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Flipping the Script: Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The God revealed through the Judeo-Christian tradition and specifically through Jesus Christ is in the process of transforming our hermeneutic from sacrificial violence to a hermeneutic of nonviolent forgivene ...

Pete Holmes Searching for Comedic Communion
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

For a period in his younger life, the host of “The Pete Holmes Show” on TBS, which debuted late last year and follows “Conan” on late-night TV, was on a trajectory to become a youth pastor. ...

Three Worlds Collide in 'Jerusalem,' the City and the Film
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

When the producers of Jerusalem, a new movie for IMAX and other giant screen theaters, decided to approach the topic, they wanted to bring a fresh perspective to the long history. ...

'Flowers in the Attic' and Women on the Brink
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

The statistics are staggering — two-thirds of minimum wage jobs are held by women, yet 40 percent of households with children under 18 have a woman as the sole or primary breadwinner. ...

Empowering Women Empowers Us All
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

There is one report that has particularly fascinated me — and many others — as it describes how women have been struggling the most against poverty in the United States. Watching ...

Canterbury Cathedral to Host First-ever Girls’ Choir
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Canterbury Cathedral, mother church of the 85 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion, will have its first girls’ choir perform since it was rebuilt nearly 1,000 years ago. Ca ...

Religion, Scripture, and the Value of Women
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

One of the most eye-catching article headlines for me in reading the report was “ Are Women Devalued by Religions?” In the article, sister Joan Chittister remarks on how our assumptions about religion influenc ...

Learning to Surrender
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

We have to let go of things that are holding us back so that we can reach for God. It was my junior year of college. I sat in the balcony of chapel listening to a message and expe ...

Pope Francis' Cardinals Point the Way To Catholicism's Future
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, 59 (he turns 60 on Jan. 17). Italian ...

A New Normal: Ten Things I've Learned About Trauma
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Trauma upends everything we took for granted, including things we didn’t know we took for granted. And many of these realities I wish I’d known when I first encountered them. So, while the work of life and hea ...

On Scripture: An Unexpected Servant -- The Leadership of Pope Francis (Isaiah 49:1-7)
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

As the New Year brings reflection over the past year, we have heard much about Pope Francis and the ways he has surprised Catholics and non-Catholics alike. As the New Year brings ...

In the War on Poverty, Women Need a Boost
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

A recent report on the needs of women in the economy revealed that one of every three women in America is living in poverty or is on the brink of poverty. Sojourners campaigns ass ...

New 'SoulPulse' App Lets Users Monitor Their Spirituality in Real Time
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

About 160 people, so far, know such details about their spiritual lives. They were the first participants in SoulPulse, a newly launched, ongoing study of spirituality in daily life. ...

LISTEN: Jim Wallis Talks Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Listen in as Jim Wallis and Sojourners CEO Rob Wilson-Black kick off the new year with a discussion on Pope Francis and the new Pope's influential presence in all kinds of media. ...

As I Walk Through the Sudden Valley: A Psalm, a Prayer
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

you. ( AD 1:7 ) We all must seek forgiveness. I’ve always tried to lead a clean life. My brother ... shalt protect thy father and honor no one above him unless it be-ith me, thy sweet Lord. ( AD 1:17 ). Thou shalt not make up a name in vain.” ( AD 1:17 ) I will obey your will. I will lead a good ...

I Hope We Never Become a 'Christian Nation' Again
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians today use the term “post-Christian” to describe the United States in conjunction with their assumptions that our nation is falling deeper and deeper into a moral decline, but this word presuppo ...

Four Reasons Churches Stink at Transformation (and What We Can Do About It)
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

The most important transformations are spiritual and emotional ones. Yet, the fitness community does transformations better than churches do. Though we have many stories of people ...

Swept Under the Rug
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Today churches are often rocked with sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by priests and clergy. Yet, sexual harassment and abuse to clergy, specifically clergywomen, is often swept under the rug. ...

Pope Francis' Message for Washington
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

As an evangelical whose work has focused on the intersection of faith and public life, let me offer two additional reflections that will render Pope Francis more understandable to our public life. ...

Church Shouldn’t Be This Hard
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

After 36 years of serving churches as a pastor and consultant, I came to a startling conclusion the other day. My conclusion: Religion shouldn’t be this hard. After 36 years of se ...

Yes, the Pope Is Still Catholic, Despite What You Heard
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

No doubt about it, Pope Francis is generating the kind of Internet buzz and sky-high Q Scores that brand managers can only dream of. But is the pontiff becoming a victim of his own good press? ...

