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Just Jesus and an Unjust July 4: Why I Don't Celebrate Independence Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:57pm | 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 - 7:35am | 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 - 6:13am | 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 - 8:12am | 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 - 7:35am | 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 - 3:40pm | 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. ...

This is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

With President Obama's announcement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan expected in a speech tomorrow evening, news stories today are citing a variety of unnamed sources claiming to know what he ...

What Do People of Faith Have To Say About Torture?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:52pm | Type: Blog

In 1998, when former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan announced June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, he stated, "This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: 80 Percent of Captured 'Taliban' Were Civilians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

My Search for the Truth About the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 2008, as I heard the increasing public rhetoric of hostility emanating from the Middle East, I found myself wondering what Jesus would say and do if he were here in the flesh today. ...

The Battle of Blair Mountain Redux
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/14/the-battle-of-blair-mountain-redux/" target="_self"></a>Hundreds of miners, activists, students, academics, environmentalists, ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Canada. Petraeus. Exit Strategies.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Yemen: The Difference Between a Peaceful Revolution and Violent Clashes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Atiaf Alwazir, who runs the blog <a href="http://womanfromyemen.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Woman from Yemen</a>, has a new post explaining the relationship between what she ...

Could the U.S. Be Moving to a State of Perpetual War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

One might think that three wars -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya -- would be enough. Apparently, for the United States military apparatus, it's not. One might think that three war ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

How Peer Pressure Creates Social Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

People are rarely swayed by information alone. People are rarely swayed by information alone. If they were, the cigarette industry would have collapsed when the first Surgeon Gene ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Democrats Unite. Taliban. The Cost of War.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Unveiling the Walls that Divide Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I find it discomforting that the Lord instructs someone to wage war and therefore reasoning that God-sanctioned war is justifiable even though as Christians we are called to be peacemakers in the w ...

North Sudan Attacks, Occupies Border Region
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The folks at the <a href="http://www.satsentinel.org/">Satellite Sentinel Project</a> have confirmed that North Sudan has burned three villages in Abyei (a disputed border region which is ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban. Britain. Obama BBC Interview.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Navy Honors and Discredits C
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

No one delivers sad irony quite like the United States Military. Yesterday the U.S. No one delivers sad irony quite like the United States Military. Yesterday the U.S. Navy announ ...

Nakba Day Protests: Palestine's Arab Spring?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-April-2011/16441449_SnEeG#1236911459_74RXd" target="_blank"></a>The scenes were stunning: Hu ...

Ordinary People and Just Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When we think about world events, we often think about them in relation to larger-than-life people -- the leaders of nations or of revolutions. When we think about world events, w ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: John Kerry. House Withdrawal Legislation. Poppy Fields.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

'It's Time for This War to End, And to End Now'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On April 14, Jim Wallis attended a press conference on Capitol Hill. On April 14, Jim Wallis attended a press conference on Capitol Hill. Organized by Rethink Afghanistan, a c ...

Let Them Eat Tanks: My Interview with Ben and Jerry's Co-Founder, Ben Cohen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/let-them-eat-tanks-my-interview-with-ben-and-jerrys-co-founder-ben-cohen/" target="_self"></a>I had the opportunity to intervie ...

Worship Songs for a New Generation: 'Hold On to Love'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/worship-songs-for-a-new-generation-hold-on-to-love/" target="_self"></a>Much ink has been spilled about the so-called "lov ...

An Undocumented Student's Message to Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">We want actions, not words.</p> We want actions, not words. For nearly two decades I've called the United States of Ame ...

Afghanistan: No More Excuses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After 10 long years, the national conversation on the war in Afghanistan has changed significantly. And now, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, used for years to justify the war, is over. ...

In a Broken World, I Long for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Like all of you, I was stunned some days ago as I started soaking in the breaking news of Osama bin Laden's capture and death via U.S. military operations.</p> Like all ...

A Mother's Day for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Julia Ward Howe, best known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in 1862, began working to heal the wounds of the Civil War once the war had ended. Julia Ward H ...

Books, Films, and Studies on the Surprising Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/06/books-films-and-studies-on-the-surprising-power-of-nonviolence/" target="_blank"></a>At Sojourners, we have always been advocat ...

Christians Must Call For This War to End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is no more room or time for excuses. There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in American history -- no longer has any justif ...

The Violence We Live By
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"However much we try to distinguish between morally good and morally evil ways of killing, our attempts are beset with contradictions, and these contradictions remain a fragile part of our mode ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Afghan Mothers. Taliban. Osama bin Laden
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

When the Wicked Perish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

If I had been in a baseball stadium on Sunday night, I would have been chanting "USA! If I had been in a baseball stadium on Sunday night, I would have been chanting "US ...

Osama, Obama, and Twitter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Seconds after news of Osama bin Laden's death, I logged on to Twitter and watched the 140-character updates roll in.</p> Seconds after news of Osama bin Laden's de ...

Is It Moral to Celebrate a Person's Death?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: This post was written in response to a question posed by T</em>he Washington Post's<em> On Faith blog editors: Is it moral to celebr ...

Bin Laden's Gone -- Now Let's End the War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The killing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="_blank">Osama bin Laden</a> brings partial closure to the long war against al Qaeda. ...

Osama bin Laden: The Death of the 'Madman with a Sword'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The mix of relief and grief displayed by crowds in the streets outside the White House and the Capitol building was a human response to the news that U.S. The mix of relief and gr ...

Are We Closer to Peace After Bin Laden's Death?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100503-whitehouserally1.jpg"></a>The news of Osama bin Laden's death rippled across social networking sites Sunday night. As I scrolled ...

After Bin Laden, People of Faith Must Transcend Triumphalism
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

For more than a decade, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="_blank">Osama bin Laden</a> has been Exhibit A in the contemporary manifestations of the leth ...

How Should We Respond to the Death of Osama bin Laden?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osama bin Laden is dead. This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osam ...

Where are the Women?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Well, the last time I checked, women were in the front lines of civil resistance struggles in <a href="http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/03/03/women-on-the-frontlines-in-bahrain/" target=" ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban Prisoners. National Security Shakeup. Military Spending.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Violence in the Name of Faith?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I received a question from a reader recently that asked: You write a lot about the plight of the Palestinians. I received a question from a reader recently that asked: You write ...

Raising Up Voices for Indigenous Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

During my travels connecting with communities as part of an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310292891?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;crea ...

Video: Afghan Youth Ask, 'Are There No Other Options Than Killing?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100419-afghanyouth.jpg"></a>The Afghan Youth for Peace held a candle-lighting prayer vigil to remember all of their family who have died as ...

Was Jesus a Passive Doormat?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This past <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank">Palm Sunday</a> marked the beginning of Holy Week for Christians -- a week of remembering Jesus' s ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama's Policy Team. Pakistan. Trauma.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 our ...