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Sex and the Never-Ending Christian Adolescence
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 7:31am | Type: Blog

I don’t know any adult who would willingly repeat adolescence. Yet here we are — we Christians seeking hope, grace, mercy, and purpose, we believers in a God of justice — treating our faith as an endless adole ...

Who Is Your Woman of Faith?
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Women of faith have moved hearts, minds, and mountains. They have changed the world by their faithful witness – and changed lives. Through our Women and Girls campaign, Sojourners is working to gather and lift ...

Rachel Held Evans: Saying the Things Pastors Can't
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

“I can say things on the blog that pastors can’t say from the pulpit,” Rachel explained, adding that she tries to position the blog as a community where people can safely engage in conversation about things th ...

The Women Of Faith Factor In 'Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius'
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Press

March 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Emily Baxter ...

The Sexist Effects of Sexting the Biblical Text
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

The scriptures reveal that gender justice was self-evident, implicit, and most importantly, a consistent counter-cultural presence in the words and deeds of Jesus. Sexting is ...

Women's Unfinished Journey
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 6:38am | Type: Blog

However you fall on the optimist/pessimist scale, it is safe to say that women’s place in the world is still highly tenuous. Editor's Note : This post is an excerpt from ...

There Is No Room for Love In Judgment and Shame
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 6:16am | Type: Blog

I can’t stand how it makes me feel to judge and be judged. And I can’t stand how often it’s directed at women and men who live on the brink with their children churning in and out of poverty. ...

Banning Bossy?
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

There is a lot of conversation happening in the blogosphere around the movement by Sheryl Sandberg and friends to “ Ban Bossy ” Many women in leadership in faith circles can resonate with the sentiment of this campaign, as many faith-based institution ...

Twitter Conversation Responds to Myth That Clothing Encourages Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Pink princess pajamas. Jeans and a t-shirt. Sweatpants and a baggy sweater. When Twitter user Christina Fox (@Steenfox) asked her followers, “What were you wearing when you were assaulted?” some answered with ...

50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders To Celebrate On International Women's Day
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Press

March 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Huffington Post ...

Paying It Forward Ends Up Paying It Backward Too
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

My dear body has been a relentless teacher. Sheʼs a megaphone for what matters and sheʼs a barometer for when I forget. Sheʼs my home on the earthly adventure my soul longed to explore. She lets me take a crac ...

Dear Feminism, Let's Talk About Religion
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:38pm | Type: Press

February 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Caryn Riswold ...

How Not to Raise a Daughter
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

This week I caught myself doing something that has the potential to harm my daughter more than being drenched in pink and purple for the next 18 years ever could. I became a mom f ...

V-Day: Speak Out on Violence Against Women — from the Pulpit
Originally Posted: 02/13/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

We speak out because one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. That’s one in three women in my family, in my circle of friends, in my workplace — and in my church. ...

Is Religion the 'Biggest Problem' Facing Feminism Today?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Despite the efforts of churches and faith-based non-profits to eradicate sex trafficking, domestic abuse, and the poverty in which many of the world’s women are mired, what television viewers and blogs readers ...

Sex and Violence Go to Church: Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

What’s at stake in this conversation is whether Christians — and I think this is a call to American Christians in particular — whether American Christians are willing to dismantle a long-held justification for ...

Ending the Demand for Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Do you know that human trafficking is defined as “modern day slavery” because it controls a person through force, fraud or coercion — physical or psychological — to exploit the person for forced labor, sexual ...

A Big Thank You to the Heroines in our Lives
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

Women do a lot of work: Moms, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, daughters, wives, teachers, coaches, and any additional caregiving, mentoring position that fills in our lives. Take a moment to pause and reflect ...

'Flowers in the Attic' and Women on the Brink
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

The statistics are staggering — two-thirds of minimum wage jobs are held by women, yet 40 percent of households with children under 18 have a woman as the sole or primary breadwinner. ...

Religion, Scripture, and the Value of Women
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

One of the most eye-catching article headlines for me in reading the report was “ Are Women Devalued by Religions?” In the article, sister Joan Chittister remarks on how our assumptions about religion influenc ...

The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months. It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on ...

Revealing an Often Unseen New York City
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

From school to dance class to home, Dasani feels the weight of poverty and an unstable family. “She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside he ...

It's Been a Whirlwind of World-Changing Work
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

In these three months, I have witnessed activism for immigration reform, a vigil for those most affected by congressional dysfunction, organizing for climate change, a prophetic stand for racial justice, the l ...

WATCH: How the Media Treated Women in 2013
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media. But some things aren't changing fast enough. Check out an overview of how the media treated women this year below courtesy of the folks over ...

Scientific American Blog Editor Leaves Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Women are an important part of the science community, but there’s a group of powerful men who are gatekeepers, and some of them use this power as a tool to be overtly sexual with female bloggers looking to adv ...

U.N. Women's Ad Series Shows Sexism Through Google Searches
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Gender inequality is an international issue. Striving to empower women and call attention to the sexism of popular opinions worldwide, U.N. Women released a series of ads using text from Google real searches. ...

