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10 Reasons Coffee is Part of My Faith Journey
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 10:11pm | Type: Blog

God loves us all equally — you, me, and Guillermo the coffee farmer. Guillermo works hard and grows an excellent quality coffee bean to sell and support his family. I am showing God’s love by selling Fair Trad ...

Church of England Names Its First Woman Bishop; Libby Lane to Assume Historic Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Lane, 48, a mother of two and the wife of an Anglican vicar, will be consecrated as the eighth bishop of Stockport, in the Diocese of Chester, at a ceremony at York Cathedral on Jan. 26. ...

If Rome Wins 2024 Summer Olympics, Vatican Could Host Competitions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis, a keen soccer fan, is reported to be enthusiastic about the idea. Major sporting events could be held at the Vatican if Rome wins its bid to host the Summer Olympics ...

Alan Gross Release Hailed as Hanukkah ‘Miracle,’ First Step in ‘Normalized’ U.S.-Cuba Relations
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

President Obama chose the Dec. 17 release as a springboard to announce a massive historic “normalization” of U.S.-Cuba relations. Alan Gross, the Jewish international aid worker h ...

Sierra Leone Bans Christmas, New Year’s Celebrations to Prevent Spread of Ebola
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

The government of Sierra Leone banned public Christmas and New Year’s celebrations because they may exacerbate efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus. The government of Sierra Leon ...

Pope Francis Is Naming New Cardinals. Will Any Be American?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican announced Dec. 11 that Pope Francis will name a new batch of cardinals in February, adding to the select group of churchmen who will someday gather to elect his successor. Rome won’t reveal the names until next month, but could an America ...

Archbishop Justin Welby: Anglican Communion May Not Hold Together
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

In a lengthy  interview  in The Times of London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby predicted that the Anglican Communion might not hold together because of strong disagreements on the ordination of women as bishops and full rights for LGBT people. ...

No Nukes!
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Gerson This Spring, thousands will gather in New York to say no to nuclear weapons.  IN APRIL, THOUSAN ...

Collateral Damage
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood Does Christianity have a future in Iraq?  THE U.S. AND other nations are increasingly aware th ...

Vatican on Nuclear Disarmament: 'Time for Abolition'
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

This week, at a conference in Vienna, Austria on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Pope Francis issued a statement declaring that "nuclear deterrence cannot be the basis for peaceful coexistence ...

Pope Francis Urges Europeans to Reject ‘Throwaway Culture’
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

The 77-year-old pontiff is well-known for his attacks on consumerism and for his compassion for the poor. More recently, Francis has turned his attention to bioethics issues, describing abortion, embryonic ste ...

Why Peter Kassig Was the Islamic State’s Greatest Threat
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Abdul-Rahman Kassig, as he called himself after a conversion to Islam, was the greatest threat the Islamic State faced. He provided relief and comfort to those in need. He practiced mercy and compassion, and i ...

Four Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Terror Attack
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

At least four worshipers, three of them U.S.-born, were killed in an attack on a west Jerusalem synagogue Nov. 18 by two Palestinians wielding a gun, an ax, and a meat cleaver, police said. ...

Hashtag Activists Battle Online Anti-Muslim Speech, but #DoesItWork?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

“Not a lot of Americans know Muslims as friends and neighbors, so their understanding of Islam and Muslims is shaped by negative views. That gives a very distorted impression,” Perez said. “To help people have ...

Activists Intent on Building Third Jewish Temple Spark Tensions at Holy Site
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The Temple Mount – Haram al-Sharif to Muslims – in Jerusalem is at the center of an intense debate over messianic religious Zionism in Israeli politics and society, and what it means for the future of the peac ...

Pope Francis Launches New Panel to Speed Up Abuse Cases
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Nov. 11 created a new Vatican body to deal with the most serious cases of child sexual abuse and to streamline complaints against the clergy. Pope Francis on Nov. ...

Don’t Forget the Nigerian Schoolgirls, or Girls’ Education
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram is as much a threat to the women and girls of Nigeria as the Islamic State is to these same people in Iraq and Syria. And neither the U.S. nor the world can afford to allow one terrorist group to go ...

On Being A Muslim Parent
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Would his first taste of Islamaphobia come at the age of 5 during show-and-tell.  LAST YEAR, as I ...

How to Beat Ebola
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh The only way to defeat the epidemic is to strengthen health-care systems.  CONSIDER A FATHER from ...

An Eerie Calm: Iraqi Christians Anxiously Ponder Their Future
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

The people of Alqosh have defended themselves in the face of many would-be invaders throughout the centuries, he said, but now “we are living cautiously; every family is ready to flee.” ...

All Saints' Day: Facing Death
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 9:09am | Type: Press

October 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Greg Carey ...

All Saints’ Day: Facing Death
Originally Posted: 10/27/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

The Beatitudes reject a selfish “America-first” response to Ebola. Instead, these blessings call us to extend our resources and join in the work God is already doing in West Africa. ...

Italian Priest Continues to Go After Mafia Despite Death Threats
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

anti-Mafia convention near the Vatican on Oct. 24. It is expected to attract 3,000 people, with speakers ...

