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Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

Forget Swords and Plowshares: Turn Guns Into Guitars
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

When properly presented and engaged, great art invades our dreams and haunts our waking hours. It causes us to see reality in a new way, and sometimes even presents an alternative vision for what the future co ...

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 ...

Profiles in Courage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "When someone is faced with a gun and chooses to respond with respect and love, that's hope." ...

Confessions of a Violent Peacemaker
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Moriel Rothman An Israeli-American resister on the spiritual links between violence and nonviolence. What a ...

From the Archives: February 1976
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

John Perkins The Dividing Wall in America IN TERMS, America has tried to heal itself. The Civil War took plac ...

When the Fighting Stops
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis What does it take to reintegrate combatants into society? MARIE-LOUISE IS a 34-year-old single ...

Swords, Plowshares and the "Drone Dilemma"
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Press

December 23, 2013 Sojo in the News Christian Piatt ...

VIDEO: The Poet of Poverty
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Father Michael Doyle's poetry captures a city of despair and hope. As Andrea Ferich wri ...

Digging
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrea Ferich Bury the Dead: Stories of Death and Dying, Resistance and Discipleship, edited by Laurel Dykstra ...

Grief, Courage, and Perseverance
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle Joan Chittister Walter Brueggemann Cherie Q. ...

Strange Fire: John MacArthur, Mark Driscoll, the Holy Spirit, and the Satan
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

This scandal, like most scandals, was overblown. Driscoll says that MacArthur and his people were “gracious that they let me on campus at all.” What was Driscoll doing “on campus?” ...

Bringing America Back to Life
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

We need a movement of people across this country who refuse to let violence win, a movement of people who refuse to settle for the country as it is and insist on dreaming of the country as it could be. I’m re ...

On Scripture: Beaten, Battered, and Burned Before I Am Helped
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 7:01pm | Type: Blog

Not one more person should have be battered or bruised as a result of domestic violence before someone dares to help. Before we dare to help. The images of her burned face are cle ...

Waging Peace in Syria
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The words of Jesus are either authoritative for us or they are not. IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, President ...

Top 10 Most Dangerous States for Women
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

Considering a move? Think twice if you are female, single, and headed toward any of the states below. According to data recently released by the Violence Policy Center, these are the states that have the highe ...

What We Need Right Now
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Laws can help to restrain us, and can help by making it a little less easy for us to find ourselves armed for murder. But we need something more, something that churches are better equipped to offer than legis ...

Abused Hindu Goddesses Recall Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

A new public campaign in India uses powerful images of three Hindu goddesses with bruised faces to raise awareness about violence against women. A new public campaign in India use ...

Syria: The Stuff No One Wants To Talk About
Originally Posted: 09/06/2013 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

I have read countless articles from political, religious, and ethical perspectives on why or why not the U.S. should militarily intervene against the Syrian regime. Most do a decent job evaluating the situatio ...

Antoinette Tuff: Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 08/23/2013 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

I am praising Ms. Tuff because too often in our violence-saturated world, we fail to see the miracles of hope and humanity. I don’t know Antoinette Tuff. All of my knowledge about her comes from watching her i ...

Our Obsession With Violence and the Stories You’re Not Supposed to Hear
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 8:27am | Type: Blog

We do grave harm to these regions and the people within them when we fail to highlight these gritty, subversive, and everyday movements of hope in the midst of conflict. As followers of the great Reconciler, w ...

Commentary: Islamist Suppression Could Reach U.S. Shores
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

In regular 20-year cycles, starting with Nasser in the 1950s, the Egyptian military regime has launched brutal campaigns of repression against its Islamist opponents. Although each of those previous suppressio ...

Egypt's Christians Under Attack: Interactive Map
Originally Posted: 08/16/2013 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Since the July 3 ousting of former president Mohammed Morsi, Christians in Egypt have faced a shocking spike in violent attacks. USA Today has created an interactive map with real-time updates on attacks on Ch ...

The Color of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

America, we have a problem with race. And with guns. Oddly, I wasn't there the night George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. I wasn't in the jury box either. Some commenta ...

Since Aurora, a Steady Stream of Mass Killings
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

Following the movie theatre massacre in 2012 that killed 12 people, 126 others have died due to similar events involving mass killings. USA Today reports such tragedies are more “typical” than people think rep ...

The Bible and Movies and Violence – Oh My!
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 6:17am | Type: Blog

Why is there so much violence in the Bible? Because human history shows that we have a tendency to be violent. Yet violence is not inevitable. As the Bible struggles with its own violence, it also reveals that ...

