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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 ...

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Originally Posted: 01/21/2014 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Week after bloody week, the chart of killings lengthens. And in Afghanistan, while war rages, a million children are estimated to suffer from acute malnourishment as the country faces a worsening hunger crisis ...

Prophets, Questions, and a Dream
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Prophets are always asking questions. Tough questions. Unsettling questions. Questions that they pose to themselves, then try to answer by how they live. One of my favorite scenes ...

Flipping the Script: Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The God revealed through the Judeo-Christian tradition and specifically through Jesus Christ is in the process of transforming our hermeneutic from sacrificial violence to a hermeneutic of nonviolent forgivene ...

Confessions of a Violent Peacemaker
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Moriel Rothman An Israeli-American resister on the spiritual links between violence and nonviolence. What a ...

Christ At The Checkpoint 2014 Conference
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Press

November 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Jeremy Reynalds ...

15 National Organizations Urge Support Of Merkley Afghanistan Amendment To NDAA
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:25pm | Type: Press

November 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Center For International Policy ...

AUDIO: A New Life for Weapons
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Mike Martin An interview with Mike Martin, founder of RAWTools. ...

Drones and Terrorism: Is the U.S. Scapegoating Al Qaeda?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s an odd question, I know, but it reared its ugly head as I read about the new reports from Amnesty International and Humans Rights Watch on U.S. drone strikes. The scapegoating mechanism is a very precise ...

The Peace Process
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

How does one find ways to strengthen the fragile line between democracy and the lurking dark social disorder? Limiting or reversing anarchy in the U.S. and abroad may depend on finding ways to persuade and pro ...

Malala Yousafzai and the Tradition of Islamic Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Christians like myself must hear our Muslim brothers and sisters’ call for nonviolence as a result of their faith, not as a contradiction of their faith. Malala Yousafzai has capt ...

Give (The Department of) Peace a Chance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

The time is upon us to recognize that peace is not merely a destination, but a journey, and not merely a noun, but a verb, for we can be people of peace even in the midst of a violent world. Instead of spendin ...

How We Halted Military Strikes in Syria — For the Moment
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

The threat of U.S. military intervention is far from over. Should the particular diplomatic option on the table not work out, the Obama administration and Congress could still push for a military attack. ...

Obama, Seacrest, and Our War Against Indifference
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The time is upon us to seek solutions and spark action, and the first enemy to conquer is not standing on foreign soil, but rather, it is the collective indifference that sits in so many of our hearts. ...

Syria: It Will Take More Than Saying No to Military Strikes
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

When people respond to violence with more violence, they keep that cycle of retribution spinning higher and higher. Oh, just a few well-placed missiles will teach Assad a lesson and he’ll ramp down his attacks ...

On Syria: Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

As Martin Luther King taught us, you cannot fight fire with fire, you only get a bigger fire. You fight fire with water. You fight violence with nonviolence. You fight hatred with love. ...

Pope Francis: Military Intervention in Syria 'Futile'
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday told world leaders gathered in Russia for the G-20 summit that a military intervention in Syria would be “futile,” urging them to focus instead on dialogue and reconciliation to bring ...

Respond, But How? What We're Missing On Syria
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

The jump we often make from just causes and moral cases to military actions reveals our dependence on old habits of war as our only response to conflict and injustice. It also reveals our lack of imagination f ...

Christians in Middle East: U.S. Attack on Syria Would Be Detrimental
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

As the Obama administration considers a strike in response to recent chemical attacks, the head of a global evangelical group said Wednesday that Christians in the Middle East oppose military intervention in S ...

Advice on Syria from Gregory the Great
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

How does one respond to violence without becoming as guilty as the perpetrators you seek to punish? As I began my morning devotions on Tuesday this week, Syria was on my mind. No ...

Christian Pacifism: Relevant Beyond Syria
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 7:23am | Type: Blog

As the United States prepares to “officially” become involved in the Syrian war, Christian pacifism has reemerged as a much-discussed and relevant topic. Unfortunately, the concept has been somewhat misreprese ...

