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Ethnic Cleansing in Orissa: India's Persecuted Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In India, the world's largest democracy, <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Sunday_Specials/The_Audacity_of_Hope/articleshow/3690305.cms">millions applauded the recent U.S. ...

Black Friday and Consumerism, White Privilege and Buy Nothing Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the single most crazy shopping day in the United States. All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday af ...

Audio: Biblical Redistribution of Wealth -- What You Think You Own is Not Yours
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>In this clip, taken from a Nov. 2 sermon, Pastor Efrem talks about the implications of the comma ...

Addicted to the Streets
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Twelve years ago our dear friend Julia took a badly neglected baby boy away from his crackhead mother and made him her own. Twelve years ago our dear friend Julia took a badly neg ...

Is the Dream Fulfilled? Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Where have all the prosperity preachers gone? It seems like only yesterday when we were hearing about prosperity preachers and messages about God pouring out financial blessing. ...

After Court Loss, City of Orlando Seeks to Develop Park Where Groups Feed Homeless
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?author=42">I have written many times from and about what I call the sacred circle at Lake Eola Park</a>. ...

Obama: The Power of a Precedent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I live in a small but proud neighborhood in Saint Paul, called Rondo. I live in a small but proud neighborhood in Saint Paul, called Rondo. In the early 1960s, it was a vibrant, t ...

A TKO and a Split Decision
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

My wife and I were sitting watching the election returns come in on CNN. She was 'chatting' online with some of her friends. My wife and I were sitting watching the ele ...

Great Crises Call for Bold Leadership
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> Dear President-elect Obama, Although it has been said that every great president needs a crisis during which to exhibit his greatness, it ...

Obama's Harmony of Intellect and Intuition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Mr. President, Barack,</p> <p>Every room I have ever been in with you was a much easier room for your presence.</p> Mr. President, Barack, Every room I have ...

A Prayer for a New President and a New America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

God of Abraham, Miriam, Hannah, Rizpah, and David...<br /> God of Elijah, Amos, Ruth, Isaiah, Deborah...<br /> God of Mary, John the Baptizer, Peter, Paul, Philemon and Onesimus... ...

National Service, Global Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

President Obama,</p> President Obama, Your campaign fired up supporters around the country and galvanized them to ring doorbells and make phone calls. Now you need to in ...

Leaders Are Only as Strong as the Citizens Who Raise Their Voices
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

On the day he died, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called his mother to give her his next Sunday's sermon title. On the day he died, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called his mother ...

President Obama: Honor Your Call to the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

While my friend, Christine, sent me iPhone photos of the thousands of ecstatic Chicagoans she partied with last night in Grant Park, I pondered what I would write to you this morning. ...

All Americans at the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

President Obama, in taking the nation into its next chapter, I am counting on you to remember those who have been left behind and forgotten by too many of your predecessors.</p> ...

An Open Door For Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Yesterday's election represents a watershed moment in the life and history of our country. Yesterday's election represents a watershed moment in the life and history of ...

Still Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

This weekend I found myself irritable, tired, and hungry. Not hungry for food, but with an ache in my spirit. A burdensome kind of discontent not easily soothed by quick fixes.</p> ...

Fasting for Immigrant Justice this Election Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Activists, evangelical Christians, and Catholic Workers have joined in a hunger strike in downtown Los Angeles to expose the plight of immigrants in the United States and to motivate 1 million peop ...

What's at Stake
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis 10 issues to consider in casting a ballot. With perhaps the most consequential election of any of o ...

Voting as Damage Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Every day I am asked how I will be voting.</p> Every day I am asked how I will be voting. Principled Christian non-voters and secular anarchists have written to urge a p ...

An International Challenge for Christians to Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

If you're a Christian who has given up on politics this year and decided not to vote, do that which is honorable. Go to Joppa and find a ship bound for Tarshish. If you' ...

Spreading the Wealth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>After three decades of "concentrate the wealth," we could really use some "spread ...

Fighting Predatory Lending in Ohio
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>We are all witnessing the effects of a greed-driven and debt-ridden economic system. A timely ca ...

My Personal 'Faith Priorities' for this Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In 2004, several conservative Catholic bishops and a few megachurch pastors like Rick Warren issued their list of "non-negotiables," which were intended to be a voter guide for their followers. ...

An InterVarsity Chapter Shifts Focus from the Campus Booth to the Voting Booth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Max Kuecker was a devoted member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IV) on Northwestern's campus in the mid 90's. It provided faith, fellowship, support, and friends. One thing, however, ...

