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The Garden Outside Pleasantville
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

In some way or other, I think it’s safe to say that we all have a kind of nostalgia for the innocence and purity of the Garden of Eden before what we call “the fall.” In some way ...

VIDEO: Jim Wallis on 'This Week'
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

Sojourners President and CEO Jim Wallis sat down with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's 'This Week' to discuss his latest book On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Lea ...

Brazilian Evangelist Has Big Plans for U.S.
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Fourteen years after he started out in the countryside outside Sao Paulo, Apostle Valdemiro Santiago sits at the helm of a booming Pentecostal church in Brazil, the world’s fastest-growing evangelical country. ...

New Testing Dates Shroud of Turin to Era of Christ
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

New scientific tests on the Shroud of Turin, which went on display Saturday in a special TV appearance introduced by the pope, date the cloth to ancient times, challenging earlier experiments that dated it onl ...

Cardinal Dolan: Catholic Church Could Do Better on Gay Outreach
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the top U.S. Catholic prelate, says the Roman Catholic Church has to make sure that its defense of traditional marriage is not reduced to an attack on gays and lesbians. ...

Roundtable II: Faith and Politics
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Press

March 31, 2013 Sojo in the News This Week with George Stephanopoulo ...

A Good Friday reflection
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 2:47pm | Type: Press

March 29, 2013 Sojo in the News Father Kevin J Barr ...

Finding Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Press

April 1, 2013 Sojo in the News WNYC ...

On God's Side: For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Press

March 28, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

On Maundy Thursday, Pope Washes Feet at Youth Prison
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday washed the feet of 12 young inmates, including two girls and two Muslims, during a Maundy Thursday Mass at a youth detention center in Rome. VATICAN CITY ...

Good Friday: How Deep the Father's Love Is For Us
Originally Posted: 03/29/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

If anything we think we knew about God before Jesus arrives in Mary's womb contradicts what we see and hear of Jesus in the Gospels, then we are the ones who are mistaken. ...

On God’s Side: For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

On God's Side is about moving beyond the political ideologies that have both polarized and paralyzed us, by regaining a moral compass for both our public and personal lives — by reclaiming an ancient yet ...

On Door Prizes, Pony Rides, and a Gazillion Eggs When the Gospel Ought To Be Enough
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Easter is often referred to as the Super Bowl for Christian churches. As expected, a great amount of time, energy, ideas, and resources are invested into this weekend. And I get it. And I agree with it – in pa ...

Pope Francis Shuns Papal Apartment in Favor of Smaller Guesthouse
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 7:57am | Type: Blog

Shunning the spacious papal apartment used by his predecessors, Pope Francis has chosen to continue living in the Vatican guesthouse where he has been staying since the beginning of the conclave. ...

Just Leave Me Alone!
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

The difference between logical necessities or physical necessities and vital necessities is made clear in that in the latter we have the possibility of refusing ‘to turn away from a disaster’ – we can in fact ...

A Year After Losing Faith, Atheist Pastor Finds a New Calling
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

This Easter, Teresa MacBain will mark an anniversary that’s uncommon for an ordained minister — her first year as an atheist. This Easter, Teresa MacBain will mark an anniversar ...

The Real Message of Easter
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. ...

Victims Raise Profile of ‘Spiritual Abuse’
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

Wanjico, of Casa Grande, Ariz., was 17 years old when she chose to go with the congregation and shun her mom. Looking back now, at age 49, she says it was the most devastating thing she’s ever done. ...

The Holy Week Journey
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

I urge you in love to take part in as many of the services of Holy Week as you are able, that your joy at Easter might be complete and that you might, once again, participate in the Lord's active, sacrifi ...

An Open Letter to Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 7:11pm | Type: Blog

What I think Rob Bell is doing is not so much giving us new ideas (though, given some of the ecclesial silos many of us have been reared in some of these ideas might seem new). Instead, Rob is lending his voic ...

Sermon: Knowing Our Own Minds
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

This is the trouble about knowing our own minds. It's not the same thing as having a thesis with a well constructed argument. And it's not the same thing as being right. ...

Gordon Cosby: My Mentor
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

In a time when egalitarianism defines nearly all relationships as the desired norm, it’s well to remember the role of mentors who maintain, purely through their own internal integrity and faithfulness, a spiri ...

Pope Francis Calls for Intensified Dialogue with Muslims
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Friday called for more intense dialogue between religious leaders, particularly Muslims, as he tries to recalibrate relations between the world’s two largest religious groups. ...

Nonviolent Resistance Through Fantasia: On Peter Rollins' 'Idolatry of God'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

My central problem with Rollins’ work is that he’s not serious enough about the problem of evil, the power of idolatrous capitalism in our world. His system is not robust enough to resist the totalizing power ...

