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Pope Francis Calls for Flexibility, Patience as He Opens Talks on Church Teaching
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family life, telling the world’s Catholic cardinals that the church needs a “pastoral” approach th ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting the Death Penalty for Christ the King
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

A hymn lifts from biblical teachings for Christians to care for those in prison and crime victims, oppose the death penalty and work for justice for all. Luke’s story of Jesus’ dy ...

Faith and the Executioner
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty. Liturgical Press. IN ...

Pope Francis Tells Atheists to ‘Obey Their Conscience’
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Once again breaking with traditional Vatican protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday penned a long letter to the Italian liberal daily La Repubblica to affirm that an “open dialogue free of prejudices” between Chr ...

'Break My Heart With What Breaks Yours'
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

In writing From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church, I found that one of the most intriguing questions I encountered is how rapidly growing forms of Christianity in t ...

The Church's Alternative Currency
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes The Economy for Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World. Baker Academic DANIE ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter I Told My Soul to Sing: Finding God with Emily Dickinson by Kristin LeMay / Grace and Mercy by Jonathan Butler / Gather at t ...

Take From Me These Myths: A Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God: Today, like the rest of the world, when I woke I wrapped myself in myths. They are comfortable and warming in what can seem like such a cold world. Yes, they are old and worn but they ...

Something in the Blood
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, we have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of grace in the middle of the worst humanity has to offer. And it’s in those moments that I tend to recognize God in our midst. ...

Just Say It: Be God's Love, Grace and Mercy Today
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

"You and I have the power to change someone’s day. And so I am going to challenge you, on this Valentine’s Day, to not only tell family members you love them, but also others whom you care for." ...

Standing at the Gates: A Confession
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Everybody needs forgiveness. But it’s hard to face that. It feels threatening, like an accusation. So we tend to get defensive and start justifying ourselves, rather than seeing the one we’ve hurt. ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: The Horizon of Death
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

For a story about conversion, death is a necessary character. It is in the finality of death that our eyes are able to readjust and see the horizon of our life and being. It is wi ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Suffer Not the Little Children
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Children remind us what faith is. When they overflow with joy and excitement it is contagious. When I imagine Jesus telling his disciples, “Let the little children come to me,” I ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: A Chain of Our Own Making
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

“I wear the chain I forge in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free-will, and of my own free-will I wore it.” The spect ...

Praying for (and Engaging with) the One Percent
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

There has been a lot of anger levied at the very wealthy since the Occupy movement began back in September. There is no doubt that much of this anger is justified – righteous indignation, if you will. ...

Prayers of the People: For the Victims of the Texas Welfare Office Shooting
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 7:32pm | Type: Blog

Early this morning at a welfare office in Laredo, Texas, a mother, desperate after months of being denied food stamps for her family, pulled a gun and shot her two young children before killing herself. ...

Thanks(giving) Be To God!
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

When I reflect on the events of the last year, it is precisely that — the epic blessing of the unexpected — that fills my soul with gratitude. For as long as I can remember, Than ...

Faith On Foot at UC Davis: Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Thank you, Rev. Stoneking, for being a peacemaker and a comforter. Thank you for standing up for justice and mercy. Thank you for walking with grace. The video of police shooting ...

Do We Get Pleasure From Sharing Our Pain?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

This is true of any bad news, really. When I feel sick. When I don’t get my way. When I’ve had a bad day. You name it. If it’s negative, then I look forward to sharing it. I don’t mean to; I just do.I sense th ...

A New Matthew 25 Hymn: "O God, We Yearn For Safety"
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

This Sunday’s lectionary gospel is Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The following new hymn affirms that Jesus’ parable calls us to faithfulness even when it involves risk and challenge today. ...

Halloween and Jesus: A Reconciliation in the Dark
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, my then 10-year-old son celebrated his first Halloween. He'd arrived in the United States from Africa just a few months before, and as far as we could discern no such Oct. 31 holiday exists ...

Faith and #OccupyWallStreet: "This is a Holy Spirit moment."
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Speak, for your servant is listening Remember the Bible story where God calls out to Samuel in the middle of the night and Samuel jumps out of bed and runs to Eli, saying "Here I am," because he doe ...

