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Christmas is Supposed to Be Crusty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's time to haul out the Christmas lights and stockings, Advent calendars, and odd-shaped Santa pillows from grandparents. Every year I sort of dread dragging all the chaos out of the basement. ...

Advent, Mary, and Sudan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The season of Advent always invites me to contemplate many facets of Christianity: the contrast between what God extols versus the world's values, the power of patience, and the strength of hope ...

We Needed a New Approach in Afghanistan -- and This Isn't It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/12/02/we-needed-a-new-approach-in-afghanistan-and-this-isn't-it/"></a>The decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghani ...

World AIDS Day and Rosa Parks' Civil Disobedience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the day that Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat on a bus in Montgomery. December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the d ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 7
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This year alone, <a href="https://suwa.org.au/epyc">EPYC</a> has run nonviolent climate justice workshops with more than 8,000 young people (most with little or no contact with C ...

The U.S. Shouldn't Bless Honduras's Flawed Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Elections took place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Honduras with National Party leader Porfirio Lobo declared the winner.</p> Elections took place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Honduras with Nati ...

Fair Trade Christmas Lists and Links
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So the stores are playing Christmas music and down here in Texas the highs are only the 70s and 80s, so the holiday season must be upon us. So the stores are playing Christmas mus ...

Equality in the Beautiful Image of God -- and the Ugliness of Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In every culture and in every part of the world, this injustice is present. What is the oldest injustice in the world?</p> In every culture and in every part of the world, ...

Advent: Apocalypse Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations caused by the roaring of the sea and the waves," proclaims Jesus in the gospel of Luke. ...

An Afghan Leader We Can Admire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The media coverage of Afghanistan focuses, on the one hand, on the evils of the Taliban and, on the other hand, on the necessi ...

A More Serious Threat to Catholic Identity than Removing Public Crucifixes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In his article<a href="http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/benedicts-ongoing-battle-against-secularism"> "Benedict's ongoing battle against secularism,"</a> < ...

Perseverance with Vision in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>By persevering the egg walks on legs.<br /> (Ethiopian Proverb)</em></p> By persevering the egg walks on legs. (Ethiop ...

In My Community: Equal at Birth, but Incarcerated at Adulthood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dane County, Wisconsin, is an amazing community for African-American babies to be born into. It is a horrible community in which to live if you are an adult African-American male. ...

Uniting to Eliminate Violence against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Some 70 percent of women experience in their lifetime some form of physical or sexual violence from men -- the majority from husbands, intimate partners or someone th ...

'The Three Most Important Issues'?: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Wrong
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

http://www.loveisanorientation.com/2009/nov-17-... plus there are more Thanks very much, Duhsciple. Thanks very much, Duhsciple. I take ... http://www.loveisanorientation.com/2009/nov-17-... plus there are more Thanks very much, Duhsciple. Thanks very much, Duhsciple. I take ...

A Thanksgiving Reflection on Food
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The United States is a country that is at once overweight and hungry. There are those among us who are overweight and obese. There are those among us who live with food insecurity. ...

An Open Letter from Sojourners to Zondervan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We at Sojourners, in solidarity with our Asian American sisters and brothers, affirm the <a href="../2009/11/20/tremendous-act-of-repentance-by-zondervan/">act of repentance by Zondervan</a& ...

Affirming the Footnotes: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Although there are several points I find troubling, inaccurate, or misleading in the recent <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">Manhattan Declaration</a>, and although I noticed th ...

A Modern Underground Railroad for North Korean Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As I set foot in China, many emotions invaded my thoughts. I guess you could say I was somewhat nervous. My last visit to China involved being detained for a day on suspicion of helping North Korean r ...

When Everything Changed: 50 Years of Women's Progress
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316059544?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0316059544">&l ...

Reduce the Danger of Nuclear War and Help Feed Hungry Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nowadays <em>everyone's</em> talking about nuclear disarmament. Nowadays everyone's talking about nuclear disarmament. The Queen of England , Geo ...

How I Came to Write an Apostolic Letter to Non-Christians in Esquire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As some of you know (though I know not many of you keep up with the latest men's magazines) -- Esquire magazine's end of the year "Best and Brightest" edition named me one of the & ...

Can You Hear Them Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When I went to hear a staged reading of Lynn Nottage's play "Ruined," about the price of the ongoing war in Congo, last week, I had a stronger than usual motive to be sure to turn off my cell ph ...

Human Trafficking, Justice, and CSI
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've gotten used to popular TV shows going the after-school special route and highlighting some issue or another. Granted, it boosts their ratings, but it also brings attention to issues that ne ...

Continuing the Deadly Viper Conversation: Illuminating Gender Blind Spots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In response to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/19/unseen-privilege-and-the-overlooked-gender-dimension-of-the-deadly-viper-conversation/">Kathy Khang's recent blog post, "Unseen ...

