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Drones Are Corroding Our Nation's Soul
Originally Posted: 02/21/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

When we so disconnect our warriors from the realities of war, what does that do to their souls and to our collective soul? Do we lose sight of the horrible human cost of war? Do we become arrogant in our perce ...

Namibia-Angola War Retrospectives
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

As President Obama prepares to travel to Israel and Palestine, we can hope and pray that models such as the ones found along the Okavango River in Namibia/Angola will inspire local Syrians and Israelis beside ...

Across the Board, Peace
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Jim Balmer Jim Balmer is an antiwar activist whose commitment to no ...

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 ...

King, Clowns, and the Third Way
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice," proclaimed the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It may bend towards justice, but it does not bend gently. ...

Why We (Still) Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The Beloved Community is not a utopian ideal. DURING THE unseasonably warm autumn of 1951, ...

Nonviolence and the Drug War
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Margaret Regan The U.S. and Mexican governments have tried to battle drug violence with more violence. It hasn't worked. Gandhian gr ...

In Kabul, Widows and Orphans Move Up
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Yet the community in Kabul seems agreed — we heard it mentioned at some point during each visit — that their greatest need and greatest hope is to somehow give their children an education. ...

God is Here?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Thinking like that of Gov. Huckabee suggests that we somehow have the power to remove God from our schools and our society. This kind of God is quite small, weak, and impotent — one that is dictated by the me ...

In Afghanistan, A Call for Peace
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

We call upon the United Nations to negotiate an immediate cease-fire to the war in Afghanistan, and to start talks aimed at ending the war and beginning the long road to healing and recovery. ...

David’s Sling: Israel, Hezbollah, and the Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

The connection between God and violence permeates the Bible, with God apparently sanctioning violence against God’s enemies. So we rightly ask, “What about all the violence in the Bible?” ...

The Waiting
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Advent, a season during which Christians honor and attempt to approximate the longing for a Messiah more than 2,000 years ago, is often described as a chance to exercise our patience muscles. ...

Palestinian Christians Rally for U.N. Status Upgrade
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

The time has come to do right for the Palestinians. It is time to unite in support for justice through peaceful means. Palestinians deserve freedom and dignity, and any step that brings this just and moral cau ...

On Thanksgiving, Jews and Muslims Volunteer Together Despite Middle East Violence
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

It’s an idea that feels particularly poignant this Thanksgiving: American Jews and Muslims banding together to help the homeless and other needy people. WASHINGTON — It’s an idea ...

How To Really Support Our Troops
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Soldier suicides have reached epidemic numbers. As the AP reports, More soldiers are taking their own lives than are falling in battle. Add on top of that, the many who suffer from PTSD, and who as a result fi ...

Pacifism in the Scariest Place on Earth
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

While observing the various sites within the DMZ, I thought about how the pacifist Quakers, who founded my school in 1885, would have reacted to such an experience. Recently, I ha ...

Drones: Forces of Evil in Heavenly Places
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Weaponized drones are demons: evil spirits of the air, specters in the heavens, shadowy presences. “John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, an ...

Transcript: Remarks by the President to the U.N. General Assembly
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY on September 25th, 2012. Editor's Note: The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks to th ...

Blindfolded Judges
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

In the bright light of these days’ events it is helpful to be reminded of unalterable truths that transcend party conventions and oppressive governments In the bright light of the ...

Farzana, ‘2 Million Friends’ and a Ceasefire in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

“Stop fighting,” suggests Farzana, a brave 22-year-old Afghan stage actress. Significantly, her statement is in sharp contrast to what seems to be the democratic world’s unquestioned modus operandi of today, e ...

Parting with Sister Anne Montgomery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Anne Montgomery died this week. A great parting has now come, so I take comfort in her words, and rededicate myself to taking direction from them. Anne Montgomery died this week. ...

Israeli Court Rules American Peace Activist Rachel Corrie's Death an 'Accident'
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Israeli court rules Rachel Corrie death an "accident" In the spring of 2003 I made myself a T-shirt. It said: "We Are All Rachel Corrie." I wore it as a consta ...

Catholic Bishop: Unions and Government Will Sign Agreement After 44 Killed in Mine Violence
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Unions and Gov't Will Sign Agreement After 44 Killed in Mine Violence in South Africa Bishop Kevin Dowling, the Catholic bishop of Rustenburg, South Africa, is co-president w ...

More Than 12,000 Christians "Starving" in the Village of Rableh: Humanitarian Law is Invoked
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Mussalaha, the popular faith-led peace movement in Syria, smuggles humanitarian aid to blockaded Rableh. Agencia Fides, the Vatican news outlet for Catholic missioners, is the onl ...

Indian Churches Try to Broker Peace in Assam
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

Christian churches call for nonviolence in northeast India. Interethnic violence has flashed through India during the conclusion of the Muslim holy season of Ramadan during whic ...

