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Thanksgiving and Ferguson: Lost in Translation
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 4:57pm | 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 ...

The 10 Ferguson Stories You Need to See
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Editor’s Note: On Monday night, it was announced that a grand jury in St. Louis County found no probable cause to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson on any of five possible counts. Throughout t ...

Release. Repair. Restore: Thoughts Beyond Ferguson Toward Racial Healing
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

God’s people are called to be in the business of liberation, and with that work of liberation, our names are changed. We become “repairers of broken places,” and “restorers of streets to live in.” We must take ...

Faith leaders urge peace, change in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Kellner ...

A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Thanksgiving and a Theology of Despair
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Well, call me the Scrooge of Thanksgiving, but I’m just not feeling thankful. The more someone tells me to “Be thankful!” the more I feel a sense of despair. Are you feeling pres ...

Why the 'Post-Racial' Label Only Perpetuates Racism
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Racism is not just about individual acts. It is about a system that allows unarmed black boys to be shot at a rate 20 times that of white boys; it allows a prosecutor to deliver a speech as a defense attorney ...

A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:28am | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

The Grand Jury, Ferguson and Michael Brown
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:25am | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

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 ...

Tamir Rice: Not a boy with a toy in a park, but a black male with a gun
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 2:06pm | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Nick O'Malley ...

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, ...

The Grand Jury and the Rorschach Test
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

By presenting all the evidence to laypeople, reportedly without legal interpretation, McCulloch is basically raising a proverbial Rorschach to the grand jury and saying, “see what you see.” That is not a passi ...

Ending Implicit Bias
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, implicit bias, or latent racism, often becomes explicit, or manifest racism. Thus, African Americans are racialized as ‘black’ in a system of representation that represents a white supremacist r ...

How Will The Region Handle Discomfort?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

November 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Krehmeyer ...

My Sin, Your Sin: The Way to Freedom
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

Racism is a very complex issue. The harmful and sinful effects of racism affect millions of people’s lives. The spiritual and religious harms of implicit racism are only part of even more critical, social, emo ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Press

November 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Getting to Uncomfortable
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Press

November 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Krehmeyer ...

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 ...

'Forgive Us'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 1:28pm | Type: Press

October 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

What does it mean to act like white people?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Press

October 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Rev. Jim Wallis to White Christians: ‘You Can’t Say You’re Not a Racist if You Accept and Support Systems That Clearly Are’
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

October 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Taylor Gordon ...

The role faith leaders play in national crises like Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 2:12pm | Type: Press

October 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelsey Dallas ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: White Christians Must Repent for Tolerating Racialized Policing
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Press

October 17, 2014 Sojo in the News April Taylor ...

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. ...

Arrested in Ferguson in an Act of Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

It’s Time for Whites to Accept Responsibility for Racist Systems
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Leaders Hope Faith can help Heal in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Schultz ...

Clergy Arrested During 'Ferguson October' Protests Asked Police To 'Repent'
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

October 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Carol Kuruvilla ...

Clergy-led protest raises questions over nature of repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Press

October 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Rev. Jim Wallis On Ferguson Protests LIVE
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:11pm | Type: Press

October 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Alyona Minkovski ...

Let Us Demonstrate to the World How Repentance Works
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Confession and repentance are messy and painful, and they don’t come natural to us. Our human heart is in a natural state of denial. Without an external agent, God, we are unable to recognize our prejudices, o ...

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 ...

Activists tally FergusonOctober's strengths, weaknesses
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Press

October 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Paul Hampel ...

Jim Wallis: White Christians in America Need to Act More Christian Than White
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Press

October 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Stephanie Samuel ...

Clergy To Gather In Ferguson For 'Weekend Of Resistance'
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Antonia Blumberg ...

Q&A with the Rev. Jim Wallis, speaking at Ferguson interfaith event Sunday
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Jim Wallis on Ferguson: Repentance has not happened there yet
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Police brace for weekend of protests across St. Louis
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 1:46pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Christine Byers ...

Organizers invite nation to St. Louis to protest and strategize for Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Bridjes O'Neil ...

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 ...

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 ...

Major Christian Denomination Joins Campaign to Change Redskins Name
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Press

June 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Jack Jenkins ...

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. ...

What Faith Leaders Can Do To Help End the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

The school-to-prison pipeline is a moral and racial justice crisis. Solving the problem will require an all-hands-on-deck solution. September is often associated with the celebrat ...

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? ...

After a Summer of Crisis, Churches Can't Go Back to Business As Usual
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

When churches conclude their summer hiatus and resume full-scale ministries this week, much will have changed from a year ago — outside their doors. When churches conclude their ...

Weekly Wrap 8.29.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

1. Photo Essay: On the Ground in Israel and Gaza Two photographers spent the beginning of August chronicling the latest outbreak of violence for New York Times Magazine. The images tell the story of war. ...

Ferguson and America’s Love Affair with Violence
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 1:25pm | 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. ...