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Why Does Islam Ban Images of the Prophet Muhammad?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Why do images of the founder of Islam — even cartoons drawn by amateurs — incite so much anger in some people that they are motivated to violence? On May 3 in Garland, Texas,  tw ...

Local Efforts to Rebuild Nepal — And How You Can Help
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

In the wake of the earthquake, channeling local knowledge and communal trust to rebuild communities. Lokesh Todi, born and raised in Kathmandu, moved home to Nepal nine months ag ...

Whedon's 'Ultron:' Marvelous
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

Ultron believes that the only way to save Earth from threat is to destroy what he perceives as its greatest: humanity. In their cinematic incarnation, postmodern superheroes go ...

Swingers Club or 'Church:' Who Gets to Decide?
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

What does it mean for a secular organization suddenly to label itself a church? Religious scholars seem no more ready to plunge into that debate than American courts have proved to be. ...

In Every Human Heart
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

What motivates these different perspectives? Is justice about vengeance, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth? Is someone who advocates for life imprisonment soft on crime? Is such a person naïve? ...

Redefining Family
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 9:24pm | Type: Blog

What a small way to live and love when you only expect love from spouse and children and see the love of friends and family as lesser. How could such a small group of people really show all the wonder and magn ...

Love Is a Piece of Cake
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

A cake shop made headlines when a same-sex couple levied a lawsuit against it for refusal of service. A cake shop has been in the news lately. Sweet Cakes in Oregon made nationa ...

Citing Lack of Funding, New York’s Museum of Biblical Art to Close
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

The museum will close to the general public on June 14 and cease operations on the 30th. On the heels of what seemed like its greatest triumph — a magnificent display of sculpture ...

Understanding the Religious Sites that Were Lost or Damaged in the Nepal Quake
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

What religious buildings were damaged, and which ones are gone? What religious significance did these buildings have and to whom? In one minute, the April 25 earthquake in Nepal t ...

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Catholic Journalist and Longtime Bishops’ Spokeswoman, Dies at 67
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

she entered as a 17-year-old novice in 1964. Walsh had moved to her native Albany from Washington ...

What I Learned from 'The Hunting Ground:' I Am A Part of Rape Culture
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

How many girls in my own graduating class were raped? How many did I know? How many rapists were allowed to remain on campus? During my freshman year of college, a girl who lived ...

Healing the Brokenhearted: Help Prevent Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

I would never want anyone to experience what I endured and my hope is that everyone will join the fight to help end sexual assault. Trigger warning: This post contains depic ...

Question Everything About Your Faith
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

The Christian faith has always been about God coming to save us in human form. The definitive characteristic of Christian faith is that it is rooted in a historic event. We are t ...

A ‘Christian’ Tinder: Do Christians Want or Need It?
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

The first thing I had to do is enter my favorite Bible verse. The first thing I had to do is enter my favorite Bible verse. I debated for a while, thinking I could go the easy ...

Mormon Kate Kelly ‘Happier’ and ‘Invigorated’ After Excommunication
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly says she has found happiness living a more authentic life while continuing to push for equality in the Mormon faith. Nearly a year removed from the ...

Islamic State’s Sophisticated Recruiting Campaign Poses Persistent Threat in U.S.
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

The campaign is finding resonance from urban metros to the American heartland. The arrests of six Minnesota men accused earlier this month of attempting to join the Islamic State ...

Engaging Both Sides of the Church's Debate on Gays
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

The conversations at Q — both onstage and off — do not mirror the raging debates common on cable news networks. Only a few dozen worshippers attend Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist ...

David Trobisch Lends Green Family’s Bible Museum a Scholarly Edge
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

In 2006, New Testament scholar David Trobisch abandoned such lofty outlets as Oxford Press and the Journal of Papyrology and Epigraphy for a more mainstream venue: Free Inquiry. In that feisty secular humanist journal, Trobisch identified the likely ...

Legislating Love in the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Isn’t it time we stop putting people into categories and denying their identity? One of the hot button topics in America today is same-sex marriage. This issue has been in the new ...

Can Rape Jokes Help End Rape Culture?
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Though rape jokes have traditionally been made at the expense of victims or used to normalize rape, Silverman recognizes that humor can be a powerful tool for dismantling rape culture. ...

Vatican Standoff with France Tests Pope’s ‘Who Am I to Judge?’ Stance
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has been hailed for his forward thinking, but — at least according to French news reports — the pontiff has put on the brakes when it comes to a gay French ambassador at the Vatican. ...

Sifting Through Religious Debris in ‘Dig,’ What’s Fact and What’s Fiction?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

Trapdoors, secret chambers, and mysterious torch-lit beach rituals. The eighth episode of Dig, the Holy Land conspiracy thriller that aired April 23 on the USA Network, serves up all these classic elements of ...

Nathan Brown Confronting Atheism
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 9:42am | Type: Press

April 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Charles Scriven ...

Why I, a Protestant, Pray the 'Hail Mary' and Use a Rosary
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Mary offers this: a path to the Divine Feminine that I have sought for so many years. As part of this year-long effort to better understand  what we mean  when we talk about fol ...

Will the PBS Series ‘Wolf Hall’ Tarnish St. Thomas More’s Halo?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

with his 17th-century Puritan descendant Oliver Cromwell) is in fact very much the hero of the series, ...

