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Contemplating Feminine Incarnation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>At church on a recent Sunday we were encouraged to find ways to see the world differently this week. Change our routine and change our perspective to help us get out of the rut of going through life w ...

America's Pervasive Pattern of Race-Based Medical Disparities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating African-Americans and other marginalized groups. Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating Afri ...

Attacking Our Mental Programming on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'll tell you up front -- I'm going to talk about race. I know some are tired of hearing about it, and I think that's mainly because we've been hearing about it in the same ways for so long ...

Advent, Mary, and Sudan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The season of Advent always invites me to contemplate many facets of Christianity: the contrast between what God extols versus the world's values, the power of patience, and the strength of hope ...

Equality in the Beautiful Image of God -- and the Ugliness of Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In every culture and in every part of the world, this injustice is present. What is the oldest injustice in the world?</p> In every culture and in every part of the world, ...

An Afghan Leader We Can Admire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The media coverage of Afghanistan focuses, on the one hand, on the evils of the Taliban and, on the other hand, on the necessi ...

Debunking the Beauty Myth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Naomi Wolf, author of <a href="http://naomiwolf.org/the-beauty-myth-book/"><em>The Beauty Myth,</em></a> discusses how images fueled by consumerism are used against women. ...

Uniting to Eliminate Violence against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Some 70 percent of women experience in their lifetime some form of physical or sexual violence from men -- the majority from husbands, intimate partners or someone th ...

Affirming the Footnotes: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Although there are several points I find troubling, inaccurate, or misleading in the recent <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">Manhattan Declaration</a>, and although I noticed th ...

A Modern Underground Railroad for North Korean Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As I set foot in China, many emotions invaded my thoughts. I guess you could say I was somewhat nervous. My last visit to China involved being detained for a day on suspicion of helping North Korean r ...

When Everything Changed: 50 Years of Women's Progress
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316059544?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0316059544">&l ...

Human Trafficking, Justice, and CSI
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've gotten used to popular TV shows going the after-school special route and highlighting some issue or another. Granted, it boosts their ratings, but it also brings attention to issues that ne ...

Continuing the Deadly Viper Conversation: Illuminating Gender Blind Spots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In response to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/19/unseen-privilege-and-the-overlooked-gender-dimension-of-the-deadly-viper-conversation/">Kathy Khang's recent blog post, "Unseen ...

Deadly Viper Backlash: Doing the Right Thing is Only the First Step
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In case you hadn't heard, Zondervan made <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/20/tremendous-act-of-repentance-by-zondervan/" target="_blank">a major announcement</a> yeste ...

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/afghan_8years?source=act_0911_afghan_bc"></a>Your voice is being heard. Already, thousands of you have <a href="http://go.sojo.net/c ...

The Mammogram Panic, or, False Positives Are No Picnic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Inhale through your nose (be sure your abdomen moves, not just your chest). Exhale through your mouth. Slowly, now ...</p> Inhale through your nose (be sure your abdomen mov ...

Boys are Warriors and Girls are Princesses? Spiritual Gifts are not Divided by Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studies? Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studie ...

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is a memo Jim Wallis has provided to leaders throughout the nation concerning the ongoing issue of abortion within the health care reform debate and the need to find common ground ...

Walking, Chewing Gum, and Confronting Racism and Sexism at the Same Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

People who do diversity work run the risk of setting impossible goals for themselves: The Beloved Community. The Kingdom of God. People who do diversity work run the risk of setti ...

Afghanistan: Women and Children First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pacifist as president or that Gen. It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pa ...

Whip It: What a Girl Power Movie Should Be
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This is what a girl power movie should be. I went to see Whip It because it looked fun and was a totally Austin film (there's something fun about sitting in the Alamo Drafthouse watching a movie ...

One Day's Wages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.onedayswages.org/"></a>We are excited to announce the launch of One Day's Wages -- an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme globa ...

