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7 Reasons Christians Refuse Change
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

How can some Christians exude such cruelty and ignorance while simultaneously claiming to follow Jesus — a humble man who was radically loving and ultimately died for sake of humanity? ...

Understand Islam beyond stereotypes
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 9:48am | Type: Press

to the editor of March  23 titled : "Media must be honest about role of Islam." My response ... confusion with the March 23 letter to the  editor. (interfaith dialog, Islam, Faith ...

Hope Matters
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 7:15pm | Type: Blog

Most of us have that area of our lives where we struggle to hope. For me it is that space down deep where I hide the dream of a family: a loving husband and laughing children and a rockin’ writing and speaking ...

Agree to Disagree: Millennials Talk Sex and Morals
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to consensual sexual ethics among millennials, all behaviors are on the table … if the time is right. For the same generation in which no single religious group claims more than about one in 10, ...

A Muslim Actor Plays Jesus. It Works.
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

I sat down with Haaz to explore the uniqueness of this moment in his career and how the experience of embodying the life and teachings of Jesus has left him forever changed. In a ...

Church of England Loses No Time, Appoints Third Woman Bishop and First to Oversee a Diocese
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England’s commitment to advance the cause of women took another step forward March 26 with the appointment of Rachel Treweek, 52, as the next Bishop of Gloucester in the southwest region of Engla ...

Let's Drop the Anti-Semitic Messages this Good Friday
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

This year, Good Friday and the start of Passover occur on the same date: Friday, April 3. The coincidence is no accident. This year, Good Friday and the start of Passover occur o ...

Why Having a Pop-Up Church for Good Friday Is Brilliant
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

No preaching. No altar call. No liturgy, church building, no judgment, guilt or fear. Just coming together to sing, share joy, and give. My friend sent this link to me the other ...

HBO’s ‘Going Clear’ Questions the Future of Scientology
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

The film is so unsparing that the filmmakers and others who study Scientology say they hope it will prompt internal changes and greater transparency in the church, something it has resisted in the past. ...

The ‘Pope Francis Effect?' Some Early Data Suggest It Could Be Real
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and he hasn’t even visited the U.S. Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and ...

Subversive Little Crumbs
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

There’s a story that says Jesus’ followers recognized him by the way he broke bread. They didn’t see him in the bread itself, but in the radical things he did with the bread. I st ...

New Rooms in the Interfaith Movement
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 10:55am | Type: Press

March 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Eboo Patel ...

Catholics and Anglicans Prepare Ecumenical Burial Fit for a King
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Richard was the last king of England to die in battle while attempting to defend his throne from Henry VII. Tens of thousands of people in Leicester — England’s most religiously d ...

Telling Old Stories, Again and Again
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

When enough people feel unheard, unacceptable, not OK, the system will collapse. At a church workshop last week, I set aside my carefully planned teaching and just let people talk ...

Sabbath Dissonance
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

“to do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit.” (Philippians  2:3 ) His plea wasn’t for good ...

Pope Francis Takes a Dim View of the Death Penalty, but Not All Catholics are Convinced
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The pope said capital punishment “contradicts God’s plan for man and society” and “does not render justice to the victims, but rather fosters vengeance.” On March 20, Pope Francis ...

British Ponder Charitable Tax Relief Status of Controversial Exclusive Brethren Schools
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Eight former teachers have spoken to the media and described school buses segregated by gender, classroom racism, and textbooks with pages on evolution, fossil fuels, and sexual reproduction ripped out. ...

A New Voice Against the Corrupting Influence of Money in Elections
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

The Pope is a welcome addition to the growing national movement in the United States that aims to refocus government on fulfilling the needs and concerns of everyday voters, not on granting special favors to ...

Bodies of 7 Children Killed in NYC ‘Hotplate’ Fire Arrive in Israel
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Arutz Sheva, and The Associated Press reported March 23. The bodies ... in Israel for burial, Israeli network Arutz Sheva and The Associated Press reported March 23. Funeral ... and The Associated Press reported March 23. house fire,New York City,orthodox jews,Sassoon family ...

Americans Don’t Cite ‘God, Family, Country’ Quite Like the Cliche Goes
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

“God, family and country” might make for a good country music tune, but that’s not really how most Americans see the strongest influences on their personal identity. “God, family ...

Black Lesbian Bishop Yvette Flunder Is ‘Using My Energy to Find Peace’
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

“I’m not using my energy for useless fights.” Bishop Yvette Flunder, pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, Calif., and leader of the Fellowship of Affirming ...

Can one pastor bridge deep divides between evangelicals and mainline Protestants?
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 1:49pm | Type: Press

March 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Sarah Pulliam Bailey ...

Weekly Wrap 3.20.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Franklin Graham, Ashley Judd, gay Mennonites, women at SXSW, happy first day of Spring! 1.  An Open Letter to Franklin Graham "Within one day, tens of thousands ...

How to Truly Help the Homeless
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

Many houses of worship all over the country face the question of how to keep safe, welcoming grounds while being compassionate to homeless neighbors sleeping on porches and in doorways. ...

BYU Graduates Complain to Accrediting Board Over School’s Treatment of Lapsed-Mormon Students
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A group of Brigham Young University graduates is strengthening its push for students who lose their Mormon faith to retain their spots at the private school. A group of Brigham Y ...

