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Nothing Religious About It
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Juliet Vedral Central African Republic faith leaders say war is not perpetrated in God's name.  SINCE WA ...

Want to See Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church? Look at His New Cardinals
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis reinforced his radical reshaping of the Catholic Church by naming 20 new cardinals from countries as far afield as Ethiopia, Tonga, Thailand, and Panama. Pope Francis ...

On a Firm Foundation
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Five years after the hemisphere's most catastrophic disaster in a century, Haiti seeks to build back better.  ...

February 2015
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:06pm | Type: Magazine Issue

February, 2015 Haiti: Five Years After the Quake February 1, 2015 ...

The Long March from ‘Exodus’ to ‘Selma’
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

But the most important thing about “Exodus” actually takes us beyond the movie itself — and points us in a direction that leads us to another epic film of the season. Here is one ...

Pope Francis Names New Cardinals From Around the Globe, None From U.S.
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 from 14 different nations but leaving several leading U.S. archbishops off the list. Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 ...

Terrorism 'Insurance' Expires
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

The Terrorism RIsk Insurance Act expired January 1. In 2002, at a time when insurance providers were unwilling to provide coverage for losses resulting from acts of terrorism, a ...

A New Year’s Hope: End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 5:57pm | Type: Press

December 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Kyle Christofalo ...

10 Resolutions for 2015
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 5:53pm | Type: Press

December 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Using ‘Flower Speech’ and New Facebook Tools, Myanmar Fights Online Hate Speech
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

In Myanmar, a new set of Facebook stickers carry a deeper message than the usual “Like” thumbs-up Facebook icon: “End hate speech with flower speech.” Sometimes a smiley-face emot ...

The Many Sins of Newsweek’s Expose on The Bible
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

It is a tradition in American journalism as predictable as Easter and Christmas itself: a cover story purporting to reveal the true story behind the Bible we thought we knew. It ...

Can Cardinal Timothy Dolan Be Gotham’s Peacemaker?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

In his own backyard, the current archbishop of New York is much more of a mediating figure, seen as a community leader as well as a churchman. To much of the country, Cardinal Ti ...

20 Favorite Posts From 2014
Originally Posted: 12/31/2014 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

could apply the same line of questioning to church. 17.  Four Challenges for Christians After ...

Christmas Found On a Trailways Bus
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 5:46pm | Type: Press

December 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelley Jon Donham ...

Oh come all ye faithful?
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 5:42pm | Type: Press

December 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jennifer Epstein ...

Can You See Your God Through My Spectacles?
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

What I learned living cross-culturally as a Christian is that some people have mistaken the Good News to be changing out old spectacles for new ones. We have reduced the Gospel to be an exchange of values and ...

5 Ways I'm the Worst at Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/29/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

When people experienced healing in Jesus' presence, he never said, “Hey, I did that!” He always told them that it was their own faith that made them well. That’s pretty amazing to consider. And inspiring. ...

Every Christmas Carol A Protest Song
Originally Posted: 12/29/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

The trouble with how we’ve treated Christmas is we’ve screened out the Emperors, and so we’ve missed the point of the angels. I need a word of hope. In verse 1 of chapter 2 ...

The Subversive Peace of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/24/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Jesus was born, he was killed, and he rose again to subvert the whole theological and political system of violence with God’s nonviolent love. He reveals the absurdity of believing that the means of violence c ...

Campfires of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Many events this year feel like they have sucked the hope right out of us. And yet, even in the midst of terrible events and stories, the possibilities of hope still exist depending on what we decide to do for ...

Your Story Stinks … Oh, and Peace on Earth
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

At this time of year, we hear verses and songs about peace on Earth. With so much war and acrimony in every nook of the world and cyberspace, this notion of peace can sound pretty absurd. ...

All I Want for Christmas Is Uncertainty
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

I am longing for the gift of uncertainty, a type of profound mystery that welcomes questions, a faith that requires a leap of faith to sustain. Have you ever been enamored by a ch ...

The Christmas Truce: A Lesson from 100 Years Ago
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

One hundred years ago, during the First World War, the Christmas truce took place between British, German, and French soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front. On Christmas Eve 1914, soldiers from opposin ...

Converting People: I Don't Buy It
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

To be more specific, I don’t believe in people converting people. Conversion, obviously, happens. And other people may be there, even standing by and handing the convert a pamphlet. The convert may even be say ...

American Nuns: Grounded Leadership in Conflict
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 8:32pm | Type: Blog

In a situation that could have escalated badly, American sisters rose to the occasion. Last week the Vatican released the final report on its unprecedented investigation of Ro ...

Terrorists Win: 'The Interview,' North Korea, and the Tragic Irony of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

This conflict is fundamentally about violence. And the truth about violence is that it puts us all on the same level of morality. North Korea and the United States are enslaved to the same logic of violence. W ...

Dreaming of God With Us
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

I want to talk about Joseph’s two decisions. I want to talk about angels. I want to talk about dreams. And I want to talk about how we might today dream that God is with us (Emmanuel). ...

