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Teachers Are Builders
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

When the temptation to think kids like James just can't learn tears us down, I'm going to tell the story about the time he jumped up with a raised fist and shouted, "I did it!" when he read ...

The Shrill Are Shouting: So What?
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

To judge by the shrill echoes of shrill voices, the right wing is arming for battle, with God on their side, the flag as their shield, and the future of a white Christian nation at stake. Foolhardy politicians ...

Sub-Human: A Justification of Exploitation
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

While dehumanization is seen throughout our history books, it is not merely an epidemic of the past, for it takes place each day, here in the present, sometimes profound, and oftentimes quite subtle. ...

N.Y. Cardinal Timothy Dolan Defends Obama Invitation to Al Smith Dinner
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

The nonpartisan charity dinner is a time for civility, engagement, and dialogue, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan wrote. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan defended his invitation of ...

Truth: Who Needs It?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 7:23am | Type: Blog

How do we debate important issues when we don't share a common foundation of facts? NEW YORK — The view out my eighth-story apartment window rarely changes. Lights go off ...

Dolan Criticized for Inviting Obama to Al Smith Dinner
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

By tradition, the storied Al Smith Dinner has provided a few hours of comic relief from the angry volleys of the campaign trail. But this year's event is drawing criticism. N ...

Politics, Gaffes, and Truth
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

One wonders if we have received a rare gift of unaltered reality in this period of deepening crisis in the Holy Land and overheated atmosphere in the American presidential campaign. ...

The Top 10 Stories of August 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

<p><b>Quote of the day.<br /> </b>&quot;People are terrified. They fear a situation that is becoming more and more violent and uncertain.&quot;&nbsp;<i>Chaldean Christ ...

Rotten to the Core
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman With political integrity drowning in big money, it's too late for small tweaks. The whole system needs a reboot. ...

A 'Buy-Partisan' Problem
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sen. John Marty If we want a democracy that represents the public interest, we'll need a system where politicians are no longer boug ...

Companies Taking A Stand on Political Issues
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

In an unconventional move, a number of high-profile business executives have come out on the issue of gay marriage. In an unconventional move, a number of high-profile business ex ...

A Dialogue about Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

A friend of mine once said, “a true and genuine dialogue only takes place when each person is willing to be ‘converted’ to the other side of the argument.” At first I was skeptical of this remark, as I wondere ...

Three Ways to Rid Politics of Big Money
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Big money has corrupted our politics, and We the People want it fixed.   Corporations fronti ...

Will the Real Ms. Middle Class Please Stand Up?
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

What if the Jesus followers being disingenuously propped up as middle class demanded that their legislators tell the truth? Back in the day, there was a television show called “To ...

Charlotte, Tampa Mayors Talk Hosting Conventions
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Mayors Bob Buckhorn of Tampa, Fla., and Anthony Foxx of Charleston, N.C., will play host to the Republican and Democratic national conventions, respectively. They have the two of ...

Religion Will Play Key Role in Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

What Americans ought to know by this time in their history, though, is that religion is seldom far from their politics. Stephen Mansfield writes for The Huffington Post ...

With God Some Things Never Change
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Peace is better than war. Good of the whole is better than whims of a few. God wants everybody — red, yellow, black, brown and white taken care of. God wants true community, more togetherness … not more separa ...

Wild Goose Heaven Is Our Answer to Hate
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

The second Wild Goose Festival has just ended. I left a piece of my heart in the hills of North Carolina. Ahead is the third WG fest at the end of August in Portland OR. And then there will be next year and th ...

Nuns on the Bus Hits Rep. Paul Ryan's Wisconsin Office
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

When the Nuns on the Bus pulled up in front of Rep. Paul Ryan’s home office in Janesville, Wis., earlier this week, they were challenging the theological rationale he has been using for his budget plan that ha ...

The First Time I Met John Edwards
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

If “meteoric” is the word to describe John Edward's rise to national prominence, I’m still looking for a word to fully describe his fall. The first time I met John Edwards wa ...

An Agnostic President?
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Would America be better off with an agnostic president? Keli Goff asks is America would be better off with an agnostic President: "It's always refreshing when r ...

QUIRK: (Figurative) Fireworks at Illinois State House
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

It all got a little much for Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost yesterday during a discussion in the State House on pension reform. It all got a little much for Illinois State Rep. Mik ...

What is the Chief Political Concern of the Bible?
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Both religion and politics are concerned with how we should organize societies. Yet the tendency for Christians has often been to begin with the politics and work backwards to find religious rationale for our ...

Is Congress Getting Dumber?
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level, according to a new Sunligh ...

U.S. House Chaplain Talks Conflict and His Unusual Congregation
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Patrick Conroy was sworn in May 25 as the chamber's 60th chaplain. In a recent interview, he talked about the challenges of his job and issued a challenge of his own to American citizens. His answers have ...

Why Getting money Out of Politics is Good for Business
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Motions on the ballots at the annual meetings of Bank of America and 3M will act as referenda on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case. From  Newsweek M ...