5 Ways D.C. Is Actually Great (For People 'Meh' on Monuments, Top Chefs, or K Street)
Originally Posted: 10/29/2014 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

I’ve found D.C. to be far beyond the House of Cards-meets-Cherry Blossom Festival sketch beloved by press and many residents alike. In my daily experience, D.C. is collaborative, generous, and deserving of acc ...

5 Ways Churches Can Help Stop the Ebola Hysteria
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

ittle in our faith formation has prepared us to deal with such things. Faith communities need to be preparing now, not later. Teaching good theology, for example, in the area of disease causes. Forming emergen ...

Ebola Prompts Hands-Off Mass in Fort Worth, Texas
Originally Posted: 10/17/2014 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

The Blood of Christ will not be offered during Mass. The Host will be placed in the hands, not on the tongue. And the faithful should not hold hands while reciting the “Our Father.” ...

Will Pope Francis Win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to some of the world’s leading bookmakers. Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, acco ...

Principles for Prophetic Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Kuttab   As Christians concerned about peace and justice, this time of crisis in the Middle East provides us an opportunity to return to our principles, the “springs of ...

Broken Cisterns
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Kuttab Before it all fell apart earlier this year, and before this summer's carnage in Gaza, the Israeli-Palestine peace p ...

Weekly Wrap 10.3.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

1. The Strange Nostalgia of ‘Left Behind’ The rapture movie (out in theaters today) is—to borrow a phrase—neither hot nor cold. So why the re-make? We take a crack at answering. 2. Lipstick and Seminary “Du ...

How to Save Each Other
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Press

October 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Episode 51: Does the United States Have a Responsibility to Act Against ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Press

September 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrea Seabrook ...

Defeating ISIS Till Take More than Military Action
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Press

September 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Baptists Join Others in Praising Nominee for Religious Freedom Ambassador
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 1:02pm | Type: Press

July 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Jeff Brumley ...

Vatican: Pope Francis Not Under Threat from Islamic State Militants
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis faces no specific threat from Islamic State militants and will not be adding extra security measures on his one-day trip to Albania next week, the Vatican said Sept 15. ...

Weekly Wrap 9.5.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

1. Almost Like the Blues Canadian folk bard Leonard Cohen reads lyrics from one of his latest songs — a gentle, melancholy reflection on life and hope. 2. How Back-to-School Shopping Reinforces Gender Norms ...

The Ice Bucket Challenge and Its Discontents
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

the term) fluid—but basically, invitees are given 24 hours to respond and challenge up to three persons. I don't ...

Ebola Strikes Another American Aid Worker
Originally Posted: 09/03/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

A third American aid worker has been diagnosed with Ebola. The missionary group SIM USA announced September 2 that one of its American doctors has been diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia. The doctor was treating ...

ON Scripture: A Strange Summer Vacation
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

“What did you do on your summer vacation?” Even now students may be answering that question in essays at the start of this new school year. Maybe you wrote such a paper years ago. No matter what you did or w ...

From 30,000 Feet, Pope Francis Reaches Out to Beijing
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

At Beijing’s oldest Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, Mary Zhang, 54, eagerly awaited the arrival of Pope Francis—at cruising altitude. “I’m very excited. It’s the first time the pope has flown over China,” ...

Baby Makes 3: More Unmarried New Moms Cohabiting
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

Nearly three in five births to unmarried women across the United States were to women living with their partner — marking the first time a majority of these births were to women in cohabiting relationships, ac ...

Suicide a Risk Even for Beloved Characters Like Robin Williams
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

That a “universally beloved” entertainer such as Robin Williams could commit suicide “speaks to the power of psychiatric illness,” mental health experts say. That a “universally b ...

Second American Ebola Patient Arrives in US
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

A small plane carrying Nancy Writebol, the second American Ebola patient from Liberia, arrived in the United States on Tuesday, making a brief refueling stop in Bangor, Maine, en route to Atlanta and Emory Uni ...

Six Questions for Kelly and Peter Shenk Koontz
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Peter and Kelly Shenk Koontz know the difficulties and joys of peacebuilding in Kabul, Afghanistan. ...

Smiles from the Inside
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels The Za'atari refugee camp is the fourth largest city in Jordan. I'M DREAMING. Ten youn ...

Between Iraq and a Hard Place
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright U.S. intervention has been the problem in Iraq, not the solution. THE DEEPENING CRISIS grippi ...

Rabbi David Saperstein Nominated To Be US Ambassador For Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Press

July 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Kay Campbell ...

Jobless Kabul and the Works of War
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. cobbles together justifications for its ongoing, foolhardy war in Afghanistan, glimmers of hope persist in small communities. Last week, here in Kabul, the Afghan Peac ...

Meriam Ibrahim, Finally Freed from Sudan, Meets with Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

arriving in Italy on July 24, 2014, en route to the United States.  Photo courtesy L'Osservatore ...

Doctor from Samaritan's Purse Catches Lethal Ebola Virus
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in Africa is now taking a toll on doctors and health care workers battling the deadly disease, including two Americans. An E ...