Voting Through the Lens of the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Around the nation, Christians are lifting up the biblical call to social justice and care for the poorest and most vulnerable, globally and in their communities, through participation in Sojourners ...

Party for Your Right to Fight Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

This week, a number of "awareness days" fall on the calendar-October 16 was World Food Day, today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17-19 are the Millenium Development Gr ...

What New Monastics Can Learn from History (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2950">continued from part 1</a>] Out of a general respect for anyone who seeks to serve the inner city (I grew up in the housing project ...

A New Conversation on Abortion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In last evening's presidential debate, the first steps were taken toward a new national conversation about abortion. For too many years, the old one hadn't changed very much. ...

What New Monastics Can Learn from History (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

The settlement house movement is the foundation of public welfare in the United States. The settlement house movement is the foundation of public welfare in the United States. Beg ...

Court Victory for Orlando's Homeless - Now What?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I confess, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2513">it feels good to win.</a> It is easy to slip into the trap of feeling as if we have vanquished the oppressor and slain ...

Just as You Did for the Middle Class, You Also Did For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In the all too familiar script of presidential elections and debates, these words have essentially replaced the words of Jesus. In the all too familiar script of presidential elec ...

Jubilee on Wall Street: Reimagining God's Vision in Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> All the ruckus on Wall Street has created an incredible moment f ...

President of ABC News Tells His Church to 'Vote Out Poverty'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<em>David Westin, president of ABC News, was the speaker at </em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/action/alerts/VOP_poverty-sunday-toolkit.pdf"><em>Poverty Sunday</em></a ...

Top 10 Reasons to Sign the Vote Out Poverty Pledge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Because politics have failed to solve big problems in the past, it is tempting, even during a critical election year, to become apathetic and disengage from the political process. ...

Bad News and Good News for a Dream Deferred
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Remember Bobbie Williams, the tough but hopeful friend <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2525">we sent to truck-driving school back in May</a>? </p> ...

Good News Break: It's Now Legal to Feed Poor People in Orlando
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Gregory A. Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Gregory A. Presnell struck down the City of Orlando's "Large Group Feeding Ordin ...

Two Options for Weathering Economic Storms: Wealth or Simplicity
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> The present financial crisis facing our nation is sure to touch ...

Micah's Challenge to the Future President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the United Nations met to discuss our progress toward cutting global poverty in half by 2015. Tonight, the U.S. Yesterday, the United Nations met to discuss our progres ...

A 'Micah Challenge' to U.S. Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

This week, with the news of the U.S. financial crisis dominating the headlines, the United Nations General Assembly opened its annual meeting. This week, with the news of the U.S. ...

Loving Our Neighbors When Times are Hard
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Times are hard. I work at a homeless shelter for single men wit ...

In Money We Trust
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>The Wall Street debacle reminds me of the fall of Babylon ...

Seeking a More Just Economy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>I have had the opportunity to consider and write about the economic disparities and realities in ...

My Struggle with New Monasticism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

[<a title="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/new-monastics-and-race" href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/new-monastics-and-race">Read all posts in this conversation on New Monastics and race.</a ...

Vote Out Poverty: 'That's Just How We Roll Around Here'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I dropped by the office at Discovery Church on Orange Avenue in Orlando yesterday to deliver some posters and flyers for the Poverty Sunday premiere of the film <a href="http://www.ordinaryradicals ...

Ohio After Ike: On the Ground, In the Dark
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday afternoon, after devastating the Texas coast, the remnants of Hurricane Ike tore through Granville and the rest of Ohio, uprooting centuries old trees and downing power lines with hurrica ...

Ten Reasons Why This Election Should Be About Issues and Not Personalities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

The presidential tickets in this election on both sides of the aisle have lots of "personality;" some of the candidates have even been referred to as "rock stars." John McCain's campa ...

Why My Church is Hosting a Poverty Sunday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/voteoutpoverty/"></a>Two of the mantras that my evangelicalism has taught me over the years are these:</p> <p>1. Be True to Scr ...

Dealing With Rejection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

The other day Marty invited some neighborhood kids over to help with a mailing she brought home from work. The other day Marty invited some neighborhood kids over to help with a m ...

Called or Drawn to 'The Abandoned Places of Empire'?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/new-monastics-and-race">see all posts in this conversation on New Monastics and race</a>.]</p> [ see all posts in t ...