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Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself...
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

They call me ..."God Girl."* And I'll be your new tour guide here at God's Politics. Some of you may know me by my more official byline, Cathleen Falsani. I've been a contributing edi ...

Audio: An Interview with Two Immigrant Advocates from the Sisters of Mercy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' Note: </strong><em>This month, Sojourners and Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will be featuring "The Stories of Immigration" blog series. ...

Books, Films, and Studies on the Surprising Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/06/books-films-and-studies-on-the-surprising-power-of-nonviolence/" target="_blank"></a>At Sojourners, we have always been advocat ...

Does Sunday School Have a Future?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sunday school. It was one of the main reasons I enjoyed church as a child. As a young adult, it sometimes still is. But there's a conversation brewing: Does Sunday school have a future? ...

Why Flobots Is Doing a May Day Concert in Arizona (+Free Download)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am a rapper. I rap in a band called <a href="http://flobots.com/">Flobots</a>. Today is day one of our spring tour promoting our new album Survival Story, so I am writing this ...

Immigration Enforcement: 'Why We Do This'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> North Carolina is a leader in local immigration enforcemen ...

Video: Living Between Borders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Isabel has learned to live with fear. That is what she mus ...

Video: Phone Calls from Papi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://facingdeportation.org/?page_id=7"></a>Linzi, a U.S. citize ...

Glenn Beck Responds: Social Justice 'Is a Perversion of the Gospel'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

BREAKING UPDATE: <a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/glennbeck_socialjustice">Our message to Glenn Beck is getting through.</a> This morning on his radio show he responded to <a href= ...

Video: Jim Wallis on NBC in Denver
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> Jim Wallis is the au ...

Audio Interview with Elizabeth Warren: The Right Rules for a Wall Street Run Amok
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> In this audio interview, Jim Wallis and Jeannie C ...

Uniting to Eliminate Violence against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Some 70 percent of women experience in their lifetime some form of physical or sexual violence from men -- the majority from husbands, intimate partners or someone th ...

Audio: For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. He emphasizes that new birth thro ...

An Altar Call from Bill and Melinda Gates
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, my wife Joy and I were front and center when Bill and Melinda Gates launched their new Living Proof campaign in Washington, D.C. Last week, my wife Joy and I were front ...

Half-Handed Cloud Audio Interview and Free Song Download
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

There are several factoids about John Ringhofer that elicit fandom, and none of them have anything to do with his music. There are several factoids about John Ringhofer that eli ...

Video: Sen. Lindsey Graham Calls out Conservative Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sen. Lindsey Graham demonstrated recently what soulful leadership looks like in the Republican Party. Sen. Lindsey Graham demonstrated recently what soulful leadership looks like ...

Audio: Remember Your Immigrant Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this short clip from a recent sermon, Pastor Efrem encourages European Americans to remember their own immigrant heritage and history in order to inform their current attitudes toward immigratio ...

Why Are We Working on Columbus Day?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Every year on Columbus Day, the Sojourners team gathers around bagels, juice, and coffee to listen to our resident humorist and art director, Ed Spivey Jr., read an essay about Christopher Colu ...

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Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa died yesterday. I don't know much about her life, so you can <a href="http://en.wikip ...

Audio: 'If You Don't Do Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, You Will Catch Hell'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's always hard to narrow down Pastor Efrem's sermons to a few key minutes, and this one was no exception. Preaching from Matthew 25, he puts some extended focus on the health-care debate. ...

Video: Jim Wallis and Tavis Smiley on Perspective, Prayer, and the President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year, Jim Wallis sat down with Tavis Smiley to talk about his role in public media of raising issues and asking questions that others are not. Earlier this year, Jim ...

M2EP Video: Voices from Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Day two of the Mobilization to End Poverty included a trip to Capitol Hill to lobby senators and representatives on issues related to poverty and social justice. Day two of the Mo ...

Audio: Earmarked for Kingdom Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem preaches from the book of Proverbs, specifically chapters 10-18, in which there is a contrast made between the righteous person and the wicked person. I ...

M2EP Live Video: Sojo Offices Before The Mobilization
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sojourners staff is hard at work preparing for the upcoming Mobilization to End Poverty. I decided to take my handy little flipcam around the office to see how everyone was doing. ...

Voices of Global Climate Change, Part I: Fe' Kaho Tevi
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Often, when we hear about global warming, what we get on the news is statistics that are hard to take in. Often, when we hear about global warming, what we get on the news is stat ...

