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The Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

Was Iraq a Holy War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Bush to renege on his usage of the word "crusade" ...

The Consensus Problem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The folks at NPR's Planet Money podcast have already sort of repented for verbally badgering Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor and high government official who happens to be female, in <a title ...

Memorial Day: After the Parades and Picnics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Only the dead have seen the end of war." "Only the dead have seen the end of war." The better angels of m ...

Shedding 'Pro-Choice' and 'Pro-Life' Labels
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In his <a title="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-at-Notre-Dame-Commencement/" href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-at- ...

Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After weeks of controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate as this year's commencement speaker, we have seen both the American democratic tra ...

Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea ...

Doing Kingdom Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There were some remarkable outcomes to last week's Mobilization to End Poverty, with nearly 50 <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-host-sponsors">sp ...

New Hope in the Movement for Immigrant Rights
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8116193_7PzaR/1/530258814_kGpKA"></a>This past Friday, May 1, 2009, I joined with thousands of others across the country in marc ...

Jack Kemp: Bleeding-Heart Conservative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League switched its All-Star game from New Orleans to Houston. In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League s ...

A Step Toward the Common Good
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Several years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, So­jou­rn­ers started using the phrase “budgets are moral d ...

On Obama's Short List
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. I hold in my hand a printout of the e-mail I just received from Barack Obama. I hold in my hand ...

Torture Memos: 'What Is Done in the Dark'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught: "For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light" (Luke 8:17). In other words: the truth will come out. ...

Torture: A Crime that Requires a Verdict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Dear President Obama,</p> Dear President Obama, Thank you for making the four memos approving of and describing the torture done to children of God in our name public ev ...

Video: The Easter Bunny Asks You to Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Did you have a good Easter weekend? If you were in Washington D.C. for the holiday, you may have noticed a different kind of Easter Bunny hanging around the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro. ...

Tax Day Wish: Prophetic Voices on Taxes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15?</p> Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15? In 2001, President Bush ...

Watch and Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, before the budget vote, I talked with several senators on the phone as they were about to cast their vote. The ones I spoke to were friends, and I told them that I was praying for them. ...

Apologies of the Powerful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5354862.stm">I am deeply sorry</a> for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address," <a href="http://www. ...

A Crucial Time in the Fight Against Global Poverty and Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The realities of global poverty are very stark. The realities of global poverty are very stark. About a billion people around the world - one in six - are now considered chronical ...

Calling a Nation to its Best Values and Priorities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

Persistent Efforts to Counter a Persistent Nuclear Threat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A generation has now come of age now for which "Fall Out Shelter" signs are nothing but rusty remnants of a time long past. A generation has now come of age now for whic ...

Compassionate Conservatives Looking to Rebrand and Expand Their Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I've been asked to comment on churches that are more conservative, predominantly evangelical, and how they are coalescing around poverty reduction. I've been asked to co ...

A Vision for the Foreign Aid Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. World Visi ...

A Higher Authority for Sudan's President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sudanese President al-Bashir's recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article6018508.ece" href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article601 ...

Tutu Confronts ANC, Zimbabwe Launches Recovery Program
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been another week of high drama in South Africa and more mixed news from Zimbabwe. In South Africa three key issues have dominated public debate. It has been another week o ...

Churches to Obama: 'Put the Poor First'
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joey Ager Christian Churches Together (CCT), a three-year-old ecumenical group representing more than 100 million U.S. ...

Obama at Notre Dame: Continuing a Tradition of Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Barack Obama will be the ninth president awarded an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame and the sixth president to address its graduates during commencement services. ...

Counting the Cost of Good and Bad Debt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

While watching President Obama's press conference Tuesday evening, I was struck by a few things that are often forgotten in the criticism of his proposed budget.</p> W ...

Obama and the G-20
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the largest economies and the European Union, will meet in London. Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the ...

A Double Victory for Liberian Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order granting a <a title="http://www.startribune.com/local/north/41595947.html?page=1&amp;c=y" href="http://www.startribune.com/local/nort ...

Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Many people claim the economic crisis and fixing immigration are incompatible issues or competing priorities. Many people claim the economic crisis and fixing immigration are inco ...

Obama's Community of Support and Challenge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/politics/15pastor.html?_r=1&amp;hp"><em>The New York Times</em> ran a story</a> about five pastors who have served ...

An Involuntary Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> In 1956, a few hundred Catholic teachers and catechists gathered ...

Our Moral Audit of the Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Four years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, Sojourners coined a phase, "budgets are moral documents." That phrase has now entered the common lexicon, but it remains our fundam ...

Time to Come to Washington
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Here's an opportunity to help make social change happen: Join us in the nation's capital in April. ...

America in Black and White
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Does the Obama era herald a post-racial United States? Right now we may still be in the eu ...

Sharing History
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Buer During some moments of pre-Christ­mas calm, I had a chance to read the memos to President Obama (“Dear President Obama,” Januar ...

War No More
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

John K. Stoner The memos to President Obama in the January issue are interesting for what they omit as well as for what they include. ...

Reduce Military Spending
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Victor Goering After reading (for the second time) the “Dear President Obama” letters, I was disappointed that no one mentioned the need t ...

Check Your Terms
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brigit M. Barnes [Regarding “A New Faith Coalition,” by Jim Wallis, January 2009]: Those who characterize abortion as “single-issue politi ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

Mixed Signals on Immigration Enforcement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Washington, D.C., is sending mixed signals about how to enforce immigration law, and immigrants and their families are suffering the consequences.</p> Washington, D.C., is s ...

Obama's Call to Rebuild
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This wasn't really a budget speech, or even a State of the Union. It was a call to rebuild a country -- from its infrastructure, to its economy, to its values. This wasn' ...

Hope for Darfur?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The United States has recognized that genocide is taking place in Darfur, Sudan. That recognition is now five years old. The United States has recognized that genocide is taking ...

The Bipartisan Poverty Forum
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Through the partisan fistfight of the general election, in the midst of political posturing during the transition, and moving forward in spite of a Congress split down party lines, a bipartisan gro ...

Pastor-in-Chief
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this week's town hall meetings, President Obama demonstrated an important aspect of his office: Pastor-in-Chief.</p> In this week's town hall meetings, Presiden ...

A Fine Start for Common Ground Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The first weeks of the Obama administration have been a whirlwind of appointments, and as advertised, "change," but the aspect most in evidence is the president's efforts at finding common groun ...

Obama's New Faith-Based Council
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The <a title="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-faith-based5-2009feb05,0,1591409.story" href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-faith-based5-2009feb05,0, ...

Obama Continues Bombing Pakistan (A 'Just Peace' President? Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

He said he would do it.</p> He said he would do it. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he would go into Pakistan if necessary to capture and/or kill al ...

SCHIP: Finally, a Victory for Children's Healthcare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The 111<sup>th</sup> Congress is turning out to be a bit more exciting than the 110<sup>th</sup>, with members tackling tough issues with a vigor that was in short supply in 2008. ...