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The Murphy Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse: Why We All Need Accountability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The day the <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1127/1224259546533.html">Murphy Report</a> on clergy sexual abuse of children in Dublin, Ireland was recently release ...

America's Pervasive Pattern of Race-Based Medical Disparities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating African-Americans and other marginalized groups. Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating Afri ...

Beyond 'Diversity': New Creation and a Mestizo Vision
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Integration" and "diversity" do not express God's purpose for reconciliation deeply enough. What we need is a fresh paradigm that declares our <em>new</em> culture in Chri ...

What Do Health-Care Reform, the 40-Hour Work Week, Unemployment Insurance, the Minimum Wage, etc., Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Well, they were all brought to you be political progressives, they were all opposed by political conservatives, and they all are now viewed as fundamental presuppositions of a healthy society by vi ...

When Everything Changed: 50 Years of Women's Progress
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316059544?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0316059544">&l ...

Obama's Bow and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The gospel according to Aretha Franklin says: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me."</p> <p>Biblical wisdom teaches: "Give everyone what you owe him. If you owe tax ...

Fort Hood Shootings and the Prophetic 'IF'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One reader wrote me to ask: " "What effect will the Fort Hood shootings have on the American public's perception of Islam?" That question asks us to be foretellers, fortune tellers, to pr ...

The Elections You May Not Have Noticed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Most of the country probably didn't notice. Most of the country probably didn't notice. Unless you live in Virginia, New Jersey, a couple areas in New York, or maybe ev ...

Audio: For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. He emphasizes that new birth thro ...

Electoral Double Standards in Latin America and Beyond
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Events/Honduras-Coup-Protest/8763865_cViGV#580122508_b5Smn"></a>Thankfully, the crisis in Honduras may be reaching a <a href="ht ...

Calling Big Banks to Account
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Thousands of protesters <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091027/ts_alt_afp/uspoliticsfinanceprotest">converged on Chicago</a> last week to demand banking reform, challenging bankers ...

From Bethlehem: A Human Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When it comes to Israel/Palestine, the human story often gets lost in the confusion of ideology and politics. Let me just highlight the story of one woman, a wife and mother named Isme. Prior to Octob ...

The Health-Care Roller Coaster Rolls On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We continue the roller coaster ride that we hope will end with universal or near universal coverage for health care in the United States. We continue the roller coaster ride that ...

Confronting Urban Violence with Jesus' Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This morning as I was running on the treadmill, I was also watching CNN. A story came on about a shooting in Washington, D.C. The police chief was speaking, with the mayor of D.C looking on. ...

We Need an Abrahamic Alliance of the 'Passionate Best'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>For the next few days in Washington, D.C., 1,200 people are gather ...

Audio: Remember Your Immigrant Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this short clip from a recent sermon, Pastor Efrem encourages European Americans to remember their own immigrant heritage and history in order to inform their current attitudes toward immigratio ...

A Moral Mandate for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After all the financial turmoil that 2009 has already brought, one would think that it would somehow be logical and practical to bring accountable reforms to the same banking institutions whose re ...

Love Casts Out Fear, Not Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the driving force of the debate? I say it is fear.</p> What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the drivin ...

What Does Big Government Have to do with Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"I'm here to stand up for Jesus," said the anti-health reform protester to a CNN correspondent. "Government is getting too big."</p> "I'm ...

Critics on Our Left, Meet the Critics on Our Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every now and then someone to our right or left posts an article excoriating Sojourners or Jim Wallis for not being _____ enough, infuriated that we still claim to be _____ even though we're really ...

Is Obama's Peace Prize Premature?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory proceeds from the premise that peace is a day by day effort. It is a process that requires vision, skill, and courage. Just peace theory proceeds from the premi ...

The Conservative Bible Project, Jesus, and Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is a conservative project to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/the-gospel-according-to-the-conservative-bible-project/">translate the Bible to reflect a conservative ideology</a ...

Scripture and History Remind Us That We Are All Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly five years ago my friends, Hector and Gabby and their five kids, entered the U.S. legally from Mexico in order to join the pastoral staff at my church, Willow Creek. Nearly ...

Smashing Economic Idols
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So I've been having a few interesting conversations about my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830836284?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp= ...

