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Converting People: I Don't Buy It
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

To be more specific, I don’t believe in people converting people. Conversion, obviously, happens. And other people may be there, even standing by and handing the convert a pamphlet. The convert may even be say ...

Ameican Nuns: Grounded Leadership in Conflict
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

In a situation that could have escalated badly, American sisters rose to the occasion. Last week the Vatican released the final report on its unprecedented investigation of Ro ...

Terrorists Win: 'The Interview,' North Korea, and the Tragic Irony of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

This conflict is fundamentally about violence. And the truth about violence is that it puts us all on the same level of morality. North Korea and the United States are enslaved to the same logic of violence. W ...

Dreaming of God With Us
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

I want to talk about Joseph’s two decisions. I want to talk about angels. I want to talk about dreams. And I want to talk about how we might today dream that God is with us (Emmanuel). ...

In Celebration of the 'Average' Church
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Let me tell you why I, a pastor of one of those "average" churches, still bother. You may have never attended an "average" church, but you've certainly ...

Did Jesus Really Never Say Anything About Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Matthew 5:17 .  I actually believe he did something far more radical than just nullifying a few ...

Mary’s Song
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 11:20pm | Type: Blog

Mary sings about politics and economics, the dangers of unchecked power and the foolishness of false pride, and what it means for persons and nations to eschew the common good. ...

Hope in the Dark Times
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 10:46pm | Type: Blog

The first time I really got it, I was 16 years old. The first time I really got it, I was 16 years old. I had traveled by myself to visit distant relatives in Paris, with ...

Purple Flowers of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 10:39pm | Type: Blog

What storms are you weathering this Advent? What fires assail your mind, body, and spirit? What relationships cry out to be restored? As we wait and prepare for the arrival of Christ in our midst, both in Beth ...

The Myth of Crying Rape
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Failure to recognize the sins of power and domination that influence the acts of violence against half of God’s creatures is simply bad theology. There’s a lot to be disappointed ...

The Torture of Our Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Hypocrisy was — as it continues to be — the homage our vices pay to our virtues. Hypocrisy is woven into the founding fabric of our nation. While engaged in the systematic th ...

10 Reasons Coffee is Part of My Faith Journey
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 10:11pm | Type: Blog

God loves us all equally — you, me, and Guillermo the coffee farmer. Guillermo works hard and grows an excellent quality coffee bean to sell and support his family. I am showing God’s love by selling Fair Trad ...

Church of England Names Its First Woman Bishop; Libby Lane to Assume Historic Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

on Dec. 17 that Libby Lane, a parish priest from Hale, a small village outside Manchester, would become ...

2014 in Review: An Unsettling Year, with Religion in a Starring Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

far beyond the Vatican, however. The number of states allowing same-sex marriage doubled, from 17 ...

If Rome Wins 2024 Summer Olympics, Vatican Could Host Competitions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis, a keen soccer fan, is reported to be enthusiastic about the idea. Major sporting events could be held at the Vatican if Rome wins its bid to host the Summer Olympics ...

Alan Gross Release Hailed as Hanukkah ‘Miracle,’ First Step in ‘Normalized’ U.S.-Cuba Relations
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

President Obama chose the Dec. 17 release ... was freed on Dec. 17 — what some are calling a Hanukkah miracle on the first day of the holiday ... was serving a 15-year sentence. President Obama chose the Dec. 17 release as a springboard to announce ...

Five Gifts for Your Favorite Faithful Feminist
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

Sojourners’ Just Giving Guide has detailed a variety of ways to shop in a socially-conscious manner. We’ve gone one step further and highlighted some unique purchases from organizations that directly impact th ...

The Birth of Jesus Is Not a Sweet Story
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

As told by Luke and Matthew, the birth of Jesus isn’t a sweet story. It is God intervening in human depravity and sorrow, offering hope to the hopeless, light to those walking in darkness. ...

Secular Solstice: Doing Good for Goodness’ Sake
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Those lighting the candles are nonbelievers — humanists, atheists, skeptics, and other freethinkers — and the candles represent no unseen divinity, but the actions and intentions of those who light them to mak ...

The Vatican vs. the Nuns: 3 Takeaways from the Vatican's Investigation of Women's Religious Communities
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

The 5,200-word report was largely positive, and participants at a Vatican news conference were even more effusive in their praise for each other, the process, the outcome, and prospects for future collaboratio ...

'Does Your Work Interfere with Your Life?'
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Find the nexus of your gifts and the world's need. Make your own career lattice. Be a lifelong learner. I was once asked to participate in our organization’s "Take You ...

Report: Vatican Investigation Ends with Praise of U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

The much anticipated final report of a Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. nuns was released today without controversy. The much anticipated final report of a Vatican-ordered i ...

Torture, the Bible, and America's Faith in Violence
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Whether it is described in the vocabulary of religion or more "secular" terms, violence — and in the case of torture, shockingly inhumane violence — is described as a necessary means for bringing abo ...

The Pastoral Irony of Advent
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

This is my first Advent as an ordained minister, and I am attempting to quickly learn so many things. Including: what Advent means in different cultural contexts; how to determine the "accurate" them ...

