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A New Hymn-Prayer for Donor Sabbath
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Local churches that support Sojourners and/or promoting organ donation have permission for free use of this hymn. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services : ...

The Oracle of Certainty: From Ancient Athens to ISIS
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Though we no longer sacrifice to the gods or consult Oracles, I am afraid that we are still victim to the curse of knowing the end of things. I’m talking about the sense of inevitability that comes from politi ...

In Wake of Ferguson, a Bid to Make St. Louis a More ‘Compassionate’ City
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

“We see this as a vital step to help heal the unconscious and conscious racism that infects this country,” Streeter said. “Laws do not change hearts and minds. We see this as having a direct social impact.” ...

A Christian Should Lead Christians
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Not surprisingly, the situation has become one of the latest talking points for Christians invested in the grievance industrial complex. The difference between this and much of the other ax-grinding is that in ...

Catholic Church Losing Ground in Latin America
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

In just one generation, Latin America has seen the number of people who identify themselves as Catholic plummet, with more people becoming Protestant or dropping religion altogether, a new report shows. ...

Hashtag Activists Battle Online Anti-Muslim Speech, but #DoesItWork?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

“Not a lot of Americans know Muslims as friends and neighbors, so their understanding of Islam and Muslims is shaped by negative views. That gives a very distorted impression,” Perez said. “To help people have ...

Should Pope Francis Visit Turkey’s Extravagant Presidential Palace?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 6:09pm | Type: Blog

which they claim has cut the size of the neighboring forest to 17 acres. “We have taken the fight ...

Activists Intent on Building Third Jewish Temple Spark Tensions at Holy Site
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

The Temple Mount – Haram al-Sharif to Muslims – in Jerusalem is at the center of an intense debate over messianic religious Zionism in Israeli politics and society, and what it means for the future of the peac ...

Pope Francis Launches New Panel to Speed Up Abuse Cases
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Nov. 11 created a new Vatican body to deal with the most serious cases of child sexual abuse and to streamline complaints against the clergy. Pope Francis on Nov. ...

3 Ways 'All Are Welcome' Is Hurting the Church
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Saying “All Are Welcome” may reflect a genuine, well-meaning desire to reflect inclusivity. But in reality, this slogan seems to have lost its meaning. Here's why I've found it's hurting the chu ...

Gay Debate Challenges Traditional Definitions of ‘Evangelical’
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

Growing cultural acceptance of homosexuality is leading many Christians to reconsider their historic opposition. As intractable as the debate itself can be, American evangelicals nonetheless are experiencing l ...

'The Theory of Everything,' Life's Greatest Questions, and Missed Opportunities
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

“If all of us were some kind of cosmic accident, what chance love? That’s the point at which science breaks down, and something else exists.” The new Stephen Hawking biopic The ...

Running from ISIS
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

I found the courage and fortitude of these displaced Iraqi Christians inspiring. Despite the hardships they faced and the daunting challenge of creating a new life in a new land, they remain faithful. ...

U.S. Catholic Bishops Grapple with Pope Francis’ Priorities
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

With a controversial Vatican summit on family life just concluded and a papal visit to the U.S. expected in less than a year, the nation’s Catholic bishops on Nov. 10 began taking steps to adapt their agenda t ...

This Veterans Day, Work for Peace
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

In the wake of the latest escalation of the U.S. “war on terror,” it’s time to remember the origin of Veterans Day. In 1926, Congress officially recognized the commemoration of Armistice Day on Nov. 11 with the exhortation, “the recurring anniversar ...

TIMELINE: Incarnation
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés Vincent Gordon Harding and Rosemarie Freeney Harding: A Biographical Timeline.  Vincent and Rose ...

VIDEO: Parker Millsap Performance
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video performance by musical artist Parker Millsap.  Parker Millsap is a talented newcomer to t ...

Will Cardinal Raymond Burke's Demotion Enhance His Opposition to Pope Francis?
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

Francis has effectively exiled one of his loudest critics, but Burke’s supporters – and his opponents – warn that his position at the Catholic charity may actually give him more freedom to exercise greater inf ...

Voters, Not NRA Lobbyists, Win in Washington State
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Washington voters made history by becoming the first state to expand background checks to all gun sales by popular vote. By strategically moving the fight for commonsense gun policies from gun lobby-dominated ...

Resisting a Culture of Fear
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

As we worry about some fantastical fear, the reality of a yawning gap between the wealthy and the poor can seem too ordinary and thus not worthy of our attention. While we tremble at the prospect of an interna ...

When You're Stuck Behind a Student Driver
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

To be patient with someone is to love them for where they are right now, including the ways they’re struggling. It means loving the other person for who they are. It involves encouraging them, waiting on them, ...

Dancing on the Grave of Division
Originally Posted: 11/09/2014 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

In Meyer’s account, ‘Whatever the case, at 11:17 p.m., precisely, [the border guard] shrugged his shoulders … ...

