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“We Need to Talk” Saudi Arabian Contemporary Art
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 6:19pm | Type: Blog

Saudi Arabia’s first public display of contemporary art opened last weekend in Jeddah. The National reports that the city was crowded as people visited the raw concrete building that features more than 50 pieces from 22 local artists, under t ...

"Helping One is Better than Helping None"
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

“I've never felt compelled to step out of the reporter's role to help someone this way. This time, with this person, I did,” Watson says. “Roya is an extraordinary young woman, the daughter of a fath ...

Forget The Firm--Meet Francia
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Most real-life law students I've met are at way, way less risk of being murdered than their counterparts in a John Grisham novel--except for Francia Marquez. Most real-life l ...

Two Smart Cookies: Girl Scouts' Wired Campaign Calls Cookie Folk to Clean Up Act
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

We're once again in that sugary time of year, Girl Scout cookie season — but, as two Girl Scouts from Ann Arbor, Mich., want you to know, there's palm oil in those cookies, as there is in many foods ...

Is Iran the New Iraq?
Originally Posted: 01/18/2012 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

It’s hard to remember the warm-up to the Iraq war now almost 10 years old. Following the devastating experience of 9/11 (Sept. 11, 2001), the United States experienced enormous national feelings of anger and s ...

Two Years After a Devastating Earthquake: Hope for a New Haiti
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Indeed, we need to plant ourselves at the gates of hope and work toward a just peace, on Earth as it is in heaven. Haiti will always be Haiti. It will never change. That's wh ...

Fifty Years of USAID: There is Hope Ahead
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

But one thing that remains is USAID. 2012 marks the agency’s 50th anniversary, and its commitment to global political, economic and social development has been sustained since its foundation in 1961. USAID ha ...

The Year of the Protester
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

According to TIME Magazine, 2011 is the year of “The Protester.” I love seeing who is chosen as TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Pres ...

The Cuban Journal
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this month, Sojourners board member and former General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America, Wes Granberg-Michaelson, journeyed to Cuba with a delegation of religious leaders from the National C ...

Progress, Proof, Promise: Advent Expectations for the End of AIDS
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Looking at all the progress we have made, especially in the last 10 years, it is a moment for us to not only celebrate, but in the words of President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, “recommit ourselves,” to end th ...

Bono Fights the Good Fight
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

"If the church doesn't respond to this, the church will be made irrelevant." - Bono, 2003 Today marks the anniversary of World AIDS Day. The USAID estimates th ...

World AIDS Day 2012: Mountains are Moving
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

With continued investment we are just a few years away from preventing nearly ALL children from being born with the virus. In our day to day lives it is safe to assume that most o ...

We Paid for Them
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 5:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

Peter Maybarduk The U.S. should put publicly funded medicines in reach of the world's poor. IN THE LATE ...

Groaning for Justice
Originally Posted: 11/30/2011 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

How we assist other countries in their development is an issue of justice. The Occupy movement. Elections. A deficit crisis that seems impenetrable. The problems facing the United ...

Revolution 2.0: Fulfilling Egypt's Democratic Promise
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

There were no speeches, but constant chanting rose from groups throughout the Square, all with a similar message: Military rule must end. This past Friday, my wife (and fellow pea ...

O Come Ye, O Come Ye to Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

What one quickly learns when visiting Bethlehem is that the political climate today is quite similar to the one that was prevailing during the time of Jesus. “O come ye, O come ye ...

The Gift of Goat
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

I look back on my selfishness as a teen and see how blind I was to the idea of grace — to the beauty and significance of my aunt and uncle’s gift. Some 15 years ago, my aunt and ...

'Ǎhk-Toong Bāy-Bi Covered': New U2 Album Aids Victims of East Africa Famine
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

All of the proceeds from the album, 'Ǎhk-Toong Bāy-Bi Covered,' featuring Patti Smith, Snow Patrol, Depeche Mode, Jack White, The Fray and others covering U2's famous 1991 album 'Achtung Ba ...

The moral injuries of war in Iraq
Originally Posted: 11/09/2011 - 12:55pm | Type: Press

October 28, 2011 Sojo in the News Liz Lefebvre ...

One Reason the U.S. Must Continue Funding Foreign Aid
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Because Bill Gates says so. Because Bill Gates says so. Bill Gates traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week to tell members of congress not to cut foreign aid funding f ...

Holy Land Farce
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 2:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

of fellow-travelers who would buy tickets for the event’s August 24 keynote a “life-changing, and I think planet ...

Halloween Treats Can Be Tricky: The Ethics of Chocolate
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

There are plenty of big things for us to worry about in America right now. Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading quickly across North America and around the world. There ...

Doing Nothing is Not an Option -- United to End Genocide
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, I had the privilege of spending some time at the End Genocide Action Summit, which brought people from all over the world to Washington, D.C., to learn about and fight against genocide ...

Cutting Foreign Aid: Not The America I Love
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post . I watched the Republican debates from my hotel ...

Faith Without Borders
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Whose responsibility was it to feed the 30,000 hungry children in the Horn of Africa who have starved to death in the last three months? Who should be ensuring that no child in this world dies before his or h ...

Report from the Global Christian Forum in Indonesia: Day Two
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reformed Chur ...

Report from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia.
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reformed Churc ...

Trees: In Honor of Wangari Maathai
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai was a girl in Kenya, her mother taught her that the wild fig tree was a tree of God. When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wanga ...

An Oldie but a Goodie
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:17am | Type: Blog

This poster originally appeared in the inaugural issue of The Post-American magazine in the fall of 1971. The Post-American was the original name of Sojourners Magazine. ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 4:55am | Type: Blog

On Sept. 30, the NYC General Assembly of #OccupyWallStreet -- organizers of the ongoing demonstrations in New York City's financial district against economic injustice that has spread to other cities acro ...

Lord, Have Mercy: Suicide Bomber Kills 75 in Somalia
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

A truck bomb has killed at least 70 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, including a crowd of young students applying for scholarships to study abroad. This just in from A ...

The F Word
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

What's more obscene? Thirty-thousand children dead in Somalia in three months? Or the world standing by and letting it happen? What's more obscene? Thirty-thousa ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dead Sea Scrolls go digital Dead Sea Scrolls go digital The Dead Sea scrolls, 2,000 parchment and papyrus copies of 974 biblical texts, have been pixilated f ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

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Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

The Polemics of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

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How many slaves work for you?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 8:55pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the torrent of mail that flows into my in-box each day. Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the t ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

Requiem for Republicans
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Last weekend, former Senator Charles Percy of Illinois passed away. Along with former Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon, who died a month ago, they represented the last vestiges of an era of moderate Republicans ...

Afternoon Philosofail
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A philosophy professor of mine from college, who is also a Facebook friend, just posted a link to the following item, without comment (although I could hear what he was undoubtedly thinking from 900 m ...

Why Christians Should Be Biased
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

in one of your towns." Deuteronomy 24:14 "When you are harvesting in your field and you ... remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow." Deuteronomy 24:19-21 Todd, it's ...

On the Immorality of Fracking
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Illness among people and livestock. Tainted drinking water. Explosions and fires. Illness among people and livestock. Tainted drinking water. Explosions and fires. ...

Study: 3 in 5 of Iraq's 1.5M Widows Lost Husbands Since 2003 U.S. Invasion
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A study released this week by a global humanitarian aid organization concluded that three out of every five widows in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence that followed the 2003 invasion ...

Rick Perry, Superman and Immigration
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rick Perry was recently asked by a nine-year-old "If you were a super hero, what kind of super hero would you be?" His answer to the child's benign question was simultaneously predictable and ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...