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Occupy Wall Street Artist Turns Police Brutality Into Art
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

As the nation continues to wait for the grand jury’s decision whether or not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Mike Brown, one artist has connected the violent police acts in Ferguson to a broader nar ...

VIDEO: John Oliver's Wealth Gap Rant
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Comedian John Oliver on how economic inequality is killing the American dream. John Oliver brough ...

VIDEO: The Good News Club
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 12:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Why is the Good News Club threatening children with hellfire and damnation? In public schools acr ...

VIDEO: Matthew Vines on "God and the Gay Christian"
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Matthew Vines sits down with Sojourners to discuss his first book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of ...

VIDEO: “ReMoved”
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Follow the gripping story of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care. Every ...

The Power of Words
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Select works by our dear friend and colleague Elizabeth Palmberg.  Elizabeth Palmberg , Sojo ...

VIDEO: Host Your Own Agape Meal
Originally Posted: 03/28/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Ben Sutter Create your own scene from Corinth. ...

VIDEO: "American Promise"
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors What does it take to educate and parent African-American children, all while maintaining family values? ...

Is New Katy Perry Video Blasphemous? Some Think So
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Nearly 60,000 people have signed a Change.org petition demanding that YouTube take down a Katy Perry video they say is blasphemous and offensive to Muslims. Nearly 60,000 people h ...

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' Speech
Originally Posted: 01/20/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

This Martin Luther King Day, the SALT project has created a short, inspiring film retelling the famous last four minutes of King’s, “I Have A Dream” speech. Enjoy! This Martin Lut ...

Messenger of Peace
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 10:08am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Yousef Bashir's remarkable story of reconciliation. For years, Yousef Bashir was a prisoner ...

Moriel Rothman's Spoken Word Poetry
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Moriel Rothman speaks candidly about his decision to not serve in the Israel Defense Forces. It’s ...

Five Ways to De-Commercialize Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

We’ve created a Christmas monster: a grotesque assemblage of pagan, Christian and capitalist symbolism into something that resembles something we’re both attracted to and repulsed by at the same time. ...

Talking Taboo: The Christian ‘Lean In’?
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

In recently released Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank about Faith, edited by Erin Lane and Enuma Okoro, 40 women under age 40 write essays in, what Femmevangelical’s blogger Rev. Jennifer Cru ...

Buddhists Expelled from Malaysia for Praying in Muslim Hall
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

The government of Malaysia expelled a group of Singaporean tourists for chanting Buddhist prayers inside an Islamic prayer room where they erected a large Buddhist painting on the wall facing Mecca. ...

VIDEO: Five Stages of Climate Grief
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors As climate change takes its toll on the Earth, many people are paralyzed by inaction—perhaps not out of fear or guilt, but because of despair. To confront climate chang ...

VIDEO: Rethinking Evangelism
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In “ Waiting on God ,” from the July 2013 issue of Sojourners magazine, Episcopal priest Linda Kaufman shares how she fell in love with Jesus all over again. ...

VIDEO: Dirty Wars
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield. As part of Sojourners magazine’s July 2013 coverage o ...

VIDEO: Beyond Bars
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Does mass incarceration serve the common good? Susan Burton speaks out. I first learned about S ...

VIDEO: 6 Months After Superstorm Sandy, Hope Emerges
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

This week marked six months since Superstorm Sandy left entire communities devastated. But in the midst of this natural disaster, many banded together. Here, a New York filmmaker shows us how tragedy can turn ...

Top 5 Earth Day Videos
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

A roundup of the top 5 Earth Day videos. Today is Earth day! More than 1 billion people in 192 countries are participating in Earth Day festivities, which means there must be some ...

Keystone XL: The Dirty Facts
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 8:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Resources to help you join the battle to stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In ...

Wealth Inequality in America
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 12:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors An infographic of the racial wealth gap in the U.S. While the rich become even richer, everyone e ...

VIDEO: Malawi Activist on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors While many people continue to believe there is no climate crisis, those most affected by global warming—particularly in the global South—know otherwise. According to ...

VIDEO: People of Faith Tackle Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Rose Marie Berger writes in the May 2013 Sojourners magazine cover story, “ For God So Loved the World ,” that people of faith are key to reversing climate ch ...

VIDEO: Shifting the Conversation in North Korea
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Be a part of the movement to redefine the public's perception of North Korea. For decades, ...

