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How To (and Not To) Respond to the Current Crisis in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

My heart is heavy. Every day for the last week, media outlets have told their version of the current uprising stretching across the Middle East (Egypt, Libya, Yemen). Whether it’s pictures of embassies burned ...

Pope Benedict's Trip to Lebanon Still a Go, Despite Violence in Region
Originally Posted: 09/12/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican confirmed on Wednesday that Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon will go ahead as planned, despite growing tension in the region after the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya by a mob enra ...

Exodus from Violence
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Preaching the Word

Exodus 3:1-15 Jim Douglass Douglass is troubled by the implication in Exo ...

Gathering Around the Peace Table
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "We've been caught up in conflict and violence for so long." —Congolese pastor SE ...

Culture Wars: Blood on the Hands of All Sides
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 8:39am | Type: Blog

Enough with pinning "hate group" on all conservative Christian organizations. Enough with likening abortion providers to Nazis and death merchants. Enough with campaign rhetoric such as Vice Presiden ...

2 Dead, At Least 8 Injured in Empire State Building Shooting
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Jeffrey Johnson, 53, shot and killed a former coworker at Hazan Imports, 41, with a 45-caliber semi-automatic pistol. Johnson had been laid off from the wom ...

Don't F— With Me!
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Physical violence is what happens when the violent force of words is not enough. I knew it was getting serious when he pulled out a golf club and said, “Don’t f--- with me!” Did I ...

Activist: Fidel Bafilemba
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

When others see destruction, poverty, and war, Fidel envisions the future of his people. It is a future of a Congo lush with natural resources and beauty that benefits, rather than destroys, communities. ...

In Defense of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

To my friends in the evangelical community, what happened at the headquarters of the Family Research Council was a despicable act of violence that deserves to be condemned without reservation, but please don’t ...

Artist: Petna Ndaliko
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

For Petna Ndaliko, you combat violence through art. In spite of attempts by the Congolese government and militia groups to silence them, Petna created a stage for local youth to express themselves. ...

Community Builder and Footballer: Amani Matabaro
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Congo is still suffering from the overspill of the Rwandan genocide, the aftermath of which took the lives of both of Amani’s parents. Rebel groups roam the Kivu provinces of eastern Congo and seek to unravel ...

Shooting at the Family Research Council Offices
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 7:00pm | Type: Blog

Multiple outlets are reporting that the young man specifically intended to attack FRC staff because of their conservative advocacy. Another senseless act of violence today was t ...

BREAKING: Shooting Reported Near Texas A&M Campus
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann of the College Station Police Department has died as a result of injuries sustained in the shooting in College Station, Texas. A male civilian has also been confirmed dea ...

High Appreciation or Holy Adoration? The Slippery Slope of Sports
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The differences between high appreciation and holy adoration are often subtle, yet they require our deep recognition, resilient consideration, and careful navigation. I love spor ...

Why I Prayed With the Sikh Community Last Night
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

As a follower of Jesus, I am called to stand with the victimized, the oppressed, and hurting. It is what I’m here to do and the very essence of who I am as one “in Christ,” to quote the Apostle Paul. ...

Syria: Medical Supplies Critically Low
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

Escalating violence in Syria shutting down pharmaceutical plants. From The Los Angeles Times : Escalating violence in Syria has shut down pharmaceutical plants, piling ...

Sikh Calls for Peace Echo Amish Shooting Response
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

At its heart, both the Sikh and Amish message is that of the indomitable human spirit, guided and inspired by faiths that practices peace, particularly when it is met with quite the opposite. ...

Wisconsin Shooting, A Culture of Violence, and Why Prayer is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

This is the moment, once again, where we commit ourselves to the calling of peace. We do it because God’s deepest desire for us is to have life and have it abundantly. We do it because Jesus knows the physical ...

Prayers for Peace Offered to Victims of Wisconsin Shooting
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

As Christians, we are called to be a voice for peace and nonviolence — to stand against a culture of violence that has allowed for two such hateful acts in three weeks. We at Sojourners extend our deepest symp ...

The Weight
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

In fact, why aren’t there many chicken restaurants in neighborhoods like this? Why aren’t these wonderful shining examples of Christianity and life lining up to alleviate the suffering in these places? If we w ...

Mary Magdalene, the Massacre in Our Town, and Defiant Alleluias
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

To sing praise to God amid destruction and violence is to simply put evil in it’s place. It’s to draw a line and say here and no further. For the devil surely hates the sound of alleluia. ...

Is Gun Control a Religious Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

Of all the controversies that have followed in the bloody wake of the July 20 shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., few have provided such a clarifying insight into the moral tensions and contradictions in Americ ...

Faith Amid the Rising Conflict in Eastern Congo
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Faith, for many in eastern Congo, is a source of hope in an environment where optimism is often in short supply. Many Congolese consider faith communities to be among the few trusted institutions in a society ...

Lord Have Mercy: A Prayer for Colorado
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Loving God, Darkness has covered our nation and thick darkness has descended upon our people. Tragedy has clouded out the light. Shots rang out in Aurora, Colorado. Some people were wounded by gas and bullets. ...

