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Baptists Join Others in Praising Nominee for Religious Freedom Ambassador
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 2:02pm | 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 - 5:04pm | 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 - 4:00pm | 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 - 9:37am | 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 - 5:18pm | 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 - 3:09pm | 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 - 10:55am | 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 - 3:06pm | 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 - 2:44pm | 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 - 3:43pm | 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 ...

Seven Questions for Kelly and Peter Shenk Koontz
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 10:31am | 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 - 10:07am | 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 - 10:07am | 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 - 4:56pm | Type: Press

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

Jobless Kabul and the Works of War
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 2:10pm | 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 - 3:22pm | 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 - 3:02pm | 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 ...

Pope Francis Raises Eyebrows by Saying Pedophile Priests Include 'Bishops and Cardinals'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has provoked a debate within the Catholic Church after being quoted as saying that one in 50 Catholic clerics is a pedophile. Pope Francis has provoked a debate withi ...

De-escalating Violence and the Human Story in Israel/Palestine
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

I was sitting in the airport the other day listening to yet another account of the current events unfolding in Israel and Palestine. Almost mechanically, the lips of the news anchor spilled out words like terr ...

Vatican Bank Profits Tumble as Pope Francis Orders an Overhaul
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Profits plunged by more than $100 million at the Vatican bank last year after thousands of accounts were shut down in a radical overhaul of the scandal-scarred institution. Profit ...

From the Dust of the Ground
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The ground on our mountain is rocky ground and the land seems to have more stones on it than soil. I think it is a miracle that things grow here, that things grow so well here. But they do. We are planting, as ...

Left Behind, Failed Peace, and the Human Implications of (Bad) Theology
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Ignoring the remarkable movements of peacemaking, reconciliation, and collaboration in the Holy Land, we often choose only to amplify of the violence, discord, and disintegration of the region. ...

New York's The King's College Becomes First in U.S. to Accept Bitcoin for Tuition
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

The King’s College, a Christian liberal arts school in New York City, announced on Friday that it has entered into an agreement with Coin.co, making it the first accredited college in the United States to acce ...

The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a World Divided
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Product

Jim Wallis Jim Wallis thinks our life together c ...

Ahead of the World Cup, Brazil's Churches Work to Protect Children from Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

Brazilian churches in cities hosting World Cup matches have launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the hundreds of vulnerable children at risk of sexual exploitation during the monthlong competit ...

Gallup: Gay Sex, Divorce, Extramarital Sex Reach New Highs of 'Moral Acceptability'
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Americans are showing more tolerance for a range of behaviors, with sex between unmarried adults, medical research on stem cells from human embryos, and doctor-assisted suicide all showing record highs and inc ...

The Worldwide Obesity Epidemic: It's the Sugar, Folks
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

One of this morning's headlines from Worldcrunch "While You Slept": 'More Than A Third Of The World Is Obese Or Overweight'! One of this morning's he ...

A Pivot on the Peace Island
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

free of charge, 24 hours a day. The local peace center is also open most of the day and evening, ...

Pope Francis Eyes Religious Reconciliation on Trip to Holy Land
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

It sounds a little far-fetched and for some purists perhaps unthinkable: A pope, a rabbi, and a sheik decide to travel to the Holy Land and follow in the steps of Jesus. It sounds ...

PHOTOS: Rebuilding After Haiyan
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A slideshow of the rebuilding efforts in Tacloban City, Philippines, in the wake of Haiyan. On No ...

In the Wake of Haiyan's Wrath
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR After long delays in relief operations, rebuilding in the Philippines slowly continues. ...

Vatican Says Bureaucratic Reforms Won't Happen Until 2015
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and his council of eight cardinals are unlikely to complete a radical shakeup of the Holy See’s administration, or Curia, before 2015, the Vatican said Tuesday. Pope ...

Christian Organization Delivers Life-Saving Vaccines
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

April 24-30 is World Immunization Week. While ... 24-30 is World Immunization Week . While it is estimated that vaccinations save the lives of 2.5 ... Global Issues, Life and Peace) April 24-30 is World Immunization Week. While it is estimated ...

Jews Ordered to Register in East Ukraine
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part ...

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: 05/14/2014 - 10:01am | 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: 07/07/2014 - 10:20am | 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 ...