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'Forgive Us'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 2:28pm | 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 - 11:09am | 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 - 3:20pm | 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 - 3:12pm | 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 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

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

Forgive Us
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 10:45am | 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 - 3:33pm | 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 - 3:31pm | Type: Press

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

Leaders Hope Faith can help Heal in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 3:26pm | 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 - 3:20pm | 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 - 3:16pm | Type: Press

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

Rev. Jim Wallis On Ferguson Protests LIVE
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 3:11pm | 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 - 2:27pm | 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 - 5:28pm | 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 - 10:07am | 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 - 2:00pm | 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 - 1:50pm | 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 - 3:21pm | 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 - 3:18pm | 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 - 2:46pm | 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 - 2:41pm | Type: Press

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

Racial Justice: Our Divine Duty
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 2:45pm | 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 - 3:23pm | 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 - 2:23pm | Type: Press

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

A Nonviolent Uprising
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 10:53am | 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 - 10:16am | 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 - 10:04am | 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 - 9:28am | 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 - 4:15pm | 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 - 2:24pm | 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 - 2:25pm | 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. ...

Give Us New Eyes
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

I am convinced that recent events in Ferguson have become a mirror to the nation. This may very well be a critical moment in history, if we take a time to stop and listen to each other. ...

Churches Must Be Safe Places
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Safety in church is a matter of solid and secure leadership, self-discipline by all, effective norms for behavior and putting dignity and respect ahead of winning and getting. Chu ...

Michael Brown's Funeral Echoes with Cries for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 10:28am | 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 - 11:32am | 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 - 10:22am | 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 - 3:50pm | 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 ...

The Need for Ferguson to Continue
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday I preached to my church on race, current affairs and how to process — in a biblically loving way — what has been happening to brothers and sisters in Ferguson. This wee ...

Not As Helpless As We Think: 3 Ways to Stand In Solidarity With Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 9:22am | 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 ...

Housing, Homogeny, and Hostility
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

If we affirm the shared value and distribution of basic human rights among all citizens, then every member of humankind – regardless of skin color – is supposed to share a common dignity. The result is a conne ...

Three Barriers Hijacking Christians' Ability to Love Our 'Enemies'
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 1:06pm | 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 ...

When Christians Lack Imagination, They Lack Love
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 11:26am | 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: 08/19/2014 - 9:08am | 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. ...

Dispatch From Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

We made it back safely to our vehicle and safely out of Ferguson. But democracy didn’t. She took a heavy beating last night. The question is will she recover? Editor's N ...

Imagine it IS Your Family
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Many of my African-American sisters and brothers are furious. Yet another child has been felled. The challenge is this — if a tree falls in the forest and white folks don’t hear it, does it make a noise? Many ...

Michael Brown, Iraq, Putin, Gaza: How to Reconcile the Brokenness?
Originally Posted: 08/16/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Despite the swell of division and resulting violence, part of the issue is that we have such a sharply tuned and inexhaustible news cycle that places every tragedy, from St. Louis to Ukraine, right before us, ...

Millennials and the Myth of a Post-Racial Generation
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

A study came out recently saying that millennials (a category that I apparently fit into) consider ourselves the “post-racial” generation. By and large, young adults think they are the ones who have moved past ...

When Terror Wears a Badge
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Over the past three weeks there have been four separate incidents that have led to the deaths of four unarmed black men at the hands of police. ... Each incident serves as a reminder that as a black man in Ame ...

Frustration With 'Exodus' All-White Lead Cast Turns Into #BoycottExodusMovie
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Press

July 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination Teams "Afghanistan is one of just three countries, along w ...