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#OccupySunday: We Are the 100 Percent
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. It may give power ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 4:55am | Type: Blog

On Sept. 30, the NYC General Assembly of #OccupyWallStreet -- organizers of the ongoing demonstrations in New York City's financial district against economic injustice that has spread to other cities acro ...

The Republican Debates So Far (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Most people who follow the political public discourse in our country know the Republican mantra on the economy -- cut taxes, cut regulation, cut federal spending, balance the national budget, and all ...

What is 'Biblical Politics'?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has always tried to understand and advocate for "biblical politics." But what does that mean now, especially as we approach another major election? Sojourne ...

Libya's Revolution: A Model for the Region?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Recent analyses of the Arab Spring have questioned the efficacy of nonviolent resistance compared to armed struggle in ousting authoritarian regimes. Recent analyses of the Arab ...

Where Has All the Sanity Gone?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Where has all the sanity gone? I, for one, never expected in my wildest dreams to pine for the days of Ronald Reagan. But I'm there. Where has all the sanity gone? I, for ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

Poverty, Treasure Islands, and Global Tax Dodgers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 John Hilliard | more info (via: Wylio)As Christians concerned about poverty, it is time to turn our full attention to the injustices of an "offshore tax system" that enables cor ...

10 Problems of a Dying Church (and How to Fix Them)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:48pm | Type: Blog

I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church, asking questions about what to do with so many churches dying. I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring ac ...

Could the U.S. Be Moving to a State of Perpetual War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One might think that three wars -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya -- would be enough. Apparently, for the United States military apparatus, it's not. One might think that three war ...

Music, Art, and the Pursuit of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I love that the Wild Goose Festival is described as festival of justice, spirituality, music, and art. I love that the Wild Goose Festival is described as festival of justice, spi ...

Three Cups of Truth on the Greg Mortenson Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

I just watched a 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea and co-founder of the nonprofit the Central Asia Institute. Watching I just watched a 60 M ...

Reflections on the Gulf Oil Spill and a Prayer for Lost Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last year, I was deeply troubled by the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/gulf-coast/" target="_blank">Gulf Oil Spill</a>, having been born and raised on the Florida Gulf Coast. ...

Why Are Palestinian Christians Leaving Israel?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100414-crossisrael.jpg" target="_self"></a>A friend of mine pointed out on his Facebook page that 45.9 percent of Americans blame ...

Burning Anger and Small-Minded Men
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"It is not that we burn the Koran with some type of vindictive motive," <a href="http://foxvzw-news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?aid=42386587&amp;afid=1&amp;pg1=2501" targe ...

Is Nuclear Power a 'Bargain with the Devil'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>Washington Post</em> columnist <a href="http://wapo.st/ehNbKp" target="_blank">Eugene Robinson</a> wonders, in the midst of the ongoing horror in Japan, if nucle ...

Support Farmworkers this Lent: Fast for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100307-ciw-farmworkers1.jpg"></a>Will you be giving up chocolate for Lent? Coffee? Then why not fast for justice? Why not abstain from shopp ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time. I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope ...

What Would Jesus Cut? Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/28/what-would-jesus-cut-who-would-jesus-bomb/" target="_blank"></a>Growing up in the Bible belt in east Tennessee, I can remember ...

Wisconsin: America's Tahrir Square?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A week after a shocked world reveled in Egypt's incredible moment of freedom and people power, Wisconsin is reviving its own unique tradition of people power and creative protest. ...

Xenophobic Border Watch Groups are Domestic Terrorists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">On May 30, 2009, a terrorist attack in Arizona ended the lives of two U.S. citizens -- a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter. On Ma ...

Wendell Berry Won't Quit Trying to Save the Mountains
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/14/wendell-berry-wont-quit-trying-to-save-the-mountains/" target="_self"></a>Fourteen mountain-top removal protesters -- including ...

Yes, NPR, Ordinary People Care About Financial Reform!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: This post is taken from a letter </em>Sojourners <em>associate editor Elizabeth Palmberg sent to the folks who create National Public Rad ...

