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British Clergy to Support #OccupyLondon with Circle of Protection, Prayer
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 8:58am | 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 Sanctity of Labor and the Challenges Before Us
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the U.S. and Canada celebrated Labor Day, a day honoring workers. What does it mean to honor workers at a time of high unemployment, job insecurity, and the threat of lay-offs? ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

Why is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes. When ...

BREAKING: Obama Meets with Faith Leaders on Budget Crisis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, I, alongside other faith leaders, met with President Obama about the critical budget debate. We are grateful and hopeful leaving this meeting. Please pray for us as the conversation continues. ...

A Democratic Egypt: Worker Justice and Civilian Rule
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

After months of good-faith reforms and patience, the drama is back in Egypt's Tahrir Square as protesters are preparing for a potential showdown with the state's military rule. ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The way you think and feel about the world is shaped by what you see when you get out of bed in the morning. I remember hearing this from civil rights activists. The way you think ...

The War Must Not Go On!
Originally Posted: 08/06/2011 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama made his long-awaited announcement on beginning withdrawal of the 103,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Last evening, President Obama made his long-a ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:53pm | Type: Blog

We are looking for 1,000 pastors to debunk a myth based on the political assertion that government doesn't have any responsibility to poor people. We are looking for 1,000 p ...

Presidential Contenders: None Standing Tall on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Whoever is our next president -- whether President Obama in a second term or the eventual Republican nominee -- will be the most consequential president <em>ever</em> for overcoming global warming ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

I know that Jesus is the Answer, But What Does That Mean?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Actually, I don ...

Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up. ...

The Shape of Things to Come
Originally Posted: 11/20/2011 - 6:04am | Type: Magazine Article

Michael McDonald New software may help the public have a greater voice in the crucial redrawing of voting districts. ...

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.</p> Across the United Sta ...

Finding the Way Out: Why It's Time to End the War in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The clock is ticking toward a July decision by President Obama to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, as he has promised. The clock is ticking toward a July decision by Pre ...

America's Greatest Deficit is Spiritual, Not Merely Financial
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

With all the angst about the economy, the deficit, and a looming government shut-down, I'm still concerned that we're treating symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying disease. ...

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. It is now clear tha ...

When is Nationalism Healthy?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100215-invictus.jpg"></a>I watched the film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/" target="_blank">Invictu ...

Values at Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, a little mountain village in Switzerland, where each January corporate CEOs, heads of state, and leaders of nonprofit organizations ...

The Work of Healing Starts in Our Hearts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends and loved ones call to check on their personal safety. Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends an ...

Join Us in Signing the Peace and Civility Pledge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;id=373" target="_blank"></a>The horrible shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others is ...

Another Advent of 'Waiting' for Undocumented Students
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This Advent season, "waiting" has new meaning for hundreds of thousands of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/undocumented/" target="_blank">undocumented immigrant students&l ...

7 Steps to Civility this Election Season
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Last week, I asked you all to tell FOX ...

Former Legislators Sound a Warning, Call for Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43063.html" target="_bl ...

Refracting America Through 9/11 Lens
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "Nazis don't have the r ...

The Importance of Being Engineers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I often say that one of my favorite parts of being a pastor for 24 years was pronouncing the benediction each week at the end of gathered worship. I often say that one of my favor ...

The Myth of Out-of-Control Border Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855525806_h5Bmr"></a>My beloved city, Phoenix, is making a fantastic ...

King Coal: Ruling Principality and Power in West Virginia
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1006"></a>In this month's Sojourners, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action= ...

Gulf Oil Spill: Watching a Disaster Unfold with a Log in My Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Watching a disaster unfold on the news is always heartbreaking, but when it occurs in your hometown and you are far away, it can be debilitating. Watching a disaster unfold on the ...

Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sudan's impending presidential and parliamentary elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of fraud accusations, boycotts, political assassinations, intimidation, abuses of power by the rul ...

Enough Jawboning: A Bold but Hopeful Proposal for Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599053392_7PtdJ"></a>There is a biblical story in which Samson used the jawbone of an a ...

Speak Evil of No One -- Really?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I live, eat, breathe, and drink the New Testament. I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I liv ...

Faith Leaders on Immigration: Peaceful, Powerful, and Prophetic
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816763105_zEaZz"></a>More than 200,000 people descended on Washington, ...

My 'Daniel Fast'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray. Sometimes things get so bad that you real ...

A Haitian Church Engages Long-Term Needs in Port-au-Prince
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Law student Sebastien Doussous currently manages the database on a needs-assessment survey administered, just days following the Jan. 12 earthquake, by members of his church, L'...glise Communaut ...