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Lent Devotional: The Triumphal Entry and the Poor People's Campaign Mule Train
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During this Lenten season <a href="http://www.povertyinitiative.org/">The Poverty Initiative</a> is inviting you to join us as we reflect on the last week in the life of Jesus and the las ...

Colombian Pastor Still Missing, Family Threatened
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes Thanks for the update, ...

Darfur's Cries Grow Louder
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I was on a conference call for an hour and a half last week. It was intense. I haven't fully calmed down from it. I paced back and forth in the living room for a good portion of it.</p> ...

Palestinian and Israeli Former Fighters Unite for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Ishmael and Isaac, brothers of the same father and different mothers, together buried their father Abraham. Esau and Jacob, twin brother and rivals, reconciled. Ishmael and Isaac, ...

Coming Clean: A Confession
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I have a confession to make.</p> I have a confession to make. Some of my friends and colleagues are already fully appraised of what I am about to say. But for many other ...

Reading Peace for Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I am a good person.</p> I am a good person. We make this declaration from time to time, usually when we have done something wrong or when we want to put distance between ...

Remembering Christian Peacemaker Tom Fox on the Anniversary of His Death in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Let's listen in now to the Marine Corps Band," the CNN commentator says. The camera pans across the Washington Mall. People, as far as the eye can see, waiting for the historic moment, ...

New Violence Takes Aim at Northern Ireland's Hard-Won Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

On Saturday night, two young soldiers preparing to go to Afghanistan were murdered in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Four other people, including two men delivering pizzas, were injured. ...

Does Grace Abound to the Chief of Torturers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On the first day of the Obama administration, our newly elected president signed the order to close down Guatanamo. Scores of human rights advocates were in ecstasy. For those of us committed to peace ...

An Unsung Catholic Environmental Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Current newspapers and blogs are replete with commentaries on the outcome of the presidential elections, the ailing economy, and life issues, especially abortion. Current newspape ...

Beating the F-22 Fighter Jet into a Ploughshare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p align="left">"People will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy." "People will judge you on what you can buil ...

Lent: A Time for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, and preparation. Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, an ...

A Step Toward Peace
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Edward F. Snyder JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, by James W. Douglass. Orbis. James W ...

War No More
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

John K. Stoner The memos to President Obama in the January issue are interesting for what they omit as well as for what they include. ...

Gaza's Peace Road?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi As reports of the ...

Calling for Interfaith Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

While at Yale last weekend, I had the opportunity to eat breakfast with a bright group of young students. One of the topics we touched on was interfaith dialogue. While at Yale l ...

Ash Wednesday: Concrete Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51; 2nd Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.</em></p> Bible readings f ...

The Legacy of William Sloane Coffin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday, I preached from the old pulpit of William Sloane Coffin at Yale University. Sunday, I preached from the old pulpit of William Sloane Coffin at Yale University. He served ...

Hope for Darfur?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The United States has recognized that genocide is taking place in Darfur, Sudan. That recognition is now five years old. The United States has recognized that genocide is taking ...

Waltz with Bashir: Drawing a Massacre from Memory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://waltzwithbashir.com"></a>Each time I write about the Middle East, I feel compelled to repeat three concepts.</p> Each ti ...

A New Conversation in the Holy Land
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I became haunted by the notion that Christians, Muslims, and Jews are going to blow up the world unless we learn to get along. A year ago I became haunted by the notion ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | 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 ...

Two Kinds of Economic Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> I just watched President Obama's Indiana speech and town ha ...

Six 'Highlights' from Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen has been on the Hill this week going through the gory details of waste, fraud, and mismanagement of the roughly $51 billion we gave fo ...

Overcoming John Wayne Syndrome with New Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Peace actions often evoke disgust, anger, and fear from the uninvolved bystander. Epithets are hurled at the demonstrators, with coward and traitor perhaps the favorites. Why should advocating peace e ...

Obama Continues Bombing Pakistan (A 'Just Peace' President? Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

He said he would do it.</p> He said he would do it. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he would go into Pakistan if necessary to capture and/or kill al ...

