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Canada Cuts All Non-Christian Prison Chaplains
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons. TORONTO — The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Chr ...

A World Without Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B IT WOULD BE strange if any segment of the litur ...

Sermon on Snot-Nosed Children, Insecurity, and The Lap of God
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

How often, like the disciples, do the times of cowardice, boasting, and fear come from the fact that we don’t know or don’t believe that, like a child in the lap of God, there simply is no longer any basis for ...

Is the Dalai Lama Calling for the End of Religion?
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

It’s one thing when philosophers, atheists, or even religious folks on the fringes of a system call for serious reevaluation, but when the Dalai Lama says it, that’s enough to give me pause and wonder if this ...

Healing the Gospel: Did Jesus Die to Save Us From God?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

When did the good news become bad news? Why did Jesus have to die? Was it to appease a wrathful God's demand for punishment? Does that mean Jesus died to save us from God? Ho ...

Wild Goose West: Wild Spirit, Wonderful New Friends
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

Hello fellow Sojourners!This is a brief missive for your enjoyment. I just returned from the Wild Goose Festival in Corvallis, Ore. Yes, Oregon and not North Carolina. You see, in a fit of wisdom, the good peo ...

Unification Church Founder Sun Myung Moon Dies at 92
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, revered as a messiah within his Unification Church but regarded by many others as a vain and enigmatic man who blessed mass weddings, built a sprawling business empire and presided ove ...

From the Archives: Fall 1971
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

John F. Alexander Dear Jesus... Apparently you have never really understood the white man’s religion. If you ...

Filmmaker Spike Lee Focuses on Faith in 'Red Hook Summer'
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Spike Lee is not about to give up filmmaking but – at least for a moment or two – he sounded a bit like an expert on the challenges facing the church as he promoted his new movie Red Hook Summer. ...

Church No More: Part 5 — Far Too Little Sabbath in the Sabbath
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

More than two months into my sabbatical, I now have to say, “Boy was I wrong.” People who are not in church are on sabbatical, more so than I am. Editor's Note : Th ...

The Faith of Four U.S. Women Olympians
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

The 2012 Olympic games are approaching quickly. This Friday, over 10,000 athletes will gather in London to celebrate athleticism and competition in 26 sports. While the hype of an event like this may drive ath ...

A Spirituality of Privacy
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

In some ways the distinction between a “private” spirituality and our public face is an artificial one, and at our best these two aspects of our being will be in harmonious synchronicity. ...

Theophony: A Theremin, a Yurt and a Band of Holy Fools
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

At the 2011 Burning Man, pastor Phil Wyman and his merry band of "crazy friends" built an art installation called "The Pillars of the Saints" — three meditation towers constructed of wood i ...

Heat, Hope, & Hootenanny: The Holy Spirit Gets Cooking At Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

Without a doubt, the blossoming and beckoning of the Wild Goose movement in North America heralds a bright radical future for today’s Jesus followers bringing the kingdom come. On ...

What Muslims Have Taught Me
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

I have been discovering more each day how much I love Muslim people. They are beautiful, warm people, yet we are afraid of them because of misconceptions based on our stereotypes of their race. ...

Becoming Unglued (In a Good Way)
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

What matters is human ingenuity. Allow people a window of freedom, and they will fly through it. SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. --- Like many air travelers, I have learned to expect the w ...

Community of the Heart
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

The Trinity is meant not only to tell us the truth about God but to invite us to live that truth — a truth revealed not in abstract theory but in the flesh and blood, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus ...

'Spiritual-But-Not-Religious' Mecca Faces Midlife Crisis
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

BIG SUR, Calif. — Perched atop the rugged splendor of the California coast south of Monterey, the Esalen Institute is the mother church for people who call themselves “spiritual but not religious." Over the last five decades, hundreds of th ...

Parents Take Teaching Hinduism Into Their Own Hands
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Children are usually the primary complainers about Sunday school, but when Mudita Bahadur started looking for excuses not to take her children to the Hindu temple on Sunday, she knew she had to make a change. ...

Unable to Work, Indian Immigrant Women Turn to Spiritual Practices for Comfort
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

LOS ANGELES -- Even though she met her husband through an arranged marriage, Pooja Sindhwani considers herself a modern woman. She worked in interior design in her native India for four years, and she and her ...

Holy is the Sound
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

There's much to contemplate this Holy Week, from Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. Many artists have traveled this path, creating sonic accompaniment for the varied e ...

Trading
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeanne Murray Walker Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.                                                                 —Word ...

From the Archives: April 1981
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Melanie Morrison The Presence of God And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead ...

