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The Idolatry Of Money
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:27pm | Type: Press

December 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Mandi Smallhorne ...

The Pope's Criticisms Hit Where It Hurts
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Press

December 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Letter to the Editor ...

Pope Francis 'Reminds Us Of Christ' Says US Evangelical
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Press

December 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Ekklesia ...

Swords, Plowshares and the "Drone Dilemma"
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Press

December 23, 2013 Sojo in the News Christian Piatt ...

Views on Evolution Driven by Religion More Than Education
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

As evolution remains a contentious issue for many public schools, a new survey suggests that views on the question are driven by Americans’ religious affiliation more than their level of education. ...

A Christmas Prayer: O God of All Children
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Let us remember all the poor babies and children who struggle to live and realize their God given potential in our own rich land and all around the world today. And commit to act to assure hope and justice for ...

A Year in Music
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

This year I have been trying something new to me. I’m trying my hands at a little music or concert review. It’s a chance to experiment with this nascent methodology I’m developing. ...

On Scripture: Rising Above the Low-Water Mark of 2013 (Ephesians 1:3-14)
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

It’s a simple plan for climbing above the low-water mark of 2013. Read Ephesians 1 with fresh eyes, and let the spirit of the passage lead you to see all those you encounter as brothers and sisters, whether th ...

2013 Marked Shifts in Views on Social Issues
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

The year 2013 ushered in a number of data milestones in American public opinion. Here is a sampling reported by the Pew Research Center. The year 2013 ushered in a number of data ...

A Celebrity Photographer's Faith-Driven Cause
Originally Posted: 12/27/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

Founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, who was motivated by his Christian faith, the nonprofit Help-Portrait annually pulls together professional photographers to spend one Saturday taking free portr ...

Church of England to Consider Optional Clerical Robes
Originally Posted: 12/27/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

A well-known Anglican bishop in charge of the archbishop of Canterbury’s campaign to attract young people to the church says he’s ready to put on blue jeans and a T-shirt. A well- ...

Sojo's Top 10 Blog Articles for 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourner blog articles of the past year. Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of ...

Let the Real War on Christmas Begin!
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

The real war on Christmas begins on Dec. 26 and it is waged in the most pernicious way possible: By ignoring the Christmas season altogether. And we will be completely unaware that we are participating in the ...

‘None’ could be religion’s new normal in Britain, USA
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Just in time for Christmas, new statistics show “no religion is the new religion” in Great Britain, according to a study released Monday. Merry what? Just in time for Christmas, n ...

Muslim Christmas celebrations gain a toehold
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

A growing number of American Muslims celebrate Christmas, or at least partake in some ways, even if they don’t decorate their homes with trees and a light show. Indeed, many Muslim families have created their ...

A Tale of Two Christmases
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

became the 17th state to recognize gay marriage, and then surprise! A guy from Louisiana says he doesn’t ...

Ten Things You Can't Do at Christmas While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 11:38pm | Type: Blog

Christmas is what we make of it. For Christians, however, there are some very specific things you can’t do if you want to actually honor and follow the person we celebrate this season. ...

On Scripture: The Massacre of the Innocents and the Soul of the Warrior (Matthew 2:13–23)
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Throughout human history, warriors have faced a wide variety of difficult circumstances, often having to weigh life and death decisions at a moment’s notice. While Herod’s gruesome command should in no way be ...

Swords, Plowshares, and the 'Drone Dilemma'
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

It’s easy to focus on drones as either great or terrible, but they’re amoral, inanimate objects. They take on only the moral importance given to them by the intent behind our use of them. ...

Year of the Woman
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

With women’s issues dominating so many of the headlines in 2013, how will we continue the conversation in 2014? The year 2013 may well come to be known as the Year of the Woman. ...

The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months. It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on ...

The Christmas Wars Are Over, And Christmas Won
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas side of the war have lost — big time. If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas sid ...

‘Duck Dynasty’ Family: ‘Coarse’ Statement Was Grounded in the Bible
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

The “Duck Dynasty” family issued a statement Thursday evening supporting patriarch Phil Robertson and throwing the future of their successful hit reality show into jeopardy. The “ ...

Six Reasons Americans Still Need Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Churches are among the few places that inspire deep, authentic, messy, and real community. They go out of their way to involve people and connect them via small groups, activities, and an endless variety of in ...

