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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

of Oct. 23, I immediately noticed the sun working hard to burn off a thick fog that had obscured ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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?" ...

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

“Why are you here?” my counselor asked. “I want to be straight. Normal,” I answered. “I want to be here six months and then never talk about this again.” I was 19 at the time, and this counselor seemed like the answer to my eight years of praying ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

'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 ...

Cardinal Walter Kasper, ‘the Pope’s Theologian,’ Reveals the Brains Behind Francis’ Heart
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Cardinal Walter Kasper is working to ensure that the pontiff’s legacy endures long after this pope leaves the scene. Pope Francis has repeatedly said he expects his papacy to be a ...

Celebrate Resurrection by Selling All Your Possessions
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Acts makes it seem so clear, so easy. Inequality is a relentless blight. The hopelessness too often engendered when a lack of resources aligns with insufficient educational acces ...

The Mundane Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/05/2015 - 6:24pm | Type: Blog

I received no specialized message from the divine about my own pain and struggle. That morning, I realized that might be the point. Jesus came to make resurrection mundane. It wa ...

Easter, the Game Changer
Originally Posted: 04/04/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

In cultures where Christianity has become the dominant power, the resurrection of Jesus has been turned into the triumph of the victors. The way “Jesus is Risen” is proclaimed, it sounds like bragging — essent ...

'I Was an Idiot' as a Sign of Grace
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 8:42pm | Type: Blog

We do not live in a state of constant condemnation because we are unable to move from the couch to running a marathon in under three hours on our first day of training. Rather, we experience grace every day th ...

Lent: Thine Be the Kingdom
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

CEO of World Vision Australia Rev. Tim Costello reminds us that the Lord's Prayer "is not about us." CEO of World Vision Australia Rev. Tim Costello reminds us th ...

Songs of Ourselves: Grief, Hope, and Sufjan Stevens
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

What is Good Friday about, after all, if not that even the Architect can die by His own creation? Sufjan Stevens’ newest album,  Carrie & Lowell ( out now), is a heartbreaki ...

Holy Week in an Unholy World
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

There is nothing more evil than what happened that “Good” Friday. We call it Holy Week. But it was a terrible week. His trial reeked of injustice. His own disciple sold him out ...

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Have we made God into a monster? Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of b ...

A Recipe for 'Greater Works'
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

cannot enter the assembly of the Lord (Deuteronomy 23:1). Philip is an apostle, a Jew, and a Middle ... 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 SO WHERE DID Jesus go after his resurrection? ...

Daring to Hope in the Stress of Uncertainty
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Many people fear death. It’s an understandable fear. And one that’s socially acceptable. But shouldn’t we also admit that living can be scary as hell, too? Many people fear death. ...

Lent: Deliver Us From Evil
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Systemic theology lecturer Dr. Ben Myers talks about Jesus' prayer, "deliver us," and how following his example leads us not to optimism nor pessimism but into hope. ...

We did not advocate disobedience to the police, Franklin Graham's critic says
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 9:52am | Type: Press

April 1, 2015 Sojo in the News Mark Yapching ...

'What's Up with All the Eggs?' and Other Classic Easter Questions
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. It is the time they mark the betrayal, trial, and c ...

Transgender Mormons Struggle to Feel at Home in Their Bodies and Their Religion
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Sixteen-year-old Grayson Moore had no label, only metaphors, to describe the disconnect he felt between his body and soul. Sixteen-year-old Grayson Moore had no label, only metap ...

Is the U.S. a Model of Interfaith Harmony for a Violent World?
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Is religion the cause of so much of the violence racking today’s world? Or is faith just one of many factors? Or collateral damage? Is religion the cause of so much of the violen ...

Subversives in Christ
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Drew G.I. Hart There's liberating, countercultural potential when the black church and Anabaptist traditions meet.  ...

Lent: Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

In this reflection, Rev. Dr. John Dickson talks about total dependency on the bread of life. In this reflection, Rev. Dr. John Dickson talk about total dependency on the bread of ...

The Beginners' Guide to the Sound of Sap
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Joy after all, does not make its home in things but jumps out into the space between them. Joy is found, discovered, and unwrapped. It finds its existence not as an object but as a gift always being given. It ...

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 ...