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595 Arrested at the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I'm home. I'm tired. And I feel great! I'm home. I'm tired. And I feel great! Yesterday, 145 religious leaders, artists, and students were arrested in front o ...

What Karl Barth Says about Blog Comments
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The comment code of conduct for the God's Politics blog includes familiar commitments to civility, courtesy, and respect, and even connects these pledges to biblical passages. ...

Hurricane Irene and the Wrath of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

to divisiveness. Yes, John 3:16-17 speaks of Yes, John 3:16-17 speaks of God's love. But it's also ...

Martin Luther King's Other Dream
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The forthcoming dedication of the national memorial monument honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., affords an opening for considering the complexity and meaning of his leadership. ...

10 Years After 9/11 the Question Remains the Same
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was standing in the bathroom of my apartment outside Chicago, about to hop in the shower, when I heard the phone ring and then my husband call my name. ...

Compassion, Destruction, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprising addition to the typical summer blockbuster canon -- for one thing, it manages to entertain and challenge, without resorting to gratuitous violence to ...

Reflecting the Image of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In reading some of the responses to my last post Embodied Theology, I was reminded of an essay I wrote for a class last semester, so I've rewritten part of it as a blog post to help clarify my positi ...

When the Earth Shakes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It was over in less than a minute. Three miles below the surface of the earth near a town in Virginia named Mineral, a fault line shifted. It was over in less than a minute. Thre ...

Did the Libyan Uprising Have to be Violent?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Could nonviolent resistance have succeeded in Libya? Here are four points worth considering: Could nonviolent resistance have succeeded in Libya? Here are four points worth consid ...

Why Christianity and Comics Go Together
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I remember vividly the first time I went to a comic book shop with my mom. I'd sneaked there before. But this time was different. I remember vividly the first time I went to ...

Tools for Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday afternoon I found out that ABC news plans to dedicate it programming today to "Hunger at Home: Crisis in America." It precipitated my writing of this post which I had planned to add as a la ...

A Hymn for Somalia
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Exodus 3:7 ; Romans 12:15 ; Matthew 16:24-26 ; Isaiah 65:17-25 ; Luke 13:29-30 ; Luke ...

Welcome to the Gratitude Blog!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Grat ∙ i ∙ tude &nbsp;[grat-i-tood, -tyood]<p>noun The quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful: Sojourners expresses gratitude for all of our faithful supporters! </p><p>We in t ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

We're Connected by What We Eat
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

To the farmers who grow our food, the harvesters who pick it, the transporters who bring it to market, the grocers who present it, and the cooks who prepare it. To the far ...

A Lifestyle of Enough
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

About two years ago, Minhee and I made one of the hardest decisions we've made thus far in our marriage and in our calling as parents. About two years ago, Minhee and I made ...

Peace & Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Campaign

Fatwas, Philosophers and Peace Games Has Drone Firepower Conquered Christ's Love? Sojo Stories: Dirty ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I was in Baghdad in March 2003, where I lived as a Christian and as a peacemaker during the "shock-and-awe" bombing. I was in Baghdad in March 2003, where I lived ...

A Tennessee Church Welcomes its Muslim Neighbors
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rev. Steve Stone was just trying to be a good neighbor. Rev. Steve Stone was just trying to be a good neighbor. Two years ago, the pastor of Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tenne ...

Video: Practicing the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I am currently reading Mark Scandrette's book Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life together in the Kingdom of Love. I am currently reading Mark Scandrette's book Practi ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across barren cracked earth. Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across bar ...

No Time to Think
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The avalanche of information available via the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. The avalanche of information available via the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. U ...

Here I Am!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, 'Here I am, for you called me.' Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. ...

Should Worship be Entertaining?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In recent days I've been thinking through with a friend one of the enduring challenges of pastoral and catechetical ministry: how to dispel the notion that worship should be entertaining. ...

Could the Riots in England Have Been Averted?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The rioting and rampages that spread across English cities last week have caused severe property destruction and raised public alarm. The rioting and rampages that spread across E ...

Speculative Fiction, the Church, and Hope
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

So NPR just released the results of their survey for the "Top 100 Science-fiction and Fantasy Books." It's a great list with some of my all-time favorite books on it (although I disagree with ...

