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Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow: 50 Years of Song in 'Love of Community'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

A just-released album, DISCOVERED: Live in Concert, includes 12 live songs never before heard on their albums. And on Dec. 1 (check local listings), PBS will air 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary — a new docu ...

Pope Francis Urges Europeans to Reject ‘Throwaway Culture’
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

The 77-year-old pontiff is well-known for his attacks on consumerism and for his compassion for the poor. More recently, Francis has turned his attention to bioethics issues, describing abortion, embryonic ste ...

A Homeless Man and A Candy Cane
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

James was playing cards with several other nursing home residents in a room that doubles as their dining area. The “stakes” for their game was a stash of candy from a Christmas party earlier in the day. He saw ...

November Sings the Blues
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Late November is Vitamin D season. The dregs of the year threaten to swamp the spirit, clinging to each rough edge of the soul, and frequent shots of sunshine and warm coziness are needed just to keep the deep ...

Report: Solutions to Hunger, Poverty Must Focus on Empowering Women
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

This morning, Bread for the World, released the 2015 Hunger Report, When Women Flourish, We Can End Hunger. The comprehensive analysis focuses on the imperative role the empowerment of women and girls plays in ...

Obama Extends U.S. Combat Role in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan for at least another year. ...

It's Time Again: Depression and the Holidays
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

. We don’t want anybody to say, “You’ll get over it,” or “Other people have many more reasons to be depressed than you.” So on top of feeling depressed, we feel guilty about being depressed. The prophet Isaia ...

What Families Want — And How the Church Can Help
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Churches have spent millions attempting to cater to the needs of the young families in their communities. "Come here! Bring your kids! We have a replica-sized Noah's Ark with real, live animals — a ...

Ten Commandments for Atheists: A Guide for Nonbelievers Who Want to Explore Their Values
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

“There are lots of books out there about why you should not believe in God,” Bayer said. “But there aren’t any about what do secular people believe in. I think that’s the question John and I felt hadn’t been a ...

Cardinal O’Malley Urges Church to Embrace Hierarchical Accountability
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Following up on remarks to “60 Minutes” about the clergy sex abuse crisis and other controversial topics, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has stressed that the Catholic Church needs a system to hold bishops acco ...

Pope Francis Laments 'Market Priorities' in Struggle Against Hunger
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

“It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities,’” the pope said. Market speculation and pursuit of profits are hin ...

Faith Groups Take a Stand for Global Education
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

People of faith can play an important role in helping each child of God realize his/her potential. I remember the day my mother stopped helping me with my homework. I was in m ...

Central African Republic Faith Leaders Wage Holy Peace
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

“When politicians wanted to use the religious fibers to divide the people, whether to maintain power or to conquer it, we stood up as if we were a single man to say ‘non’ to this war and ‘yes’ to peace.” ...

Brittany Maynard Advocates from the Grave
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

In the video, Maynard concludes: “If there’s one message to come away from everything that I’ve been through, it is no matter what life kind of presents you with, is never be afraid to use your own voice. And ...

Five Reasons Why We Want to Believe Jesus Was Married
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

And so it continues today, as modern Christians see Jesus as a successful businessman, a proto-Marxist, a political zealot, a vegetarian, or maybe a gay man. Or, more commonly, married with children — an Ozzie ...

Faith Leaders Join Consumer Advocates to Push for Lower Payday Loan Rates
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Dozens of faith leaders and consumer advocates are pressing Congress to create a national interest rate cap for payday lenders instead of the exorbitant three-digit rates currently charged to people in several ...

Shooting at Florida State University
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Early Thursday morning a gunman opened fire in a library at Florida State University, wounding three students before being fatally shot by police officers. Wielding a handgun, the shooter entered the library a ...

An Advent-Shaped Faith
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

The high liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent have always held a special place in my heart because of their emphasis on the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. But Advent has special significance because ...

Pope Francis' Visit to Philadelphia Won't Focus on Hot-Button Sex Issues
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

the elderly and the disabled. On Nov. 17, Francis  confirmed that he would attend the event  on his first ...

An Interview with Elaina Ramsey, Sojourners' Women and Girls Campaign Associate
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

Meet Sojourners' Women and Girls Campaign Associate, Elaina Ramsey Thanks to the support of our donors, activists, and subscribers, we are pleased to announce that we have hi ...

Can Commerce and Religion Go Their Separate Ways This Christmas?
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Maybe it’s good that commerce has declared its independence from religion and decorum. That clears the way for faith to have its parallel season — not in competition with commerce, but as the deeper reality th ...

Richard Dawkins Stands by Offensive Remarks
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

As the world’s most famous atheist, Richard Dawkins is no stranger to criticism from religious believers. As the world’s most famous atheist, Richard Dawkins is no stranger to cr ...

Why Are Religious Survey Results So Confusing?
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Reading religion surveys can seem like confronting the Tower of Babel: stacked questions, confusing terms, unscientific methodology. It gets even crazier when results are contradictory. How does that happen? ...

Sexual Revolution Is Destroying Families, Russell Moore Tells Vatican Conference
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Prominent U.S. evangelicals Russell Moore and Rick Warren blasted the sexual revolution at a Vatican conference Nov. 18 and said it is destroying the institution of marriage. Prom ...

Why Peter Kassig Was the Islamic State’s Greatest Threat
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Abdul-Rahman Kassig, as he called himself after a conversion to Islam, was the greatest threat the Islamic State faced. He provided relief and comfort to those in need. He practiced mercy and compassion, and i ...

