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The Boy Who Did Not Come Back from Heaven
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

In 2010, the book, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, was released. At the time, I believe I gave this news about 0.3 percent of my attention, and 0.1 percent was spent lamenting terrible theology prevalent in ...

Breeding 'Like Rabbits,' Sex by Rhythm Method, and Other Natural Family Planning Myths
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

In discussing birth control and population issues when visiting the Philippines recently, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church promoted “responsible parenthood” that didn’t require good Catholics to be “like ...

Snowstorm May Lay Bare Our ‘Control Addiction’
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

Apocalypse or snowstorm? For a nervous few days, we worried that life as we know it in New York would be undone by a monster blizzard. Apocalypse or snowstorm? For a nervous few ...

The Rev. Richard McBrien, Outspoken Liberal Theologian and Notre Dame Scholar, Dies at 78
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Despite courting controversy, he always remained a priest in good standing. The Rev. Richard McBrien, a renowned Catholic theologian at the University of Notre Dame who wrote com ...

It Doesn't Have to Be This Way
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

This month, as we raise awareness about the massive problem of human trafficking, let’s also share the important message of hope. It doesn’t have to be this way. If you’re reading ...

The Super Bowl and the Church in a Culture of Dominance
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

The problem develops when we let football (or other sports, or a military, or corporations, or other forces) define strength in terms of dominance. If what a nation watches on te ...

Terrorism In The Name Of Religion Is Blasphemy: Rev. Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 10:55am | Type: Press

January 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Carol Kuruvilla ...

Not A Game
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

by extending the Safe Harbor Act to 16- and 17-year-olds.   Congress recently signed a law to identify sex ...

Resistance. Lamentation. Action.
Originally Posted: 01/23/2015 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

There is no one course of action which will end human trafficking. Yet, if we are truly outraged by this social sin, we must find ways to resist. Ordinary people of goodwill, no m ...

In Over My Heart: Friendship and the LGBTQ Church
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

That anyone, most especially evangelicals, questions God’s — and by extension, the Christian community's — love and friendship for and with my Christ-professed gay and lesbian sisters and brothers breaks ...

A Future in Prison
Originally Posted: 01/23/2015 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

In the U.S., the criminal justice system disproportionately incarcerates people of color for petty offenses. Many take plea bargains under threat of excessive, punitive sentences. If I were a young black male, ...

Why We Need More 'Safe Harbor Laws'
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

trafficked an HIV-positive 17-year old in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina for his own good. But hey, ...

What’s God Got to Do with Football Devotion? Plenty.
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

Did God lift Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s overtime pass into the end zone on Sunday, rewarding the prayerful Christian player with a championship victory and a trip to the Super Bowl? ...

Marcus Borg, Leading Liberal Theologian and Historical Jesus Expert, Dies at 72
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

Borg, a prominent liberal theologian and Bible scholar who for a generation helped shaped the intense debates about the historical Jesus and the veracity and meaning of the New Testament, died on Jan. 21. ...

In Our Own Backyard: Children and Sexual Slavery
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Who will end slavery? You will. How will we end slavery? By God’s grace, through love and fortitude. Not in a faraway place but right here, at home. An estimated 100,000 children ...

Je Suis... [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 10:58am | Type: Press

January 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

‘American Sniper’ or ‘Selma’ — How Christian Is Your Movie Choice?
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

The latest box office numbers for Selma were also released today following the MLK holiday weekend. The film reportedly brought in $11.5 million through Monday, bringing its domestic total to $29.1 million. Se ...

The Pope is wrong on religious speech
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Press

January 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Heidi Schlumpf ...

This Is What It Looks Like to Help End Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Sometimes, in the midst of the daily humdrum of life, I forget that what I’m doing really does make a difference, half a world away, in the lives of survivors of trafficking. I am ...

Free Speech, Big Fish, and Calls from God
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

We don’t have to agree with their posts or their beliefs. They do, however, have the right to have them. The  Charlie Hebdo  massacre in Paris was an act of absolute evil. The ...

Invest in Women, Divest from Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/18/2015 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Five businesses dedicated to helping sell the products or art of at-risk women and girls, as well as trafficking survivors—supplying them with work and the means to provide for their families. ...

A Journey to Full Restoration
Originally Posted: 01/17/2015 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

A successful business can provide the wages and benefits needed to sustain a woman while giving her the opportunity to reach full restoration. When the greater community invests in freedom products, we can hel ...

U.S. Churchgoers Still Sit in Segregated Pews, and Most Are OK with That
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

On the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Jan. 15), just as the civil rights drama “Selma” was nominated for best picture in the Oscar race, one fact of American life was little changed. ...

Help End Domestic Slavery, Ratify Convention 189
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Many domestic workers in the United States are hard working people who enjoy their jobs and have fair working conditions. But the private and unregulated nature of the job does make these workers vulnerable to ...

