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In Memoriam: Dr. Steve Hayner
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 7:23pm | Type: Blog

Steve Hayner’s humble and courageous leadership gave us all a glimpse of what is possible when we really love God — when we trust and choose God’s way to wholeness and peace. It ...

Southern Baptists Try to Diversify Churches — But Will It Work?
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? Consider a recent luncheon organized by the Southern Baptist ...

Black 'Future' Month
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 2:22pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Black Future Month: Uncovering the Intersections of Injustice
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Black Future Month, a term coined by the new black vanguard, seeks to build upon the robust legacy of our foreparents while refusing to nostalgically rest upon their laurels. Bla ...

Revolutionary Love: Do You Hear the Call?
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Despite the focus on elders and youth, this is an intergenerational movement that requires all of us to answer the communal call. I am encouraged by one of my mentors, Mama Ruby (Sales) who says it is time to ...

Black 'Future' Month
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

During Black History Month we typically look back on all the accomplishments of those who paved the road for generations to come. But this month, we have been inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement to look ...

It's About Time
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Towns all over the United States engage in the practice of arresting those who fail to pay fines. These folks are put in jail and given a permanent record for no reason other than that they are poor. ...

Bridging the divide of race – Do we have an obligation to act?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 9:57am | Type: Press

February 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Kenneth Fuller ...

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

I want to introduce you to Rev. Darren Ferguson, a pastor who first found his faith while in prison for attempted murder. ... Darren has become an ally, partner, brother, and dear friend. And I want you to hea ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: 'Defy Hollywood, See Selma'
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 10:58am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Christopher Rosen ...

A Future in Prison
Originally Posted: 01/23/2015 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

In the U.S., the criminal justice system disproportionately incarcerates people of color for petty offenses. Many take plea bargains under threat of excessive, punitive sentences. If I were a young black male, ...

In Times of Dire Distress
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Living with, wrestling with injustice day in and day out is a bit like a kettle of water just about to hit boiling. At some point, the water boils, the steam is released. Maybe I ...

U.S. Churchgoers Still Sit in Segregated Pews, and Most Are OK with That
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

On the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Jan. 15), just as the civil rights drama “Selma” was nominated for best picture in the Oscar race, one fact of American life was little changed. ...

Black Churches Offer Scholarships to Students at Michael Brown’s Alma Mater
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

“This is a young people’s movement,” Bryant said. “We figured the best way to help support that was to educate them.” They filed into the gym Jan. 12 for an assembly about gradua ...

The Persistent Strain
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum White supremacy may have weakened, but it can still make us sick.  THE WEEK leading up to ...

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

Many white Americans tend to see this problem as unfortunate incidents based on individual circumstances. Black Americans see a system in which their black lives matter less than white lives. That is a fundame ...

Advent as Protest
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Here’s the thing about war: There are only enemies and allies. There is no in-between. At the point of the writing of this article, it has been 124 days since unarmed 18-year-old ...

Are We Ready to Listen?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

What is it like to have people look at you every day and decide that because of one physical feature, you must be a bad person? A dangerous person? A worthless person? A person to be watched closely? ...

Listen and Learn
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

I wasn’t always aware of the vastly different realities for people of color living in this country. My conversion was slow. Not the Damascus Road type of experience where I was blind for three days and then in ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: 'White Privilege’ Is A Euphemism For ‘White Supremacy’
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Press

November 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Marc Lamont Hill ...

Thanksgiving and Ferguson: Lost in Translation
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

If there is anything I learned from my Monday night glued to television screens watching my former home of St. Louis in flames it’s that this “conversation” everyone keeps saying we need to have is happening i ...

A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

We now all have the chance to examine the evidence — released last night — in the grand jury’s decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson, who fired multiple bullets into Michael Brown. But the ...

No Indictment in Ferguson Shooting
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 9:31pm | Type: Blog

A grand jury has found that no probable cause exists to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, on Aug. 9, said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attor ...

Ferguson: Between Jesus and Barabbas
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

All eyes are on the jury, yet many of us who are watching realize that the real power does not reside in Gov. Jay Nixon or the grand jury, but in us. Just as it is the crowd who sways Pilate to crucify Jesus, ...

An Open Letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Press

November 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Jim Wallis: Want to change America? Then change Huntsville, change Alabama
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Press

November 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Kay Campbell ...

Black-ish: Reimagining Blackness on Television
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 11:28am | Type: Press

October 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

The Disunion of the Church
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Right now when I see the lived reality of the church in our world, it seems we are more in a state of dis-union than communion. One of the greatest sermons I ever heard on the sub ...

