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Shakira, Jude Law, Goldie Hawn And Lang Lang Join Education Emergency Coalition
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Press

April 10, 2014 Sojo in the News A World At School ...

Lessons for Our Democracy from the Not-so-distant Past
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

As latter-day partisans fling terms like “dictator” and “Nazi,” I decided to read William Shirer’s classic book about the real thing. As latter-day partisans fling terms like “dic ...

A New Relationship with Iran
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

As reported, the goal of ongoing negotiations is to open the door to a 24/7 inspection of nuclear facilities ...

Kenneth Bae's 500th Day: Life’s Cycle of Fear, Pain, and Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

Today marks Korean-American Christian missionary Kenneth Bae’s 500th day in a North Korean prison. ... Bae is a reminder to all of us that Korea remains divided. Brothers and sisters are separated and friends ...

Surprising Insights on Ukraine in the New York Times
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Russia’s desire for power is mimetic, or imitative, and modeled on its rival for power, the United States. Russia wants what the United States has — the prestige of being a global super power — and Russia is w ...

Malaysians Lift up Missing Flight in Prayers
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Many Malaysians are invoking the power of prayer to aid the massive multinational search operation for the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared without a trace early Saturday. ...

Oleksandr Turchynov's Baptist Faith May Help Defuse Ukrainian Crisis
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov is neither Ukrainian Orthodox nor Eastern Rite Catholic, and that may be the key to his success at a time when fissures between East and West are threatening to split the c ...

Dumpster Diving As an Act of Faith
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As a musician barely scraping by, Gio Andollo looks to trash bins as a way of life. As a musician barely scraping by, Gio Andollo looks to trash bins as a way of life. On a rec ...

#SochiProblems: Hey, Let's Laugh About How Other People Actually Live
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 1:31pm | Type: Blog

I laugh along at the steady stream of Olympic mishaps that are being publicly displayed across the Internet, and it’s entertaining to compare the conditions in Russia to our cultural norms. But in reality, the ...

UN Panel Blasts Vatican for Sex Abuse policies
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

A United Nations panel on Wednesday blasted the Vatican for protecting itself rather than victims of sexual abuse, and it called on the Holy See to create what it called an “independent mechanism” to investiga ...

'Salaam, Love' Counters Stereotypes of Muslim Men
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men and how they treat women. Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men a ...

5 Points About the SodaStream-Oxfam Dust-up
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 5:38pm | Type: Blog

In the run-up to the Super Bowl, advertisers work hard to get their money’s worth, even before their spot has run. They leak teasers and hype the stars who will appear in them. If they can find a way, they gen ...

Half the Sky
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 5:36pm | Type: Product

Nicholas D. Kristof Sheryl WuDunn ...

A Time to Break Silence on Central African Republic
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

This year, in light of conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, and an often-overlooked war in Central African Republic, we should remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This we ...

LISTEN: Jim Wallis Talks Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Listen in as Jim Wallis and Sojourners CEO Rob Wilson-Black kick off the new year with a discussion on Pope Francis and the new Pope's influential presence in all kinds of media. ...

Holocaust Survivor Meets her Liberator After 68 Years
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

It’s been almost 70 years, but Marsha Kreuzman still remembers the moment she laid outside the steps of a Nazi crematorium wishing she could die. It’s been almost 70 years, but ...

8 Countries on UN Human Rights Council Restrict Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

LONDON — Eight of the 47 countries that hold seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council imprisoned people in 2013 under laws that restrict religious freedom, according to a new report from Human Rights W ...

Selfie-Gate: Obama, a Funeral Celebration, and a Scapegoat
Originally Posted: 12/13/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

When taken in context, it seems like Obama's infamous selfie at Mandela's service was reflective of the celebratory, joyful atmosphere typical of a South African memorial service. The only criticism ...

Remembering the Greatest Political Leader of the 20th Century: Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Today I had the great honor of saying a prayer at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the most important political leader of the 20th century. Today I had the great honor of ...

Fighting in Central African Republic Is Not About Religion, Archbishop Says
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 12:56am | Type: Blog

Two French soldiers died as a wave of deadly revenge attacks involving rival Christian and Muslim groups has left the Central African Republic in chaos. Two French soldiers died a ...

Christian and Muslim Dalits Beaten in New Delhi Protest
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

Police in India’s capital used water cannons and canes on peaceful Christian and Muslim leaders Wednesday while they were demanding equal constitutional protections. NEW DELHI — P ...

Pope Francis Tops Facebook’s List of Most-Talked-About Topics
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

It’s official, but no big surprise: Pope Francis is now the most-talked-about person on Facebook, according to information released Dec. 10 by the social media giant. ROME — It’s ...

Stop Comparing Mandela to Jesus, British Journalist Says
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Few would deny Nelson Mandela’s greatness, but one of Britain’s best-known journalists, Dominic Lawson, has taken the media to task for comparing South Africa’s first black president to Jesus. ...

Shaped by Methodists, Mandela Paid Tribute to Role of Religion
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 5:53pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died Thursday, had a deep connection with religious institutions. Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who die ...

Nelson Mandela and the Power of Elders
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

While unusual to found an organization at age 89, even more unusual is founding an organization with the purpose of saving the world at the end of one’s ninth decade. Nelson Mandela never lost hope. ...

