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'Loving Thy Neighbor': People of Faith Speak Out against Unjust Immigration Laws
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A recent Center for American Progress report, <a title="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html" href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_t ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

A Prophetic Call in the Midst of Political Corruption (Colombia's Churches Cry Out, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/22/colombias-churches-cry-out-for-accompaniment/">continued from part 1</a>]</p> [ continued from part 1 ] ...

Colombia's Churches Cry Out for Accompaniment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"If [state officials and the paramilitary groups] knew what we were telling you, we would be riddled with bullets as soon as we walked out that door."</p> ...

Where Did Jesus Stand at the ELCA Assembly?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Criteria for Spiritual Leadership: Content of Character
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Does it seem curious to you that when the issue of leadership in the church is discussed, gender is frequently cited as a primary element to consider? Does it seem curious to you ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

Jimmy Carter's Stand on Women in Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>An autographed photo of Jimmy Carter sits on our piano. A friend of ours wrote to Carter and told him that he was one of our sons' favorite presidents, and would he please send them a signed phot ...

Justice for Victims of Colombia's Military
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On June 8, Pastor Reinel Martinez Medina testified before the Colombian Congress on the execution of his brother at the hands of Colombian Public Security Forces: "I dare to speak out about my brot ...

Evangelical Leaders Overlook Minorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Sotomayor: She Deserves Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Barack Obama has electrified the Latino community in America. The nomination of Sonia Soto ...

Spiritual Gifts Are Not Bound by Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Many of you have attended a class at church designed to help you discern your spiritual gifts. Many of you have attended a class at church designed to help you discern your spirit ...

Three Encouragements Toward Making Your Churches More Multicultural
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. But one of the joys of planting and pastoring Quest Church is that it's one of t ...

Readers Speak Out on Body Image and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Many thanks to the folks who answered <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/20/share-your-strength/" href="../2009/03/20/share-your-strength/">our request</a> for your thought ...

What Keeps Us From Living MLK's Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last year Naomi Tutu and I met on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to keep vigil on the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friends joined us from around the cou ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

The Collapse of Evangelicalism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the March 10 edition of <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em>, <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html">Michael Spencer predicts "the coming evangelica ...

Obama's Community of Support and Challenge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/politics/15pastor.html?_r=1&amp;hp"><em>The New York Times</em> ran a story</a> about five pastors who have served ...

The Perils of Well-Meaning But Short-Sighted Generosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Rick Warren, the most prominent evangelical pastor of our day, has established a highly successful program arranging teams from his church to help specific villages in Africa. Ric ...

Hope for Women in Ministry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I don't honestly think about "women in ministry issues" a whole lot. I guess I just go about my work not thinking of myself as a female pastor, just a pastor. I have almost never felt ...

Blog and Preach to Honor International Women's Day This Sunday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Each year on March 8 the world takes time to observe <a href="http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp" target="_blank">International Women's Day</a>. ...

Good News in Both Word and Deed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It's a new world we're living in. The troubles and hardships that were once easy to shove under our country's red, white, and blue rug now fly up in our faces on a daily basis. ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers: Neo-Apologetics and a Return to Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Service Careers Still Valued Less than 'Real Jobs'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In December an Australian cell phone company refused to sell a phone to a stay-at-home mom because she didn't have a real job. In December an Australian cell phone company re ...

When One Suffers, All Suffer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependence, our mutuality, and our oneness as the church? Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependenc ...

Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president. The day after the inaugur ...

Racial Reconciliation: A Necessary Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. Through books he read and conversations he had with A ...

Release Your Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When we think of megachurches, very often we imagine large evangelical congregations-numbering in the thousands, located in the United States. When we think of megachurches, very ...

Everyone Is Called to Serve
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

How many of you love listening to people who are retired discuss their life achievements? How many of you love listening to people who are retired discuss their life achievements? ...

A Pastoral Strategy for an Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As the polls and media pundits have pointed out, many Americans ...

A Satirical Sermon Mocks Mammon-Worship
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>When I was a girl, my mother told me one should never discuss four things in polite company: rel ...

SBC-Controlled Bookstores Remove Magazine With Women Pastors on Cover
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Just recently, more than <a href="http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2008/09/magazines_with.html">100 bookstores controlled by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) removed t ...

What Would Jesus Buy?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann Rev. Billy and his "Church of Stop Shopping" preach the gospel of love, anti-consumerism, and radical neighbo ...

Scared to Talk Politics in Church?
Originally Posted: 05/06/2011 - 2:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brian D. McLaren You don't need to be partisan to be prophetic. Sometimes I think that th ...