DC Pastor on the Politics of Faith in Government
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

DC-based pastor and former Sojourners staff member,  Rev. Aaron Graham  unpacks what it means to have faith and serve in government for  The Washington Post: It breaks my heart today to see how often politics shapes our faith, rather than ...

The Idolatry of Politics and the Promise of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

People of faith may be tempted to worship at the altar of politics, but make no mistake: The kingdom of God and the kingdoms of politics are never one and the same. Politics is a ...

Sojourners' Tim King Talks Politicians, Politics and Faith on CNN Radio
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

Today, Sojourners' Communications Director Tim King talks with CNN's Lisa Desjardins about politicians and God-talk in this 2012 presidential election season. Today, Soj ...

Opposition to Gay Marriage Lower in 2012
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

Opposition to gay marriage is significantly lower in 2012 compared to the previous two presidential campaigns, a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows. ...

How Do We Engage Young Millennials?
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

What is clear is that new modes of thinking are essential to approach a generation that has been devastated by their examples of Christianity and political leadership. As part of ...

Both Parties Have 'Work Cut Out For Them' Attracting Millennials
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 6:40pm | Type: Blog

The newest generation of adults is checking the “unaffiliated” box at a rate of one in four. But young adults aren’t just showing apathy for religion—it’s politics as well. In a ...

What is Post-Candidate Politics?
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 7:07pm | Type: Blog

A politically disillusioned electorate and a huge influx of money for attack ads will be a challenge to our country’s democratic processes. The danger, especially for my generation, is to tune out from politic ...

Ryan Budget is a Present-Day 'Hunger Games'
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

The Catholic Bishops have now come out with their concerns about the Ryan budget and how it abandons the poor and the hungry. Melissa Boteach of Half-in-Ten —the campaign to cu ...

Q Conference - Ross Douthat: A Conservative in the Belly of the 'Beast'
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Douthat noticed towards the end of the presidency of George W. Bush that much of the media attention around religion focused on the battle between “The New Atheists” and traditional conservative Christians. B ...

Nuclear-Powered Drones
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

As if conventionally powered drones weren’t bad enough, a report has it that scientists are developing nuclear-powered drones that could stay in the air for months without refueling. In addition to the fact that this would make drones  more effi ...

SBC's Richard Land Says Obama, Jackson, Sharpton 'Exploiting' Trayvon Martin's Death
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 10:36pm | Type: Blog

“Rather than holding rallies on these issues, the civil rights leadership focuses on racially polarizing cases to generate media attention and to mobilize black voter turnout,” Richard Land, president of the S ...

Praying After Your Food
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 10:55pm | Type: Blog

While I believe in the principle of church-state separation, there are times when it is taken too far. Today’s example is a food pantry in Seymour, IN. While I believe in the pri ...

America to Politicians: Easy on the Religion Please
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

New research released today by the Pew Forum shows that the American public are becoming increasingly anxious of the amount of religious language being used by their public officials. ...

Violence, Women, Congress and the Bible
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

In the next few months I fear that polarized debate over issues concerning the lives and bodies of women will continue to stifle political and social progress in this country. Shame on Democrats and Republican ...

After the Storms Have Passed
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

To understand American politics, follow the money. But to understand American goodness and resolve, follow the storms. As I boarded a flight in New York, television monitors in th ...

Who Hijacked My Church?
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

“Church folks are just too political!” When people are asked why they have decided to leave the church, this has become an increasingly popular response. And, sadly, it is a particularly popular response for ...

Customer Service 101
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

Like it or not, customers arrive with certain expectations. Ignore them at your peril. ... People tend to be good judges of what matters to them. Here's a parable on clueless ...

Today in God: Feb. 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

The "Hawaiian Option" in the contraception kerfuffle. Catholic bishops say the whole measure must be "scrapped." The National Catholic Reporter's columnist John Allen talks tough. A he ...

Today in God: Feb. 8, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

The GOP presidential race gets "rickrolled." Obama's "Komen moment"? Vatican holds unprecendented service of repentance for clergy sex abuse, while in the U.S. a bishop reitres and pro ...

Today in God: Feb. 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

Is Santorum the evangelical "flavor of the day"? Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren downsizes by 60 pounds on his biblical "Daniel Plan" diet. Prop 8 (here we go again.) Kosher Congressman? Rabb ...

What is a Conservative?
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

We're not sure whether they were inspired by Sojourners’ ongoing "What Is An Evangelical" series, but TIME Magazine has published an interesting set of short articles from influential conservati ...

GOP Nostalgia is a Symptom of Privilege
Originally Posted: 01/23/2012 - 5:53pm | Type: Blog

The point is simple but compelling. Those in the position of privilege to write history are the ones whose story is most prominently told. So when we talk about going back to some better time, it’s with the le ...

Defining "Evangelical" and Other Unsolved Mysteries
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

I understand the interest in us evangelicals, I really do. The way much of the mainstream media covers our communities in the news can make us seem like a puzzling subspecies of the American population, not un ...

2011 Passings: Requiescat in pace
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

It’s good to start a new year by remembering those who passed in the just concluded year. These aren’t the most famous (or infamous), and I didn’t know them personally (or, at best, had met several briefly), ...