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Calling on Thomas Merton for Racial Justice and Healing
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

His words echoed May 16 among black pastors at a conference, titled Sacred Journeys and the Legacy of Thomas Merton, hosted by Louisville’s Center for Interfaith Relations. If th ...

A Frat Guy Reflects on the Greek System’s White Privilege Problem
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 11:34am | Type: Magazine Article

Edward English Fraternity related scandals reached a fever pitch earlier this year over the viral footage of two Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) students at the University of Oklaho ...

‘Stand Your Ground’ Shows a Racist Culture, Continuing to Kill
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 8:28pm | Type: Blog

A book that you wish wasn’t necessary. Every once in a while, you read a book that you wish wasn’t necessary. Kelly Brown Douglas’  Stand Your Ground:   Black Bodies and the Ju ...

The Parable of Baltimore
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Baltimore exposes a very combustible combination of social failures that we are all responsible for. That's the pattern, and that's the lesson. Baltimore, like Ferguson ...

Doubting Thomases in Baltimore
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

I have to wonder what would happen if we followed Jesus’ instructions to Thomas. As a student at a Lutheran seminary in Chicago, I find myself observing the news and events surr ...

'New Girl' and the Constant Negotiation of Race
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

“Being young and black in America is schizophrenic. You kind of have to change who you are a little bit all the time for people to even respect you.” For being a television show b ...

Aunt Roma's Lessons for Eco-Living
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

We have been given access to an environment we did not create. Years ago as a child growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, I was befriended by a wonderful family around the corner from my ...

Whose Fear? Which Newsfeed?
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

We cannot discuss “A Newsfeed of Fear” without talking about race in post-Ferguson America. In  “A Newsfeed of Fear” ( Sojourners,  May 2015) , Gareth Higgins argues that our ...

Update: Open Letter to Franklin Graham
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

One month later, the open letter’s original team of writers, along with the Sojourners community, has been deeply encouraged by the broad support the letter has garnered. Thousands of faith leaders across the ...

Excerpt: Something Transcendent
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism, and Mothering by Rosemarie Freeney Harding  Rosemarie Freeney Harding describes the reaction of her friend—Albany, Georgia-based civil right ...

The Southern Baptists' Challenge on Race
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

Anyone hoping this summit will lead to concrete political support for a civil rights agenda will be disappointed. In the wake of tragic shootings of unarmed black men at the hands ...

A Holy Week of Resistance
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

There is a difference between sin that affects one person and the sin of a leader that has potential to oppress and lead the church astray. Someone recently asked me how I answer ...

Choosing Courage: An Appeal to Christian Leaders
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

The racial divide in the United States is boiling. Our all-gracious God is calling us to turn from our wrong path. In the last several days , our country has witnessed and expe ...

Weekly Wrap 3.20.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Franklin Graham, Ashley Judd, gay Mennonites, women at SXSW, happy first day of Spring! 1.  An Open Letter to Franklin Graham "Within one day, tens of thousands ...

Selma: 'To Come Away Changed'
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 7:34pm | Type: Blog

Selma changed the course of history by paving the way for the passage of the Voting Rights Act, but its impact didn’t end there. The spirit of Selma rippled outward, forever changing those who made the long jo ...

Widows, Orphans, and #BlackLivesMatter
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

By affirming that Black Lives Matter, we honor God who gave us the mandate to protect those tender members of society for whom God extends compassion and concern. The lives of w ...

A Challenge to My White Brothers and Sisters — Acknowledge Your Defensiveness and Learn to Listen
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Resist control. A conversation is the easiest form of releasing power. If you can’t do that, you will have little success doing so in systems, structures, and interpersonal relationships ...

Wearing Black in Advent
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

The movement to wear black on December 14 came from several African-American denominations across the nation. Here in Wisconsin, Rev. Scott Anderson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, jo ...

Hope in the Dark Times
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 11:46pm | Type: Blog

The first time I really got it, I was 16 years old. The first time I really got it, I was 16 years old. I had traveled by myself to visit distant relatives in Paris, with ...

'Some Folks Just Woke Up:' Families of Victims of Police Brutality Join 'Justice for All' March in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

“We will march until hell freezes over. And when it does, we will march on the ice." “Excuse my ignorance, I thought I was a  free  black man.” “I’m 11 [years old], I ma ...

Are We Missing the Prophetic Connection?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

May we use this Advent connection to bring divine light to the nasty here and now.   Editor's Note:  This post  originally appeared  at the  Ame ...

Second Chances: A Deeply Biblical Value
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

It’s no secret that the prison population in the United States has exploded in recent decades. We incarcerate our citizens at higher rates than any other developed nation. The federal prison population has inc ...