The Ethics of a Syrian Military Intervention: The Experts Respond
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

As the Obama administration readies for a probable military strike against Syria, Religion News Service asked a panel of theologians and policy experts whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria in light of th ...

On Syria: We Must Use a Moral Compass to Guide Our Moral Outrage
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Christians should be guided by the gospel of peacemaking and conflict resolution that reduces the violence of our world. And it is a long-held Christian principle that governments and citizens are obliged to w ...

Inspiration Is Nice, But We Need Action
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Change starts with the moment we invite the Spirit that inspires and infuses those powerful words to get inside of us. We’ve spent the last few days recalling the anniversary of t ...

Antoinette Tuff: Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 08/23/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

I am praising Ms. Tuff because too often in our violence-saturated world, we fail to see the miracles of hope and humanity. I don’t know Antoinette Tuff. All of my knowledge about her comes from watching her i ...

Our Obsession With Violence and the Stories You’re Not Supposed to Hear
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

We do grave harm to these regions and the people within them when we fail to highlight these gritty, subversive, and everyday movements of hope in the midst of conflict. As followers of the great Reconciler, w ...

VIDEOS: Just Vision
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Preview Ronit Avni's inspiring films about nonviolence in the Holy Land. In “ Stories Wor ...

Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Intervenes on the Recruitment of Christian Arabs into Israeli Army
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

The Catholic Church's Justice and Peace Commission of the Holy Land led by Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah has issued a statement against attempts by the Israeli Defense Force to begin conscripting Chris ...

Seeking Nonviolent Solutions in Syria
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright Working with the U.N. for a negotiated settlement has a greater chance of success than military involvement. ...

If Someone Hits You, Hit Them Back
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

The “if someone hits you, hit them back” mentality is destroying black men at an alarming rate. Dads, teach your boys to talk it over, look the other way, or keep walking when things begin to escalate. ...

Fr. Michael Lapsley’s 'Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer'
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

To know former anti-apartheid warrior Father Michael Lapsley today is to rejoice in how, as taught by St. Paul, “suffering is for the salvation and hope of others.” Most American ...

Common Cause President Bob Edgar Dead at 69
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Bob Edgar, a Democratic congressman and United Methodist minister who went on to lead the National Council of Churches through a painful series of restructuring, died suddenly Tuesday at age 69. ...

Building A World Without Hate
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

The question for me as a teacher is not so much "What could have been?" as it is "What can be?" Brenda is a fourth grader at my elementary school. Her father ...

Talking to My Son About Boston
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

“I heard someone dropped a bomb on Boston,” said Mattias, my 9-year-old son, over breakfast while I scrolled through the breaking news reports. I woke up this morning, like everyo ...

Heartbreak Beyond Heartbreak (Hill)
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

The beauty of Jesus’ story is that we soon forget the brutality of the robbers due to the caring example of the Good Samaritan. Thirty-four years ago – and about that many pounds ...

On Scripture: Repairing Our Grief
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Moral injury happens when we transgress our basic moral beliefs and expectations. It can occur when we’ve done our best in impossible circumstances or when we’ve simply failed. Millions of people are living wi ...

Nonviolent Resistance Through Fantasia: On Peter Rollins' 'Idolatry of God'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

My central problem with Rollins’ work is that he’s not serious enough about the problem of evil, the power of idolatrous capitalism in our world. His system is not robust enough to resist the totalizing power ...

War Without End
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, in March of 2003, Iraqis braced themselves for the anticipated “Shock and Awe” attacks that the U.S. was planning to launch against them. Ten years ago, in March of ...

On Scripture: 10 Years of War and Hopes for Peace
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, the Iraq War began. Ten years marked by conflict, violence, and loss. Ten years of debate about why we went to war and why we remained. Ten years dealing with death and injury – 4,488 U.S. death ...

Two Children Killed in Afghanistan by NATO Forces
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

THIS JUST IN — horrific news from our friends in Kabul. Over the weekend two kids, age 7 and 8, were killed by NATO forces while herding cattle in the Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan. ...

And the Truth Shall Set You Free
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Many young people enlist in the armed forces without understanding what they’re getting into. My county is rural and poor; jobs are scarce. Many students who lack money or grades to make college a viable optio ...