Joint Response to Zondervan and Deadly Viper Authors from Asian American Leaders
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

To Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, and the leaders of Zondervan Publishing,</p> To Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite, and the leaders of Zondervan Publishing, When we received ...

Some Final Reflections on Deadly Viper and Zondervan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Mike Foster, Jud Wilhite, and Zondervan acted in a decisive manner yesterday. Zondervan issued a statement that boldly declared their intention to pull the book off the shelves. ...

Tim Burton and Belief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001GOH6Q?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001GOH6Q">&l ...

Deadly Viper Backlash: Doing the Right Thing is Only the First Step
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In case you hadn't heard, Zondervan made <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/20/tremendous-act-of-repentance-by-zondervan/" target="_blank">a major announcement</a> yeste ...

Thoughts on Zondervan's and Authors' Statements After Pulling of Deadly Viper Products
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As many of you know, several Asian-American leaders and I have been in dialogue with both the authors of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Character-Assassins-Foster-Wilhite/dp/1888741074"> ...

Tremendous Act of Repentance by Zondervan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Zondervan Statement Regarding Concerns Voiced About <em>Deadly Viper: Character Assassins</em> from Moe Girkins, President and CEO:</p> <blockquote><p>Hello and thanks for your pa ...

Dinesh D'Souza, the New Atheism, and Constantinian Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week at the Innovative Evangelism Conference, I got a chance to hear <a href="http://www.dineshdsouza.com/">Dinesh D'Souza</a> speak to a standing room only crowd. ...

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/afghan_8years?source=act_0911_afghan_bc"></a>Your voice is being heard. Already, thousands of you have <a href="http://go.sojo.net/c ...

Unseen Privilege: The Overlooked Gender Dimension of the 'Deadly Viper' Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the eight years I worked specifically with Christian Asian American college students, I knew that my gender would get in the way. In the eight years I worked specifically with ...

Obama's Bow and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The gospel according to Aretha Franklin says: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me."</p> <p>Biblical wisdom teaches: "Give everyone what you owe him. If you owe tax ...

Boys are Warriors and Girls are Princesses? Spiritual Gifts are not Divided by Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

worthily and powerfully as apostles (Rom. 16:7), prophets (Acts 2:17, Acts 21:9, 1 Cor. 11:5), ...

Pentagon Blocks Release of Detainee Abuse Photos -- Obama Agrees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The release of photos of Americans supposedly treating imprisoned suspected terrorists badly has been <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/11/15/scotus.detainee.photos/index.html">blocked by the ...

The Locavore's Dilemma: What We Eat is More Than Just a Personal Choice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a cradle vegetarian. Didn't have even a bite of meat -- red or white, fish or fowl -- until I was maybe eleven years old, and then I lost my dietary virginity to a hot dog. ...

Psalm 109:8 -- A Prayer to Destroy Obama?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

During the last few days, Psalm 109:8, a Bible verse in the form of a "prayer for Obama," has topped the Google trends chart: "May his days be few; may another take his office." Evidently ...

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is a memo Jim Wallis has provided to leaders throughout the nation concerning the ongoing issue of abortion within the health care reform debate and the need to find common ground ...

The Charter for Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sympathy for another's suffering."</p> Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sy ...

Tools for Turning Your Travels into Pilgrimages
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In my ongoing quest to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/20/turning-my-travels-into-pilgrimages">turn my travels into pilgrimages</a>, I keep discovering resources that help me along ...

M2EP Filmmaker Challenge Winner Goes to Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<span><span></span></span></p> Editor's Note: In anticipation of The Mobilization to End Poverty, World Vision and Sojourners spo ...

Practicing Jesus' Third Way in the Public Square
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the hate speech that's surfacing in the public square these days, I've been asking myself how I can respond to such speech nonviolently. In the midst of ...

Month of Protests Reveals Grocer's True Colors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<script type="text/javascript"></script><p> Young and old, large and small, farmers and pastors, men and women all lined the streets in front of Publix grocery stores in Florida las ...

What Happens When a Wheaton Grad Runs for Congress as a Democrat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, as a group of religiously-committed pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives found themselves at odds with the majority of their party over an abortion-related amendment in ...

Uwem Akpan's Double Calling as Priest and Writer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316086371?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0316086371">< ...

New Tools for Peace in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When all you have is a hammer everything seems like a nail. No famous line more aptly applies to the president's current dilemma of seeking the best solution for Afghanistan. ...

An Evangelical Trojan Horse in the Democratic Party?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/11/8/802231/-Does-the-Evangelical-Movement-Belong-in-the-Democratic-Party">A recent Daily Kos post asks this question</a>: Does the Evangel ...

Remembering Native Americans -- Beyond November
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In November we first think of Thanksgiving, and as we Native Americans say, Thanksgiving is a time when we once again reflect upon all we have and the genocide it took to get it. ...