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Lent: A Time for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, and preparation. Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, an ...

War No More
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

John K. Stoner The memos to President Obama in the January issue are interesting for what they omit as well as for what they include. ...

Calling for Interfaith Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

While at Yale last weekend, I had the opportunity to eat breakfast with a bright group of young students. One of the topics we touched on was interfaith dialogue. While at Yale l ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

The Legacy of William Sloane Coffin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday, I preached from the old pulpit of William Sloane Coffin at Yale University. Sunday, I preached from the old pulpit of William Sloane Coffin at Yale University. He served ...

Hope for Darfur?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The United States has recognized that genocide is taking place in Darfur, Sudan. That recognition is now five years old. The United States has recognized that genocide is taking ...

Waltz with Bashir: Drawing a Massacre from Memory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://waltzwithbashir.com"></a>Each time I write about the Middle East, I feel compelled to repeat three concepts.</p> Each ti ...

A New Conversation in the Holy Land
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I became haunted by the notion that Christians, Muslims, and Jews are going to blow up the world unless we learn to get along. A year ago I became haunted by the notion ...

Six 'Highlights' from Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen has been on the Hill this week going through the gory details of waste, fraud, and mismanagement of the roughly $51 billion we gave fo ...

Overcoming John Wayne Syndrome with New Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Peace actions often evoke disgust, anger, and fear from the uninvolved bystander. Epithets are hurled at the demonstrators, with coward and traitor perhaps the favorites. Why should advocating peace e ...

Obama Continues Bombing Pakistan (A 'Just Peace' President? Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

He said he would do it.</p> He said he would do it. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he would go into Pakistan if necessary to capture and/or kill al ...

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

Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Idia, the wife of disappeared pastor William Reyes, held m ...

Jimmy Carter Interview: 'We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President Jimmy Carter just published a new book about the ongoing violent unrest in the Middle East titled, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439140634?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=soj ...

A Controversial Approach to Healing Northern Ireland's Violent Past
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It's a significant week in Northern Ireland, with the latest development in the long-running peace process. It's a significant week in Northern Ireland, with the latest ...

Beyond Gaza: An Abrahamic Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Beyond anguish, what can we say about the massive death and destruction in Gaza and the traumatic fear of falling rockets in Israel? Beyond anguish, what can we say about the mass ...

A 'Just Peace' President?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

If this Gaza War teaches us anything, if the tragic history of wars in the Middle East teaches us anything, it is that when people are determined to obtain weapons and fight, war goes on and solves ...

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> ...

Peacemaking, Power, and Politics: Books for Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

As a former theology and philosophy professor at Asbury Seminary, Sojourners' COO, Chuck Gutenson, is a walking encyclopedia of all things theological As a former theology a ...

Readings on War, Happiness, and Cultural Amnesia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Need a good book? Check out some of these titles:</p> Need a good book? Check out some of these titles: War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning , by Chris Hedges. Ve ...

God's Inaugural Spokespersons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I thought God -- the real God, the One who cares passionately about justice, peace, and diversity -- came out rather well in the inaugural ceremonies.</p> I thought God -- t ...

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 ...

Arriving in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As of Thursday, the Red Cross reported 900 Palestinians from Gaza killed, half of them civilians, over 3,400 severely wounded, and 28,000 displaced from their homes. The special medical supplies which ...

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 ...

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. ...

Creating a New American Ethos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. America has come from Native American genocid ...

Taking Aid to Gaza and Israel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this, I am en-route to Egypt on a commercial aircraft with 1/4 ton of priceless kits containing basic medical equipment but no drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. ...

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 ...

Crossing the Line Between Legitimate Criticism and Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attacks in Gaza. It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attack ...

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. ...

Whose Truth Do You Trust in the Gaza Conflict?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In addition to the obvious and outrageous tragedy of those killed by the Israeli bombing of Gaza (<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/middleeastCrisis/idUKL7411349">640</a> killed so f ...

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 ...

Jews, Muslims Need a New Playbook in Responding to the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.cair.com/">Council of Islamic Relations </a>calls the Israeli attack on Gaza a "disproportionate and counterproductive ... The ...

Written to Read at a Peace Rally
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jacob Bathanti Who am I to cast light upon the human soul? Sitting down to write peace-verses for mercenary gain, Hunting for poems and ho ...

Being Mindful of Our Blessings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During this time of Advent, a season of cheer and joy, there are people who do not have much in economic standings or bank balances to be cheerful or grateful for. During this tim ...

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 ...

Life-Shaping Books for Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Children's literature provides one of the most uplifting, energizing, and soul-freeing pursuits for any child-or any adult who cares about children. Children's literatur ...

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 ...

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 ...

Shoe-Throwing and President Bush's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

George Bush and his legacy as president of the United States -- what do you think? Is it too early to tell since the war on terror will mark the legacy of his presidency?</p> ...

An Israeli Conscript's Mother Speaks Out
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's hard to believe that people all around the world are learning about my 19-year-old son Yuval. I know that I'm proud of him. I just never expected the world to be proud of him. As I writ ...

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. ...

The Gentler Gamester is the Soonest Winner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

"The appeal of terrorism is waning," said Mathew Burrows, head of long-range analysis in the office of the director of national intelligence. "The appeal of terrori ...

Support Israeli Conscientious Objectors -- Free the Shministim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been thinking a lot about courage. See that fresh-faced, bold young woman on the right? Her name is Raz Bar-David Varon. She's an 18-year-old Israeli who just graduated from 12th grade. ...

India's 9/11
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Many in India and across the world saw last week's hostage situation as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/weekinreview/30giridharadas.html?_r=1&amp;scp=1&amp;sq=india%209/11&a ...

A Chance to Change Our Failed War on Drugs in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Add this <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/23/AR2008112302041.html">op-ed from yesterday's <em>Washington Post</em></a> to the list of ...