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In Praise of Slow Response
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

What if we didn’t talk at each other down a never-ending spiral of false assumptions in a vomit-inducing quest for relevancy? What if reflection and prayer and confession that we don’t know how we feel about s ...

A Time to Grieve, a Time to Remember
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

During this holiday season, many families are facing the pain of empty chairs, their loved ones having been taken from this world through an act of gun violence. For many, the keen ache of their absence will b ...

On Scripture: Happy are Those Whose Help is the God of Jesse (Psalm 146:5-10)
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

Happy are those whose help is the God of this Jesse — Jesse Lewis of Newtown, Conn. — who in his short life, mastered three words it takes most of us a lifetime to learn: nurture, heal, love. ...

Grief, Courage, and Perseverance
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle Joan Chittister Walter Brueggemann Cherie Q. ...

On Scripture: Hearing Job — Vindicating the Traumatized (Job 19:23-27a)
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

For those of us not currently in the midst of healing from such suffering, maybe Job challenges us not only to allow space for the suffering in our communities, but also to advocate on their behalf. ...

ICYMI: Heavy Hearts on The Head and the Heart's Sophomore Release
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

While not nearly as upbeat as their last record, “Let’s Be Still” is perhaps deeper and rawer. The standout songs don’t pull it up enough to eclipse its predecessor, but it’s still worth giving a listen. ...

Aide Shares Bible Devotionals He Sent to President Obama Each Morning
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

President Obama may not attend church most Sundays, but a new book reveals the Bible verses and prayers that he reads every morning. President Obama may not attend church most Sun ...

WATCH: The Head and the Heart's New Single Written in the Wake of the Newtown Tragedy
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Seattle-based folk group The Head and the Heart released their newest single, "Another Story," off of their anticipated upcoming album, Let's Be Still. Seattle-base ...

On Scripture: The Modern Need for Lamentations
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Twenty-first century readers of the Scriptures are likely uncomfortable with the book of Lamentations and its stories of weeping, groaning, and grieving. But, the act of lamenting is not unique to biblical Isr ...

How Antoinette Tuff Showed the Solution Is Not More Guns in Our Schools
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

When major news networks began playing a recording of suburban Atlanta school employee Antoinette Tuff’s 911 call reporting a shooter in her school’s building on Tuesday, I almost turned off the TV. Then, I he ...

Since Aurora, a Steady Stream of Mass Killings
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

Following the movie theatre massacre in 2012 that killed 12 people, 126 others have died due to similar events involving mass killings. USA Today reports such tragedies are more “typical” than people think rep ...

Feds Release First Guidelines for Confronting a Church Shooter
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

For the first time, the federal government has issued written guidelines for houses of worship that are confronted with a homicidal gunman. For the first time, the federal governm ...

Hellfire from Above
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Steve Holt More than 1,000 civilians have been killed by U.S. drone strikes. Obama, technology, and the myth of redemptive violence. ...

A Mother’s Day for Peace in our Cities
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

This Mother's Day, remember Howe’s words: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword [or gun] of murder is not the balance of justice." Ask yourself, "What can I do to sow seeds of peace in an atmosphere of vio ...

President Obama, Mourner in Chief
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Barack Obama’s legacy is still a work in progress, though even sympathetic commentators are seeing him now, in his fifth year, as too slow to act, too cerebral to brawl, and too little respected by his politic ...

Black Pastors: Gun Violence Isn’t Just a Problem for White Suburbs
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Black clergy have launched a new coalition to fight gun violence, saying they are undeterred by the recent failure of legislation on Capitol Hill and all too aware of the problem of gun violence. ...

Newtown's Teddy Bears: How Many is Too Many?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

Just what is the best response to a horrendous act of public violence? There's no right answer, Kawakami says. “One strategy might be to do something in your own community that honors the victims and also ...

Gun control falls in first attempt since Newtown; supporters re-up their resolve
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 2:01pm | Type: Press

April 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Brian Roewe ...

In Guns We Trust
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

Virginia Tech, Aurora, and Newtown each stopped the nation in its tracks but we eventually moved on, and before anyone might guess, well over 3,000 more have died by gun violence in America since December. ...

Background Checks Proposal Fails (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 6:51pm | Type: Blog

Background checks proposal fails to get 60 votes. President Barack Obama responds. The U.S. Senate has just failed to get 60 votes on a bipartisan proposal to expand gun sale b ...

On Scripture: May April Tragedies Bring May Justice
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

Let the church “gather crying tears that fill a million oceans.” For we are people of the resurrection. And we confess, despite all evidence to the contrary, that death will not win. ...

Sandy Hook families, gun advocates hold vigil on Capitol Hill until Senate passes bill
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 4:35pm | Type: Press

April 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Veronica S. ...

Faith leaders press case for US gun laws at vigil
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Big Journalism (Breitbart) ...

