The Common Good

Results for Reconciliation

Passover, Holy Week, and the Climate Crisis
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Our own generation, facing a catastrophic crisis in the Earth-earthling relationship, must go back to the Bible for guidance on how to apply indigenous wisdom to the planet as a whole. ...

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 ...

Neither Despair Nor Complacency
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Charles Villa-Vicencio Nelson Mandela was one of the 20th century's greatest leaders, but the long walk to freedom in South Africa i ...

The Long Reconciliation: Iraq In the Time of ISIS
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

For Christians in Iraq, a foundational creed of the faith is facing a sticking point. The creed is itself a challenge to human nature — “But I say to you, love your enemies; bless those who curse you; do good ...

Reconciling the Faiths: An Interview with Fr. Nabil Haddad
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

“Do not make the religion of Islam the problem,” he said. “Instead use our vibrant witness – that is what is lacking in other societies.” Fr. Nabil Haddad is a passionate and ener ...

Full-Body Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Forgive Us, by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah.  THE CRY OF the church to the world should be “Forgive us.” At a time when the American ...

'It Couldn't Happen Among Christians!'
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Woodiwiss Even after the Ray Rice video, churches are in denial about sexual violence.  WHEN IT COM ...

'Hands Up! Don't Shoot!'
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Was the explosion in Ferguson a moment—or the begining of a movement?  ON AUG. 9, Michael Brown, ...

Finding Hope in South Africa
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis I eagerly await to see where the "rainbow generation" will take South Africa.  SOUTH AFR ...

One in the Lord
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Maria-Pia Negro A look at three multiracial churches—and how they got that way.  MULTIRACIAL CHURCHES are bec ...

Principles for Prophetic Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Kuttab   As Christians concerned about peace and justice, this time of crisis in the Middle East provides us an opportunity to return to our principles, the “springs of ...

'Reconcile:' Interview with Peace Activist John Paul Lederach
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

I’ve had the chance to speak with author and international peace activist John Paul Lederach about his book, Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians. The book, updated from an earlier editio ...

ON Scripture: A Strange Summer Vacation
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

“What did you do on your summer vacation?” Even now students may be answering that question in essays at the start of this new school year. Maybe you wrote such a paper years ago. No matter what you did or w ...

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 ...

An Invitation to Disruption: A Call to White Churches
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Here’s a sacred invitation, perhaps even a kairos moment, to make your voices heard in ways that speak to solidarity with suffering. It was July 19, 2013, and we were leaving New ...

God Isn't Punishing Mark Driscoll
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

This week has been a rough one for Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. This week has been a rough one for Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. F ...

Deconstructing God's Mission
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

All people in all places are missionaries, for all people in all places participate within a particular mission in some shape or form. Missionaries are as diverse as the human community itself. ...

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 ...

De-escalating Violence and the Human Story in Israel/Palestine
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

I was sitting in the airport the other day listening to yet another account of the current events unfolding in Israel and Palestine. Almost mechanically, the lips of the news anchor spilled out words like terr ...

Hobby Lobby, Rivalry, and Choosing Grace
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

It is an identical claim to moral superiority which matters and which is in fact the cause of the apparent conflict. The underlying issues, whatever you think they may be, whether religious freedom, women’s re ...

3 Lessons from Wild Goose: Holy Rest, Holy Mischief, and Holy Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Holy mischief is often missing in our life and work together. In our resistance to empire and the systems of domination that pervade our life and being, we tend to take ourselves too seriously. But it doesn’t ...

Breaking Down the Invisible Walls
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. IVP Books. OVER THE PAST 2, ...

A Refusal to Hate: Tent of Nations Family Responds to Destruction of Farmland
Originally Posted: 05/26/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Early on May 19, military bulldozers, in violation of the laws of appeal, destroyed 1,500 fruit trees nearly ready for harvest in the valley below the Nassar dwellings. There was no warning of the impending de ...

Part IV: Identifying With the Oppressor
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

“I committed genocide. I would rather stay in prison than to see the eyes of whom I have committed crimes against.” Over banana beer and fried plantains, we sat around a com ...

Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

As I reflect on the plight of the undocumented immigrant in the United States today, I wonder if the words of the Psalmist, echoed by Jesus on the cross, don’t hit a little too close to home. ...

Citizen Action Making a Vital Difference in South Africa
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Changes require a more broadly palliative and increasingly active new generation —inspired by a Mandela-type cultural magnanimity that loves justice and spurns vengeful spirits — to join with the emerging forc ...

Transcript For Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons And Lucas Johnson On Deromanticizing The Civil Rights Movement And Rediscovering Its Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Krista Tippett ...

The Beginning of the End of War
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Margaret Alvarado Joshua Casteel was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison and later staffed open-air burn pits in Iraq. The experien ...

One Church, One Body
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

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

Moving into Epiphany's Light
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A. A NEW CALENDAR YEAR marks the end of the ...

Racial Reconciliation Resources
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Racism continues to plague our nation. It doesn't have to be this way. Racism continues to ...

Subverting the Myth
Originally Posted: 01/23/2015 - 5:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marty Troyer A pastor's experiment in unmasking white privilege. I MET PASTORS Harvey, Alton, Charles, a ...

Unfinished Business
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara Wenger Shenk John Howard Yoder's history as an abuser clouds his legacy. JOHN HOWARD YODER, who die ...

Combating a Culture of Exploitation
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 6:12pm | Type: Blog

When we develop boys into good, godly men they won’t rape and abuse women. And when we raise good, godly women, they invest in the next generation of girls, are less susceptible to exploitation, and won’t infl ...

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 ...

The Passing of a Prophet
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum "We're all bastards," Will Campbell wrote, 'but God loves us anyway." ...

In The Middle: The Challenge of Racial Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

An interview with Catherine Meeks [Catherine Meeks, a Sojourners contributing editor, was an instructor and the director of Afro-American studies at Mercer University in Mac ...

Meeting Madiba — An Unlikely Encounter with Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

In 1994, during Bill Clinton’s presidency, I had the honor of meeting President Nelson Mandela in a most unexpected way — just two months after his April inauguration as the first democratically-elected Presid ...

Raising Black Boys in America: An Interview With Leroy Barber
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Hate is useless. Don’t let hate sink into your soul, because hate will destroy you. And respond with love even if it’s hard. I try to teach my boys that, and raise them that way. ...

In Celebration of Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

We are free today to choose people. We are free to believe that a person is worth giving our lives for, that we can sacrifice and give all we have for the good of another. The power of our gospel sits in this ...

Radical Welcome
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson As demographics shift and migration brings global Christianity to the church down the street, how will U.S. congr ...

The Violence of Peacemaking
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Jesus, as the ultimate peacemaker, shows us that the life and work of peacemaking isn't some fairy tale euphoria, but the gritty, subversive and sacrificial life of faithfulness to a God and kingdom that ...

‘In a Time of Hunger:’ The New Archbishop's Social and Spiritual Challenges On The Road to Canterbury
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

“[O]nly 40% of churchgoers are convinced that the new Archbishop of Canterbury can resolve the problems of the Church of England," said the new Archbishop, Justin Welby, in his Easter sermon last month. & ...

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 ...

On Earth As In Heaven
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick O'Neill Farm labor organizer Baldemar Velasquez on making it real in the here and now. A RECENT ...

'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." ...

Jews Worldwide See An Ally in Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Jews worldwide welcomed newly elected Pope Francis as a friend on Wednesday, and pointed in particular to his sympathetic and strong reaction to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in his native Argentina — th ...

Do You Drink Water? Welcome to Idle No More
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

I grew up in the Canadian north of Watson Lake, Yukon. My elementary years were spent in a public school with children of the Kaska nation. As I became an adult I was pretty proud of my exposure to and knowled ...

Congressman John Lewis Tells the Story of the March from Selma to Montgomery (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:21pm | Type: Blog

Congressman John Lewis boarded my bus from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham, and this living testament to nonviolent activism told us his story. This past weekend, The Faith and Politi ...

Richard Twiss Allowed Himself to be a Lightning Rod
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

Richard's unique ministry gave many Native people the opportunity to experience that Jesus is not just the "White man's God" but he came for all people from every language and every culture ...