'The Road to Character' Misses Grace
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

In Brooks' moral universe, there are many pathways all leading to individual development. Morality doesn’t work that way. Virtue is worth thinking about. We should think, car ...

On Eve of Anniversary, Turkey’s ‘Cultural Genocide’ of Armenian History Is Ongoing
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

This tiny Kurdish village outside the city of Van in Turkey’s southeast is home to the ruins of a once-famous 11th-century Armenian Christian monastery. This tiny Kurdish village ...

Who Are the Best Justice Leaders We Need to Know?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

We need to you to nominate the best leaders that no one has heard of to attend The Summit . Last summer, Sojourners hosted The Summit: World Change Through Faith & Justice ...

Infertility and the Role of the Church
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

"Our culture — from our tax policies to our churches — revolve[s] around families with children. When people experience infertility, they grieve what’s missing from their personal lives and are also shut ...

World Bank Launches Interfaith Push to Eliminate Extreme Poverty
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

The World Bank is teaming up with global religious leaders in a 15-year effort to end extreme poverty by 2030. The World Bank is teaming up with global religious leaders in a 15- ...

How the Happiness U-Curve Echoes the Buddha’s Teachings
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Those of us who live long enough and enjoy good health see our lives bent back toward the place where, maybe, we should have started long ago. I just learned about the U-curve — t ...

Q&A: How Would You Respond If Your Christian Daughter Became a Muslim?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Augustine’s mother, Monica, who prayed 17 years for her son to know Christ. Along the way, seek the Lord ...

Pope Francis to Visit Cuba Before U.S. Trip
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in September, the Vatican said April 22. Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in Se ...

What Struggling Congregations Need to Renew Their Churches
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

They need transformation of life — not pleasant Sunday worship experiences — if they are to stand up to the darkness. I am in a lovely college town to help a congregation discern ...

Crystal Cathedral Founder’s Memorial Covered by Crowdfunding Campaign
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

The GoFundMe appeal seeks $30,000 to establish a website, an archive of Robert Schuller’s work, and a broadcast of the funeral. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the “Hour of Power” re ...

Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question His Views on Gays
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Stanley said the award was causing too much strife within the Jewish community, and for the sake of his love for Israel, he would not accept it. Amid a heated debate over his voca ...

Women of the Wall Pluck Torah Scroll Across Partition to Women’s Section
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

For the first time in its 26-year history, the feminist prayer group Women of the Wall managed to read from a full-sized Torah scroll April 20 after one of its members surreptitiously borrowed one from the Wes ...

'Ex Machina' is 'Frankenstein' for the Digital Age
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Oscar Isaac's genius founder is a hipster, health-nut blend of Victor Frankenstein and Mark Zuckerberg — all arrogance, paranoia, and protein shakes. The question of what ma ...

Explaining 'Working Poor' to my Privileged, Middle Class Children
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

How do I explain something as alien and complex a state as being part of the working poor in a way my kids can have a at least a chance to internalize? For my privileged, perhaps ...

5 Lessons from the Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Until Finn, no American bishop had ever been forced from office (despite the terse Vatican announcement that he “resigned”) for covering up for a predator priest. When Pope Franci ...

When 'Saving the World' Hurts
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

What began as Jonathan’s eager and well-intentioned trip slowly and painfully morphed into a constricted and disillusioning journey of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual anguish. ...

The Wisdom of Those Who Plant Seeds
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

The experience of knowing we do not know can be felt in different ways. One is confusion, another, mystery. Both are confrontations of the hidden or unknown, but one brings us to awe and the other despair. ...

Catholic Bishops, Nuns Voice Support For Obama’s Iran Deal, Ask Congress To Back Off
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 2:54pm | Type: Press

April 15, 2015 Sojo in the News Jack Jenkins ...

Christian Leaders Call for US Statesmen's Sincerity in N. Talks with Iran
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 2:31pm | Type: Press

April 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Fars News Agency ...

Christian Leaders Voice Support for Iran Framework Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 1:59pm | Type: Press

April 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

A Journey Toward Radical Welcome
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

Jesus is the ideal shepherd, the model shepherd, the best kind of shepherd; the one who makes the promises of God available to all of God’s people by laying down his life for the sheep. ...

'Batman v. Superman' Is Every Christian’s Battle
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

Why is the idea of Superman and Batman beating each other up so compelling? Two of America’s most recognizable heroes are heading for a showdown, and it’s a fight most of us are i ...

Weekly Wrap 4.17.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

Star Wars, RFRA, TIME's Top 100, #FeedFear, and more! 1.  A Newsfeed of Fear: News, Social Change, and Resisting #FeedFear When clickbait lures and controversy sell ...

Secret Orders and Supposed Traitors — TV’s ‘Dig’ Into Religious History
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Dig's religious puzzle is beginning to fall into historical — and colorfully fictitious — place. The pieces of the religious puzzle that make up the USA Network’s biblical co ...

Mormon Couple Doesn’t Want to be Part of Supreme Court Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

A Mormon man and woman in a mixed-orientation marriage are objecting to their inclusion in a U.S. Supreme Court case filing because it argues that legalized gay marriage would demean marriages like theirs. ...