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The Gift of Hopelessness
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

This Advent I am grateful for the gift of hopelessness. Yes, you read that correctly. “But as a mountain erodes and crumbles and as a rock is moved from its place, as water w ...

Christian Groups Join New Coalition to Mobilize 90 Million Americans Against the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Press

December 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Samuel Smith ...

Torture Report Reveals That Truth Trumps Lies
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 7:26pm | Type: Blog

The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report detailing the CIA’s brutal post-9/11 torture program is a watershed moment for the values of our nation. The release of ...

Archbishop Justin Welby: Anglican Communion May Not Hold Together
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

In a lengthy  interview  in The Times of London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby predicted that the Anglican Communion might not hold together because of strong disagreements on the ordination of women as bishops and full rights for LGBT people. ...

Why God Is Sending Christians Straight to Hell
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

So much of Christianity has become about avoiding hell. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned as a hospital chaplain, it’s that God is sending Christians straight to hell. So muc ...

Injustice Has Many Names
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Every name of a life lost is an image of God. When we lost them, we lost a little piece of God’s image in the world. There is power in a name. One of the things happening in o ...

A Winter to Remember, Beforehand
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. The Old Farmer's Almanac never lies. (It guesses, but that's not lying.) AS WE BLITHE ...

A Better Kind of Good
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins A cisgender straight character dressing up has little or nothing to do with the real stories of the "T" in LGBTQ ...

Anna
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kristina LaCelle-Peterson I. The wailing and the murmured prayers, the animal ruckus, and coin against coin, smoke hanging in the temple spaces— offerings that bear our love t ...

Staying Connected in Later Years
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older. Vanderbilt University Press.  ...

Reviving the Flame
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Black Prophetic Fire. Beacon Press.  CORNEL WEST and Christa Buschendorf have collaborated to br ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Dear White People by dearwhitepeoplemovie.com / Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Dav ...

Wisdom and Discontent
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick F. O' Connell Diverse books mark the 100th birthday of the great mystic and writer Thomas Merton.  ...

Retreats Aim to Help LGBT Youth Recapture Some of Their Broken Spirituality
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

“Most LGBT adults have left their childhood religion because of rejection they’ve experienced,” Ryan said. “So many have a lack of rootedness and connectedness. (Reciprocity’s) approach is helping to restore a ...

Grace-Filled Moments
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Cherie Araujo With gun violence on the rise in Indianapolis, local churches are responding with prayer and a ministry of presence.  ...

The Public Private Life of Thomas Merton
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christopher Pramuk 100 Years after his birth, the postmodern sensibilities of this Catholic author and monk kept new generations coming ...

Bear Mountain
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle Five boys and one quiet honest wry excellent priest.  FATHER PAUL DROVE US in one of the two pari ...

What About the Meek?
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Margaret Atwood Do you always have to let bullies kick sand in your face at the beach?  THIS IS SURELY the mo ...

Disputable Matters
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee Five books that are changing the evangelical discussion about LGBT Christians and the church.  ...

Leaders Across all Faiths Gather for Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

given dignity to the all children of Adam” (The Noble Qur’an, 17:70). The command to “protect ...

5 Takeaways from Pope Francis' Latest Interview
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

on Dec. 17, he conceded that he’s no longer a young man. “I do have some aches and pains, and at my age ...

Considering 12 Sides of Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

I grew up reading Scripture, have written several books about Jesus and the Bible, but somehow I’m always left with a sense that there’s more — a lot more — about Jesus and about being a follower than we gener ...

No Nukes!
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Gerson This Spring, thousands will gather in New York to say no to nuclear weapons.  IN APRIL, THOUSAN ...

You Don’t Want To Be A Prophet
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

The prophet’s road is lonely not because she escapes the hubbub of everyday life in order to retreat and draw near to God. No, the prophet’s road is lonely because she is called to the most troubled corners of ...

Collateral Damage
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood Does Christianity have a future in Iraq?  THE U.S. AND other nations are increasingly aware th ...

Vatican on Nuclear Disarmament: 'Time for Abolition'
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

17,000 nuclear weapons, enough to destroy the world many times over. But the moral backing ... of the world's 17,000 nuclear weapons. Image cou This week, at a conference in Vienna, Austria ...

Tackling the Hard Questions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee It's time for Bible-believing Christians to take a new look at what scripture teaches us about gays and lesbians—and ...

January 2015
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Magazine Issue

January, 2015 What the Bible Says (and doesn't say) about gays, lesbians, and the church. ...

Rhythms
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Christianity’s rhythm is cyclic, repetitive. Still, in the same way that we can continually find new gusts of loveliness and truth in old Scriptures our eyes have taken in before, each Advent is a fresh encou ...

