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Links of Awesomeness: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 9:19pm | Type: Blog

Jesus Toast! A vicar beatboxes the Nativity Story. Butter shortages wreak havoc on Norway. Ten out of Tenn gives away its new Christmas album. Knit some dim sum for your cat. Iconoclastic Hasidic-reggae master ...

New Report: Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Women Have Been Raped
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

The Washington Post reports: Nearly one in five U.S. women has been raped at some time in her life, according to new federal data released Wednesday. In addition, one in four women has been the victim of severe physical violence by an inti ...

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 CNN: Obama And The Politics Of Disappointment All politicians disappoint their supporters. It is a relentless truth in D.C. They ...

In Memoriam for a Friend and Peacemaker: Scott Kennedy
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Scott never brought us together for himself; it was never about him, but always about being peacemakers for the sake of other people. But today we gather for Scott. He has brought us together once again, and w ...

The Year of the Protester
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

According to TIME Magazine, 2011 is the year of “The Protester.” I love seeing who is chosen as TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Pres ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: David Wilcox
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

In this season of expectation as we await the incarnation of God-with-us, my heart turns to a song that, to me, captures the spirit of Christmas. It has no jingle bells or chestnuts roasting by an open fire. ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: The Roches
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Each day leading until ...

The War is Over. Learn from the Sacrifice.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

It does no dishonor to those who served to learn from the mistake that was made in starting an unnecessary war in Iraq. And, to realize that it is a mistake the U.S. continues to make. ...

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: Occupy Movement : Winning? As the police have been dismantling some Occupy encampments around the country and ...

The Virgin Mary: Soul Sister
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Surely Mary is a spiritual companion and, in that sense, “friend,” but when she walked among us, Mary was and had friends. Scared child. Proud parent. Beloved icon. Soul sister. ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Carrie Newcomer
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

In her inimitably lovely way, Carrie Newcomer , the Quaker singer-songwriter tells the story of June and Cal and their children gathered at their Christmas table to sing carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in her should-be classic, "L ...

The Afternoon News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: What Are You Getting Baby Jesus For The Holidays? (OPINION) Stampedes. Fist fights. Pepper Spray. Is it a poli ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Kazoolaluia!
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today's installment comes from a YouTube user na ...

Newt Gingrich’s Middle East Blunder (Expect More)
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:07am | Type: Blog

Ridiculous. Ignorant. Racist. Dangerous. These are just a few of the terms that flew out of the Middle East this weekend following Newt Gingrich’s unwelcome remarks about Israel and the Palestinians on Frida ...

Christmas Favorites from SoJo's Christmas Favorites: Bruce Cockburn
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

We've asked some of the artists who've performed our favorite Christmas songs to tell us what their favorite songs of the season are. Today, we begin with that virtuoso Canadian troubadour, Bruce Coc ...

Great Expectations: Obama, Bieber and Baby Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Bieber, 17, who has performed for the president several times in the last few years, sang "Under ...

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It? No one seriously disputes the fact that students from disadvantaged househ ...

Jesus Gets the Last Word on Rick Perry's Ad
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

FunnyOrDie.com for the win! "Jesus Christ of Nazareth would like to take this opportunity to refute Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's most recent TV ad." ...

Defending (and Empowering) the Vulnerable
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

There is no doubt that people with disabilities – who are often marginalized in the workforce, our neighborhoods, and sometimes even in their own families – are particularly susceptible to abuse. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Beard Yourselves!
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 IFC’s latest show is dedicated to fans of the facial hair: Whisker Wars ! And to celebrate new beginnings, fans can ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Banjo Ben Yahu
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Today's installment comes from a fellow who goes by the handle (pardon the pun) "Banjo Ben Yahu" and, in addition to having an epic beard (someone call the casting director for "Whisker War ...

The Friday News: Dec. 9, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

The Friday News: Dec. 9, 2011 RNS: Hanukkah Music: Young, Hip Jews Leading a Makeover A year after a group of Yeshiva University students hit it big with what some called th ...

The Cuban Journal
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this month, Sojourners board member and former General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America, Wes Granberg-Michaelson, journeyed to Cuba with a delegation of religious leaders from the National C ...

How Evangelicals Are Learning to Be Pro-Palestine, Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace, Pro-Justice and Always Pro-Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

I am still pro-Israel, but I’ve also become pro-Palestine, pro-peace, and pro-justice and pro-equality for Jews and Arabs living as neighbors in the Holy Land. And the bottom line is always: pro-Jesus! ...

Egypt's Bumpy Road to Democracy
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Initial results from Egypt’s first round of elections produced an unexpectedly large showing for Islamists. Initial results from Egypt’s first round of elections produced an un ...