Health Care: Human Right, Civil Right, Privilege, or Market Commodity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What is health care?</p> What is health care? Is it a human right, civil right, privilege or market commodity? Is it a public good, moral obligation, government obligat ...

Praying for Those Liberals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I remember being instructed as a new Christian many years ago to pray for influential Hollywood people. I remember being instructed as a new Christian many years ago to pray for i ...

Five Benefits of Common Security Clubs' Economic Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year, I wrote <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=we-re-in-this-together">an article in <em>Sojourners</em ...

U2's Music and Mission--and My Kid's First Rock Concert
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Events/U2-Concert-at-FedEx-Field-2009/9812626_6qWPB#666442735_FC6on"></a>Oh no, my eleven-year-old went to his first rock concert this w ...

Health Care, Race, and the Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was recently talking with a European-American friend of mine who is also an evangelical. I am African-American and evangelical. I was recently talking with a European-American f ...

Everybody Hates Washington
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663709242_ZioTU"></a>There's one thing these days that it seems you can get everyone to agree ...

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of our Country
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

With an issue like health, deeply personal, but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debat ...

Health Care: Where Do We Go from Here?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim Wallis, Harry R. Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim ...

Obama, Bigotry, and Balance ... and Death Threats
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is some good conversation going around God's Politics partner blogs about what role race is playing in the current wave of opposition to Obama's policies, including Rep. ...

Stand for Freedom in Iran: 'Enough is Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is a message delivered at the "Stand for Freedom in Iran" rally that took place yesterday at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, across from the United Nations.</em></p> ...

Applying Just Peace Theory to Obama's UN Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory is the middle way between pacifism and just war theory. It recognizes the moral force of nonviolence and the goal of a world that solves its disputes through nonviolent means. ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

Israel, Gaza, and the Goldstone Report: A Call for Self-Examination During the High Holy Days
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3/1/#599051510_WL6dK"></a>During these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews ar ...

Audio: 'If You Don't Do Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, You Will Catch Hell'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's always hard to narrow down Pastor Efrem's sermons to a few key minutes, and this one was no exception. Preaching from Matthew 25, he puts some extended focus on the health-care debate. ...

Peace Day and Our Fearless Obligation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught fearlessness.</p> Jesus taught fearlessness. Thus, to follow Jesus means to live a faith that takes us beyond our anxieties, beyond our deepest fears and tr ...

Why are the First Family's Hairstyles a Political Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I, perhaps recklessly, began to think that the debate on black hair had finally been put to rest, that black women could choose to wear their hair straightened or natural, in braids, locks, or twis ...

What?! Racism Still in America?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Some people raise the issue of race (this time about the ways others are talking about or treating the first black U.S. president) and the media goes crazy. He ...

Love Your Political Enemies: A Response to Jimmy Carter's Comments on Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against President Obama and his plans for health-care reform. I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against ...

Obama's Health-Care Speech: Hope Over Fear
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/us/politics/10obama.text.html?ref=politics">speech last evening</a>, President Barack Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition i ...

Hope is a Verb
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was too young to remember President John F. Kennedy. My mother worked on his campaign and hauled her baby (me) along with her to pass out literature. I was too young to remembe ...

Three Reasons Latina/os Should Not Boycott the U.S. Census
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am a Latina sociologist and an activist-in-training who has spent substantial time with scholars and activists studying U.S. Latina/o communities from both professional and personal viewpoints. ...

A Plea for a New Generation of Republican Leadership
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I believe our nation works best with robust and civic dialogue and civil debate. I believe our nation works best with robust and civic dialogue and civil debate. For mature societ ...

Did Anyone Freak Out in '91 When George H.W. Bush Asked School Children to 'Help Us Achieve Our Goals'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I blame the media for much of this manufactured controversy. I blame the media for much of this manufactured controversy. Just because a conservative fringe now feels entitled to ...

Obama's School Speech Outcry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Most folks who've read my blog over some time should know that while I very much respect President Obama, I don't go ga-ga and drool over this man. Most folks who'v ...

Sister Sotomayor: Lady Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed more than one month ago, so why, you may ask, am I just now penning a blog about her historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court? The answer is easy -- I was scared. I ...

Faith is about Redemption: The Life of Ted Kennedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have never really trusted those who are intolerant and condemning of other people's shortcomings. It makes me suspect they are likely hiding their own. I have never really ...