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Results for Nonviolence

"This is how we fight terrorism": Saving Syria's sacred music
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 3:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett The destruction and looting of art and historical sites in Syria is " the worst cultural disaster since the Second World War,” according to anthropologist ...

Songs Before the Cataclysm
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge How a punk-rock drummer became a rescuer of ancient Syrian spiritual music.  SOME OF THE WORLD ...

The Power of Peacebuilding
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright A military-only strategy won't defeat ISIS, and may even make things worse.  THE PEACE M ...

Resisting ISIS
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Maria J. Stephan Surprisingly, acts of civil resistance in Syria and Iraq have shown success against the so-called Islamic State.  ...

Nonviolence in the Face of ISIS?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

One thing is for sure: It’s impossible to argue for nonviolence using the violent logic of Empire. Those of us who are committed to the nonviolent way of Jesus simply can’t explain our conviction in terms that ...

Pastor to O’Reilly: ISIS Will Take Advantage of Your ‘Holy War’ Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Matt Wilstein ...

4 Questions to Ask Before We Wish Death Upon ISIS
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

With the unimaginable evils being committed by ISIS and other terror groups around the world, many Christians are calling for their violent destruction — some even voluntarily taking up arms. At first glance t ...

The Front Page Rule
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

It brings home a core fact about drones: that you can't surrender to a drone. Enemy soldiers, and people merely suspected of being, or intending to become, enemy soldiers, are killed at home gardening, or ...

A History of (Non)Violence
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Many are calling today's protesters "violent" because they yell, they look angry, and they don't p ...

What Christian Ethics Demands, But Most Christians Have Yet to Seriously Try
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The concrete victories of modern nonviolent campaigns, the devastating destruction of ongoing violent campaigns, and the moral demands of Christian faith all focus a clear imperative. It is time for the Christ ...

A Future in Prison
Originally Posted: 01/23/2015 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

In the U.S., the criminal justice system disproportionately incarcerates people of color for petty offenses. Many take plea bargains under threat of excessive, punitive sentences. If I were a young black male, ...

The Tragedy of Self-Appointed Prophets
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

I don't think the world needs more armchair advocates … especially when our arguing or defending leads to the fracture of real-life relationships. I’m not saying we all need to passively waltz around the ...

The Christmas Truce: A Lesson from 100 Years Ago
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

One hundred years ago, during the First World War, the Christmas truce took place between British, German, and French soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front. On Christmas Eve 1914, soldiers from opposin ...

Torture, the Bible, and America's Faith in Violence
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Whether it is described in the vocabulary of religion or more "secular" terms, violence — and in the case of torture, shockingly inhumane violence — is described as a necessary means for bringing abo ...

'You Are a Human Being'
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

The ways we reach out to God should be happy endeavors, but these ways can become bones of contention, especially if they’re deemed to be special or exclusive paths to God. I beli ...

This Veterans Day, Work for Peace
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

In the wake of the latest escalation of the U.S. “war on terror,” it’s time to remember the origin of Veterans Day. In 1926, Congress officially recognized the commemoration of Armistice Day on Nov. 11 with the exhortation, “the recurring anniversar ...

Arrested in Ferguson in Act of Repentance
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Thousands of people from around the country came to Ferguson, Mo., for a “weekend of resistance.” But for faith leaders it was a weekend of repentance. Twenty of us were arrested in Ferguson yesterday for an a ...

Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

“We’re compelled by our own spirituality, to keep speaking up and to keep getting people to know that silence is complicity. We have to speak out to say ‘Not in my Name.’” On Oct. ...

ON Scripture: In Compassion and Sympathy, A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Christ-followers are given another angle of vision, another mirror into our souls, in the person of Jesus Christ. No passage of Scripture points more acutely to this image than one of this week’s lectionary te ...

From 9/11 to ISIS: Resolving the Paradox of the U.S. War on Terror
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It feels ...

Needed: An International Strategy in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

If military action needs to be taken to protect civilians from further ISIS aggression, it should be multilateral not unilateral. American leadership no doubt will remain important, but the authorization for a ...

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

The fact is, violence has not only failed to create stability, in many ways it has acted to exacerbate the situation of instability and injustice which fuels terrorism. Violence does not stop violence, instead ...

