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A Green Christmas: 5 Realistic Ideas for Celebrating the Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Well, here we go. Like it or not, tis the season. For me the holidays are a mixed blur of emotions, hopes, and unfulfilled, unrealistic dreams and desires. Well, here we go. Like ...

The 12 Days of (a Grassroots) Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For those who are looking for something beyond the traditional 12 days of Christmas gift-giving shtick, here are some ideas I gleaned during my ongoing travels for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp ...

A Hymn for Economic Justice: 'Zacchaeus was a Tax Man'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many people grew up enjoying the song, "Zacchaeus was a wee little man," celebrating this beloved story of Jesus and a tax collector. Many people grew up enjoying the so ...

Mountaintop Removal Kills People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">More than 2,000 activists gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 activists gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washing ...

Herbie Hancock on Striking the Wrong Chord
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the midst of matching mentors to new interns a couple of weeks ago at Sojourners, I came to an uncomfortable realization. In the midst of matching mentors to new interns a coup ...

Worship Meets Experience at "The Opiate Mass"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Whenever Karen Ward, Abbess for <a href="www.apostleschurch.org" target="_blank">Church of the Apostles</a> (COTA), makes a suggestion about what's happening on the faith f ...

Songs of Funk and Freedom
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Abayea Pelt The ArchAndroid, by Janelle Monáe, Atlantic Records. If footage of ever-expanding plumes of oil an ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: From 1963 to 2010
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100826_MLK.jpg"></a>[Editor's Note: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on ...

Hymn for Pakistan: "Whatever You Do"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief efforts in Pakistan.</p> This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

Does Awareness Equal Activism?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/11/does-awareness-equal-activism/"></a>On May 2, 1963, African-American kids all over Birmingham, Alabama heard a D.J. from WENN announce, & ...

Our Response to Immigrants: A Blaring Horn or a Beautiful Song?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"I'm against you guys." A middle-aged man from Cincinnati proudly wearing an American flag on his T-shirt defiantly uttered these words to me a few weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio. ...

Songs of Freedom
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi Bettie Mae Fikes talks about the music of the civil rights movement. She was born in Selma, Alaba ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Seeking the Beloved Seeking the Beloved God Alone is Enough: A Spirited Journey with S ...

Controversy in Wisconsin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. Every summer, a number of Christian mus ...

Tupac Shakur: Liberation Theologian for Our Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once every generation. Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once e ...

On Arizona, Artists Speak Up, Refuse to Play
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow creative types respond to injustice or need. As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow cr ...

California Band Hires Latino Day Laborers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A San Francisco band called Monarchs hired three Latino day laborers to pose as the band members in a music video for their song "Mexicans." Both the video and the song pay tribute to the ...

The Song of Rosanna's Survivor Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> I came to be friends with Rosanna through my wife's work. B ...

A Hymn and Prayer for the Gulf: 'O God, the Great, Wide Seas are Yours'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong>This hymn-prayer was written in response to the ongoing oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started on April 20<sup>th</sup>. ...

Lena Horne's Bright Shining Light
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Lena Horne is gone, but she remains a bright shining light.</p> Lena Horne is gone, but she remains a bright shining light. When Lena Horne went to Hollywood, ...

'Lovely to Me': A Music Video Tribute to Immigrant Mothers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Our Voices of Immigration campaign seeks to bring the stories ...

White Flag Warriors at the Border: Recognizing Humanity on All Sides of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/04/white-flag-warriors-at-the-border/"></a>About a year ago, when we were writing our song "White Flag Warrior," my friend (and fe ...

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 ...

God is Big Enough to Take Our Doubt and Anger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"To believe is human, to doubt divine."</p> "To believe is human, to doubt divine." Those words are central to the self-described "incendiary th ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Beauty from Ashes
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Onleilove Alston The BQE, by Sufjan Stevens. Asthmatic Kitty Records. Though many know multi-instrumentalist s ...

A Pastor's Petition
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Cesar and Angelica first contemplated migrating to the U.S. from ...

Black History Month Syndrome
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://edwardg.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/black-history-month278x2001.jpg"></a>I've kind of avoided the topic of Black History Month this year until now, almost th ...

Video: David Bazan's Reasonable Doubt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Since 1994, musician David Bazan (former front man of Pedro the Lion and Headphones) has put sharp questions about faith, justice, and his Pentecostal-evangelical upbringing front and center in his so ...

Meditations on Disbelief
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi David Bazan on how he became an agnostic -- and lived to sing about it. Since 1994, David Bazan h ...

Video Interview with David Bazan
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 4:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi Matt Hildreth Since 1994, David Bazan has put sharp questions about faith, ...

Crazy Heart: One Journey Ends, Another Begins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We love a redemption story.</p> <p>The profound appeal of rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches or the fall-from-grace-followed-by-a-spectacular-comeback is about as ingrained in our American p ...

In Defense of Congregational Singing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Church music was my first language. I was raised in a church tradition that did not allow musical instruments in worship. Church music was my first language. I was raised in a c ...

Could Church Become a Playground for All?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Malcolm Gladwell, in his popular book <em>The Tipping Point</em>, names three types of people who do the work of making social movements succeed: Connectors, who bring us together, Mavens, who conn ...

Preaching the Whole Magnificat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Again this Wednesday we joined the broader church in singing vespers, the evening prayer which always includes Mary's song, the Magnificat. Again this Wednesday we joined the ...

I've Done It. I've Reclaimed Christmas.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I refuse to write a blog about how overwhelmed I am by the holiday season. I'm not going to wax eloquent about how the season I loved most as a child has become the source of excruciating stress. ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

of warmth during the medieval period (approx 900-1300 CE) followed by another substantial decline ...

Lamenting Churches Labeled by Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So there is something on my mind, and I'm not quite sure how to approach the subject. So there is something on my mind, and I'm not quite sure how to approach the subjec ...

Debunking the Beauty Myth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Naomi Wolf, author of <a href="http://naomiwolf.org/the-beauty-myth-book/"><em>The Beauty Myth,</em></a> discusses how images fueled by consumerism are used against women. ...

Why Big D Needs a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Residents of the Lone Star state are known as proud folk, but there are a few startling facts that should make everyone -- not just ...

A 'Big Tent' in Dallas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>For those who came to the <a href="http://www.justicerevival.org">Justice Revival</a>'s free opening nig ...

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 ...

Justice Revival is Coming
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>Earlier this month, I was in Dallas for the official launch of Sojourners' next <a href="http://www.justicerevival.org/&q ...

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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 ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/01/singing-and-praying-justice-part-1/">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from part 1] How can w ...

U2's Music and Mission--and My Kid's First Rock Concert
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Events/U2-Concert-at-FedEx-Field-2009/9812626_6qWPB#666442735_FC6on"></a>Oh no, my eleven-year-old went to his first rock concert this w ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 1
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"He who sings prays twice." -- Saint Augustine</em></p> <p><em>"What's going on?" -- Marvin Gaye</em></p> ...

Free Music Download and Interview with DM Stith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In an age of quick and easy fame, where reality stars are more popular than actual actors, it's always refreshing to find an artist quietly making genuinely beautiful music with little to no rega ...

A 9/11 Prayer: Leonard Cohen's 'Democracy'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My mother-in-law saw Leonard Cohen live in her native Norway this summer. She sent me this YouTube clip so I could have a taste. My mother-in-law saw Leonard Cohen live in her nat ...