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'Apology Porn' and Yom Kippur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If there had been a way to power-wash my brain, I would have done it.</p> If there had been a way to power-wash my brain, I would have done it. The words, images, and em ...

Prayerland U.S.A.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/magazine/20Prayer-t.html?pagewanted=1&amp;_r=1&amp;em"><em>The New York Time</em>s <em>Magazine</em> publish ...

Getting Beyond the Confession and Guilt Checklist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, while traveling through Michigan, I attended Mars Hill for church one Sunday. Recently, while traveling through Michigan, I attended Mars Hill for church one Sunday. Rob ...

Keeping Cool (Gulp!)
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani “No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater than central air.” — The demon Azrael in Kevin Smith’s film Dogma ...

A Love Letter from the Pope
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger In July, Pope Benedict wrote you a love letter. Like all love letters, it’s worth savoring. ...

A 'Post-Growth' Society
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Hilfiker The Bridge at the End of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability, by James Gusta ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices, by Julie Clawson; The Fray, by The Fray; Learning to Sing in a Stran ...

Beautiful Words
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Al Stewart Thank you for Rose Marie Berger’s excellent column, “Stammering Through Dreams” (The Hungry Spirit, July 2009). ...

An Unconventional Messiah
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for September and October. Jesuit theologian Ca ...

Video: Health-Care Hermeneutics with Jon Stewart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I need to find something to do until Sept. 13 or thereabouts. The Daily Show is on a three-week vacation until then. (Anyone have a good home remedy for the Stewart Shakes?) I kid.</p> ...

A Place at the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my favorite family gathering. I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my ...

An Open Letter On Health Care to Conservative Christians in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dear Friends,</p> Dear Friends, Although today I would not call myself a political or social conservative, I am grateful for my heritage as an evangelical Christian: My ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

On the Seventh Day, God Played
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger It’s summer here in the northern climes—and summer means the swimming pool. It’s summer here ...

Tempted by an Apple
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Adam Hamilton ’Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free, ’Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ours ...

Long Live Gravity
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Smart people concocted a fantasy empire based on investing in other people’s debt. The he ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SnJYnNcPDHI/AAAAAAAACw8/4G6Xga-fHwU/s1600-h/obama-beer.jpg"></a></p> <p>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they sha ...

My Summer Road Trips
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For our family, summer is road trip time. Joy loves to drive, and our two boys, Luke and Jack, are veteran travelers - by land, air, and even sea! For our family, summer is road t ...

Acedia and Vacation Bible School
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, less than 48 hours after there was a senseless homicide in our neighborhood, my family participated in a time-honored summer ritual: My husband and I took our 5-year-old son to Vacation ...

Holy Health Care!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Debates on our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/22/is-nationalized-health-care-hazardous-to-your-health-check-the-facts/">national system of providing health care</a> are raging in p ...

Turning My Travels into Pilgrimages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently, I've begun to think how I can reconnect with God by turning all my travels (including my everyday errands) into pilgrimages. In this quest, I am greatly aided by the Rev. Kurt Neilson, ...

An Ever-new Narrative of Good News
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My friend <a href="http://thecorner.typepad.com/">Bob Carlton </a>sent me this link to a <em>Guardian</em> piece by Madeleine Bunting, "<a href="http://www.guardi ...

Taking the Body and Blood to the Airport
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last Sunday I got a call at 11 a.m. It was Rachel Pater calling from her home town church (denomination to remain unnamed). It took several minutes before she could form a proper sentence through her ...

The Dude Abides, Indeed
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani Patience may be a virtue, but it’s definitely not my strong suit. I hate to wait. H-A-T-E it. ...

Stammering Through Dreams
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger I dreamt last night I was being deployed to Iraq. I dreamt last night I was being deployed t ...

Crossing the River
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Barbara Bradley Hagerty A journalist explores the science of spirituality. The golden rule of journalism decre ...

Everything Old is New Again
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brian D. McLaren Ancient Christian practices are finding a home in post-modern Christianity. I was raised Plym ...

What Sustains Me
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Vincent Harding John Perkins Angela Glover Blackwell ...

From Frozen Rebellion to Flowering Seed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As the band of runaway Israelite slaves wander in their search for freedom, again and again they grow rebellious. In the greatest of these rebellions, Korach criticizes Moses, claiming "The whole ...

What Sustains Me: Lectio
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: In </em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0907&amp;article=what-sustains-me"><em>"What Sustains ...

The Legacy of an Eco-Prophet: Remembering Thomas Berry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Today's most pressing task for humanity, I believe, is to halt the current environmental crisis. Today's most pressing task for humanity, I believe, is to halt the curre ...

Reflecting Eden in 'Nuestro Jard
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For the first time in my life, I have a garden.</p> For the first time in my life, I have a garden. Well, to be clear, my wife and I have one. And our neighbors help ou ...

Forgiveness 101
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Steven Deutsch I appreciated Rose Marie Berger’s piece on forgiveness (“Just Forgive,” March 2009). I apprecia ...

The Woman Who Changed America
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:08am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Francis Perkins was the consience behind the New Deal. When Frances Perkins was appointed S ...

In the Footsteps of Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Angels and Demons</em>, the movie inspired by Dan Brown's novel by the same title, has raked in nearly $190 million worldwide (with approximately $90 million in the U.S.) in only its secon ...

Breaking Out of the Socially Contructed Box
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"What do you mean by 'just one'? I'm not choosing just one!" I told my wife on the phone. "What do you mean by 'just one'? I'm not cho ...

A Memory of Paradise
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger What's the unique contribution of religion to the 'green economy'? Rachel Car ...

Ancient Ways to Seek God
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Poe I thought Ruth Haley Barton’s article (“Make a Joyful Silence,” February 2009) was awesome. I thoug ...

The Limits of Military Power
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick Mulhaney I appreciated Rose Berger’s column (“Tackling the Unspeakable,” Feb­ruary 2009) and her interview with Jim Douglass about ...

Travels with Bruce Cockburn: Into the Soul of this World of Wonders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There's roads and there's roads And they call, can't you hear it? Roads of the earth And roads of the spirit . . .</p> <p>- Bruce Cockburn's "Child of the Wind&quo ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

The Collapse of Evangelicalism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the March 10 edition of <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em>, <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html">Michael Spencer predicts "the coming evangelica ...

Gender, Genetics, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"The difference between men and women," the humorist Dave Barry says, "is that, if given the choice between saving the life of an infant or catching a fly ball, a woman will automatically choose ...

Just Forgive
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Forgiveness is an act of will. Fake it until you make it. Lately, I’ve been wrestling with f ...

A Balanced View of Government
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>I'm honored to take part in the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=e ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...

Tackling the Unspeakable
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger On Jan. 20, the United States of America inaugurates its first African-American president and first Catholic vice presid ...

Seeing the Sacred
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Barbara Brown Taylor An excerpt from the book An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith. No one longs for wh ...

Make a Joyful Silence
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ruth Haley Barton While Protestants traditionally emphasize the Word and words, many are learning to meet God in quiet contemplation. ...

Words about Silence
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ruth Haley Barton Key contemplative spirituality terms. SOLITUDE A time when we pull ourselves away from ...