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The Matriarchal Blessing
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about the matriarchal blessing—the moment when an old woman, staring death in the eye, communicates to a younger female relative or friend that life ...

Mother's Day: A Legacy of Wisdom and Strength
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Sharing stories of my own mother and the ways she taught and encouraged me feels like the best way to honor her on Mother's Day. This is my 19th Mother's Day without my ...

Mother's Day: Supporting All Women
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

Whenever there’s talk about honoring mothers and motherhood, I’m always looking for how we as individuals and a society will support the women—of any race, creed, or orientation--who have to scoop up their chi ...

10 reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained For Ministry
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

Regardless where you sit, stand, or wrestle with the issue of women in church leadership, I thought this satirical list was worth sharing for both laughter and even reflection because that’s what good satire f ...

From “Mad Men” to “Girls” – The Evolution of Sexism
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

It’s hard to believe only two generations ago that an executive was within his purview to suggest to his secretary that she hike up the hem of her skirt a bit and fetch him some fresh ice for cocktails with th ...

She Said, He Said: On the Misogyny of the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

On March 5, the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a confidant of FOX NewsChannel's Sean Hannity and frequent guest on his show, took to the airways on his "Exploring Your Destiny with Jesse Lee Peterson" ...

Restoring Dignity
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

A nonprofit in New York City founded by a young social worker leverages a network of resources to provide aftercare and safe housing for women who are victims of sex trafficking. ...

Abandoning Women to Flames
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Alisa Harris In a country where parents lit their wounded daughters on fire, women lit themselves on fire to escape. I couldn’t shake the ...

Gratitude for the 'Better Men'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I'm grateful to the men who use their power, money, and influence on behalf of women. Recen ...

New Report: Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Women Have Been Raped
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

The Washington Post reports: Nearly one in five U.S. women has been raped at some time in her life, according to new federal data released Wednesday. In addition, one in four women has been the victim of severe physical violence by an inti ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

THE NATION: Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They're Not Going Away THE NATION : Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They& ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Return of the Hobbits Return of the Hobbits Ten years ago, The Fellowship of the Ring began the silver-screen adaptations of Tolkien's widely loved Lord of ...

Women Underrepresented in Big Business: Does it Matter?
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

In a recent post on Forbes, career and executive leadership coach Kathy Caprino points out that only five women made it on Fortune Magazine's recent "40 Under 40" list. ...

Trees: In Honor of Wangari Maathai
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai was a girl in Kenya, her mother taught her that the wild fig tree was a tree of God. When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wanga ...

Evangelicals: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

What are "the evangelicals," you ask? Certainly not a political or ideological monolith, as recent polling and survey numbers demonstrate. What are "the evang ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

Surprised by Joy on 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"[Music] is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us." -- Martin Luther ...

We've Changed, But How?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I woke up on the morning of September 11, 2001 both nervous and excited. I woke up on the morning of September 11, 2001 both nervous and excited. I had spent the last two months ...

Working for the Kingdom of God: A Defense
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Deep down I don't believe in the separation of church and state. Oh, I am against the idea of a state c ...

When the Earth Shakes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It was over in less than a minute. Three miles below the surface of the earth near a town in Virginia named Mineral, a fault line shifted. It was over in less than a minute. Thre ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

Could the Riots in England Have Been Averted?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The rioting and rampages that spread across English cities last week have caused severe property destruction and raised public alarm. The rioting and rampages that spread across E ...

I'm Not that Kind of Feminist
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run stories on the so-called feminism of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Over the past few weeks various news outlets have run ...

Our Dark Night
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

They say at some point in their lives great leaders experience a "dark night of the soul," or a period in life when your feet, knees, and face scrape and stick to the proverbial bottom. ...

Why Exclude Women from Ministry?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Lean and lanky, the 30-something teacher probed the congregation with a practiced eye as he wound down his presentation. Lean and lanky, the 30-something teacher probed the congre ...

Inspired by Rosa Parks, Israeli and Palestinian Women Take a Swim
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

An account in The New York Times by Ethan Bronner reports that Israeli women and West Bank Palestinian women and girls have once again broken Israeli laws. http://creativecommon ...

Neocolonialism and Cowboys & Aliens
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Excep ...

Liberty and Justice for Some
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In the wake of the tragic bombing in Norway this past weekend, we are left with an unsettling picture of the state of anti-Islamic sentiments in the United States. In the wake of ...

The Conservative Radical: An Article by John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Rev. John Stott, one of the world's most influential evangelical figures over the past half-century, died this Wednesday at age 90. Rev. [ Edi ...

'You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock!': The Daughters of South Africa Speak Out
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The lost art of reading might be in danger, but I'm happy to report that the desire to write remains strong, at least with Amazw'Entombi ("Voices of the Girls"). ...

'Your Daughters Will Prophesy'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge In the new South Africa, the future is speaking in the voices of the girls.  I write, I can ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As the time shortens for Congress and President Obama to agree to the contours of legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, I am reminded of the story of King Solomon and his judgment regarding ...

What's in a Name?: Campus Crusade for Christ Becomes 'Cru'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Maybe, but a Stink Rose by any other name (say... garlic?) might get more play. Shakespeare said a rose by any othe ...

Betty Ford and the Trials and Blessings of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Life is hard. It is full of pain, disappointments, and challenges of every kind. When hard times come our way, we often ask, Why me? And the answer comes: Why not you? Life is har ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Ahmed Wali Karzai. Veterans. NATO.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to ...

Harry Potter, the Deathly Hallows, and Mobilizing Kids for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/13/harry-potter-the-deathly-hallows-and-mobilizing-kids-for-social-justice/" target="_self"></a>Seeking justice for the oppressed. ...

Why Afghan Women Need to be Part of the Peace Process
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

What is wrong with the typical photo of world leaders making decisions for their countries? The general absence of women -- at the table, in the room, and, as a result, from the agenda. ...

Environmental Activist Anna Clark: 'Christians Must Conserve Resources'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Anna has a heart for equipping churches to make small and big changes for the sake of creation care and stewardship of the earth's resources. How can Christians do this, you ask? Read our conversation to ...

Crazy, Holy, Hungry Ones: My Wild Goose Festival Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Blessed are the good-hearted, poets, and the dreamers. And all us crazy, holy, hungry ones who still believe in something better."</em></p> &quo ...

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 ...

Michelle Obama and the Women of South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divine meet. Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divi ...

Friday Links Round Up: Asians. Bumper Stickers. Levitation.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:</p> Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed ...

Are Millennials Conflicted About Morality?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:55pm | Type: Blog

The Public Religion Research Institute recently released the results of their newest survey, "Committed to Availability, Conflicted About Morality," which shined new light on the complexity of opinio ...

Thank God That I am a Man and Not a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's likely that some of you will take offense at the title of this post. But if you read through the post, it'll certainly make more sense in the larger context. It ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:53pm | Type: Blog

landscape (John 12:24). http://www.utmost.org/ Amen and Amen Cletis you hit Amen and Amen ...

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, ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...