VIDEO: RavelUnravel
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Videos of people of several religious backgrounds expressing their faith.  Project Interfaith, an ...

Sierra Leone Bans Christmas, New Year’s Celebrations to Prevent Spread of Ebola
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

The government of Sierra Leone banned public Christmas and New Year’s celebrations because they may exacerbate efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus. The government of Sierra Leon ...

'Just War' Tradition Raises Disturbing Questions Regarding the Use of Lethal Drones
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people of faith who are not pacifists adhere to the “Just War” tradition as enshrined in international law, which assumes that war is always an evil, but that sometimes there is a greater evil that requir ...

Come, Lord Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

God has entered our humanity. St. Paul says that humanity is now God’s temple (1 Cor. 3: 16-17). If we ...

Australians Suggest Celibacy Played a Role in Clergy Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

The Roman Catholic Church in Australia acknowledged that “obligatory celibacy” may have contributed to decades of clerical sexual abuse of children in what may be the first such admission by church officials a ...

TIMELINE: LGBT People and the Recent Church
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett A timeline on the church concerning the LGBT community.  The recent history of the church’s tre ...

Why Are Manger Scenes So Weird?
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

We’ve left out all the messy parts. The oh-my-God-what-now parts. The I’m-screaming-as-loud-as-I-can-because-it-really-hurts parts. The oh-no-I’ve-stepped-in-the-animal-droppings parts. The real parts. And tha ...

VIDEO: We Are Not An Issue
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video depicting the church.  In the long-running “culture war” over whether or not to accept an ...

Why Jews Skipped Hanukkah and Wrote the Most Beloved Christmas Songs
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

“White Christmas,” written by Jewish lyricist Irving Berlin, topped the charts in 1942 and launched popular Christmas music, encouraging many others — Jews and non-Jews — to write more odes to the holiday. ...

AUDIO: Margaret Atwood Reading from "Year of the Flood."
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés A Sojourners exclusive audio reading from Year of the Flood.  In her reflection on the beatitude ...

Weekly Wrap 12.12.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

1. Read the Torture Report While its 525 pages — and disturbing subject matter — may cause you to opt for the news coverage and analysis, you can actually read the entire Torture Report yourself — even before ...

Pope Francis Is Naming New Cardinals. Will Any Be American?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican announced Dec. 11 that Pope Francis will name a new batch of cardinals in February, adding to the select group of churchmen who will someday gather to elect his successor. Rome won’t reveal the names until next month, but could an America ...

Dalai Lama Says Pope Francis' Unwillingness to Meet 'Could Cause Problems'
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has not had diplomatic ties with China since 1951, and its Communist leaders object to meetings between heads of state and the Tibetan leader. The Dalai Lama said Dec. ...

Gratitude with Hope
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

I'm grateful for the warm, safe shelter of my home when there are 610,042 experiencing homelessness on any given night in the U.S. I’m grateful for more than enough to eat when there are 805 million peop ...

Grace Stories
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

Advent is a time for stories. In my childhood, these weeks were filled with Sunday school pageants, beautifully illustrated children's books, and swapping out Legos for the figurines in my mom’s Nativity ...

New Report Reveals Poor Responses to Sexual Assault at Bob Jones University
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

The school’s teachings on sin, forgiveness, discipline, and justice shaped how Bob Jones University responded to sexual assault, the report argues. An outside watchdog group hire ...

REPORT: Bob Jones University Failed to Support Sexual Abuse Victims for 40 Years
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

An alarming report released today reveals that Bob Jones University, a historically fundamentalist Christian college, failed to support nearly 40 victims of sexual abuse over four decades. ...

The Torture Report: A Historical Perspective
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

This government transparency is new, but the sins are old. Sojourners has advocated for the end and exposure of U.S. torture techniques for years. Take a look at these Sojourners articles to learn more about t ...

7 Concerning Pope Francis Quotes About Women
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis this month wanted to highlight his appointment of several women to a blue-ribbon theological commission, he called the female theologians “strawberries on the cake.” ...

Coalition aims to end death penalty in U.S.
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Press

December 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Pattison ...

Synod on the Family: Dialogue or Clash Between Factions?
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis used his weekly audience Dec. 10 to challenge media reports of “clashes between factions” at the recent bishops’ synod on family issues. Pope Francis used his weekly ...

The Gift of Hopelessness
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

This Advent I am grateful for the gift of hopelessness. Yes, you read that correctly. “But as a mountain erodes and crumbles and as a rock is moved from its place, as water w ...

Christian Groups Join New Coalition to Mobilize 90 Million Americans Against the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Press

December 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Samuel Smith ...

Torture Report Reveals That Truth Trumps Lies
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 7:26pm | Type: Blog

The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report detailing the CIA’s brutal post-9/11 torture program is a watershed moment for the values of our nation. The release of ...

Archbishop Justin Welby: Anglican Communion May Not Hold Together
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

In a lengthy  interview  in The Times of London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby predicted that the Anglican Communion might not hold together because of strong disagreements on the ordination of women as bishops and full rights for LGBT people. ...

Why God Is Sending Christians Straight to Hell
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

So much of Christianity has become about avoiding hell. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned as a hospital chaplain, it’s that God is sending Christians straight to hell. So muc ...