Creating a Port in a Storm of Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Getting faith-based communities to focus on domestic violence is a growing theme these days. I had a chance to play the role of Bad Pastor Phil last week. The occasion was a co ...

Malala Yousafzai and the Tradition of Islamic Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Christians like myself must hear our Muslim brothers and sisters’ call for nonviolence as a result of their faith, not as a contradiction of their faith. Malala Yousafzai has capt ...

Reading Scripture Through the Shutdown: A Voice for the Silenced
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

We serve a God who has put passion in the hearts of all of his children. If we silence even one of those voices we are missing out on a precious piece of God’s redemptive plan for this side of Eden. ...

Holy Angst: Holding Up a Mirror to Ourselves
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

That is the basic purpose of the study: to step back and see how we measure up as a faith-based sector with regard to the larger social goal of working toward gender parity within all of our organizations and ...

Abused Hindu Goddesses Recall Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

A new public campaign in India uses powerful images of three Hindu goddesses with bruised faces to raise awareness about violence against women. A new public campaign in India use ...

How Long, O Lord?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that sexual and gender-based violence happens only, or even primarily, in the developing world or transitional societies. While particularly graphic stories often bring ...

Combating a Culture of Exploitation
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 6:12pm | Type: Blog

When we develop boys into good, godly men they won’t rape and abuse women. And when we raise good, godly women, they invest in the next generation of girls, are less susceptible to exploitation, and won’t infl ...

Miley Cyrus’ Contribution to Feminism
Originally Posted: 09/06/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

Not that Miley Cyrus' dance was appropriate, but it tells us more about ourselves when we obsess about the shenanigans of the young woman than the borderline adulterous displays of a much older man. ...

Inspired By Malala: What Your Story Can Do
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Malala reminded us that the world is full of vitriol and violence, hate and ignorance — that this is true for people of all faiths, all backgrounds, all political parties. That there is no corner untouched by ...

How To Make Childbirth Safer (Not By Spending More Money)
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

The more inequality in a country's distribution of family income, the more mothers and babies die in childbirth. "American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World&quo ...

'From The Beginning:' Addressing the Roots of Sexual Violence in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

What about the manipulative behavior that gives rise to the delusion of consent? Was my pastor's not-quite-a-proposition an act of sexual violence? Editor’s Note : ...

On Scripture: Women, Work, and the Word
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

A recent Pew poll revealed a significant shift in American families. Four in 10 of this country’s households now rely primarily on the income of women. This is both good news and bad. ...

Power of a Personal Pronoun: 5 Suggestions for Gender Inclusivity
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

With such small words, I felt included. I felt like I belonged and maybe, just maybe, I too could do systematic theology. Maybe I didn’t need a dumbed-down version just because I was a woman. ...

Five Questions with Author of 'The Invisible Girls'
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

Sarah Thebarge is the author of The Invisible Girls, a new memoir from Jericho Books. I was fortunate to get a few minutes to ask her a few questions about her touching, funny, compelling new piece of work. ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 3:52pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Women, Voice, and Pentecost
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Repentance begins in the heart. So, I must ask: “Will I repent of my silence — my safe silence?” Yes. And a wild wind rushed down and tongues of fire rested on the heads of the ...

Disney Princesses, Merida's Makeover, and Empowering Girls
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Maybe sexualized images are more marketable, but that is not the point — empowering our girls is. I’m pleased that Disney has reversed its decision to alter one of their best examples of an empowered girl. I h ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

It's time for all people of faith to be outraged. It's time for our Christian leaders to stand up and say that women, made in the very image of God, deserve better. And it's time for us in the f ...

Ariel Castro: 'I Am a Sexual Predator. I Need Help.'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

We lie to ourselves if we imagine that our sin is no less ugly in the eyes of God than the worst imaginable. Is my, or your sin, really so different? Like everyone else I would gu ...

'Girl Rising:' Changing the World, One Story at a Time
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

Through the vivid accounts of nine girls from the developing world — Cambodia, Nepal, Peru, Afghanistan, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Haiti, and India — and their valiant struggles for the right to be educat ...

On Victoria's Secret: Speaking Up for Our Daughters
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

I believed that Victoria’s Secret was putting profits above girls’ self-esteem, self-pride, and self-worth. I wanted my voice to be heard even though I had no idea if they would even listen. I wanted to share ...

White House Council Calls for Action on Modern-day Slavery
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

With a 36-page report released Wednesday, the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships hopes to build awareness of the estimated 21 million people worldwide who are subjected t ...

Jimmy Carter vs. the Southern Baptist Convention: A Sea Change?
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Press

April 5, 2013 The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com ...

Jimmy Carter vs. the SBC/Driscoll/Victoria’s Secret: A Sea Change?
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy, in the daily course of events, to forget how pervasive such judgments against the equality of women really are, especially as we have examples of powerful women in political office and business. But ...