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Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Product

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Church of England's Alternative Baptism Liturgy Drops Reference to Devil
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England has been accused of “dumbing down” the baptism service following the introduction of an alternative liturgy in which parents and godparents need not repent of their “sins” or reject “the ...

70 Really Is the New 50 ... If You Take Care of Yourself!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

What is so amazing is that I feel many times better today than I felt at 60, 50, or even 40. 70 really IS the new 50! Good health is a blessing from God. Self-care is a "Thank you" for the blessing. ...

A Gift of Hot Chocolate
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

No matter how limited we may feel or how little we think we have, we can always find ways to give. We just have to be a little creative. My mom died in a nursing home five years a ...

Uncontained
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 12:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

V. Jane Schneeloch If my belief were a hickory nut / I'd keep it safe in my pocket “Belief is as ...

Can Paul Be Redeemed?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Why some of us love Jesus and don't like Paul. “Jesus was a radical who welcomed ev ...

Profiles in Courage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "When someone is faced with a gun and chooses to respond with respect and love, that's hope." ...

Confessions of a Violent Peacemaker
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

people’s wellbeing. THE STORY CONTINUES: I am 17 years old. I live in a small town in the north ...

In Pursuit of Wholeness
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Sabath Cynthia Bourgeault Cynthia Bourgeault explains how we can both seek social ...

When the Fighting Stops
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis What does it take to reintegrate combatants into society? MARIE-LOUISE IS a 34-year-old single ...

Five Spiritual Resolutions For 2014: What Elders, Suffering, And Loss Have Taught Me About The Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 5:35pm | Type: Press

January 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Christians On Right And Left Agree; Church Must Push Back Against Trend Of Government Cynicism
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 5:33pm | Type: Press

January 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

I Pledge Allegiance To The Kingdom Of God
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Press

January 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Keith Giles ...

Pastor's Corner: Consider A Deeper Resolution To Compassion
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Sister M. Brigid Clingman ...

Hell and the Love of God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 12:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt Where do our ideas about hell come from? I GREW UP IN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, memorizing scriptur ...

Beyond Fire and Brimstone
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian McLaren Jesus' teaching about hell flipped popular imagery of the afterlife upside down—and offered a radical, transformative ...

Holocaust Survivor Meets her Liberator After 68 Years
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

It’s been almost 70 years, but Marsha Kreuzman still remembers the moment she laid outside the steps of a Nazi crematorium wishing she could die. It’s been almost 70 years, but ...

Seventh-day Adventist Pastor Plans to Flirt with Atheism for 12 Months
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

California pastor Ryan Bell has a novel New Year’s resolution. For one year, he proclaimed, he will “live without God.” California pastor  Ryan Bell  has a novel New Year’s reso ...

Help! I Love Jesus but Hate Christianity!
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Sentiments of frustration are growing among many followers of Jesus who admire Christ but despise certain things associated with him. I love the grace, forgiveness, and love th ...

Five Spiritual Resolutions for 2014: What Elders, Suffering, and Loss Have Taught Me About the Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

This past year taught me so much about the gospel and caused me to go deeper into my faith. As this new year begins, here are five spiritual resolutions I learned from last year. ...

What If We Listened?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

How about if we put down our dukes and listen? How about if we refrain from seeing differences as a threat — even if opinions are delivered in a somewhat threatening way — and instead seek to see stories? ...

My 10 Favourite Books Of 2013
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Press

January 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Father Ron Rolheiser ...

The 25 Best Progressive Victories Of 2013
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Press

January 1, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Dreier ...

14 Things the Church Needs to Do in 2014
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

New Year's resolutions however are not just for people. I believe that there are 14 things that the church needs to do in 2014, if the church is to thrive, grow, and be relevant in the 21st century. ...

Rivers in the Desert: Why New Year's Day Is a Christian Holiday
Originally Posted: 01/01/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

The celebrations of New Year’s Eve are, in some ways, just an excuse to indulge ourselves in excessive partying, but they also stand in contrast against the hopes we hold for the following day. ...

8 Countries on UN Human Rights Council Restrict Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

LONDON — Eight of the 47 countries that hold seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council imprisoned people in 2013 under laws that restrict religious freedom, according to a new report from Human Rights W ...

Life, Death, and Beyond
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

If our subconscious mind already knows the ultimate truth, how do we then live that in our conscious existence? I’ve been thinking about what it means to be chosen, and conversely ...

'A Disaster For The Catholic Church': Other Views
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:30pm | Type: Press

December 23, 2013 Sojo in the News USA Today ...