St. Louis Archdiocese Cancels Speech by Visionary Who Saw the Virigin Mary at Medjugorje
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

To Roman Catholic officialdom, it’s unclear whether the Virgin Mary appeared to Ivan Dragicevic and five others 34 years ago in a Bosnian village. To Roman Catholic officialdom, ...

Inward-Focused or Outward? Christian Congregations at a Crossroads
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

American Christianity is at a crossroads again. American Christianity is at a crossroads — again. It’s the latest in a long string of crossroads. In the run-up to revolution, ...

What If Jesus Wasn’t the Answer?
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

When we preach that Jesus is the answer, we have to be quick to prove it. And so the only stories that get told are the rags to riches, despair to hope, darkness to light stories. The complexities of sin are s ...

When the World Looks Back
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

The truth of Easter is not always readily apparent. It requires the ability to see clearly. This means rubbing our eyes, clearing them of gunk, and focusing our vision. Lent is a ...

Will Pope Francis Have a Short Papacy? Don’t Bet On It
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

A closer reading of Francis’ remarks, and analysis from those who know the pope, say that’s not what he meant, at all. In a wide-ranging interview he gave March 13 for the second ...

Love Is the Root of All Evil
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 7:11pm | Type: Blog

If this is really love, then the human heart should be categorized as a concealed weapon. Editor's Note: Christian Piatt was invited to preach at  Portland First Chri ...

The New Evangelical Social Engagement, edited by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Press

March 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Grant Wacker ...

When Christians Love Their Religion More Than Their God
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Imagine if Christians introduced people to their God instead of their religion. Instead of promoting Christ, Christians often promote … their theology their culture ...

'Little White Lie' — Untangling Family Secrets, Finding New Identity
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

and will reach a larger audience when  PBS’s Independent Lens airs it on March 23 , revolves around ...

Vatican Drops Image of Bound Woman after Complaints
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Following complaints, the Vatican’s cultural office has removed an image of a naked female torso bound in ropes that was used to advertise a women’s conference. Following complai ...

Pope Francis: ‘All I Want Is to Go Out for a Pizza!’
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has given a lengthy — and fascinating — interview to a Mexican television station, which broadcast it on March 13 to mark the second anniversary of his election. The ...

7.5 Million Americans Lost Their Religion Since 2012
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

digits. The 2014 GSS showed that nones are 23 percent of the population, up 3 points from 2012. How ...

Who Was St. Patrick, and Would He Drink Green Beer?
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

It’s a pretty safe bet he would have loved a beer, green or otherwise. For Catholics, Episcopalians and some Lutherans, March 17 is the Feast Day of St. Patrick . For the rest ...

How a Week With Monks Changed My Views on Lent
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

My greatest struggle has not been that I have been so committed to “giving up stuff” for Lent that I have forgotten that God’s grace is unconditional. Rather, I have tended to avoid the discomfort of giving up ...

Between Two Cultures: How to Be Evangelical Without Evangelizing
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s not that we don’t love the evangelical church, or don’t attend an evangelical congregation. It’s just that we don’t identify with all aspects of the American version of evangelicalism. ...

Pope Francis Has History, But Not Time, on His Side in Reform Push
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Can the Roman Catholic Church change? And if so, how? And what’s on the table — traditions, rites, doctrine, none of the above? Can the Roman Catholic Church change? And if so, h ...

A New Hymn on Jesus’ Protest: When Christ Went to the Temple
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Churches that support Sojourners have copyright permission to use “When Christ Went to the Temple” in their local church. Jesus’ protest in the Temple is a very important story th ...

Ideology Over Humanity: The Problem With Criticizing Fred Craddock on His Funeral Day
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

The day of Craddock's funeral, the president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., called Craddock's essential claims to be “dead wrong,” claiming that it led to “no true pr ...

When the Way of Jesus Doesn’t Work: Finding Peace with a Divided Self
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

A surprising thing happens whenever I bless the negative voices within myself. They become much less negative. In fact, they start to become helpful. It was a rough week at work. ...

Q&A: Rachel Held Evans on the Ills of American Christianity and Leaving Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

If you try to woo us back with skinny jeans and coffee shops, it may actually backfire. Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the a ...

The Siege Mentality of Christian Radio Stations
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

This siege mentality seemed basic to every preacher I heard. I suppose it’s one way to rally the troops. Get them fearful, angry, and suspicious. On my recent 4,100-mile pilgrimag ...

I Think My Six-Year-Old Might Be Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

"Let me put it this way. If no one else was watching, if you were doing this only for yourself, would you still do it?” she said. I’m not sure, but I think my daughter, Zoe, ...

Vatican Knew about Theft of Michelangelo Letters, Refused Ransom Demand
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican on March 9 said it has received a ransom demand to recover letters signed by Michelangelo, stolen from the Holy See nearly 20 years ago. The Vatican on March 9 said i ...

Two Years In, Pope Francis Faces Headwinds in Reforming the Vatican. Here’s How He Can Prevail
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Can Francis change the culture, and the system? One reason the cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis two years ago on March 13 was ...

Easter and a Love Supreme
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

April 26 ] Love Abides Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 ... Psalm 23 may be our most familiar verse in this lectionary, but it’s also the trickiest. Psalm 23 has ...