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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 ...

Melissa Rogers New Head of White House Faith-Based Office
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Church-state expert Melissa Rogers will be the new director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Church-state expert  Melissa Rogers  wi ...

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected as Pope Francis I
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 9:17pm | Type: Blog

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis I on Wednesday, after only two days of voting in the conclave tasked with choosing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. ...

Our Pastoral Letter on the Budget — And My Hope for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the idea of the common good is failing in American politics. The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the ...

Changing Poverty Into Opportunity: A Moral Cause To Bring Us Together
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Fighting poverty must not be a partisan issue. When we look at both the causes and the solutions, this battle should bring both liberals and conservatives together. Overcoming poverty, by creating opportunity, ...

TRANSCRIPT: State of the Union Address 2013
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 12:40am | Type: Blog

The full text of the 2013 State of the Union on Feb. 12. Editor's Note: Below is the full text of the 2013 State of the Union on Feb. 12. For a response to the evening� ...

An Open Letter to the President: Avert Climate Catastrophe
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Circumstances have conspired to place you at the presidential helm during a moment of unprecedented global crisis. "Lincoln’s writings speak to me ... that though we may ha ...

A Grateful Farewell
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

The good news is that this is not a farewell to Joshua for us in the faith community. He will still be part of “us” and is beginning a new project designed to connect faith communities, government, businesses, ...

Momentum Building on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

In case you’ve missed the news surrounding immigration reform, here’s a brief update. In case you’ve missed the news surrounding immigration reform, here’s a brief update. Las ...

A Path Forward on Climate, Or, Obeying God
Originally Posted: 01/25/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Address this week included a bold statement about his vision for addressing climate change. President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Address thi ...

I Hate Loving Mark Driscoll
Originally Posted: 01/25/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

It’s not my job to discern the nature of Mark Driscoll’s character, though I do feel compelled to name destructive, mean-spirited behavior when I see it. But to attack him personally is to, as Paul decries, be ...

Preachers Pray for Unity at National Cathedral Inaugural Service
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

President Obama started his second term with a traditional worship service and a challenge to help heal the nation’s divides. WASHINGTON — President Obama started his second ter ...

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Inauguration Speech
Originally Posted: 01/21/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks following his swearing in during Monday's Inauguration ceremony. Editor's ...

'God Has Called Them All Home:' President's Remarks at Sandy Hook Interfaith Vigil
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Full transcript and video of the President's remarks at Newtown, Conn., prayer vigil. THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Governor.  To all the families, firs ...

Dear Congress, This Holiday Season, Don’t Make the Poor Poorer
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

This week, the Circle of Protection, released an open letter to the president and Congress with a simple message: during the holidays, please “advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them p ...

Jim Wallis Meets With President Obama, Other Officials, to Discuss Fiscal Cliff
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, met with President Barack Obama and other key officials at the White House on Friday to discuss the fiscal cliff, and urge a fair budget deal that does not harm the ...

Urge Obama, Boehner to Find Common Ground on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Tell our political leaders to move quickly and seek common ground on immigration reform. The election is finally over, and both parties understand the key role Latino vote ...

The Fiscal Cliff: Mommas Said Knock You Out
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Under sequestration, the U.S. foreign aid that has made such a tremendous difference in Ethiopia and in the lives of countless millions of desperately poor Africans (and others) is in grave jeopardy. ...

Obama at the U.N.: A New Religion Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

President Obama on Tuesday gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world's assumptions about free speech and religion. WASHINGTON — ...

Respecting the Indigenous Hosts of This Land
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

In December, I will be hosting a public reading of the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. I am doing so because page 45 of this 67 page document contains ...

Billboard Compares Obama To Aurora Shooter
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

A billboard has been erected picturing shooter James Holmes beside President Barack Obama, paralleling the shooting to the war in Afghanistan. While the country continues to be o ...

What Do the President's Tax Proposals Mean for Us?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Writing for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson takes a look at what the President's tax plan actually does. Writing for The Atlantic , Derek Thompson takes a look at wha ...

Praying for a Student Jubilee
Originally Posted: 06/22/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

On July 1, the federal interest rate for student loans is scheduled to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent unless Congress intervenes. Yesterday, as Congress battled over the f ...

QUIRK: President Obama sings "Call Me Maybe"
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

In this clever mashup, the POTUS gives a new take on Carly Rae Jespen's radio hit "Call Me Maybe." While it may not be as endearing as his rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Toge ...

