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How the 'Warrior Mindset' Has Damaged Policing, Children, and Youth
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Can we learn to see children as resources rather than burdens? When will we admit that we need children more than they need us? One reason I love Bob Koehler’s weekly political an ...

Who Said It: Fox News or Jesus?
Originally Posted: 05/27/2015 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

Addressing both personal and social responsibility, family and economic issues, education and racism is crucial. But blaming and demonizing the poor is not called for — it is shameful. There’s the choice here, ...

Faith, poverty take center stage at Georgetown
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 11:28am | Type: Press

May 12, 2015 Sojo in the News Joy-Ann Reid ...

Court Hears Arguments on Texas v. United States Injunction
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

A ruling is expected to be released within a few weeks but could come as early as this week. Hundreds of immigrants and advocates from across the country  gathered  in New Orlea ...

Barack Obama: 'We are called to follow the example of Christ'
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:11pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Carey Lodge ...

4 notable remarks from President Obama’s Easter Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Press

April 7, 2015 Sojo in the News Adelle Banks ...

White House Easter event welcomes cross-section of Christians
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:59pm | Type: Press

April 7, 2015 Sojo in the News Patricia Zapor ...

What I Learned From Praying at the White House
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 7:49pm | Type: Blog

Every one of us has sin in our lives that separates us from God — addictions, hidden failings, anger problems — and every one of us needs the saving power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to redeem and restore ...

Preliminary Deal on Iran Nuclear Program Reached
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

The United States and Iran agreed to a preliminary deal on Iran's nuclear program today. The United States and Iran agreed to a preliminary deal on Iran's nuclear progra ...

Weekly Wrap 3.13.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

White thugs, Jihadi John, Women's History Month, Obama reads mean tweets 1.  SAE, White Thugs, and American Traditions "I am neither angry nor surprised by ...

Selma and Our Next Bridge to Cross
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

While demographic change is clear, it does not make positive changes inevitable. It’s possible it could just lead to greater collision and increasing racial tensions and conflicts. Or we could cross the bridge ...

Netanyahu Speech Deepens Rift Between Israel, U.S. — and American Jews
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

The episode amounts to “really a swift kick into the underbelly” of the longstanding bond between Israel and the United States. American Jewish leaders and activists are worried a ...

Weekly Wrap 2.13.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

The faith of David Carr ... Moving words on growing up American from Chapel Hill shooting victim Yusor Abu-Salha ... NASA goes Jedi ... HAPPY GALENTINE'S DAY ... and more! ...

Does Obama Owe Christians An Apology?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Every Christian should be aware of what we are capable of when we turn our eyes away from the self-sacrificing love of Jesus and instead turn Christianity into an ideology that justifies terror, brutality, opp ...

We Need to Talk About Modern-Day Slavery
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

No U.S. president has ever raised the issue in his big annual address. That needs to change. In his annual State of the Union address last week, President Obama began his foreign ...

State of the Union and Inequality: What Are You Going to Do Now?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The state of the union certainly isn’t good for the poorest and most vulnerable Americans, especially for the children who live in poverty — one in every five American children, and one of every three children ...

President Obama's 2015 the State of the Union Remarks
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

President Obama delivered his seventh State of the Union address last night (January 20, 2015). These are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Editor's Note : President ...

White House Says President Will Veto Next Keystone XL Bill
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced today that “If this bill passes this Congress the president won't sign it either.” In November, when the Senate just barely ...

Obama Extends U.S. Combat Role in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan for at least another year. ...

Becoming a Better America
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Obama is not offering people citizenship, but his address reflected on the meaning of community belonging. “These people” often act like citizens, he seemed to be saying, because they “came to work, and study, ...

Evangelicals a Mixed Bag on Obama’s Immigration Move
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

While Republican leaders blast President Obama for taking executive action on immigration reform, some prominent evangelical leaders are welcoming the president’s plans to keep about 5 million undocumented imm ...

President Obama's Remarks on Immigration Action
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 9:49pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced he is taking action to reform pieces of our broken immigration system. See Sojourners President Jim Wallis' recap here. Below are Pre ...

Will America Live Up to Its Promise?
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

When I left school, my status lapsed, and I became undocumented. Three years later, my mother was killed — a victim of domestic violence. With no “home country” to go back to and no way to adjust my status, I ...

From 9/11 to ISIS: Resolving the Paradox of the U.S. War on Terror
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It feels ...

Should All Americans Have the Right to an Education?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

If my immigration status weren't an issue, I’d be traveling, graduating college, and would probably be on the path to law school. My work in advocacy and in my community would have been exponentially stro ...