BREAKING: Prayers of the People for Virginia Tech Shooting
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

Gunshots were reported near a parking lot on the Virginia Tech campus on Thursday, according to a Twitter alert issued by the school. The university later released a statement, clarifying some details and conf ...

Christmas Cheer
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

Holiday gift giving isn’t all about relishing in the latest technological gadgets, but when that tablet is an innovative and interactive Bible, it would be a sin not to indulge! H ...

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 THINK PROGRESS: ‘Morning Joe’ Crew Mocks Perry’s War On Christmas Ad As if the overwhelmingly negative reviews from YouTube users an ...

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: Rowan Williams Says Jesus Would Be Siding With Occupy Movement Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says ...

David Wilcox on Guidance, Religion and Miracles
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

Few will chose to follow Out of all the star invites Most will hide safe inside With the lantern turned up bright Waiting for a miracle It's that time of the year again, th ...

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 CNN: Obama Channels Roosevelt's 'New Nationalism' More than a century after Teddy Roosevelt's famous "New ...

Ron Santo: “Now that’s what I’d call a God-given gift”
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Ron Santo, former Chicago Cubs third baseman and radio announcer, was finally inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame on Monday, just over a year after his death.” Ron Santo, former ...

Santa Claus and Black Face: Is Sinterklaas the Innocent Victim of Culture Clash or a Racist Anachronism?
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The Dutch Christmas celebration Sinterklaas, celebrated Dec. 5 and 6, sounds like a charming holiday tradition from the old country. But is it simply that? Happy Sinterklaas? ...

The Morning News: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2011 ABC NEWS: Religion Powerful Force In 2012 Race Religion and politics may not always mix well together, but that’s not the case for Re ...

Bring the Troops Home
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

President Obama’s announced plan has U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The American people, and now the U.S. Senate want them home sooner. As we watch the last U.S. troops leaving Iraq, there ...

The Afternoon News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 THINK PROGRESS: Ron Paul Defends The 99 Percent: ‘It’s A Very Healthy Movement’ Though most Republican presidential candidates make ...

"The Muppets": Triumphant Return of Beloved Frog or Insidious Communist Propaganda??
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that The Muppets committed a far more serious transgression — the gravest of sins — it poked fun at corporate America. That’s right, poor defenseless corporate America — in this case, the particu ...

Prayers for Burma
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

The question also is: Will economic advantages that may result benefit all of Burma’s people, especially the poor? We are not powerless to influence events for the better. We can continue to pray. ...

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 THE HILL : Democrats See Opening To Attract Religious Voters In 2012 Election Democrats claim to have an unprecedented, promising o ...

Progress, Proof, Promise: Advent Expectations for the End of AIDS
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Looking at all the progress we have made, especially in the last 10 years, it is a moment for us to not only celebrate, but in the words of President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, “recommit ourselves,” to end th ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: Food Court Flash Mob
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Day 2's installment comes from a 2010 sneak atta ...

The Morning News: Friday, Dec. 2, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 AMERICAN SPECTATOR: Social Muddle: Business, Justice, and the Gospel are Already Social The adjective that economist Friedrich Hayek f ...

Bono Fights the Good Fight
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

"If the church doesn't respond to this, the church will be made irrelevant." - Bono, 2003 Today marks the anniversary of World AIDS Day. The USAID estimates th ...

World AIDS Day 2012: Mountains are Moving
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

With continued investment we are just a few years away from preventing nearly ALL children from being born with the virus. In our day to day lives it is safe to assume that most o ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: The Silent Monks/Boy Scouts of Richfordshire, UK
Originally Posted: 12/01/2011 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

The German Baroque master composer George Frideric Handel wrote his most famous piece, the English oratorio Messiah, in 1741 and it was performed for the first time publicly on April 13, 1742 in Dublin, Irelan ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 CHRISTIANTIY TODAY: The Defining Issue Of The 2012 Presidential Race? Forecasting election outcomes is dangerous business, but I c ...

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: A Decade Of Progress On AIDS (OPINION) I’ll tell you the worst part about it, for me. It was the look in their e ...

Quilting an End to AIDS
Originally Posted: 12/01/2011 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

In honor of World AIDS Day today, Jim Wallis added his square to the quilt, and I added one too. It’s easy, it’s meaningful, and even though you can’t wrap up in it, it still gives a little warmth. ...

'Say, Say the Light'
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Advent loops past the second coming to the first -- and to us, stuck waiting in the mud of existence. ...

We Paid for Them
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 4:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

Peter Maybarduk The U.S. should put publicly funded medicines in reach of the world's poor. IN THE LATE ...