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What Christianity Can Learn from the Dalai Lama
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Historically, Christianity hasn’t been very open to the idea of being influenced by other religions. In the early days of the faith, we borrowed from Hellenism, Zoroastrianism, Gnosticism, Judaism and various ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter The Disposable Project by Raul Guerrero / Jesus Was a Migrant by Deirdre Cornell / The New Black by Yoruba Richen / How to B ...

From the Archives: August 1998
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Football Racism A GROUP of Native Americans appeared before the Trademark Trial and ...

Who Do You Say I Am?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A AS A NATIVE KOREAN who has studied and taugh ...

'We Are Not an Island'
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Queen Quet Onleilove Alston The Gullah/Geechee Nation, extending from North Carolina t ...

The Play's the Thing
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Doris Bartel How community theater helped change a centuries-old tradition of kidnapping girls for marriage. ...

'Punk Jews' Highlights Judaism's 'Myriad Flavors'
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 6:56am | Type: Blog

Anyone who has been told that it's sacrilegious to set an old hymn to a new tune or has been chastised for listening to Sufjan Stevens because it "isn't Christian music" can probably relate ...

Openness, Diversity, and Magnanimity
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. I’ll just say it: I thought “ashes to go” was a great idea. Take the imposition of ashes out to the sidewalks where ...

VIDEO: Proud To Be
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Indigenous American leaders speak out against the Washington NFL team’s mascot. "Proud To Be ...

Sacking the 'Redsk*ns'
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Peggy Flanagan Just because racism is "tradition" doesn't make it right. I'VE NEVER FELT ...

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. ...

From the Archives: January 1988
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Murphy Davis The Cost of Community THERE ARE DAYS, to tell the truth, that you just have to wonder if it’s wo ...

Pope Francis is Unsettling — and Dividing — the Catholic Right
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

On a few short months, Pope Francis has alienated many on the Catholic right by refusing to play favorites and ignoring their preferred agenda items even as he stressed the kind of social justice issues that a ...

Too Happy?
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Bobby McFerrin's "don't worry" optimism sets up some serious cognitive dissonance with the spirit ...

Change From Within
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 12:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Molloy Villages in Senegal put an end to female genital cutting—and show the power of communities learning together to change. ...

The God of Jesus: Beyond Religious Tribalism (Rob Bell Blogaglogue, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Rob Bell isn’t making up new ways to talk about God. Throughout the book, Rob explores what God has done in the past and how God continues to pull all humans into a global future that has “greater and greater ...

Fifty Days of Grace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C HOW SHALL WE engage with scripture thro ...

A Deeper Engagement
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson Bible, Gender, Sexuality calls us to a more honest dialogue about scripture's meaning for us today. ...

The Inaugural Prayer We Didn't Hear
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Claire Albert An inaugural prayer should connect the particularities of one ...

'Relevance' Is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Joshua Witchger Many young adults are leaving the church these day ...

It’s Not All Going to Be Okay, and That’s Okay
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

If we try to mold faith into something more certain than simply faith, it becomes something else. A crutch, perhaps, or a drug. So how or when does this happen? I get asked somet ...

Two Reasons I'm Not A 'None'
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

It’s not surprising that a third of my peers say they are religiously unaffiliated. Our religious lives are too complex these days to fit in neat boxes with one-word labels. I may be a “Christian,” but does t ...

Expanding the Debate around Circumcision
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 6:19pm | Type: Blog

A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that circumcising young boys represents grievous "bodily harm." The court found that the child’s "fundamental right to bodily integrity" was more ...

Santa Claus and Black Face: Is Sinterklaas the Innocent Victim of Culture Clash or a Racist Anachronism?
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

The Dutch Christmas celebration Sinterklaas, celebrated Dec. 5 and 6, sounds like a charming holiday tradition from the old country. But is it simply that? Happy Sinterklaas? ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Food Court Flash Mob
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Day 2's installment comes from a 2010 sneak atta ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

Take a Walk on 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, many of us are wondering how best to honor the many victims of that tragedy and its aftermath. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 appro ...

Liberate Eden: A Digital Meditation on the Contemporary Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The man who can articulate the movements of his inner life," the late Christian apologist and author Henri Nouwen said, "need no longer be a victim of himself, but is able slowly and consiste ...

Our Dark Night
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

They say at some point in their lives great leaders experience a "dark night of the soul," or a period in life when your feet, knees, and face scrape and stick to the proverbial bottom. ...

A Response to the American Enterprise Institute's Ad in Politico
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, "Values and Capitalism," a project of the American Enterprise Institute, sponsored a full-page ad in Politico (see page 13) in response to the Circle of Protection. ...

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 ...

On My Bookshelf: The 10 Books I Always Reach For
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

My office has two overflowing bookshelves, with more books stacked on top and on the windowsill. But above my desk within easy reach is a small shelf. My office has two ove ...

Bringing the Church Together for Justice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

After having spoken at the Greenbelt Festival in England a number of times now, we at the Center for Action and Contemplation always hoped and planned that we create a similar festival for spiritualit ...

What's in a Name?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Whether we realize it or not, names matter. Ask Barack Hussein Obama, whose infamous middle name has led xenophobic adversaries to question his citizenship. Whether we realize it ...

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 ...

Dissenters, Monastics, and Doubters: My Kind of Faith at the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/01/dissenters-monastics-and-doubters-my-kind-of-faith-at-the-wild-goose-festival/" target="_self"></a>Fed up and worn out from th ...

Could a Decline in Numbers Bring New Hope to Southern Baptists?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart for them. Although I've never been a Southern Baptist, I have a special place in my heart ...

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 Faith Community and the Wisconsin State Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus never said anything about collective bargaining. He never called for the continuation of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. Jesus never said anything about ...

Can Mindfulness Be Tweeted?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

I attended a basketball game this winter at the University of Maryland, accompanied by an intern at my workplace, a man in his twenties. I attended a basketball game this winter ...

Christians and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For the longest time, when Christians have thought about political engagement, they have often begun the discussion with the question: What is the biblical role of government? For ...

The First Nonviolent Revolution? The Resurrection.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As Lent ends and the Holy Triduum begins, my mind turns to resurrection. Perhaps a bit too soon as the Good Friday death of Jesus and his descent into darkness is still impending. ...

Oh Lord, Won't You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The gospel according to the movie <em>True Grit</em> (2010) is as follows: "You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. The gospel according to ...

I Am Fasting So People Don't Go Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the tradition of the church, the season of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/lent/" target="_blank">Lent</a> was observed through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. ...

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 ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Exposing Darkness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

Remember Death -- It Can Help You Live
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>Watching the unfolding tragedy in Japan of course has me reflecting on the past fourteen months in Haiti since the earthquake there. Watching the unfolding tragedy in ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

How Do We Take Lent Beyond Chocolate and Caffeine?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lent. It's an odd word, not exactly one that shows up in the vernacular of our everyday.</p> Lent. It's an odd word, not exactly one that shows up in the vernacula ...

Still Missing in the Arab World: Assembly and Free Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, I established AmmanNet, the Arab world's first Internet radio that used technology to create audio and text content freely. Ten years ago, I established AmmanN ...