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Breaking Out of the Socially Contructed Box
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"What do you mean by 'just one'? I'm not choosing just one!" I told my wife on the phone. "What do you mean by 'just one'? I'm not cho ...

God or Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a title="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernment/2009/05/torture_poll_its_about_politics_not_religion.html" href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernmen ...

Jack Kemp: Bleeding-Heart Conservative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League switched its All-Star game from New Orleans to Houston. In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League s ...

White Evangelicals for Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Too many white evangelicals stand for torture, according to a recent Pew Forum study reported by <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/30/religion.torture/index.html" target="_blank"> ...

Equal Justice Under the Law: The Case for Cocaine Sentencing Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but an accurate weight is his delight. (Proverbs 11:1)</p> A false balance is an abomination to t ...

'Race Isn't Supposed to Matter Anymore. Except When it Does.'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This week's issue of <em>Newsweek</em> features <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/id/194592" target="_blank">a compelling article</a> about the evolution of race ...

Torture: What Part of 'Do Not Repay Evil for Evil' Don't You Understand?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush administration torture memos. There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush adm ...

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

"Is colorblindness or multiculturalism better for minorities?" I missed <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/race/2009/03/is-colorblindness-or-multiculturalism-better-for-minorities.h ...

What Keeps Us From Living MLK's Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last year Naomi Tutu and I met on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to keep vigil on the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friends joined us from around the cou ...

John Hope Franklin: Scholar, Activist, Truth-teller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>John Hope Franklin lived through most of the twentieth century. He was a gentle man, a scholar, an activist, and a truth-teller. He studied history and he helped to make it.</p> ...

When Calls to 'Unity' Sow Division in the Civil Union Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last month, legislators in Hawaii introduced <a href="http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/bills/HB444_HD1_.htm">House Bill 444</a> (HB 444), which would provide rights and privilege ...

Is the 'Ebony Experiment' Wrong?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

An <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-buying-black-09-mar09,0,5889126.story">article</a> in the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> caught my attention this week. ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

Eric Holder on America and Race: 'A Nation of Cowards'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Are you a coward? Chicken? When it comes to the issue of race, why are Americans [including Christians] so reticent and reluctant to engage in honest conversations? What are we scared of? ...

Rare Repentance: John Lewis Receives Apology from Attacker
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-bio-john-lewis"></a>I have been studying the civil rights movement for over a decade, and continue to ...

Tulia and Jena: America in Miniature
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I moved to Tulia, Texas, in the summer of 1998, a year before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/10/the-war-on-drugs-in-tulia-texas/">a massive drug bust decimated the black side of town< ...

Economic Free Fall Without a Safety Net
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Earlier this week the New York Times reported that even as m ...

Tips on Bridging the Persistent Digital Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Even in our current political climate, as President <a title="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1XWvs7SL5I&amp;eurl=http://www.freepress.net/ Obama demands" href="http://www.youtube.com/wat ...

Black and White Like Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I took my 11-year-old daughter to the Cheetah Girls concert a week after Election Day. Stood in line for 20 minutes with other moms to buy her overpriced popcorn and soda. Forked over the rest of the ...

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 ...

Inauguration Journal: Scattered Thoughts Over Four Days of History
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's a better country than I thought it was. I honestly wouldn't have thought this possible. I guess I would have agreed with the older generation of African Americans in my neighborhood: Th ...

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 ...

An Inauguration Pilgrimage: Dreams From My Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We waited for 30 minutes. Standing, awkward, we looked up at the board. When I arrived at Penn Station the board said train #167, enroute to Washington D.C., "25 mins late"... Five minutes l ...

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 ...

Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president. The day after the inaugur ...

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 ...

Look Who's Praying at the Inauguration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop.</p> <p>The first female president of the Disciples of Christ.</p> The first openly gay Episcopal bishop. The first fem ...

Racial Reconciliation: A Necessary Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. Through books he read and conversations he had with A ...

This Feels Like Family: The Obama Inauguration and Beyond
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As my mother and I prepare to "Thelma and Louise-it" to travel to Washington for the Obama inauguration, my excitement is tempered with anxiety. As my mother and I prepa ...

My Obama Inauguration Benediction: A Singular Moment in Time
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

You would think attempting to summarize my feelings on having been asked to deliver the Benediction at the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama-would be simple. In fact, it's quite a challenge; gi ...

Hate Crimes, Racist Incidents Escalate After Obama's Election
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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A South African Role Model of Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Since the historic election of Nov. 4, I have been part of discussions with college students and faith-based institutions that have experienced racial tension and intolerance on their campuses. ...

Black Friday and Consumerism, White Privilege and Buy Nothing Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the single most crazy shopping day in the United States. All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday af ...

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. ...

Seeing the Election Beyond Black and White
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Watching Barack Obama's victory speech and reflecting upon the significance of his election as the next president of the United States left me profoundly moved.</p> Wat ...

The Confession of a Young White Evangelical
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Sorry <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/magazine/26mccain-t.html?scp=17&amp;sq=many%20faces%20of%20john%20mccain&amp;st=cse">Mr. Sorry Mr. Schmi ...

Black and White Evangelical Voters: A Teachable Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, November 5, Wolf Blitzer listed "The Losers" in Tuesday's historic election on CNN. In the wee hours of the morning on ...

A Great Bedtime Story
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

America took a quantum leap forward by electing Barack Obama the first ethnic minority president. America took a quantum leap forward by electing Barack Obama the first ethnic min ...

I Am Barack Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Whenever John McCain and Sarah Palin would ask: "Who is Barack Obama?" I would cringe. The implication to me was pretty clear. Obama is an outsider. Obama is not your typical American. ...

Jesus is not an Essene nor a Herodian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

If you care about peace, justice, the common good, poor people, the environment, genocide, war, peoples' health, human life or general wellbeing, come hell or high water, you are going to vote on N ...

Voting as Damage Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Every day I am asked how I will be voting.</p> Every day I am asked how I will be voting. Principled Christian non-voters and secular anarchists have written to urge a p ...

The Election, Immigration, and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the months leading up to the election, the topic of immigration reform has disappeared from the presidential candidates' conversations. In the months leading up to the ele ...

Listening to the Black Church Tradition on Voting and Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the black Baptist church where I worship every Sunday, it's no surprise that Republicans don't own the evangelical vote. In the black Baptist church where I worship e ...

What New Monastics Can Learn from History (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2950">continued from part 1</a>] Out of a general respect for anyone who seeks to serve the inner city (I grew up in the housing project ...

What New Monastics Can Learn from History (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The settlement house movement is the foundation of public welfare in the United States. The settlement house movement is the foundation of public welfare in the United States. Beg ...

Bart Campolo's Tough Questions on Cross-Cultural Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Bart Campolo gave me a call recently about our ongoing <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/new-monastics-and-race">blog conversation on New Monastics and race</a>. ...

Obama Hung in Effigy at Christian College
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This is hard to read. Hard to swallow. Hard to understand ... This is hard to read. Hard to swallow. Hard to understand ... especially when it happens at a Christian universit ...

Lakeview Terrace: Somewhat Thoughtful Thriller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The number one film at the U.S. box office this past weekend was Lakeview Terrace, Neil La Bute's somewhat thoughtful thriller in which an LAPD officer harasses his new neighbors; the cop is blac ...

My Struggle with New Monasticism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a title="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/new-monastics-and-race" href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/new-monastics-and-race">Read all posts in this conversation on New Monastics and race.</a ...

The Democratic Nomination's Historic Significance
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

I have been watching the Democratic National Convention this week, and I think when Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech tonight it is going to be an important historic moment. ...