You Can Really Call This Wine ‘Vintage Francis’
Originally Posted: 01/15/2015 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Argentine cardinal became pope in 2013, Trinitas Cellars didn’t have any malbec — the famous Argentine grape — in its cellars. But it happened to have a few barrels of cabernet franc. ...

Mission Trips Aren’t Just For Christians Anymore
Originally Posted: 01/15/2015 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

Christian missionary work spans the globe. But Jewish mission trips? Christian missionary work spans the globe. But Jewish mission trips? Your average American synagogue is no ...

Je Suis … [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris
Originally Posted: 01/15/2015 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

While the tenet of freedom of speech has been invoked throughout the media coverage of the attacks, the religious implications here run much deeper. They are about how we in the faith community should respond ...

Christian Leaders Should Prepare for the Long Term
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson’s advice to Christian leaders: Discern God’s call and learn how to sustain your inward life for the long term. Editor's Note:  Granberg- ...

Here’s the Faith in the ‘American Sniper’ You Won’t See in the Film
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family. ...

4 Things You Need to Know About Terrorism and Religion
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Here are four things you need to know about the relationship between the archaic sacred and violence and how that relationship threatens our world. After my article on the ter ...

RESOURCES: Pope Francis Interviews
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Links to Elisabetta Piqué’s interviews with Pope Francis.  Between selfies in South Korea and Ita ...

VIDEO: Water Everlasting?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 2:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A trailer for Water Everlasting? In 2014, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) premiered W ...

Which Terrorism Matters?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

It is not primarily American or European citizens who are losing their lives and livelihoods in the global terror epidemic. The narrative of the “Global War on Terror” has been sh ...

Online Ordinations Aren’t Just For Weddings Anymore
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Online ordinations are a fast-growing business, a way for ordinary people to play priest-for-a-day at their friends’ and family’s weddings. But these ordinations are also a 21st-century way of reaching into th ...

Top 5 Resources for Community Dialogue on 'Selma'
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

The film Selma is an incredibly helpful dialogue centerpiece at the moment. . When those opportunities surface, I recommend using the format below as a template for similar dialogues moving forward. I’ve colle ...

Enjoy the Silence
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Anthony de Mello, the late Jesuit priest, teacher, and psychotherapist, had a blessing that sums up a life of contemplation: “Behold God, beholding you … and smiling.” One of my ...

When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Are My People
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, women who are smart, talented, and gutsy enough to call out injustice, make me proud to be a woman. They are my people. Living in a different time zone ...

Nigerian Archbishop Calls for Unity Marches Following Boko Haram Massacres
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Nigerian Roman Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama says his country needs a similar march to the one held in Paris on Jan. 11 to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks. ...

Pope Francis to Moms: It’s OK to Breast-Feed in Public
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

While baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 11, Pope urged mothers to breast-feed their infants if they were hungry. While baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel o ...

France Ponders Its Response to Shootings: Will Xenophobia or Multiculturalism Win?
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

As France emerges from its worst terrorist attack in decades, a biting novel that imagines the country governed by Islamic law is part of a swirling debate about its basic values. ...

Victims in Our Midst: Health Care and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

a widow’s garment in pledge.” —Deuteronomy 24:17 This verse names the three populations most ...

PHOTOS: Rebuilding Haiti
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

Five years after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti on Jan.12, 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people, Haitians are still working to rebuild the poorest country in the hemisphere. ...

The Tragedy of Self-Appointed Prophets
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

I don't think the world needs more armchair advocates … especially when our arguing or defending leads to the fracture of real-life relationships. I’m not saying we all need to passively waltz around the ...

5 Ways We Complicate God's Love
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

like little children (Luke 18:15-17): innocently, genuinely, authentically, and simply — not overly ...

5 Years After the Haiti Earthquake
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

I was writing a kind of psalm because it felt like if I didn’t wrestle with God amidst the collapse, I might lose hold of faith and hope — or they might lose hold of me. Life is ...

A Christian Mother’s Response to Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

of a passing semitrailer on an interstate in Ohio. She was just 17. As a mother, her death breaks my heart. ...

Charlie Hebdo: Comedy As an Act of Courage
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

On a recent episode of The Daily Show, however, he took a more sober tone when talking about the slaughter in the headquarters of the French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo. One comment in particular that he ma ...

From NFL Cheerleading to Fighting Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

This evil was revealed to me and once seen, I could not turn a blind eye. Why is it that billions of dollars are spent globally each year to buy and sell human beings for forced l ...

Oscar Romero Declared a Martyr as Vatican Inches Him Toward Sainthood
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop Oscar Romero, the hero of the Catholic left who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass in El Salvador, is inching one step closer to sainthood after his case languished in bureaucratic limb ...

The Violence at Charlie Hebdo: A Sacred Tragedy
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

The tragic death of twelve people at the French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo begs for our understanding. The tragic death of twelve people at the French weekly newspaper Charl ...