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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 ...

Remembering 9/11 Through Music and Literature
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I read and the music that kept me going in the days and months after 9/11. Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I r ...

A Response to the American Enterprise Institute's Ad in Politico
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, "Values and Capitalism," a project of the American Enterprise Institute, sponsored a full-page ad in Politico (see page 13) in response to the Circle of Protection. ...

The Moral Default
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken, but corrupt. The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken ...

Buddhas Brought Back to Life in Central Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly blog about issues in Afghanistan to educate our readers about the latest news and developments rel ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

Is a Boycott of Murdoch and News Corp. Possible?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

With the scandal around Rupert Murdoch growing by the day, a full-fledged boycott of News Corp. has been launched on the internet, according to the Washington Post. With the ...

BREAKING: Obama Meets with Faith Leaders on Budget Crisis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, I, alongside other faith leaders, met with President Obama about the critical budget debate. We are grateful and hopeful leaving this meeting. Please pray for us as the conversation continues. ...

Why We Need to Cut Wasteful Defense Spending in the United States
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It's funny the things that you remember. I can remember one time when I was a teenager watching an episode of the Montel Williams show. It's funny the things that you re ...

Friday Links Round Up: Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:</p> Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis. Here's a litt ...

Why Afghan Women Need to be Part of the Peace Process
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

What is wrong with the typical photo of world leaders making decisions for their countries? The general absence of women -- at the table, in the room, and, as a result, from the agenda. ...

Observing the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by Sharing Faith
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

The email came just a few days before two Jewish rabbis and two Muslim friends joined two of us Christian ministers for a Sunday morning service. This service was part of a national event called Faith Shared. ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama to Bring 33,000 Troops Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

This is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

With President Obama's announcement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan expected in a speech tomorrow evening, news stories today are citing a variety of unnamed sources claiming to know what he ...

Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's noon on the West Coast, and Ashley Judd is scurrying to make a live on-air interview with a National Public Radio local affiliate in Berkeley. It's noon on the West ...

More Financial Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here is part two of my thoughts on the financial situation that the United States faces. Our nation needs a jobs bill. The country needs a second stimulus bill. Here is part two o ...

Geronimo: A Revealing Code Name
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A few days ago <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/on-waking-up-to-todays-news.html" target="_blank">on my personal blog</a>, I asked this question in response to the ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

UPDATED: The Hunger Fast Resource Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/the-hunger-fast-resource-post-updated/" target="_self"></a></p> <p>Tuesday, April 26</p> ...

Libya, Just War, and Augustine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It was on the shores of North Africa that one of the greatest Christian thinkers tried to work out the relationship between Jesus' teachings about loving even enemies and the impending invasion by ...

Faith That Creates Jobs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As the old saying goes, 'In God we trust -- all others pay cash.' As our economy shows promising signs of recovery, the cash is not translating into jobs. As the old say ...

Faith Leaders Announce Fasting, Prayer, and Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/28/faith-leaders-announce-fasting-prayer-and-action/" target="_self"></a>Facing scribbling reporters and flashing cameras at a pac ...

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On the morning of Saturday, March 25, 1911 more than 600 employees, mostly immigrant women, reported for work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. On the morning o ...

Lessons From Behind Bars
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

In 2010, Hope House DC received a grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. to support participation in the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read project. In ...

The Hypocrisy of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The U.S. just started another war. We're good at starting wars. We're not good at ending them, but we start them really well. They say this is for "humanitarian" reasons. Aren't they ...

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

God, we lift up the people of Japan in these turbulent times. May recovery be swift and complete after this earthquake and tsunami. We ask for a restoration of both those affected and their homes. ...

For Black Farmers, Fight For Civil Rights Continues
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/08/for-black-farmers-fight-for-civil-rights-continues/" target="_blank"></a>On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights marchers attempted ...

Wisconsin: America's Tahrir Square?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A week after a shocked world reveled in Egypt's incredible moment of freedom and people power, Wisconsin is reviving its own unique tradition of people power and creative protest. ...

Lara Logan and Sexual Violence in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Agree with her politics or not, Lara Logan is charting territory in which we still see very few women as the chief foreign correspondent at <em>CBS News</em>. Agree w ...

The Other Side of the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, we knew that advancing progressive immigration policy would be challenging. Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, ...

How William J. Barber Saved Wake County Schools
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

February is Black History month. February is Black History month. In public schools and community centers across the United States, Black History month means that the busts of pre ...

This Valentine's Day, Do You Know Where Your Chocolate Comes From?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I received my email copy of ePistle, Evangelicals for Social Action’s weekly electronic communication. Yesterday I received my email copy of  ePistle , Evangelicals fo ...

For True Civility in Arizona, The Walls Must Come Down
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The shooting in Tucson, Arizona has spurred numerous 'calls for civility' in the heated political tension of Arizona and beyond. The shooting in Tucson, Arizona has spur ...

The Truth About the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ten months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and by now most of the nation has shifted its focus away from the gulf to more recent and pressing topics. Ten months ...

President Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Long story short, I have a meeting with a group of other folks at the White ...

Understanding the Protests in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The massive <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/world/middleeast/26egypt.html?_r=2&amp;hp" target="_blank">anti-government protests</a> that flared in Egypt yesterday ...

Encouraging News from South Sudan, Troubling News from Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I have encouraging news from <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/south-sudan/" target="_blank">South Sudan</a>, and I have troubling news from Darfur. Let's start with the So ...

The King's Speech: MLK and Tucson
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In his role as prophet to the nation, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther King Jr. In his role as pro ...

Violent Stories That Change Us for the Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A public figure is shot. School children are shot. A building explodes. A package explodes. And immediately we look for someone or something to blame: Republicans? A public figu ...

An Attack on the Soul of the Nation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110110-GabrielleGiffords1.jpg"></a>The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the young Congresswoman from Arizona, must speak to the soul of this n ...

Fish-Workers in Sri Lanka Struggling for Life and Livelihood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the wake of the horrendous tragedy of the 2004 Indian Ocean <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0601&amp;article=060148a" target="_blank&quo ...

President Obama Should Have Fought This One
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

He should have fought this one. The richest 2 percent of the country just got an extension of tax cuts they didn't need at great cost to us all. He should have fought this on ...

Stop the Games in Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In just the past few days, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-224.shtml" target="_blank">U.S. In just the past few days, the U.S. ...

What Does it Mean to Have No African American Senators?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On November 2, the mid-term elections were held and the conversation the next day for many people I talked with was that there were no African-American senators. On November 2, th ...

Feed Her a Line: Bridging the Gender Digital Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On a short trip to Jordan in 2001, I remember my amazement when tent-dwelling Bedouins taught me about text messaging. On a short trip to Jordan in 2001, I remember my amazement w ...

Jon Stewart's Misguided Rally to Restore Sanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While I regularly watch <em>The Daily Show</em> and think its political satire is second to none, the Rally to Restore Sanity that was held on the Mall in Washington, D.C. ...

We're Sick of the Attack Ads
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Dear Candidate, Party Organization, PAC, Super-PAC or any Committee that ...

Mythbusters: The Truth About Immigrants and Assimilation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's Note: </em></strong><em>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: We Won't Turn Back
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 ...

Seeking Peace Among the Peoples
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, Christian leaders and lay persons from all walks of life and just about every denominational body came together for the <a href="http://www.peace2010.net/">Peace Among the Peoples ...