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Thanks for Your Thanks!
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Have you ever given someone a gift they really needed? A gift that made them cry and laugh at the same time? We got to do that last week. Have you ever given someone a gift they ...

Christianity As Impurity Cult, or It's Okay to Leave
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

I guess I should offer a caveat right from the start. I know I'm privileged.  I know that my white, southern, maleness may make the following invalid to many. Still, I'm in The Body known as the Church, too. So, here's some mu ...

Stuttering Clergy Spread the Word
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Last week was National Stuttering Awareness Week, and increasingly, clergy who stutter are willing to talk about their stuttering, and how a profession that rewards inspiring speech can be open to those with s ...

Womanhood and Discerning 'The Call'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2012 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

It was drilled into my brain that even though I felt a “calling” as a writer, a storyteller, etc., it was extremely different from 'the call.' Read: What your husband is doing is more important than ...

This Is My Body (Day Ten)
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

On the rare occasion we actually slow down long enough to pray, worship, reflect or simply be in the moment, we have no idea how to do it. I watch people in church, and it’s clear from the body language that w ...

Catholic Bishops to Scrutinize Girl Scouts
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

of the 2.3 million Girl Scouts in the U.S. are Catholic, so the organization cannot afford to lose its ...

Pope Finds Kindred Spirit in German ‘Feminist’ Saint
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

On Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI ordered Hildegard von Bingen, who died in 1179, to be inscribed “in the catalogue of saints,” thus extending her cult “to the universal church.” Her ...

I Am My Mother's Daughter (Thanks Be to God)
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

When asked to describe my mother, Helen, my usual answer is: Queen Esther in espadrilles and a matching purse. Esther comes to mind when I think of Mom because she was fiercely loyal, smart, determined, brave ...

Don’t Think Too Hard; You’ll Kill God (Day Nine)
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

It’s not hard to understand why lots of folks are howling that such postmodern theology is yet another subversive form of atheism, intent on killing God once and for all. But if that’s really all there is to o ...

In Celebration of Women
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: SojoMail

May 10, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "SNAP participation at f ...

Mom, Mick Jagger and Me
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

So, this week I honor my televangelist-watching mother. She's not perfect. No one is. I love her the more for it. I love her laughter and her questions. And I'm honored that she trusts her son enough ...

In Celebration of Women
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Here at Sojourners, we’re taking the entire week to celebrate not only mothers, but all women who have made an impact on our lives. For their strength, heroism, charity and wisdom, ...

Motherly-ness: Shaping a Woman's Soul
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

However, the question I got in that class made me think of why we should be celebrating Mother’s Day in church and how far the church has to go yet in how we “handle” motherhood. How we talk about it, how we h ...

Thank-A-Nun Day is Today!
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Thank you to everyone who has responded by writing a Thank-You Note. Thank you to everyone who has responded by writing a Thank-You Note. (It's not too late! You can still pa ...

The Matriarchal Blessing
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about the matriarchal blessing—the moment when an old woman, staring death in the eye, communicates to a younger female relative or friend that life ...

Rob Bell: 'Surrender the Outcomes'
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

How do you step out and take a risk — as a pastor, as an artist, as a parent, as a person — when the job description of a pioneer or a vanguard comes with the assurance of persecution? “Surrender the outcomes, ...

Mother's Week: Letting Go and Outside, Poems
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 6:51pm | Type: Blog

  Letting Go By Stacy Barton looking back the leaving began at once the loss of you like summer grass before the season’s end your tiny form expands me still a willow of a woman you catch my breath like a breeze ...

Driving Home
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

This past spring break, I took my 14-year old daughter to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. My daughter has had a difficult middle school experience, especially these last two years. This las ...

Pope Wants Catholic Colleges to Ensure Faculty is Faithful to Church Doctrine
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 1:25am | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday (May 5) called on Catholic colleges and universities in the United States to do more to affirm their "Catholic identity," particularly by ensuring the do ...

Boy with a Broken Heart is Born (Day Six)
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 11:06pm | Type: Blog

It was hopeful watching the church family rally around the Vigils, praying for them, bringing them meals, visiting and doing what they could to offer support in what I’m sure felt like a time of emotional free ...

Mother's Week: Homecoming, A Poem
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 7:23pm | Type: Blog

Suddenly you are there, the smell of womanhood about you. Hi Mom. Homecoming By Stacy Barton   Suddenly you are there, the smell of womanhood about yo ...

A New Way of Being Christian in the Public Square
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

Christian Millennials are now coming of age and recognizing the flawed strategies and broken agendas embraced by their forebears. They've seen how the religious right (and the religious left, for that ma ...

Buddhist Abbey a Dream Fulfilled for U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

There aren't a lot of Buddhists in America -- around 3 million or so, according to the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. There isn't exactly an abundance of monasteries here either, let alone ...

A Hundred Hidden Kisses (Day Five)
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

It sounds strange to say that Amy leaves well, but it’s true. She’s way better at it than I am. And at least now, glancing in the rearview, I can see why it’s a good skill to have. ...

Mother's Week: Queen Anne's Lace
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I ‘d cut short the green stem of the still glorious flower-head of Queen Anne’s Lace from my Mother’s Day bouquet and placed it in water in a crystal bud vase as an object to be attended to. I hoped it would s ...

