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Time for Confession—and Action
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben We stood by as our addiction to fossil fuel ran Genesis in reverse. THE NEWS IN mid-May was gri ...

Turning Up the Heat
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben No one wants to spend summer vacation in the clink, but that's where a lot us are going to find ourselves. ...

The America I Love
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Vignettes from a Midwestern summer baseball game. It’s a hot summer evening in a Midwestern town. The grass is glimmering in the bright lights, contrasting with the brown dirt of ...

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 ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

BREAKING NEWS: R.E.M. Breaks Up (Requiem For My Youth)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! It's the End of the World and We Know It. We're Losing Our Religion. Our Pilgrimage is OVER. NOOOOOO ...

Surprised by Joy on 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"[Music] is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us." -- Martin Luther ...

Compassion, Destruction, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprising addition to the typical summer blockbuster canon -- for one thing, it manages to entertain and challenge, without resorting to gratuitous violence to ...

6 Films for a Meaningful Summer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. There are images in the gre ...

Friday Links Round Up: World Travel. Bon Iver. Google Earth.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: These videos will surely make you want to travel the world: Move, Learn, Eat. H ...

Neocolonialism and Cowboys & Aliens
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Excep ...

Liberty and Justice for Some
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In the wake of the tragic bombing in Norway this past weekend, we are left with an unsettling picture of the state of anti-Islamic sentiments in the United States. In the wake of ...

What's in a Name?: Campus Crusade for Christ Becomes 'Cru'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Maybe, but a Stink Rose by any other name (say... garlic?) might get more play. Shakespeare said a rose by any othe ...

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The way you think and feel about the world is shaped by what you see when you get out of bed in the morning. I remember hearing this from civil rights activists. The way you think ...

Bringing the Camp Spirit Back Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 11:15pm | Type: Blog

I was not one of the 1,500 who attended the inaugural Wild Goose Festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina last month, but I did grow up going to Christian summer camp. I was not ...

Friday Links Round Up: Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:</p> Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis. Here's a litt ...

What Does it Mean to 'Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors?'
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

Smack dab in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer, obscured by old translations and otherworldly assumptions, is a radical cry for Jubilee justice “And forgive us our debts, as we al ...

Would I Risk as Much as the Dreamers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The youngest person in a crowd of teenagers and young adults at the Dream Act Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday was an 8-year-old girl. The youngest person in a cro ...

My Other Calling? Coaching Jack and Luke
Originally Posted: 08/06/2011 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

My iPhone died and I didn't even care. A cooler full of water and ice was dumped on my head, which soaked not only me, but also my phone. My older son Luke's Little League team, called the Nationals, ...

8 Inspiring Movies About Social Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/29/8-inspiring-movies-about-social-change/" target="_self"></a>Ah the joy of watching movies in the summer! Of course, there are a ...

From Your Gas Tank to World Hunger: The Dangers of Speculative Futures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Wall Street may seem far away, but it's actually as near as your gas tank -- and as widespread as global hunger. Wall Street may seem far away, but it's actually as near ...

The Highest Calling: Being a Dad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was Father's Day. As a favor to a dear friend, I did a speaking event on Saturday night away from home, and planned on returning very early in the morning for Sunday and Father's Day. ...

Is Revivalist Spirituality Still Relevant Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I made my first trip to the <a href="http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/" target="_blank">Greenbelt Festival</a> in the UK last summer. I made my first tr ...

More Great Summer Reading Ideas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/15/more-great-summer-reading-ideas/" target="_self"></a>In addition to my summer reading recommendations from the other day, I nee ...

My Summer Reading Recommendations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here are a few books I've been reading and would like to recommend to you for the coming summer:</p> Here are a few books I've been reading and would like to re ...

What Are Your 'Life Giving' Questions?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/what-are-your-life-giving-questions/" target="_self"></a>I love what I do, but it's amazing how even that which you do and ...

In a Broken World, I Long for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Like all of you, I was stunned some days ago as I started soaking in the breaking news of Osama bin Laden's capture and death via U.S. military operations.</p> Like all ...

Success in the Immigration Reform Movement After SB 1070
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sb-1070/" target="_blank">SB 1070 in Arizona</a>, the controversial bill that mobili ...

Experiencing God's Creation, Rain or Shine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I'm a Midwestern girl coming out of her winter shell this month. Flip flops are lost companions just now crawling out from under beds and hidden closet shelves. I'm a Mi ...

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 ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Quran Burning. Troop Drawdown. War Tax Calculator.
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 ...

How Did John 3:16 Become About 'Weirdos and Violence'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? You probably know who he ...

Prayer of the Day: For the People of Japan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

God, we lift up the people of Japan in these turbulent times. May recovery be swift and complete after this earthquake and tsunami. We ask for a restoration of both those affected and their homes. ...

Rep. Keith Ellison Testifies Against Hateful Bigotry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/11/rep-keith-ellison-testifies-against-hateful-racism/" target="_self"></a>During my Lenten journey this year, I will be looking t ...

Friday Links Round Up: A North Korean Restaurant. Christian Jerks. Bloody Sunday.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/friday-links-round-up-a-north-korean-restaurant-christian-jerks-bloody-sunday/" target="_self"></a>A North Korean restaurant. C ...

Opportunity Missed in the U.N. Veto of the Israel Settlement's Resolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. Resolution calling Israel to account for it ...

How William J. Barber Saved Wake County Schools
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

February is Black History month. February is Black History month. In public schools and community centers across the United States, Black History month means that the busts of pre ...

Looking For Light Along the Border
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100208-nomoredeaths.jpg"></a>For many Americans, the Sonora Desert conjures up images of a summer vacation replete with tequila shots and su ...

Why Asian Parents Are the Best and Worst
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's amazing what one article can do, but one thing that's clear is Amy Chua is going to sell some books. Cha-ching.</p> It's amazing what one article can do, ...

Do You Know if There's Blood in Your Phone?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Last summer's financial reform bill included something the world has long needed: a requirement that electronics manufacturers disclose whether their products include conflict minerals from Congo. ...

Remembering Sargent Shriver, Dedicated Public Servant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/19/remembering-sargent-shriver-dedicated-public-servant/" target="_blank"></a>Yesterday afternoon <a href="http://www.wash ...

What Did Sojourners Activists Do in 2010?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Half a million messages. That's how many our most engaged Sojourners activists sent on behalf of important justice issues in 2010. Half a million messages. That's how ma ...

Faith, Music, and Arts at the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

My life changed when I went to a Christian festival in the UK in the 1990s. The same could happen to you if you come to the Christian music and social justice festival happening in the U.S. ...

Underwear For a Cause
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Recently I walked through downtown Austin in my underwear. Okay, so it was actually men's boxers and an undershirt, but still, technically, underwear. Recently I walked thro ...

What I've Been Reading This Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What a great year for books. I've been enjoying some new ones and some old ones lately. Here are a few in various categories.</p> What a great year for books. I've ...

Charges Against Border Humanitarians Reversed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In southern Arizona, a glimmer of hope for immigration activists is like a drop of water on a hot summer day -- you are quenched for a brief moment, but the moment is gone once you realize how thir ...

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 ...

Eat, Pray, Love ... Yourself?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Eat Pray Love the movie has the makings of a summer hit, with Julia Roberts as its star and Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling book as its source material.</p> <p>The book was something ...

Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann The 'Low Holy Days' of Summer Summer time may be when “the livin’ is easy” for a ...

Scary Hope: The Nuclear Cinema of Summer 2010
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Back in the late '90s, when Y2K fears were running rampant, apocalyptic fantasies like <em>Armageddon </em>and <em>End of Days</em> burned up the box office. ...