Will Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Disappoint Christians? It Depends
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Before Zamperini’s death, Jolie showed him rough cuts of the film. From all accounts, he had no complaints. I made a new friend — Angelina Jolie,” Zamperini said. “The gal really loves me. She hugs me and kis ...

Does a New Book Question Pope Francis' Legitimacy?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

Was there a secret plot to elect Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio at the papal conclave last year? Did Bergoglio — who became Pope Francis at that conclave — give the go-ahead to such a plan? And does that cam ...

'Don’t Shoot!' – A Lament in Song
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Fleeceboi’s cries haunted me as young people among us broke into tears and the clergy surrounded them with hands raised in prayer and sobs of deep lament. St. Louis County Prosec ...

Hope in the Christ’s Resurrection
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

I don’t have hope this Advent because of the great work Sojourners is doing here in Washington, D.C., or because I try my hardest to live a righteous and loving life. I only have hope because of this Jesus. ...

Shore
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

After the monsoon, after work, I catch you with your face in the hot laundry, the syntax of spring held together by sap, hanging wild and worried and crazy in the lowest branch. In the ripe country, sa ...

Can 'Good Will Hunting' Help You Decide What to Do with Your Life?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

It probably can’t. It may help you ponder the kind of person you hope to become, and it might even help you orient yourself towards the next few baby steps you take in this life, but decide what you want to do ...

‘The Red Tent:' A Bloody Tale with a Timely Twist
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

It is time to return Dinah’s voice to her — and not only in a Lifetime miniseries. Imagine: The Sabbath when her story is read in synagogue could become an annual Sabbath Against Violence To Women. ...

This Is Jesus, in His Glory
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

"This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 As the people walked into the sanctuary, the worship team behind us started to sing. “This is Jesus, ...

Will Faith Stay Safe or Stand Tall?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

If faith couldn’t address the dark sides, then it was just ritualized nostalgia. It was an in-crowd affirming itself; it was nice people gathering for pleasing ceremonies and making no discernible difference i ...

What Ever Happened to Rob Bell, the Pastor Who Questioned the Gates of Hell?
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

In 2011, his book “Love Wins” pushed the evangelical envelope on the nature of heaven, hell, and salvation. Many dismissed him as a modern-day heretic, unwilling to embrace traditional evangelicals beliefs abo ...

Pope Francis Joins Other Faith Leaders to Demand an End to Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

“Modern slavery … fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity,“ the joint statement said. Pope Francis and religio ...

Out of the Silence
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

One summer my cousin Betty and I sneaked through the barbed-wire fence of a neighbor’s orchard and ate so many wild plums right off the tree that we almost made ourselves sick. Betty was 13 and I was 9, and I ...

Online Troll or Therapist? Atheist Evangelists See Their Work as a Calling
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Max is not alone in classifying his online commenting as more benevolent than belittling. Several atheist super-commenters mentioned a concern for others as motivation for spending up to 10 hours a day arguing ...

Waiting for Heaven
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

But wait! What if we‘ve got it backward? To revisit that waiting-goes-both-ways thing: Instead of us waiting on God, what if God is waiting on us? John Dominic Crossan poses that question in his book The Pow ...

Finding The Perfect Gift
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Like a lot of people, I love giving presents almost as much as receiving them. And the best gifts of all are ones that come with a clear understanding of the recipient in mind — ones that involve thought and c ...

A Season of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

With all of this pain and heartache in the world, I often find myself asking, “Where is the hope?” “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes ...

Pope Francis Makes Overtures to Orthodox and Muslims
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Never mind that Turkey is overwhelmingly Muslim. The most enduring image of Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Turkey was the moment when he bowed his head and asked for the blessing of the leader of Eastern Ort ...

'Peace, Peace.' But For Whom?
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Wherever peace is elusive, the first ones to suffer are the vulnerable. When I was living in China, taxis were a convenient and cheap mode of transportation. One time, our taxi ...

Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow: 50 Years of Song in 'Love of Community'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

A just-released album, DISCOVERED: Live in Concert, includes 12 live songs never before heard on their albums. And on Dec. 1 (check local listings), PBS will air 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary — a new docu ...

Pope Francis Urges Europeans to Reject ‘Throwaway Culture’
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

The 77-year-old pontiff is well-known for his attacks on consumerism and for his compassion for the poor. More recently, Francis has turned his attention to bioethics issues, describing abortion, embryonic ste ...

A Homeless Man and A Candy Cane
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

James was playing cards with several other nursing home residents in a room that doubles as their dining area. The “stakes” for their game was a stash of candy from a Christmas party earlier in the day. He saw ...