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A Shift in Priorities?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Pope Francis wants deputies, not darlings. IN MINDANAO, Philippines, a cheer went up: May ...

Seeking Clarity
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

When life seems fragile, it's clear some things matter more than others. It reminds us that attention must be paid to family, friends, and the differences we make in our work and our faith. ...

What Are Our Foundations of Morality?
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

During this election time, we have come to expect the rhetoric to replace reason and civility is a term that has no place in our discourses. Our disagreements are often not cognitive disagreements, but differe ...

Customer Service 101
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

Like it or not, customers arrive with certain expectations. Ignore them at your peril. ... People tend to be good judges of what matters to them. Here's a parable on clueless ...

The Moral Default
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken, but corrupt. The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken ...

What Are Your 'Life Giving' Questions?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/what-are-your-life-giving-questions/" target="_self"></a>I love what I do, but it's amazing how even that which you do and ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

UPDATED: The Hunger Fast Resource Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/the-hunger-fast-resource-post-updated/" target="_self"></a></p> <p>Tuesday, April 26</p> ...

Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up. ...

In the Midst of Fasting, I am so Grateful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On day three of my prayer fast, I woke up with the hymn, "I Am So Grateful," which the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ Children's Choir sang beautifully yesterday, running throug ...

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.</p> Across the United Sta ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Trusting God That We Have Enough
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' note ...

Report From Afghanistan: The Human Toll of Obama's 'Good War'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/a-report-from-afghanistan-the-human-toll-of-obamas-good-war/" target="_self"></a>In December, as the United States entered the ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

People of Faith United in Wisconsin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the national uproar over the attempt by Wisconsin Gov. In the midst of the national uproar over the attempt by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to remove most collectiv ...

Obama's Budget Battle Hurts the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama released his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/15/us/politics/15obama-doc.html" target="_blank">budget proposal</a> Monday, officially staking ...

Obama's Global Challenge: Healthy Competition or Unhealthy Nationalism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God did not come with it, and the sky did not fall. Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God d ...

After Tucson, the State of the Union
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In Tucson, Arizona, President Obama spoke to the state of the nation's soul. Next Tuesday, January 25, he will speak to the state of the union. In Tucson, Arizona, President ...

This Thanksgiving, Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The political ads are finally off the air. (We can all give thanks for that!) But now there is a new wave of advertisements hitting all of us. Each one will give us a different reason to consume. ...

Three Steps Toward a Balanced Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There has been a lot of talk about deficits lately. This is for good reasons. Our personal and national relationship to debt is indeed a moral issue. There has been a lot of talk ...

We're Sick of the Attack Ads
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Dear Candidate, Party Organization, PAC, Super-PAC or any Committee that ...

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Glenn,</p> Dear Glenn, I think we got off on the wrong foot. I listened to your speech last Saturday and heard a lot of things that we agree on. In fact, I have u ...

The War in Iraq: At What Cost?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The emotion that grips me this morning, after watching President Obama's speech last night and listening to the commentary about the "end of our combat mission in Iraq," is a deep sadness. ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

BP's Betrayal of Its 'Beyond Petroleum' Branding
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.schnews.org.uk/archive/news716.php"></a>As BP's <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/o/oil_spills/gulf_of_mexico ...

'God's Maternal Nature': One of the Best Mother's Day Sermons I Can Remember
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday I heard one of the best Mother's Day sermons I can remember. It was by the pastor at our family's church, Rev. Jeff Haggray of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.</p> ...

Toyota: Can a Corporation Repent?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Will Toyota repent? Will Toyota repent? Last week Toyota announced yet another recall , this time of the Lexus GX 460 and the Land Cruiser Prado, luxury SUVs that had rece ...

Wall Street and the Crisis of Urban Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As an urban minister and a political professional, there have been two big news stories that I have followed with some level interest recently. As an urban minister and a politi ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Finding Watchtowers and Blind Spots in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598749580_J3NyL"></a>From the window of my hotel room in Bethlehem, I could see the &qu ...

Maybe It's Not Supposed to Feel Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about the ongoing tension of balance, priorities, schedules, focus, goals, etc. I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about ...

What if the Church were Christian?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061698768?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061698768">&l ...

Cut the Deficit--Cut Military Spending
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to Congress this week, totals $3.8 trillion and projects a deficit of $1.6 trillion. President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to ...

The State of the Union: Unfinished Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

After one tumultuous year in office, President Barack Obama used his first <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-state-union-address">State of the Union address& ...

The Nazareth Declaration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

On November 20, 2009, to considerable media fanfare, a group of 140 senior Christian leaders issued <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">'The Manhattan Declaration.'</a> I ...

'The Three Most Important Issues'?: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Wrong
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/24/affirming-the-footnotes-what-the-manhattan-declaration-gets-right/">As I said in my previous post</a>, I can find things to applaud in the recent ...

Affirming the Footnotes: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Although there are several points I find troubling, inaccurate, or misleading in the recent <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">Manhattan Declaration</a>, and although I noticed th ...

Reduce the Danger of Nuclear War and Help Feed Hungry Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nowadays <em>everyone's</em> talking about nuclear disarmament. Nowadays everyone's talking about nuclear disarmament. The Queen of England , Geo ...

What's Wrong with a 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Voters in Maine and Washington state are being asked to vote this November on whether they want impose a rigid formula limit on state and local revenues and services. Voters in Ma ...

Video: While Others Debate, They Wait
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Check out this evocative new ad produced by the American Values Network. It makes an important statement about our priorities in the health-care debate. I encourage you to share it with your friends.& ...

Happy Anniversary, Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On October 7, the U.S. On October 7, the U.S. Senate said " Happy Anniversary " one day early to the war in Afghanistan with a defense spending bill that puts the cost ...

'We Are Defined as a Nation by How We Treat Those Who Have Chosen to Hurt Us'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The decision by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to release on compassionate grounds the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has been ferociously and strongly condemned i ...

Update an Obsolete Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a <a href="http://www.cbpp.org/files/7-6-09pov.pdf">study</a> analyzing the effectiveness of our country's safety net pr ...

A Call to Serve and Preserve Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I just returned to the United States from a clergy conference I was invited to address by Rev. James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool. I just returned to the United States from a clergy ...

Immigration Reform: The time has come
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The time has come for comprehensive immigration reform. After several failed attempts in past years, the president has promised it and the White House is showing a clear commitment to it. ...

Financial Assistance: Is Your Church Ready?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the upcoming weeks and months, desperate people will knock on the doors of almost every church across the nation to ask for emergency financial assistance. In the upcoming week ...

Fox 'News' on 'Obama's Apology Tour'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, under the headline 'Obama's Apology Tour', FoxNews.com, in typical sneering style, published <a title="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/10/world-stage-obama/" href ...

A Spiritual Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday evening the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> will begin. Sunday evening the Mobilization to End Poverty ...

The Obama Budget's Promise and Peril
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>I've been asked for a few words about how the recession may affect poverty in the United St ...

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 ...