VIDEO: "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 1:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A half a century after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. penned “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” King’s prophetic words continue to reverberate. In “ To Redeem the Soul of Am ...

Burn Your NRA Card
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

Will Obama’s gun violence task force win out over the National Rifle Association’s targeted messaging strategy? President Obama addressed the nation on Wednesday morning to esta ...

VIDEO: Editor vs. Stink Bugs
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 5:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Watch what happens when stink bugs invade the Sojourners editorial retreat. If you guffawed at Ed ...

Calling All Filmmakers: Show Us What the Common Good Means to You
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

We’re looking for one- to three-minute submitted videos that examine what the common good means to you. We’ll send you an advance copy of Jim’s book for inspiration, and you take it from there. ...

Election Night Jitters: A Video Playlist
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

From the Man in Black to the Beastie Boys and everything in between -- we give you a little compilation of video salve to help you get through election night. From the Man in Bla ...

Tripp Hudgins' Busted Stuff: Abundant Life
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

What do you have to say about "living abundantly"? How do you deal with anxiety when you think about the future of churches? What do you have to say about "living ...

Michael Gerson: Conservatism and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 6:43am | Type: Blog

My friend Mike Gerson wrote a significant column in the Washington Post today, titled "An Ideology Without Promise." It takes a deeper look at the now infamous Romney video and addresses the crisis t ...

The Ethical Opportunity of a Video
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

The recently revealed video of Gov. Mitt Romney at a fundraising event last May is changing the election conversation. I hope it does, but at an even deeper level than the responses so far ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Best of Jan. 2012 - Aug 2012 (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

Today is my last run of "Links of Awesomeness." And rather than ending with a mediocre list of new links, I went through the archives to compile some of my favorites from this year. Enjoy the links a ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 21, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

A Day of Video and Song: Pomplamoose pumps out a fun new tune -- upcoming song from Sigur Ros -- turkeys and dubstep -- stop motion paper cut-outs -- Saturday Night Live's "Lazy Sunday 2" -- and ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 18, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Marveling at Mr. Smith's world of peach pit figurines. Plus, Jack White and the Guiness Book of World Records -- LEGO art from PBS -- literary maps of the U.S. and U.K. -- how to tattoo a banana. See thes ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Video Edition
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

All videos on today's Links of Awesomeness. Watch a legless skateboarder show some incredible tricks at a contest in Tampa. OK Go debuts a new colorful music video, Improv Everywhere shows some impressive ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 13, 2012, Video Edition
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

Improv Everywhere plays a prank during a fake TED talk after the classic “Mac spinning ball” pauses the slideshow presentation. [ Improv Everywhere ] It just doesn’t get much better than seeing Darth Vader take laps around a par ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

A loop of 19 television shows referencing one another. Interfaith musical collaboration on the old hymn, "The Lord Will Provide." Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie talks to Terry Gross about ...

Christians Fighting Over Holy Places (Physically and Figuratively)
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

The disturbing footage of the monks fighting in Bethlehem’s Nativity Church has been seen around the world. This is not the first time such a fight has erupted. The natural reaction any Christians should have ...

Seasonal Videos of Awesomeness: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past eleven months (or even if you haven’t), the generous folks at JibJab have collected all the best news stories and faces from the year and set it to music through their standard DIY video. Join t ...

News: Quick Videos
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

CNN: Hilary Clinton Reacts To Gadhafi News CNN: GOP Debate CNN: Hilary Clinton Reacts To Gadhafi News CNN: GOP Debate (Barack Obama, CNN, gener ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Digital Hootenanny
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:53am | Type: Blog

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple; By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me? ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:16am | 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 ...

R.E.M. Taught Me How to Lose Religion and Live a Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... One of my earliest experiences with m ...

Evening List of Awesomeness: Get Your Click On!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Nerd-dom covers vast swaths of territory, from Trekkies and Settlers of Catan enthusiasts to, apparently, at least a few followers of Christ. Nerd-dom covers v ...

Jon Stewart on 'the Poors': Fridges & Microwaves & TVs, Oh My!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

WARNING: Sarcasm ahead. WARNING: Sarcasm ahead. Scandalous statistics reveal that nearly every household ( 99.9 percent according to the Heritage Foundation ) classified as ...

Obama's Remembrance: 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spent Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, by visiting each of the attack sites in New York City, Washington, ...