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A Great Story Changes Everyone: 'Fruitvale Station'
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

The only way our stories change is through experience, and since we can’t experience everything, we have to rely on other people to help us along. Telling a story, I remind my students, is a privilege, because ...

Ooh! Is That Racism on Your Shoe?
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A straight-shooting white friend once commented that whenever blacks and whites are together it's like there's a "big pile of poop in the middle of the room" that everybody sees and smells ...

Can We Talk? White Privilege Today
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Suddenly, it seems, white people are seeing the racial divide as looming larger than before. Race, so often dismissed by white people as an insignificant factor in contemporary U.S. society, has acquired meani ...

A Jew and a Mormon Find Common Ground Midair
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

I don’t know what John thought of me when he first saw me, after we spoke, or now, a few days later. But as we were exiting our aisle, John and I thanked each other for such civil and rich discourse. ...

The Color of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

America, we have a problem with race. And with guns. Oddly, I wasn't there the night George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. I wasn't in the jury box either. Some commenta ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting Gun Violence and Racism
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a pastor who is a foster mother to a four year-old African American boy, wrote this hymn after George Zimmerman was found not guilty for his shooting of Trayvon Martin. ...

A History of Discrimination Earns President Obama a Right to Speak
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

Many other American groups also have their prisms of understanding aligned in part by histories of discrimination, some more current than others. And outsiders can’t really know fully what they feel, either. ...

President Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago’
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

President Obama addressed the nation today regarding the George Zimmerman trial, giving his thoughts on the nation's response to the verdict and the state of racism in our society. ...

'Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)'
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

If the Church is going to survive we can no longer talk around the issue of racism. We can’t pray around it, and we can’t Holy Ghost dance around it. We truly have to deal with it. ...

America’s Great Divide
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

When I was invited by the Drug Policy Alliance to participate in a pastors’ conference at the American Baptist College in Nashville on drug decriminalization, I didn’t know quite what to expect. In a room fil ...

'Why Are White People So Mean?'
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Laments engage "the most unbearable questions of faith." THE METRO IS crowded tod ...

Paula Deen: Scapegoat du Jour?
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Extreme polarization like this is a symptom that scapegoating is underway, so I suggest everyone take a deep breath and back away from the deep fat fryer while I offer a few scapegoating observations. ...

Equal Justice Under the Law
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

The words above the Supreme Court read, “Equal Justice Under the Law.” This week, two Supreme Court outcomes dramatically affected the reality of those words. The words above the ...

What SCOTUS Could Learn From Paula Deen
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

We can move on from the outcry over an older, white Southerner using epithets she claims to have grown up with. Deen does not make decisions for our country or for our voters. The Supreme Court does, and unfor ...

Jesus and Affirmative Action
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

In a vote of 7-1 on Monday, the Supreme Court sent an affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas, back to the lower court for a re-hearing, while reaffirming the benefits of diversity in institutio ...

A Passing of the Baton
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper If Bernice King had been born on time, her daddy's letter might never have been written. ...

Pentecost and the Sin of Racism
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

The sin of racism does not represent the meaning of Pentecost. Charles Ramsey, a black man, said, “I am a Christian.” His compassionate response to a white woman, a stranger’s cry for help is a transforming r ...

Anti-Shariah Movement Changes Tactics, Gains Success
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

The new bills are more vague and mention only foreign laws, with no references to Shariah or Islam. They also make specific exceptions for international trade. All of that makes them harder to challenge as a v ...

50 Years Later, Recalling the Young ‘Foot Soldiers’ of the Civil Rights Struggle
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

In May 1963, thousands of Birmingham school children faced police dogs, fire hoses, and possible arrest to demonstrate against segregation. Now, 50 years later, those who were part of what became known as the ...

Our Most Segregated Hour: Church, Black Theology & René Girard
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

The Theology and Peace Conference this year offers not just the space for such a dialogue … framed through the extraordinary arguments of René Girard, scholars, theologians, ministers, and laypeople from aroun ...

An Incarceration of Silence
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

One out of three African-American men will serve some sort of time under present law enforcement practices and the current criminal justice system. In Washington, D.C., that number jumps to an estimated three ...

Fifty Years Later, Church Leaders Respond to King’s 'Birmingham Jail' Letter
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged white church leaders to confront racism, an ecumenical network has responded to his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” F ...

An Image Beloved, A Prophet Rejected
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Forty-five years ago yesterday, Dr. King arrived in Memphis, Tenn., to support a sanitation workers’ strike seeking to unionize. He was assassinated the next day — the anniversary we today remember — and in a ...

Desmond Tutu Wins $1.7 Million 2013 Templeton Prize
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his battle against apartheid, has won the 2013 Templeton Prize, which is billed as the most significant ...

'We Dare Not Postpone Action'
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Churches Together Church leaders respond, 50 years later, to King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." ...

Why We Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

It’s been 50 years since several significant events of the civil rights movement of the 1960s occurred, yet our society is still plagued with systemic racism. It’s been almost 150 years since we abolished slav ...

Your View: United Interfaith Action campaigns for citizenship
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Press

March 7, 2013 Sojo in the News Rev. Marc Fallon ...

