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Donald Sterling: Facade, Fiction, And Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Punishing Donald Sterling Is Good, But It Doesn't Mean Racism Is Dead
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 8:46am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why I Feel Sorry for Donald Sterling
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 6:51pm | Type: Blog

The Donald Sterling I see is a man who has tirelessly sought fulfillment in ways that have not yielded the return he desired. As such, he’s tried to backfill that emptiness by subsidizing his relationships wit ...

Donald Sterling: Façade, Fiction, and Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 5:48am | Type: Blog

Sterling does not “support them.” He pays them for work. He does not “give them food.” He gives them a wage for employment. He does not give his players “clothes, and cars, and houses.” The Clippers Corporatio ...

That Our Creation Care Would Also Fight Racism and Poverty
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 11:10am | 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 ...

The Michael Dunn Trial Verdict Sparks Renewed Debate Over Racial Injustice
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Scott Alessi ...

The Black Presence in the Bible: Uncovering the Hidden Ones
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

The Bible is a multicultural book. This statement may sound controversial but archeology, history, and the text prove it to be true. “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia ...

'If I Were White, I'd Be Better Off'
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

When a 9-year-old boy can see the sad reality of white privilege and understand that the color of your skin is what defines you in our society, we have a serious problem. &quo ...

Stand Your Ground Has No Moral Ground
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

The problem is the systemic injustice inherent in Stand Your Ground laws: just feeling like you are being threatened can justify your response in “self-defense.” Some laws are gre ...

Dialogues with Harlem Heritage: A Church’s Prophetic Voice in the Context of Diversity
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

As our churches strive to become those “beloved communities,” we remember a Christ who became conversant with the desolation of a wilderness experience, and the pain of the cross so our world could be tethered ...

VIDEO: Proud To Be
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Indigenous American leaders speak out against the Washington NFL team’s mascot. "Proud To Be ...

5 Reasons Why Jesus People Ought Oppose The Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

When I decided to follow Jesus instead of simply being a Christian who paid him hollow worship while conveniently ignoring the red words, I was forced to abandon my support of the death penalty (and abandon my ...

The Gospel According to George McGovern
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert G. Duffett The peacemaking bomber pilot (and son of the evangelical church) offers a model political vision for young Christians t ...

'Dear Martin': Bishop's Letters to MLK Trace the Highs and Lows in Race Relations
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 8:22pm | Type: Blog

The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with speeches, prayers, and volunteer service. The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin ...

Sacking the 'Redsk*ns'
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Peggy Flanagan Just because racism is "tradition" doesn't make it right. I'VE NEVER FELT ...

Round Up the Usual Suspects
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Derrick Boykin "Stop and frisk" is unconstitutional race-based harassment—and it must end. DOMINIC ...

No, Megyn Kelly, Jesus and Santa Weren't White
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Rather than fight over Santa's and Jesus' race, it might be a good idea to confront the underlying issue of racism in America. Conservative talk show host Megyn Kelly cl ...

Cowboys, Indians, and Reconciliation?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together. Herald Press ...

One Church, One Body
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis When racism is tolerated, the reconciling work of Christ on the cross is contradicted. IN OCTOBER, ...

Fast for Families -- Remembering Our Bodies, the Land, and Community
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

My hesitancy to join the #Fast4families movement pointed to the ugliness of my own privilege and participation in racism, for if we do not actively challenge racism, we affirm it, and also reflected Western sp ...

Faith Leaders Protest Race In Sentencing
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 4:13pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

Oppression Is A Negative-Sum Game
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 9:31am | Type: Press

November 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Art Carden ...

Why Racism Is (Almost) Omnipotent
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

This Advent season presents the church with a great moment — an opportunity — to sharpen its discernment. It is an opportunity for the church and the world to experience a new birth in love, racial justice, an ...

What You're Not Allowed to Talk About in Washington
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Business leaders, law enforcement officials, and evangelical Christians—key constituencies that are typically part of the Republican base—have been at the forefront of immigration reform. ...

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

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

No Turning Away, or Back, After Seeing '12 Years a Slave'
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Before I saw the new film 12 Years A Slave, I knew nothing about Solomon Northrop or his astounding story of courage, forbearance, and faith. I’d never heard of Northrop, an African-American freeman, who was ...

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

The most controversial sentence I ever wrote, considering the response to it, was not about abortion, marriage equality, the wars in Vietnam or Iraq, elections, or anything to do with national or church politi ...

The American Church's Absence of Lament
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

The absence of lament in the liturgy of the American church results in the loss of memory. When we consider the typical church worship service in the United States, we discover ce ...