'The Most Important Political Leader of the 20th Century': Jim Wallis on the Life of Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, issued the following statement. In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, Presid ...

Pope Francis Launches Commission to Tackle Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is creating a special commission to deal with the clergy sexual abuse crisis on a global scale, a step that comes amid growing criticism that Francis had not given sufficient attention to the scan ...

Pentecostal Pastors in Africa Push Prayer, Not Drugs, for People with HIV
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

for the healing ceremony and $24 at the end of the ceremony. The pastor then confiscated her drugs and those ...

The Engine of Change Is on Full Throttle
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Statistically, most people will have five distinct careers before they retire — partly because they get bored, or burn out, but mostly because their industry of choice fizzles. My ...

Saving 40,000 Lives in Under 3 Minutes
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

United Hatzalah are changing the emergency rapid response game and uniting people of all faiths in the process. How can we save 40,000 lives in under three minutes? That questi ...

Expectations High for Summit between Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

Next week’s summit between Pope Francis and Russian President Vladmir Putin may be the most important meeting between a pontiff and a visiting head of state in nearly a quarter of a century, with war-torn Syri ...

Hunger Is Not a Game: Why I Volunteered to Be a Tribute
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

He can't light a match, but he's volunteered to follow in the footsteps of Katniss Everdeen and become a tribute. I cannot start a fire. Often, this is the case even wit ...

Holy Innocents in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Leonard Rodgers Decades ago, Christians and Muslims mingled at Youth for Christ events in Peshawar. What happened? ...

U.S. Denies Spying on Vatican Cardinals Ahead of Conclave
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

A spokeswoman for the National Security Agency denied reports from a leading Italian news magazine that U.S. spies may have listened in on conversations from inside the Vatican leading up to the March conclave ...

Report Says U.S. Tapped Cardinals’ Phones Ahead of Conclave
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

The National Security Agency spied on cardinals as they prepared to select the new pope — perhaps including even Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who emerged from last spring’s conclave as Pope Francis, a leading Ita ...

What Does the World Church's Geographical Shift Mean for Christianity?
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The statistical center of gravity of Christianity, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson says, has today moved from near Madrid in 1910 to Timbuktu, in Northern Mali, Africa. "It is the most dramatic geographical sh ...

With 10 Deaths so Far this Year, are Mormon Missionaries Safe?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

among missionaries — as they are for all men and women ages 18 to 24. Not surprisingly, missionaries ...

Science vs. Religion: A Race to Destruction?
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Science for the sake of science, or religion for the sake of religion, nearly always possesses within it the potential for great danger, especially if the humanity that both were meant to serve comes second to ...

Teaching Congolese Refugees Self-sufficiency Gains Nun U.N. Recognition
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Angélique Namaika, a Roman Catholic nun, rides a bicycle on the rutted roads of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern province of Orientale, which is plagued by rebel violence. ...

Desmond Tutu on Gay Rights, the Middle East and Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against apartheid in South Africa, continues to speak around the globe on justice and peace. ...

Buddhists Expelled from Malaysia for Praying in Muslim Hall
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The government of Malaysia expelled a group of Singaporean tourists for chanting Buddhist prayers inside an Islamic prayer room where they erected a large Buddhist painting on the wall facing Mecca. ...

Political Islam on the Defensive Across the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

The backlash against Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt comes as secular forces across the Middle East are rising up in opposition to political Islam. Divisions reach from top leaders to the street. ...

Commentary: Islamist Suppression Could Reach U.S. Shores
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

In regular 20-year cycles, starting with Nasser in the 1950s, the Egyptian military regime has launched brutal campaigns of repression against its Islamist opponents. Although each of those previous suppressio ...

Schismatic African Priests Want a Pope to Call Their Own
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

Schismatic Roman Catholic priests, who left the church to claim their right to marry, are now asking for an “African pope” to lead them. The priests say they regret their former church is “allergic” to change. ...

New Muslim Superhero? A Wonder Woman-like Education Warrior
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Pakistan’s new animated television series, “Burka Avenger,” features a female Muslim teacher disguised in a tight black outfit with a cape and ninja-style head cover who throws heavy books and sharp pens at me ...

Pope Francis: the Improbable Pop Culture Icon
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

The Italian edition of Vanity Fair has named him Man of the Year. The Washington Post Wonkblog, of all places, quotes him in a post on forgiveness. Ross Douthat in The New York Times nods approvingly at a piec ...

Pakistan TV Show Gives Away Babies at Ramadan
Originally Posted: 08/06/2013 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

For several years, Aamir Liaqat Hussain followed a typical talk-show format of interviewing celebrities, staging games, giving away cars and household appliances. This year during Ramadan — which ends later th ...

Former Charity Head Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Vatican
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett replaces theologian Miguel Diaz, and gives President Obama an experienced voice on social justice in Rome where a new pope, Francis, has made caring for the poo ...

Gaza: The Persistent Paradox
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Rodrick Beiler Gaza, a land at once ugly and impoverished—and beautiful and rich. IN "SILENCE FOR G ...

Missing Jesuit Priest in Syria Presumed Kidnapped
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

A prominent Italian Jesuit who is an outspoken supporter of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad went missing in Syria Monday, fueling speculation that he has been kidnapped by an Islamist gro ...