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Gaza: A War Without Winners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I began a fast for peace when Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip. Last week, I ended the fast, as fighting has stopped and most if not all the troops have left Gaza.</p> ...

Inaugural Week Meditation: So Happy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'm 52, and I've had a great first half-century of life (and am looking forward to the next). But this inaugural week I feel an extraordinary happiness. Younger people can understand it to a ...

Police Violence Undercuts Pundits' 'Post-Racial' Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after Barack Obama was elected president, I heard people say multiple times that we have now arrived as a "post-racial" nation and that it can now be said that anyone can truly be president ...

Israeli-Occupied Territory on Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I heard a Palestinian diplomat describe Capitol Hill as "Israeli-occupied territory" in a speech given at Georgetown University. A year ago I heard a Palestin ...

Giving Your Shirt for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the February issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=mother-liberia" href="../../../ ...

The Futility of Violence: Eastwood's Gran Torino
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The other day I heard a 78-year-old man sing, through a cracked voice, one of the most moving and gentle jazz melodies, as the iconic image of a fetishized sports car being driven into the sunset was ...

Gaza: 'Enough of Blood and Tears. Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Why do we value blood and tears so cheap? Is it because we all own them? When we grieve the various losses that life brings to us, the tears seem to flow from some inexhaustible source. ...

Gaza: Where are the Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week now. Over 600 Palestinians and ten Israelis have been killed (seven of them soldiers), and 3,085 Palestinians have been injured. It has been over a week no ...

Nonviolence Begets Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The dynamics of "violence begets violence" are simple and probably understood by everyone who has ever been in a fight. The dynamics of "violence begets violence&qu ...

It's Time for a Sustained Focus on a Lasting Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I can't help commenting on the tragic situation in Gaza after a week like this. There have been many calls for a ceasefire which, of course, I support as necessary and important. ...

Selective Memory in the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A well-repeated Arab saying dealing with conflicts states: <em>al bad'azlam</em>, "the initiator [of a conflict] is the wrong one." So if you are trying to figure out who is wrong in ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

New Rules for Middle East Engagement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on the recent crisis in Gaza. I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on ...

My Four Weeks in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. As ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own</em></em> Charlie Brown Christmas <em><em>spec ...

Palestinian Christians Still Waiting for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When I lived in Jerusalem during the fall of 2000, after the failure of Camp David and as the second intifada erupted, I found myself angry with everything around me - the crushing might of Israel' ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

An Agenda of Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

While most attention is being paid to the deepening economic crisis, the incoming Obama administration will also inherit a number of interrelated international crises. While most ...

Policy and Organizing: A Year in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

It was quite a busy year for the policy team at Sojourners, and we can already hear the challenges and opportunities of 2009 calling for our attention. It was quite a busy year fo ...

Israeli Intelligence Official's Daughter Jailed for Refusing Military Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081212-omer-goldman.jpg"></a>My name is Omer Goldman. I am 19 years old. I am one of the <a href="http://www.sojo.n ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of peace on earth and goodwill toward all, I went to see the remake of the 1951 movie <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043456/">The Day the Earth Stood Still</a& ...

Remembering Merton on the 40th Anniversary of His Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

1968 was a year filled with tragic deaths, of young leaders lost. 1968 was a year filled with tragic deaths, of young leaders lost. In April, we reflected on 40 th anniversary ...

India's Challenge after Mumbai 26/11: Don't Repeat America's Mistakes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

After the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India must not commit the same mistakes as the United States in its war on terror. After the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India must not commit th ...

Burma's Untold Suffering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Soldiers entering villages and killing people on sight. Landmines blowing pregnant women to smithereens. There's no way this is really going on. The world would never tolerate this. ...

Buy Nothing Day as Advent Activism Against the Demon Mammon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W5t_VeoxZA"></a>As per usual, on Friday, we had all sorts of Buy Nothing Day festivities (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v ...

Deadly Delays as Zimbabwe's Talks Drag On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and off, the delays have turned deadly -- literally. As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and ...

Ethnic Cleansing in Orissa: India's Persecuted Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In India, the world's largest democracy, <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Sunday_Specials/The_Audacity_of_Hope/articleshow/3690305.cms">millions applauded the recent U.S. ...

Addicted to the Streets
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Twelve years ago our dear friend Julia took a badly neglected baby boy away from his crackhead mother and made him her own. Twelve years ago our dear friend Julia took a badly neg ...

