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'Batman v Superman' is Every Christian’s Battle
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 3:25pm | 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. ...

Timeline: The Long and Contentious Duel Between Rome and American Nuns
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The long and often contentious duel came to an abrupt end on April 16. Here’s how the dispute played out. The long and often contentious duel between the Vatican and the Leadershi ...

Death penalty opposition intensifies
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 4:29pm | Type: Press

April 14, 2015 Sojo in the News Brian Roewe ...

Kim Kardashian Airbrushed Out of Ultra-Orthodox Website
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

This has gotta be a first: Kim Kardashian is not in the picture. This has gotta be a first: Kim Kardashian is not in the picture. But it’s happened, in Israel, on an ultra-Ort ...

Three Years After 'Radical Feminist' Charge, U.S. Catholic Sisters and Vatican Reach Peace Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

The conflicted and controversial three-year doctrinal investigation by the Vatican of U.S. Catholic sisters in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has formally come to an end. ...

Five Things Christianity Can Learn From Buddhism
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 6:46pm | Type: Blog

Buddhism has much to teach us about where we might take Christianity in the 21st century. Could Christianity's future lie in Buddhism's past? This is a possibility that& ...

'Did God Kill Jesus?' Author Talks Suffering, Reconciliation, and the Cross
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

"I think that the cross stands at the very center of Christianity. It is the unavoidable, inescapable center of the Christian faith. It’s in some ways a theological mystery to be solved, and I wanted to t ...

Vatican Ends Controversial Investigation of U.S. Nuns with Olive Branch
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Both sides also reaffirmed a commitment to maintaining unity and keeping the faith and spiritual practices of the Catholic Church at the heart of their common mission. The Vatican ...

Whose Fear? Which Newsfeed?
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

We cannot discuss “A Newsfeed of Fear” without talking about race in post-Ferguson America. In  “A Newsfeed of Fear” ( Sojourners,  May 2015) , Gareth Higgins argues that our ...

Report Counts Sharp Spike in Global Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:18pm | Type: Blog

(9 vs. 4), Italy (23 vs. 12), and Sweden (17 vs. 3). However, the highest number of violent cases ...

Lauren Hill and the Morning Fog
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

What will we do with the gift of this day? How will be celebrate it? How will we enjoy it? How will we use it to help someone else? How will we touch and change the world in some small but significant way? How ...

Confusing Jesus with Daredevil
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

The huge problem with all this for Christians is that our compliance in such a model of justice is terribly removed from the teachings of Christ. It’s sinful. Jesus was certainly focused on living justly and r ...

Who's Watching? Brave New Technology, Same Old Fears
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

We’ve grown up free, but the psychological effects of omnipresent visibility are hard to shake. In 1990, my father and pregnant mother packed up their life in suburban Illinois, b ...

5 Takeaways from Tuesday's White House Celebration of Gospel Music
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

First lady Michelle Obama hosted a discussion with musicians and students on gospel music at the White House on April 14, praising gospel’s role as “a ray of hope” in American history. ...

Christian Leaders Voice Support for Iran Framework Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

I urge you to prayerfully consider adding your own voice in support of the diplomatic process and share the opportunity with others. Read it, discuss it in your churches, and add your name. This is a historic ...

Monica Lewinsky and Jesus Christ: Overcoming the Place of Shame
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

Our culture is run by cycles of shame, but we don’t have to be. Monica Lewinsky and Jesus Christ had a similar experience — they both occupied the place of shame. In 1998, Monica ...

Faith leaders support Iran framework deal
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 1:11pm | Type: Press

April 13, 2015 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

U.S. Catholic bishops back Obama on Iran, warn Congress against meddling
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 1:06pm | Type: Press

April 13, 2015 Sojo in the News David Gibson ...

One Year Later, Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Still Missing
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

One year after the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by terror group Boko Haram, more than 200 kidnapped children remain missing. One year after the kidnapping of 276 Nigeri ...

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid. Oh … and Jesus.
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Time to change the algorithms of despair in our newsfeeds into algorithms of hope. Lately I’ve noticed that the “prayers of the people” at my church are beginning to sound like th ...

Anglican Communion’s New Secretary General Draws Praise from Africa, Condemnation Elsewhere
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

African Anglicans welcomed the appointment of a Nigerian bishop as the next secretary general of the 85 million-member Anglican Communion, even as others criticized the appointment because of his anti-gay comm ...

RELEASE: Christian leaders rally support for Iran Framework Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 1:55pm | Type: Press

April 13, 2015 Press Releases A large and diverse group of Christian ...