December 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 4:53pm | Type: Product

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Don’t Forget the Nigerian Schoolgirls, or Girls’ Education
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram is as much a threat to the women and girls of Nigeria as the Islamic State is to these same people in Iraq and Syria. And neither the U.S. nor the world can afford to allow one terrorist group to go ...

Online, Offline Faith Go Hand in Hand
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

“It’s the people who attend church most often who are most likely to engage in online religious activity.” God bless online media. Almost half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they ...

What in the Name of God Is Going On?
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

The word “God” has become such a loaded term. We’ve made it that way; God hasn’t done it. And the truth is, I’ve found myself shying away from using the word at times because I’m aware it’s an immediate turnof ...

To the Millennia and Beyond!
Originally Posted: 11/27/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B.  I CONFESS THAT I DO NOT often us ...

On Being A Muslim Parent
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Would his first taste of Islamaphobia come at the age of 5 during show-and-tell.  LAST YEAR, as I ...

Disarming Our Speech
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Christine A. Scheller I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations With Truth and Love. IVP Books.  PO ...

Incubating Peaceful Revolution
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie G. Riegle Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest. Cascade Books.  IN NOVEMBER 1964, as the long Col ...

Good News About Smart Giving
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh A Path Appears. Knopf Publishing.  IT’S EASY to lose heart when tackling the painful challenges w ...

A Culture War Misfire
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins They think that what they're doing is changing the world for the better, but that's doubtful.  ...

You Gotta Move
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard American artist Parker Millsap spreads his "Truck Stop Gospel." INSIDE TOWN HALL, New ...

Four Challenges for Christians After Brittany Maynard’s Death
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

The greatest gift Christianity has to offer is not in the condemnation of the choice to take one’s life but in the provision of a compelling alternative. Death never makes for ea ...

Remembering those who have gone before us
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 12:15pm | Type: Press

November 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Bryan Massingale ...

November 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 4:53pm | Type: Product

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Bonds of Brotherhood
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Dunn-Bauman How an act of hatred brought together two unlikely allies in the struggles for peace.  PAR ...

From the Archives: December 1990
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Sister Ita Ford Worth Living For THE ODDS that this note will arrive for your birthday are poor, but know tha ...

'Demilitarize the Police!'
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Across the country, police departments act more like an occupying army than keepers of the peace.  ...

How to Beat Ebola
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh The only way to defeat the epidemic is to strengthen health-care systems.  CONSIDER A FATHER from ...

'Don't Get Weary Though The Way Be Long'
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 5:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joanna Shenk Vincent Harding and the struggle to build a more democratic America.  IN JANUARY 2012, I was dri ...

Pope Francis Has Conservatives Talking Schism. But a Split Is Easier Said Than Done
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 5:50pm | Type: Blog

So is a schism, with its echoes of medieval debates and heretics burning at the stake, a realistic possibility? And can an independent Catholic church be successful in the modern world? ...

Vatican Ethicist: No Dignity in Brittany Maynard’s Physician-Assisted Death
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

“We don’t judge people, but the gesture in itself is to be condemned,” said Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which is responsible for ethical issues in the Catholic ...

When Christian Arguments Miss the Point
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The path Jesus actually walked is marked by suffering and total reliance on God. So we debate finer and safer points, which require far less of us. Our impassioned and yet trivial disputes push God away and ma ...

Chemo Drips and Left-Handed Layups
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Giving birth. Getting chemo drips. Making left-handed lay-ups. Clinging tightly to life even as it sometimes squeezes the life out of us for a little while. Developing a deep appreciation for the challenges an ...

New York Archdiocese, One of the World’s Grandest, Shrinks
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

dropped more than 10 percent, to just under 17,500 parishes. But the downsizing is also regional. ...

Waiting Faithfully
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Faithful readiness must be active readiness. It means saying that even though the wedding banquet hasn’t yet begun, together we will act as if it has. To live otherwise is to be exposed as unaware, perhaps rev ...

Is Nonviolence a Solution to All the World’s Conflicts?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

While Gandhi and King were largely successful in their efforts, the question remains whether nonviolent resistance is always the most effective strategy in the face of radical evil, injustice, and aggression. ...

Cardinal Says Church Under Pope Francis Is a ‘Rudderless Ship’
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

American Cardinal Raymond Burke, the feisty former archbishop of St. Louis who has emerged as the face of the opposition to Pope Francis’ reformist agenda, likened the Roman Catholic Church to “a ship without ...

Southern Baptists, LGBT Activists Happily Coexist, but for How Long?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

When Southern Baptists convened a national conference in Nashville, Tenn., this week to discuss issues of human sexuality, bringing conservative evangelicals and LGBT Christian activists into the same ballroom ...