All Eyes On Washington
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Rabbi Mark Sameth ...

At makeshift National Mall graveyard, clergy demand gun control
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Lauren Markoe ...

Sikhs joins other religions demanding strict gun control laws in US
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Press

April 13, 2013 Sojo in the News NDTV.com ...

Where Idolatry Rages, Prophets Speak Out
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

Guns are dangerous idols. ... While the idolatry rages on, prophets are beginning to speak out. Guns are dangerous idols. While mass shootings are happening at an alarming rate an ...

Is There No Cure for These?
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

Could the common bond of Jesus’ prayer bring two opposing views into the same room in a shared search for understanding and action? Or are the formative cultural experiences so determinative that faith and rel ...

It Is Time to Honor the Spirit of the Republic
Originally Posted: 04/12/2013 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

It is time — it is way past time — to honor the spirit of the republic and the wisdom of the founders by ending our idolatrous worship of guns and our prostration before an interpretation of the Second Amendme ...

More Than 3,300 Gun Deaths Since Newtown; Faith Leaders Say 'Enough'
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Today, on the National Mall, I stood with fellow faith leaders, including clergy from Newtown, to remember lives lost at Sandy Hook elementary school and the 3,364 gun deaths that have happened since. ...

Witnesses to Trauma: Faith Leaders Stand Up for Gun Violence Legislation
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

For many pastors of urban congregations, “stepping up” to end gun violence stems from a very personal place — as they have been forced to bury their own neighbors and church members. ...

Religious leaders call for assault weapons ban, background checks on gun buyers
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Press

March 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Katherine Shaver ...

On Scripture: Pressing On Toward Higher Goals
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Apparently, we live in a country that values the freedom to own guns, even overly powerful ones like assault rifles. “Second Amendment rights” are invoked as if our founders could predict the kinds of weapons ...

Clergy press for assault-weapon ban
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:03pm | Type: Press

March 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

Sandy Hook Dad Testifying Before Congress on Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Now it's time to ask Congress to show some courage and enact sensible measures to prevent gun violence. Too many parents have already lost their children. As a mom of two sma ...

Sojourners have hard-htting message: In God (NOT GUNS) we trust
Originally Posted: 02/21/2013 - 3:05pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Jamie Sanderson ...

Leaving Fantasy Island: A Call for the Church to Respond to Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

In my time in the capital, I have come to feel as though there are many arriving in Washington on the proverbial plane, escaping the realities of their hometowns, for the Fantasy Island in the beltway. ...

Newtown ‘Debacle’ Reopens Old Wounds for Missouri Synod
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

ST. LOUIS — A decision by the leader of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to censure a pastor for participating in a prayer service for victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre has reopened old wounds for an ...

SOTU: Time for Common Ground for Common Good
Originally Posted: 02/12/2013 - 11:35pm | Type: Blog

There was truth tonight in the president’s State of the Union message. There was truth tonight in the president’s State of the Union message. There was truth that the rising c ...

Missouri Synod President Apologizes for Newtown Interfaith ‘Debacle’
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod apologized for his role in the “debacle” that led him to publicly reprimand a pastor in Newtown, Conn., for praying at an interfaith service following the ma ...

Lutheran Pastor Apologizes for Praying at Newtown Vigil
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

A Lutheran pastor in Newtown, Conn., has apologized after being reprimanded for participating in an interfaith vigil following the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. ...

God of Love Wouldn’t Embrace An Arsenal
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

For Christians, it’s hard to square the deification of guns with Jesus telling his followers to put away their swords, even as he was being arrested and led off to death. So you ...

Death in Broad Daylight: A Childhood Memory
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

I applaud the parents who give their children a voice in the public discourse by allowing them to write letters to the president and to their congress members. They have the power to help change our laws and o ...

PHOTOS: Families Affected by Gun Violence March on Washington
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Over the weekend I joined more than 6,000 people in a march for common sense gun control legislation. Over the weekend I joined more than 6,000 people in a march for common sense ...

Faith Community Organizes Call-in Day to End Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

While the debate on sensible gun restrictions has continued, local evening newscasts continue to run stories highlighting yet more tragic deaths from gun violence. We need more than a conversation. We need Co ...

The Courage to Reject our Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Not only have we created a culture of violence, we glorify violence in our movies, television shows, and video games. Even in pro sports, players increasingly settle disagreements on the court or field with ph ...

Catholics unite for new gun control measures
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:27pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Joshua J. McElwee ...

Analysis: Move on assault weapons creates risks for Obama
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Andy Sullivan Reuters ...

What Comes After the Grief?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis There are more gun dealers in America than McDonald's restaurants. WILL THE MASSACRE at Sandy ...

Churches under fire for using gun classes as outreach
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Press

December 19, 2012 Sojo in the News Greg Horton ...