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BREAKING NEWS: Georgia Parole Board Denies Davis' Plea for Clemency
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Associated Press is reporting that the Georgia state parole and pardons board has denied death row inmate Troy Davis' last-ditch plea for clemency. Davis' execution is scheduled for tomorrow. ...

Study: 3 in 5 of Iraq's 1.5M Widows Lost Husbands Since 2003 U.S. Invasion
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A study released this week by a global humanitarian aid organization concluded that three out of every five widows in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence that followed the 2003 invasion ...

International Peace Day: Hold Your Fire (and Your Tongue!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Peace is a return to oneness. In both the Hebrew and the Greek concepts of peace, the idea goes far beyond the absence of war or violent conflict. Peace is a return to onen ...

Troy Davis: Will Georgia Execute an Innocent Man Next Week?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"Perhaps the bleakest fact of all is that the death penalty is imposed not only in a freakish and discriminatory manner, but also in some cases upon defendants who are actually innocent." ...

Swords into plowshares, Guns into "Peace Angels"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Last Mother's Day, the Violence Prevention Coalition of Los Angeles ran a gun buy-back event where people could exchange firearms for grocery coupons -- no questions asked. The VPC collected more than 2, ...

Jesus: We Interrupt This Execution to Bring You a Message of Grace
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 10:02pm | Type: Blog

Last night, death was interrupted when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of execution for a Texas man convicted of a double murder in Houston in 1995. Last night, dea ...

This Week in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

? U.S. troops on the front line believe that the war will go on for another 10 years after they leave. ? An audit shows that the surge of U.S. civilian advisers has cost nearly $2 billion. ...

I Am the 9/11 Generation
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

(This morning's view of Ground Zero from Sojourners and the World Evangelical Alliance's press conference.) (This morning's view of Ground Zero from S ...

Remembering 9/11 Through Music and Literature
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I read and the music that kept me going in the days and months after 9/11. Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I r ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

A Killing Machine
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Two long pieces this weekend described "one hell of a killing machine," and "the dark matter Two long pieces this weekend described "one hell of a killing m ...

Let's Hold Glenn Beck to His Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On his radio show last week, Glenn Beck read a vow of nonviolence, which he said he'd been working on for about a year, and pleaded his followers to take it as well. On his ...

Libya's Revolution: A Model for the Region?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Recent analyses of the Arab Spring have questioned the efficacy of nonviolent resistance compared to armed struggle in ousting authoritarian regimes. Recent analyses of the Arab ...

Martin Luther King's Other Dream
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The forthcoming dedication of the national memorial monument honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., affords an opening for considering the complexity and meaning of his leadership. ...

10 Years After 9/11 the Question Remains the Same
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was standing in the bathroom of my apartment outside Chicago, about to hop in the shower, when I heard the phone ring and then my husband call my name. ...

Did the Libyan Uprising Have to be Violent?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Could nonviolent resistance have succeeded in Libya? Here are four points worth considering: Could nonviolent resistance have succeeded in Libya? Here are four points worth consid ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I was in Baghdad in March 2003, where I lived as a Christian and as a peacemaker during the "shock-and-awe" bombing. I was in Baghdad in March 2003, where I lived ...

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West's 'Poverty Tour'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West just wrapped up their 18-city "Poverty Tour." The aim of their trip, which traversed through Wisconsin, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and th ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across barren cracked earth. Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across bar ...

Could the Riots in England Have Been Averted?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The rioting and rampages that spread across English cities last week have caused severe property destruction and raised public alarm. The rioting and rampages that spread across E ...

6 Films for a Meaningful Summer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. There are images in the gre ...

Hymns for September 11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people remember "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," a hymn written on the afternoon of September 11, 2001. Many people remember " O God, Our Words Cannot Expr ...

Economic Crisis or Nonviolent Opportunity? Gandhi's Answer to Financial Collapse
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On Monday the Dow Jones industrial average fell 634.76 points; the sixth-worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst drop since December 2008. On Monda ...

Deaths in Afghanistan: Robbing the World of Human Possibilities
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I hate war. I do not hate it because people die. Death is inescapable. And believers believe that we will meet those we love again in heaven. I hate war. I do not hate it because ...

Inspired by Rosa Parks, Israeli and Palestinian Women Take a Swim
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

An account in The New York Times by Ethan Bronner reports that Israeli women and West Bank Palestinian women and girls have once again broken Israeli laws. http://creativecommon ...

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I have gotten so used to stories of violence in the news every morning that I confess they don't move me as much as they should, or used to. I have gotten so used to stories ...

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only wa ...

Hidden Battles: A Story of Five Former Soldiers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Hidden Battles is a 65-minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat ...

Liberty and Justice for Some
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In the wake of the tragic bombing in Norway this past weekend, we are left with an unsettling picture of the state of anti-Islamic sentiments in the United States. In the wake of ...

The Importance of Sharing Our Stuff
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. "And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was le ...

Spotting the Kingdom of God After the Tragedy of Death
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greates ...

Friday Links Round Up: Swampy Monster. Jane Austen. John Mayer.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: Our prayers extend to the people of Norway. Lord, have mercy. http://creativecommons ...

Is a Boycott of Murdoch and News Corp. Possible?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

With the scandal around Rupert Murdoch growing by the day, a full-fledged boycott of News Corp. has been launched on the internet, according to the Washington Post. With the ...

A Democratic Egypt: Worker Justice and Civilian Rule
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

After months of good-faith reforms and patience, the drama is back in Egypt's Tahrir Square as protesters are preparing for a potential showdown with the state's military rule. ...

Why We Need to Cut Wasteful Defense Spending in the United States
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It's funny the things that you remember. I can remember one time when I was a teenager watching an episode of the Montel Williams show. It's funny the things that you re ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

Who is Organizing the California Prison Hunger Strike?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 Amanda Slater | more info (via: Wylio)On the first day of this month, inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, joined by inmates in other prisons around the state, began a hunger strike ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Ahmed Wali Karzai. Veterans. NATO.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to ...

Is Glenn Beck's Departure the Beginning of the End for Fox News?
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

If you haven't noticed, Glenn Beck -- the vitriolic voice of "reason" and "values" for Fox News -- is gone. If you haven't noticed, Glenn Beck -- the ...

Enough Activists, But Not Enough Convergence: An Interview With James Lawson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over lunch last week, during the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's <a href="http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/learning-and-resources/educational-initiatives/fletche ...

Muslim Victim Rais Bhuiyan Campaigns to Save His Attacker
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas when a man walked in with a gun. Thinking the store was being robbed, Bhuiyan opened the cash regi ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: David Cameron. Fighting Shifts. Soldiers.
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

As part of Sojourners&#39; campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to the war, the U.S. mi ...

Observing the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by Sharing Faith
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

The email came just a few days before two Jewish rabbis and two Muslim friends joined two of us Christian ministers for a Sunday morning service. This service was part of a national event called Faith Shared. ...

Just Jesus and an Unjust July 4: Why I Don't Celebrate Independence Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:57pm | Type: Blog

My friends and I can be stupid. Add explosives to the equation and the idiocy quotient increases exponentially. Such was the case every 4th of July during high school. My friends ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: The Politics and Pain of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:13am | Type: Blog

I send many of my students to the Middle East as interns. In fact, Wheaton College has an entire program devoted to student short-term placement. I send many of my students to the ...

The War Must Not Go On!
Originally Posted: 08/06/2011 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama made his long-awaited announcement on beginning withdrawal of the 103,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Last evening, President Obama made his long-a ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama to Bring 33,000 Troops Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/soj11031.jpg"></a>Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, As your target date to begin U.S. ...