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Supreme Court Wrestles with Accommodating Religious Faith on the Job
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Feb. 25, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg summed up the religious exemption required of the company: “Title ... Court on Feb 25. Image courtesy RNS. Title VII doesn’t require accommodating baseball caps, ...

In Over My Spirit: Faithful Dissent on Full LGBTQ Inclusion
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

5 parameters for evangelicals discerning the parameters of faithful dissent. My heart breaks. My head hurts. My spirit is broken on the question of LGBTQ inclusion in Christ’s chu ...

Parking Spat as Motive for Triple Murder? N.C. Muslims Don’t Buy It
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

married Yusor Abu-Salha at a Marriott hotel in Raleigh, about 25 miles from Chapel Hill,  with some 300 ...

VIDEO: Nashville Sit-Ins
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video depicting the social responses to boycotts during the civil rights?  In the 1960s Rev. Dr ...

A History of (Non)Violence
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Many are calling today's protesters "violent" because they yell, they look angry, and they don't p ...

The Cost of Discipleship
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Erin E. Tocknell When Nashville pastors and seminary students took a stand during the civil rights era, their own congregations were oft ...

In Over My Head: Freedom and LGBTQ Inclusion
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

(Gal. 5:16-25). The letter to the Philippians promises that what God has begun will eventually ...

When Love with Limits Isn’t Love at All: Thoughts on Exclusion in a Time for Inclusion
Originally Posted: 02/03/2015 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

We belong, not because of what we did or did not do, but because God includes us. I’ve always cringed when I hear someone say, “Love the sinner but hate the sin.” In the end, I ...

Christians Strip on Court Steps to Protest Detention of Asylum Seekers
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

The group, Love Makes a Way, had just pleaded guilty to trespassing in Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's electorate office in December, where they had staged an eight-hour peaceful sit-in. ...

We Need to Talk About Modern-Day Slavery
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

No U.S. president has ever raised the issue in his big annual address. That needs to change. In his annual State of the Union address last week, President Obama began his foreign ...

In Over My Heart: Friendship and the LGBTQ Church
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

That anyone, most especially evangelicals, questions God’s — and by extension, the Christian community's — love and friendship for and with my Christ-professed gay and lesbian sisters and brothers breaks ...

The Pope is wrong on religious speech
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Press

January 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Heidi Schlumpf ...

Did Jesus Really Never Say Anything About Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

In the realm of biblical arguments in support of same-sex relationships, I’ve always found one — “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality” — to be particularly weak. In th ...

The Torture of Our Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Hypocrisy was — as it continues to be — the homage our vices pay to our virtues. Hypocrisy is woven into the founding fabric of our nation. While engaged in the systematic th ...

Five Gifts for Your Favorite Faithful Feminist
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

Sojourners’ Just Giving Guide has detailed a variety of ways to shop in a socially-conscious manner. We’ve gone one step further and highlighted some unique purchases from organizations that directly impact th ...

Torture, the Bible, and America's Faith in Violence
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Whether it is described in the vocabulary of religion or more "secular" terms, violence — and in the case of torture, shockingly inhumane violence — is described as a necessary means for bringing abo ...

Pope Francis Joins Other Faith Leaders to Demand an End to Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

“Modern slavery … fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity,“ the joint statement said. Pope Francis and religio ...

TIMELINE: Incarnation
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés Vincent Gordon Harding and Rosemarie Freeney Harding: A Biographical Timeline.  Vincent and Rose ...

Dancing on the Grave of Division
Originally Posted: 11/09/2014 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

and without. Today marks the 25th anniversary of that most wonderful night when people who had been divided ... Berlin celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall with different events and commemorations. ...

'Don't Get Weary Though The Way Be Long'
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joanna Shenk Vincent Harding and the struggle to build a more democratic America.  IN JANUARY 2012, I was dri ...

Vatican Ethicist: No Dignity in Brittany Maynard’s Physician-Assisted Death
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

“We don’t judge people, but the gesture in itself is to be condemned,” said Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which is responsible for ethical issues in the Catholic ...

Pope Francis Blasts Supermax Prisons as ‘Torture’
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis said Oct. 23 that keeping inmates isolated in maximum security prisons is “a form of torture,” and called life sentences “a hidden death penalty” that should be abolished along with capital punishment. “All Christians and people of good ...

What does it mean to act like white people?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Press

October 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Who Cares About Guam? On American Patriotism and Veteran Mental Health
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

In ‘Island of Warriors,’ the second episode of the new PBS series America by the Numbers, Maria Hinojosa, executive producer and anchor of NPR’s Latino USA, examines the challenges faced by American veterans i ...

Jim Wallis on Ferguson: Repentance has not happened there yet
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Police brace for weekend of protests across St. Louis
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 1:46pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Christine Byers ...

Organizers invite nation to St. Louis to protest and strategize for Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Bridjes O'Neil ...

