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Gut-Level Healing
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter We can overcome obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula could be a curse from the book of Job, if J ...

Empowered by God
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:15am | Type: Magazine Article

Mimi Haddad The rich history of evangelical feminism. One of my friends works in Christian ministry at a large ...

Champions of Justice
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dave Zirin Athletes have long flexed their muscles against racism, sexism, and other forms of injustice. The n ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In recent days, it seems that the Religious Right is trying everything they can to derail the health-care reform our country so desperately needs. In recent days, it seems that th ...

Washington Update: Abortion Funding Not in Health-Care Bill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<strong></strong>The health-care reform debate in Washington, D.C., has many components, but one that has drawn enormous attention from the pro-life community is a concern over whether health-care ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

beverages were known to be habit-forming (Proverbs 23:35), resulting in violence (Proverbs 4:17 ... beverages were known to be habit-forming (Proverbs 23:35), resulting in violence (Proverbs 4:17 ...

Bishops vs. The Bomb: Act II
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When the United States and the Soviet Union stared into the abyss of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick began reading obscure journals like the <em>Bulletin of the At ...

My Summer Road Trips
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For our family, summer is road trip time. Joy loves to drive, and our two boys, Luke and Jack, are veteran travelers - by land, air, and even sea! For our family, summer is road t ...

Gates Arrest Analysis Cliff Notes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090727/ap_on_re_us/us_harvard_scholar_caller">Audio of the 911 call</a> that brought Sgt. James Crowley to the home of Henry Louis Gates Jr. ...

Demanding Justice for the People that Harvest our Food
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Mark 2:15-17; Luke 5:29-32) The epistle to the Hebrews 10:5-10 suggests that Jesus did not come ... in the Temple. (Matthew 21:12-14; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45-46; John 2:14-17) Jesus not only repeatedly upheld Mosaic Law (Matthew 5:17-19; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 16:17), he justified his healing on the Sabbath ...

Stuck on Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here we go again.</p> Here we go again. The hyper-media -- the 24/7 cable television added to the blogosphere added to the mainstream media, with time to fill during the ...

'Grace to Heal': Deconstructing the Culture of Violence in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The government of Zimbabwe, in a groundbreaking move, dedicated this past weekend to renouncing political violence and promoting national healing. The government of Zimbabwe, in a ...

An Evangelical Who Doesn't Like Sarah Palin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was doing a workout anyway, so I decided to watch Sarah Palin's farewell address while pumping away on the elliptical machine. I was doing a workout anyway, so I decided to ...

Fear, Race, and Pride in the Gates Arrest
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/us/25cop.html?_r=1&amp;hp" target="_blank">A <em>New York Times</em> piece</a> picks up on a question <a href=" ...

Talking While Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I think President Obama was right to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/us/politics/25gates.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th">soften the tone</a> of his statement the other day ...

Professor Gates, Sgt. Crowley, and the Balance of Power
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There are only a handful of widely, cross-culturally known black intellectuals in this country-Maya Angelou, Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, Julianne Malveaux, and maybe a few others. ...

The Dark Side of Development
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

financial institutions. Yet there is a dark side to development.</p> <p>On Friday, July 17 ... July 17th, at 4 a.m., this dark side showed its face when [D]ozens of armed police took up ... was destroyed against their will. (Joint media statement by civil society in Cambodia, July 17, 2009) ...

Celebrating the Minimum Wage Increase
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases fr ...

Health Care and Structural Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory recognizes that there is more than one kind of violence. Just peace theory recognizes that there is more than one kind of violence. There is subjective violence ...

How to Win a Culture War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one. The soul of our nation has been marred from a perpetual state of culture war. Want to know how to win a culture war? ...

Taking the Bible Seriously, but not Always Literally
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout history, individuals and institutions have cited the Bible to support injustices, such as "holy war" against infidels, the subjection of women, racism and slavery, and the abuse of homos ...

Acedia and Vacation Bible School
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, less than 48 hours after there was a senseless homicide in our neighborhood, my family participated in a time-honored summer ritual: My husband and I took our 5-year-old son to Vacation ...

Holy Health Care!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Debates on our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/22/is-nationalized-health-care-hazardous-to-your-health-check-the-facts/">national system of providing health care</a> are raging in p ...

Reclaiming the E-Word and Seizing the Episcopal Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Lost in the buzz over the U.S. Episcopal Church's decision to bless same sex unions was a missional moment. Lost in the buzz over the U.S. Episcopal Church's decision to ...

Celebrating Mandela's Birthday and Serving Zimbabwe's Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On July 18<sup>th</sup> many people from different parts of the world celebrated Nelson Mandela's 91<sup>st</sup> birthday! On July 18 th many peop ...

