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Christian Leaders Voice Support for Iran Framework Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

I urge you to prayerfully consider adding your own voice in support of the diplomatic process and share the opportunity with others. Read it, discuss it in your churches, and add your name. This is a historic ...

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Reclaiming the Prophetic Edge
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring The Radical King by Martin Luther King Jr., edited by Cornel West.  “WE ARE AT the moment when o ...

A Newsfeed of Fear
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 3:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins You wouldn't know it from the headlines, but things are getting better.  I GREW UP terrif ...

From the Archives: May 1992
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joe Nagle A Threat to Peace  THE DEATH of former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on March 9 brought ba ...

Shooting in a Moral Vacuum
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins If the purpose of art is to help us live better, then to have integrity, storytellers who feature characters who behave ba ...

#BlackLivesMatter Meet Stokely Carmichael
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger These national uprisings are part of an ongoing black liberation narrative.  IN AN undistin ...

All Eyes Are Upon Us
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Gene Grabiner Mother, mother There’s too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There’s far too many of you dying                            —Marvin Gaye ...

Neither Despair Nor Complacency
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Charles Villa-Vicencio Nelson Mandela was one of the 20th century's greatest leaders, but the long walk to freedom in South Africa i ...

The Power of Peacebuilding
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright A military-only strategy won't defeat ISIS, and may even make things worse.  THE PEACE M ...

Resisting ISIS
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Maria J. Stephan Surprisingly, acts of civil resistance in Syria and Iraq have shown success against the so-called Islamic State.  ...

Bill O’Reilly Battles It Out With Liberal Pastor Over ‘Holy War’ and the Islamic State
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:10am | Type: Press

February 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

The Front Page Rule
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

It brings home a core fact about drones: that you can't surrender to a drone. Enemy soldiers, and people merely suspected of being, or intending to become, enemy soldiers, are killed at home gardening, or ...

Time for a Cyberweapons Treaty?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Cyberwar stories were uninteresting until one involved a threat to our inalienable right to laugh at fart jokes.  ...

Were You There?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter How art can help us wrestle with race and brokenness.  THE GRAINY, STUTTERING surveillance foota ...

The Cost of Discipleship
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Erin E. Tocknell When Nashville pastors and seminary students took a stand during the civil rights era, their own congregations were oft ...

'God Always Provides'
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cynthia J. Martens A priest in Jordan opens his church's doors to Iraqis fleeing ISIS.  REV. KHALIL JAAR ...

Choosing the Side of Justice
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis There is no "symmetry" in the violence of the Middle East today.  THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIA ...

What Christian Ethics Demands, But Most Christians Have Yet to Seriously Try
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The concrete victories of modern nonviolent campaigns, the devastating destruction of ongoing violent campaigns, and the moral demands of Christian faith all focus a clear imperative. It is time for the Christ ...

A Future in Prison
Originally Posted: 01/23/2015 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

In the U.S., the criminal justice system disproportionately incarcerates people of color for petty offenses. Many take plea bargains under threat of excessive, punitive sentences. If I were a young black male, ...

Why We Must #ReclaimMLK
Originally Posted: 01/19/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

We want unity under the American identity, but are not willing to do the hard work to create an environment that makes unity possible. “Radical simply means grasping things at t ...

The Subversive Peace of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/24/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Jesus was born, he was killed, and he rose again to subvert the whole theological and political system of violence with God’s nonviolent love. He reveals the absurdity of believing that the means of violence c ...

Your Story Stinks … Oh, and Peace on Earth
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

At this time of year, we hear verses and songs about peace on Earth. With so much war and acrimony in every nook of the world and cyberspace, this notion of peace can sound pretty absurd. ...

The Christmas Truce: A Lesson from 100 Years Ago
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

One hundred years ago, during the First World War, the Christmas truce took place between British, German, and French soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front. On Christmas Eve 1914, soldiers from opposin ...

Gratitude with Hope
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

I'm grateful for the warm, safe shelter of my home when there are 610,042 experiencing homelessness on any given night in the U.S. I’m grateful for more than enough to eat when there are 805 million peop ...

