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Video: Saved from the Rubble in Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Here is an interesting interview with Gerald and Wenson, who helped to rescue Christa Brelsford after a house in Darbonne collapsed on her during the earthquake. Here is an intere ...

Paint Your Faith: Graffiti Art as Witness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;article_mode=edit&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=video-about-paint-your-faith"></a>One of the reason ...

Examining El Salvador's Past and Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Tomorrow, Jamie Moffett, director of <a href="http://www.theordinaryradicals.com/"><em>The Ordinary Radicals</em></a>, will debut the first seven minutes of his documentary &l ...

Family Research Council: Homosexual Behavior Should Be Criminalized in America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The debate rages on--in the military as well as the church. What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The deb ...

Video: Jim Wallis on Philly's NBC Morning Show
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> Jim Wallis is the author of ...

Video: David Bazan's Reasonable Doubt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Since 1994, musician David Bazan (former front man of Pedro the Lion and Headphones) has put sharp questions about faith, justice, and his Pentecostal-evangelical upbringing front and center in his so ...

Video: Jim Wallis on Philly's Fox Morning Show
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><p></p> Jim Wallis ...

Challenging Media Narratives on Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

A number of commentators have questioned the accepted logic that disasters bring out the worst in people, directly challenging the pervasive "looters run amok" imagery often perpetuated by the medi ...

Creating Change in the Midst of Crisis: Re-thinking Our Values
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> In past years at Davos, I often found myself in ear ...

Video: Haitians Organize to Meet their Needs
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Watch this video to see how people in Darbonne are organizing, getting the information they need, and analyzing so that they can address problems caused by earthquake.</p> <p> John Engle i ...

Video: My Adopted Family Reunion in Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I was just interviewed on "100 Huntley Street," a national TV show in Canada. I was in Toronto for a Haiti Partners event with Tony Campolo on Sunday evening that was scheduled six months ago.</p& ...

Video: Jim Wallis' Conversation with McKinsey Quarterly
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> At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, ...

Video: Miraculously Alive in Port-au-Prince
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p> John Engle is co-director of Haiti Partners (<a href="http://www.haitipartners.org/">www.haitipartners.org</a>), which has set up an Earthquake Response Fund.</p> ...

Video: Haitian Determination at the Earthquake's Epicenter
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We see Haitian determination at Darbonne/Leogane, the earthquake's epicenter.</p> <p> John Engle is co-director of Haiti Partners (<a href="http://www.haitipartners.org/" ...

On the Ground in Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Thank you so much for your concern, prayers, and gifts for people in Haiti. Here is a three-minute video from Haiti Partners co-director John Engle, who is in Port-au-Prince right now. ...

Sojourners Readers Respond to Haiti Earthquake
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://bit.ly/6jPmaR">Sojourners readers are posting recommended ways of responding to the Haiti earthquake on our Facebook page. Please click here to post your suggestions th ...

South Park, Eco-Prophets, and Whale Wars
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<em>South Park</em> famously set up how the <a href="http://www.seashepherd.org/">Sea Shepherd Conservation Society</a> is "branded" as a group of "hardcore-any ...

Video: Joy Ike Introduces Jim Wallis in NYC
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> ladies ugg boots ladies la ...

Why N.T. Wright is Wrong About Social Media
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The Out of Ur blog recently posted a <a href="http://www.outofur.com/archives/2009/11/ur_video_nt_wri.html" target="_blank">video of N.T. Wright</a> going off on the dangers of ...

Climate Justice Clips: More of Tutu's Message to Copenhagen, 'Join the Winning Side'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sometimes the EPYC team leave workshops in really rough government schools feeling inspired. Other times we leave feeling like we have been wrestling with the cycles of poverty and violence that rest ...

Video from Copenhagen: Worshipping and Marching with Desmond Tutu
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A report from the cathedral where Desmond Tutu spoke, and a section from Tutu's speech to the crowd that marched through Copenhagen:</p> <p> Tim Costello is the CEO of World Vision Au ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Okay, so if Amos was to show up today and deliver his poetic-prophetics in the body of a skinny, pale, spectacled, over-educated English environmental analyst, he might look something like the amazing ...

Advent Echoes: Checkpoints and Childbirth on a West Bank Winter Night
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Although Hani Abu Haikal is a Muslim, he probably can identify with the sense of panic Joseph and Mary must have felt as they searc ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This clip is one of my favourites. This is from an awesome mob called <a href="https://smartmeme.rdsecure.org/">"smartMeme,"</a> a collective that shares much in common ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 3
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This clip comes from a fantastic collective that is putting into practice Gandhi's words: "Under certain circumstances, fasting is [a] weapon God has given us for use in times of utter helpl ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 4
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Unlike the other clips we've been showing in this <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/cop15/"> "countdown to COP15,"</a> Empowering Peacemakers hasn't shown thi ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 5
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This video features three heroes of mine and courageous Christian leaders, Desmond Tutu, Wangari Maathai and Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, talking about the importance of climate justice for the poorest of t ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This clip gave an Aussie kid like me who grew up on Midnight Oil goose bumps (embarrassingly I cried despite the cringe factor) and was very popular with students in our workshops because of the big n ...