In Celebration of the 'Average' Church
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 7:52pm | Type: Blog

Let me tell you why I, a pastor of one of those "average" churches, still bother. You may have never attended an "average" church, but you've certainly ...

Did Jesus Really Never Say Anything About Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Matthew 5:17 .  I actually believe he did something far more radical than just nullifying a few ...

Mary’s Song
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 12:20am | Type: Blog

Mary sings about politics and economics, the dangers of unchecked power and the foolishness of false pride, and what it means for persons and nations to eschew the common good. ...

Hope in the Dark Times
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 11:46pm | Type: Blog

The first time I really got it, I was 16 years old. The first time I really got it, I was 16 years old. I had traveled by myself to visit distant relatives in Paris, with ...

Purple Flowers of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 11:39pm | Type: Blog

What storms are you weathering this Advent? What fires assail your mind, body, and spirit? What relationships cry out to be restored? As we wait and prepare for the arrival of Christ in our midst, both in Beth ...

The Myth of Crying Rape
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Failure to recognize the sins of power and domination that influence the acts of violence against half of God’s creatures is simply bad theology. There’s a lot to be disappointed ...

The Torture of Our Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Hypocrisy was — as it continues to be — the homage our vices pay to our virtues. Hypocrisy is woven into the founding fabric of our nation. While engaged in the systematic th ...

10 Reasons Coffee is Part of My Faith Journey
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:11pm | Type: Blog

God loves us all equally — you, me, and Guillermo the coffee farmer. Guillermo works hard and grows an excellent quality coffee bean to sell and support his family. I am showing God’s love by selling Fair Trad ...

Church of England Names Its First Woman Bishop; Libby Lane to Assume Historic Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

on Dec. 17 that Libby Lane, a parish priest from Hale, a small village outside Manchester, would become ...

2014 in Review: An Unsettling Year, with Religion in a Starring Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

far beyond the Vatican, however. The number of states allowing same-sex marriage doubled, from 17 ...

If Rome Wins 2024 Summer Olympics, Vatican Could Host Competitions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis, a keen soccer fan, is reported to be enthusiastic about the idea. Major sporting events could be held at the Vatican if Rome wins its bid to host the Summer Olympics ...

Alan Gross Release Hailed as Hanukkah ‘Miracle,’ First Step in ‘Normalized’ U.S.-Cuba Relations
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

President Obama chose the Dec. 17 release ... was freed on Dec. 17 — what some are calling a Hanukkah miracle on the first day of the holiday ... was serving a 15-year sentence. President Obama chose the Dec. 17 release as a springboard to announce ...

Five Gifts for Your Favorite Faithful Feminist
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

Sojourners’ Just Giving Guide has detailed a variety of ways to shop in a socially-conscious manner. We’ve gone one step further and highlighted some unique purchases from organizations that directly impact th ...

The Birth of Jesus Is Not a Sweet Story
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

As told by Luke and Matthew, the birth of Jesus isn’t a sweet story. It is God intervening in human depravity and sorrow, offering hope to the hopeless, light to those walking in darkness. ...

Secular Solstice: Doing Good for Goodness’ Sake
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Those lighting the candles are nonbelievers — humanists, atheists, skeptics, and other freethinkers — and the candles represent no unseen divinity, but the actions and intentions of those who light them to mak ...

The Vatican vs. the Nuns: 3 Takeaways from the Vatican's Investigation of Women's Religious Communities
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

The 5,200-word report was largely positive, and participants at a Vatican news conference were even more effusive in their praise for each other, the process, the outcome, and prospects for future collaboratio ...

'Does Your Work Interfere with Your Life?'
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Find the nexus of your gifts and the world's need. Make your own career lattice. Be a lifelong learner. I was once asked to participate in our organization’s "Take You ...

Report: Vatican Investigation Ends with Praise of U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The much anticipated final report of a Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. nuns was released today without controversy. The much anticipated final report of a Vatican-ordered i ...

Torture, the Bible, and America's Faith in Violence
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Whether it is described in the vocabulary of religion or more "secular" terms, violence — and in the case of torture, shockingly inhumane violence — is described as a necessary means for bringing abo ...

The Pastoral Irony of Advent
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

This is my first Advent as an ordained minister, and I am attempting to quickly learn so many things. Including: what Advent means in different cultural contexts; how to determine the "accurate" them ...

VIDEO: RavelUnravel
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Videos of people of several religious backgrounds expressing their faith.  Project Interfaith, an ...

Sierra Leone Bans Christmas, New Year’s Celebrations to Prevent Spread of Ebola
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

The government of Sierra Leone banned public Christmas and New Year’s celebrations because they may exacerbate efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus. The government of Sierra Leon ...

'Just War' Tradition Raises Disturbing Questions Regarding the Use of Lethal Drones
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people of faith who are not pacifists adhere to the “Just War” tradition as enshrined in international law, which assumes that war is always an evil, but that sometimes there is a greater evil that requir ...