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Beauty in Battered Places
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard A conversation with novelist and activist Denise Giardina. “THE CHURCH radicalized me,” celebrat ...

When A Viral Blog Post Doesn't Change Much Of Anything
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Press

May 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Ellen Painter Dollar ...

Sojo Authors Have the Right Stuff for Under Your Tree
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Consider these 2013 books from Sojourners magazine staff and contributors.   Bible & Theology Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation ,  by Reta Halteman F ...

The Mythical World of Tom Clancy
Originally Posted: 10/04/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Read more from our review of the first five Clancy novels, A Clearly Present Danger, in the Sojourners magazine archives. The books of Tom Clancy, who passed away this week, cont ...

Art As An Act of Faith
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

I’m cloaked in Bible stories and Christian tradition, and therefore I live in hope that there’s a Creator and that this God is working quietly to heal the world. Almost two years ...

More on the Beautiful Stupidity of Writing (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I wrote the first article in this series of posts on why it is that I write. Today I’ll jump ahead to the so-called more “successful” period of my writing work. Yester ...

The Beautiful Stupidity of Writing (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

I’ve been asked how I knew I was called to be a writer. For me, calling is fairly easy to recognize. If the thought of doing something fills you with equal parts joy and terror, it’s probably a calling. ...

The Naked Artist: Narcissism or Self-Giving Love?
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

To rejoice in not being God means to rejoice in being ourselves. To accept that we are not God is to accept our imperfection. How is it possible that the creative life can feel si ...

The Polemics of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. In the wake of Troy Davis' exe ...

Two Thumbs Up for Ebert and "Life Itself"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace." Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film cr ...

'You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock!': The Daughters of South Africa Speak Out
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | 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 - 11:21am | Type: Magazine Article

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

Bringing the Camp Spirit Back Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 11:15pm | Type: Blog

I was not one of the 1,500 who attended the inaugural Wild Goose Festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina last month, but I did grow up going to Christian summer camp. I was not ...

Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian pastor in Spokane, Washington, and the featured poet in <em>Sojourners</em>' July issue. Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian p ...

Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's noon on the West Coast, and Ashley Judd is scurrying to make a live on-air interview with a National Public Radio local affiliate in Berkeley. It's noon on the West ...

What Are Your 'Life Giving' Questions?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/what-are-your-life-giving-questions/" target="_self"></a>I love what I do, but it's amazing how even that which you do and ...

Worship Songs for a New Generation: 'Hold On to Love'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/worship-songs-for-a-new-generation-hold-on-to-love/" target="_self"></a>Much ink has been spilled about the so-called "lov ...

Christians and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For the longest time, when Christians have thought about political engagement, they have often begun the discussion with the question: What is the biblical role of government? For ...

Yes, NPR, Ordinary People Care About Financial Reform!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: This post is taken from a letter </em>Sojourners <em>associate editor Elizabeth Palmberg sent to the folks who create National Public Rad ...

Give Smart: Three Tips to Make Donations Count
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A lot of us don't have as much disposable income as we had two or three years ago. Some of us have a lot less. But Christmas is coming, and we still want to give. A lot of us ...

Americans Deeply Ignorant About Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"The person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation was Martin Luther, Thomas Aquinas or John Wesley?" Less than half (46 percent) of Americans know the answer is Luther, and ...

Post-Colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong><a href="http://www.emergentvillage.com/events/2010-theo-conv">Emergent Village</a> will be hosting its annual Theological Conv ...

Mark Twain's Radical Pacifism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100712-marktwain.jpg"></a>Mark Twain's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nonviolence/">antiwar leanings</a> are al ...

Mysticism for Mathematicians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've always longed to see the world through a poet's eyes -- to see the magical in the everyday and to be able to weave words in such a way as to convey that magic to others. ...

Telling Stories True: An Interview with Sara Zarr
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Kirkus Reviews</em> calls Sara Zarr's third young adult novel, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316036048?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2 ...

Dispatch from Prison: How Strong Is Hope?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In my daily prayer book, the morning antiphon for today said: "The Lord chose these holy men for their unfeigned love In my daily prayer book, the morning antiph ...

Healing Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

During the past two years, I've traveled internationally quite extensively, focused on issues related to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and war. During the ...

Post-Apocalyptic Hope
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 4:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Cormac McCarthy’s novels are the Ecclesiastes of postmodern American literature—finely wrought chunks of sparseness in whic ...

Oldest Known Hebrew Script, Recently Deciphered, Links Worship and Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I've long been interested in archaeology, particularly <a href="http://www.bib-arch.org/">biblical archaeology</a>. I've long been interested in ar ...

Why N.T. Wright is Wrong About Social Media
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The Out of Ur blog recently posted a <a href="http://www.outofur.com/archives/2009/11/ur_video_nt_wri.html" target="_blank">video of N.T. Wright</a> going off on the dangers of ...

The Story of Your Life
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 1:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

Don Miller What fiction teaches us about what’s real. What if you took the elements that make a great story in ...

Audio Reading and Interview with David Denny
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 1:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi David Denny David Denny teaches English at De Anza College in Cupertino, C ...

Uwem Akpan's Double Calling as Priest and Writer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Significant Others
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Edwidge Danticat Can an author save her parents though her books? My mother is offering her factory forewoman ...

A Hardheaded Faith
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Mary Doria Russell, author of the best-selling books The Sparrow and Children of God, tells Sojourners about her discipl ...

Through the Laughter and the Tears
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge Uwem Akpan, a Jesuit from Nigeria, tells stories about Africa through its children, creating rich and complex characters th ...

One Nation ... Under God?
Originally Posted: 05/12/2011 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Barack Obama Democracy demands that religious Americans translate their concerns into universal values - and that secularists make room fo ...

From Imagination To Action
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Valerie Weaver-Zercher Can fiction be a vehicle for social change? Gus Traynor never wanted to be an interio ...

Good Reads
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors New and Noteworthy books. We know what globalization is, but often not how to respond to it—exce ...

Experiments With Truth
Originally Posted: 05/12/2011 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Barbara Brown Taylor Exploring the difference between the public truth of the sermon and the private truth of the memoir. ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh A Basis for Peace A Basis for Peace The Tent of Abraham, by Arthur Waskow, Joan Chittister ...

Participating in the Divine
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Dale W. Brown Ron Hansen talks about stories, faith, and being a 'Christian writer.' P ...

Tilling Word and Land
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 11:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Wendell Berry The author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and essays muses on farming as a writer and writing as a farmer. ...

Pledging Allegiance to the Imagination
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Wright was a political activist, but his loyalty was to his art. I spent a ...

Crooked Little Faith
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge Writer Anne Lamott staggers toward Jesus. Not long ago, my loving mother played an old cassett ...

Putting Pen to Paper
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The intimacy and poignancy of writing letters. A well-written letter once virtually saved my ...

Echoes of the Big Song
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rosemarie C. Sultan Fiction and the search for God. What does Sandra Cisneros have to say about faith? How mig ...