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God, PBS and Paul Simon, The "God Chronicler By Accident"
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 9:10pm | Type: Blog

Kim Lawton of PBS's "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" interviews Paul Simon about God, his music, and the spiritual questions he's asked, and continues to ask, after all these years. ...

The Nerd Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

I have a number of identifiers on my various venues I write for and on my email signature: heretic, antagonist, father, son, instigator, pop culture junkie, theologian, social media guru, and so on. But one se ...

Jimmy Carter on the Role of Faith in Egypt/Israel Peace Talks, His Own Life (in and out of the White House)
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

In this wide-ranging interview, the Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush spoke to President Carter by phone about the role faith played in the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, the time of h ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 Huffington Post: An Interview with United States 39 th President Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter is the 39th president of the United ...

Do Not Take Revenge, My Friends
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Shoulder to Shoulder's response to firebomb attacks in Queens, NY Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position ...

Standing at the Gates: A Confession
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Everybody needs forgiveness. But it’s hard to face that. It feels threatening, like an accusation. So we tend to get defensive and start justifying ourselves, rather than seeing the one we’ve hurt. ...

Trumpet
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Annie Deppe There were two sets of stairs: the front ones curving and formal while the backstairs rose steep as a canyon wall. As a girl, ...

Critical Mass
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

a position that was part of the early Christian church and restored at Vatican II. In the U.S. some 17 ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Free South Africa, To Love More Deeply, When Disaster Strikes, Wrestling with Tradition. Free ...

Too Much Talk?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Consensus decision-making can make an old-style Senate filibuster seem purposeful and engaging. ...

Power and No Glory
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Roland Emmerich is known for making the kind of disaster movies that fans of quality filmmaking love to hate. ...

Local Church as Radical Witness
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christopher Smith War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity, by Stanley Hauerwas. ...

Prayer, Poetry, Politics
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art, and the Architecture of Silence. And, Fasting For Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual ...

Do Superheroes Get the Flu?
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 4:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. At first, I thought I had the flu because I didn't get a flu shot this year and naturally had to be punished by the me ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 3:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese Multigenerational households are becoming more common, by choice or by necessity -- and these expanded family circles h ...

Challenges Ahead for the Post-Vatican II Church
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Sue Smith Despite the enormous success of lay involvement and Catholic outreach to the world, several trends indicate serious challenges for the Catholic Church in the United ...

Seeing Things Through
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Storbakken Activist pastor Gardener C. Taylor on lessons learned in a long life of faithfully taking the side of the oppressed. ...

The Freedom to Choose Life
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Enuma Okoro Reflections on the Common Lectionary. There is so much life for us to enter into now that Christ ...

The Way of Peace and Grace
Originally Posted: 12/29/2011 - 11:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Derek Flood Paul shows us how to wrestle with violent passages in the Hebrew Bible. THE DIVINE COMMANDS to co ...

Gratitude for the 'Better Men'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I'm grateful to the men who use their power, money, and influence on behalf of women. Recen ...

Iraq: It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 3:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The war in Iraq was fundamentally a war of choice, and it was the wrong choice. My son Jack was bo ...

Fearless for Justice
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 3:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rep. John Lewis All of us owe Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth a heavy debt of gratitude for his willingness to give all he had to help build a mo ...

January 2012 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Product

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EPA’s New Mercury and Air Toxics Standards = Breath of Fresh Air
Originally Posted: 01/03/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

After 20 years of opposition from the coal industry, the Environmental Protection Agency has released the first national standards for mercury and air toxin pollution. After years ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Exegeting Ebenezer Scrooge
Originally Posted: 12/28/2011 - 8:57pm | Type: Blog

A Christmas Carol, I would argue, is not ultimately about Christmas, but conversion. Christmas as Ebenezer “Marley was dead, to begin with.” So begins the classic ta ...

The Bait and Switch of Contemporary Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/28/2011 - 8:37pm | Type: Blog

"Christianity" has essentially become a mechanism for allowing millions of people to replace being a decent human being with something else, an endorsed "spiritual" substitute. ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: The Horizon of Death
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

For a story about conversion, death is a necessary character. It is in the finality of death that our eyes are able to readjust and see the horizon of our life and being. It is wi ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Suffer Not the Little Children
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Children remind us what faith is. When they overflow with joy and excitement it is contagious. When I imagine Jesus telling his disciples, “Let the little children come to me,” I ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: A Chain of Our Own Making
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

“I wear the chain I forge in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free-will, and of my own free-will I wore it.” The spect ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: With the Cathedral Choir from New Jersey
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today: The Cathedral Choir of New Jersey. ...

