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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 ...

My Advent Calendar: December 16
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> The 16th window on the cathedral revealed a gargoyle-not exactly a t ...

Shoe-Throwing and President Bush's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

George Bush and his legacy as president of the United States -- what do you think? Is it too early to tell since the war on terror will mark the legacy of his presidency?</p> ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of peace on earth and goodwill toward all, I went to see the remake of the 1951 movie <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043456/">The Day the Earth Stood Still</a& ...

Holy Land Holidays
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Thanks to the folks at <a href="http://www.simpleliving.org">Alternatives for Simple Living</a>, I've been refocusing how I celebrate the Christmas holidays. ...

My Advent Calendar: December 13
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>The December 13 window opens to the fourth gospel-the eagle symbol of the evangelist John.</p> ...

My Advent Calendar: December 12
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Following on the theme of the last two windows, Dec. 12 on the Advent calendar opened to a picture o ...

An Israeli Conscript's Mother Speaks Out
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's hard to believe that people all around the world are learning about my 19-year-old son Yuval. I know that I'm proud of him. I just never expected the world to be proud of him. As I writ ...

Audio: Change We Can Believe In
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In this clip Pastor Efrem talks about how, in order to be change agents in society, we need to change a church divided by race, class, and culture.</p> In this clip Pastor E ...

My Advent Calendar: December 11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Not surprisingly, when I opened the eleventh window, it revealed a picture of a lion holding a book- ...

My Advent Calendar: December 10
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As I opened window 10, I had to squint to see a small angelic figure holding a book-the traditional ...

India's Challenge after Mumbai 26/11: Don't Repeat America's Mistakes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

After the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India must not commit the same mistakes as the United States in its war on terror. After the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India must not commit th ...

My Advent Calendar: December 9
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>I had a hard time finding window nine, an elusive little door hidden in the bushes outside of the ca ...

Burma's Untold Suffering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Soldiers entering villages and killing people on sight. Landmines blowing pregnant women to smithereens. There's no way this is really going on. The world would never tolerate this. ...

My Advent Calendar: December 8
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> As mentioned in an earlier post , this year's Advent calenda ...

A Brief Explanation of Canadian Politics: Prorogue, Eh?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

NOT British) politics, especially in the 17th Century. Charles II used it from time to time when his ... NOT British) politics, especially in the 17th Century. Charles II used it from time to time when his ...

My Advent Calendar: December 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>When I opened the sixth window on the Advent calendar, a very traditional Christian picture greeted ...

'Veggie Delite': Tomato Pickers Win Wage Increase from Subway
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

As the third largest fast-food chain in the world adds its name to a <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=1346">growing list of giants to deliver wage increases and working conditi ...

The Green Bible
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 ... 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 by referring ...

The Gentler Gamester is the Soonest Winner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

"The appeal of terrorism is waning," said Mathew Burrows, head of long-range analysis in the office of the director of national intelligence. "The appeal of terrori ...

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

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>The fourth window of my Advent calendar opened to reveal a deer in the snow, a nostalgic vision of w ...

Christmas Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

A few years ago, as I and the rest of the audience waited patiently for a passion play to begin, a homeless man burst into the church and began running up the aisle, screaming. A ...

Odetta Has Gone Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Odetta has gone home.</p> <p>Artists that touch our hearts help us to see, and they speak for us our own mute truth. A spiritual breath of courage and grace breathes through them and upon ...

My Advent Calendar: December 3
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I love Advent. I love lighting the candles on the Advent wreath, si ...

Support Israeli Conscientious Objectors -- Free the Shministim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

request we shouldn't refuse. The Shministim -- all about ages 17, 18, 19 and in the 12 th ...

Questioning the 'Survivor' Mentality of Some Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

First a confession First a confession Well said. Thank you. Well said. Thank you. Wow. You make too much Wow. You make too much sense. This is a mindset th ...

India's 9/11
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Many in India and across the world saw last week's hostage situation as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/weekinreview/30giridharadas.html?_r=1&amp;scp=1&amp;sq=india%209/11&a ...

'Elders' Refused Entry to Zimbabwe as Cholera Claims Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Either they don't know or they don't care."</p> <p>-Gracia Machel, referring to the government attitude on the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Z ...

Continuing the Abortion Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

the best numbers on this. See here: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2008/01/17/i... . I never ...

World AIDS Day: Mourning, Celebration, and Rededication
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Yesterday our nation and world commemorated the 20th global observance of World AIDS Day. Yesterday our nation and world commemorated the 20th global observance of World AIDS Day. ...

Video: Indigenous Theologians Discuss Christianity and Culture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As we reflect on the history, meaning, and mythologies surrounding the season of Thanksgiving, indigenous theologians Richard Twiss, Raymond Aldred, and Terry LeBlanc offer their perspectives on the i ...

Buy Nothing Day as Advent Activism Against the Demon Mammon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W5t_VeoxZA"></a>As per usual, on Friday, we had all sorts of Buy Nothing Day festivities (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v ...

My Day on the Hugo Chavez Show
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Tonight, PBS's Frontline will air "<a title="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hugochavez/" href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hugochavez/">The Hug ...

Win a Trip to Africa in the Sojourners and World Vision Filmmaker Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/filmmaker"></a>Sojourners and World Vision need your help to promote the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;it ...

A Public Prayer of Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This historic proclamation of <a href="http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmah/thanks.htm#Transcription%20of%20George%20Washington%27s%20Proclamation">"A Day of Public Thanksgiving and Pray ...

A Chance to Change Our Failed War on Drugs in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Throughout history, the legal and moral status of psychoactive drugs has kept changing. During the 17 ... drugs has kept changing. During the 17th century, the sale and consumption of tobacco were punished ...

Share Your Dreams: Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America, Part 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=4064">continued from part 3</a>] [<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/romal-tune-joel-sermon">read all four parts</a> ...

Deadly Delays as Zimbabwe's Talks Drag On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and off, the delays have turned deadly -- literally. As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and ...

A Second Bretton Woods?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>Twenty heads of state descended upon Washington this past weekend to discuss the global financia ...

Video: How to Make Christmas Ornaments from Credit Cards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The word "plastic" means "anything which can be easily shaped or sculpted" (actually, an even older meaning is "sculptor") The word " ...