‘Radical Muslims’ Clothing Line Attempts to Shatter Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

The phrase elicits images of ISIS militants. What about a man in an ankle-length garment and cotton headscarf carving the air with his skateboard? Radical Muslims. The phrase eli ...

Can You Imagine Injustice?
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Imagination doesn’t hide or replace truth — it reveals it. For people benefitting from systematic wealth, power, comfort, favor, and convenience, it can be difficult to relate to ...

When Parenting Meets #FeedFear
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

I want my children to be smart about their surroundings, but I don’t want them to fear everything and everyone around them. Where does "stranger danger" impede "love your neighbor?" ...

Iran – In relationship with the other
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 10:39am | Type: Press

April 11, 2015 Sojo in the News Robert Azzi ...

Digging Under Mount Moriah with TV’s ‘Dig’
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Archaic prayers, hidden keys, and secret religious orders — such are the elements of the latest episode of the USA Network’s biblical conspiracy action series Dig. Archaic prayer ...

Kenya Cracks Down on Al-Shabab Funding and Recruitment After Garissa Attack
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

This week, Kenya froze the accounts of 85 groups and individuals, including bus companies and Muslim rights organizations, allegedly linked to the group. Faced with a fierce enemy ...

The Problem with Creating ‘Christian’ Versions of Things
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 7:21pm | Type: Blog

The problem with Christian-specific events — especially those run under the best of intentions, as Christian Fashion Week appeared to be — is that they hermetically seal off any good intentions from reaching t ...

Alan Chambers: President Obama Is Right to Try to End Ex-Gay Therapy for Minors
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

who wanted this freedom. I got married in 1998, and for more than 17 years have found it easy ...

None Shall Make Them Afraid: 5 Virtues of Responsible News Consumption
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

If God’s people are indeed shaped by a perfect love that casts out fear, how then do we begin embodying an alternative to the newsfeed of fear in the way that we read, tell, and embody stories? ...

Barack Obama: 'We are called to follow the example of Christ'
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:11pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Carey Lodge ...

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

4 notable remarks from President Obama’s Easter Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Press

April 7, 2015 Sojo in the News Adelle Banks ...

White House Easter event welcomes cross-section of Christians
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:59pm | Type: Press

April 7, 2015 Sojo in the News Patricia Zapor ...

Journalism and the Sacred Work of Disseminating Knowledge
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

There’s an old adage in journalism that if it bleeds, it leads. It sounds kind of savage and it’s often that principle people quip when complaining about excessive violence in the news. That criticism isn’t wr ...

What I Learned From Praying at the White House
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 7:49pm | Type: Blog

Every one of us has sin in our lives that separates us from God — addictions, hidden failings, anger problems — and every one of us needs the saving power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to redeem and restore ...

Grace Bats Last
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

Not even death is a final out. It’s more like the first pitch in the next game, one that’s also played on grace‘s home field. Which means that even then — especially then — grace gets the final say. ...

Women Rabbis Are Forging a Path Outside Denominational Judaism
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

These communities have grabbed the attention of more conventional Jewish leaders because they have enjoyed success where mainstream synagogues and institutions often struggle: attracting young Jews. ...

Ishtar vs. Easter: Pick Your Story
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

The meme is attributed to Richard Dawkins’ Foundation for Reason and Science and is meant to debunk Christianity and Easter as just another example of an ancient myth. The reasoning goes like this – Christiani ...

The First Time Resurrection Mattered to Me
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it came because this was the first time I gardened. Or felt depression. Or intimately walked through the liturgical season with the same people. I’ve celebrated Easter befor ...

'The Salt of the Earth:' Gorgeous Photos in Stark Perspective
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

The Salt of the Earth is a film about perspective, and that's what gives it that extra emotional oomph. Why do we engage with art? What is about a poem, painting, film, or ph ...

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Should we give this hope for peace a chance? I believe Christians should answer yes. Here’s why. For Christians, Easter is not just a day — it is a season, and, indeed, a way of l ...

'Arriving at Amen' Arrives, For Some
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

The helpful but scattershot guide to spiritual practice. Arriving at Amen , the forthcoming memoir-infused  guide to spiritual practices  by Leah Libresco, reads like a fanta ...

Small Band of Mormons Register Their Opposition to Church Leaders
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

For the first time in decades, a small band of Mormons who disagree with their church stood during the semi-annual General Conference on April 4 and publicly shouted “opposed” to sustaining the top Mormon lead ...

Local event anticipates Parliament of the World's Religions
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:52am | Type: Press

April 4, 2015 Sojo in the News D. Andrew Kille ...

Fight for something
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:48am | Type: Press

April 3, 2015 Sojo in the News Father Kevin J Barr ...