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Preventing an Iranian Bomb
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright History shows engagement, not attack, dissuades countries from developing nuclear weapons. CA ...

Stunned and Hopeful
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels Few people I know believe peace in the Holy Land is really possible—unless it begins with Israeli and Palestinian Christians ...

We Are Unstoppable! Another World Is Possible!
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Christopher Sofolo reflects on the NATO demonstrations in Chicago earlier this month: "Amidst a swirl of percussion the crowd was chanting: 'We are unstoppable! Another world is possible!'" ...

War at What Cost? A Veteran Perspective
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

This unfathomable amount of money was approved by the House of Representatives in the National Defense Authorization Act. These funds will serve to bring suffering and pain to innocent people, further militari ...

Coming Home: The New Afghan Mission
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Gen. John Allen, the U.S./NATO commander in Afghanistan, is reorienting the military mission in Afghanistan. As U.S. troops leave, Afghan troops must take the lead. Gen. John All ...

Human Rights Watch Slams NATO for Civilian Deaths in Libya
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

For Reuters, Sebastian Moffett reports on a new Human Rights Watch report. For  Reuters ,  Sebastian Moffett  reports on a new Human Rights Watch report: "In a r ...

Support For War In Afghanistan At All Time Low
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort of the war in Afghanistan. From  The Associated Press '  Anne Gearan : "Support for the war in Af ...

Israel and Palestine: There is Hope
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

I was asked recently, is there really any hope for Israel? The answer is yes, there is. Imagine living in a United States of America where every single citizen over the age of 18 ...

Take to the Streets
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Akiva Eldar describes the weakness of the Israeli government when faced with non-violent protest A provocative piece this morning from Akiva Eldar, chief political columni ...

The Cost of the Military
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 11:17pm | Type: Blog

The budget for UN Peacekeeping operations for fiscal year July 2011-30 June 2012 is about $7.84 billion. That’s 0.5 percent of what the world spends on its militaries. Each year, ...

The Lesson of History
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The analogy with Tet is not exact, but the lesson from history is worth heeding. An indigenous insurgency, with safe haven in another country, fighting an occupation force and a government it has installed, wi ...

Was Jesus a Fundamentalist?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

“If Jesus was your only source of information about what Christianity should look like, how would you live your life?” When I was in my early 20’s, a Bible teacher by the name of ...

Hope, Caught on Film
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Last week, anonymous U.S. officials told the media that the U.S. military wouldn't stop the drone-launched missile attacks, which they have been carrying out for years within Pakistan. ...

Just Bring Them Home
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

George Masters, combat veteran and freelance writer, writes of driving behind a car with two 'Support Our Troops' ribbons. In his head, he responds. George Masters, comb ...

Afghanistan Massacre Shows War Has Failed
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

After weeks of tumultuous upheaval, the slaying allegedly by a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant is just the most recent incident undermining U.S. objectives to win hearts and minds. Frankly, that mission has long been ...

Violence Makes Losers of Us All
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

If you were walking down the street and a stranger approached you and punched you in the face what would you want to do in that moment? Sure, this is an odd hypothetical situation, but really, answer the quest ...

IRAQ REFLECTION: A Small Miracle in Suleimaniya
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

A Christian peacemaker in Kurdish Iraq responds to the sudden killing of an American Christian school teacher by an Iraqi student. The news spread through the city of Suleimaniya ...

16 More Lives and the Full Cost of War
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

There is no way to measure the loss for the families of the victims, no way to understand the harm done to peace process in the country and no way to calculate the additional deaths of Americans, Afghans and o ...

President Obama's AIPAC Speech and Reaction
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

In a speech to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, President Obama urged Israeli leaders to refrain from "loose talk of war" relate ...

God is Pro-Peace
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

As a person who (loosely) identifies with the evangelical tradition, allow me to make a clear, unambiguous, declaration: GOD IS PRO-PEACE! On January 31, 2004, World Net Daily ...

Shane Claiborne: Occupy Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 8:24pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the recent police violence in Oakland and the sure temptation of some protestors to resort to violence, I wrote this little reflection inviting all Occupiers to a renewed commitment to nonviolence. ...

From the Archives: The Unprotected God
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dorothee Soelle Is it possible to live without violence and without weapons? There are two objections made to ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 25, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Obama Speech: State Of The Union Address Carries Emphatic Populist Challenge Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama delivered a populist challenge Tuesday night to shrink the gap between rich and poor ...

Shane Claiborne's 12 Hopes for 2012
Originally Posted: 01/04/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Shane Claiborne shares his 12 hopes for the new year. 12.  Do something really nice – that no one knows about. 11. Spend more money on other people than I spend on myself. Lov ...

Local Church as Radical Witness
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christopher Smith War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity, by Stanley Hauerwas. ...

