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Historic Meeting Held in Cape Town – Kairos SA & ANC
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

hosted 17 "Holy Land" Muslims, Christians and Jews in Cape Town for a 10-day workshop, where ...

In The Stacks: Friday, March 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets. There are too many books being published that I would love to read, but just don’t h ...

Mormon Church Blocks Whistle Blower’s Access to Baptism Data
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

A technological crackdown has effectively blocked a prominent whistle-blower from accessing the Mormons' database that chronicles so-called baptisms for the dead. A technolog ...

Bishops Face Internal Challenges in Contraception Battle
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in the contraception battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. ...

Jews are World’s Most Migratory Religious Group
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:38pm | Type: Blog

-- The No. 1 destination for Buddhists. About 1.7 million foreign-born Buddhists live in the United ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 8, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: U.S. Top Destination for Christian, Buddhist Immigrants, Study Says The U.S. is the top destination for the world's migrating Christians and Buddhists, as well as those with no particular religious affiliation, includ ...

Doing Nothing For Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:29pm | Type: SojoMail

March 8, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "She is wondering if sh ...

Christians Can Find Humor in 'GCB'
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

It’s a television show that 1) follows “Desperate Housewives” and 2) only got “meh” ratings for its Sunday premiere, so I was slightly taken aback by the mini-firestorm over ABC’s new “GCB.” ...

Doing Nothing for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

What struck me most indelibly is how at ease — content, yes, but more than that — Peterson is in his own skin. Fully present. Mellow but absolutely alert, energized, fascinated by the world and the people arou ...

Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Canterbury to Meet
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Despite differences over women's ordination and a controversial Vatican initiative to woo back disgruntled Anglicans, Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will pray together in Ro ...

Ex-cons, Homeless Seek Enlightenment Through Art
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

and was stealing from freight trains. By 17, he was locked up in the state penitentiary for a year. Before he ...

Vatican Website Hacked for Church’s ‘Crimes’
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Secret hackers group Anonymous targeted the Vatican website for what it called its "absurd and anachronistic precepts," and the "crimes" of the sexual abuse scandal and cover-up. ...

The Naked Rabbi: Driving Mrs. Roosevelt
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

To celebrate Purim and International Women's Day, we give you the latest instsallment from one of our favorite storytellers — Rabbi Allen Secher (aka The Naked Rabbi) — and his tale of chauffeuring former ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

The exit poll stats are in from the 10 GOP primaries on Super Tuesday . According to the report, “Gingrich won a plurality of voters who fart during shoeshines and Santorum performed very well among voters who have crocheted a toilet seat cover.” Rea ...

'Purim Drunk': L'Chaim!
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

When is it appropriate — nay, even encouraged, both socially and spiritually — to turn up at your house of worship in full costume, make a boisterous racket, and proceed to get drunk as a lord? Well, if you&# ...

Invisible Children Short Film 'Kony 2012' Aims at Worldwide Awareness
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Invisible Children released a short film Wednesday with the aim to make Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, famous--not for acclaim, but to bring awareness to his alleged crimes i ...

After the Storms Have Passed
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

warning to every town. 3. 1 Peter 4:17, “God’s own people are not excluded.” We are not God’s ... and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17 ...

Mass. Alumni Don’t Want Liberty to Get Free Campus
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Rankled at the prospect that "extremist" Liberty University might soon own the campus where they spent their prep school years, alumni of Northfield Mount Hermon School are petitioning to stop it. ...

Jews Worry About Purim’s Endorsement of Alcohol
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 8:16pm | Type: Blog

Purim commemorates the survival of ancient Jews against the threat of extinction and children dress in costumes and exchange gifts and candy. But some worry about binge drinking. ...

Ten Songs for Super Tuesday
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Today is Super Tuesday, the action-packed day for GOP presidential hopefuls as 10 states undergo primary elections. To bring us further into the spirit of Super Tuesday, the blog team at Sojourners has compile ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

ASSOCIATED PRESS: AP Survey: More Optimism About US Jobs And Economy The U.S. economy is improving faster than economists had expected. They now foresee slightly stronger growth and hiring than they did two months earlier — trends that would help ...

The SojoMusic Interview: Denison Witmer, 'Creating Space Where Truth Can Move'
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

When Witmer’s latest tour brought him through Washington, D.C. last month, I caught up with him backstage before his gig at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue. Singer-songwriter ...

Wars and Rumors of War
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 7:41pm | Type: Blog

While compiling the morning “Daily Digest,” I often recall the advice of Karl Barth, who is said to have told young theologians “to take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspa ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The Guardian reframes the story of the “ Three Little Pigs ” as if it were a modern breaking news story, complete with social media updates and developing news blogs. [ io9 ] INFORGAPH: If you find yourself listening to Andr ...

Contraception and Common Decency
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

Whether we agree with Sandra Fluke and the administration’s position on contraception coverage, can we at least shout from the mountaintop that it’s not OK to call a woman a “slut” for voicing her ideals? ...

