richen / How to B ...

Why I Am Still In Detroit
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. I am still in Detroit to ...

In Mixed Faith Marriages, Focus Is on 'Values,' Not 'Beliefs'
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

If interfaith marriages are supposedly doomed, Dale McGowan’s should have been toe-tagged from the start. If interfaith marriages are supposedly doomed, Dale McGowan’s should have ...

Seeking Greater Equality, Indian Women Turn to Unexpected Source: Shariah Courts
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Khatoon Shaikh had no formal education, never worked outside the home, and lived in the kind of neighborhood that many people might call a slum. Khatoon Shaikh had no formal educa ...

Saint Valentine Was Single
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

This week the country is celebrating Valentine’s Day, and it reminds me of all my friends who are still single. Out of all of them, I only know a few who actually enjoy being single. ...

Marriage: What's Love Got to Do with It? Historically, Very Little
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

On Valentine’s Day, American husbands and wives of every age, faith, and region will shower their beloveds with symbols of undying affection — flowers, chocolates, moonlit dinners, kisses. ...

God, Same-Sex Marriage, and 33 Weddings at the Grammys
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

The Grammys trivialized marriage because it trivialized the need all couples have for a supportive community from the beginning of marriage to the end. Call me old fashioned, but ...

Study: Conservative Protestants' Divorce Rates Spread to Their Red State Neighbors
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Protestants in red states aren’t the only ones seeing high divorce rates — so are their neighbors, according to a new study. Conservative Protestants in red states ar ...

Want to Win the War on Poverty? For the Sake of the Most Vulnerable, Let's Work Together
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

The only way to win the “war on poverty” is for liberals and conservatives to make peace — for the sake of the poor. The only way to win the “war on poverty” is for liberals and ...

Telling the Forbidden Truth
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith. White Cloud Press THE WOMEN I ...

Have You Tried the Six Varieties of Love?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Can six loves known to the Greeks inspire us to move beyond our current addiction to romantic love, which has 94 percent of young people hoping — but often failing — to find a unique soul mate who can satisfy ...

A Pilgrimage Not of Her Choosing
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Debbie McLeod Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic. Knopf. I CAN’T WRITE a completely unbiased, academic revie ...

Naming the Sin
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle D. Bernard Are churches helping to stop domestic violence—or enabling it? JULIE OWENS had no way of ...

3 Ways the Vatican Could Allow Divorced Catholics Back to Communion
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

While the first months of Pope Francis’ pontificate have been marked by his attention to the poor and his “Who am I to judge” attitude on homosexuality, his pledge to tackle the ban on Communion for divorced a ...

Financial Gain from Infidelity? A Christian Response
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Rather than promising to join together singles of similar faiths and interests, AshleyMadison.com is an online site for married people seeking extramarital relations. Its tagline is simple: “Life is Short. Hav ...

Looking to Get Married? Try a Christian College
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

When Dordt College graduates Jordan Harmelink and Rachel Tennant said “I do” at their July wedding, they joined the masses of graduates who meet their spouse at private Christian colleges. ...

After Prop 8, Mormons Take Different Tack in Hawaii Gay Marriage Fight
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

After keeping quiet while Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and others approved gay marriage, Mormon leaders are once again speaking up — but with a new, post-Proposition 8 tone and emphasis. ...

Love Isn't Cheap
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

Genuine love is commitment. True love is deep care. Real love is action! The meaning of our precious word “love” is gradually getting cheaper. A large majority of us have been li ...

Excommunicated Bishop Still Sees Himself as Roman Catholic
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Excommunicated Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who advocates for married priests within the Roman Catholic Church, said he has not split from Rome though many of the priests he ordained no longer see them ...

Equal Protection — for All
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We should always be open to what God is speaking to a new generation of Christians. THIS SUMMER, t ...

Remaking the Tax Code to Help the Working Poor
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Through the removal of financial restrictions tacked onto certain marriage policies, President Barack Obama brings hope to low-income couples by acknowledging the financial and moral benefits marriage can have ...

Rick Santorum: Faith-Based Movies Will ‘Rival Hollywood’
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It’s not the message you might expect to hear from Rick Santorum, the Christian-conservative former presidential candidate: Faith-based films tend to be lousy, and Christians should quit trying to lock modern ...