Economic Equity and Gender Equality for South Africa: A New Agenda for a New Generation
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

I just returned from a remarkable month in South Africa—the country that changed my life. I’ve often said that I learned my theology of hope from South Africa, during the anti-apartheid struggle I was thrust i ...

After Ferguson Protests, Church Volunteers Pick Up the Pieces
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

On the fourth morning after Michael Brown’s death, residents from different parts of the region came together to pick up the pieces. Some were young, some old. The majority arrived as part of the faithful. Ot ...

Why Evangelicals Should Care About 'The Mikado' Controversy If They Care About Reconciliation in the Church
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Evangelicals ought to learn from the current controversy surrounding 'The Mikado' in Seattle if they care about reconciliation within the church. In my pastoral counseli ...

A National Shame
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ruby Sales Susan Smith Police killing of black people is not a black problem. It is an ...

Into the Playhouse
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:39pm | Type: Blog

As we get older, we lose many of those childlike qualities. We think we have all the answers and stop asking questions. We lose our ability to marvel at the small things and at the big things, too. We pull awa ...

Ratio Imaginis
Originally Posted: 06/20/2014 - 6:39am | Type: Blog

I wonder how many of us listen to Scripture with a positivist ear, with the hope of being told what to do or how to live. If we do, today's readings might be a hard word, indeed. "Thanks be to God?&q ...

Obama Delays Deportation Review Amid Push For Immigration Overhaul
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Press

May 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Laura Meckler ...

Obama Delays Deportation Fix To Give GOP Time On Immigration
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Press

May 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Suzanne Gamboa ...

The Criminality of Blackness
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

The core problem is not the law, but its application in our racialized world. The Dunn mistrial and Zimmerman verdict are manifestations of a core spiritual lie that keeps us from seeing what is because we onl ...

That Our Creation Care Would Also Fight Racism and Poverty
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Are we listening to the voices closest to the ground — where the injustices of sin layer themselves against creation and the vulnerable in a double-offensive? What more perfect a ...

Prophet in a Cracker Dress
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Liuan Huska From galleries to the street, artist Nora Howell is unafraid of tough topics. ONE RECENT WINTER d ...

Faithful Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

My life is not my own. I am the product of sacrifice. I am here because of those who saw beyond themselves and thought personal sacrifice was worth giving up to allow justice to take hold. I am here because Je ...

It's Been a Whirlwind of World-Changing Work
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

In these three months, I have witnessed activism for immigration reform, a vigil for those most affected by congressional dysfunction, organizing for climate change, a prophetic stand for racial justice, the l ...

Moore Prays For Obama, Urges Immigration Steps During White House Session
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Press

November 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Tom Strode ...

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Press

October 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Religious Leaders Hope New Film Brings Attention To Race Relations
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Press

October 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Herb Scribner ...

Moving Backward on Racial Progress
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Once again, as happened in the 19th century, impoverished whites who should be lining up to resist predatory behavior by the moneyed class are being turned against their own best interests by race politics. ...

On Scripture: The Social Shape of Divine Generosity
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

It all sounds so… demanding. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. “Be dressed for action." In Luke 9:57-62, Jesus encounters three would-be disciples. And each receives a warning that would vanquis ...

Equal Protection — for All
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We should always be open to what God is speaking to a new generation of Christians. THIS SUMMER, t ...

An American Story
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

The story of Trayvon Martin is a story that must be lamented if we are to write a story of justice in the weeks, months, and even years ahead. So my first response this week is lament and deep sadness. ...

From the Archives: January 1991
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Carol Hampton A Dream of Justice. A YOUNG MAN of American Indian heritage said to me: "Imagine growing u ...

Southern Baptists to Probe Richard Land’s Trayvon Martin Remarks
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 6:12pm | Type: Blog

Southern Baptist leaders will investigate whether their top ethicist and public policy director plagiarized racially charged remarks about the Trayvon Martin case that many say set back the denomination's ...

Emancipation Day
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

One-hundred and fifty years ago, April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Emancipation Act, freeing more than 3,000 slaves within its borders. Tod ...

Fellowship with Black Suffering: We are Trayvon Martin
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

To become black goes beyond a checkbox in a census data column. To become black is to enter into the experience of black pain – to enter a social, historical, yet living experience of a people group who were u ...

Crossing the Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 03/29/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: SojoMail

March 29, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "We still give food to ...

Is Lamb to the Slaughter the Best We've Got?
Originally Posted: 03/29/2012 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

My greatest fear for my children is the cautious regret I see on the many faces that can’t help but leave open the possibility there may be some justification for the Trayvon Martin tragedy. ...

TED Talk: Bryan Stevenson - We need to talk about an injustice
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of Equal Justice Initiative, shares stories about America's justice system and illustrates the imbalance of justice along racial lines. ...

When the Spirit Says Go
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Alexander The fight against mass incarceration is joined by an emerging faith-based movement. SEVERA ...