The Common Good

Results for Consistent Life Ethic

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: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | 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

Nicholas D. Kristof Sheryl WuDunn ...

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 ...

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 ...