Video: Jim Wallis and Eboo Patel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

At <a href="http://ifyc.org/">Interfaith Youth Core's</a> conference, Dr. Eboo Patel talks to Jim Wallis about Jim's personal faith journey and the potential for interfaith coop ...

Fair Trade Christmas Lists and Links
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So the stores are playing Christmas music and down here in Texas the highs are only the 70s and 80s, so the holiday season must be upon us. So the stores are playing Christmas mus ...

Debunking the Beauty Myth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Naomi Wolf, author of <a href="http://naomiwolf.org/the-beauty-myth-book/"><em>The Beauty Myth,</em></a> discusses how images fueled by consumerism are used against women. ...

Uniting to Eliminate Violence against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Some 70 percent of women experience in their lifetime some form of physical or sexual violence from men -- the majority from husbands, intimate partners or someone th ...

'Breaking Bread and Barriers': Storytelling Connects Personal Immigration Experiences with Scripture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here's a glimpse into what's happening around the country on immigration reform:</p> Here's a glimpse into what's happening around the country on immigra ...

The Charter for Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sympathy for another's suffering."</p> Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sy ...

Thanking the Refugee (The Plank in Australia's Eye, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/09/the-plank-in-australias-eye/">[continued from part 1]</a> Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas reminds us that "the other" is not an object for ...

An Altar Call from Bill and Melinda Gates
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, my wife Joy and I were front and center when Bill and Melinda Gates launched their new Living Proof campaign in Washington, D.C. Last week, my wife Joy and I were front ...

Video: Jon Stewart Interviews Jewish American and Palestinian Nonviolence Advocates
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Jon Stewart courageously hosted an American Jewish woman (<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/09/a-jewish-american-advocate-against-the-injustice-of-occupation/">Anna Balzer</a> ...

More Heat than Light: Randall Terry's 'Burn in Hell' Protest
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sometimes the things you read are so outrageous that you simply sit at your desk, unclear how to respond. Sometimes the things you read are so outrageous that you simply sit at yo ...

Video: While Others Debate, They Wait
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Check out this evocative new ad produced by the American Values Network. It makes an important statement about our priorities in the health-care debate. I encourage you to share it with your friends.& ...

VIDEO: How To Build a Memorial Prayer Altar
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>From the beginning, God's people have built altars of remembrance in prayer to God. Noah built an altar to the Lord, offering burnt sacrifices of thanksgiving (Genesis 8:20). Abram also built an ...

Video: Sen. Lindsey Graham Calls out Conservative Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sen. Lindsey Graham demonstrated recently what soulful leadership looks like in the Republican Party. Sen. Lindsey Graham demonstrated recently what soulful leadership looks like ...

Video: Colbert on the 'Desert Cross' Church-State Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had invited one of our regular bloggers to comment on the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8295490.stm">"desert cross" controversy</a>--a Supreme Court ca ...

Paying Attention to Climate Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Unlike the health-care debate, which touches each and every person in our country on the basic prem ...

Why Are We Working on Columbus Day?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Every year on Columbus Day, the Sojourners team gathers around bagels, juice, and coffee to listen to our resident humorist and art director, Ed Spivey Jr., read an essay about Christopher Colu ...

Video: Colbert on Conservapedia's Bible Translation Project
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Some fun for your Friday: Stephen Colbert, "a huge fan of the Bible," offers a conservative update of Matthew 5:5,</p> Some fun for your Friday: Stephen Colbert, & ...

The Yes Men: Corporate Pranksters on a Mission
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Fans of gonzo political activism may remember the Yes Men's infamous stunt in which Andy Bichlbaum posed as a Dow Chemical spokesperson named Jude (patron saint of the impossible) Finisterra (ear ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

Video: Bill O'Reilly Now Supports a Public Option?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<strong>9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9/16/2009: Sojourners launches an action alert calling for Bill O'Reilly to tell the truth about health-care reform. 5:30 p.m. ...

A 9/11 Prayer: Leonard Cohen's 'Democracy'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My mother-in-law saw Leonard Cohen live in her native Norway this summer. She sent me this YouTube clip so I could have a taste. My mother-in-law saw Leonard Cohen live in her nat ...

Video: Health-Care Hermeneutics with Jon Stewart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I need to find something to do until Sept. 13 or thereabouts. The Daily Show is on a three-week vacation until then. (Anyone have a good home remedy for the Stewart Shakes?) I kid.</p> ...