Family Values and Murder: The Trial of Whitey Bulger
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

It’s one thing to justify a grab for resources in a divorce court or even a custody battle. But it’s another thing altogether to use betrayal and an appeal to family values to justify murder. Or is it another ...

Barack Obama and the Drone Wars: The Logic of Violence
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Reducing the number of deaths caused by our use of violence is a worthy goal, and Obama does seem genuinely engaged in drawing the number down. So for the sake of argument, I will take him at his word. But (yo ...

Transcending a Genocidal God
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The History Channel's The Bible, like so much of so-callled "religious pop culture," seemed to be the produ ...

Star Trek: Into Darkness: A Call to Change Course
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Star Trek: Into Darkness is a fascinating and complicated story that is well worth watching. Instead of providing a summary, I want to explore three related aspects of the movie: sacrifice, blood, and hope for ...

Overcoming Violent Fundamentalism
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Religious extremism will not be defeated by a primarily military response. TODAY THE Middle East—w ...

Al-Khatib and Al Jazeera: Listening to Victims in Syria
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

If I can’t trust my government to sort out the good guys from the bad guys for me, how can I ever figure out what, if anything, my government should be doing in my name? What the ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

It's time for all people of faith to be outraged. It's time for our Christian leaders to stand up and say that women, made in the very image of God, deserve better. And it's time for us in the f ...

If Someone Hits You, Hit Them Back
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

The “if someone hits you, hit them back” mentality is destroying black men at an alarming rate. Dads, teach your boys to talk it over, look the other way, or keep walking when things begin to escalate. ...

'Paranorman:' Unmasking the Myth of Redemptive Violence with Cartoon Zombies
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 7:46am | Type: Blog

Not surprisingly, if you look for Christian reviews of Paranorman you will see many focus on warnings to stay way from the occult. Sadly, this response misses the profoundly deep moral message behind this film ...

Our Most Segregated Hour: Church, Black Theology & René Girard
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

The Theology and Peace Conference this year offers not just the space for such a dialogue … framed through the extraordinary arguments of René Girard, scholars, theologians, ministers, and laypeople from aroun ...

In Guns We Trust
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

Virginia Tech, Aurora, and Newtown each stopped the nation in its tracks but we eventually moved on, and before anyone might guess, well over 3,000 more have died by gun violence in America since December. ...

Boston Bombings: Deliver Us from Evil
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

I hate admitting that I’m vulnerable. But the president’s words didn’t reassure me. They made me feel more vulnerable because the phrase “full weight of justice” is always a veiled call to violence. ...

On Scripture: May April Tragedies Bring May Justice
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Let the church “gather crying tears that fill a million oceans.” For we are people of the resurrection. And we confess, despite all evidence to the contrary, that death will not win. ...

Witnesses to Trauma: Faith Leaders Stand Up for Gun Violence Legislation
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

For many pastors of urban congregations, “stepping up” to end gun violence stems from a very personal place — as they have been forced to bury their own neighbors and church members. ...

On Scripture: Repairing Our Grief
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

Moral injury happens when we transgress our basic moral beliefs and expectations. It can occur when we’ve done our best in impossible circumstances or when we’ve simply failed. Millions of people are living wi ...

Violence Rules: North Korea, Syria, U.S.
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

If we stopped to learn the rules governing our fluency in violence, it would actually make us less fluent. Why? Because the rules of violence reveal an unpleasant reality: We don’t use violence; violence uses ...

Shooting Down Easter
Originally Posted: 03/30/2013 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

The conversation yelling match around gun control is exhausting — both in terms of the ethical boundaries each side will breach to advance its cause, and the way our rhetoric has turned into an exercise in “cr ...

Faith and Doubt Dancing on Good Friday (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 4)
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

Good Friday is good because on that day Jesus revealed who God is at a fundamental level. God is the one who responds to our violence and destruction with the forgiveness and love that defined Jesus’ life. “Lo ...

Time to Start Talking
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins There is an overwhelming need for publicly compelling conversation about violence, guns, and the role of entertainment med ...

Guns, Culture, and Sanity
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Not everything that's fun is a consitutionally protected right. I DON'T OWN any ...

The Cost of 'Perverted' Preaching
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We're seeing a slow but sustainable transformation of cultural attitudes toward gender and sex. ...

Nearly 50 People Murdered in Chicago and No One Gives a *&%^$
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

Chicago is weeping from the emotional exhaustion of having to bury too many youth who have been murdered. My city of Chicago, known as the City with Big Shoulders, is now on its k ...

Gun Violence: How Valuable is a Life?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

What about all the images of God erased from our lives and families every year through gun violence in the U.S.? Earlier this month, my friend and colleague,  Richard Twiss , co ...