Made in L.A.: Putting a Human Face on the Immigrant Experience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that would put a human face on the struggles of immigrant workers in L.A. Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that wo ...

Audio: The Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God, and Candy Bar Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this sermon, Pastor Efrem discusses the focus in April on Martin Luther King's death and the Easter Season, and proclaims that there is no separation between proclaiming the gospel and advancing ...

Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks. In July 2007, Te ...

A Humble and Holy Rebellion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this season of Lent, we often reflect on our need for greater humility as we seek to follow Christ on the road to Calvary. In this season of Lent, we often reflect on our need ...

Jon Stewart, Prophet (But Not the Phoney Future-Telling Kind)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>What does it say about our country that we have to hear the cold and hard truth from a comedian? ...

Audio: Who is in Control? Wealth and Wisdom
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>It's always difficult to find just a few minutes from Pastor Efrem's sermons to highli ...

Audio: Interview with Diana Butler Bass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061448702?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061448702">&l ...

Vote in the M2EP FilmMaker Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-filmmaker"></a>In preparation for the upcoming <a title="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization" ...

Audio: The Right Relationships to Fight Physical and Spiritual Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Preaching from the story of Ezekiel and the dry bones, Pastor Efrem describes the "right relationships" that God wants to bring about for both physical and spiritual change in our lives. ...

Video: Jim Wallis on the Poverty Forum
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis on PBS's <em>Religion and Ethics Newsweekly</em>'s coverage of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/19/the-bipartisan-poverty-forum/">The Poverty Forum</a&g ...

Video: Jim Wallis Talks about Obama's Faith-Based Council with BBC and Fox News
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks about how Obama's new Council on Faith-Based &amp; Neighborhood Partnerships will take on the priorities of poverty, abortion reduction, fatherhood, and interfaith dialogue.</p> ...

Video: Jim Wallis on Finding Common-Ground Solutions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Last week, Jim Wallis was interviewed by David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network at the White House after a meeting with President Obama and the President's Council on Faith-Based &am ...

Audio: Shifting How We 'Have Church'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the church has constantly changed throughout history to get closer to God's heart. In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the c ...

Video: Inauguration Eve Interview with Moby
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, the <a title="http://www.sojo.net/sojotube" href="http://www.sojo.net/sojotube">SojoTube</a> team had a chance to sit down with DJ, songwriter, and musician Moby ...

Video and Transcript: Rev. Joseph Lowery's Inauguration Benediction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p> God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet s ...

Audio: Taking 'Change We Can Believe In' to the Next Level
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! In ...

Your Photo Memos to Barack Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>About a week before my first day on the job at Sojourners, a very exciting piece of news made its way around the office: Barack Obama had worked out at the gym across the street from Sojourners. Welco ...

Video: Indigenous Theologians Discuss Christianity and Culture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As we reflect on the history, meaning, and mythologies surrounding the season of Thanksgiving, indigenous theologians Richard Twiss, Raymond Aldred, and Terry LeBlanc offer their perspectives on the i ...

Video: How to Make Christmas Ornaments from Credit Cards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The word "plastic" means "anything which can be easily shaped or sculpted" (actually, an even older meaning is "sculptor") The word " ...

Audio: Biblical Redistribution of Wealth -- What You Think You Own is Not Yours
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>In this clip, taken from a Nov. 2 sermon, Pastor Efrem talks about the implications of the comma ...

Audio: Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Offer Alternative Pro-Life Position
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: During a teleconference today, evangelical and Catholic leaders challenged people of faith to evaluate candidates on a consistent ethic of life that protects life from the "w ...

Audio: Adam Hamilton Talks About Mainline Renewal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Pastor Adam Hamilton of <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2811">Church of the Resurrection</a> in <span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: Arial;">Lea ...

Video: Flobots on Faith - The 'Rise' of New Music for New Movements
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://flobots.com/">Flobots</a> are a Denver-based, hip-hop/rock alternative group, whose powerful activist lyrics explore issues from globalization and poverty to war ...

Video: Jim Wallis talks about Dobson and Obama on CBN
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The <a class="f12BlueBoldAnchor" href="http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/397550.aspx">Christian Broadcasting Network talks to Jim Wallis</a> in a recent segment on James Dobson's ...

Video: Dobson, Obama, and Jim Wallis on the Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks about the evangelical agenda in the context of James Dobson's recent criticism of Barack Obama. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zyLrRr4FzQ">Watch it:</a>< ...