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When Prayer Becomes Control
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

When we encounter something incomprehensible, we are driven to explain it. When a situation reels out of control, we long to control it. We invite God to fill those gaps of our discomfort, our lack of understa ...

Climate Change Is Happening: 4 Things You Can Do About It
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

The impacts are already happening now, especially in poor countries and on our coasts. So now what? In the face of a problem on a global scale, what are we to do? Here are four suggestions. ...

Don't Ignore It: 5 Ways Christians and Churches Must Engage Michael Brown’s Death
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past 11 days in their respective churches – now and in the future. ...

A License to Pray
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. "Please report to Window #12. And bring your Bible." THE RECENT Supreme Court ruling ...

A Million Prayers
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle And it turned out that they had gone over the million / Prayer mark for our son The first time we ...

Study: Interfaith Civic Groups Bridge Diversity with Participatory Prayers
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Just because interfaith, interracial, and varied ethnic groups share a common cause doesn’t mean a diverse coalition can hang together. Just because interfaith, interracial, and v ...

To Serve, We Must First Nourish Our Own Souls
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

When you truly experience the love of God, there is nothing you won’t do for God. However, we often push ourselves beyond measure and forget to allow God to nurture and nourish our own souls. ...

Senate Approves Prayer Plaque for World War II Monument
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Just in time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent passed a bill to include a prayer plaque at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. ...

To the Women of Syria
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I wish I could end the war ravaging your country. I wish I could sit beside you on a cushion on ...

May Our Tweets Rise Up Like Incense
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Donna Schaper From the Psalms to the Cloud: Connecting to the Digital Age. Pilgrim Press. YOU DON’T HAVE to b ...

Giving Thanks for a True Disciple
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis In everything he did, Glen sought to bring Christian ethics to public life. MY DEAR FRIEND Glen St ...

House Considers a Prayer Plaque at WWII Monument; Interfaith Coalition Says 'No'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

An interfaith coalition has again asked the U.S. House of Representatives to reject a prayer plaque at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. An interfaith coalition has ag ...

What If You Never Prayed Again?
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Aric Clark, Nick Larson, and Doug Hagler, also known online as Two Friars and a Fool, host conversations on their blog and podcast about theology and spiritual practice, sexuality, and popular culture. They re ...

COMMENTARY: There's Little to Celebrate in Greece v. Galloway Prayer Decision
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The great rejoicing after the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on public prayer reminded me of the infamous line from an officer who commented on the destruction of a village during the Vietnam War: “We had ...

God Sets the World Right
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A EVER SINCE ADAM AND EVE ate themselves out ...

Tapping the Sacred Power of Song
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Sophia Har Music as Prayer: The Theology and Practice of Church Music, by Thomas H. Troeger MUSIC IS OFTEN re ...

'Daddy, why are those people sleeping in the park?'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt How to talk with our children about homelessness. MY 5-YEAR-OLD daughter, Zoe, is in preschoo ...

Hispanic Catholics Differ with Evangelicals — and with the Church
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The Pew Research Center’s look at “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States” also examined their beliefs, behavior, and views on social issues. The Pew Rese ...

Answer to a Begging Woman's Prayer
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Prayer is a two-way conversation. It’s participatory. If we don’t listen for an answer, then we’re not really praying. Often, we hear an answer that requires some action on our part. ...

For NBA Teams, Religion Can Be Unifying or Divisive
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

Long before head coach Doc Rivers found himself defending his Los Angeles Clippers players who were the unwelcome participants in team owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments all week, he was concerned about a ...

Supreme Court Approves Sectarian Prayer at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court Monday declared that the Constitution not only allows for prayer at government meetings, but religious prayer. The Supreme Court Monday declared that the Constit ...

Why Some Evangelicals Are Praying President Obama Will Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 11:30am | Type: Press

April 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Charles Redfern ...

Tennessee Death Row Inmates Invite Governor to Pray With Them
Originally Posted: 04/26/2014 - 8:25pm | Type: Blog

Last week, the men on Tennessee’s death row, four of whom have scheduled execution dates in the near future, invited Gov. Bill Haslam, the man who signs the death warrants, to join them for prayer ...

Most Voters Favor Prayer, Minus Jesus, at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer – as long the public prayer is generic and not specifically ...

We Need Your Prayers
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

It’s been a year of struggle and a year of rejoicing. We wanted to give you a glimpse into our lives here at Sojourners and also ask for your prayers. As we move into Holy Week ou ...

