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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 ...

Traveling While Sikh? There's an Updated App for Airport Profiling Complaints
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

The Sikh Coalition is updating a mobile app that allows travelers to report complaints about the Transportation Security Administration from the airport. The Sikh Coalition is upd ...

Federal Judge: Clergy Tax-free Housing Allowance Is Unconstitutional
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

A federal judge has ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that allows clergy to shield a portion of their salary from federal income taxes is unconstitutional. A federa ...

Remembering Kennedy
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

On this date 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assasinated while in Dallas on a campaign tour. As the nation remembers this event, we reflect on President Kennedy's life and death. ...

Americans Divided on Facing Death: Fight It, Choose It, or Let It Come
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Death may be inevitable, but one in three Americans – including most blacks and Hispanics – want doctors to never quit fighting it. Death may be inevitable, but one in three Ameri ...

What Dallas Pastors Preached the Sunday after JFK Was Killed
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

Facing crowded pews and heavy hearts, Dallas clergy took to the pulpits on Nov. 24, 1963 to try to make sense of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy just two days before. ...

Sunday Mornings Are Broken
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

In a tech newsletter I read, two colleagues addressed the end of the world of the personal computer that they spent three decades mastering. In a tech newsletter I read, two colle ...

Westminster Abbey Marks Kristallnacht Anniversary with Interfaith Service
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

At an emotional worship service, considered one of the largest gatherings of Christians and Jews, some 1,600 British men and women filed into Westminster Abbey Sunday to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallna ...

Mandy Patinkin, 'The Princess Bride,' and Justice, Revenge, and Jewish Spirituality
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

quote from Leviticus 19:18: “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, ...

Let's Go Beyond Consumerism, Citizenship, and Individualism
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Deeper than individual rights and responsibilities, we are called to surrender our prerogatives and take on the burdens of others — not because we have to, but out of love. Over t ...

Sitting Down at Ann Romney's 'Family Table'
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Ann Romney is a gracious woman. Ann Romney is a gracious woman. Such is my first and lasting impression of Mitt Romney’s wife of 44 years and matriarch of a Romney clan that in ...

St. Louis Archdiocese Orders End to Alcohol at Youth Events
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is putting an end to alcohol sales at youth-related events. The Archdiocese of St. Louis is putting an end to alcohol sales at youth-related events. ...

DC127: Fostering a Better City
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

The movement to reverse the foster care wait list is beginning to gain some traction and DC127, a Washington, D.C.-based foster care initiative, is gearing up for its first event on November 2. ...

Pope Francis Breathes New Life into Cardinal Bernardin’s Contested Legacy
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

The election of Pope Francis in March heralded a season of surprises for the Catholic Church, but perhaps none so unexpected – and unsettling for conservatives – as the re-emergence of the late Chicago Cardina ...

Bishop’s Suspension a Symptom of German Catholic Church’s Wealth
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

The $20,000 bathtub and $482,000 walk-in closets ordered by “Bishop Bling-Bling” — the moniker of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the now-suspended bishop of Limburg — have scandalized the German public. ...

WATCH: 'There's Nothing Faithful About Torture'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Sojourners supports the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). NRCAT recently released five Youtube videos to counter the claims found in pop-culture that torture is acceptable. ...

Supreme Court Affirms Monks’ Right to Sell Caskets
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

A group of Catholic monks can continue selling their handmade caskets after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Louisiana funeral directors. A group of Catholic ...

Bringing America Back to Life
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

We need a movement of people across this country who refuse to let violence win, a movement of people who refuse to settle for the country as it is and insist on dreaming of the country as it could be. I’m re ...

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Won’t Appeal Gay Marriage Rulings
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday that he was dropping the fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey by withdrawing his appeal of a major case that was being heard by the state Supreme Court. ...

Archbishop Blasts British Energy Companies for Price Hikes
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

Less than three months after he promised to take on payday lenders and create alternative church credit unions, the archbishop of Canterbury condemned Britain’s energy companies for imposing huge price hikes t ...

What Do You Mean 'Middle-Aged?'
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Once defined as ages 40 to 60, it is now often defined as ages 45 to 64 (though Merriam-Webster wants to have it both ways). Yesterday on Facebook I referred to my daughters, who ...

Gender-Based Abortions Spark Outrage in England
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

A group of Christian lawyers plans to sue two medical doctors who have raised a storm of controversy for arranging the abortion of female fetuses because the parents wanted boys. ...

Conservatives Say Censorship has Increased on Facebook, iTunes
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Todd Starnes did not think he had violated Facebook’s community standards when he posted about “wearing an NRA ball cap, eating a Chick-fil-A sandwich, reading a Paula Deen cookbook and sipping a 20-ounce swee ...