Ali Forney Center's Ad Supporting LGBT Homeless Youth
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The first few nights weren't so bad. It was on the fourth night, the night it rained, that it got to me. The first few nights weren't so bad. It was on the fourth night ...

6 Films for a Meaningful Summer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. There are images in the gre ...

Hymns for September 11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people remember "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," a hymn written on the afternoon of September 11, 2001. Many people remember " O God, Our Words Cannot Expr ...

Economic Crisis or Nonviolent Opportunity? Gandhi's Answer to Financial Collapse
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

On Monday the Dow Jones industrial average fell 634.76 points; the sixth-worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst drop since December 2008. On Monda ...

Why is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

not supporting the troops!" And I am old enough to remember that Pes. Reagan raised the debt ceiling 17 ... not supporting the troops!" And I am old enough to remember that Pes. Reagan raised the debt ceiling 17 ...

Jesus Walking on the Water: A Sermon Sarcastic and Serious
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's Jesus walking on the water Sunday here at House for All Sinners and Saints, and we thought maybe during "Open Space" we should have a kiddie pool set up in the back so you could all " ...

New Models of the Church in a New Media World
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In his seminal 1974 book Models of the Church, theologian Avery Dulles offered five paradigms, or "models," each of which called attention to certain aspects of the worldwide Christian church. ...

Why Exclude Women from Ministry?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Lean and lanky, the 30-something teacher probed the congregation with a practiced eye as he wound down his presentation. Lean and lanky, the 30-something teacher probed the congre ...

Dear World: Please Wake Up!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

provide a nutritious meal for one person for .17 I'm guessing you are I'm guessing you ...

Deaths in Afghanistan: Robbing the World of Human Possibilities
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I hate war. I do not hate it because people die. Death is inescapable. And believers believe that we will meet those we love again in heaven. I hate war. I do not hate it because ...

Jesus For President
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:21pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/Jesus_For_President_by_Shane_Claiborne_p/bk_jfp.htm By Shane Claiborne, Chris Haw, and friends (Soft Cover) Jesus for President  is a refreshing reminde ...

A Hamster Is Missing
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Resource

jail sentence and a cicada's first date (after waiting underground for 17 years, one gets ...

The Seven Deadly Social Sins Poster (New)
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:10pm | Type: Resource

Dimensions: 11" x 17" full color print. Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with vegetable inks. ...

The Seven Deadly Social Sins Poster
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:09pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/product_p/pos_sds.htm Mahatma Gandhi challenged our traditional understanding of the seven deadly sins with his own version, for our time.  Dimensions: 11" x 17" full color print (Faith and Spirituality, Life ...

Christians and Islam (PDF Discussion Guide)
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 3:00pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/product_p/dg_cis.htm Perfect for small groups or individual study! Designed to spark discussion and thought about how to live out God's call for justice i ...

The Poverty and Justice Bible (Contemporary English Version)
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 9:13am | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/product_p/bk_pjb.htm The publishers of the Poverty and Justice Bible went looking and highlighted almost 3,000 verses in the scriptures to show that God has so ...

War No More (Sticker)
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 2:53pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/War_No_More_Sticker_br_p/stkr_wnm.htm New sticker from Sojourners! Say War No More with a bold, bright sticker that references Isaiah 2. Dimensions: 7.5&q ...

Beatitude Note Cards
Originally Posted: 08/08/2011 - 2:52pm | Type: Resource

http://store.sojo.net/Beatitude_Notecards_p/acc_bnc.htm   Beautiful original photographs from Afghanistan are each paired with one of the beatitudes from the gospels. These evoc ...

Inspired by Rosa Parks, Israeli and Palestinian Women Take a Swim
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

An account in The New York Times by Ethan Bronner reports that Israeli women and West Bank Palestinian women and girls have once again broken Israeli laws. http://creativecommon ...

Basketball Underdogs: The Afghanistan National Team
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Olympics is the greatest representation of national athletic pride. The Olympics is the greatest representation of national athletic pride. Somehow every couple of years, patr ...

Alabama Clergy Sue to Stop Anti-Immigrant Law
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Alabama legislature passed their infamous, anti-immigrant law (HB 56), the religious community in the state immediately cried foul. When the Alabama legislature passed th ...

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I have gotten so used to stories of violence in the news every morning that I confess they don't move me as much as they should, or used to. I have gotten so used to stories ...

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only wa ...