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For Some Converts, Ramadan is the Loneliest Time of Year
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

Since converting to Islam more than five years ago, Paul K. DeMelto of Cleveland has done all he could to become a more knowledgeable Muslim, attending a new converts class and hiring Arabic tutors to help him ...

'But Why?'
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Houppert Chasing Gideon. The New Press. TODAY, Greg Bright, 56, sits on the cement porch of his yellow ...

Judge Blocks New Orleans Law that Prevents Preaching in French Quarter
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a city law that was recently used to arrest Christian evangelists who were preaching on Bourbon Street during Southern Decadence, the annual celebration o ...

New Orleans Synagogue Reopens 7 Years After Katrina
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina toppled a nearby floodwall and drowned their synagogue, and after a seven-year journey praying in hotel meeting rooms, then in rooms borrowed and rented from another congreg ...

Group House Gives Women a Place to Discern Their Calling as Nuns
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

In what is being described as the first of its kind in the U.S., the Archdiocese of New Orleans has transformed a vacant church rectory into a group house where single women will live together while deciding w ...

Young Lawyer Fights for Social Justice on Her Way to Becoming a Nun
Originally Posted: 02/04/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Alison McCrary starts her mornings with prayer and meditation. Sometimes she writes in her journal, other times she draws geometric mandalas. It's a way of silencing her mind. She thinks about what grace ...

Pastor Poised to Be First African-American to Lead Southern Baptists
Originally Posted: 02/04/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

After months of urging from other Baptists around the country, the Rev. Fred Luter told his African-American congregation that he will seek to become the first black man to lead the predominantly white Souther ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

What's in a Name?: Campus Crusade for Christ Becomes 'Cru'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Maybe, but a Stink Rose by any other name (say... garlic?) might get more play. Shakespeare said a rose by any othe ...

Preparation for the Poor: Why Climate Funding Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The effects of climate change -- coastal flooding, stronger storms, spreading vector-borne diseases like malaria, and changes in rainfall patterns -- are already taking their toll on marginalized p ...

What's Next for the Gulf?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This past Tuesday, five months and 5 million barrels of oil after the BP spill disaster began to devastate the eco- and economic systems of the Gulf Coast, the Obama administration launched the nex ...

Hurting, Angry, and Hopeful
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kristina Peterson Looking forward after Katrina and the BP spill. For years, those of us living along the Gulf ...

Remembering Katrina: A Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">I arrived in the faith-based advocacy community in Washington, D.C. fresh out of divinity school. I arrived in the faith-based advocac ...

Make it Right: Bring Jobs to the Wetlands
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Before the Gulf Coast's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">100-percent-human-made oil spill disaster</a>, there was Katrina. That hurricane wasn't the strongest to hi ...

Praying on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong><em>Editor's note: </em></strong><em>Jim Wallis is on a tour of the Gulf Coast with an interfaith group of leaders sponsored by the Sierra Club. ...

Voices from the Gulf: Besieged by Depression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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Voices from the Gulf: Pray We Will Not Lose Heart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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Voices from the Gulf: Deep Sorrow in New Orleans
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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The Revolution of the Heart Begins in Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For nearly two months <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">oil has gushed into the Gulf </a>because of BP's government-endorsed "error." The environmental destruct ...

A Reconciliation Reading List for Black History Month
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830822569?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0830822569">Mo ...

From Fat Tuesday to a Veggie Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's Fat Tuesday. The height of the Mardi Gras celebration. The pinnacle of Carnaval. The time of year when religious and non-religious types alike trek to places like New Orleans and Rio de Jane ...

Seeking Justice for Haiti's Oppressed, Orphans, and Widows
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

"Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." Isaiah 1:17</p> "Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead fo ...

Haiti: God Is Suffering With Those Who Are Suffering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

There are times when events make everything else pale in comparison. There are times when events make everything else pale in comparison. I'm in Los Angeles today on my book ...

Five Ways (and 27 Million Reasons) to Fight Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Today is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eve-blossom/are-we-really-aware-human_b_417820.html" target="_blank">Human Trafficking Awareness Day</a>. ...

Faith Leaders Urge Obama on Gulf Coast Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/New-Orleans-After-Katrina/9719058_xD68E#658306044_ysCST"></a>President Obama arrived in New Orleans last week for his first vis ...

Teaching Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My first job after college forever changed the way I prayed. Before I started it, I prayed that God would show me how to best serve him after receiving my diploma. My first job a ...

The Yes Men: Corporate Pranksters on a Mission
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Fans of gonzo political activism may remember the Yes Men's infamous stunt in which Andy Bichlbaum posed as a Dow Chemical spokesperson named Jude (patron saint of the impossible) Finisterra (ear ...

Four Years after Katrina: Hope and Challenge on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>This will be the first year congressional leaders and President Obama won't travel to the Gulf Coast to honor the anniversary ...

Building Together on the Rock
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Celeste Kennel-Shank Churches Supporting Churches gets congregations into partnership -- and policy. Four year ...

Police Violence Undercuts Pundits' 'Post-Racial' Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after Barack Obama was elected president, I heard people say multiple times that we have now arrived as a "post-racial" nation and that it can now be said that anyone can truly be president ...

Natural Disaster or Natural Opportunity?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This week, for the second time in a few years, I found myself walking the streets of a city talking to pastors and people about how Mission Year could help them recover from a devastating storm.</p ...

New Orleans, Three Years After
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi The Gulf Coast—and New Orleans, specifically—is far from recovered after being ravaged in 2005 by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ...

Demolition of Public Housing Approved
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Alexis Vaughan Despite protests at New Orleans City Hall last Decemb ...