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Palestinian Christians Rally for U.N. Status Upgrade
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

The time has come to do right for the Palestinians. It is time to unite in support for justice through peaceful means. Palestinians deserve freedom and dignity, and any step that brings this just and moral cau ...

Don't Give Up on Global Friendship
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Lindsay McLaughlin We should honor slain diplomats by keeping the flame of diplomacy alive. WHEN AMBASSADOR C ...

10 Things I Learned in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

"No matter how objective we may think we are or desire to be, we all see the world through a specific telescope/worldview. When we choose to look through the telescope of people who are “different” than u ...

Photo of the Month: Room at the Inn?
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors December 2012 photo of the month. The Sojourners magazine photo of the month ( December 20 ...

Sultans of Satire Aims to Bridge Gaps with Muslims, Arabs Through Comedy
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 10:16pm | Type: Blog

Elgrably started the Sultans of Satire in November 2005, the same month that Comedy Central started its higher profile Axis of Evil comedy tour. Engaging youth has been a goal of the cultural center since its ...

Activists Say Religion Key to Combating Female Genital Mutilation
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

Because of its severity and prevalence, female genital mutilation (FGM, or "cutting") is arguably one of the most important human rights issues in the world. It’s also become increasingly important i ...

Study: Muslims and Hindus Less Likely to Have Premarital Sex
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

With their “True Love Waits” jewelry, conferences and T-shirts, Christians may be the face of the abstinence movement, but Muslims and Hindus are more likely to abstain from premarital sex. ...

Kenyan Churches Claim Herbs Threaten HIV/AIDS Patients
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Church leaders are pressing the Kenyan government to scientifically test herbal medicines that are used by millions to manage and treat diseases, saying the nontraditional therapies could be ...

A (Possibly) Significant Development in Muslim-Christian Relations
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

A possibly significant development in Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations is being spear-headed by the Islamic Scholars of North America (ISNA). A possibly significant development i ...

A Lesson in Selflessness
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Here, I had come to bring God to my African friends. Instead, God came to me in this African woman and her child. Peacemaking happens in many forms. Sometimes peace is offered to ...

QUIRK: It's Hard to Change the World, Especially as a Sweet Potato
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than 2.4 million child deaths  —  or more than one third of all ...

Ethiopia: The Face of God
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia — When I posted the photograph of a beautiful little Ethiopian girl holding a daisy a few days ago, my friend and fellow God's Politics blogger Christian Piatt responded on Twitter wit ...

Is the British Monarch the ‘Defender of the Faith’ or ‘Faiths’?
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

As Britain awaits the appointment of the next archbishop of Canterbury to lead both the Church of England and the far-flung Anglican Communion, there's renewed attention on the woman who officially gets t ...

Is Our Debt to China the Key to Global Peace?
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Is our dependence on the Far East a good thing? Depends on how you look at it. We’ve been hearing an awful lot about the national debt lately – particularly during the current el ...

Leila Sansour
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Six questions for Leila Sansour Bio: Catholic Palestinian film director and founder of th ...

From 'Iron Fist' to Hand of Peace
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Gangs in El Salvador call a truce from behind prison walls. IN THE TRAGIC, often-hop ...

Judge Orders Man to Study Hinduism After Hate Crime Conviction
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Bell on Sept. 24. “If I have to do it, I’ll do it,” Bell replied. “Do you know why I’ve assigned ...

Pope’s Butler to Face Trial on Saturday
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican's most sensational trial since the end of the Inquisition might end fairly quickly — and with a surprisingly light sentence. The Vatican's most sensational ...

'Love Your Neighbor' Wasn't Just a Suggestion
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

The answer to bad religion is not secularism, as all the “new atheists” like to say; rather, it is better religion. And the best antidote to religious fundamentalism of all stripes is — in every case — the gen ...

Survey: Syrian Rebels Seek Islamic Democracy
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Members of the Syrian opposition generally want a democratic government that protects the rights of minorities, though many also want a constitution based on Islam, according to a recent survey. ...

Here We Go Again?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

If we have the courage and wisdom to learn the backstory — ours and theirs — we can begin to transcend the vicious cycles in which we are now stuck, spinning. Joe Scarborough sa ...

Isolation, Integration, and the International Day of Peace
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the United States currently spends more than $711 billion per year on military expenditures, which is – by far – the most of any coun ...

Ambassador Stevens’ Death: Tragic, Hopeful, Ironic
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

The majority of Libyans simply want peace, a safe place to raise a family and the basic resources to provide a decent quality of life for those they care about. Not unlike all of us. When we think in these ter ...

Taming the Tongue
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

If we are offspring of the heavenly parent, if we are made in the likeness of God, how should that shape our speech and control the way we wag our tongues? [ Editor's Note ...

U.S. Muslims, Copts Appeal to Rioters: Stop the Violence
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. are pledging not to let a spate of violent protests in some 20 Islamic countries derail recent efforts to improve the sometimes troubled relations between the tw ...

Report: Religion at Heart of Illegal Ivory Trade
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Since the ban on international trade of ivory in 1989, the ivory black market has been on the rise, and a National Geographic investigation found that demand for religious art pieces carved out of the precious ...

Episcopal Priest Under Scrutiny for Nude Photos
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

How does the church recognize the beauty of art that depicts God's creation — the human form — without seeming to condone "a beauty exciting to lust"? In the middle ...