The Solidarity of Motherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Idia, the wife of disappeared pastor William Reyes, held m ...

Jimmy Carter Interview: 'We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President Jimmy Carter just published a new book about the ongoing violent unrest in the Middle East titled, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439140634?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=soj ...

A Controversial Approach to Healing Northern Ireland's Violent Past
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It's a significant week in Northern Ireland, with the latest development in the long-running peace process. It's a significant week in Northern Ireland, with the latest ...

Beyond Gaza: An Abrahamic Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Beyond anguish, what can we say about the massive death and destruction in Gaza and the traumatic fear of falling rockets in Israel? Beyond anguish, what can we say about the mass ...

'Yes, We Did' - But What Will We Do Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As I layered my clothing and stepped out into the biting pre-dawn chill, and as my friends and I walked the three miles down to the Mall and stood for hours feeling our toes go numb, I found it all ...

A 'Just Peace' President?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

If this Gaza War teaches us anything, if the tragic history of wars in the Middle East teaches us anything, it is that when people are determined to obtain weapons and fight, war goes on and solves ...

Gaza: A War Without Winners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I began a fast for peace when Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip. Last week, I ended the fast, as fighting has stopped and most if not all the troops have left Gaza.</p> ...

Peacemaking, Power, and Politics: Books for Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

As a former theology and philosophy professor at Asbury Seminary, Sojourners' COO, Chuck Gutenson, is a walking encyclopedia of all things theological As a former theology a ...

Police Violence Undercuts Pundits' 'Post-Racial' Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The day after Barack Obama was elected president, I heard people say multiple times that we have now arrived as a "post-racial" nation and that it can now be said that anyone can truly be president ...

Arriving in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As of Thursday, the Red Cross reported 900 Palestinians from Gaza killed, half of them civilians, over 3,400 severely wounded, and 28,000 displaced from their homes. The special medical supplies which ...

Israeli-Occupied Territory on Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I heard a Palestinian diplomat describe Capitol Hill as "Israeli-occupied territory" in a speech given at Georgetown University. A year ago I heard a Palestin ...

Giving Your Shirt for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In the February issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=mother-liberia" href="../../../ ...

Gaza: 'Enough of Blood and Tears. Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Why do we value blood and tears so cheap? Is it because we all own them? When we grieve the various losses that life brings to us, the tears seem to flow from some inexhaustible source. ...

Creating a New American Ethos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. America has come from Native American genocid ...

Taking Aid to Gaza and Israel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this, I am en-route to Egypt on a commercial aircraft with 1/4 ton of priceless kits containing basic medical equipment but no drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. ...

Gaza: Where are the Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week now. Over 600 Palestinians and ten Israelis have been killed (seven of them soldiers), and 3,085 Palestinians have been injured. It has been over a week no ...

Nonviolence Begets Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The dynamics of "violence begets violence" are simple and probably understood by everyone who has ever been in a fight. The dynamics of "violence begets violence&qu ...

Crossing the Line Between Legitimate Criticism and Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attacks in Gaza. It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attack ...

It's Time for a Sustained Focus on a Lasting Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I can't help commenting on the tragic situation in Gaza after a week like this. There have been many calls for a ceasefire which, of course, I support as necessary and important. ...

Whose Truth Do You Trust in the Gaza Conflict?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In addition to the obvious and outrageous tragedy of those killed by the Israeli bombing of Gaza (<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/middleeastCrisis/idUKL7411349">640</a> killed so f ...

Selective Memory in the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

A well-repeated Arab saying dealing with conflicts states: <em>al bad'azlam</em>, "the initiator [of a conflict] is the wrong one." So if you are trying to figure out who is wrong in ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

New Rules for Middle East Engagement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on the recent crisis in Gaza. I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on ...

Jews, Muslims Need a New Playbook in Responding to the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.cair.com/">Council of Islamic Relations </a>calls the Israeli attack on Gaza a "disproportionate and counterproductive ... The ...