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Engaging a Generation for Justice
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:22pm | Type: Blog

I sat down with Shawn Casselberry, Executive Director of Mission Year, to find out more about how they empower young adults to live out their values in the context of church, community, and even daily life. ...

Degrees Without Jobs
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Kara Lofton Why are so many college graduates underemployed? RECENT YEARS HAVE witnessed a deluge of headline ...

10 Personal Decisions for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Christ's upside-down kingdom offers a different and subversive message: Lose your life and you'll find it. ...

Do We Seek Experiences Instead of God?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Like Elijah, we have a tendency to put God in a box assuming any experience has to fall within certain parameters. Reading the Bible from the comfort of my couch, I find myself po ...

The Politics of Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 04/10/2014 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Make no mistake: the Gospel is political. Politics refers to “the affairs of the city” and “influencing other people on a civic or in ...

Dare to Sit With Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent calls us to give up something as a way of making room for Christ to enter our lives. As we look to the cross, we are asked to remember suffering, to sit with it, to experience it, to not ign ...

God's Dangerous Promises
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A INVITATIONS COME. Yet an expressed desire ...

Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

A Place in the Commons
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

In the ambiguity of the spiritual marketplace, it can be difficult to discern what is the common good and what is simply the marketplace. Abba Moses asked abba Sylvanus, “Can a pe ...

Why I Cry in Church
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

There are so few places where we can bring our raw emotions without a self-conscious need to explain or escape to the nearest bathroom, which happens when we get teary-eyed at work or in line at Home Depot. Pe ...

The Pope We've Been Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger To have the "poor one" at the center of the Catholic faith is right and just. I W ...

A Testimony of God's Grace and Love
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Leroy Barber Five principles for a lasting marriage. MARRIAGE IS A wonderful thing. Yet it seems to be taking ...

We Don't Need Your Cookies
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

When we complete a task, it is good to celebrate the end result, but what do we really remember? Is it not the people, the things we did, and the lessons learned in the process of completing the task? ...

An Unhindered Hope
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Kate MacIsaac Making Friends Among the Taliban: A Peacemaker's Journey in Afghanistan. Herald Press ...

A Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors This pledge, which draws on one used by Mahatma Gandhi's independence campaign in India, was used in the U.S. civil righ ...

Deportations are Not the Way to Show Respect for Veterans
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Today, any veteran who has never naturalized could be deported if he or she has a conviction for almost anything at any time in their life. This is in stark contrast with the past, when such deportations were ...

Serving Joyfully
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

How could he do something as mundane as washing dishes and do it with joy? Washing dishes. This is how I remember Momadu. Washing dishes is a chore, you know. In the pre-dishwa ...

COMMENTARY: It’s Time for Baby Boomers to Cede Control
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

As baby boomers start clicking the senior citizen box on travel fares, I want to say a word to my generation and to the one that preceded us. It is time for us to get out of the way. ...

Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Eboo Patel on Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election Eboo Patel on Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election ...

Public Service: Where Politics Meets Faith
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

The example of public service and the principles of stewardship and goodwill that my father carries became some of the most important things that contributed to the way I view our world and the way I treat our ...

Military Chaplains Heed Call to Serve God and Country
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

"God, I think, had better plans for me," Balbale said, looking back. And so it is for a number of military chaplains who, by twists of fate or perhaps divine Providence, found their calling to become ...

Listening to Veterans
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:16am | Type: Blog

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St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Kal Penn: Enough with the Cynicism and Disappointment, Time to Re-engage!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Before I met President Obama, I was always cynically independent when it came to politics. Like a lot of other young people with different views on different issues, I never considered myself to be either a D ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

Here I Am!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, 'Here I am, for you called me.' Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. ...

Hymns for September 11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people remember "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," a hymn written on the afternoon of September 11, 2001. Many people remember " O God, Our Words Cannot Expr ...