"The Arch" at 80: Saints Dance Among Us
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

There is a magnificent, modern church mural at St. Gregory of Nyssa's Episcopal Church in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood that il ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

In an interview earlier this week with MSNBC's Martin Bashir, economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out some of the issues tackled in his latest book, The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue an ...

Lord, Have Mercy: Suicide Bomber Kills 75 in Somalia
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

A truck bomb has killed at least 70 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, including a crowd of young students applying for scholarships to study abroad. This just in from A ...

Kal Penn: Enough with the Cynicism and Disappointment, Time to Re-engage!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Before I met President Obama, I was always cynically independent when it came to politics. Like a lot of other young people with different views on different issues, I never considered myself to be either a D ...

The Hard Cases
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, Lawrence Brewer was killed by the state of Texas. The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state o ...

The Mercy Seat
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It ALL began when they come took me from my home And put me on Death Row, a crime for which I am totally innocent, you know. I began to warm and chill To objects and their fields, ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | 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 ...

In a Broken World, I Long for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Like all of you, I was stunned some days ago as I started soaking in the breaking news of Osama bin Laden's capture and death via U.S. military operations.</p> Like all ...

Prayer of the Day: For Our President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

shall come and worship before Thee, O Lord: and shall glorify Thy name." (Psalm 86:9) "O ... and shall glorify Thy name." (Psalm 86:9) "O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His name; ...

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

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Mosques, Churches, Terror, and Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes space is warranted. We need boundaries when relationships are difficult. Sometimes space is warranted. We need boundaries when relationships are difficult. We set up par ...

Voices from the Gulf: We Arise to the Putrid Scent of Oil
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender"></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender">Edi ...

An Open Letter to Madonna
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-falsani-family.jpg"></a>Dear Madonna,</p> <p>Thank you. Earlier this week, after a month-long sojourn in Malawi, my family ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

Poisoned Sea, Impoverished Soul: A Litany of Lament Over a Despoiled Ocean
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the beginning, darkness covered the face of the deep.</p> <p>Then the Breath of Heaven swept across the waters, blessing the sea with all manner of creatures.</p> ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

Singing in Exile: An Arizona Church Responds to Immigration Enforcement Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Let me first say that neither I, nor Neighborhood Ministries, no ...

Christian Militias, Revelation, and Christ's Consistent Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the most important subjects addressed in my recent book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-Kind-Christianity-Questions-Transforming/dp/0061853984/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books& ...

Dorothy Day: Unapologetic Radical, but no Marxist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_dd.htm"></a>It was surprising to see Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/201 ...

A Pastor's Testimony of Redemption May End in Deportation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>Pastor Walter is experiencing firsthand the effects of a broken immigration system. Walter migra ...

A Hold-Out and a Hunger Strike on Aid for Uganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>My alarm went off at 5 a.m. today. As I sat up and unzipped my sleeping bag, a gust of Oklahoma wind bitterly ushered me into a new day. Drops of rain splashed my face, extinguishing the last few embe ...

International Women's Day: 'Whom God Hath Made Equal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. While here in the United States we might have a f ...

Immigration Reform: Change Takes Courage and Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530254746_CFpJb"></a>The window is closing on comprehensive immigration ref ...

Anonymous Generosity: Go Into the Closet and Do in Secret
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I recall a discussion once with a friend about the different kinds of needs that existed within our own community. I recall a discussion once with a friend about the different kin ...

'I don't live for the Jesus who eats red meat, drinks beer, and beats on other men.'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | 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 ...

The Parable of the Unmerciful Bankers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> This week, I joined a press conference with Peo ...

How I Responded to Public Racial Mockery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

A while back, I was in a situation where I was mocked publicly in front of 300-plus young leaders. There were racial overtones.</p> A while back, I was in a situation where ...

National Association of Evangelicals Provides Moral Model on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After nearly two years of collective scripture study, discernment, and dialogue, on Oct. After nearly two years of collective scripture study, discernment, and dialogue, on Oct. 8 ...