President Obama's AIPAC Speech and Reaction
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

In a speech to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, President Obama urged Israeli leaders to refrain from "loose talk of war" relate ...

Garrison Keillor + Sojourners = Light Bulb Jokes Galore
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Start the week off with a giggle. We’ve seen a lot of stressful news this weekend, so to add a little levity to the week, we’re bringing you the best Light Bulb Jokes from this w ...

Jesus Tortillas: Deconstruction, Preconceptions and God
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

Here I am, urging people to deconstruct their preconceptions about God, and this guy finds Jesus in a tortilla. Here I am, urging people to deconstruct their preconceptions about ...

Is God Dead?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 8:36pm | Type: Blog

There was a movement back in the 1960s that many of us only have read about, while others vividly remember. Philosophers and theologians explored what was labeled the “Death of God” movement. Interest in the s ...

The Problem with Daniel Pearl's Mormon Baptism
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

A simmering interreligious controversy resurfaced recently with the news that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had posthumously ``baptized'' a number of deceased Jews, including Daniel ...

Breakaway Anglicans Ordered to Return Property by April 30
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 7:53pm | Type: Blog

A Virginia judge has ordered seven congregations that broke from the Episcopal Church to return all property to the local diocese — from valuable land to sacred chalices — by April 30. ...

“Pray For Us”: How Can We Pray Effectively for the People of Syria?
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

for the people of Syria. As you do, remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 17: “I tell you the truth, ...

In the Stacks: Required Reading with Duane Shank
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

One of my must reads is the "Sunday New York Times Book Review." There are too many books being published that I would love to read, but don’t have the time. So, I rely on reading book reviews as one ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

THE ATLANTIC: 'We Wish Like Hell We Had Never Bought': Voices From The Housing Crisis If you guessed that young people are staying out of the housing market, you'd be very right. They're low on jobs, high on student debt, and f ...

Catholic School Teacher Fired for Gay Wedding Plans
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

Fischer, confirmed that he was fired Feb. 17 from his job of four years at St. Ann Catholic School. When ...

An Excerpt from Christian Piatt's New Memoir 'PregMANcy': The Pee Stick
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

“Screw it.” These two words are what started the baby ball rolling in the Piatt household, back in January. After months of counseling, discernment, weepy nights and sleepless mornings, I submitted, succumbed ...

Is Purim the Jewish Halloween? Some Jews Say No.
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Commemorating Queen Esther's efforts to save the Jews of Persia from extermination, Purim calls on Jews to rejoice in costume and to give goodies to neighbors and friends. But it's not Halloween. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

First doggy Bo Obama welcomes you to the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll. [ White House ] New world record has been set: longest paper airplane throw charts in at more than 226 feet. [ I Am Bored ] While everyone’s busy trying ...

The Heart of All Anxiety: Fear of Loss
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 8:07pm | Type: Blog

I got emails from my mom and uncle about Nana, my last living grandparent. The news isn’t great. She’s struggled with dementia for some years now and hasn’t recognized me the last several times I’ve seen her. ...

Lost in Translation: Eugene Peterson and His 'Message'
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Eugene Peterson has written more than 30 books on theology and the life of faith in his 80 years, but he is perhaps best known for the one book he didn’t write: The Bible. Eugene ...

N.J. Leaders Seek to Ease Anger Over NYPD Probe of Muslims
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

Amid concern over the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslims beyond New York City, New Jersey and federal law enforcement officials plan to hold a summit Saturday (March 3) to assure Muslim ...

Catholic Voter Guide Differs From Two Catholic Candidates
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

In unusually strong, populist tones, the guide's authors decry efforts to cut government programs for the poor and middle class while protecting tax rates for the "super-rich." They "denoun ...

When the Spirit Says Go
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Alexander The fight against mass incarceration is joined by an emerging faith-based movement. SEVERA ...

Responsible Adults
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

anti-trafficking activists and 17 state attorneys general, Craigslist shut down its “adult services” section. Now, ...

The Common Bond of Blood
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "Do you invest it in revenge, or do you think creatively?” Robi Damelin has always fought i ...

Jubilee and Beyond
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaine Storkey The Bible-inspired movement set the standard -- and the inspiration -- for future campaigns for change. ...

What's Next for Jubilee USA?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eric LeCompte The Bible speaks of a "year of the Lord's favor" -- the year of Jubilee. We need it now more than ever. ...

Faith at the Tipping Point
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 10:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Ada María Isasi-Díaz and Elizabeth Palmberg An interview with theologian Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz on solidarity, public life, and the blessin ...

Against the Night
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Belle Fox-Martin We are the lay of the land— / pocked, hilled, knowing every ember / and seed imprinted on our bones. ...

Sharia Hysteria
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Muslim cops and football coaches (oh my!) -- the next step in the right wing's efforts to keep Americans in fear ...