Muslims Brace For Tense Holiday
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Following attacks on seven U.S. mosques in the last two weeks, including three attacks last weekend, many Muslim Americans are approaching the end of Ramadan on Aug. 19 under a cloud of fear as Muslim groups t ...

'We Are All Oak Creek:' Prayer Vigil Near White House (Photos)
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

Four hundred people gathered across from the White House last night with a single message: “We are all Oak Creek.” Four hundred people gathered across from the White House last ...

Was Jesus a Pacifist?
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is a question from Christian Piatt's book Banned Questions About Jesus. It is on sale on Amazon Kindle for $2.99 through July 25. Edito ...

A Public Service Announcement from a Coloradoan
Originally Posted: 07/21/2012 - 6:32am | Type: Blog

The staff at Sojourners contacted me and invited me to write something in response to what just happened. So, I'm not writing a blog. I'm providing a Public Service Announcement. ...

Jimmy Carter Tries to Pull the Log from America’s Eye
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Carter’s confessions to foreign leaders are not merely symbolic — as though he must search for a token American violation in order to get a foot in the door with those who perpetrate the really bad things. Des ...

Aung Sun Suu Kyi and Rodney King
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

Both of these individuals are important because of their choices for peace. In 1991, Rodney King was stopped and beaten by a group of Los Angeles police officers. The stop was not ...

Israel and Palestine: There is Hope
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

I was asked recently, is there really any hope for Israel? The answer is yes, there is. Imagine living in a United States of America where every single citizen over the age of 18 ...

Take to the Streets
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Akiva Eldar describes the weakness of the Israeli government when faced with non-violent protest A provocative piece this morning from Akiva Eldar, chief political columni ...

The Cost of the Military
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 11:17pm | Type: Blog

The budget for UN Peacekeeping operations for fiscal year July 2011-30 June 2012 is about $7.84 billion. That’s 0.5 percent of what the world spends on its militaries. Each year, ...

The Lesson of History
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The analogy with Tet is not exact, but the lesson from history is worth heeding. An indigenous insurgency, with safe haven in another country, fighting an occupation force and a government it has installed, wi ...

Was Jesus a Fundamentalist?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

“If Jesus was your only source of information about what Christianity should look like, how would you live your life?” When I was in my early 20’s, a Bible teacher by the name of ...

Hope, Caught on Film
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Last week, anonymous U.S. officials told the media that the U.S. military wouldn't stop the drone-launched missile attacks, which they have been carrying out for years within Pakistan. ...

Take Up Your Towel and Follow Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

Jesus healed and he taught and he called for others to follow him, yet the suffering still was all around. Some part of his humanity must have wanted to take up a sword and fight it. Yet he knew that violence ...

Soul Force vs. The Assassin
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth, by James W. Douglass. ...

After Trayvon Martin Case, Churches Say ‘Stereotypes Cost Lives’
Originally Posted: 03/30/2012 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

An umbrella group of Christian denominations committed to combating racism is urging churches to use the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin as a "teachable moment" to speak out against racial stere ...

Shane Claiborne: Occupy Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 8:24pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the recent police violence in Oakland and the sure temptation of some protestors to resort to violence, I wrote this little reflection inviting all Occupiers to a renewed commitment to nonviolence. ...

Getting Ready for the 'Palestinian Spring'
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sami Awad Nonviolent resistance will be key to freedom and independence in Palestine. As a Palestinian Christ ...

From the Archives: The Unprotected God
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dorothee Soelle Is it possible to live without violence and without weapons? There are two objections made to ...

In Memoriam for a Friend and Peacemaker: Scott Kennedy
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Scott never brought us together for himself; it was never about him, but always about being peacemakers for the sake of other people. But today we gather for Scott. He has brought us together once again, and w ...

The War is Over. Learn from the Sacrifice.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It does no dishonor to those who served to learn from the mistake that was made in starting an unnecessary war in Iraq. And, to realize that it is a mistake the U.S. continues to make. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, December 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 7:47pm | Type: Blog

Occupy igloos ... and rooftops. Buy a gun for the one you love ... or a walk-on role on True Blood (for charity!) Theological wisdom from the mouths of (muppet) otters and stand-up comedians. And you never kno ...

Prayers for Burma
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

The question also is: Will economic advantages that may result benefit all of Burma’s people, especially the poor? We are not powerless to influence events for the better. We can continue to pray. ...

Arlo and Alice's Restaurant
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

At 11 a.m. CST today (Noon EST, 9 a.m. PST), WXRT Radio in Chicago will air, as it does every year on Thanksgiving morning, the complete, 18-minute-34-second original version of Arlo Guthrie's song, " ...

What Next for the Occupiers?
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 5:24pm | Type: Blog

I’m not suggesting Occupy is a religion; many involved would rightly rebel at the idea. But it is, at least in some sense, an outlook—a strong and necessary outlook that will thrive even in diaspora. ...

Faith On Foot at UC Davis: Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Thank you, Rev. Stoneking, for being a peacemaker and a comforter. Thank you for standing up for justice and mercy. Thank you for walking with grace. The video of police shooting ...