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March 2014 Sojourners Magazine
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Ending the Modern-day Slave Trade
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 2:39pm | 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 - 4:27pm | 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 - 4:06pm | 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 - 4:01pm | 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 - 5:15pm | 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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January 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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January 2014 Sojourners Magazine
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National Cathedral Bids a Warm, Prayerful Goodbye to Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 5:14pm | 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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December 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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Conservatives Shift Tone on Gay Anti-discrimination Bill
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 12:07pm | 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 - 1:33pm | 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 - 3:46pm | 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 - 10:29am | 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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November 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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Faith, Family, Latino, LGBT, All 'Before God'
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 9:18am | 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 - 2:11pm | 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 ...

"Create in me a green (heart)" tote bag
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 11:29am | Type: Product

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 - 11:13am | 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 - 9:28am | 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 ...

September/October 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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In Baby Veronica Case, Some Evangelicals Side With Adoptive Parents
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 4:23pm | 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 - 9:15am | 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. ...

September/October 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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Change is Still Going to Come
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 1:07pm | 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 - 1:52pm | 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 - 10:22am | 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 - 4:48pm | 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 - 10:06am | 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 - 3:29pm | 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 - 9:33am | 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 ...

Four Questions for Khaipi
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 12:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Khaipi, a peace studies professor in Thailand and a Chin religious freedom activist Bio: &quo ...

Pealing Bells to Mark 50 Years Since MLK’s Rousing Speech
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 2:24pm | 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 - 10:05am | 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 - 9:43am | 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 - 1:35pm | 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 - 10:47am | 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 ...

Refusing Service in The Name of Religion is Never Acceptable
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

In Vermont, a country inn declined to provide a wedding reception for a same-sex marriage. In Hawaii, the owner of a bed and breakfast refused a double room to a lesbian couple. Both said providing service wou ...

Gov. Chris Christie, a Catholic, Tiptoes on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 7:05am | Type: Blog

As activists push states to recognize gay marriages, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — conservative Republican governor in a blue state and a 2016 presidential possibility — is walking a fine line between two e ...

Queen Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill in England, Wales
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

England and Wales became the 16th and 17th countries in the world to recognize gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave “royal assent” to a same-sex marriage bill. England and W ...

Vatican’s New Legal Guide Adds Offenses for Abuse, Leaking Documents
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday approved a major overhaul of the Vatican’s criminal laws, introducing specific offenses for child sexual abuse and leaking confidential documents. Pope Fr ...

Gay Marriage Fight Shifts to the States
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

The legal battle over same-sex marriage has shifted from the Supreme Court to state capitals and lower courts as supporters seek to build on their recent victories and opponents hope to thwart that progress. ...

Yeshiva Hit with $380 Million Abuse Lawsuit
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Nineteen former students of a high school run by Yeshiva University, the flagship school of Orthodox Judaism, have filed a $380 million federal lawsuit over what they claim are hundreds of acts of abuse by two ...

Catholic Hospitals at Odds with Bishops Over Birth Control Mandate
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

The organization representing Catholic hospitals across the country says it no longer objects to the Obama administration’s mandate that all employees receive free birth control coverage. ...

African Religious Leaders Reject Obama’s Call to Decriminalize Homosexuality
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders in Africa strongly rebuked President Obama’s call to decriminalize homosexuality, suggesting it’s the reason why he received a less-than-warm welcome during a recent trip to the continent. ...

Struggling Alongside the People of Sudan and South Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

Sudanese turned to the U.S. for a better life not only for themselves but in order to support their family and friends back home, and to advocate for help in stopping genocide, mass atrocities, and human right ...