Even in the Midst of Violence and Tragedy, Love Wins
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

As a mother, I want to raise brave kids who hear that message and know it to their toes. Everything is going to be all right. Love wins, as they say. I want them to be people who know that there is a bigger pi ...

The Triumph of Hypothetical Evil Over Real Evil
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

National Conservative Christian radio host Kerby Anderson’s is attempting to rally his followers to thwart the Senate from ratifying the Arms Trade Treaty. There’s a famous maxim ...

Five Things You Should Know About Religious Violence in Nigeria
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Ongoing violence in Nigeria has exacerbated tensions between the country's Muslims and Christians. Nigeria has equal numbers of Christians and Muslims, and 92 percent of the country's population says ...

Jesus’ Invitation to the Discipline of “Wasting Time”
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

There is an element of lingering inherent with submerging. It is a willingness to be present to the point of feeling like we are wasting time, when in reality we are leaving ourselves open to be used by the Sp ...

Archbishop Tutu: End Sudanese Suffering Now
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes for CNN on his hopes for peace in Sudan and South Sudan. Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes for CNN on his hopes for peace in Sudan and Sout ...

Stop the Language of Violence
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

When you regularly use the language of violence and degradation, you soon become participants in its degradation and pain, whether as victim or perpetrator. But I tell you that ...

Nursing Trauma: How One Church is Going After Chicago’s Violence Epidemic
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

This angry and dark world is traumatic for children, and they will grow up angry and dark unless we help them process what they have seen. Editor's Note: This piece is pa ...

The Death of Darius Simmons and the Seeds of New Life
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Before we lay the cross of our nation’s racism upon Darius' shoulders, we should remember just how small they are. Before we look at the abundance of #WeAreDarius and 6 p.m. news sound bites, we should re ...

Interfaith gatherings for peace in the Northwest and East Coast
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Press

June 6, 2012 Sojo in the News Fellowship of Reconciliation ...

Art With a Brutal Heart
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The best parts of the Disney worldview look like the eschatological images in a Martin Luther King Jr. speech; the worst m ...

VIDEO: Images from NATO Protests in Chicago
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

From the Chicago Sun-Times: Several thousand protesters spent five hours peacefully chanting, singing and marching against war. At the end, nearly 40 young veterans dramatically took their military medals and ...

Congo: Will There Ever Be Peace?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

In this week's edition of The Economist, an examination of the continuing tensions between government forces and rebel groups. In this week's edition of  The Economis ...

Support For War In Afghanistan At All Time Low
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort of the war in Afghanistan. From  The Associated Press '  Anne Gearan : "Support for the war in Af ...

Mother's Day: Supporting All Women
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Whenever there’s talk about honoring mothers and motherhood, I’m always looking for how we as individuals and a society will support the women—of any race, creed, or orientation--who have to scoop up their chi ...

One Year Later: Bin Laden and the Cycle of Violence
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 7:57pm | Type: Blog

And after a year of reflection on the death of Osama bin Laden, a nation is looking for alternative options to violence, death and years of war. A year ago today, I read a Tweet ...

U.S. Kills With Armed Drones
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

While this policy of targeted assassination should be ended immediately, the admission that it exists is an important step toward an important public debate. News flash:  The U.S. ...

Warrior in Chief
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

Peter Bergen, a director of the New America Foundation, writes: “The president who won the Nobel Peace Prize less than nine months after his inauguration has turned out to be one of the most militarily aggress ...

Tearing Down the Thin Veil: 20 Years After the Rodney King Riots
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

This weekend, if you can believe it, marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots that followed the verdict in the Rodney King trial that acquitted four police officers of any wrong doing. Maybe some of ...

Drones in Yemen
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

The CIA is now seeking to expand the campaign by asking for authority to launch strikes without knowing the identities of those being attacked. It seems that drones have become t ...

Remembering the Holocaust
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Today is the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943, and the day designated as Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today is the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943 ...

Good Friday Meditation: Body. Broken. Exploited.
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 11:15pm | Type: Blog

Today, I reflect on this body of Christ. It beckons me and I’m reminded once again that the violence and death that happened on that dark day lingers still. Here I am meditating ...

Guns Don't Kill People. Hoodies Kill People.
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

If a white man wears a bow tie, he looks like a nerdy professor. If a black man wears the same tie, it’s assumed that he’s a member of the Nation of Islam. Does anyone honestly think that banning hoodies will ...

Church’s Mock Raid Leaves Teen Traumatized
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Church stages fake raid to show the teens the perils faced by Christian missionaries in the world's trouble spots. MIDDLETOWN, Pa.--The men burst into the church classroom a ...

When You Can't Find Your Words
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 10:15pm | Type: Blog

I could write about anger, injustice, racism, the loss of another black male child, crazy American gun laws or even the shock or actually lack thereof, of how the police initially handled this murder. But most ...

Violence Makes Losers of Us All
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

If you were walking down the street and a stranger approached you and punched you in the face what would you want to do in that moment? Sure, this is an odd hypothetical situation, but really, answer the quest ...

“Pray For Us”: How Can We Pray Effectively for the People of Syria?
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

A headline from Reuters stopped me in my tracks earlier this week. It read, ‘"Pray for us" say Syria rebels as army closes in’." I was struck by how moving I found this statement, this plea. ...