Hope — The Most Important Gift
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

I currently serve as Pastoral Associate at a Catholic parish in Buffalo, NY, where our pastor decided to hold monthly Prayer Hours for Peace in response to the violent outbreaks in Syria, the uprising in Fergu ...

'Peace, Peace.' But For Whom?
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Wherever peace is elusive, the first ones to suffer are the vulnerable. When I was living in China, taxis were a convenient and cheap mode of transportation. One time, our taxi ...

Faith leaders urge peace, change in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 12:49pm | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Kellner ...

'You Are a Human Being'
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

The ways we reach out to God should be happy endeavors, but these ways can become bones of contention, especially if they’re deemed to be special or exclusive paths to God. I beli ...

This Veterans Day, Work for Peace
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

In the wake of the latest escalation of the U.S. “war on terror,” it’s time to remember the origin of Veterans Day. In 1926, Congress officially recognized the commemoration of Armistice Day on Nov. 11 with the exhortation, “the recurring anniversar ...

On Being A Muslim Parent
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Would his first taste of Islamaphobia come at the age of 5 during show-and-tell.  LAST YEAR, as I ...

Season of Disruption
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Advent is a time to answer the question, "Which side are you on?"  WHEN JOHANNES ...

Reformation Then and Now - Dismantling Walls Today
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

Who or what can defeat and break the walls, the towers, the fortresses we construct? Who or what can overcome oppression in the land? Where do we turn when creation shakes and societies are in an uproar? ...

Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

“We’re compelled by our own spirituality, to keep speaking up and to keep getting people to know that silence is complicity. We have to speak out to say ‘Not in my Name.’” On Oct. ...

Principles for Prophetic Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Kuttab   As Christians concerned about peace and justice, this time of crisis in the Middle East provides us an opportunity to return to our principles, the “springs of ...

Broken Cisterns
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Kuttab Before it all fell apart earlier this year, and before this summer's carnage in Gaza, the Israeli-Palestine peace p ...

In Compassion and Sympathy: A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

How then ought Christ-followers respond to the religiously inspired violence perpetrated by groups like ISIS/ISIL? I believe that Christ-followers, while denouncing all forms of violence—especially religious v ...

From 9/11 to ISIS: Resolving the Paradox of the U.S. War on Terror
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It feels ...

Needed: An International Strategy in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

If military action needs to be taken to protect civilians from further ISIS aggression, it should be multilateral not unilateral. American leadership no doubt will remain important, but the authorization for a ...

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

The fact is, violence has not only failed to create stability, in many ways it has acted to exacerbate the situation of instability and injustice which fuels terrorism. Violence does not stop violence, instead ...

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: A Public Reflection on the Power of a Picture
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

In response to the death of Michael Brown, many people are using the hastag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown on Twitter to consider the role that images used by the media have on the public's perception of vicitms. ...

On Iraq Pope Francis' Message of Peace Meets Realities of War
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Even as Francis called on the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes,” the Vatican also tried to make peace with the idea that U.S. military strikes that be ...

'Silence Is Betrayal:' Speaking Out for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian I march because of verses like Isaiah 1:17, which instructs us to, "learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." and Proverbs 31:8-9, ...

Between Iraq and a Hard Place
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright U.S. intervention has been the problem in Iraq, not the solution. THE DEEPENING CRISIS grippi ...

Ground Operation
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Bethany Spicher Schonberg Through farming, veterans across the country tend to the soil—and the wounds of war. ...

Israel and Palestine: Peace or Pieces?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

To suggest that there simply needs to be another ceasefire in the current conflict, then more negotiations — without acknowledging that past negotiations have unalterably yielded the same result: more missiles ...

Pope Francis Appeals for Peace with Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

As Israel continued its ground offensive into the Gaza Strip, Pope Francis urged Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to end the spiraling conflict. ...

What I Said To Syrian Refugee Women
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Press

July 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Lynne Hybels ...

Three Ways to Maintain Yourself While Maintaining a Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

Doing justice is hard and exhausting work. We are compelled to action by the urgency of the suffering and pain and evil that mark life for so many in God’s world. And the work is never done. ...

RESOURCE: "Christians, Muslims, and the Common Good"
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A study guide for engaging Muslim-Christian relations. Christians and Muslims in Nigeria are work ...