Chris Rock's 'Good Hair': A Humorous Deconstruction of Stubborn Beauty Standards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the big conversations in my household this year has revolved around the question of whether my 9-year-old daughter is ready to get her hair "permed." Some girls at her school have alr ...

Love Casts Out Fear, Not Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the driving force of the debate? I say it is fear.</p> What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the drivin ...

A Woman with Full Authority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Many people in Minnesota get really excited about fall. We welcome cooler weather, colorful trees, and a chance to share treasures from our garden. Many people in Minnesota get re ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

Don't Isolate Gender from the Biblical Big Picture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The gender discussion in the church today is captured succinctly by New Testament scholar Gordon Fee in <em><a title="http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102710879856&amp;s=5547&amp;e=0012JIqccVLH ...

'Indecent' Clothing and Abusive Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Over the past couple of months, I've followed the unfolding story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/africa/07sudan.html" target="_blank">Lubna Hussein</a> ...

Glenn Beck and My Granddaughter
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sojourners received this letter in response to our action alert last week calling for <a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc">your letters and pr ...

Why are the First Family's Hairstyles a Political Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I, perhaps recklessly, began to think that the debate on black hair had finally been put to rest, that black women could choose to wear their hair straightened or natural, in braids, locks, or twis ...

Bible Translation Debates: The Challenge of Changing Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever noticed how every day language is used to manipulate and shape rather than describe reality? Here is one example. Have you ever noticed how every day language is use ...

Want to End Poverty? Focus on Women and Girls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Promoting gender equality is crucial to combating global poverty, a point Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn make in their new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307267148?ie=UTF8&amp ...

Truth and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pledged to support the program on national healing in Zimbabwe. Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ...

Sister Sotomayor: Lady Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed more than one month ago, so why, you may ask, am I just now penning a blog about her historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court? The answer is easy -- I was scared. I ...

Science, Salvation, Slavery, and Equality: The Bible and Historic Reforms
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Perhaps booksellers should provide consumer warning labels that r ...

Speaking for the Silenced
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Kaitlin Barker The Stoning of Soraya M., written and directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. Mpower Pictures. ON A DUSTY ...

Sex Trafficking: Rescuing the Other Jaycee Dugards
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I, along with the rest of the nation, have watched in horror this past week as the <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gvBeg7MFDN7NMl_R8k1J_21SuoVAD9ACUQAG0">details of t ...

When it Comes to Biblical 'Authority,' Words Matter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/24/criteria-for-spiritual-leadership-content-of-character/">In a recent post examining the biblical qualities of a leader</a>, I considered the simil ...

Criteria for Spiritual Leadership: Content of Character
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Does it seem curious to you that when the issue of leadership in the church is discussed, gender is frequently cited as a primary element to consider? Does it seem curious to you ...

Clinton's Africa Trip and Tutu's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

August is women's month in South Africa, with Woman's Day celebrated on August 9. August is women's month in South Africa, with Woman's Day celebrated on Aug ...

Desire, Incorporated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Well, glory be Well, glory be My first reaction (to quote My first reaction (to quote George Will) was "Well". An article that compares pornography to McDonal ...

In the Culture War, Justice Loses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christian minority in the town of Gojra. A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christ ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

A Place at the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my favorite family gathering. I recently celebrated the ninth annual Hatch family reunion on Cape Cod, my ...

Speaking Truth in Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do ...

Just Say No to Khartoum Appeasement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In a <a title="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/08/06/the_phony_optimism_on_darfur/" href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/artic ...

When Local Police Do Immigration Enforcement, the Community Suffers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Two contrasting images recently brought into focus a growing chasm: a forty-something man in jeans and T-shirt squeezing the microphone at a community forum on immigration, face tight with anger a ...

Empowered by God
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Magazine Article

Mimi Haddad The rich history of evangelical feminism. One of my friends works in Christian ministry at a large ...

Gut-Level Healing
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter We can overcome obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula could be a curse from the book of Job, if J ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In recent days, it seems that the Religious Right is trying everything they can to derail the health-care reform our country so desperately needs. In recent days, it seems that th ...