Middle East Riots Fueled by Competition Between Radicals, Moderates
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Anti-American riots that have spread to more than a dozen countries across the Middle East are a sign of fissures between radical and more moderate Islamists that are vying for power as their societies undergo ...

Sudanese Peace Activist Beaten in South Sudan
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, activist rapper Emmanuel Jal was beaten by polic in Juba, South Sudan, while promoting his International Peace Day Concert. Emmanuel Jal—South Sudanese pop music ...

Why I’m Taking my Hunger Strike from Bogota to Detroit
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Colombian Chevy-plant worker explains his faith-based reasons for standing up for himself and other workers fired after sustaining on-the-job injuries. In Colombia, where I live, ...

Blindfolded Judges
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

“comforters” saying “when the land falls into the hand of the wicked He (God) blindfolds its judges” (9:24 ...

Expanding the Debate around Circumcision
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 6:19pm | Type: Blog

A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that circumcising young boys represents grievous "bodily harm." The court found that the child’s "fundamental right to bodily integrity" was more ...

A Conversion of Connections in the Global Village
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

As an expression of faith, and in response to the gracious love of God and call to follow Jesus, the time has come to function in ways that restore the global village into that which God is calling it to be. W ...

U.S. Muslims and Coptic Christians Petition Egypt Not to Include Shariah
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. are calling on the Egyptian government to exclude any mentions of Islamic law or language that discriminates against minorities in its draft constitution. ...

Achieving an AIDS-free Generation by Healing the International Village
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

The International AIDS Conference left me more convinced that if we start seeing this virus through the same lens as God, the acronym HIV takes on another meaning of Healing the International Village. ...

Politics, Gaffes, and Truth
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

One wonders if we have received a rare gift of unaltered reality in this period of deepening crisis in the Holy Land and overheated atmosphere in the American presidential campaign. ...

God Loves Losers: Reflections on the Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

I’m usually a fan of the underdog, and I’m not exactly a sports fanatic, but something about the national zeal, combined with the athletic excellence, brings it out in me. I’m an ...

Interfaith Prayer Room Welcomes Worshippers at AIDS 2012
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s a rare place of worship where Muslims and Baha’is both congregate, and where prayer rugs share space with a silver cross, religious pamphlets on healing in Hebrew, and a bright scarlet AIDS bow. ...

The HIV Minister (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Andrena Ingram is currently the only known Lutheran ordained pastor living openly with HIV. Her husband's death from an AIDS-related illness, and the shame that he felt, inspired the pastor to be open about her own diagnosis with HIV. She ...

David, Bathsheba, and the AIDS Pandemic: A Video Scriptural Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

In the video below, Eric Barreto, an assistant professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn., explains how the story of David and Bathsheba relates to our modern-day struggle to end the oppression of women through sexual violence an ...

David, Bathsheba, Grace, and AIDS
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

Like the story of David and Bathsheba, death and love too often are linked in the stories of women living with HIV and AIDS in Africa. If we want to see this pandemic end, women must be given space to have pow ...

ONE and Funny or Die Team to Fight AIDS
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

In their latest promotional message, they enlist help from the folks at Funny or Die, along with bigger names like Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, and Tracy Morgan. In a video that seems like a sketch stra ...

Daily Peacemaking: an Interview with the Indigenous Peacemakers of Cauca (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Activists from Colombia’s indigenous Nasa people continue to make headlines — but there’s far more to their peacemaking than the occasional story that makes the U.S. news. Here’s part II of the interview I di ...

‘We Believe in Our Communites’: an Interview with the Indigenous Peacemakers of Cauca, Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

Last summer, in Cauca with Witness for Peace, I was able to interview two of those activists, members of the Indigenous Guard formed by the Nasa ethnic group. The Indigenous Guard , armed only with beribboned ...

Ramadan Fast Poses Challenge for Muslim Olympians
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

This year, more than 3,000 Muslim athletes will compete in the Olympics, but many will not fast, a decision that has been sanctioned by religious authorities. While Muslims are increasingly common on Western t ...

Atheists Rally for Persecuted Unbeliever in Indonesia
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

The atheist community has embraced the cause of an Indonesian man, Alexander Aan, who was beaten and jailed after denying God’s existence on Facebook and posting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. ...

'God Particle' Discovery Ignites Debate Over Science and Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

The July 4 discovery that marked a new chapter in scientific knowledge also reignited debate over the universe’s origins — and the validity of religious faith as scientific knowledge expands. ...

Melinda Gates: 'I'm a Catholic, But Women Need Access to Contraceptives'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: Melinda Gates talks to the Guardian (UK) newspaper about reconciling her Catholic faith  — the wife of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates says she attends mass regularly — with her work promoting family planning. Gates was i ...

God Particles (or Everything You Wanted to Know About Higgs-Boson But Were Afraid to Ask)
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Physicists answer the question "What is the Higgs-Boson?" In 1964, the British physicist Peter Higgs wrote a landmark paper hypothesizing why elementary particles have m ...

Medjugorje Visionary: Virgin Mary Has Her Eye on the Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

STERRETT, Ala. — Marija Lunetti, one of six young peasants who claimed that the Virgin Mary began appearing to them in 1981 in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, says the mother of Jesus is aware of the economic crisis ...