COMMENTARY: The Real Threat to Marriage
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

As I officiate at a family wedding in this charming coastal city, it seems to me the institution of marriage is alive and well — and in serious trouble. As I officiate at a family ...

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Press

June 6, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Finding the integral relationship between your own personal good and the common good is your best contribution to our future. And it is the best hope we have for a better life together. ...

Wounding and Welcome in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christians Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. Harper TWO Y ...

June 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 11:48am | Type: Product

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The Dangers of Christian 'Marriage Worship'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

What we end up with, often times, is a vacuous silence when it comes to the real, difficult issues of sexual identity, impulse, and expression. Add to that the Christian emphasis on marriage, and the result in ...

Godless Funerals Thrive in ‘Post-Catholic’ Ireland
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Many newly minted civil celebrants are starting their own businesses as part of Ireland’s “post-Catholic” economy. DUBLIN — Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior des ...

What If 'Sex Week' Came to First Baptist Church?
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

With apologies to Campfield’s ever-vigilant protection of Christian sensibilities, the real problem here is not that mandatory student fees are being used to promote sexual education and awareness. The problem ...

Marital Wisdom
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Share your thoughts on what it takes to have a lasting marriage. In “ A Testimony of God’s Gra ...

To Have and to Hold (and to Serve Six)
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. When wedding bells ring, don't forget the jello. JUNE IS A special month, particularly for ...

Tales of a Male 'Preacher's Wife'
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt The stats say that women in the workplace – from seminaries to the boardroom – have become the norm, but being a stay-at- ...

A Testimony of God's Grace and Love
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Leroy Barber Five principles for a lasting marriage. MARRIAGE IS A wonderful thing. Yet it seems to be taking ...

What God Has Joined
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite Social, political, and economic forces can either undermine the institution of marriage–or foster a society w ...

Cohabitation Before Marriage Becoming Ubiquitous
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Unmarried couples who live together are staying together longer than in the past — and more of them are having children, according to new federal data that details just how cohabitation is transforming familie ...

Report: Delayed Marriage, More Unwed Births
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

First comes baby, then comes marriage? That is the new norm for many middle-class young Americans — and they and their children are paying a price, says a new report. First comes ...

When Spouses Lose Faith, Sticking Together is Hard
Originally Posted: 02/15/2013 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

Many other partners either split up or continue their holy wars. Often, the believer eventually follows the nonbelieving spouse out the church door. SALT LAKE CITY — For years, Ma ...

Pope Benedict XVI Says Lack of ‘Faith’ Could Be Used in Marriage Annulments
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Vatican’s highest appeals court to consider reviewing church rules on marriage annulments — a statement that may signal a change in tone more than a change in substance. ...

Court Upholds Indiana’s Ban on Secular Wedding Officiants
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 8:25am | Type: Blog

A federal court in Indiana has rejected atheists' requests to preside at wedding ceremonies, saying only clergy or public officials are licensed to solemnize marriages. A fe ...

Kenyan Church Leaders Say Laws Would Weaken Marriage
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 11:10pm | Type: Blog

Kenyan church leaders are lining up in opposition to proposed new marriage bills, which they say will weaken marriage by allowing cohabiting couples to register as married. One bill would bring Christian, Hindu, Muslim, civil, and customary marriages ...

'Honey, We Are Home'
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Get used to the idea of a married Jesus. BELATED CONGRATULATIONS to Jesus Christ after recent r ...

Shariah or Not, Muslim Divorces Can Get Tricky
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

What if American judges were prohibited from considering Shariah and other foreign laws, as many state and national politicians want to see happen? New Jersey lawyer Abed Awad has ...

Did Jesus Get Married and Have Children?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

Even historians and others who don’t claim Christianity personally are intrigued by the scrap of text recently discovered to contain, in Coptic, the sentence fragment: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” ...

Is the Catholic Hierarchy Moving Toward the GOP?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

A series of recent developments are renewing questions about the Catholic bishops' alignment with the Republican Party, with much of the attention focusing on comments by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles C ...

She Said — Egalitarianism: Men, Submit to Your Wives
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 10:17pm | Type: Blog

Obviously there are differences — biological, hormonal, stereotypical — between men and women. I don't dispute that. For me, the danger is in going one step further to assume how those differences do or s ...