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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: 01/23/2015 - 5:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

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

Supreme Court to Consider Religious Prayer At Government Meetings
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

In a case that could determine restrictions on expressions of faith in the public square, the Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider religious prayers that convene government meetings. ...

Pope Francis: Holy Humility In Community
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Daring leaders in every age have responded with their own bold visions regarding what makes for faithful community — something we can see in the unusually humble ministry of the new Bishop of Rome. Pope Franci ...

A Shutdown Washington Gets Some Much Needed Prayer: Jarvis DeBerry
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:16pm | Type: Press

October 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Our Prayer from Capitol Hill Is Trending
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

The #FaithfulFilibuster has taken off across the country through word of mouth and social media — our prayers are trending. Every day, we read 2,000 verses in the Bible, each about how we treat the poor and vu ...

Clergy, Religious Leaders Gather on Capitol Steps to Pray, Read Scripture Ahead of Expected Key Votes on Government Funding
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 10:32pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2013 Press Releases WASHINGTON – Ahead of expected key Co ...

Every Prayer, Every Breath, a Step Toward a Cure
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

One morning each week, I ascend the outdoor staircase on the side of our little church and enter the Upper Room – a cozy, loftlike space above the pastors’ offices set apart for prayer. ...

Jewish Feminists Say They’d Accept Western Wall Prayer Compromise
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — In a stunning reversal, a feminist Jewish prayer group said it will consider a government proposal to allow a mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall — but only after the government agrees to ...

A Dogged Pursuit of Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "The alternative—not having negotiations—is guaranteed to fail." GEORGE MITCHELL, the ...

Rewriting the Lord's Prayer: What If How We Prayed Matched How We Live?
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps we should rewrite the Lord’s prayer and make it conform to what we really believe. In that spirit, here’s a rough draft of what it might sound like if the Lord‘s prayer was actually our prayer. ...

Pope Francis: A ‘Good Christian’ Prays for Bad Politicians
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

Wading into ongoing debates over religion and politics, Pope Francis on Sunday gently chided Christians to pray for politicians, saying “a Christian who does not pray for his leaders is not a good Christian.” ...

Twitter and Tragedy: A Revamped American Religious Experience
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In the hours and days that followed the Boston Marathon, social media became for me, and many others, a sacred space to share our prayers and words of disbelief. Editor's ...

Pope Francis: Military Intervention in Syria 'Futile'
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday told world leaders gathered in Russia for the G-20 summit that a military intervention in Syria would be “futile,” urging them to focus instead on dialogue and reconciliation to bring ...

Feminists Call Temporary Western Wall Prayer Platform a ‘Sundeck'
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

While the non-Orthodox leaders welcomed the new platform that can accommodate up to 450 worshippers, a group of Jewish feminists called it nothing more than “a sun deck” designed to marginalize anyone who is n ...

Remembering How to Pray
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

Kelly's Light is for me a Sound (at the beginning of all things, through which God created all things) and I am a fluctuation in God's celestial soundscape. This is something I too easily forget in t ...

The Church of the Long Haul
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C WHICH SCRIPTURES WILL our biases tempt ...

Pipeline Prayer Walk: 'In the Wide Open Air'
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

Five walkers have completed 380 miles of their three-month pilgrimage along the proposed route of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. They have crossed from Canada into the United States as part of the Com ...

On Scripture: Power of Prayer ... at Kmart
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

We live in a shadowy world where the color of one’s skin, the person that one loves, or the God that one worships can get you killed. This is a gloomy world with little light or joy. Even in these worst of tim ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting Gun Violence and Racism
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a pastor who is a foster mother to a four year-old African American boy, wrote this hymn after George Zimmerman was found not guilty for his shooting of Trayvon Martin. ...

Struggle of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Leigh Donaldson Early morning before he unlocks the church gate the rector kneels before the gridiron fence surrounding the Cathedral, not in prayer but to c ...

Stories Worth Telling
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We need to hear more about the people committed to peace. IN HER JEWISH school in Montreal, Roni ...

My Unexpected Diagnosis
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis "Control is an illusion that we all pursue." THIS IS A very personal column. Last Decemb ...

Bobby McFerrin: Praying as He Sings
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

He’s best known for his iconic 1980s feel-good hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” but Grammy-award winning artist Bobby McFerrin explores a deeper side of life in a new album. He’s best ...

Waiting on God
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 4:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Linda Kaufman A story about falling in love with Jesus all over again. WHEN I FIRST started attending the Chu ...

Take a Stand
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Curt Devine 8 ways to stand against human trafficking. PRAY for freedom for the 27 million people enslave ...

Loving Like Christ
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Thanks be to God for the life of Gordon Cosby. GORDON COSBY was perhaps the most Christian human b ...

Prayer in Times of Grief: Q&A With National Day of Prayer Honorary Chairman
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The honorary chairman of this year’s National Day of Prayer (May 2) says prayer was the only thing that got him through his son’s death five years ago. When fellow megachurch pastor Rick Warren lost his son Ma ...

North Carolina Minorities Remain Worried After Religion Bill is Pulled
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 4:08pm | 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 ...

'The impacts are quite severe on the ground'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Victor Mughogho Victor Mughogho works with local churches in southeast A ...

At the River We Stand
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Baptism means we are imprinted on Christ. FROM THE RIVER to the rope. From the creek to the ...

A Prayer at the White House
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

A meeting today of faith leaders with the president on immigration reform opened and closed with prayer. This was my prayer at the end. A meeting today of faith leaders with the p ...

Mango — A Haiku
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

A haiku prayer for agricultural workers. style="border: 0 ...

Why You Should Pray Like a Six-Year-Old Boy
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

It’s hard to over-emphasize the importance of honesty with God in our prayers. Stifling that honesty in ourselves or in our children by demanding that he or she pray for world peace instead of an awesome Chris ...

A Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors This pledge, which draws on one used by Mahatma Gandhi's independence campaign in India, was used in the U.S. civil righ ...

Can You Hear My Song?
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Shefa Siegel Leonard Cohen as irreverent master of prayer. IF YOU ARE not overly familiar with the repertoire ...