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'We Are Not an Island'
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 11:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Queen Quet Onleilove Alston The Gullah/Geechee Nation, extending from North Carolina t ...

We Are In a Crisis — a Moral Crisis
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Martin Luther King, Jr. said 46 years ago in one of his last sermons that if you ignore the poor, one day the whole system will collapse and implode. The costs are too high if we don’t address systemic racism ...

'Don't Be Left Behind Now'
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 8:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara J. Wolcott I got on a bus to help someone else's justice movement—and discovered it was my own. O ...

What's Happening In NC? Faith-Rooted Organizing Is Bearing Fruit
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Press

March 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove ...

Bringing America Back to Life
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

We need a movement of people across this country who refuse to let violence win, a movement of people who refuse to settle for the country as it is and insist on dreaming of the country as it could be. I’m re ...

N.C. Clergy Seek Release of Senate Report on Torture
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Citing the need for transparency in the U.S. record on human rights, nearly 200 clergy and religious leaders from North Carolina are seeking the public release of a 6,000-page Senate intelligence report on U.S ...

N.C. Governor Allows Anti-Shariah Bill to Become Law
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

Lawyers specializing in Islamic law said such legislation could make it harder for Muslim women married in Islamic countries under Shariah law to obtain alimony and child support payments because husbands will ...

'Forward Together, Not One Step Back!'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove A grassroots resistance movement emerges in North Carolina. THOSE WHO BELIEVE in fr ...

N.C. Muslims Hope Gov. Pat McCrory Vetoes Anti-Shariah Bill
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

North Carolina Muslims hope they can persuade Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, to veto a bill that prohibits state judges from considering “foreign law.” North Carolina Muslims hop ...

Shariah 101: What Is It and Why Do States Want to Ban It?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, but nearly everyone agrees that “foreign laws” really means Shariah, or Islamic law. ...

Moral Mondays: Clergy Are Changing Their Language
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

The point is to change the language and speak in terms that hungry legislators can understand. The point is to stay in role and not go mucking around in a political or economic pragmatism, which we do not und ...

Moral Mondays: A Cry for the Old North State
Originally Posted: 07/13/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” Then there’s Samuel Johnson who said, “A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization. ...

Moral Mondays
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

In North Carolina, pastors and civil rights leaders, along with thousands of others, have been living out their personal faith in a very public way. Since late April, dozens of faith leaders and hundreds of ot ...

On Scripture: Fighting for Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 6:25am | Type: Blog

For from Istanbul to Cairo, from Rio to Raleigh, from women’s rights to gay rights to voting rights, until all are free, none are free. “If you love somebody, set them free. Free. ...

NAACP’s William Barber Emerges as Leader of Moral Monday Protests
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

The throngs of demonstrators who flock to the grassy knoll outside the North Carolina Statehouse each Monday know the drill. The throngs of demonstrators who flock to the grassy k ...

North Carolina Minorities Remain Worried After Religion Bill is Pulled
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

A resolution to allow North Carolina to defy the Constitution and establish a state-sanctioned religion may be dead in the state capitol, but minority faiths say there’s more than enough reason to remain nervo ...

Gay at A&M: Saying 'Religious Liberty' When We Mean 'Control'
Originally Posted: 05/12/2013 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

The notion of religious liberty has lately conveyed an impoverished attitude toward the common good among Christians. Namely, “we’ll pay for what we like, and won't pay for what we don’t.” ...

Of Liberation and 'Imaginative Love:' Rev. Ramirez-Eve and Immigrant Communities in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

After taking my seat in a comfortably worn wingback chair, I immediately noticed a copy of Junot Diaz’s novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. My eyes lit up. Having just picked it up the week prior, I s ...

North Carolina Continues to Ignore Science
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

According to the Atlantic Cities, lawmakers in North Carolina have chosen to ignore studies that show sea levels are rising faster than previously expected in favor of developing new housing along the coast. ...

Gone Fishin': Andy Griffith Has Died
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

According to USA Today: Andy Griffith died this morning. Former UNC President Bill Friday says The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m. Friday, ...

A North Carolina Christian’s Response to Pastor Charles L. Worley
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

This week is one of those weeks where everyone seems to be talking, tweeting and blogging about the same video. I received it from several concerned friends with commentary like, “More bad news from North Caro ...

North Carolina Approves Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

The sign outside the polling station at Devon Park United Methodist Church exemplified this state's struggle with a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. "A true marriage is male and fe ...

Called to Welcome the Stranger
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

If, as Christians claims, the story of the Bible is important to us, then we shouldn’t be so worried about foreigners; we shouldn’t be so afraid of immigrants. Editor's N ...

Marcus Robinson Spared Death Row Because of Racial Bias
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina's Racial Justice Act was just a piece of legislation until this morning, when Judge Gregory Weeks set aside a death penalty sentence that had been meted out to Marcus Robinson in 1994. ...

Both Sides Gearing Up for Same-Sex Marriage Fight in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 1:21am | Type: Blog

WILMINGTON, N.C. — As the only Southern state without a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, North Carolina is the next battleground, with religious groups on both sides bracing for a high-stake ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Jason Harrod
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

"My favorite Christmas Hymn (technically an advent hymn) is 'O come, O come, Emmanuel.' I like it because it expresses the longing for Jesus to be 'with us,' and also that tension I b ...