Black Preachers Divided on Same-Sex Marriage, Not Obama
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — The 200 or so African-American pastors gathered here for the Conference of National Black Churches feel strongly about the topic of gay marriage, some for, many against. But there's one thing ...

DRONE WATCH: Death From Above
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:46am | Type: Blog

With White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan’s recent public acknowledgment of their use and revelations of President Obama’s direct involvement in deciding which targets are struck, the world medi ...

Bono to the G8: Transparency, 'We Won't Have Food Security Without It'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

"Crops need sunlight. So does resource extraction. Both need sunlight’s disinfecting glare," Bono told the G8 symposium on food security and agriculture. "Isn’t transparency the vaccine to preve ...

Watch: Live Feed of President Obama and World Leaders at G8 Global Food Security Symposium
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit, will begin at 8 a.m. The Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food S ...

Sojourners' Statement on President Obama's Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage. Within the Christian community and the nation at large, there are a diversity of opinions regarding human sexuality. While often ...

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's ABC News Interview on Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

"At a certain point, I've just concluded that — for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that — I think same-sex couples should be able to get married. Now — I have to tell yo ...

The Challenge
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Glenn Kessler, writer of the Washington Post Factchecker column, issues a challenge to President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Glenn Kessler, writer of the Washington Post Factcheck ...

Joe Scarborough on President Obama's Afghanistan Speech: "The Neocons Won"
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

From  Joe Scarborough's  Politico  blog last night: The takeaway of President Obama's speech tonight is simple. The neocons won, the troops lost and the endless war grinds on in a land that humbled the Soviet Union, the British Empir ...

VIDEO: Obama's Surprise Visit to Afghanistan Tuesday
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 8:19pm | Type: Blog

Watch videos of President Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan today and read the transcript of his address to the American people tonight inside the blog. Below are several ...

Obama's Proclamation for Today's National Day of Prayer
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 7:40pm | Type: Blog

Prayer has always been a part of the American story, and today countless Americans rely on prayer for comfort, direction, and strength, praying not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country ...

One Year Later: Bin Laden and the Cycle of Violence
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 7:57pm | Type: Blog

And after a year of reflection on the death of Osama bin Laden, a nation is looking for alternative options to violence, death and years of war. A year ago today, I read a Tweet ...

Breaking: President Obama in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama landed in Afghanistan this afternoon on an unannounced trip. He will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and sign a strategic partnership agreement pledging U.S. support for Afghanis ...

Badump-CHA! Five Memorable Moments from the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Movers, shakers and policy makers convened over the weekend for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner (aka Nerd Prom) at the Hilton in Washington, D.C. Late-night personality Jimmy Kimmel hosted the gal ...

Quran Burning: It Takes a Fool to Start a Fire
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, the (seemingly) perennial fire-starter and certifiable wingnut Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., a 50-member self-proclaimed Christian congragation, ...

President Obama on Passover, Easter: 'Common Thread of Humanity'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

"These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of huma ...

Obama Nominates Physician, Global Health Expert to Head World Bank
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

In a move that surprised many in the world of economics and politics, on Friday morning President Obama nominated Jim Yong Kim, the South Korea-born physician, anthropologist and president of Dartmouth College ...

Obama: 'If I Had a Son, He'd Look Like Trayvon'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama spoke out about the Trayvon Martin shooting Friday morning at a press briefing nominating Dr. Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank. President Barack Obama ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 19, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/20/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Take a listen to this cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” performed on a Chinese instrument from the zither family, known as a Guzheng . [ The Awesomer ] Fifth Ward Jam is a housing redevelopment project that combines ...

Bishop Hopes to Restart White House Contraception Talks
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:20pm | Type: Blog

The Catholic bishop leading the push against the White House's contraception mandate says the bishops hope to restart contentious talks with the Obama administration, but cautioned that church leaders &qu ...

Bishops Face Internal Challenges in Contraception Battle
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in the contraception battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. ...

White House Insists Contraception Talks are on Track
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 8:05pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration is rejecting charges by the nation's top Catholic bishop that talks to modify a controversial birth control mandate are "going nowhere" because of alleged White House in ...

President Obama's AIPAC Speech and Reaction
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

In a speech to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, President Obama urged Israeli leaders to refrain from "loose talk of war" relate ...