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Defending (and Empowering) the Vulnerable
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

There is no doubt that people with disabilities – who are often marginalized in the workforce, our neighborhoods, and sometimes even in their own families – are particularly susceptible to abuse. ...

Prayers for Burma
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

The question also is: Will economic advantages that may result benefit all of Burma’s people, especially the poor? We are not powerless to influence events for the better. We can continue to pray. ...

Quilting an End to AIDS
Originally Posted: 12/01/2011 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

In honor of World AIDS Day today, Jim Wallis added his square to the quilt, and I added one too. It’s easy, it’s meaningful, and even though you can’t wrap up in it, it still gives a little warmth. ...

From Patriarchy to Partnership
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 12:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Helen LaKelly Hunt Historically, traditional marriage was based on a subordinate view of women. An egalitarian model of mutual respect pr ...

Rewriting History: Thanksgiving or Genocide?
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

I’m not suggesting we not be thankful. But if it were up to me, I’d repeal the official day of Thanksgiving that was sanctioned by Congress because no matter how we want to re-tell or re-write that story, we a ...

Penn State’s Massive Moral Failure to Put The Most Vulnerable First Instead of Last
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

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Racism, Moral Law and the Penn State Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

My heart is very heavy today as I read about the eight boys who were sexually assaulted by Gerald A. Sandusky in his home and in the locker rooms of the Penn State University campus. My soul deeply grieves to ...

Colombia's "People of the Land" Call Out for Justice ... And Some of Us Are Listening
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Colombia's campesinos ("people of the land") — peasants, farmers and artisanal miners, the indigenous — are calling out for an end to the exploitation and environmental destruction of their life ...

Light in the darkness – an interview with Daniel Walker, author of "God in a Brothel"
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Author Daniel Walker sits down with Sojourners' James Colten to talk about his new book, "God in a Brothel," the scourge of child slavery and the sex industry worldwide, and the church's r ...

Jim Wallis and Gary Bauer on CNN's "State of the Union" Discuss Religion and the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 4:09am | Type: Blog

On Sunday morning (11/6), Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis appeared on CNN's "State of the Union," with American Values president Gary Bauer and host Candy Crowley to discuss how religion will affect t ...

Halloween Treats Can Be Tricky: The Ethics of Chocolate
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

There are plenty of big things for us to worry about in America right now. Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading quickly across North America and around the world. There ...

Doing Nothing is Not an Option -- United to End Genocide
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, I had the privilege of spending some time at the End Genocide Action Summit, which brought people from all over the world to Washington, D.C., to learn about and fight against genocide ...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

* 110,000 estimated Iraqi civilian deaths * 2.5 million internally displaced Iraqis * $800 ...

Lawyers' Surreal World and the Fight Against Selling Children
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

When three dozen prominent interfaith clergy (including Jim Wallis) signed an ad in the New York Times saying that the best way to stop the sex trafficking of children on Backpage was to shut down tha ...

Linda Midgett answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

I think an evangelical is someone who believes Jesus is the Son of God, that the Word of God is true, and that we all need redemption from this fallen word. I think an ...

Andrew Marin answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:35pm | Type: Blog

To me, reclaiming the word evangelical starts with how Christians see their call by Jesus in Matthew 28 as the Great Commission. To me, reclaiming the word evangelical start ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Rediscovering Values
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: In light of the recent protests at #OccupyWallStreet and around the world, we have revisited Jim Wallis' 2010 book Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street ...

"Spirit Day" 2011 Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, was Spirit Day, a national movement to speak out against bullying of LGBT teens. Here are a few links as to what religious communities and leaders are saying and doing about bullying: ...

Standing Up to Bullies on Spirit Day: What Would Jesus Do?
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My mother used to give us kids two instructions: If there is a kid on the playground that nobody else is playing with - you play with them. My mother used to give us kids two in ...

We Must Continue to Stand with Pastor Nadarkhani
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

The news cycle often moves so quickly that very often big news stories are forgotten within a day, sometimes even more quickly. The news cycle often moves so quickly tha ...

Adam Phillips answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:33pm | Type: Blog

This video is the latest installment in an ongoing series at God's Politics blog where we've asked leading clergy, writers, scholars, artists, activists and others who self-identify as "evangeli ...