'Black-ish:' Reimagining Blackness on Television
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Each episode presents a universal situation that pushes a particular issue of culture within the African-American community. Ultimately, the situation presses the question: “What does it means to be black?” ...

Forgive Us
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

I’ve been struck by the way that Forgive Us is a clarion call to not be conformed to the patters of this world. Chapter by chapter the authors demonstrate the dastardly consequences of complicity. ...

Weekly Wrap 10.17.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 10/17/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

1. Race and America’s Gun Culture "Whites walking down Main Street with an AK-47 are defenders of American values; a black man doing the same thing is Public Enemy No. 1." ...

VIDEO: A Dream Deferred in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Ryan Herring Ryan Herring reads Langston Hughes' "Harlem" ...

Engaging Ferguson's Youth with Humility and Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Since the tragic death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, the authentic leadership of the moment has emerged from young people of color. The question is, will we adopt a spirit of arrogance by crowding ou ...

One in the Lord
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Maria-Pia Negro A look at three multiracial churches—and how they got that way.  MULTIRACIAL CHURCHES are bec ...

Racial Justice: Our Divine Duty
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Every black person, young and old, rich and poor, wakes up every morning to a society that too often assumes her or his inferiority. Let us be clear about what this implies: every black person wakes up every d ...

How Lecrae Mixed Rap and Theology to Find Huge, Mainstream Success
Originally Posted: 09/29/2014 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

He’s been crowned the “new hip-hop king” and his newest album, “Anomaly,” topped iTunes and Amazon charts the day of its Sept. 9 release. He’s been invited to birthday parties for both Billy Graham and Michael ...

11 Miles Backward?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Today the grand jury in Ohio announced there will be no indictment of the officers. The Wal-Mart surveillance video is now public, and it reveals how quickly Crawford’s life was taken. ... So another black li ...

A Nonviolent Uprising
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

As we listen to Ferguson, we can learn from Ferguson – just as we learn from Montgomery and from South Africa. Many of the worst pits of oppression have later become the brightest beacons of hope. ...

The Image of God vs. The School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

Implicit bias does not ask why. It only takes surface observation and draws lines of quick logic: These circumstances are reserved for criminals. Therefore, these people are criminals. ...

The Blood Did It: Why Michael Brown's Death Was Different
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

Why has the death of Michael Brown caused the outrage that has awakened us from our collective stupor marked by years of desensitization to the moral decay that permeates the atmosphere of America? ...

Ferguson and America’s Love Affair with Violence
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the “bad guys,” unless of course you are profiled as that “bad guy.” This is otherizing, and it’s effect is to dehumanize. ...

Michael Brown's Funeral Echoes with Cries for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

ST. LOUIS — Justice was a recurring theme as thousands of mourners packed the mammoth Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the funeral of Michael Brown, a black teen whose fatal shooting fol ...

Ten Practical Ways White Christians Can Respond to Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Please try a few or all of these pathways, and add some of your own, and let’s stand up and be counted in this moment of great pain and anxiety for our nation. It is time, as Bill Hybels continually admonishes ...

God Hears the Cries of #Ferguson: A Burning Bush and a World on Fire
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

Today, God hears the cries of those in Ferguson and all who are oppressed. "Then the LORD said, 'I have observed the misery of my people…I have heard their cry…Indeed, ...

Ferguson Letter from Black Clergy Becomes Interracial Call for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

As the Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner collected signatures for a statement by leaders of African-American church groups about the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, she found more people wanted to ...

Not As Helpless As We Think: 3 Ways to Stand In Solidarity With Ferguson
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

I’ve heard from many of my white friends and readers who say they aren’t sure how to respond to the anger and grief they are watching on TV or hearing from their black friends. They want to be part of the solu ...

Three Barriers Hijacking Christians' Ability to Love Our 'Enemies'
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Rather than rally together as a family navigating a season of trauma, we have used this moment to divide, stir hatred and misunderstanding, point fingers, and more than anything, view those on the opposite sid ...

An Invitation to Disruption: A Call to White Churches
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

Here’s a sacred invitation, perhaps even a kairos moment, to make your voices heard in ways that speak to solidarity with suffering. It was July 19, 2013, and we were leaving New ...

When Christians Lack Imagination, They Lack Love
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

When you can’t imagine, you can’t empathize, understand, or relate with the actions, struggles, pain, suffering, persecution, and trials of others — you become apathetic, unmoved, stoic, and inactive. ...

Don't Ignore It: 5 Ways Christians and Churches Must Engage Michael Brown’s Death
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past 11 days in their respective churches – now and in the future. ...