Sacred Pilgrimages to the School of the Americas and El Salvador
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last spring, I made a pilgrimage to rural El Salvador to learn about the violence that had occurred there during the U.S-supported <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadoran_Civil_War&qu ...

Is the Dream Fulfilled? Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Where have all the prosperity preachers gone? It seems like only yesterday when we were hearing about prosperity preachers and messages about God pouring out financial blessing. ...

Signs that SOA/WHINSEC is Losing its Grip on Latin America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This weekend, an estimated 30,000 people will meet in protest at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, to close the School of the Americas. This weekend, an estimated 30,000 people ...

Obama's Promise to Close Guantanamo and the Value of Your Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

President-elect Barack Obama, in his first interview since being elected, promised to close Guantanamo Bay. President-elect Barack Obama, in his first interview since being electe ...

Just Peacemaking and Counterinsurgency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches: "Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).</p> Biblical wisdom teaches: "Do not be overcome by evil but ...

A Pro-Lifer Who Welcomes the Obama Presidency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In many situations I'm hesitant to use the term "pro-life," as for a lot of people it really means nothing more than "anti-abortion." To be pro-life should mean doing all that one can ...

A Pastor's Brother Killed in the Colombian Army's Grotesque Fraud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>If no one speaks out, the violence is going to continue. Someone has to give voice to what is hidden. If no one speaks out, the violence is going to c ...

Soldiers of Conscience: The War Within Those Trained to Kill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Life is easier in black and white, when things are clearly right or clearly wrong. We tend not to like the gray very much. It was certainly easier for me to hard-headedly disapprove of all war, includ ...

Changing Places: How the Obama Election Transformed Historic Locations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Having talked to many friends since the election, I am conscious of how lots of us are still trying to let what happened sink in. Having talked to many friends since the election, ...

A Prayer for a New President and a New America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

God of Abraham, Miriam, Hannah, Rizpah, and David...<br /> God of Elijah, Amos, Ruth, Isaiah, Deborah...<br /> God of Mary, John the Baptizer, Peter, Paul, Philemon and Onesimus... ...

A Consistent Ethic of Life from the Unborn to Baghdad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Two pictures rotating on my laptop's screen-saver instantaneously rotate in my mind each time I hear a candidate or a preacher address the "value of human life."</p> ...

A Tribute to Gayle Williams, Christian Martyr
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Life is a gift.</p> Life is a gift. It is a gift from God, creation, nature, father, and especially mother. It is a gift in the sense of the pure gift, the gift that as ...

The Sad Truth about the Surge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In a recent conversation I had about the coming election, a friend reiterated the campaign rhetoric that the "surge" in Iraq has worked, and that Barack Obama ought to admit that John McCain was ri ...

Sept. 11 Families Join Nonviolence Efforts in Iraq
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Please, spread the message: There is not only violence in Iraq, there is something more -- people are building peace and seeking real change. Please, ...

The Legacy of Wartime Slurs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I thought our culture had no more use for wartime curses. Granted, my sophisticated analysis is nothing more than noticing if people are calling <em>me</em> any names, until I realized ...

One Day, I Will Join the NRA
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This week, The New York Times ran an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/10/opinion/10wed2.html?_r=1&amp;oref=slogin">editorial </a>about H.R. 6691, follow-up legislation ...

'Meaner Streets' in D.C.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Even though we don't often weigh in on local D.C. Even though we don't often weigh in on local D.C. political issues, the Sojourners policy team made an exception on a n ...

Where Wars Come From
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Peace is a respectful, harmonious, and cooperative relationship between groups and nations. Peace is a respectful, harmonious, and cooperative relationship between groups and nati ...

Who's Winning in Colombia's Conflict?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

What have you heard about the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/13/AR2008051300800.html">paramilitary leaders extradited to the U.S</a>. ...

Tennessee Church Shootings: The Culture War's Latest Casualties
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Tragically, the culture war crossed over fighting words to shooting bullets. Once again, a community of faith was caught in the crossfire. Tragically, the culture war crossed over ...

Tennessee Church Shootings: The Culture War's Latest Casualties
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Tragically, the culture war crossed over fighting words to shooting bullets. Once again, a community of faith was caught in the crossfire. Tragically, the culture war crossed over ...

Seeking Wisdom in Zimbabwe's Peace Talks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px"><p><em>I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; <br /> I possess knowledge and discretion. <br /> To ...