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Catholic Bishop: Unions and Government Will Sign Agreement After 44 Killed in Mine Violence
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 12:53pm | 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 - 11:11am | 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 - 9:16am | 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 - 9:28am | 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 - 11:15am | 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 - 1:46pm | 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 - 5:32am | 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 - 3:49pm | 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 - 11:39am | 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 - 1:36pm | 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 - 2:55pm | 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 - 10:17pm | 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 - 1:08pm | 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 - 9:01am | 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 - 1:14pm | 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 - 8:49am | 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 - 2:09pm | 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 - 3:29pm | 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 - 7:24pm | 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 - 11:53am | 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 - 11:42am | 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 - 2:20pm | 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 - 9:55am | 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 - 6:47pm | 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 - 4:23pm | 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 - 11:35am | 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 - 4:24pm | 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 - 12:40pm | 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 ...

Colombia's "People of the Land" Call Out for Justice ... And Some of Us Are Listening
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Colombia's campesinos ("people of the land") — peasants, farmers and artisanal miners, the indigenous — are calling out for an end to the exploitation and environmental destruction of their life ...

British Clergy to Support #OccupyLondon with Circle of Protection, Prayer
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

On Sunday (10/30), the Anglican Bishop of London, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard Chartres, met with Occupy London protesters who have encamped for several weeks now on the ground of St. ...

Prayers and Support for Injured OWS Protester and Iraq War Vet Scott Olsen
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

The condition of former U.S. The condition of former U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, 24, who was badly injured when he was struck in the head reportedly by a project ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Without a Vision, the People Will Perish
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a month old. Now what? On Sunday afternoon, I stood in Zuccotti Park with several thousand other folks trying to take in the veritable circus that is the Occupation site san ...

News: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Occupy Wall Street's struggle for nonviolence. Occupy Wall Street's struggle for nonviolence. On Saturday, the Washington Post splashed a photo on its front pa ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Generation Finds Its Voice
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Like many of my contemporaries, I found the non-violent protests in Egypt that led to regime change earlier this year terribly inspiring. But, also like many in my generation, I never thought such a movement ...

Crime, Forgiveness and Retributive Justice: A God's Politics Interview with Naseem Rakha
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

An eye for an eye, a life for a life. This is one way -- based, some argue, in scripture and biblical ethics -- that proponents of capital punishment justify the death penalty. ...

Yoga Sabbath: Shabbat Shal-OM.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

What can you learn from an Israeli Hindu-monk-in-training about peace? As Palestine makes a bid for nationhood status at the United Nations, and Israel and the United States. do what they can to block it, I think back to May 2010, when I wa ...

Lord, Have Mercy: Suicide Bomber Kills 75 in Somalia
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:02am | Type: Blog

A truck bomb has killed at least 70 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, including a crowd of young students applying for scholarships to study abroad. This just in from A ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Next Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 ye ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct. ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 President Obama and aides are bracing for a tough re-el ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

The Hard Cases
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, Lawrence Brewer was killed by the state of Texas. The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state o ...

Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. " Continuing a cycle of vi ...

The Mercy Seat
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It ALL began when they come took me from my home And put me on Death Row, a crime for which I am totally innocent, you know. I began to warm and chill To objects and their fields, ...

For Troy Davis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Troy Anthony Davis died at 11:08 p.m. EST, Sept. 21,2011. Troy Anthony Davis died at 11:08 p.m. EST, Sept. 21,2011. UPDATE : I originally posted this shortly after 7 ...

BREAKING NEWS: Report Says Abuse is Part of "Institutional Culture" of U.S. Border Patrol
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Beatings. Dehydration. Medical treatment denied. Families separated. Meager belongings and money stolen. Beatings. Dehydration. Medical treatment denied. Families separated. Meage ...

Afternoon Philosofail
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A philosophy professor of mine from college, who is also a Facebook friend, just posted a link to the following item, without comment (although I could hear what he was undoubtedly thinking from 900 m ...

BREAKING NEWS: Georgia Parole Board Denies Davis' Plea for Clemency
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Associated Press is reporting that the Georgia state parole and pardons board has denied death row inmate Troy Davis' last-ditch plea for clemency. Davis' execution is scheduled for tomorrow. ...

International Peace Day: Hold Your Fire (and Your Tongue!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Peace is a return to oneness. In both the Hebrew and the Greek concepts of peace, the idea goes far beyond the absence of war or violent conflict. Peace is a return to onen ...