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A Dogged Pursuit of Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "The alternative—not having negotiations—is guaranteed to fail." GEORGE MITCHELL, the ...

The Knotted Gun
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Bishop Peter Price Is the NRA preventing the U.S. from regulating the international arms trade? IN 1988, a br ...

Let's Talk About Food: Naked, No Doubt Hungry, and Definitely Not Ashamed
Originally Posted: 09/26/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

It's odd that Christians — people who claim to believe that God created the earth, sustains it day by day, and intends to create a new earth — are often so mixed up about sex and food. ...

Soulful Leadership For Peace In Syria
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Press

September 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Margaret Benefiel ...

Let's Talk About Food: The Apple Wasn't the Problem
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 7:57am | Type: Blog

If we're going to talk about food, we need to start with theology. Before chocolate was invented, a snake put "sinfully delicious" and "decadent" on the menu. Somebody fell for the mar ...

Give (The Department of) Peace a Chance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

The time is upon us to recognize that peace is not merely a destination, but a journey, and not merely a noun, but a verb, for we can be people of peace even in the midst of a violent world. Instead of spendin ...

How We Halted Military Strikes in Syria — For the Moment
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

The threat of U.S. military intervention is far from over. Should the particular diplomatic option on the table not work out, the Obama administration and Congress could still push for a military attack. ...

Obama, Seacrest, and Our War Against Indifference
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The time is upon us to seek solutions and spark action, and the first enemy to conquer is not standing on foreign soil, but rather, it is the collective indifference that sits in so many of our hearts. ...

Muslim Mother Seeks Justice for the Son She Lost on 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It’s been five years now that Talat Hamdani has been able to talk about her son without crying, but she still prefers mostly not to tell his story. It’s been five years now that T ...

Syria: It Will Take More Than Saying No to Military Strikes
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

When people respond to violence with more violence, they keep that cycle of retribution spinning higher and higher. Oh, just a few well-placed missiles will teach Assad a lesson and he’ll ramp down his attacks ...

On Syria: Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

As Martin Luther King taught us, you cannot fight fire with fire, you only get a bigger fire. You fight fire with water. You fight violence with nonviolence. You fight hatred with love. ...

Pope Francis: Military Intervention in Syria 'Futile'
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday told world leaders gathered in Russia for the G-20 summit that a military intervention in Syria would be “futile,” urging them to focus instead on dialogue and reconciliation to bring ...

Respond, But How? What We're Missing On Syria
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

The jump we often make from just causes and moral cases to military actions reveals our dependence on old habits of war as our only response to conflict and injustice. It also reveals our lack of imagination f ...

Christians in Middle East: U.S. Attack on Syria Would Be Detrimental
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

As the Obama administration considers a strike in response to recent chemical attacks, the head of a global evangelical group said Wednesday that Christians in the Middle East oppose military intervention in S ...

Advice on Syria from Gregory the Great
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

How does one respond to violence without becoming as guilty as the perpetrators you seek to punish? As I began my morning devotions on Tuesday this week, Syria was on my mind. No ...

Christian Pacifism: Relevant Beyond Syria
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 6:23am | Type: Blog

As the United States prepares to “officially” become involved in the Syrian war, Christian pacifism has reemerged as a much-discussed and relevant topic. Unfortunately, the concept has been somewhat misreprese ...

The Ethics of a Syrian Military Intervention: The Experts Respond
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

As the Obama administration readies for a probable military strike against Syria, Religion News Service asked a panel of theologians and policy experts whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria in light of th ...

On Syria: We Must Use a Moral Compass to Guide Our Moral Outrage
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Christians should be guided by the gospel of peacemaking and conflict resolution that reduces the violence of our world. And it is a long-held Christian principle that governments and citizens are obliged to w ...

AUDIO: Kathy Kelly's Defiant Peace Activism
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 9:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo The Editors As Ramzi Kysia writes in " The Song Remains " ( Sojourners , August 2013), after decade ...

Antoinette Tuff: Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 08/23/2013 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

I am praising Ms. Tuff because too often in our violence-saturated world, we fail to see the miracles of hope and humanity. I don’t know Antoinette Tuff. All of my knowledge about her comes from watching her i ...

Our Obsession With Violence and the Stories You’re Not Supposed to Hear
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 8:27am | Type: Blog

We do grave harm to these regions and the people within them when we fail to highlight these gritty, subversive, and everyday movements of hope in the midst of conflict. As followers of the great Reconciler, w ...

What's So Great About Perfection?
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 7:24am | Type: Blog

Many people continue to chase perfection and refuse to compromise with realities that fall short. Two Sunday meetings prevented my going to the country with the family. So on S ...

PHOTOS & POETRY: A Unique Look at Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors When most people think of Gaza, surfing is not the first thing that comes to mind. But photo journalist Ryan Rodrick Beiler has an eye for capturing the resilience and ...

Gaza: The Persistent Paradox
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Rodrick Beiler Gaza, a land at once ugly and impoverished—and beautiful and rich. IN "SILENCE FOR G ...

VIDEOS: Just Vision
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Preview Ronit Avni's inspiring films about nonviolence in the Holy Land. In “ Stories Wor ...

Stories Worth Telling
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We need to hear more about the people committed to peace. IN HER JEWISH school in Montreal, Roni ...

The Song Remains
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Ramzi Kysia After more than two decades of defiant work for peace, Kathy Kelly continues to move others to love and action. ...

Hot Dogs for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel I felt the horror of a kid caught in a grade school coolness competition. WHEN I WAS growing up in ...

Our Brother's Keeper
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

In the fourth chapter of Genesis, after the proverbial “fall” of humanity, two brothers stand in a field. Cain is a farmer — Abel, a herdsman. Both bring offerings from their labor to God, but Abel brings his ...

Rand Paul: Jesus Was Anti-War
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Paul Rand quoted scripture and used biblical principles as he made his case against excessive American engagement overseas. Paul Rand quoted scripture and used biblical principles ...

Star Trek: Into Darkness: A Call to Change Course
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Star Trek: Into Darkness is a fascinating and complicated story that is well worth watching. Instead of providing a summary, I want to explore three related aspects of the movie: sacrifice, blood, and hope for ...

Drones for Christ
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

David Swanson How Jerry Falwell's Liberty U.—the world's largest Christian university—became an evangelist for drone warfare.  ...

The Violence of Peacemaking
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Jesus, as the ultimate peacemaker, shows us that the life and work of peacemaking isn't some fairy tale euphoria, but the gritty, subversive and sacrificial life of faithfulness to a God and kingdom that ...

Americans Debate Concept of Evil in Relation to Terrorism, Shootings
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Press

May 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Jerome Socolovsky ...

Loving Like Christ
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Thanks be to God for the life of Gordon Cosby. GORDON COSBY was perhaps the most Christian human b ...

A Mother’s Day for Peace in our Cities
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

This Mother's Day, remember Howe’s words: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword [or gun] of murder is not the balance of justice." Ask yourself, "What can I do to sow seeds of peace in an atmosphere of vio ...

If Someone Hits You, Hit Them Back
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

The “if someone hits you, hit them back” mentality is destroying black men at an alarming rate. Dads, teach your boys to talk it over, look the other way, or keep walking when things begin to escalate. ...

Common Cause President Bob Edgar Dead at 69
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Bob Edgar, a Democratic congressman and United Methodist minister who went on to lead the National Council of Churches through a painful series of restructuring, died suddenly Tuesday at age 69. ...

Screen-Free Week and the Still Small Voice
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Besides the temptation of sheer distraction from difficult truths, there is the subtler temptation of 'clicktivism' which lets me feel that I’ve done something without requiring me to think deeply, p ...

Building A World Without Hate
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

The question for me as a teacher is not so much "What could have been?" as it is "What can be?" Brenda is a fourth grader at my elementary school. Her father ...

Talking to My Son About Boston
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

“I heard someone dropped a bomb on Boston,” said Mattias, my 9-year-old son, over breakfast while I scrolled through the breaking news reports. I woke up this morning, like everyo ...

'Pacem in Terris' — 50 Years Later
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

On April 11, 1963 Pope John XXIII published an encyclical some initially dismissed as naive and myopic, as too liberal and too lofty. But today, his "Pacem in Terris" is generally lauded as genius an ...

On Scripture: Repairing Our Grief
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

Moral injury happens when we transgress our basic moral beliefs and expectations. It can occur when we’ve done our best in impossible circumstances or when we’ve simply failed. Millions of people are living wi ...

Friends Without Borders
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Shane Claiborne Can getting to know people on the "other side" help tear down the walls between us? It already has. ...

War Without End
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, in March of 2003, Iraqis braced themselves for the anticipated “Shock and Awe” attacks that the U.S. was planning to launch against them. Ten years ago, in March of ...

On Scripture: 10 Years of War and Hopes for Peace
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 6:44am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, the Iraq War began. Ten years marked by conflict, violence, and loss. Ten years of debate about why we went to war and why we remained. Ten years dealing with death and injury – 4,488 U.S. death ...

Faith Leaders Speak Out to Reduce Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

Driven by our moral call to protect each member of our society, people of faith have been outspoken about the need to craft meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence. This week, Mayors Against Illegal Gun ...

Why the Next Pope Matters
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Who is selected pope of the Roman Catholic Church matters to all Christians. As the College of Cardinals begins its conclave today in Rome to select the next Pope, I find myself ...

Two Children Killed in Afghanistan by NATO Forces
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

THIS JUST IN — horrific news from our friends in Kabul. Over the weekend two kids, age 7 and 8, were killed by NATO forces while herding cattle in the Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan. ...

Human Flourishing: Seeking More For The Oppressed
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Press

February 27, 2013 Sojo in the News Anthony Bradley ...