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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 ...

Obama, Seacrest, and Our War Against Indifference
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The time is upon us to seek solutions and spark action, and the first enemy to conquer is not standing on foreign soil, but rather, it is the collective indifference that sits in so many of our hearts. ...

Dreams of Justice: Syria, Barack Obama, and MLK
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

And so President Barack Obama seems to be ramping up the war machine. Ironically, as he plans for possible military strikes, on Wednesday he delivered a talk honoring the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King ...

50 Years from Now — Infographic Shows How Far We Have Yet to Go on Racial Equality
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday’s “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony in Washington, D.C., honored the nation's substantial advances in racial equality in the fifty years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his now-iconic “I H ...

Former Charity Head Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Vatican
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett replaces theologian Miguel Diaz, and gives President Obama an experienced voice on social justice in Rome where a new pope, Francis, has made caring for the poo ...

A Jew and a Mormon Find Common Ground Midair
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

I don’t know what John thought of me when he first saw me, after we spoke, or now, a few days later. But as we were exiting our aisle, John and I thanked each other for such civil and rich discourse. ...

A History of Discrimination Earns President Obama a Right to Speak
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

Many other American groups also have their prisms of understanding aligned in part by histories of discrimination, some more current than others. And outsiders can’t really know fully what they feel, either. ...

'Silence is Golden': The White Church and Race in America
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 8:04pm | Type: Blog

In the book of Ecclesiastes, the author says that there is a time for everything under heaven, including “a time to be silent, and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:7. Over the past two weekends, the vast majo ...

Senators Reach Deal on Student Loan Interest Rates
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

According to an aide connected to the Democratic Party, bipartisan senators reached a deal Wednesday that would offer undergraduate students a lower interest rate of 3.85 percent on student loans, up until the ...

Lawmakers Ask Obama for Religious Diversity Summit
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Nearly 40 members of the U.S. House, among them Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, and Muslims, sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday urging him to convene a “Religious Diversity Summit” and do more to fight dis ...

African Religious Leaders Reject Obama’s Call to Decriminalize Homosexuality
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders in Africa strongly rebuked President Obama’s call to decriminalize homosexuality, suggesting it’s the reason why he received a less-than-warm welcome during a recent trip to the continent. ...

As the World Turns, Congress Stands Still on Climate
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 7:25am | Type: Blog

Many members of Congress are already taking steps to decry the president’s plan as a “war” – on coal, on American energy, and yes, even on America itself. Forget about future gen ...

G.O.P. Sees Opportunity for Election Gains in Obama’s Climate Change Policy
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

In order to gain substantial backing in the 2014 midterm election, Republicans are beginning to flaunt major environmental and economic issues regarding President Obama’s Climate Change policies. ...

Obama’s Climate Action Plan Paves a Road Ahead
Originally Posted: 06/28/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was a momentous day for the creation care movement: after years of inaction from Congress, President Obama announced a major, comprehensive plan of action on climate change. ...

Obama Offers Keystone Surprise in Climate Change Agenda Speech
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama revealed his approval for and was in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline project during his climate change speech on Tuesday. President Barack Obama revealed ...

Our Broken Social Contract
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Throughout the years, authors and academic scholars have studied and revealed their opinions of whether economic equality is in fact possible in the United States. Throughout the ...

Sojo Stories: Dirty Wars
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Days before President Barack Obama's high-profile speech on drones and U.S. counterterrorism efforts, we sat down with investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to take an inside look at U.S.-led covert wars, ...

Blocking Immigration Bill Would Doom 2016 Hopes, says Leading Republican
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

In order to stand a chance of the Presidency in the 2016 election, the Republican Party should not obstruct the ideas of an immigration overhaul, says Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. ...

Obama Picks Former CRS Head as New Vatican Ambassador
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

President Obama on Friday nominated Ken Hackett, former head of Catholic Relief Services, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. President Obama on Friday nominated Ken Ha ...

Privacy from Rulers: Tents of Ancient Israel, Cell Phones of Today
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Are there any spiritual and religious roots to the notion of personal and household privacy? What does the ancient arrangement of tents in an ancient Israelite encampment have to ...

A Just Peace President: How We Can End the War on Terror
Originally Posted: 06/04/2013 - 6:39pm | Type: Blog

In his remarks at the National Defense University two weeks ago, President Obama stopped just one sentence short of declaring an end to the so-called “war on terror.” This is and always was a misnomer. It is a ...

Franklin Graham calls IRS Probe of Ministry Finances ‘Un-American’
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the Internal Revenue Service probe of conservative nonprofit groups as “un-American,” saying both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the relief group Samaritan’s P ...

President Obama, Mourner in Chief
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Barack Obama’s legacy is still a work in progress, though even sympathetic commentators are seeing him now, in his fifth year, as too slow to act, too cerebral to brawl, and too little respected by his politic ...

Transcript: Obama Praises Boston for Overcoming the ‘Face of Evil’
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama praised Bostonians for their actions “in the face of evil” during an interfaith memorial service on Thursday for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Pre ...

The Budget Battles are Back
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

As they review Obama's budget proposal, only time will tell if Republicans are willing to engage the president in a serious way to find common ground on deficit reduction instead of letting dysfunction co ...

Jim Wallis on the release of the President’s new budget proposal
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 12:48pm | Type: Press

April 10, 2013 Press Releases President Obama’s budget proposal is a ...

President Obama, You Are Welcome in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

If you are in support of justice and a positive peace, I call on you not to be one of those who prefer “order” and the “absence of tension.” Rather, be one of the blessed who are the peacemakers. ...

Dear President Obama: Do Not Visit Bethlehem’s Nativity Church
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

I suggest that as the president enters the town, from Jerusalem I presume, that he takes a look to his right, and he will see the separation wall. It is hard to miss. It is that ugly concrete structure that gi ...