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Someone Tell the President: Iraqi Christians Are Dying
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results have been deadly. It’s starting to seem as if t ...

What Good Is a Bridge If We Never Cross It?
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

President Obama called natural gas a bridge, but what good is a bridge if we don’t take sufficient steps to cross it? Energy policy and climate change action are inexorably linked ...

5 Myths About Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Here are five commonly perpetuated myths about minimum wage. Hopefully, their exploration will shed a more accurate light on this contested issue. It’s a new year, and Congress is ...

Unemployment, the Vote, and Hope
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 7:38pm | Type: Blog

Today’s Senate vote on unemployment benefits brings hope to 1.3 million people who dare to hope every day. It is right and good that we stand with the least — ones who have fallen on hard times — in their time ...

The NSA's Need to Know, Your Privacy, and Jesus' Path
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

There is no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to security. We will always be seeking the better mousetrap to ensnare increasingly stealthy mice, nibbling at our heels. But with each new effort to stave ...

Has Drone Firepower Conquered Christ's Love?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

As we seek faithful ways to engage governments with the spirit of Jesus’s love and reconciliation, we must remember some essentials. For centuries, followers of Jesus have wondere ...

Religious Leaders United Against 'Immoral' Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Press

October 1, 2013 Sojo in the News Clare Kim ...

White Christian Voters No Longer Hold Keys to the White House
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

President Obama won last week with a voter coalition that was far more racially and religiously diverse than Mitt Romney’s – a phenomenon both predicted in the days before the election and confirmed in the day ...

Jesus for President 2012
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

What would America look like if Jesus were in charge? It was way back in 2004 that the spark for the Jesus for President campaign was born — by a bunch of post-evangelical Christi ...

Evangelicals Mobilizing for Romney Campaign
Originally Posted: 10/22/2012 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

The Romney-Ryan ticket is the first Republican presidential campaign in history without a Protestant candidate, but this hasn't deterred evangelicals from launching massive get-out-the-vote and registrati ...

1 in 5 Americans Would Not Vote for Mormon President
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Nearly one in five Americans say they would not vote for a Mormon president, a percentage that has hardly budged since 1967, according to a new Gallup poll. Nearly one in five Ame ...

An Agnostic President?
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 9:08am | 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 ...

Pastor Poised to Be First African-American to Lead Southern Baptists
Originally Posted: 02/04/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

After months of urging from other Baptists around the country, the Rev. Fred Luter told his African-American congregation that he will seek to become the first black man to lead the predominantly white Souther ...

They Called Him a Dissident: Vaclav Havel (1936-2011)
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

Though admittedly I hunger after his well-crafted words, what I desire more so and will miss in greater ways is the manner in which he led and wrought deep and lasting change. Dis ...

Jim Wallis and Gary Bauer on CNN's "State of the Union" Discuss Religion and the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 4:09am | Type: Blog

On Sunday morning (11/6), Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis appeared on CNN's "State of the Union," with American Values president Gary Bauer and host Candy Crowley to discuss how religion will affect t ...

Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

How helps us understand that principled behavior isn't merely something a PR/Corporate Social Responsibility staff or attorneys tell us is important. Rather it is the surest path to success and relevance ...

Awkward: Obama's Press Secretary Corrects the Boss, Invents Bible Verse
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. Poor White House spokesman Jay Carney misquoted -- invented, ...

NEWS: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices A year ago, N ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew modestly over th ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

In an interview earlier this week with MSNBC's Martin Bashir, economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out some of the issues tackled in his latest book, The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue an ...

Evangelicals: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

What are "the evangelicals," you ask? Certainly not a political or ideological monolith, as recent polling and survey numbers demonstrate. What are "the evang ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

Pat Robertson: I'm Out
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Mark your calendars. The Rev. Pat Robertson has announced his ersatz retirement from politics. Robertson, 81, tells the Associated Press that he will no longer offer political endorsements. ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...

Kal Penn: Enough with the Cynicism and Disappointment, Time to Re-engage!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Before I met President Obama, I was always cynically independent when it came to politics. Like a lot of other young people with different views on different issues, I never considered myself to be either a D ...

The Republican Debates So Far (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Most people who follow the political public discourse in our country know the Republican mantra on the economy -- cut taxes, cut regulation, cut federal spending, balance the national budget, and all ...

Heckler FAIL: To Obama, "You're the antichrist."
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

At a Monday night event in Los Angeles, President Obama was interrupted by a heckler who declared that he was the "antichrist." Obama had just begun to speak -- saying hello to a member of Congress ...

Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. " Continuing a cycle of vi ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Immigration Reform for Texas: Seeking a Winning Cocktail
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

One little known fact about Houston is that it was the only major city in the South to integrate nonviolently. One little known fact about Houston is that it was the only major ...

Obama's Remembrance: 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spent Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, by visiting each of the attack sites in New York City, Washington, ...

I Am the 9/11 Generation
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

(This morning's view of Ground Zero from Sojourners and the World Evangelical Alliance's press conference.) (This morning's view of Ground Zero from S ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

One Dress Protest: How I Found Freedom in Prison
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never been arrested before, it feels strange to write that. Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never be ...

Who is the Messiah of Evangelical Politicians?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The evangelical world expands to a far-off horizon and the topographical valleys and peaks cover landscapes that are both long and wide. The evangelical world expands to a far-o ...

The Problem With Christian Labels
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A week or two after the 2004 election, I was dining with some friends in New York when the conversation turned to religion and politics -- the two things that you're never supposed to discuss in po ...

Isn't the Keystone XL Pipeline in Our National Interest?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Won't it reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil? Won't somebody else develop the Alberta tar sands if the U.S. doesn't do it -- someone like China, perhaps? ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across barren cracked earth. Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across bar ...

Climate Witness as Act of Faithfulness
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The earth dries up and withers ... The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. - Isaiah 24:4-6 ...

Friday Links Round Up: Free Starbucks. London. Farewell.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: Sandwich coasters are fun. Guy lets the world use his Starbucks card for free. htt ...

Our Dark Night
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

They say at some point in their lives great leaders experience a "dark night of the soul," or a period in life when your feet, knees, and face scrape and stick to the proverbial bottom. ...

A Tribute to Mark O. Hatfield
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Mark O. Hatfield's political witness shaped a whole generation of students, teachers, pastors, and social activists in the evangelical community and beyond. Mark O. Hat ...

It's Time For Us to Grow Up and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day the mail brought an advertisement for something I desperately need (or so the ad suggested). If I ordered it right now, the ad said, I would save a hefty percentage off the usual price. ...

God Is Watching
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The markets are watching, the Republicans are watching, the Democrats are watching, the media are watching, the pollsters and pundits are watching. The markets are watching, ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As the time shortens for Congress and President Obama to agree to the contours of legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, I am reminded of the story of King Solomon and his judgment regarding ...

Friday Links Round Up: Swampy Monster. Jane Austen. John Mayer.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: Our prayers extend to the people of Norway. Lord, have mercy. http://creativecommons ...

BREAKING: Obama Meets with Faith Leaders on Budget Crisis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, I, alongside other faith leaders, met with President Obama about the critical budget debate. We are grateful and hopeful leaving this meeting. Please pray for us as the conversation continues. ...

A Democratic Egypt: Worker Justice and Civilian Rule
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

After months of good-faith reforms and patience, the drama is back in Egypt's Tahrir Square as protesters are preparing for a potential showdown with the state's military rule. ...