VIDEO: Lifting Up Women's Voices
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Learn more about the Sojourners Women and Girls (SWAG) work. For far too long, women have been tr ...

Pope Francis: An Imitation of Christ
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year. But that is only because Jesus is his Person of the Day — every day. Pope Francis is  TIME's Person of the Year . But t ...

White People Need a Non-White Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

If our modern Jesus is only white, then we miss who Jesus really was and is today. In the wake of Megyn Kelly’s statement that “Jesus was a white man,” critics have quickly and un ...

When Christmas Gets Real
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Examining the Christmas story in this realistic light, it seems not a story that isolates, but a story for the isolated. Our stories are not picturesque or sanitized or even comfortable. And yet, ours are the ...

Sojo Authors Have the Right Stuff for Under Your Tree
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Consider these 2013 books from Sojourners magazine staff and contributors.   Bible & Theology Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation ,  by Reta Halteman F ...

Respect for Clergy Drops, But Among Republicans, Not So Much
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

Clergy used to rank near the top in polls asking Americans to rate the honesty and ethics of people in various professions. This year, for the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1977, fewer t ...

Pope Francis Brings Religion to the Newsstand
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:08pm | Type: Blog

In the past week, we’ve seen Pope Francis on the cover of Time as the magazine’s “2013 Person of the Year,” followed by The New Yorker’s whimsical cover of the pope as a snow angel. ...

Christmas in America: Belief in the Virgin Birth and Visits from Santa
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Nearly one in three Americans, including many with no little children at home and those with no religious identity, say they pretend Santa will visit their house on Christmas Eve. ...

Is It Possible to Celebrate Christmas and the Birth of Jesus on the Same Day?
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Despite our best efforts, Christmas is associated with Santa Claus. Now, if it were the historical “Santa Claus” who gave away his best to save the lives of some children, that’d be awesome. But, no, this is t ...

Pope Francis Directs Curia to Hear Confessions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

As part of Pope Francis’ pastoral reforms, all 44 senior members of the Roman Curia, or governing body, must take turns hearing confession at a church near the Vatican. As part of ...

Pope Francis’ Vatican Reforms May Prompt Curial Pushback
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

In private conversations, Pope Francis often acknowledges that reforming the Vatican will be a difficult task opposed by powerful interests in the church. Developments on Monday showed both the progress he has ...

Remembering Our True Source of Joy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the sadness and injustice of the world, we need to remember that in all things, Jesus is our source of joy. As we prepare for the coming of Christ, the third Sunday of adve ...

VIDEO: A Soldier of Conscience
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Joshua Casteel served as an interrogator in Iraq. Then an encounter with a Jihadist challenged him to truly live out his fait ...

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New and Improved Christmas Hymns
Originally Posted: 12/13/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

As a public service, I have written historically accurate versions of three of the most beloved holiday hymns. Without personally endorsing any of the theology below, I also offer some alternatives to those wh ...

Selfie-Gate: Obama, a Funeral Celebration, and a Scapegoat
Originally Posted: 12/13/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

When taken in context, it seems like Obama's infamous selfie at Mandela's service was reflective of the celebratory, joyful atmosphere typical of a South African memorial service. The only criticism ...

National Cathedral Bids a Warm, Prayerful Goodbye to Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

Joe Biden was a young senator from Delaware when he was first exposed to the evils of apartheid. As the only white lawmaker in a congressional delegation to South Africa, he resisted security officers who trie ...

Pax on Both Their Houses
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Getman Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East. North Atlantic Books. ...

Brothers in Faith and Defiance
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Colamosca No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State. New York Review ...

Cowboys, Indians, and Reconciliation?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together. Herald Press ...

Missed Reckonings
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Fifty years ago, a kind of innocence was taken, and a kind of brokenness remains unrepaired. T ...

Net Neutrality: The Final Battle?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Will corporations and the courts turn our free and untidy marketplace of ideas into yet another exclusive gated commu ...

Remembering the Greatest Political Leader of the 20th Century: Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Today I had the great honor of saying a prayer at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the most important political leader of the 20th century. Today I had the great honor of ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/05/2014 - 10:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Sister Churches: American Congregations and Their Partners Abroad by Janel Kragt Bakker / The State of Arizona by Catherine ...

God 'Beneath the Ordinary'
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield The rabbi recognized poetry as November's calling and inveighed against his betrayal of it. ...