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CIA Torture Report Ought to Disturb All Our Consciences
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

At Easter, Christians celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead. But in light of new revelations of the CIA’s abhorrent acts of torture, it’s the United States that needs resurrection, too. ...

May 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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May God Have Mercy on Fred Phelps
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

A “fringe hatemonger” — that’s what I called Fred Phelps in a letter to the editor of The Washington Times in 1999. A “fringe hatemonger” — that’s what I called Fred Phelps in a l ...

Selling Sodas: A Cure for Human Bondage
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Ultimately, freedom is about helping people realize that they may choose how they associate economically, socially, politically, and spiritually. “ In dealing with poverty ...

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In the Name of Security
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee How the U.S. became a torturing nation—and how to make it stop. THE SAD RECORD of human histo ...

March 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Ending the Modern-day Slave Trade
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

At the beginning of the 21st century, Americans are used to thinking of slavery as a horror, yes, but one that was banished from these shores nearly 150 years ago. If only that were so. ...

Catholic Teacher Fired for Marrying Partner Starts Anti-Discrimination Foundation
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

A lifelong Roman Catholic, Mark Zmuda took a job as a teacher at Eastside Catholic School in part because he believed he could be a good Catholic role model. A lifelong Roman Cath ...

Sikhs Stand up to Bullying as They Try to Build Understanding
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

was founded and most of the world’s 25 million Sikhs live. In response to the violence, said Amardeep ...

An Abyss of Historical Ignorance
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Demonstrating that a truly ill wind blows no good, The Wall Street Journal proved this week that Holocaust education programs deserve society’s continued support. Demonstrating th ...

COMMENTARY: The Church's Role in, and Against, Homophobia Across Africa
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

In the last month, many Westerners watched in horror as Uganda, and then Nigeria, enacted laws that are brutally repressive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In t ...

February 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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National Cathedral Bids a Warm, Prayerful Goodbye to Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

Joe Biden was a young senator from Delaware when he was first exposed to the evils of apartheid. As the only white lawmaker in a congressional delegation to South Africa, he resisted security officers who trie ...

December 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Conservatives Shift Tone on Gay Anti-discrimination Bill
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

As a law extending workplace protection to gay, bisexual, and transgender workers makes its way through the Senate this week, there’s a shift in the political air: Arguments that stand purely on religious grou ...

No Turning Away, or Back, After Seeing '12 Years a Slave'
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

Before I saw the new film 12 Years A Slave, I knew nothing about Solomon Northrop or his astounding story of courage, forbearance, and faith. I’d never heard of Northrop, an African-American freeman, who was ...

D.C. Clergy Join Push to 'Change the Mascot'
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

The Oneida Indian Nation’s campaign against the Washington pro football club’s team name picked up new supporters this week when more than two dozen clergy in the Washington region committed to taking the figh ...

Methodist Court to Consider Growing Opposition to Gay Ban
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

The United Methodist Church’s highest court gathers for its semiannual meeting in Baltimore on Wednesday, as the denomination confronts a growing movement of defiant clergy members opposed to church doctrine o ...

November 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Faith, Family, Latino, LGBT, All 'Before God'
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Before God: We are All Family is a new film focused on the experiences of Latina LGBT people. As a boy growing up, Joanna Maria Cifredo wasn’t like her brothers. “My brothers l ...

Orthodox Rabbis Charged in Jewish Divorce Shakedown Plot
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

In a bizarre case involving threats of kidnapping, beatings, and physical torture — including the use of an electric cattle prod — two rabbis were charged in New Jersey in a scheme to force men to grant their ...

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When you purchase this stylish tote bag, you not only show your support for stewarding God’s creation, but you directly i ...

Transgender Theology Professor Asked to Leave Christian College
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

A California Christian university has asked a professor who was once its chair of theology and philosophy to leave after he came out as transgender. A California Christian univers ...

Abercrombie & Fitch to Change ‘Look Policy,’ Allow Hijabs
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Abercrombie & Fitch will change its “look policy” and allow employees to wear hijabs after a three-year legal battle with two Muslim women was settled out of court. Abercrombi ...

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In Baby Veronica Case, Some Evangelicals Side With Adoptive Parents
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

The Baby Veronica case, named for the girl at the center of a contentious child custody dispute, has stirred powerful emotional responses from many groups, including some Christian evangelicals. ...

Richard Dawkins Under Fire for ‘Mild Pedophilia’ Remarks
Originally Posted: 09/10/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s best-known and outspoken atheists, has provoked outrage among child protection agencies and experts after suggesting that recent child abuse scandals have been overblown. ...

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Change is Still Going to Come
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

Looking back over five decades, the evidence is clear that everything has changed. We elected black mayors in the South and fought to end apartheid in South Africa. Nelson Mandela walked out of prison after 27 ...

Conversion Therapy Ban in N.J. Prompts Suit Vow From Conservatives
Originally Posted: 08/20/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Licensed therapists are banned from using conversion therapy to try to change a child’s sexual orientation from gay to straight under a bill Gov. Chris Christie signed Monday, making New Jersey the second stat ...

What Does the World Need More Of? Kid President Celebrates World Humanitarian Day
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

On this World Humanitarian Day, Kid President thinks the world needs more hugs. What about you? On this World Humanitarian Day, Kid President thinks the world needs more hugs. Wh ...

Support Grows for Fired Gay Catholic Schoolteacher
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

Support for a Roman Catholic high school teacher fired for marrying his same-sex partner continued to grow Monday as the number of people signing an online petition topped 58,000 people. ...

Writer Sees Growing Gay Acceptance Among Mormons
Originally Posted: 08/06/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

he edited with Jeff Laver of Salt Lake City and Johnny Townsend of Seattle. The book features 25 ...

Hip-Hip-Hooray for Belgium!
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

to Belgium. A Belgian citizen  with no supplementary insurance  would have paid only 25-50 percent ...

African Chief Evangelizes About Adult Circumcision
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

In some African countries, tribes have shunned circumcision because it was seen as a Muslim practice or was simply considered primitive. “We thought they were born differently and had to reconfigure the way th ...

Khaipi
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Four questions for Khaipi. Bio: "Khaipi" (real name withheld) is a peace studies pr ...

Pealing Bells to Mark 50 Years Since MLK’s Rousing Speech
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The King Center is urging communities around the world to participate in a bell-ringing ceremony next month to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech. ...

British Government to Investigate Discrimination Against Jews
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

The British government plans to investigate whether other Jews were denied employment benefits after an Orthodox Jew who refused to work on the Sabbath won a landmark appeal. The ...

Reformist Priest Sees Potential Ally in Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

An Austrian priest who’s been banned from speaking at Roman Catholic churches during his three-week U.S. tour said Pope Francis could be an ally in reforming the Catholic Church, but said it will take more tha ...

Five Questions for Transgender Chaplain Cameron Partridge
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

She graduated from all-female Bryn Mawr College in 1995, where she came out as gay and also as a woman called to the priesthood. After college, she graduated from Harvard Divinity School, married her girlfrien ...

Meeting Madiba — An Unlikely Encounter with Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

In 1994, during Bill Clinton’s presidency, I had the honor of meeting President Nelson Mandela in a most unexpected way — just two months after his April inauguration as the first democratically-elected Presid ...