On Iraq Pope Francis' Message of Peace Meets Realities of War
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Even as Francis called on the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes,” the Vatican also tried to make peace with the idea that U.S. military strikes that be ...

'Silence Is Betrayal:' Speaking Out for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian I march because of verses like Isaiah 1:17, which instructs us to, "learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." and Proverbs 31:8-9, ...

What I Said To Syrian Refugee Women
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Press

July 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Lynne Hybels ...

De-escalating Violence and the Human Story in Israel/Palestine
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

I was sitting in the airport the other day listening to yet another account of the current events unfolding in Israel and Palestine. Almost mechanically, the lips of the news anchor spilled out words like terr ...

Struggling to Become Human
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann In scholarship and life, Walter Wink sought the truth with passion. WALTER WINK IS know ...

The Questions We Don't Ask On Memorial Day
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Press

May 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Questions We Don’t Ask on Memorial Day
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

On Memorial Days I always end up listening to the many stories from the families who lost their most beloved ones and from the veterans whose eyes still tear up when they recall their dearest buddies lost on b ...

Vincent Harding: In Our Cloud Of Witnesses
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Press

May 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

A Refusal to Hate: Tent of Nations Family Responds to Destruction of Farmland
Originally Posted: 05/26/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Early on May 19, military bulldozers, in violation of the laws of appeal, destroyed 1,500 fruit trees nearly ready for harvest in the valley below the Nassar dwellings. There was no warning of the impending de ...

Pasta and Peacemaking: Learning Nonviolence from My Kids
Originally Posted: 05/25/2014 - 8:09pm | Type: Blog

A big part of maturing is learning how not to be driven by our emotions — how to respond thoughtfully, rather than reacting emotionally. If this is hard for me as an adult, it's understandable that my 8-y ...

Multi-faith Group Backs US Bipartisan Support For Persecuted Middle East Christians
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Press

May 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Ecumenical News International ...

A Call For Help For Mideast Christians
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Press

May 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Movsesian ...

American Christians Pledge Solidarity With Persecuted Christians In Egypt, Iraq And Syria
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:57am | Type: Press

May 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Nina Shea ...

Christian Leaders Stand In Solidarity With Imperiled Religious Communities
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:53am | Type: Press

May 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jeffrey Walton ...

Monday Q&A: Modesto Peace/Life Center On A Mission Since 1970
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Press

May 4, 2014 Sojo in the News John Holland ...

5 Points To Take From Time Magazine's List Of Top 100 Influencers
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Press

April 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Ventures ...

Sarah Palin and the Beauty of Baptism
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin used baptism as a metaphor for waterboarding terrorists . Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin u ...

Twitter Reacts To Honorees From Africa On 2014 TIME 100
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Press

April 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Maddy Fry ...

Rwanda 20 Focus On Prevention
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Press

April 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Cason ...

The Politics of Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 04/10/2014 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Politics refers to “the affairs of the city” and “influencing other people on a civic or in ...

Voting With Their Feet
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

On March 28 at about 4 p.m., the Afghan Peace Volunteers heard a loud explosion nearby. For the rest of the evening and night, they anxiously waited for the sound of rocket fire and firing to stop. It was repo ...

Interfaith Peacemaking Workshop This Weekend
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Press

March 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Journal Star (Illinois) ...

7 Lessons About Peace From My Time in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

There is no place on earth that has exploited human story and experience for the sake of a tourist “experience” more than in the Holy Land. Having just gotten home from guiding an ...

A Time To Break Silence On Central African Republic
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Press

January 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

62 Organizations Warn Senate Against New Iran Sanctions
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Press

January 14, 2014 Sojo in the News National Iranian American Council ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester / Blood Brother by Steve Hoover / The Nonviolent Life by John Dear ...

The Hidden History of Pentecostal Pacifism
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Paul Alexander Early Pentecostal denominations, including the Assemblies of God, opposed war and supported peacemaking. What happened to ...

Smoking What We’re Growing: 8 Things That Happen When We Live (or Don’t Live) What We Talk About
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Who's to say theology built in academia is any more valid than theology build in the realities of everyday life? I was down in Mexico a few years ago for a gathering of peers ...