'Mommy Style'
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

I answer the questions quickly and, after my score is tabulated, I learn that my “Mommy Style” is . . . drum roll, please . . . Earthy Mom! Yay! I think I was tagged as “earthy” because I admitted that my fami ...

Thank a Nun: Sister Catherine ~ She Broadened My Image of God
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

I started seeing Sister Catherine once a week and within two months I felt as though I were going through a spiritual transformation, like I was being radically broken open and the thick outer shell I had main ...

How Did Mormons Grow So Fast? They Changed How They Counted
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 6:05pm | Type: Blog

If you suspected the newly released U.S. Religion Census overstated the Mormons' growth rate, you were right. That’s because, this time around, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints c ...

Are Americans in Rome Behind the Nuns Crackdown?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that conservative American churchmen living in Rome—including disgraced former Boston Cardinal Bernard Law—were key players in pushing the hostile takeover of the Leadership Conference of Women Re ...

Secularists Turn to GOP Lobbyist to Help Push Their Cause
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Their issues are predominantly liberal and their constituency strongly leans Democratic, but a leading secularist group hopes a high-rolling Republican lobbyist is just who they need to open doors on Capitol H ...

Clowns, Bad Haircuts and Dreams of Disaster (Day Three)
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

All of it is about the vulnerability of having no control. Truth be told, we usually have less control than we think we do anyway, but when you move out of state, the lack of agency is pretty much right there, ...

Phone Foul: The Importance of Being a Good Listener
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

In the business I am in, of ministry and pastoral care, listening is such an important thing. I can prepare all the fancy theology and exegesis imaginable but if I don’t listen I might be getting it all wrong ...

Hearts in the Trash (Day Two)
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that packing all the belongings you need for at least three months into the back of a Prius is a challenge. Of course, being a guy it’s the kind of challenge that makes life worth living. Anyone w ...

QUIRK: Sister Maripat's Late-Nite Talk Show
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

She may not be an actual Catholic sister in real life but Maripat Donovan plays one of the most recognizable nuns in the world. Donovan is a Chicago native and originator of the role of "Sister" in t ...

Scary Nuns Terrify the Vatican
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has always been scared of forceful nuns. Even (and perhaps especially) the three female doctors of the church made prelates nervous. The Vatican has always been scared ...

I Fell in Love with a Nun
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

I was Annunziata’s and she was mine — and that was that. She became the Maude to my Harold, showing me how to love without limits. This is a love story. An unlikely love story ...

Arctic Christians Get First Complete Inuit Bible
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Later this spring, an entire Bible in Inuktitut, the language of Inuit people and the most widely spoken aboriginal tongue in Canada's Arctic, will be dedicated at an igloo-shaped church in Nunavut, an au ...

Vatican Issues New Guidelines for Catholic Charities
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

Under new rules announced on Wednesday (May 2), the Vatican will more closely oversee the operations of Caritas Internationalis, a global confederation of 162 national Catholic charities. ...

Lost and Found Life (Day One)
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

What the hell is it about human nature that makes room for what we’ve lost, while neglecting what we have? Seems a tragic waste of emotions and gray matter to me. I’m pretty sure ...

United Methodists Vote to End Guaranteed Clergy Appointments
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

Clergy appointments have been guaranteed since the 1950s, when they were instituted to protect ministers from discrimination or arbitrary abuse, supporters say. But critics say those original goals have helped ...

Study Shows Mormonism is Fastest-Growing Faith in Half of U.S. States
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

A new study shows that Mormonism is moving into more parts of the country than any other religious group, making it the fastest-growing faith in more than half of U.S. states. CHI ...

Is Osama Bin Laden in Hell? (and Other Stupid Things Christians Argue About)
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

I’m sipping on a root beer at Barnes & Noble as I work on my revisions for Forest Life. In the meantime I’ve noticed a handfull of debates raging over this photo that has been spreading around the Internet ...

From the Archives: May 1980
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:57am | Type: Magazine Article

on March 23, 1980, the day before his assassination. (Oscar Romero, Suffering, Faith ...

Into the Dark Woods
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger As the human soul matures, we are confronted with moments that force us to let go of yet another thin veil of self-delu ...

God the Farmer
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ellen F. Davis Psalm 65 gives us a unique portrait of a deity who tends the soil, waters its furrows, and crowns the year with a rich har ...

New Wind, New Flesh
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 4:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B Experiments in my first science class at school ...

I Have Met The Stranger, and He Is Me
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

To believe is easy. You can fill stadiums with people wanting to believe, either to solidify what they already think or to grasp hold of something because they feel cast adrift and lost at sea. To doubt, to in ...

We All Need A Spotter: Church and CrossFit Gym
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

I was talking to my husband about why I am loving Crossfit and it made me realize that it is for some of the reasons I love church. I can’t lift my arms. They scream in muscle ...

Letters to the Editor: Friday, April 27, 2012
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

In response to Jim Wallis' post, "Having the Sisters' Back" Thank you so much for bringing this issue to the attention of your readers. I am a Catholic woman and mother of three. My husban ...

Secularists Counter National Day of Prayer with National Day of Reason
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

As millions of Americans bow their heads next Thursday (May 3) for the annual National Day of Prayer, atheists, humanists and other nontheists will mark a day of their own. The National Day of Reason - or "NDR" in the shorthand of the nonth ...