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Why I Shared My Sexuality Story
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

I shared my sexuality story chiefly because, as L’Engle says, vulnerability is one of the essential ingredients to being alive. And, I would add, to being human. “When we were ...

Coloring the Story
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Ben Sutter Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith. Herald Press. THE GRAPHIC NOVEL  Radical Jesus , edit ...

What If We Listened?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

How about if we put down our dukes and listen? How about if we refrain from seeing differences as a threat — even if opinions are delivered in a somewhat threatening way — and instead seek to see stories? ...

God 'Beneath the Ordinary'
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield The rabbi recognized poetry as November's calling and inveighed against his betrayal of it. ...

And Now, the Rest of the Story
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels For years, Charlene's face haunted me and compelled me to action. A FEW YEARS ago in this c ...

Our Stories To Tell
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

I wasn't interested in their stories about her. I was interested in her story about herself.  "We all have a story to tell." These are the words that will greet ...

Gaza: The Persistent Paradox
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Rodrick Beiler Gaza, a land at once ugly and impoverished—and beautiful and rich. IN "SILENCE FOR G ...

Stories Worth Telling
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We need to hear more about the people committed to peace. IN HER JEWISH school in Montreal, Roni ...

'Girl Rising:' Changing the World, One Story at a Time
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

Through the vivid accounts of nine girls from the developing world — Cambodia, Nepal, Peru, Afghanistan, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Haiti, and India — and their valiant struggles for the right to be educat ...

Top 10 of 2012
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Here's my list of the best films released in 2012. THE BEST experiences I had at the cine ...

Storytelling and Social Change
Originally Posted: 01/25/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel The stories we tell today are simply the next chapter in an overarching narrative of hope, justice, and pluralism. ...

Assassins and Psychopaths
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Three of the best films of the year: Samsara, Looper, and Seven Psychopaths. THREE OF THE best ...

VIDEOS: Caroline Herring
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors "The social justice singer-songwriter of her generation." Our CultureWatch lead story f ...

Singing the Stories Untold
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 6:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Silas House Caroline Herring makes truth-telling a mission in her music. SINGER-SONGWRITER Caroline Herring w ...

Homeless, Not Helpless
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield In New York City, an activist group of homeless and formerly homeless people challenges the powers that be. ...

Jens Lekman: Why You Should Check out Swedish Indie Pop
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Jens Lekman performs at the 9:30 club in Washington, D.C. Here's a review! Jens Lekman is a storyteller. Wait, Jens who? How do you pronounce that? Jens (pronounced ...

Gardeners of Youth
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Maresca Nurturing the life of children, from stage to stage. We who nurture the life of children co ...

In Celebration of Women
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Here at Sojourners, we’re taking the entire week to celebrate not only mothers, but all women who have made an impact on our lives. For their strength, heroism, charity and wisdom, ...

Mother's Week: The Audio Motherload (Part I)
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

The Audio Motherload (Part 1):Radio documentaries, comedy, and interviews on mothers and women from John Hodgman, This American Life, Radiolab, Mom's Open Mic, and Anne Lamott ... ...

Awkward: Obama's Press Secretary Corrects the Boss, Invents Bible Verse
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. Poor White House spokesman Jay Carney misquoted -- invented, ...

Action Heroes
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 2:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter When spurred on by God and conscience, there's no telling what trouble you might get into. A ...

Doing Nothing is Not an Option -- United to End Genocide
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, I had the privilege of spending some time at the End Genocide Action Summit, which brought people from all over the world to Washington, D.C., to learn about and fight against genocide ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

10 Years After 9/11: The Good and the Bad
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was at home in Washington, D.C. getting ready to go to Sojourners' office. On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was at home in Was ...

Why Christianity and Comics Go Together
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I remember vividly the first time I went to a comic book shop with my mom. I'd sneaked there before. But this time was different. I remember vividly the first time I went to ...

Deaths in Afghanistan: Robbing the World of Human Possibilities
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I hate war. I do not hate it because people die. Death is inescapable. And believers believe that we will meet those we love again in heaven. I hate war. I do not hate it because ...

Our Field of Dreams in Bristol, Connecticut
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

If you are a 12-year-old baseball player, it looks like a field of dreams. There are huge bleachers wrapped around home plate, extending into left and right field. http://creat ...

Hidden Battles: A Story of Five Former Soldiers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Hidden Battles is a 65-minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat ...

So, What's in The Deal?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Late last night it was announced that the president and congressional leadership reached a deal that should ensure that our country does not default on its debts. Late last night ...

Saying Goodbye to Uncle John: My Memories of John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. What many people don't understand is that he was the most influentia ...

Migrant Workers and The Grapes of Wrath Revisited
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When John Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath was published in 1939, it caused a sensation. It won the Pulitzer Prize and was the best-selling novel of the year. Wh ...

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"God is Watching," reads the headline for a full page ad Sojourners ran in this morning's Politico. "God is Watching," reads the headline for a full pag ...

Is a Boycott of Murdoch and News Corp. Possible?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

With the scandal around Rupert Murdoch growing by the day, a full-fledged boycott of News Corp. has been launched on the internet, according to the Washington Post. With the ...

Muslim Victim Rais Bhuiyan Campaigns to Save His Attacker
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas when a man walked in with a gun. Thinking the store was being robbed, Bhuiyan opened the cash regi ...

Loving Casey Anthony in a Culture of Vengeance
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

I couldn't bear to watch any of the coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial. I heard snippets of information on occasion: intimations of incest; a car that "smelled of death"; fist fights bre ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

This is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

With President Obama's announcement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan expected in a speech tomorrow evening, news stories today are citing a variety of unnamed sources claiming to know what he ...

The Ugliest Word in the English Language: Fracking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I think I know the ugliest word in the English language -- a neologism, actually, coined to describe the technique for pumping liquid at high pressure into rock to open up cracks so that natural ga ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:53pm | Type: Blog

We are looking for 1,000 pastors to debunk a myth based on the political assertion that government doesn't have any responsibility to poor people. We are looking for 1,000 p ...

The Logic of Online Community
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:49pm | Type: Blog

When trying to make sense of the changes that new media have brought to us, we can use either supplementary or substitutionary logic. When trying to make sense of the changes that ...

My Search for the Truth About the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In 2008, as I heard the increasing public rhetoric of hostility emanating from the Middle East, I found myself wondering what Jesus would say and do if he were here in the flesh today. ...

The Story and Voice of Sung-Bong Choi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100609-sungchoi.jpg"></a>Have you heard the story of Sung-Bong Choi? I absolutely love these kinds of stories. And it's not that I just ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Canada. Petraeus. Exit Strategies.
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 ou ...

An Alternative to Abortion: Imagine the Story We Can Live Out
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After my <a href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/rapture/" target="_blank">recent intense post about the rapture</a> that has come and gone, I thought I'd write ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Democrats Unite. Taliban. The Cost of War.
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 ou ...

Zero Tolerance: Trump, Schwarzenegger, and Strauss-Kahn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's a constant storyline in the media involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and even religion: Men behave with utter disregard for the dignity and humanity of women -- using and ab ...

Nakba Day Protests: Palestine's Arab Spring?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-April-2011/16441449_SnEeG#1236911459_74RXd" target="_blank"></a>The scenes were stunning: Hu ...