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United Methodists Postpone Thomas Ogletree's Church Trial
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

The trial of a retired United Methodist pastor and former Yale Divinity School dean accused of breaking church law by performing a gay wedding has been delayed indefinitely. The t ...

The Power of None
Originally Posted: 02/11/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

What does surprise me is our failure to see that affiliation with a traditional, God-centered religion is no longer the primary way that many Americans express their deeply rooted need for faith. ...

Adapt or Die
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Okay, so maybe not actually die. Just change. And quickly. THIS YEAR IS shaping up to be one of ...

God's Dangerous Promises
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

2 ] Eyewitnesses to Glory Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17 ... fire.’” Jesus invites three of the 12 disciples up a “high mountain apart” (Matthew 17:1) where ... is good for us to be here” (Matthew 17:4) and that required an entirely new set of practices (“the law ...

March 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Product

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March 2014 Sojourners Magazine
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Why Does Anyone Go To Church?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

What I think we need is a rhetoric about how it's entirely fine that people don't go to church. We don't need to obsessively share why we think it's so magical or why it sucks. ...

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

person are life and death (v. 17).” Both biblical passages offer contextual relevance in helping us ...

Bob Jones University Fires Firm Hired to Investigate Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

Bob Jones University has fired an independent firm hired to investigate sex abuse reports just one month before the group planned to release its 13-month review findings. Bob Jone ...

Whose Transformation?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:53pm | Type: Press

January 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Gail Irwin The Christian Century ...

A Time To Break Silence On Central African Republic
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Press

January 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis Huffington Post ...

The Evangelical Campaign Against Birth Control Is Really About Obama
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:38pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Rob Shryock ...

Empowering Women Empowers Us All
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Hidden Plague the World Has Missed
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

A look at a deeper, much darker, problem below the surface of poverty explained in Gary Haugen's new book, 'The Locust Effect.' When we think about the poor of the ...

COMMENTARY: My Parents Arranged my Marriage, and I'm Cool with That
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Our marriage is based on our personal beliefs in God and our shared morals and values. Editor’s note: Judilee King, 22, and Glenn Haider, 23, both grew up in the Unification Ch ...

Survey Finds British Children and Adults Are Biblically Illiterate
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Three out of 10 British children have next to no understanding of the Bible and their parents aren’t that knowledgeable, either. Three out of 10 British children have next to no u ...

Salvation: All Is Grace
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

We elevate one belief or practice over another, then divide ourselves as Christ followers by the priority we set when, in fact, all of these are taught as saving by Christ, who alone is our salvation. ...

Does Jesus Heal Drug Addicts?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

I almost gave up on my drug-addict mother. But then I discovered that God never gives up. I almost gave up on my drug-addict mother. But then I discovered that God never gives up. ...

#SochiProblems: Hey, Let's Laugh About How Other People Actually Live
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 1:31pm | Type: Blog

I laugh along at the steady stream of Olympic mishaps that are being publicly displayed across the Internet, and it’s entertaining to compare the conditions in Russia to our cultural norms. But in reality, the ...

When Facebook Is the New Daily Moral Reference
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

When we turn to social media in moments of boredom or temporary emptiness, we lose our center. When the meaning and satisfaction in our lives comes from likes, comments, and retweets, God is no longer at the c ...

Sex and Violence Go to Church: Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

What’s at stake in this conversation is whether Christians — and I think this is a call to American Christians in particular — whether American Christians are willing to dismantle a long-held justification for ...

Grace at Home: Thoughts on Christian Parenting from the ‘Village Priest’
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

We think that living in a family is the most serious commitment to community that anyone will ever make. Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Joy Carroll Wal ...

'Ham on Nye' Debate Doesn't Reflect Reality
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I hear about someone else making a case for New Earth Creationism in the name of Christianity, I’m embarrassed, once again, to associate myself with them. Whenever I hea ...

Ending the Modern-day Slave Trade
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

At the beginning of the 21st century, Americans are used to thinking of slavery as a horror, yes, but one that was banished from these shores nearly 150 years ago. If only that were so. ...

UN Panel Blasts Vatican for Sex Abuse policies
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

A United Nations panel on Wednesday blasted the Vatican for protecting itself rather than victims of sexual abuse, and it called on the Holy See to create what it called an “independent mechanism” to investiga ...

Meaningless Church Jargon
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

As someone who is constantly being told to “watch her language,” I offer the same. The church has some beautiful things to offer. Let’s all speak of God and faith and community in clear and simple language. ...