Old Habits Die Hard
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

My problem is middle age. My shifting body type makes off-the-rack suits too wide in the shoulders and too long. It’s proof that life keeps on changing, and that the way forward must include getting unstuck fr ...

Consultants Help Churches with the Business of Growth
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Each weekend, 18,000 people gather at one of Eagle ... on avoiding excuses and learning to forgive. Each weekend, 18,000 people gather ... beyond fundraising. “It was more like a psychology makeover,’’ she said. Pence spent 18 months ...

Let's Talk About Food: Hospitality for Shy People
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

I thank my mother — a tall, reserved, possibly distant woman — for keeping me ignorant of such heartless behavior. And I thank her for giving me a lesson in hospitality by treating her hurting friends with suc ...

Gun Victims, Erased from Our Memory
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

The best impulses of major religions condemn this kind of hateful violence. Yet in America their arguments go nowhere, beaten back by gun lobbyists whose only answer is more guns. Apparently they think nothing ...

Is Immortality Talk Just 'Fear of the Dark?'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

And although great thinkers like Hawking may shrug their shoulders when confronted with the problem of mortality, they also tend to demonstrate an equal degree of indifference with regard to the moral implicat ...

‘Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion’ Exhibit Probes the Spirituality of Everyday Chaos
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Meet “Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,” a saint everyone probably can relate to. Meet “Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,” a saint everyone probably can relate to. The chaos of ...

Stepping in When Politicians Step Aside
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

A straggle of kids came up for children’s time at Poland Presbyterian Church, a 211-year-old congregation established on Lot One, in Township One, in Range One of what was once known as the Connecticut Western ...

From Burlap Sack to Digital File, Church Records Get Makeover
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Six years ago, the people of First Congregational Church of Rowley in Massachusetts were convinced they’d lost their treasure. A 17th-century minister’s 664-page diary, and its rare detailed account of communi ...

Remarriage Rates Plunge, Divorced Americans Doubt
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

married again,” said Guccione, whose two sons are 18 and 21. “We decided to live together and the boys ... between them, ages 7 to 18, were an integral part of the courtship. “We dated the kids, too,” she said. ...

Bans on Abortion by Telemedicine Growing
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Missouri last month joined six other states that have enacted bans on abortion by telemedicine this year. That’s a process in which women take pregnancy-ending medication that a doctor remotely administers dur ...

August 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 5:14pm | Type: Product

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Opponents to Boy Scouts Policy to Launch Alternative
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

A fledgling organization that opposed the Boys Scouts of America’s decision to accept openly gay Scouts announced Tuesday it will launch an alternative group with a Christian worldview. ...

White House Denies Contraception Exemption to Private Businesses
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

The Obama administration on Friday issued final rules for religious groups for its controversial contraception mandate, maintaining its position on who qualifies for religious exemption and allowing no carve-o ...

Abortion Bill Reopens Tricky Terrain for Republicans
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

As the House debates a bill to limit abortion, Republicans are reopening a subject that cost them dearly in 2012 and continues to present perils for the party’s attempt to appeal to women voters. ...

Activists Rally to Bury the Bodies from Gosnell Abortion Trial
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Now that the trial for abortion provider Kermit Gosnell has ended with a conviction, many are asking what public officials in Philadelphia plan to do with the 47 bodies from the case. ...

Why Do Condolence Notes Never Get Easier to Write?
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

As we go through life, most of us manage to acquire some small measure of expertise about daily living. In general, the more times we’ve had to undertake a task, the better we get at it. ...

Feisty Civil Rights Activist Will Campbell Dies at 88
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a Baptist minister and early white civil rights activist, as well as best-selling writer and folksy raconteur, died Monday in Nashville, Tenn. He was 88. ...

DC 127: Flipping the Foster Care Waitlist
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

The Washington, D.C.-based foster care initiative created by the District Church seeks to reverse the foster care waitlist in our nation’s capital, leaving parents waiting to foster the 3,000 children currentl ...

June 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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June 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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10 Myths of Abuse in the Church
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

and Christian organizations often cite Matthew 18:15-17, stating they must give the perpetrator a chance to stop ... and perpetrator resulting in continued abuse.  Matthew 18 is an important framework for dealing with relational ...

What If 'Sex Week' Came to First Baptist Church?
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

With apologies to Campfield’s ever-vigilant protection of Christian sensibilities, the real problem here is not that mandatory student fees are being used to promote sexual education and awareness. The problem ...