Deadlines and the Death Penalty: The Case of Corey R. Maples
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

The ink was barely dry on the death certificate for Troy Davis, executed by the state of Georgia on Sept. 21, when the U.S. The ink was barely dry on the death certificate ...

#OccupyWallStreet: The Faith Factor
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Slowly but surely, as media coverage of the #OccupyWallStreet demonstrations in New York and across the country continues to grow, attention is turning toward what the spiritual/religious/faith elements are t ...

Farewell to Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Hero
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights movement, died Wednesday at 89. The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights m ...

An Oldie but a Goodie
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 5:17am | Type: Blog

of the poster is based on Jesus' own words in Matthew 25:37. They are words and ideas ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Digital Hootenanny
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:53am | Type: Blog

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple; By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me? ...

The Revolution Will Be Live-Streamed
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:54am | Type: Blog

Watch live video from #OccupyWallStreet in New York City. Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com Watch live video from #OccupyWallStreet in New York ...

Yoga Sabbath: Shabbat Shal-OM.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

What can you learn from an Israeli Hindu-monk-in-training about peace? As Palestine makes a bid for nationhood status at the United Nations, and Israel and the United States. do what they can to block it, I think back to May 2010, when I wa ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 3:55am | Type: Blog

the first year of the buy should be taxed 95%, the second year 75, the third 50, the fouth 25 and the fifth ...

Lord, Have Mercy: Suicide Bomber Kills 75 in Somalia
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:02am | Type: Blog

A truck bomb has killed at least 70 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, including a crowd of young students applying for scholarships to study abroad. This just in from A ...

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Pivotal Church-State Case This Week
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:24am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begin hearing oral arguments this week in one of the most important church-state cases in decades. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begi ...

The F Word
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

What's more obscene? Thirty-thousand children dead in Somalia in three months? Or the world standing by and letting it happen? What's more obscene? Thirty-thousa ...

UPDATE: Christian Pastor Faces Execution in Iran
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

UPDATES: Earlier today (Friday, Sept. 30), the Iranian Embassy in the U.K. issued the following statement regarding Pastor Nadarkhani: UPDATES: Earlier ...

Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year: What is an evangelical?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 9:57pm | Type: Blog

judgement in Matthew 25 is perhaps even more true today than ever. American exceptionalism is idolatry. ... evangelical figures such as David Barton--one of the 25 most influential evangelists in the US according ...

Kal Penn: Enough with the Cynicism and Disappointment, Time to Re-engage!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Before I met President Obama, I was always cynically independent when it came to politics. Like a lot of other young people with different views on different issues, I never considered myself to be either a D ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 President Obama and aides are bracing for a tough re-el ...

True Story.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

There are definitely some There are definitely some areas where boilerplate Republicans/conservatives completely miss the mark on President Obama. He has no ...

Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey. If older generations paint morality in black and white, young ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

(9/25.) "Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

The Polemics of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. In the wake of Troy Davis' exe ...

The Hard Cases
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, Lawrence Brewer was killed by the state of Texas. The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state o ...

R.E.M. Taught Me How to Lose Religion and Live a Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... One of my earliest experiences with m ...

How many slaves work for you?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 7:55pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the torrent of mail that flows into my in-box each day. Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the t ...

Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. " Continuing a cycle of vi ...

The Mercy Seat
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It ALL began when they come took me from my home And put me on Death Row, a crime for which I am totally innocent, you know. I began to warm and chill To objects and their fields, ...

For Troy Davis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Troy Anthony Davis died at 11:08 p.m. EST, Sept. 21,2011. Troy Anthony Davis died at 11:08 p.m. EST, Sept. 21,2011. UPDATE : I originally posted this shortly after 7 ...

BREAKING NEWS: Report Says Abuse is Part of "Institutional Culture" of U.S. Border Patrol
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Beatings. Dehydration. Medical treatment denied. Families separated. Meager belongings and money stolen. Beatings. Dehydration. Medical treatment denied. Families separated. Meage ...

Afternoon Philosofail
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A philosophy professor of mine from college, who is also a Facebook friend, just posted a link to the following item, without comment (although I could hear what he was undoubtedly thinking from 900 m ...

Stassen and Gushee: An Open Letter to Christian Zionists
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

NOTE TO READERS: As Palestine applies for membership to the United Nations, frequent Sojourners contributors Glen Stassen and David Gushee have penned An Open Letter to Christian Zionists. ...