Heeding the Bethlehem Call: Freedom Comes from Tenacity
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

If all who hear the “Bethlehem Call” respond then momentum will build for the liberation of all God’s children in the Holy Land. In preparing to leave for the Holy Land a few week ...

Maybe the Big Bang Wasn’t So Big
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Does the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle call into question the existence of God? If so, how does God feel about that? I figure she’ll be pissed. The international scientifi ...

Why the "War on Christmas" Doesn't Translate Across the Pond
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Christmas matters. It changes people. For some, it is what brings them to Jesus. Throughout history, we British have had our fair share of wars. You guys are probably still mad ...

A Christmas Gift
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 1:22pm | Type: SojoMail

December 22, 2011   QUOTE OF THE WEEK   Quote of the day. ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: From the Junior High Lunch Table
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today Handel's "Hallelujah" is brought to you by the junior high students from O ...

Seasonal Videos of Awesomeness: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past eleven months (or even if you haven’t), the generous folks at JibJab have collected all the best news stories and faces from the year and set it to music through their standard DIY video. Join t ...

The Top 10 Worst Toys to Give Your Daughter This Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Disclaimer: These toys are wrapped up in a whole lot of complicated gender roll/motherhood/feminism issues…so take my snark with a grain of salt, folks. The Top 10 Googled Celeb ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Kuwa na Krismasi njema!
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today's installment comes from the POTS Chorus o ...

The "War" on Christmas: And Then They Came for the Poinsettias
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants ...

Millennials to the Church: Wake Up or We're Outta Here
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Young people are thirsting for social justice, and simply not finding those principles in the pews. Most vexing of all is that this trend isn’t surprising. But it should be. ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Karen Peris of the Innocence Mission
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

The Innocence Mission's rendition of "Away in a Manger" is a prime example of what Karen Peris' voice can do. It's in high rotation in my Christmas 2011 mix on iTunes and rarely fails ...

The Morning News: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

NPR: New Law Aims To Shine Light on Conflict Metals Delly Mawazo Sesete wants American consumers to know what is in their smart phones, computers and other electronics and where U.S. companies like Apple are getting those rare metals. Learn more ...

Ch-Ch-Ch-Check it out: The New Monastics
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

You won't want to miss the great profile of our friend Shane Claiborne and the New Monastics in Huffington Post's Religion section. HuffPo's religion editor Paul Raushenbush tells the story of S ...

There's Just Something About Mary: The Power of Yes
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

See, God is at work in you in much the same way God was at work in Mary. (Not necessarily in that the Holy Spirit’s going to knock you up.) But I do think that you carry in your body the blessing of God and ha ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: From the Bread Aisle
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 6:09pm | Type: Blog

Shoppers at Lancaster, Pennsylvania's Central Market got a festive surprise Saturday when a flash mob of more than 125 people broke into the "Hallelujah Chorus" by the bread aisle. ...

Links (and Videos) of Awesomeness: Monday, Dec. 19, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 5:56pm | Type: Blog

Links (and Videos) of Awesomeness: Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 Flash mobs have been appearing quite often this year – in shopping malls, public transportation stations, occupy movements ...

They Called Him a Dissident: Vaclav Havel (1936-2011)
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 5:38pm | Type: Blog

Though admittedly I hunger after his well-crafted words, what I desire more so and will miss in greater ways is the manner in which he led and wrought deep and lasting change. Dis ...

Rob Bell's Parting Epistle to Mars Hill: "Grace + Peace"
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Rob Bell, 41, the founding pastor of Mars Hill church in western Michigan, bid adieu to his congregation in a 5,000-word epistle about grace and peace, which he preached the Sunday before Christmas to thousand ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Jason Harrod
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

"My favorite Christmas Hymn (technically an advent hymn) is 'O come, O come, Emmanuel.' I like it because it expresses the longing for Jesus to be 'with us,' and also that tension I b ...