Turning My Travels into Pilgrimages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently, I've begun to think how I can reconnect with God by turning all my travels (including my everyday errands) into pilgrimages. In this quest, I am greatly aided by the Rev. Kurt Neilson, ...

Why We Still Need the NAACP
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week marked the <a href="http://www.urbanfaith.com/2009/02/the-naacp-century.html">centennial celebration</a> of the nation's oldest and most respected civil rights organization ...

Walter Cronkite and True Journalism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Within the context of just peace theory, Walter Cronkite was and remains an important figure. Truth. Respect. Security. We know the truth through the hard work of scholars doing the difficult and nece ...

An Ever-new Narrative of Good News
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My friend <a href="http://thecorner.typepad.com/">Bob Carlton </a>sent me this link to a <em>Guardian</em> piece by Madeleine Bunting, "<a href="http://www.guardi ...

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union Coll ...

Interpretation, Hermeneutics, and Judge Sotomayor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Judge Sonia Sotomayor has begun jumping through the Senate's ritual hoops to become the next member of the Supreme Court. Judge Sonia Sotomayor has begun jumping through the ...

False Witness Redeemed: Forgiveness After 11 Years of Wrongful Conviction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A white woman is raped by a black man in North Carolina. During the assault, she studies his face, determined to bring him to justice. She later identifies a suspect both in photos and in-person line- ...

A Prime Minister's Conscience is Pricked
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Only God would open up an opportunity for a Catholic from San Francisco to speak prophetically to the Prime Minister of Australia, at the Anglican Centre in Rome, on behalf of Cambodians about to lose ...

Olympic Injustice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been following the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/13/new.zealand.brothel.olympics/index.html#soundoff" target="_blank">news story</a> of Ne ...

Obama, Africa, and Truth-Telling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Now that the Cold War that was anything but cold in Africa is over; now that the CIA, as far as we know, no longer pays for the overthrow and murder of democratically elected leaders as it did with ...

Obama in Ghana: The Capacity of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this past weekend was described as his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa. The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this ...

The Death Penalty Denies the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

whatsoever to link Reggie to the crime. While Reggie's June 17, 2009, execution date has been ... that the Holy Spirit can restore even the worst of sinners (2 Corinthians 5:17), then who are we to deny anyone ... it to murder and other heinous crimes. This is a matter of discretion. LV Leviticus 24:17 'If ...

A Martyr in Mauritania: Missionaries, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Mauritania is a land of striking beauty, with sand dunes lined against the sky, Bedouins riding camels in the countryside, and flying beetles that look like they come straight from the abyss of the Ap ...

Michael Jackson's Legacy of Social and Environmental Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Though it has been two weeks since Michael Jackson's death, the world continues to mourn and to monitor news sources for the latest developments. Though it has been two weeks ...

Voices of the Poor Lost in Honduras' Power Struggle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV#P-3-15"></a>Two weeks ago Sunday I awoke to my cell phone ringing at 6:45 a.m. In my sleepy delirium I answered it ...

A Mother of the Disappeared Rejoices at Another's Release
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here is a moving expression of faith-based solidarity from Mrs. Here is a moving expression of faith-based solidarity from Mrs. Edita Burgos to Melissa Roxas , and I was very t ...

Executions Worldwide Nearly Doubled in 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

in light of Scripture. Acts 17:11 makes this very point. "However, my biggest problem ... 35:16,17 -- one OT Numbers 35:16,17 -- one OT example. Affirmed by Paul by inference in Acts 25:11, 25 ... of innocent blood is an abomination to God, but murders do not fit into that category. Numbers 35:16,17 -- ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

Pope Benedict Gets It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis has provided <a href="../2009/07/09/pope-benedict-on-the-global-economy/">a helpful summary </a>of the Pope's encyclical <a href="http://www.zenit.org/article-2638 ...

Pray with Your Feet for the People of Iran
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8788399_xBsNK/1/581814211_gaBk4"></a>I attended a candle light vigil in D.C. last Thursday for those who've died in Iran� ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy. As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new enc ...

Bombs Won't Liberate the Women of Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Today Brave New Foundation launches the fifth segment of the <em>Rethink Afghanistan</em> documentary, <em><a title="http://rethinkafghanistan.com/" href="http://rethinkafgh ...

Competing Narratives: Lessons from the Jena 6, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/08/lessons-from-the-jena-6">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from ...

My God Does Not Torture People, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/07/my-god-does-not-torture-people-part-1">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from part 1] ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - <em>Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly ...