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Thankful, Indeed
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

I’ve learned that it’s especially important for those who are always trying to change the world, to remember what they are thankful for in their world as it is! I’ve learned that ...

A Photo Goes Viral, Enters History
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

There are photographs that have become part of our iconic memory. There are photographs that have become part of our iconic memory. Think of German shepherds straining at their ...

Oregon Announces Moratorium on the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Yesterday Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced a moratorium on all executions in the state Yesterday Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced a moratorium on all executions in the ...

Thanks(giving) Be To God!
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

When I reflect on the events of the last year, it is precisely that — the epic blessing of the unexpected — that fills my soul with gratitude. For as long as I can remember, Than ...

Rewriting History: Thanksgiving or Genocide?
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

I’m not suggesting we not be thankful. But if it were up to me, I’d repeal the official day of Thanksgiving that was sanctioned by Congress because no matter how we want to re-tell or re-write that story, we a ...

The Gift of Goat
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

I look back on my selfishness as a teen and see how blind I was to the idea of grace — to the beauty and significance of my aunt and uncle’s gift. Some 15 years ago, my aunt and ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, Nov. 21, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 6:16pm | Type: Blog

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 Awesome tweet of the day: The father of liberal theology, Fred Schleiermacher, was born today in 1768. “Born” and “today” ...

Faith On Foot at UC Davis: Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Thank you, Rev. Stoneking, for being a peacemaker and a comforter. Thank you for standing up for justice and mercy. Thank you for walking with grace. The video of police shooting ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Nov. 18, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Nov. 18, 2011 “[ All American Muslim ] is not a documentary with journalistic standards, a la PBS’ Frontline , for example. It is a made-for-t ...

"Love Your Enemies" = "Don't Shoot Them, Either."
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

When Jesus said, “Love your enemies,” is it possible he also could’ve meant, “Don’t shoot them, either”? The House of Representatives just passed a law that would allow gun-ow ...

Will the Class of 2012 Head for Main Street or Wall Street?
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

But what would it look like if we didn’t follow the money? What if Wall Street paid no more than schools or hospitals? Why do so many of America's best and brightest want to ...

The Jesuit Jester
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

"playfulness" in giving his disciples nicknames. Take brothers James and John in Mark 3:17, where Jesus calls ...

Cultivating Fruits of Transformation
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 1:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christopher Smith A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt by Kyle T. Kramer. WHEN I FIRST pic ...

'Ǎhk-Toong Bāy-Bi Covered': New U2 Album Aids Victims of East Africa Famine
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

All of the proceeds from the album, 'Ǎhk-Toong Bāy-Bi Covered,' featuring Patti Smith, Snow Patrol, Depeche Mode, Jack White, The Fray and others covering U2's famous 1991 album 'Achtung Ba ...

‘Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes’ – Charismatic Christianity 2.0?
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

The Sacred Breath of God breathes into us, making all things numinous. Reality is not cold and mechanistic, but infinitely personal – binding us all. Charismatic Christianity ha ...

Seattle's 'Disastrous' Response to the '99 WTO Protests Is A Cautionary Tale for NYPD
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Writing in The Nation, Norm Stamper, who served as Seattle's police chief during the 1999 World Trade Organization protests, says his "disastrous response" a dozen years ago should have been a c ...

Egypt's Coptic Christian Community Faces Harsh Persecution
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

The Coptic Christian community in Egypt is facing harsh persecution. The Coptic Christian community in Egypt is facing harsh persecution. Just days before the country’s first d ...

Do We Get Pleasure From Sharing Our Pain?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

This is true of any bad news, really. When I feel sick. When I don’t get my way. When I’ve had a bad day. You name it. If it’s negative, then I look forward to sharing it. I don’t mean to; I just do.I sense th ...

Penn State’s Massive Moral Failure to Put The Most Vulnerable First Instead of Last
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

As it was done to them, it was done to Christ himself, the very Son of God. The Penn State story of the sexual abuse of children has just sickened me — as it has many others. I ha ...

Racism, Moral Law and the Penn State Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

My heart is very heavy today as I read about the eight boys who were sexually assaulted by Gerald A. Sandusky in his home and in the locker rooms of the Penn State University campus. My soul deeply grieves to ...

Love and Marriage: A Kardashian Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

It’s tempting for us to scoff at Kris and Kim’s downfall, but the reality is that their marriage failed at least in part because of our society’s views of nuptial bliss. That makes us all implicitly responsibl ...

Be A Good Neighbor to a Veteran
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

You might call yourself a pacifist, a just-war theorist, a pragmatist, a dove or a hawk but today (and every day), you should be a good neighbor to a veteran. The other week duri ...

When Soldiers Become Saints
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 1:04am | Type: Blog

at a rate of 17 every day. … "Bearing more the mark of Cain, we cry out that our burden is too ...

Colombia's "People of the Land" Call Out for Justice ... And Some of Us Are Listening
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

Colombia's campesinos ("people of the land") — peasants, farmers and artisanal miners, the indigenous — are calling out for an end to the exploitation and environmental destruction of their life ...

Armistice Day/Veteran's Day: 11/11/11
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

I say if we are to truly honor veterans, we ought to remember and honor Armistice Day with the hope that we can bring an end to violent conflict within and between nations. Befor ...

A New Matthew 25 Hymn: "O God, We Yearn For Safety"
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

This Sunday’s lectionary gospel is Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The following new hymn affirms that Jesus’ parable calls us to faithfulness even when it involves risk and challenge today. ...

Simple Pleasures: Three O'Clock Lattes, Show Tunes
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

What's better than a piping hot, non-fat, sugar-free pumpkin latte right about now? Sipping a piping hot, non-fat, sugar-free pumpkin latte while listening to Kristin Chenoweth sing "Taylor the Latte ...

Woody Allen and His Evangelical Fan Base (Yes, Really.)
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Woody Allen, the iconic filmmaker, the quintessential agnostic Jewish New Yorker, has rabid fans in evangelical stalwarts Chuck Colson and Richard Land. Who knew? Michelle Boorste ...

Light in the darkness – an interview with Daniel Walker, author of "God in a Brothel"
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

a Grandfather of 17 I am a Grandfather of 17 grandkids. I have a very heavy burden on my for what i read ...

The moral injuries of war in Iraq
Originally Posted: 11/09/2011 - 12:55pm | Type: Press

October 28, 2011 Sojo in the News Liz Lefebvre ...

Dr. Billy Graham at 93: "The Father's Love," This Child's Gratitude
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 11:59pm | Type: Blog

As Billy Graham marks the beginning of his 94th year walking among us, Cathleen Falsani gives thanks for his clear, grace-filled Gospel message -- and for the unfailing love of the Father. ...

Jim Wallis and Gary Bauer on CNN's "State of the Union" Discuss Religion and the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:09am | Type: Blog

On Sunday morning (11/6), Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis appeared on CNN's "State of the Union," with American Values president Gary Bauer and host Candy Crowley to discuss how religion will affect t ...

Listening to Veterans
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:16am | Type: Blog

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A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Seventy-five years of Santa-school, celebrating National Sandwich Day, Muslims save Jewish bakery, remembering the inventor of the theremin, Cameron Crowe's new film, Lady Gaga's new anti-bullying pr ...

Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

How helps us understand that principled behavior isn't merely something a PR/Corporate Social Responsibility staff or attorneys tell us is important. Rather it is the surest path to success and relevance ...

Just Back from Kabul
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

During interviews with more than a dozen Afghan women leaders, researchers, international aid workers and former Afghan government officials, we learned of persistent dangers and threats to the country's ...

One Reason the U.S. Must Continue Funding Foreign Aid
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Because Bill Gates says so. Because Bill Gates says so. Bill Gates traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week to tell members of congress not to cut foreign aid funding f ...

A Robin Hood for Wall Street
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams observed that ”people are frustrated beyond measure at what they see as the disastrous effects of global capitalism,” and urged a full debate on “a Financial Transaction ...

"Hole-y" Bible Gets a Digital Makeover
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

they have. I had a great uncle that had 17 children and they were born in that vicinity. If everyone ...

Harry and the Principalities
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 2:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann The 10-year pop culture love affair with Harry Potter leaves questions at the crux. Fo ...

How to Read the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 2:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann Ten books on the shelf of one of our most respected biblical scholars. New Favorites ...

Bridging the Bible Gap
Originally Posted: 10/12/2011 - 12:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

flourished since the 17th century, there is a troubling disconnect between seminaries and congregations, ...

Practice, Practice, Practice
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 2:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley How to deepen our spirituality, one step at a time. SENSING HER spiritual life is lacking a ...

Action Heroes
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 2:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter When spurred on by God and conscience, there's no telling what trouble you might get into. A ...

Holy Land Farce
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 2:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Getman Glenn Beck's exploitative event in Israel ignored justice and U.S. public opinion. GLENN BECK’ ...

Food for Life
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 2:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Why are we still sinking in health-care induced debt? THE DOCUMENTARY film Forks Over ...

How Dare the Sun Ascend?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 2:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ken Sehested We all knew it would come. Someday. Always later. Mañana . It comes for us all. Sure. Of course. We know that. Someday. Mañana . But when someday ...

With the Eyes of Our Hearts
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 11:14am | Type: Magazine Article

[ November 27 ] The Gift is Still Unfolding Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians ...

November 2011 magazine
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Product

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