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Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/banner_farmworkers1.JPG"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: In November, Sojourners w ...

Prayer and the Persistent Widow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Well, it's parable day again boys and girls. Parables are like Jesus' subversive little stories of an alternate universe. Well, it's parable day again boys and girl ...

It Takes a Movement: Why Politics is Frozen Solid
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Former Legislators Sound a Warning, Call for Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43063.html" target="_bl ...

Our Righteous Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There is quite a strong tradition in the Old Testament of complaining to God about injustice and suffering. It's lamenting -- and we should perhaps reclaim this part of our tradition. ...

Controversy in Wisconsin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. Every summer, a number of Christian mus ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

Packaging the Voice of the Other
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>After the <a href="http://julieclawson.com/2010/04/19/what-is-emerging/" target="_blank">synchroblog</a> last week and all the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Coal Mines, Potato Salad, and Damn Good People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The unfolding coal mine disaster in West Virginia has me constantly checking the news for updates on the plight of our fellow Americans who are victims of this latest tragedy.</p> ...

West Virginia Mine Disaster: Mourning in the Mountains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There was a lovely reflection in today's <em>NYT</em> by novelist Denise Giardina about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia. There was a lovely ...

Video: Glenn Beck Begins to 'Hammer'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>When Glenn Beck promised to devote a whole week of his television show to come after me, I wasn't sure he really meant it. I guess he did. Last night he began to make good on the threat he made o ...

In Spite of Glenn Beck's New Threats, My Invitation to Dialogue Stands
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Last week, when radio and television talk show host Glenn Beck said that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/11/glenn-beck-responds-social-justice-is-a-perversion-of-the-gospel/">social justi ...

To Dye or Not to Dye: How Do We Honor Aging Gracefully?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I had never noticed them before. I'm sure I would have noticed them if they had been there just a few weeks ago. I had never noticed them before. I'm sure I would have n ...

Coverage is the Main Issue for Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

When the various cable news channels announced that they would broadcast the health-care summit, I thought this meant uninterrupted coverage. I was mistaken. When the various cab ...

Glenn Beck, Come Drink Some Kool-Aid with Me
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I used to be just like Glenn Beck, only without the multi-million dollar TV show: I used to get attention by angrily, and humorously, attacking politicians. I'm ashamed of how I acted back then. ...

African Solidarity with Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. Augustine college ...

Book Tour Diary: A Conversation with E.J. Dionne
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> This Monday we had a great launch event at th ...

A Child's Prayer and a Parent's Predicament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. The clip, which apparently has now gone viral with ov ...

Hark! Halloween Haters and Holiday Hype
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Halloween is over. I was standing in the kitchen tonight pilfering through the bowl of chewy, crinkly wrapped treats that my children acquired last night. Poor things. They do all the work of running ...

Disability as Entertainment: So You Think I Can't Dance?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>So I'm a fan of <a href="http://www.fox.com/dance/" target="_blank">So You Think You Can Dance</a>. I enjoy watching dance and I used to dance, so I like the show ...

The Downstream Media and the Death of Political Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The passing of Sen. The passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy has brought forth many reflections on his ability-regardless of his reputation as the archetypal Massachusetts liberal-to en ...

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 ...

Evidence of Things Not Seen
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis A conversation with PBS host Tavis Smiley. Every weekday evening, viewers across the nation tune in ...

Stuck on Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here we go again.</p> Here we go again. The hyper-media -- the 24/7 cable television added to the blogosphere added to the mainstream media, with time to fill during the ...

Walter Cronkite and True Journalism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Within the context of just peace theory, Walter Cronkite was and remains an important figure. Truth. Respect. Security. We know the truth through the hard work of scholars doing the difficult and nece ...

Video: Jim Wallis and Tavis Smiley on Perspective, Prayer, and the President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year, Jim Wallis sat down with Tavis Smiley to talk about his role in public media of raising issues and asking questions that others are not. Earlier this year, Jim ...

Voices of the Poor Lost in Honduras' Power Struggle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV#P-3-15"></a>Two weeks ago Sunday I awoke to my cell phone ringing at 6:45 a.m. In my sleepy delirium I answered it ...

My Interview with Jon Stewart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/magazine"></a>"A joyful heart is good medicine," the scriptures say in Proverbs 17:22. Laughter truly is good for the soul, and quite poss ...

I Met a White Man and He Couldn't Dance
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

<p>I attended a majority white high school in the late '70s and since that time my life has been one cross-cultural bowl of spaghetti. It tastes good but is really messy, sometimes sauce all over yo ...

Greener Gatherings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after Obama was sworn in as president, Trinity Institute launched its annual conference titled <a href="http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/education/?institute-default">"Radical Abun ...

A Dear Friend Gone
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jody Nonnemacher We just adopted two little girls, and I anxiously pored through the TV guide for the time(s) Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood ...

Questioning the 'Survivor' Mentality of Some Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

First a confession First a confession Well said. Thank you. Well said. Thank you. Wow. You make too much Wow. You make too much sense. This is a mindset th ...

Looking for Truth, Beauty, and Love
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the children?s TV show, Mister Rogers? Fred Rogers, t ...

My Day on the Hugo Chavez Show
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Tonight, PBS's Frontline will air "<a title="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hugochavez/" href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hugochavez/">The Hug ...

The politics of PBS
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Can we get spin-free public TV? Faced with widespread public outrage over his attempts to ...

Extravagant Welcome
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

James Ferguson Many mainline churches see multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns as the latest evangelistic tool, but none hit the new ...

Airing the Future
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Airing the Future Airing the Future Television history was made i ...

Faux News
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Beiler Laughter may be the best medicine for bad news. Liberals and conservatives agree- ...

Indecent Exposure
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The 'adult' standards of cable have seeped into the groundwater of broadcast television. ...

God on TV
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Mark L. Taylor "We believe in heaven and that Tim is with God," says a Catholic woman who lost her husband in the 9-11 attacks. ...

Spiritual Lessons from The X-Files
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Teresa Blythe Fox-TV's The X-Files has ended nine years in which a duo of FBI agents investigated unexplained phenomena... ...

Enlarging the Family
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos TV's first all-Latino drama broadens the cultural picture. In times of war and g ...

Saved by the Devil?
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Teresa Blythe A frequent comment by political pundits after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was that the United States lacks "good ol ...

If These Walls Could Talk
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jodi Hochstedler Karmen is an animated building whose mission is to h ...

Real World?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jodi Hochstedler Recently, Turkish TV launched the hottest new progra ...

Yada Yada Yada
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 11:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Teresa Blythe Although a "show about nothing" may seem to offer us little to ponder theologically, we need only look at the Jew ...

Cleans Up the Blue Streak
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Susannah Hunter "Curse Free TV" is a new invention that aut ...

Raised by TV
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum By now the Littleton, Colorado high school massacre has become the cultural Rorschach test for the new millennium. ...

What Would Elvis Do?
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum When I began writing this column, way back in the second Reagan term, I held a certain spirit of optimism about the p ...