#UpForSchool -- Sign the World's Biggest Petition
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Press

September 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Gordon Brown ...

Leading Rabbi Nominated as First Non-Christian Religious Freedom Ambassador
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 12:22pm | Type: Press

July 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Timothy Morgan ...

Christians Persecuted Worldwide
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Press

June 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Paul Marshall ...

Airman Denied Re-entry to Air Force for Refusing to Say ‘So Help Me God’
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

The American Humanist Association said Sept. 4 that an airman at Nevada’s Creech Air Force Base who crossed out “so help me God” in the oath the Air Force requires servicemen and women to sign was told in Augu ...

Gay Marriage Supporters’ String of Court Victories Broken in Louisiana
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

The legal winning streak for same-sex marriage is over. A federal judge in Louisiana upheld that state’s prohibition on gay marriage on Sept. 3, and belittled a string of 20-plus federal court decisions strik ...

Firing of Lesbian Teachers at St. Louis Catholic Girls’ School Draws Outcry
Originally Posted: 09/03/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

The termination of two lesbian faculty members at Cor Jesu Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school, has prompted an outcry from alumnae who have vowed to withhold donations to the school. In the last sever ...

Gay Groups Joining St. Patrick’s Parade is All Right with N.Y. Cardinal Dolan
Originally Posted: 09/03/2014 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

After years of strong resistance, organizers of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on September 3 said that gays and lesbians will be allowed to march under their own banner for the first time, and Cardinal T ...

SNAP's Clergy Abuse Victims Mark 25 Years and Eye New Targets
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

marks its 25th anniversary at a conference in Chicago , its members can take satisfaction in seeing ...

'The Children Come': A New Hymn on the Exodus of Children from Central America to the U.S. Border
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Of Children? " Biblical references in the hymn are Matthew 25:31-46 and Matthew 19:14-16. ... and action, And with you, Lord, say, “Let them come to me.” Biblical references: Matthew 25 ... September 11th anniversary ,  creation care ,  economic justice ,  Matthew 25/disaster relief ,  ...

Christians Worship a Child Who Fled Violence in His Home Country
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

This summer, many Americans are watching in helpless horror as more than 52,000 children fleeing violence stream over our southern border. This summer, many Americans are watchin ...

Why Are Evangelicals Supporting Immigration Reform? Q&A with Filmmaker Linda Midgett
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

The Evangelical Immigration Table commissioned the documentary “The Stranger” to foster evangelical support for immigration reform. The Evangelical Immigration Table commissioned ...

Religious Leaders Petition Congress to Support Immigrant Children
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders urged President Obama and Congress to provide funding for legal assistance to unaccompanied migrant children who are in U.S. custody after fleeing violence, murder, and extortion abroad. ...

'We Are Not an Island'
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 11:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Queen Quet Onleilove Alston The Gullah/Geechee Nation, extending from North Carolina t ...

Busloads of Turned-back Immigrants, an Image of Shame
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

A place to start is Matthew 25, where Jesus states: “Whatever you do for these, the least of my brethren, ...

Turning Toward Home
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

pregnant at 16, she found herself in prison at 25 after being convicted of being an accomplice to a crime ... As many as 25,000 of the region’s residents are chronically homeless. But when someone like Lucretia ...

Choosing Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Listening to several Fourth of July discussions last week, I was struck by how many people think of freedom as the ability to do whatever they want. They think there should be few, if any, restrictions on what ...

Presbyterians Narrowly Vote to Divest from 3 Companies Involved in Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted Friday to divest church funds from three American companies it cited for profiting from the oppression of Palestinians within Israel’s occupied territories. ...

Kenya's Religious Leaders Semand Government Response to Deadly Terror Attack
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

Christian and Muslim leaders united Tuesday to demand government action after a deadly terror attack in Kenya’s coastal region. Christian and Muslim leaders united Tuesday to dema ...

Boy Scouts' Gay Leader Ban Preserves Worst Stereotypes, Holder Says
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

Taking aim at the Boy Scouts of America’s continuing ban on gay adult leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said the prohibition perpetuates “the worst kind of stereotypes.” Takin ...

St. Louis Archbishop Carlson Said He's Not Sure He Knew Sexual Abuse Was a Crime
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

“I think we did a pretty good job.” “Obviously, based on some 25 years later, I would do ...

Why I Marched on McDonald's
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I marched with McDonald’s workers from three dozen cities to the company’s corporate headquarters outside of Chicago. Recently, I marched with McDonald’s workers from th ...

A New Hymn for Foster Children and Those Who Love Them
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

anniversary , creation care , economic justice , Matthew 25/disaster relief , immigration , ...

Clergy Abuse Victims Are Divided Over Pope Francis' Offer to Meet
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ announcement this week that he would meet with victims of sexual abuse by priests is dividing victim advocates. Pope Francis’ announcement this week that he would me ...