Continuing to 'Run the Race With Perseverance'
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

The tragedy of last year dealt a blow to that fabric, but crucially, it did not rip us apart. In the wake of the marathon bombings we quickly and frequently connected by phone, in person, and through prayer. ...

VIDEO: How to Build a Memorial Prayer Altar
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Create your own memorial prayer altar in remembrance of those you love and will never forget. Fro ...

Praying for a Breakthrough on Climate Action
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

It’s when facing an obstacle of this magnitude that our faith matters most. As an outpouring of our faith, it is only natural to call upon God for wisdom and endurance, praying that we can fulfill our calling ...

Did Jesus Pray to Allah?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan McAnnally-Linz Miroslav Volf Several nations have recently banned non-Muslims fro ...

Sloth: Missing the Call for Sabbath
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Ironically, my approach to getting the sloth out of my life is to bring the Sabbath into it, at the end of each day. Sloth. It’s not just a strange, adorable animal we love to wat ...

A Prayer for Fred Phelps
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God. We lift up a prayer for the misguided – for those who hate and belittle and abuse in your name. Editor's Note: Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro B ...

For One Great Prayer
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

I have tried to provide a clergy presence whenever I can to show that ending the suffering of immigrant families, including that of the 1 out of 7 undocumented Korean Americans, is also a concern of persons of ...

Crucible of Courage
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jean Stokan The growing militarization of Honduran society is fueled by U.S. support. IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ele ...

Judge Rejects California City’s Religious War Memorial
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

A California federal judge has rejected a proposed religious memorial at a publicly owned baseball stadium as a violation of both federal and state laws. A California federal judg ...

Should Christians Pray in Public?
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

So is it possible that praying in restaurants might not be the “Dare to Be a Daniel” moment we envisioned? In fact, might it be a sign of (gulp!) a hypocrite? Should we really feel guilty for praying in restau ...

Grace at Home: Thoughts on Christian Parenting from the ‘Village Priest’
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

We think that living in a family is the most serious commitment to community that anyone will ever make. Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Joy Carroll Wal ...

Indigenous Peoples Prayer Calendar
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sojourners' online calendar features an image and prayer from various tribes around North and Central America that reflect an Indigenous understanding of God. Terry LeBlanc’s co ...

The State of the Communion
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

While millions around us were gathered in homes, bars and other public places to watch the State of the Union of the United States, we were together receiving the State of the Communion of the Kingdom of God. ...

Can Cathy McMorris Rodgers Resurrect Compassionate Conservatism?
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

President Obama touched on several hot button issues as he addressed the economy, immigration, and gun violence in his State of the Union on Tuesday. President Obama touched on se ...

As I Walk Through the Sudden Valley: A Psalm, a Prayer
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

I’ve composed a psalm entirely out of Arrested Development quotes based on the ACTS style of prayer, because it is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to God. And also … no ...

A Christmas Prayer: O God of All Children
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Let us remember all the poor babies and children who struggle to live and realize their God given potential in our own rich land and all around the world today. And commit to act to assure hope and justice for ...

Six Reasons Americans Still Need Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Churches are among the few places that inspire deep, authentic, messy, and real community. They go out of their way to involve people and connect them via small groups, activities, and an endless variety of in ...

The Power of Fasting
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

Over the past month, I have witnessed the spiritual power of the disciplines of prayer and fasting to redeem our nation’s institutional powers in ways I never imagined. Do you be ...

Moving into Epiphany's Light
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A. A NEW CALENDAR YEAR marks the end of the ...

In Gratitude to My Sojo Family
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

I am forever indebted to my colleagues at Sojourners for their support this past month. Their presence and prayers kept me from dwelling in despair and sustained me when my hope faded. As if that weren’t enoug ...

Feast with Your Family this Thanksgiving; Then Fast with Us Next Week -- for Families in Great Distress
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

The debate about immigration reform has been very productive in America over these past several years. And that debate has been won — by those who favor a common sense agenda for reform. ...

A Prayer for Marissa Alexander
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Please stand with Marissa Alexander as she learns whether she will be released on bail to await her retrial. Jesus, please be with Marissa Alexander today. You know Marissa, t ...

It's Time to Fast and Pray
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 6:43pm | Type: Blog

It is time to pray and fast for a change that now feels like a "miracle" in regard to immigration reform. ( Editors Note:  On Nov. 12, faith, immigrant rights, and l ...

Supreme Court Wrestles with How 'Religious' Prayer Should Be at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday with a case that asks whether government bodies can open with prayers that some people find overly religious and excluding. The Supreme Court ...

Alternative Seasonal Reading
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Books that can be interesting, grounding, and inspiring companions for a complicated time of year. ...