Waiting for Another MLK
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Are we waiting for another Dr. King? As I collect my thoughts to write these words, I’m mindful that I don’t honestly know what discrimination is. I have never (consciously) experienced discrimination because ...

Slave Mentality
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Jesus shared the same experience as my ancestors, the enslaved African. My ancestors rescued that story, through faith in a living, breathing God. Crickets chirping, a branch crea ...

How Feeling Each Other’s Pain Changes Everything
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

When we identify with people, we extend our hearts and hands to them. Strange but beautiful things happen when we begin to identify with people who are culturally different. A fe ...

'12 Years a Slave:' A Film of Moral Gravity
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

If millions of Americans flock to the theaters to see 12 Years a Slave as they’re doing for Gravity, then perhaps some of these important conversations can be had — if not in our public media (most of which ar ...

Racism is a Sin Affecting Abuser and Abused
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

The ethos of slavery still runs deep in our national consciousness. Alfre Woodard, a supporting actress in the upcoming movie 12 Years a Slave, hopes that point is taken by all who see it. ...

'12 Years a Slave' — Could It Happen Again?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

Only as we fight for political, judicial, economic, and educational freedom for all can each of us remain free. I watched  12 Years a Slave  today. The film is based on Solo ...

'12 Years a Slave' Creates 'New Space for Antebellum Storytelling'
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave sits within and outside the Hollywood fantasy of antebellum life. Since the production of  The Birth of a Nation , Hollywood has lived with the ...

Letters from a School Near MLK Street
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Read Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the laborers in the field. But in place of American blue-collar workers dealing with the loss of manufacturing, or Hispanic day-laborers waiting to be hired throughout the ...

Education as an Exercise in Dominion
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Poorer communities — mostly black and Latino — have schools without books and fewer qualified teachers while richer communities — mostly white — have Olympic-sized swimming pools, AP and college-credit course ...

Myths We Live By? Voter Fraud & Jim Crow Dead And Gone
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 1:25pm | Type: Press

October 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Paul Louis Metzger ...

Coloring in Oppression
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosemary Radford Ruether Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and its Relevance Today. Strategic Book Publishing. ...

I Emailed Pastor Rick Warren and There Is No 'If'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

There is no “if.” I am hurt, upset, offended, and distressed, not just because “an” image was posted, but that Warren posted the image of a Red Guard soldier as a joke, because people pointed out the disconce ...

Dear Pastor Rick Warren, I Think You Don’t Get It
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

This photo appeared yesterday on Rick Warren’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Apparently the image captures “the typical attitude of Saddleback Staff as they start work each day.” Hmmm. I didn’t realize Saddl ...

Beyoncé, Religion, and the Crowd: Desiring Mercy, Not Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 7:58am | Type: Blog

It was a depressing beginning to the week. I mimetically absorbed much of this violence, hatred, and racism. Misanthropy settled into my soul and I began to loathe myself and the entire freakin’ human race. Bu ...

Love Has No Borders: How Faith Leaders Resisted Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

On April 27, 2011, 62 killer tornadoes ripped through Alabama, destroying homes, lives, and entire communities. Two weeks later, another disaster struck Alabama — HB56, the most draconian anti-immigrant law pa ...

'I Have A Complaint' — No — 'I Have a Dream'
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

There was much to complain about for black Americans, and there is much to complain about today for many in this nation. But King taught us that day our complaints or critiques, or even our dissent will never ...

'Because They Marched:' Obama's Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's speech from the Lincoln Memorial on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Editor's Note:  The fol ...

N.C. Governor Allows Anti-Shariah Bill to Become Law
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

Lawyers specializing in Islamic law said such legislation could make it harder for Muslim women married in Islamic countries under Shariah law to obtain alimony and child support payments because husbands will ...

On Scripture: Whose Banquet Is It Anyway?
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

As we commemorate the March on Washington, let us keep before us not only the racial issues that continue to plague our nation, but also whose banquet we are ultimately trying to attend as we seek to address t ...

Why I Will Be Marching on Washington and Why You Should Too
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Thankfully, "separate but equal" is a vestige of the past; Jim Crow segregation is no longer the law of the land; and racial slurs and derogatory remarks are no longer acceptable. However, we must re ...

50 Years Later: The Call to Let Freedom Ring!
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

If there was ever a time in the decades since 1963 that the ones Jesus would deem “the least” needed the whole church body to stand in solidarity, it is now. There were several ma ...

'The Butler:' Owning Our Collective Story
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

My eyes are continually covered by the veil of white privilege. I must constantly tear it away and see the world as it is, not as I have enjoyed it.  As people stepped on our toes ...