Hearing Stories of the Past
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

I especially remember grandpa’s stories about his childhood on the family dairy farm in Greenville, S.C. in the 1920s. I liked to hear stories about the black folks who came and worked with him and his family ...

Voting Rights Act Challenge: The Fight Continues
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Indeed, as Frederick Douglass wrote, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” I was on the airplane, looking forward to reading Taylor Branch’s n ...

An Inconvenient Truth: I Am Black
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

I am much more likely to live in an impoverished neighborhood, receive an inferior education in a neighborhood school, and not graduate from high school than white students my age. Those are inconvenient truth ...

A Convenient Truth: I Am White
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

There are countless factors one could cite for the current levels of race-based inequality in the U.S., and many opinions exist surrounding potential solutions, yet there are three points of emphasis that need ...

US engagement fostered rogue Israeli policies, but Tom Friedman can’t say so
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:36pm | Type: Press

November 22, 2012 Sojo in the News Mark Braverman ...

The Night Indianapolis Stood Still
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Nearly 150 years since the bloodshed in Gettysburg, we are still fighting on the front lines of social issue after social issue, classifying votes by race, and displaying hatred toward our fellow citizens. ...

Graduation Day for the Electoral College
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

The United States is the only democratic country in the world where a candidate can be elected as president without earning the highest number of votes. The United States is ...

Faith Means a Lot of Waiting Around
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

Almost 50 years after Kennedy was assassinated, we’re still giving legal benefits to some couples but denying them to others, not to mention that we fill our prisons with brown-skinned people, too many women a ...

Watch the Vote: Is the Voting Rights Act Still Needed?
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

When the Supreme Court announced recently that one of the cases it would take up in this session was a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the hairs rose on the back of my neck. ...

Please Do Not Dress Up for Halloween in Blackface, Brownface, or Yellowface; Don’t Be Stupid
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

Please don’t dress up in a blackface, yellowface, brownface, or any other costumers that stereotype, denigrate, or mock another culture. Don’t caricature another real culture. Why? Because we’re a culture and ...

Ku Klux Clowns
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

The event is a great reminder that we need imagination as we confront evil, so that we do not mirror the hatred we seek to end. And, even as we fight serious injustices, we need humor — as old Emma Goldman onc ...

Black Pastors Move to Counter New Voter ID Laws
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

African-American clergy are joining forces with civil rights groups to push for increased voter registration ahead of the November election, spurred on by new voter laws they say restrict opportunities for min ...

White Man: 'We Built This Country.' Really?
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

In the Christian context, it points, I think to the miles we have yet to journey toward “Thy Kingdom Come.” The Wild Goose Festival was awesome as expected this weekend in ...

They're Not Racist. They Just Don't Know.
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

My sons, ages 13 and 10, spend two evenings each week on a golf course because I parent out of my own personal brokenness, which includes an acute awareness of life experiences and skills I was not exposed to ...

Christians Deliver Petition to Repeal Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's Executive Order
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

Today, two Christian leaders in Arizona delivered a petition signed by thousands of Christians to Gov. Jan Brewer calling on her to retract her controversial executive order denying driver’s licenses and other ...

Riding the Bus to Equality
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Is there a more universal symbol for public schools than a big, yellow school bus? Every morning at 7:15, the doors of our school open wide to a line of bus riders ready to come i ...

Sub-Human: A Justification of Exploitation
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

While dehumanization is seen throughout our history books, it is not merely an epidemic of the past, for it takes place each day, here in the present, sometimes profound, and oftentimes quite subtle. ...

No Turning Back: Alabama Anti-Immigrant Laws Unite Opposition
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Their efforts to rid Alabama of ethnic diversity has backfired on them, bringing forth a multicultural, bilingual movement that would not have emerged in Alabama for another 50 years were it not for HB 56 and ...

Race the Driving Factor Behind Arizona’s SB 1070?
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

E-mails from former Sen. Russell Pearce purportedly reveal the motivations behind SB 1070, claims the ACLU. E-mails from former Sen. Russell Pearce purportedly reveal the motivati ...

Former White Supremacist Sheds Hate, Embraces Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Two years ago, Chris Simpson led a white pride march. Six months ago, he abandoned the white supremacy movement. On April 15, he was baptized. RIVES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two years ag ...

But It’s a Dry Hate: The Human Spirit of Arizona Will Not Be Broken
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

The system is not broken, it is meant to break people. Even at 10 p.m., the dry heat caused the collapse of multiple people of faith gathered in a candlelight vigil outside Sherif ...

Racism Alive and Well in Jasper, Texas
Originally Posted: 06/22/2012 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Clearly, reconciliation has yet to really happen in Jasper, which means there’s work for the Holy Spirit to do there. Undoubtedly many of Jasper’s community leaders are also involved in local faith communities ...

The Death of Darius Simmons and the Seeds of New Life
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Before we lay the cross of our nation’s racism upon Darius' shoulders, we should remember just how small they are. Before we look at the abundance of #WeAreDarius and 6 p.m. news sound bites, we should re ...