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California Judge Rules the Death Penalty Unconstitutional
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

A U.S. District Court judge declared the death penalty "unconstitutional" in the State of California. A U.S. District Court judge declared the death penalty "uncons ...

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey Supports Assisted Suicide Bill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

for assisted suicide ahead of a British Parliament debate about the issue on July 18, 2014.  RNS photo ...

Utah to Appeal Gay Marriage Case to Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday that he will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. ...

August 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Wheaton College Gets a Pass from Supreme Court on Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court offered a further sign that it favors letting employers with religious objections avoid the Obama administration’s so-called contraception mandate. The Supreme C ...

July 2014
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Magazine Issue

July, 2014 Dismantling the 'New Jim Crow' July 1, 2014 ...

Conservatives May Hold the Key to Ending the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Ralph Reed’s recent Road to Majority conservative confab in the nation’s capital had an unlikely exhibitor in the conference hall: opponents of the death penalty. Ralph Reed’s rec ...

Awaiting Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling, Public Favors Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to finally issue its ruling this week in the highly anticipated case of the craft companies vs. Obamacare. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to ...

Georgia Execution Would Be First Since Botched Oklahoma Effort
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

After an unusual six-week lapse in executions in the nation since a botched effort in Oklahoma on April 29, two men could face lethal-injection deaths in Georgia and Missouri Tuesday night or early Wednesday. ...

Why I Am Still In Detroit
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. I am still in Detroit to ...

Marching Through Death’s Desert
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

It’s 93 degrees in Texas today. And Rev. Jeff Hood is walking 200 miles across the state. What would compel somebody to do that? He wants to end the death penalty … and he is not alone. ...

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If It Weren’t for Jesus, I Might be Pro-Death Penalty Too
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

We dare not forget the story – of a God who so loved the world that Jesus was sent, not to condemn the world but to save it. We must not forget that much of the Bible was written by murderers who were given a ...

10 Truths Learned About Trauma
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Different Dream ...

On Capital Punishment, Don’t Start with the Old Testament
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

them to death” (Deuteronomy 13:6-10). Do you have rebellious children (Deuteronomy 21:18-21) or kids ... money with a high interest rate to make a profit (Ezekiel 18:13)? See you on the other side. I am ...

No Time for the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

By all accounts, Clayton Lockett did a terrible thing. ... Some might even say that Clayton Lockett got what he deserved for his crime. But was what the state of Oklahoma did on Monday really about Clayton Loc ...

Capital Punishment and the Power of Art
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma on Tuesday has refocused the nation on the inherent contradictions in the death penalty. But here in Wisconsin last week, an opera helped focus the attentio ...

Tennessee Death Row Inmates Invite Governor to Pray With Them
Originally Posted: 04/26/2014 - 8:25pm | Type: Blog

Last week, the men on Tennessee’s death row, four of whom have scheduled execution dates in the near future, invited Gov. Bill Haslam, the man who signs the death warrants, to join them for prayer ...

Pope Francis Broaches a Rare Topic: Abortion
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis reiterated his strong opposition to abortion on Friday, saying it “compounds the grief of many women” already succumbing to what he called the “pressures of secular culture.” ...

Killing People Is Hard to Do
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Why don't we treat death row prisoners at least as well as we treat dogs? Twelve years ago we took our beloved Maltese dog, Moose, to the vet and came home without him. Moose ...

A Turning Tide
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Heather Beaudoin A growing number of conservative Christians have joined the movement to abolish capital punishment. ...

World Vision's Gay Marriage Flip-Flop Reflects Evangelical Angst as Culture Shifts
Originally Posted: 03/28/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

of an older generation. In 2012, Pew found that 29 percent of young white evangelicals (age 18 ...

The Criminality of Blackness
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

The core problem is not the law, but its application in our racialized world. The Dunn mistrial and Zimmerman verdict are manifestations of a core spiritual lie that keeps us from seeing what is because we onl ...

Hobby Lobby's Steve Green Stands on Faith Against Obamacare Mandate
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

as the three men told the king, “even if God does not deliver us, we still cannot do this.” (Daniel 3:16-18 ...

As Execution Drugs Grow Short, States Scramble on Capital Punishment
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

Prison guards meet in the desert to hand off chemicals for executions. A corrections boss loaded with cash travels to a pharmacy in another state to buy lethal sedatives. States across the country refuse to id ...

Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design And THE Problem Of Animal Suffering (Interview With Ron Osborn)
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Press

February 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Enns ...

Fired Tenn. Pharmacist Sues Walgreens Alleging Religious Bias
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

A Tennessee pharmacist and a Baptist church deacon who lost his job after an ongoing dispute over selling Plan B contraception has sued his former bosses, claiming he was fired because of his religious beliefs ...

Why There Needs to Be More than One Story
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Given the degree of power stories hold to affect our society, it is incumbent upon us to do justice to all stories by cultivating a safe place where every voice is valued. We may ...

The Evangelical Campaign Against Birth Control Is Really About Obama
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:38pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Rob Shryock ...

Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Level Since 1973
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

The abortion rate in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level since the procedure became legal in 1973, according to a new data analysis that reflects a 13 percent decline in both the abortion rate and the num ...

What’s Abortifacient? Disputes Over Birth Control Fuel Obamacare Fight
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s provision that employers must provide insurance coverage with no co-pays for contraception. C ...

God, Same-Sex Marriage, and 33 Weddings at the Grammys
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

The Grammys trivialized marriage because it trivialized the need all couples have for a supportive community from the beginning of marriage to the end. Call me old fashioned, but ...

Fla. Man Gets Prison for Abortion-pill Miscarriage
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The son of a Florida fertility doctor was sentenced Monday to nearly 14 years in federal prison for duping his pregnant girlfriend into taking medication that caused her to abort her 6-week-old fetus. ...

For Some Christians, Sharing Medical Bills is a Godly Alternative
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

Every time he goes to the doctor’s office, Daniel Eddinger takes a leap of faith. Every time he goes to the doctor’s office, Daniel Eddinger takes a leap of faith. Eddinger, a ...

Half the Sky
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 5:36pm | Type: Product

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Anti-Abortion Activist Frank Pavone Is Back in Church's Good Graces
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

After years of tensions with various bishops, Rev. Frank Pavone has complied with demands to straighten out the group’s finances and to become accountable to his home diocese in New York. ...

Study: Conservative Protestants' Divorce Rates Spread to Their Red State Neighbors
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Protestants in red states aren’t the only ones seeing high divorce rates — so are their neighbors, according to a new study. Conservative Protestants in red states ar ...

New 'SoulPulse' App Lets Users Monitor Their Spirituality in Real Time
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

About 160 people, so far, know such details about their spiritual lives. They were the first participants in SoulPulse, a newly launched, ongoing study of spirituality in daily life. ...

A Gift of Hot Chocolate
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

No matter how limited we may feel or how little we think we have, we can always find ways to give. We just have to be a little creative. My mom died in a nursing home five years a ...

A Celebrity Photographer's Faith-Driven Cause
Originally Posted: 12/27/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

Founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, who was motivated by his Christian faith, the nonprofit Help-Portrait annually pulls together professional photographers to spend one Saturday taking free portr ...

On Scripture: The Massacre of the Innocents and the Soul of the Warrior (Matthew 2:13–23)
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Throughout human history, warriors have faced a wide variety of difficult circumstances, often having to weigh life and death decisions at a moment’s notice. While Herod’s gruesome command should in no way be ...

‘Duck Dynasty’ Family: ‘Coarse’ Statement Was Grounded in the Bible
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

The “Duck Dynasty” family issued a statement Thursday evening supporting patriarch Phil Robertson and throwing the future of their successful hit reality show into jeopardy. The “ ...

Christmas in America: Belief in the Virgin Birth and Visits from Santa
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Nearly one in three Americans, including many with no little children at home and those with no religious identity, say they pretend Santa will visit their house on Christmas Eve. ...

Have You Tried the Six Varieties of Love?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Can six loves known to the Greeks inspire us to move beyond our current addiction to romantic love, which has 94 percent of young people hoping — but often failing — to find a unique soul mate who can satisfy ...

In Gratitude to My Sojo Family
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

I am forever indebted to my colleagues at Sojourners for their support this past month. Their presence and prayers kept me from dwelling in despair and sustained me when my hope faded. As if that weren’t enoug ...

Making a Difference in a World That's Falling Apart
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

While church planners listened, a five-person focus group described life outside the congregation’s doors: A world falling apart. While church planners listened, a five-person foc ...