Four Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Terror Attack
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

At least four worshipers, three of them U.S.-born, were killed in an attack on a west Jerusalem synagogue Nov. 18 by two Palestinians wielding a gun, an ax, and a meat cleaver, police said. ...

5 Simple Living Tips for Millennial Christians
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

It’s been said that one of the greatest tricks devil ever played was convincing most of the world he doesn’t exist. His greatest encore might be wrapping up vice in the midst of a big ball of virtue and lettin ...

Sojo Stories: OVERRATED
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

When justice and changemaking are buzzwords, how do we embrace the long challenge of bettering the world while remaining humble about our place in it? Eugene Cho is overrated. ...

Church of England Formally Approves Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

woman bishop by year’s end or at the start of 2015. On Nov. 17, the church’s two most senior leaders, ...

Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' a Needed Depiction of Torture
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

While there are scenes of physical torture onscreen, the film doesn’t show them in graphic detail — to the point where it almost feels that Stewart isn’t going as deep with the subject matter as he could have. ...

'You Are a Human Being'
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

The ways we reach out to God should be happy endeavors, but these ways can become bones of contention, especially if they’re deemed to be special or exclusive paths to God. I beli ...

The Underside of Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

blessings bestowed upon us.  This tradition goes back to the 17 th  century when the New England ... and the socially marginalized simultaneously endure the pain of inequality and social misery just like the 17 th ...

A New Hymn-Prayer for Donor Sabbath
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Local churches that support Sojourners and/or promoting organ donation have permission for free use of this hymn. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services : ...

The Oracle of Certainty: From Ancient Athens to ISIS
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

Though we no longer sacrifice to the gods or consult Oracles, I am afraid that we are still victim to the curse of knowing the end of things. I’m talking about the sense of inevitability that comes from politi ...

In Wake of Ferguson, a Bid to Make St. Louis a More ‘Compassionate’ City
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

“We see this as a vital step to help heal the unconscious and conscious racism that infects this country,” Streeter said. “Laws do not change hearts and minds. We see this as having a direct social impact.” ...

A Christian Should Lead Christians
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Not surprisingly, the situation has become one of the latest talking points for Christians invested in the grievance industrial complex. The difference between this and much of the other ax-grinding is that in ...

Catholic Church Losing Ground in Latin America
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

In just one generation, Latin America has seen the number of people who identify themselves as Catholic plummet, with more people becoming Protestant or dropping religion altogether, a new report shows. ...

Hashtag Activists Battle Online Anti-Muslim Speech, but #DoesItWork?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

“Not a lot of Americans know Muslims as friends and neighbors, so their understanding of Islam and Muslims is shaped by negative views. That gives a very distorted impression,” Perez said. “To help people have ...

Should Pope Francis Visit Turkey’s Extravagant Presidential Palace?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

which they claim has cut the size of the neighboring forest to 17 acres. “We have taken the fight ...

Activists Intent on Building Third Jewish Temple Spark Tensions at Holy Site
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The Temple Mount – Haram al-Sharif to Muslims – in Jerusalem is at the center of an intense debate over messianic religious Zionism in Israeli politics and society, and what it means for the future of the peac ...

Pope Francis Launches New Panel to Speed Up Abuse Cases
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Nov. 11 created a new Vatican body to deal with the most serious cases of child sexual abuse and to streamline complaints against the clergy. Pope Francis on Nov. ...

3 Ways 'All Are Welcome' Is Hurting the Church
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Saying “All Are Welcome” may reflect a genuine, well-meaning desire to reflect inclusivity. But in reality, this slogan seems to have lost its meaning. Here's why I've found it's hurting the chu ...

Gay Debate Challenges Traditional Definitions of ‘Evangelical’
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

Growing cultural acceptance of homosexuality is leading many Christians to reconsider their historic opposition. As intractable as the debate itself can be, American evangelicals nonetheless are experiencing l ...

'The Theory of Everything,' Life's Greatest Questions, and Missed Opportunities
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

“If all of us were some kind of cosmic accident, what chance love? That’s the point at which science breaks down, and something else exists.” The new Stephen Hawking biopic The ...

Running from ISIS
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

I found the courage and fortitude of these displaced Iraqi Christians inspiring. Despite the hardships they faced and the daunting challenge of creating a new life in a new land, they remain faithful. ...

U.S. Catholic Bishops Grapple with Pope Francis’ Priorities
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

With a controversial Vatican summit on family life just concluded and a papal visit to the U.S. expected in less than a year, the nation’s Catholic bishops on Nov. 10 began taking steps to adapt their agenda t ...

This Veterans Day, Work for Peace
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

In the wake of the latest escalation of the U.S. “war on terror,” it’s time to remember the origin of Veterans Day. In 1926, Congress officially recognized the commemoration of Armistice Day on Nov. 11 with the exhortation, “the recurring anniversar ...

TIMELINE: Incarnation
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés Vincent Gordon Harding and Rosemarie Freeney Harding: A Biographical Timeline.  Vincent and Rose ...

VIDEO: Parker Millsap Performance
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video performance by musical artist Parker Millsap.  Parker Millsap is a talented newcomer to t ...

Will Cardinal Raymond Burke's Demotion Enhance His Opposition to Pope Francis?
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Francis has effectively exiled one of his loudest critics, but Burke’s supporters – and his opponents – warn that his position at the Catholic charity may actually give him more freedom to exercise greater inf ...