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The Fake Church v. the Real Church
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Our faith in Christ gives us hope and strength and courage, but it doesn’t erase reality, and it isn’t meant to create a flawless utopia where we can escape from the world’s problems. But many churches attempt ...

Ethicist Shaun Casey to Oversee Religious Engagement for State Department
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Amid persistent criticism that the U.S. marginalizes religion and religious people in its foreign policy, Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday tapped ethicist and campaign adviser Shaun Casey to lead the St ...

Study Shows Minorities Most Likely to Favor Longer Lives
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Noah’s grandfather Methuselah lived to the ripe old age of 969 and Moses reached 120, but most Americans would be happy to make it into their 90s, according to a new study. Noah ...

Pope Francis is Unsettling — and Dividing — the Catholic Right
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

On a few short months, Pope Francis has alienated many on the Catholic right by refusing to play favorites and ignoring their preferred agenda items even as he stressed the kind of social justice issues that a ...

Living Faithfully in the Public Square
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 1:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors An Interview with John Carr After working for two decades as a policy adviser for the United Stat ...

Beanie Babies, Scarcity, and Vanity
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

If the writer of Ecclesiastes were around today, I’m pretty certain s/he would be a really emo teenager in black skinny jeans who smokes clove cigarettes alone in his/her room listening to Morrissey or My Chem ...

Presbyterians Stir Theology Debate by Rejecting Popular New Hymn
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

The committee putting together a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (USA) dropped the popular hymn “In Christ Alone” because the song’s authors refused to change a phrase about the wrath of God. ...

Why I Love To Hate Alex Rodriguez
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

Hatred is dangerous because it’s mimetic – it spreads from person to person like a contagious disease and allows us to unite over and against our scapegoat. ... but a guilty scapegoat is the best kind because ...

In God We (Don’t) Trust
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

The truth is that our faith and spirituality is often dependent on hundreds of different relationships, factors, institutions, and circumstances that we directly correlate with God. ...

Have I Become the Christian I Can't Stand?
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 8:14am | Type: Blog

Being aware of my faults, I will continue to strive to live out the Gospel message as faithfully as possible, and along the way I hope to bring others to know the same God of love and acceptance that I do. ...

The Church of the Long Haul
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

True Home Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 84:1-7; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14 OUR READINGS ...

Pope Pens Personal Message to Muslims at Ramadan’s End
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

In message published on Friday, Pope Francis took the rare step of personally expressing his “esteem and friendship” to the world’s Muslims as they prepare to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast. ...

Vanity of Vanities: Does Ministry Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

The system is broken, and we are broken with it. The religious systems have failed the people they claim to serve, and our social safety nets have holes large enough for lives to slip through, nearly undetecte ...

Historic Anniversary Honors Water as Sacred Source of Life
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

As a young Iroquois boy living on the Onondaga Nation, Hickory Edwards paddled, swam, fished and caught crabs in the creek close to his parents’ house. To celebrate his love of the water, Edwards is leading a ...

Kenyan Lawyer on Quixotic Quest to Nullify Trial of Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

The conviction of Jesus by Pontius Pilate may be the most famous court verdict ever — and perhaps the most consequential, since it led to Christ’s crucifixion and the founding of a global religion. ...

Moving From the Sanctuary to Social Networks
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

People are no longer tethered to the church at the corner, or to the denomination of their parents, or to the fast-fading routines of Sunday morning worship. People can seek God at whatever time or place the u ...

Woman Charged with Paint Vandalism at Washington National Cathedral
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

Washington police arrested a 58-year-old woman after two chapels in the Washington National Cathedral were defaced with green paint Monday afternoon. Washington police arrested a ...

Questioning the Bible: What I Would Have Said to Bill Maher
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

It matters how we read the Bible. So as someone who has focused on confronting those "bad parts" in Scripture, I wanted to take a stab at addressing Maher's questions. ...

Did Pope Francis Change Church Teaching on Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

Blogs and social media immediately exploded with commentary that either hailed — or lamented — the pope’s words as a shift in Catholic teaching on the role of gays and lesbians in the church. But did Pope Fran ...

Walking 1,850 Miles to See Pope Francis, Pilgrim Feels Renewed
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

A record-breaking three million Roman Catholics crammed Copacabana Beach Saturday night to hear Pope Francis encourage young people to build a better world. A record-breaking thre ...

Who Is My Enemy?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

I used to blame governments, and churches, and institutions all day long. Now I’ve stuck a piece of tape over my mouth. I’m going to leave it there as a reminder that everything I speak out against has its ori ...

Songwriter’s Ode to Heaven Tops Charts
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

A song about ascending to heaven written by a dying 18-year-old, has gotten 7.7 million YouTube hits and at one point reached No. 1 on the iTunes music charts. A song about ascen ...

Inside the Mormons’ Elite Missionary Training Center
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

The 35-acre campus is an island of young people, where teens and 20-somethings outnumber grownups by 10-to-1. The place is awash in fresh-faced students, and even the workers — from the cafeteria to the copy c ...

Pope Francis Ministers to Young People 'In Crisis' in Brazil
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

His arrival animated tens of thousands of young Catholics cramming the Rio city center, as they waved flags, chanted slogans, and swarmed the four-door Fiat he was riding in. RIO ...