From Selma to Syria: The Power of Song in Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

How should music rank among the ever-growing list of time-tested nonviolent methods such as boycotts, marches, strikes, sit-ins, and vigils? http://www.flickr.com/commons/usage/ ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

Why Did Two Wild Goose Contributors Spend the Night in Jail?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

North Carolina, host state for the inaugural <a href="http://wildgoosefestival.org/" target="_blank">Wild Goose Festival</a>, has many things going for it. ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama's Policy Team. Pakistan. Trauma.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our ...

Martin Luther King and the Spiritual Death of a Nation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. Although I never met him, I value his life and teachings more and more each year.</p> Today is the 4 ...

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.</p> Across the United Sta ...

An Apology to My Muslim Friends
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On the weekend of Oct. 6, 2001 -- less than one month after 9/11 -- my husband preached a sermon called "Religion Gone Awry." That was not the message he had originally scheduled for that weekend. ...

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/10/budget-cuts-and-bad-faith/" target="_blank">What Would Jesus Cut?</a>" campaign, launched by Jim Wallis and the good peop ...

Memo to Governor Scott Walker from Pope Benedict XVI
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

An estimated 30,000 people converged in Madison, Wisconsin's Capitol Square and inside the Capitol building on Thursday <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-usreport-us-usa-wisctre71h07e- ...

Obama's Budget Battle Hurts the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama released his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/15/us/politics/15obama-doc.html" target="_blank">budget proposal</a> Monday, officially staking ...

How Child Sex Trafficking is Being Overcome in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One of the things that make the work of fighting global slavery so difficult is that people feel defeated by the sheer size and scope of the problem. One of the things that make t ...

Should Egyptians Trust Their Military?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Throughout the coverage of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/egypt/" target="_blank">uprising in Egypt</a>, we've been repeatedly told that Egyptians trust their milita ...

For True Civility in Arizona, The Walls Must Come Down
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The shooting in Tucson, Arizona has spurred numerous 'calls for civility' in the heated political tension of Arizona and beyond. The shooting in Tucson, Arizona has spur ...

What a Tragedy Can Call Us To Do
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We needed to be called to transcend politics in our response to the shootings in Arizona, lest the politics of our reactions to this tragedy turn us even further against one another. ...

Stay Informed and in Prayer for the People of Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As voting continues in South Sudan's week-long <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sudan/" target="_blank">independence referendum</a>, which started yesterday, here are a fe ...

The Truth of Tax Transparency Will Set Us Free
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's started. I saw my first ad for a tax help company on TV yesterday, and I received an email recently about using an online service to settle my bill with the government. ...

Senators Kyl and DeMint Exploit Faith for Political Means
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

While American troops will be working through the Christmas holidays, putting their lives on the line for our safety, and while millions of Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince o ...

Give Smart: Three Tips to Make Donations Count
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A lot of us don't have as much disposable income as we had two or three years ago. Some of us have a lot less. But Christmas is coming, and we still want to give. A lot of us ...

California Teachers Cut Their Commodities Gamble
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

California's teachers are helping lead the way in recognizing that gambling on hunger is a way to lose your money -- and to hurt the world's poorest people. California&# ...

Stephen Colbert for the Least of These
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last week more than 500 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to lobby for the DREAM Act. Last week more than 500 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to lobby for the DREAM Act. We ...

What Kind of Church Do We Want?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My wife Sarah and I recently moved to Baltimore and are knee-deep in that time-honored tradition of relocation: church shopping. My wife Sarah and I recently moved to Baltimore an ...

Craigslist Attorneys Threaten Georgia Anti-Trafficking Activists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note: </strong></em><em>What is behind Craigslist's recent enigmatic, and dramatic, choice to replace (at least for now) its entire "adult serv ...

'Darkness Cannot Put Out Darkness': Friends Murdered in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-heather-afghanistan1.jpg"></a><a href="http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/">Ten more lives were lost in Afghanistan last w ...