How ... How Did I Get Here?
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

No matter how daft my questions, how passionate my disagreement, or dysfunctional my interpersonal relationships, the church never backed away from me. Perhaps you have read Rach ...

Knotted Celt
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 11:12pm | Type: Blog

Howling wind whipped my long, unruly hair in penitent lashes across my face as I stood in the rain, staring at the churning sea at the northernmost point of Ireland. This place, Malin Head in County Donegal, f ...

Buddhist Bhutan Fails on its Own Happiness Index
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

THIMPHU, Bhutan — In a country that prides itself on measuring quality of life in terms of "Gross National Happiness," this small Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas seems to have a problem: at least h ...

Fat Tuesday and Skinny Wednesday
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

In a world filled with clutter, noise, and hustle, Lent is a good excuse to step back and rethink how we think and live.In a world of instant gratification, it’s a chance to practice delayed gratification. ...

Conversation on Prayer with President Obama
Originally Posted: 02/23/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

As we shook hands and shared this brief conversation, I was reminded that despite President Obama being arguably “the most powerful man in the world” – beneath it all was simply another broken and fallen man w ...

Go Play!
Originally Posted: 01/27/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Play matters from a faith perspective and within a developmental context. From either approach, play doesn’t just matter, it’s essential to who we are. The big red barn on my fami ...

Viral: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus"
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Are you a Christian who spends a lot of time online? Then perhaps you've heard of Jeff Bethke. Bethke, aka bball1989, is a spoken word poet whose rhymes and videos are capturing the attention of thousands ...

Jimmy Carter on the Role of Faith in Egypt/Israel Peace Talks, His Own Life (in and out of the White House)
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

In this wide-ranging interview, the Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush spoke to President Carter by phone about the role faith played in the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, the time of h ...

Time to Go Deeper
Originally Posted: 12/29/2011 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

It is time to engage in the spiritual reflection that would restore the moral compass our politics and economics have lost. It’s been a bad year, and the 2012 election year looks ...

A Church Sanctuary for the Occupy Movement
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Our churches should swing their doors wide and greet the Occupiers with open arms, offering them sanctuary and a feast to say “thank you” for having the courage to take a sacred stand against injustice and ine ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

Halloween and Jesus: A Reconciliation in the Dark
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, my then 10-year-old son celebrated his first Halloween. He'd arrived in the United States from Africa just a few months before, and as far as we could discern no such Oct. 31 holiday exists ...

Rule No. 1 of Interfaith Relations: Faith is Required
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

I know that effective blog posts require some kind of news hook to get people interested, so, take your pick: Nearly two weeks ago, 24 Copts died in Egypt. I know that effective ...

Of Traffic and Tee Times: The Grace of Unexpected Community
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The things you do for your children. Or rather, the things you unwittingly do for yourself. It was an early autumn Thursday afternoon, four days after the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 4:25 p.m. If ...

Cold, Broken or Grumbled, Every Hallelujah Counts
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

As I lay on the kitchen floor -- my body rocking with sobs, my mouth telling my husband, "I hate my life" -- it never occurred to me to pick up the phone and call a friend. To tell someone about the ...

Crime, Forgiveness and Retributive Justice: A God's Politics Interview with Naseem Rakha
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

An eye for an eye, a life for a life. This is one way -- based, some argue, in scripture and biblical ethics -- that proponents of capital punishment justify the death penalty. ...

Paradigm Shift
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Autumn mornings -- when the cool rain is hitting the tin roof and the breezes blow with enough swagger to make the trees bow in admiration -- remind me of when my second daughter was born and after we ...

#OccupyWallStreet: The Faith Factor
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Slowly but surely, as media coverage of the #OccupyWallStreet demonstrations in New York and across the country continues to grow, attention is turning toward what the spiritual/religious/faith elements are t ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Digital Hootenanny
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple; By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me? ...

Yoga Sabbath: Shabbat Shal-OM.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

What can you learn from an Israeli Hindu-monk-in-training about peace? As Palestine makes a bid for nationhood status at the United Nations, and Israel and the United States. do what they can to block it, I think back to May 2010, when I wa ...

David Vanderveen answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Blog

The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. "The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. His books ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

A Hymn for Blessing the Animals: "O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth"
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are having services for the blessing of animals. This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are ...

A Memoir in Six Words: What Would Yours Say?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

In teaching my students the concept of a thesis the other day -- trying to convey that a thesis not just a sentence but rather an overarching statement of what the whole paper will be about -- it occu ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Evening Links of Awesomeness: Banned Books Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! If you're anything like us, you've probably been too busy to read much of anyth ...

CNN, Jesus and Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and Jesus -- at least not together -- weren't exactly on my radar. I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and J ...