Reclaiming the Commons
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

It appears the European commons is a legacy of historic Christianity, while American individualism is a new creation of this country’s Protestant right, or of capitalism gone wild. ...

Gordon Cosby: Teaching Us How to Live and How to Die
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

For Sojourners, Gordon was a mentor, elder, inspirer, supporter, encourager, challenger, and retreat leader. For me, personally, he was a pastor and my most important spiritual advisor and director. ...

Dr. Livingstone, I Presume? Missionary Icon Turns 200
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

When journalist Henry Morton Stanley found the world’s most famous missionary barely alive at the tiny village of Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on Nov. 10, 1871, he gave the English language one of it ...

Transcript: Pope Francis' Inaugural Mass Homily
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Pope Francis delivered the following homily at his inaugural Mass on Tuesday, emphasizing the need to protect the poor and the environment. Editor's No ...

At Inaugural Mass, Pope Francis Calls for Defending Environment, Poor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis issued a powerful call for the protection of the environment and of society’s most vulnerable during his formal installation Mass at the Vatican, while qualifying his papal power as a “service” to ...

After Giving Up Religion, Atheists Try Giving Up Something Else for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 6:18pm | Type: Blog

Link, 23, a Boston-based Humanist who is abstaining from alcohol. “It’s giving yourself a set amount ... of atheist Lent came from Vlad Chituc, a 23-year-old atheist blogger, who was inspired by the Swiss-born ...

Walking in the Father's Embrace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

When are we going to stop teaching that the Father has to look on Jesus to love us? Why do we teach that the Father turns away from us, abandons us because of our sin? When are we going to stop teaching that t ...

Saint Patrick, Druids, and the Snakes: The Truth is in the Middle
Originally Posted: 03/17/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Interestingly, the last glacial period (some 10,000-100,000 years ago, depending on whom you ask) beat St. Patrick to the snake banishing. But, Christian tradition has given Patrick all the credit. So, if ther ...

Urban Legends: Rethinking Inner-City Ministry
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Here is the most common myth that Christians mistakenly apply to urban areas: The Inner-City is Morally Bankrupt. I used to lead and organize inner-city mission trips. Churches, y ...

Fifty Days of Grace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30 Have you ever wanted to fling the TV remote down ...

At the River We Stand
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Baptism means we are imprinted on Christ. FROM THE RIVER to the rope. From the creek to the ...

From the Archives: April 1985
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann Authority Over Death IN THE EARLY weeks of the Eastertide lectionary, there appears a s ...

An 'Unsettling:' Non-Catholics and Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, the white smoke got in my eyes, and rather than confusing my sight, it’s made things a little clearer. When I heard about the white smoke on Wednesday, I wrote on my ...

'Rebuild My Church'
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Will simplicity and social justice become the witness of the Roman Catholic Church around the world — and will it emanate from the first pope from the Global South, which is clearly the growing future of the c ...

Bergoglio: A Pope of Paradox for a Church in Transition
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 9:24pm | Type: Blog

What, in fact, does the election of Francis say about the Catholic Church at this point in its history? VATICAN CITY — A hierarchy looking to make a clear statement about where th ...

HABEMUS PAPAM: We Have a Pope
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 9:18pm | Type: Blog

White smoke billowed from the chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, followed by bells ringing from St. Peter's Basilica — signaling the election of a new pope. ...

... And Every Tongue Confess
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

I like to remind my community of believers from time to time why we do what we do. I have long felt the risk of liturgy is that it becomes rote narration, a thoughtless speechifying of sorts. So that this migh ...

Papal Election is Anyone’s to Win … or Lose
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen, a top Vaticanologist, perceived four main camps pushing different types of candidates: a pope who would overhaul the Roman Curia, the pontiff’s dysfunctional civil serv ...

The Cross: An Exposé of Human Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

of the crucifixion] Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they had been enemies.” (Luke 23 ...

Black Smoke: First Day of Conclave Ends Without New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

Black smoke from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel signaled that the first day of the conclave ended without the election of a new pope. VATICAN CITY — Black smoke from the chim ...

'The Bible Series'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 5:37pm | Type: Press

March 11, 2013 Sojo in the News The Huffington Post ...

Cardinals Begin Conclave to Elect the Next Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

The doors of the Sistine Chapel closed behind the cardinals on Tuesday, marking the official start of the conclave that will elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. The 115 cardinal-electors walked in proces ...

Why the Next Pope Matters
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Who is selected pope of the Roman Catholic Church matters to all Christians. As the College of Cardinals begins its conclave today in Rome to select the next Pope, I find myself ...

March 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Vatican Makes Final Preparations for Papal Conclave
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

As the Vatican prepares for the opening of the conclave today to elect a new pope, officials announced that the personal secretary of former Pope Benedict XVI will return to Rome for the first time since Bened ...