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Conservatives Shift Tone on Gay Anti-discrimination Bill
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

As a law extending workplace protection to gay, bisexual, and transgender workers makes its way through the Senate this week, there’s a shift in the political air: Arguments that stand purely on religious grou ...

Saving Faith
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

For many, including myself, the past few weeks have been discouraging, given the state of our politics and culture and what many vulnerable people across the country are experiencing. But despite the frustrati ...

Survey: Majority of Libertarians Do Not Identify with Tea Party
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

According to the new American Values Survey, an annual release from the Public Religion Research Institute, a full 61 percent of libertarians do not consider themselves part of the Tea Party. ... In fact, only ...

Syria Is About People, Not Politics
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Welfare of the City
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

We struggle mightily with what it means to be American when what we need to be more concerned with is what it means to be Christian no matter where we may find ourselves. " ...

A Strong Third Political Party for the Disaffected Middle?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

In a sense, we are being held hostage by our own democratic process, one that has assumed that having relatively opposing views on either side was sufficient to keep the wheels of government turning. But this ...

Jim Wallis on the Shutdown: 'It's Unbiblical'
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis gives his commentary on the government shutdown. Jim Wallis sat down to discuss the government shutdown. His conclusion? It's unbiblical.   ...

Why the Debt Ceiling Matters
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood These manufactured crises show how much our politics could use a dose of moral sanity. AS FIGH ...

Syria Is About People, Not Politics
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

There are massive numbers of human lives involved here, plus a real danger of war engulfing the region and spreading out with weapons of mass destruction present — yet all we can talk about is politics? ...

Musings of a Millennial: Removing the Political Baggage from Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

My generation (the millennials) no longer identify with divisive partisan politics of our country done under the guise of “evangelicalism.” We have seen and heard the long and dirty history of evangelical poli ...

Newest ‘Values Voters’ Adversary to America: The Emergent Church
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Christian conservatives who think Satan is using communism and Islam to bring down America can add a new “adversary” to the list: the Emergent Church movement. Christian conservat ...

The Post-Cynical Christian
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Press

June 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Huffington Post ...

The Post-Cynical Christian
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Be skeptical and ask the hard, tough questions about our institutions — especially Washington and Wall Street. But cynicism is a spiritually dangerous thing because it is a buffer against personal commitment. ...

Do Republicans Have an Evangelical Problem?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

The vast majority of evangelicals have voted with the GOP in recent elections. In fact, despite some qualms about his Mormon faith, 79 percent of evangelicals voted for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, ...

10 POLITICAL Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn't worry much about stepping on political toes, and the Bible insists that governments be just toward the least of these (the books of the prophets alone make this point very clear). ...

Church of England Drops Opposition to Gay Marriage Bill
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

Bishops in the Church of England, who had strenuously opposed a bid to allow same-sex marriage, signaled that they won’t try to derail the bill after an overwhelming vote of support in the House of Lords. ...

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

A sign outside our home’s front door says, “This family has been interrupted by the baseball season.” Both of our boys play, I coach, and my wife Joy Carroll is the Little League Baseball Commissioner. ... I g ...

Nothing Happens in Washington — Except For This
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

What I have heard after visiting 18 cities in six weeks is that people around the country believe that nothing can happen in Washington, D.C. They are basically right. So I am very grateful today to report the ...

Love, Race, and History
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Trethewey focuses her keen verbal gifts on the most sensitive nerve in American life. WHE ...

The Common Good Amid Individualism
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

As Americans, we live in a culture that is hyper-individuated, fragmented, and dehumanizing as it pushes a mantra of success based on material accumulation and power. Being in community with others is the coun ...

The Budget Battles are Back
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

As they review Obama's budget proposal, only time will tell if Republicans are willing to engage the president in a serious way to find common ground on deficit reduction instead of letting dysfunction co ...

North Carolina Minorities Remain Worried After Religion Bill is Pulled
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

A resolution to allow North Carolina to defy the Constitution and establish a state-sanctioned religion may be dead in the state capitol, but minority faiths say there’s more than enough reason to remain nervo ...

VIDEO: The Story of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

I invite you to watch this short video, and to engage in the discussion as we move forward, toward our common good. Years ago, I tutored inner-city kids from my Washington, D.C., ...

On God's Side: For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 9:20am | Type: Press

March 28, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Balancing our Budget through Humility, Shared Sacrifice, and Hope
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

In the midst of an exasperating and polarized political debate around the U.S. budget, our national and political leaders can learn valuable lessons from Holy Week. This week   ...

On God’s Side: For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

On God's Side is about moving beyond the political ideologies that have both polarized and paralyzed us, by regaining a moral compass for both our public and personal lives — by reclaiming an ancient yet ...

Venting and Vetting: The Brutal Side of Papal Politics
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

From champion of married priests to disgraced churchman within 72 hours, O’Brien’s trajectory is stunning but also emblematic of the frenetic and fever-pitched campaigning that occurs during the tiny window be ...

