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Look Who's Praying at the Inauguration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop.</p> <p>The first female president of the Disciples of Christ.</p> The first openly gay Episcopal bishop. The first fem ...

Arriving in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As of Thursday, the Red Cross reported 900 Palestinians from Gaza killed, half of them civilians, over 3,400 severely wounded, and 28,000 displaced from their homes. The special medical supplies which ...

Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew 18:15-17 "The question is it just to send terrorist murderers free ? With or without ... with Tolerance http://blog.sojo.net/2008/12/22/obama-and-rick-... Matthew 18:15-17 You didn't ...

Israeli-Occupied Territory on Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I heard a Palestinian diplomat describe Capitol Hill as "Israeli-occupied territory" in a speech given at Georgetown University. A year ago I heard a Palestin ...

Audio: Taking 'Change We Can Believe In' to the Next Level
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! In ...

In Zimbabwe, a Picture is Worth One Hundred Billion Words
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A friend sent me these pictures, and they capture the reality of mind-boggling inflation in Zimbabwe!</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p> ...

Giving Your Shirt for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the February issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=mother-liberia" href="../../../ ...

A Pair of Recommended Reads from Flobots' Jonny 5
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

to the Israeli Consulate building on Wilshire Boulevard. The consulate is on the 17th floor of the building ... to the Israeli Consulate building on Wilshire Boulevard. The consulate is on the 17th floor of the building ...

The Futility of Violence: Eastwood's Gran Torino
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The other day I heard a 78-year-old man sing, through a cracked voice, one of the most moving and gentle jazz melodies, as the iconic image of a fetishized sports car being driven into the sunset was ...

Gaza: 'Enough of Blood and Tears. Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Why do we value blood and tears so cheap? Is it because we all own them? When we grieve the various losses that life brings to us, the tears seem to flow from some inexhaustible source. ...

A Poem in Honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday, January 11 was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. I wrote this poem, <em>And to the Little Ones,</em> in honor of the day. Sunday, January 11 was Natio ...

Creating a New American Ethos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. America has come from Native American genocid ...

Taking Aid to Gaza and Israel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this, I am en-route to Egypt on a commercial aircraft with 1/4 ton of priceless kits containing basic medical equipment but no drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. ...

Slumdog Millionaire: In the Midst of Spiritual Winnowing, Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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A Year of Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Although I didn't read as much or as widely as I would have liked this past year (having a baby and moving cross-country had something to do with that), I did encounter quite a few good books. ...

Gaza: Where are the Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week now. Over 600 Palestinians and ten Israelis have been killed (seven of them soldiers), and 3,085 Palestinians have been injured. It has been over a week no ...

Nonviolence Begets Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

because they "searched the Scriptures to see whether those things were so." Acts 17 ...

Crossing the Line Between Legitimate Criticism and Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attacks in Gaza. It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attack ...

It's Time for a Sustained Focus on a Lasting Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I can't help commenting on the tragic situation in Gaza after a week like this. There have been many calls for a ceasefire which, of course, I support as necessary and important. ...

Whose Truth Do You Trust in the Gaza Conflict?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In addition to the obvious and outrageous tragedy of those killed by the Israeli bombing of Gaza (<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/middleeastCrisis/idUKL7411349">640</a> killed so f ...

Selective Memory in the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A well-repeated Arab saying dealing with conflicts states: <em>al bad'azlam</em>, "the initiator [of a conflict] is the wrong one." So if you are trying to figure out who is wrong in ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

New Rules for Middle East Engagement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

see 2 tim 3: 16-17 I tend to disagree with your interpritation of scripture relating to rapture ... that such a conclusion is fairly warranted.17 Yet this skepticism does not need to be thorough-going, for there are many ... see 2 tim 3: 16-17 I tend to disagree with your interpritation of scripture relating to rapture ...

In Support of Rick Warren
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<a title="blocked::http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?author=147 Posts by Valerie Elverton Dixon" href="../?author=147"></a></p> ...

New Year's Hope from Love All The People and The Last Lecture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As 2008 came to a close, I found myself mourning the unexpected loss of several people I thought were friends. Simply put, they chose to do venture down some very self-destructive paths. ...

My Four Weeks in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. As ...

Jews, Muslims Need a New Playbook in Responding to the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.cair.com/">Council of Islamic Relations </a>calls the Israeli attack on Gaza a "disproportionate and counterproductive ... The ...

An Atheist's Praise of Evangelism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew Parris is a self-confessed atheist, but he writes with extraordinary candor and insight about the role of faith in social transformation in a recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

Making Abortion Rare
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Amy Spaulding A 2008 study commissioned by Catholics in Alliance for ...

Dear President Obama
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Marian Wright Edelman Elizabeth Edwards ...

Being Mindful of Our Blessings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During this time of Advent, a season of cheer and joy, there are people who do not have much in economic standings or bank balances to be cheerful or grateful for. During this tim ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Grand father she brought up the Irish aspect . Our known family trees go back to the late 17 ...

My Advent Calendar: December 24
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> The Christmas Eve window hid a picture of the baby Jesus with his ar ...

Cinema Review 2008: The Top Ten
Originally Posted: 07/15/2011 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

I'm always somewhat suspicious of "top 10" lists, despite the fact that I've written one. I'm always somewhat suspicious of "top 10" lists, desp ...

Palestinian Christians Still Waiting for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When I lived in Jerusalem during the fall of 2000, after the failure of Camp David and as the second intifada erupted, I found myself angry with everything around me - the crushing might of Israel' ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

My Advent Calendar: December 23
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a> This morning's window opened to a picture of Joseph, Mary's husband and Jesus' earthly father.</p> ...

Books for Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

My favorites from a year of reading:</p> My favorites from a year of reading: Yellow Leaves: A Miscellany , by Frederick Buechner When You Are Engulfed ...

Life-Shaping Books for Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Children's literature provides one of the most uplifting, energizing, and soul-freeing pursuits for any child-or any adult who cares about children. Children's literatur ...

Will Obama Spell Justice Outside of the U.S.?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

More people around the world will watch Barack Obama's inauguration than any other presidential inauguration in history. More people around the world will watch Barack Obama& ...

2008: Cinema in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Looking back on the year's movies, I'm struck by how many of my favorites featured the theme of family and community -- perhaps this reflects only my current personal concerns, or maybe there's ...

My Advent Calendar: December 22
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As the days grow shorter, darker, and colder, our longing for the light intensifies. In these length ...

My Advent Calendar
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Diana's Advent reflections will conclude next week.</p> ...

An Agenda of Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). 17 ...

Policy and Organizing: A Year in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

It was quite a busy year for the policy team at Sojourners, and we can already hear the challenges and opportunities of 2009 calling for our attention. It was quite a busy year fo ...

Favorite Books and Movies of 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for thought:</p> Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for though ...

My Advent Calendar: December 19
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I missed yesterday's Advent reflection. Although I woke up earl ...

Numbers That Mark the Beast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

of power. See for yourself in Revelation 17 and 18. * Instead of arguing about empire, we should ...

My Advent Calendar: December 17
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>A set of double doors marked "17" on my Advent calendar opened to a charming ... doors marked "17" on my Advent calendar opened to a charming image of a minister surrounded ... "17" on my Advent calendar opened to a charming image of a minister surrounded by children. My first ...

Israeli Intelligence Official's Daughter Jailed for Refusing Military Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081212-omer-goldman.jpg"></a>My name is Omer Goldman. I am 19 years old. I am one of the <a href="http://www.sojo.n ...