Heeding the Bethlehem Call: Freedom Comes from Tenacity
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

If all who hear the “Bethlehem Call” respond then momentum will build for the liberation of all God’s children in the Holy Land. In preparing to leave for the Holy Land a few week ...

Rob Bell's Parting Epistle to Mars Hill: "Grace + Peace"
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Rob Bell, 41, the founding pastor of Mars Hill church in western Michigan, bid adieu to his congregation in a 5,000-word epistle about grace and peace, which he preached the Sunday before Christmas to thousand ...

The war is over. Welcome home.
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

To loud applause, the president declared: "We’re here to mark a historic moment in the life of our country and our military. For nearly nine years, our nation has been at war in Iraq. … So as your command ...

The War is Over. Learn from the Sacrifice.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It does no dishonor to those who served to learn from the mistake that was made in starting an unnecessary war in Iraq. And, to realize that it is a mistake the U.S. continues to make. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, December 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 7:47pm | Type: Blog

Occupy igloos ... and rooftops. Buy a gun for the one you love ... or a walk-on role on True Blood (for charity!) Theological wisdom from the mouths of (muppet) otters and stand-up comedians. And you never kno ...

Prayers for Burma
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

The question also is: Will economic advantages that may result benefit all of Burma’s people, especially the poor? We are not powerless to influence events for the better. We can continue to pray. ...

Arlo and Alice's Restaurant
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

At 11 a.m. CST today (Noon EST, 9 a.m. PST), WXRT Radio in Chicago will air, as it does every year on Thanksgiving morning, the complete, 18-minute-34-second original version of Arlo Guthrie's song, " ...

A Real Tribute for Veterans? Increase Their Benefits.
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

Can we hope that in all the flowery speeches that will be given today by politicians, hailing veterans as heroes who served their country, they will pledge to increase rather than cut benefits? That would a fi ...

Colombia's "People of the Land" Call Out for Justice ... And Some of Us Are Listening
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

Colombia's campesinos ("people of the land") — peasants, farmers and artisanal miners, the indigenous — are calling out for an end to the exploitation and environmental destruction of their life ...

Armistice Day/Veteran's Day: 11/11/11
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

I say if we are to truly honor veterans, we ought to remember and honor Armistice Day with the hope that we can bring an end to violent conflict within and between nations. Befor ...

A New Matthew 25 Hymn: "O God, We Yearn For Safety"
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

This Sunday’s lectionary gospel is Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The following new hymn affirms that Jesus’ parable calls us to faithfulness even when it involves risk and challenge today. ...

Listening to Veterans
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:16am | Type: Blog

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Just Back from Kabul
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

During interviews with more than a dozen Afghan women leaders, researchers, international aid workers and former Afghan government officials, we learned of persistent dangers and threats to the country's ...

British Clergy to Support #OccupyLondon with Circle of Protection, Prayer
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

On Sunday (10/30), the Anglican Bishop of London, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard Chartres, met with Occupy London protesters who have encamped for several weeks now on the ground of St. ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Vatican Meets OWS: 'The Economy Needs Ethics' Vatican Meets OWS: 'The Economy Needs Ethics' The Vatican today elaborated on Pope Benedict XVI's ...

Sermon on the Worst Parable Ever
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the ...

News: Iraqi Troop Withdrawal Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

REUTERS/AP/NEW YORK TIMES: U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year's End, Obama Says REUTERS/AP/NEW YORK TIMES : U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year's End, Obama Says ...

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. to Withdraw Most Troops from Iraq by Year's End
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

After almost nine years and nearly 5,000 American fatalities, President Obama announced today that, "the coming months will be a season of homecomings. After almost ni ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Without a Vision, the People Will Perish
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a month old. Now what? On Sunday afternoon, I stood in Zuccotti Park with several thousand other folks trying to take in the veritable circus that is the Occupation site san ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Generation Finds Its Voice
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Like many of my contemporaries, I found the non-violent protests in Egypt that led to regime change earlier this year terribly inspiring. But, also like many in my generation, I never thought such a movement ...

Afghanistan: A Decade of Life in the Midst of Conflict
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

a href="/sites/default/files/images/heather-in-afghanistan.jpg"> Asia is a living body, and Afghanistan its heart In the ruin of the heart lies the ruin of the body So long as the heart is free, t ...

Praying for Peace and Looking for Jesus at #OccupyWallStreet
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Afghanistan. Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Afghanistan. In ...

Trees: In Honor of Wangari Maathai
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai was a girl in Kenya, her mother taught her that the wild fig tree was a tree of God. When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wanga ...

An Oldie but a Goodie
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:17am | Type: Blog

This poster originally appeared in the inaugural issue of The Post-American magazine in the fall of 1971. The Post-American was the original name of Sojourners Magazine. ...