Changing Poverty Into Opportunity: A Moral Cause To Bring Us Together
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

Fighting poverty must not be a partisan issue. When we look at both the causes and the solutions, this battle should bring both liberals and conservatives together. Overcoming poverty, by creating opportunity, ...

People Get Ready - Danny Duncan Collum | Sojourners Magazine - February 2013
Originally Posted: 02/15/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Danny Duncan Collum ...

Deep in the Heart of Texas Mythology
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

Those who try to simplify American culture and demand that it fit their uniform standards fail to see the beauty of diversity, and they miss the half-truth – charming, but always partial – of the mythologies w ...

On Scripture: Waiting on the Messiah and Presidential Expectations
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

It is an odd juxtaposition, December 21, 2012 and January 21, 2013. The former date representing the “so-called” Mayan apocalypse where the usual suspects prepared for the end of the world – many of whom were ...

Love, Faith ... Action!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

It wasn’t until I started getting into politics that I really began examining just how strange some of the more vocal positions of the conservative right might look to a person who has never sat in a pew. ...

Faith Leaders Want Americans to Pray for Collegiality
Originally Posted: 01/04/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

At a time when the ideals of compromise and collegiality seem like a distant dream in the nation’s capital, an unusually diverse coalition of religious leaders is asking Americans to pray for civility. ...

Ten Defining Phrases of 2012
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 12:14am | Type: Blog

Here are my selections for the ten most defining phrases that will stay with us from the past year. Generally, we only know how history will be remembered once it is in the rearvi ...

Top 10 Stories of 2012
Originally Posted: 12/26/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

From the nuns to the “nones,” religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in the presidential race, and moral and ethical questions surrounded budget debates, mass killings, ...

Sharing the Crayons
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

All that we have is given to us — life, love, compassion, our very existence. None of it is earned. Each breath is a freely given gift, each heartbeat a moment of divine grace, each day another opportunity tha ...

Stop Shopping and Save the Earth; Giving Thanks to Those who put Food on our Table; Celebrating People Power
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Press

November 22, 2012 Sojo in the News Ian Masters ...

The REAL War on Christmas: Congress’ Budget Negotiations

Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

As political leaders engage in negotiations to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” we need them to preserve programs that reduce poverty and keep our families healthy. Unfortunately, House Speaker John Boehner ...

Do Young Voters Need a Business Education, or Are We On the Right Track?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

A number of polls suggest the economy is actually a top priority for most young voters. As it happens, though, young people seem to have very different ideas on how best to handle economic instability than the ...

Secession Theology Runs Deep in American Religious, Political History
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Those leading the charge for secession are framing it, observers say, in terms that suggest a deep-seated religious impulse for purity-through-separation is flaring up once again. ...

On Scripture: After the Chaos Ends
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

No politician wants to look weak – even before a god. According to Jeremiah, the leaders of Judah have prioritized – not the building of an ethical community – but their own comfort and position. ...

PACs Gone Wild
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman Big Money's corrupting influence on the elections is way out of hand. Here's how to fix it. ...

Obama’s Immigration Opportunity
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

With conservative opinion on immigration shifting, a unique opportunity exists to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. As President Barack Obama prepares for a second term, ...

Dear Congress, This Holiday Season, Don’t Make the Poor Poorer
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 8:09am | Type: Blog

This week, the Circle of Protection, released an open letter to the president and Congress with a simple message: during the holidays, please “advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them p ...

I Have Seen the Problem, And It Is Us
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

When the storms of life hit, some call themselves “makers” and dismiss the “takers” as lazy. NEW YORK — It's a short walk from Ground Zero to the Staten Island Ferry terminal ...

George Harrison: From 'Taxman' to 'I Me Mine'
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 7:41am | Type: Blog

In the mid-60s, songs like “Taxman” and “Think for Yourself” show Harrison as a fierce individualist. But by the end of the Beatles in 1969 George had undergone a spiritual transformation that made him perhaps ...

New Congress More Religiously Diverse, Less Protestant
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Three Buddhists, a Hindu, and a “none” will walk into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country. ...

Ancient Wisdom for 21st Century Problems
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

In an attempt to make sense of the 2012 election and the unfolding David Petraeus sex scandal, I consulted the Bible and the Sayings of the Fathers, a collection of sage rabbinic teachings written between 200 ...

Faith, Hunger, Politics, Chicken & Waffles: A Conversation Between Chris LaTondresse and Adam Phillips
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

It’s not that the religious right didn’t show up in the 2012 election. They did. But their irrelevance was proven time and time again, both in the primary and in the general election cycle. ...

White Christian Voters No Longer Hold Keys to the White House
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

President Obama won last week with a voter coalition that was far more racially and religiously diverse than Mitt Romney’s – a phenomenon both predicted in the days before the election and confirmed in the day ...