The Truth About the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ten months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and by now most of the nation has shifted its focus away from the gulf to more recent and pressing topics. Ten months ...

Jordan Follows Egypt's Lead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The excitement in Cairo -- including the biggest crowd yet today in Tahrir Square -- has made it difficult to follow the development of protests elsewhere in the Arab world. The e ...

Education For More Than Global Economic Dominance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Education is not primarily an industry and its proper use is not to serve industries, either by job-training or by industry-subsidized research." -- </em><a style="color: #90 ...

Young Evangelicals Must Champion Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In some ways, 2010 was a great year for evangelicals who have longed for the church to stand for just and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration/">compassionate immigration reform</a& ...

Our Persistent Reach for the American Dream
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We set aside a national holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because he welded an ethos of agape love onto the founding principles of the United States. We set aside a nati ...

Deportation is Not a Family Value
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama has often been praised for his consistent support of families. President Obama has often been praised for his consistent support of families. He has been touted as ...

Who Will Listen to the Voices of Veterans Calling for Peace?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police officers at the White House gates. I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police offi ...

DREAMS Should Not Be Illegal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The House acted last night with boldness and leadership to pass the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream-act/" target="_blank">DREAM Act</a>. Th ...

Remembering Elizabeth Edwards, Advocate for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/12/08/remembering-elizabeth-edwards-advocate-for-health-reform/" target="_self"></a>[Editors' note: Today we remember Elizabeth ...

That Thieving Christ and Advent
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 11:04pm | Type: Blog

In this season in which we find ourselves there is an anticipatory feeling in the air. A waiting, a longing, and yearning. This is a time filled with preparations and signs and symbols. ...

Harry Potter and Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Seeking justice for the oppressed. Working to end the connection of child slavery to chocolate. Helping heal a devastated Haiti. Seeking justice for the oppressed. Working to end ...

This Christmas, Do We Go Local, Fair Trade, or Make Our Own?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Christmas is a month away and Christmas music is already playing, guaranteeing that by the time the season actually arrives, we will be so heartily sick of it that we take no notice -- and in the p ...

Recipes for Resistance: Cooking With GMOs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As genetically modified organisms (GMOs) become more prevalent, so do protests against them. As genetically modified organisms (GMOs) become more prevalent, so do protests against ...

Dear Candidate: Talk About Your Goals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> It's midterm election time. How are ...

Post-Colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong><a href="http://www.emergentvillage.com/events/2010-theo-conv">Emergent Village</a> will be hosting its annual Theological Conv ...

Missouri's Health-Care Dilemma
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/08/04/tuesday.primaries/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn">by a 3-to-1 margin</a>, Missouri voters passed <a href="http://ballo ...

What Does Justice Look Like in Cambodia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For the first time, a senior Khmer Rouge commander has been found guilty of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/06/does-grace-abound-to-the-chief-of-torturers/">crimes against humanity in Cam ...

The Importance of Being Engineers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I often say that one of my favorite parts of being a pastor for 24 years was pronouncing the benediction each week at the end of gathered worship. I often say that one of my favor ...

Excuse Me, Senator Grassley, Did I Hear You Correctly?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say that? Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say ...

Why Bad Boundaries Don't Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Some authorities in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, are upset that they didn't get a permit to build rock dykes between barrier islands to keep the BP oil spill out of fragile estuaries. ...

An Oily, Slimy, Putrid Epiphany
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100513-crude-awakening.jpg"></a>Joanna Weiss asks the right question in a recent <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial ...

Focusing World Cup Fever on South Africa's Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I have committed my work, social action, and development endeavors to a social consciousness and awareness that propels a high standard of morality, ethics, and codes of conduct. ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

What Rand Paul and I Have in Common
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not a college student anymore, but Dr. Rand Paul just gave me some homework.</p> I'm not a college student anymore, but Dr. Rand Paul just gave me some homewor ...

Drugs, Guns, and Immigration: An Unholy Trinity of Failed Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126890838">reports out of Juarez, Mexico,</a> are depressing, doubly so for me. The repor ...