Christians: It’s OK to Apologize (to Non-Christians)
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

Apologizing is intrinsic to loving. Imagine how the world would be different if Christians throughout history had been brave enough to say these two simple words: "I'm sorry." ...

On Scripture: Power of Prayer ... at Kmart
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

We live in a shadowy world where the color of one’s skin, the person that one loves, or the God that one worships can get you killed. This is a gloomy world with little light or joy. Even in these worst of tim ...

When Doing the 'Christian Thing' Isn’t the Right Thing
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

I believe that the problem evangelicalism faces today is that we have forgotten the very example that we claim to follow: the example of a servant, preacher, and prophet who was a friend of those who religious ...

Christianity's 5 Most Popular Scapegoats
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

Within Christianity it’s easy to criticize. Here are some of the most common scapegoats. Within Christianity it’s easy to criticize. Here are some of the most common scapegoats: ...

'Silence is Golden': The White Church and Race in America
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 8:04pm | Type: Blog

In the book of Ecclesiastes, the author says that there is a time for everything under heaven, including “a time to be silent, and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:7. Over the past two weekends, the vast majo ...

But We Had Hoped...
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

In only four words — “But we had hoped” (Luke 24:21) — we find one of the most profound expressions of human emotion in the entire New Testament. In only four words — “But we ha ...

Report: Americans Hold Different Views of What 'Religious' Means
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

There is a lopsided divide in America about what it means to be a religious person, with a majority believing that it’s about acting morally but a strong minority equating it with faith. ...

British TV Channel’s Call to Prayer Stirs Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

With a stated aim to “provoke,” Britain’s best-known TV company, Channel 4, is justifying its live daily broadcast of the “adhan” — the early hour Muslim call to prayer — and sparking applause as well as anger ...

Baseball’s Darryl Strawberry Buries his Past in New Career as a Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

The four-bedroom, two-story modest house sits on a corner in this planned bedroom community, and when this 6-6 muscular-toned man welcomes you inside his home, there is no evidence Darryl Strawberry the player ...

On Scripture: Mary and Martha, Use Your Gifts — Whatever They May Be
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 8:20am | Type: Blog

We, in the western world, need to start by looking close to home where a new dialogue has begun about mothering and glass ceilings and “leaning back.” We need to learn to honor the choices that others make. T ...

In Celebration of Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

We are free today to choose people. We are free to believe that a person is worth giving our lives for, that we can sacrifice and give all we have for the good of another. The power of our gospel sits in this ...

'If You REALLY Love Jesus, Click and Share!'...And Other Abominations
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

I think those ["If you love Jesus, 'like' and share" posts] are even more annoying than those “Just checking to see if you will even read this…if you are reading it, comment and then copy t ...

August 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 5:19pm | Type: Product

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Mother Searches for God’s Purpose in the Midst of Grief
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn. Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn. She closed her eyes, curled her knees into her ...

Heat Poses Challenge to Muslims Fasting During Ramadan
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

The annual 30-day fast known as Ramadan, one of Islam’s five pillars, began Tuesday and requires that believers forgo food and drink. At this time of year, that means 15 hours of parched throats and unquenched ...

UN Panel Questions Vatican Record on Child Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has been called to give detailed information on its record on child sexual abuse to a United Nations panel, a move that will show how Pope Francis wants to handle an issue that has d ...

No Girls Allowed
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Summer is a relatively slow time in church life, and as such, it is usually the time when we have a chance to get away with family for some much-needed rest and relaxation. This past week, we went to visit Amy ...

On Scripture: Good Samaritans All Around
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

In recent weeks, a number of controversial and divisive political questions have dominated the news. Race and voting rights, abortion in Texas, and marriage equality at the Supreme Court have opened anew the s ...

Catholic Hospitals at Odds with Bishops Over Birth Control Mandate
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

The organization representing Catholic hospitals across the country says it no longer objects to the Obama administration’s mandate that all employees receive free birth control coverage. ...

Pope Francis Proclaims John Paul II, John XXIII as New Saints
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis declared on Friday that Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be made saints, elevating the two most decisive popes of the 20th century to the pantheon of Catholic life and worship. ...

And You Wonder Why People Aren’t Christians: Transportation Edition
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

I’ve said many times before that I believe that some people who were Christians and left the faith or those who reject Christianity altogether do so not because of any objection to the teachings of Jesus Chris ...

10 Things THE CHURCH Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

The Christian church is full of Christians, right? Sadly, the reality is the answer to that question is heavily dependent on whom you are asking. The Christian church is full of ...

Principled Pluralism: The Challenge Of Religious Diversity In 21st Century America
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Press

July 2, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Interdependence Day
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

As we celebrate our nation’s independence this week, it’s good that we also celebrate our interdependence. Everything that we do, everything that we have, all that we are bears the fingerprints of countless ot ...

When Firefighters Fall, Chaplains Stand
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

As friends and families reel from the news that 19 elite firefighters died battling an Arizona wildfire Sunday, the work of some of their spiritual comrades has just begun. Fire chaplains are stepping up to su ...

7 Marks of A Stereotypical American Christian
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Nobody is perfect, but we need to start emulating Christ instead of subtly allowing our social surroundings to dictate our spiritual priorities. 1)  You Love To Argue, Fight ...