What Are You Most Proud Of?
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

If I am sent back to Mexico — a land I no longer know anything about, who will be there to support my family? My sons, Issac and Felipe are my pride and joy. My wife and I go to c ...

Jose Antonio Vargas and Others to Apply for Deportation Deferrals, Push Obama on Executive Action
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week Jose Antonio Vargas, joined by ten other undocumented immigrants, announced the 1 of 11 Million campaign in Washington to urge the delay of deportations for the millions of documented immigra ...

Time for Confession—and Action
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben We stood by as our addiction to fossil fuel ran Genesis in reverse. THE NEWS IN mid-May was gri ...

Sacrificing Our Sons and Daughters
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

On our U.S. currency are inscribed the words: “In God, we trust.” Many of us have believed that those words referred to trusting in the God of Abraham. But I am convinced that there is another word that is imp ...

Reframing Failure
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. Not my failures, though I suspect we could come up with a few. No, I’ve thi ...

Developing a Moral Vision for Climate Change
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

A moral vision able to see the granular risks of climate change comes, I would argue, not from time (Obama’s “future children” or the Pope’s “Creation will destroy us”), but from space. ...

Christians Affirm the EPA’s New Clean Power Plan
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

President Obama just took the most significant step to address climate change that we’ve ever seen out of the White House: he introduced the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan, which will c ...

That Time Obama Showed Up At My Little League Game
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Press

May 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

That Time Obama Showed Up At My Little League Game
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

How do you get your Little League team to get their hitting going? Get a surprise visit before your game from President Barack Obama! Our excited kids won 12-1. How do you get you ...

Moses Rising
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Most people consider the story of Moses a fable, myth, or maybe even ancient history — but not the kind of history capable of repeating itself. Except that it has been repeated. History is rampant with faith-f ...

Why I’m Praying President Obama Will Reject Keystone XL
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

The proposed Keystone XL Oil Pipeline would do little good and could wreak enormous harm. I’m compelled to halt my timid thy-will-be-done prayers and join a band of evangelicals boldly pleading for the permit’ ...

President Obama Pens Pope Francis Piece for Time's 100 Most Influential List
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Time magazine has released its annual 100 Most Influential people list, and, to no one's surprise, Pope Francis is featured. What may be surprising is who the magazine chose to write about the pontiff — P ...

Reject and Protect
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

This week, we finally had some good news in the fight against climate change: President Obama announced a further delay in the review process for the Keystone XL pipeline. Ed ...

Time to Stop the Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers of Color
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

These children are our children. These men are our brothers. Are we our brothers’ keepers? As Christians, our answer must be yes. I have a vivid memory of my first visit to Sing S ...

Weekly Roundup: Dear Departed, Poverty Persists, And Surviving The Deep Freeze
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 11:01am | Type: Press

January 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Scott Alessi ...

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 ...

'A Year of Action:' President Obama's State of the Union Speech
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is President Obama's State of the Union speech as prepared for delivery. Editor's Note : The following is President Obama's Sta ...

The Pope and the President: What to Look for in the Obama-Francis Summit
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

So what will the two leaders talk about? What issues will they avoid? With Francis, anything is possible, but here are some initial ideas on how the summit could play out. The ne ...

Immigration Reform: It Ain't Over Until God Says It's Done
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Saying an opening prayer at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service on Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. was both an honor and a blessing for me. The theme of the homily, by my good friend Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, was ...

Activists End Immigration fast as Thousands of Others Take up the Cause
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Sapped by three weeks of a water-only diet, three activists for immigration reform ended their fasts Tuesday with a morsel of bread blessed by a priest and “passed the fast on” to others who hope to keep atten ...

What You're Not Allowed to Talk About in Washington
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Business leaders, law enforcement officials, and evangelical Christians—key constituencies that are typically part of the Republican base—have been at the forefront of immigration reform. ...

'Testifying to the Truth': EPA Testimonies (Part Two)
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 5:44pm | Type: Blog

It is not only future generations that will bear the impacts of climate change. They are being felt now, most intensely by those populations around the world who are least able to cope with them. We must act w ...

Has Drone Firepower Conquered Christ's Love?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 3:52pm | 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 ...

Aide Shares Bible Devotionals He Sent to President Obama Each Morning
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

President Obama may not attend church most Sundays, but a new book reveals the Bible verses and prayers that he reads every morning. President Obama may not attend church most Sun ...

The War By Remote Control
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

On May 23, President Obama gave a major address from the National Defense University, in which he personally acknowledged for the first time the U.S. government’s killing of four Americans — along with scores ...