Salt and Terror in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Funds have been available for tanks, guns, bullets, helicopters, missiles, weaponized drones, drone surveillance, Joint Special Operations task forces, bases, airstrips, prisons, and truck-delivered supplies f ...

62 Organizations Warn Senate Against New Iran Sanctions
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Press

January 14, 2014 Sojo in the News National Iranian American Council ...

Did Pope Francis Really Say That? Probably Not
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

The tide of fake pope stories has risen so fast in recent months that the Pontifical Council for Culture issued a stern warning on its Facebook page. Did you hear that Pope Franci ...

What Shopping Malls Can Learn from Churches
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

The enclosed mall at Hillsdale Shopping Center had everything on a Friday morning: 1.3 million square feet of glistening space, top-drawer retailers like Nordstrom, reliable outlets like Macy’s, and teen-focus ...

Five Questions for Carol Roth
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Bio: Staff leader, Native Mennonite MinistriesWebsite: www.mennoniteusa.org/about/structure/related/ ...

The Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Kathleen McCoy Sometimes even we— / pierced with arrow-words, with brassy / cacophonies of slurs—stand in calm. ...

Mormon Missionaries Find Work, Meaning in Community Service
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

In Northern California, the image of Mormon missionaries in dark suits and white shirts, knocking on doors at inconvenient times, is being replaced by the sight of these name-tag-wearing twosomes in blue jeans ...

A Shift in Priorities?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Pope Francis wants deputies, not darlings. IN MINDANAO, Philippines, a cheer went up: May ...

'Nones' and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out? THIS IS NOT a column full of hand-wr ...

A Spirituality of Solitude
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

and a conscience that fanned out over the land. Born in Hutchinson, Kan., 100 years ago—on Jan. 17, 1914—it ...

Not Afraid of the Dark
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The Coens realize that sometimes, of course, comedy is bleak. But the point of gargoyles is to remind us that sacred and p ...

Church to Go
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Melanie Mullen City of God: Faith in the Streets. Jericho Books. IN HER LATEST book, Sara Miles—author of the ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Invaluable Gift: Revealing Our Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Hoffman gave us an invaluable gift. He revealed to us the humanity of our scapegoats. We couldn’t unite in hatred against his characters because they were complicated; indeed, because they were human. ...

Shifting the Frame
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Otis Moss III U.S. cinema has been an enforcer of our racialized imagination—but that’s changing. “CINEMA IS ...

Indigenous Peoples Prayer Calendar
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kara Lofton Sojourners' online calendar features an image and prayer from various tribes around North and Central America that refle ...

Sunni-Shiite Violence Soars in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Qadeer Abbasi is recovering from a broken arm in his two-room shanty home not far from the capital, Islamabad. Qadeer Abbasi is recovering from a broken arm in his two-room shanty ...

Denver Mennonites Take First Step Toward Gay Ordination
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday, a Denver congregation of Mennonites licensed the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination. On Sunday, a Denver congregation ...

COMMENTARY: Blasphemy Charges Pervert Islam's Teachings
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Sentenced for professing his atheism, Alexander Aan was recently released after 18 months in an Indonesian prison. Sentenced for professing his atheism, Alexander Aan was recently ...

Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Level Since 1973
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

abortions were performed in 2011, representing 23 percent of all non-hospital abortions, an increase from 17 ...

What 'Frozen' Teaches us about Power, Privilege, and Community
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

Disney has given us a story to help us reflect more deeply on the powers inherent in our interconnectedness, and how we can best move towards life, leaving the death of winter behind. ...

'Salaam, Love' Counters Stereotypes of Muslim Men
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men and how they treat women. Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men a ...

On Scripture: A Hard Word to Hear This Winter (Isaiah 58: 1-9a)
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

Questions keep bothering us, tugging at us. The life of faith is far more dynamic than a list of creedal statements. This has been a hard winter — from Minnesota to Alabama. It’s ...

From the Archives: March 1986
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth McAlister Exodus and Community AN ASTONISHING aspect of the miracle that was the Exodus is the reco ...

Catholic Teacher Fired for Marrying Partner Starts Anti-Discrimination Foundation
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

A lifelong Roman Catholic, Mark Zmuda took a job as a teacher at Eastside Catholic School in part because he believed he could be a good Catholic role model. A lifelong Roman Cath ...