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Dr. Montessori’s Struggle to Balance Career and Motherhood
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

All moms know that we will make mistakes, especially in difficult situations, but Maria’s choice reminds us that the story of a mother and child isn’t over until love writes the ending. ...

Infertility and the Role of the Church
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

"Our culture — from our tax policies to our churches — revolve[s] around families with children. When people experience infertility, they grieve what’s missing from their personal lives and are also shut ...

One Year Later, Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Still Missing
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

One year after the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by terror group Boko Haram, more than 200 kidnapped children remain missing. One year after the kidnapping of 276 Nigeri ...

Rape Culture on College Campuses: Advice for Survivors
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

The news coming out of college campuses seems full of accusations and rumors of college women being victimized by their classmates. Just as I did after my cancer diagnosis, victims can make the same mistake I ...

Women's History Month: Choosing to Opt-In
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

And this is how I choose to opt-in — by looking at, stopping to remember, or slowing down to notice the impossible stories that God is writing in our midst. These fuel me as a woman of color. ...

We Are Woman
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

I long for the day when women and men will stand eye to eye in evangelical churches across the nation. They will speak healing and empowering words to each other: I see the image of God in you. ...

Silence Is Not An Option
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

While we may acknowledge that men and women are equal, I believe there is power in who speaks. As a preacher and pastor, I have had the privilege of speaking to people from a wide ...

2015 Kick-off Campaigns Update: Already a Busy Year
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

There is much to be hopeful for in this coming year and much work still to be done on changing the hearts and minds of those in positions of leadership. We are only two months ...

Victims in Our Midst: Health Care and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Hope for Justice aims to end human trafficking in our lifetime. And one priority to achieve that in the U.S. is training healthcare professionals to recognize victims of human trafficking. Almost 88 percent of ...

Five Gifts for Your Favorite Faithful Feminist
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

Sojourners’ Just Giving Guide has detailed a variety of ways to shop in a socially-conscious manner. We’ve gone one step further and highlighted some unique purchases from organizations that directly impact th ...

Leaders Across all Faiths Gather for Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Last week, the campaign to end human trafficking took a large step forward. Religious leaders from the Christian Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox traditions joined with Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Muslim lead ...

A Legacy of Praying Women
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 1:31pm | Type: Blog

Change is going to come, but not through politics, or legislation, nor the occasional controversy, like the firestorm that recently brewed in the NFL. Change comes through a collective value, a collective visi ...

Bigger Love: Debating Marriage and Sex Beyond Morality
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Is morality the only way to talk about marriage and sex? Certainly the American judiciary thinks otherwise as it hammers out the constitutionality of every union under the sun. The polygamy question could broa ...

Traffickers Come in Many Forms
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

While entertaining, unfortunately, Taken dramatizes and stereotypes traffickers. Contrary to what's portrayed in popular movies, there are many types of traffickers beyond the stereotypical pop-culture sw ...

CCCU Names First Woman As President Following Controversial Firing Of Previous Leader
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Press

July 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

The Loophole That Allows Domestic Abusers to Have Guns
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, dangerous people with records of domestic violence, stalking, and aggression have no legal restriction keeping them from obtaining guns. Across the country, d ...

Female Bishops In The UK: All Our Gifts Are Needed For The Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Women Bishops in the UK: All Our Gifts Are Needed For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

The historic Synod vote in York on Monday reminds us that all of our gifts will be needed for the full exercise of the common good I met my wife, Joy Carroll, at Greenbelt, a summ ...

Spotlight on The Summit: World Change Through Faith and Justice 2014: Sara Johnson
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

Although nervous to be a founder of a non-profit that hasn’t officially launched yet attending a conference with heavy hitters in the non-profit world, within seconds of walking into the initial Summit gatheri ...

Church of England Set to Vote on Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Women’s rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops. CANTERBURY, England — Women’s rights ac ...

Pastors Rarely Preach About Domestic Violence Even Though It Affects Countless Americans
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Press

June 29, 2014 Sojo in the News Antonia Blumberg ...

Phil Haslanger: Pondering Churches' Responses To Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:29pm | Type: Press

June 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Phil Haslanger ...

Study Finds Majority Of Pastors Are Ill-Equipped To Handle Domestic, Sexual Violence Issues
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Press

June 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Urban Christian News ...

Five Takeaways From the Hobby Lobby Case
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the year: Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the ye ...

What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., ruling 5-4 that the arts-and-crafts chain does not have to offer insurance for types of birth control that conflict wit ...

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. WATCH: Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty “A new Verizon ...

Raising Girls In A World Where They Are Less Than Human
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

In learning to love these little girls, I began to ask more and more questions about the place of women in the world, in the church, and in everyday life. I have two daughters. ...

On Domestic Violence, the Church Has a Long Way to Go
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 7:07am | Type: Blog

We need both to develop a theology that can lead survivors of abuse to freedom and safety and to increase the day-to-day knowledge of pastors in the complicated but essential role they have when someone in an ...

In and Out of the Zoo
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:56pm | Type: Blog

I suddenly saw, in a tangible sense, her desperate hunger for companionship, belonging, connection – with anything – anyone. I couldn’t imagine what a horrific vacuum her childhood must have been. ...

#SurvivorPrivilege
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

In his opinon column published on June 6, George Will suggests that colleges have "become the victims of progressivism." In his opinon column published on June 6,  Geor ...

Maleficent the Feminist? A Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Feminism has always been its own worst enemy when it strives to create women in the image of men rather than encourage women to abandon rivalry with men and seek their flourishing elsewhere. This is a story ab ...

As the World Turns
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Some die for choosing, others for not choosing. But they all die because they are women. Rogers was mentally ill, and there is debate about whether it was his illness or a misogynistic culture that caused his ...

Defining Identity: Person of Color. Woman. Poor. Fatherless. Undocumented.
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

In the midst of these experiences, I had to define the core of my identity. I am a person of color. I am a woman. I am poor. I am fatherless. I am an undocumented immigrant. Indeed, it has been excruciating se ...

Why #NotAllMen Misses the Point
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Let me ask this: When did it become normal to congratulate ourselves for not doing something horrific and degrading? When did it become appropriate to prioritize our reputations over the well-being of others? ...

The Modern-Day Orphans and Widows
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

However, the plight of these two underrepresented and often ignored groups — women and children — has modern impacts. James' assertation that "Religion that God our Fat ...

Christian Suffering in a World of Suffering
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

It seems that from a Christian perspective, suffering is to be expected and just part of the deal of Christian membership — a real scriptural blow to prosperity gospels! ...

Lisa Sharon Harper Urges Prayer To #UpliftNigeria
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News KineticsLive.com ...

Who is Allah? #BringBackOurGirls
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram’s abduction of these innocent girls is the bastardization of Islam because it is the bastardization of Allah. To justify abducting and selling young girls into slavery in the name of Allah is to red ...

Sermon: In the Breaking — #bringbackourgirls
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Listen to our cry. Listen to our sorrow. May God warm the hearts of the kidnappers and those who have purchased the girls. The first time I heard the news about the 270 Nigerian s ...

Papa Don't Preach — But Family-Friendly Work Policies Would Be Nice
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

To be sure, growing up in a two-parent family is a child's best hedge against poverty , not only in America but in the other OECD countries as well (even Switzerland). But the reality is that a high perce ...

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 ...