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Give Us New Eyes
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

I am convinced that recent events in Ferguson have become a mirror to the nation. This may very well be a critical moment in history, if we take a time to stop and listen to each other. ...

Pope to Iraqi President: ‘I Appeal to You with My Heart Full of Pain’
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis wrote to the president of Iraq, calling for an end to the “brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities” and urging political leaders to end the humanitarian crisis in the country ...

Islamic Militias Continue Spread Beyond the Middle East Into African Nations
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

An Islamist group has gained ground in the northeastern Libyan city of Benghazi, declaring it an Islamic territory and raising fears that radical Islamist militias may spread in the rest of Africa. The declar ...

Borderfree
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

The borders now vanishing in the Middle East – the most radical transformations of the map here since the post-WWI Sykes Picot agreement – are being redrawn in chaos and fear. The bubbles that burst here are t ...

Michael Brown, Iraq, Putin, Gaza: How to Reconcile the Brokenness?
Originally Posted: 08/16/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Despite the swell of division and resulting violence, part of the issue is that we have such a sharply tuned and inexhaustible news cycle that places every tragedy, from St. Louis to Ukraine, right before us, ...

Needed: An International Strategy in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

If military action needs to be taken to protect civilians from further ISIS aggression, it should be multilateral not unilateral. American leadership no doubt will remain important, but the authorization for a ...

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

The fact is, violence has not only failed to create stability, in many ways it has acted to exacerbate the situation of instability and injustice which fuels terrorism. Violence does not stop violence, instead ...

On Iraq Pope Francis' Message of Peace Meets Realities of War
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Even as Francis called on the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes,” the Vatican also tried to make peace with the idea that U.S. military strikes that be ...

Some Nigerians Call for Banning the Hijab to Prevent Female Suicide Bombers
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

In northern Nigeria, mounting fears of militant female suicide bombers have raised calls to ban the hijab, or the veil that covers the head, chest and, in some cases, the entire body. Last week, four women be ...

War Is Abortion: Pro-Life Christians Should Care About Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Brian Gorman ...

'Silence Is Betrayal:' Speaking Out for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian I march because of verses like Isaiah 1:17, which instructs us to, "learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." and Proverbs 31:8-9, ...

'Boots on the Ground'
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick Elder Seth Kershner As military recruiters gain a foothold in Christian school ...

Ground Operation
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

of Agriculture, half of current U.S. farmers are set to retire. Meanwhile, the 2.6 million soldiers deployed since ...

September-October 2014
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Issue

September, 2014 - October, 2014 Ground Operation September ...

Until We See Their Faces
Originally Posted: 08/01/2014 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, God calls us to love and show compassion to the stranger, particularly those who suffer. But first, they must become real to us. And there is nothing more viscerally real, per ...

Behind #WeAreN: 'If One Group Is Marked, We're All Marked'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

A Muslim movement that says, “We are all Christians,” is subversive in the most daring of ways. It taunts the Islamic State and says to suffering neighbors, “Doctrine aside, we see your humanity. You should no ...

Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

We have politicians who are mostly looking for opportunities to blame their political opponents, boost their own reputations, and protect business interests. As people of faith, we are called to speak the trut ...

Harassing the Drones
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

“The final perversion,” she concluded, “is the reversal of who is the real victim here: the commander of a military base whose drones kill innocent people halfway around the world, or those innocent people the ...

World War I at 100: New Books Examine the Battle of Beliefs Behind the 'Great War'
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Some called it “The Great War.” Others called it “The War to End All Wars.” History proves it was neither. Some called it “The Great War.” Others called it “The War to End All War ...

Pope Francis Appeals for Peace with Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

As Israel continued its ground offensive into the Gaza Strip, Pope Francis urged Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to end the spiraling conflict. ...

What I Said To Syrian Refugee Women
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Press

July 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Lynne Hybels ...

Silence for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Blog

I met Dr. Iva Beranek the summer of 2004, during the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Pilgrimage for Reconciliation journey through Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia. Having come of age in Vukovina, just outside of the Croatian capital city of Zagreb, during ...

Bowe Bergdahl and the Voice of War
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

We can choose not to listen to war, and act on this choice. During my recent visit to Gangjeong, on Jeju Island, South Korea, where a protest community has struggled for years to ...

A National Shame
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ruby Sales Susan Smith Police killing of black people is not a black problem. It is an ...

The Momentum of Peace
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Gopar Tapkida Christians and Muslims in Nigeria suppot interfaith efforts for reconciliation. THE VIOLENCE AN ...

'War is Terrorism'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice The targeting of tens of thousands of civilians was a barbaric act. ONE DAY, WHEN I was a student at ...

Sacrificing Our Sons and Daughters
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

On our U.S. currency are inscribed the words: “In God, we trust.” Many of us have believed that those words referred to trusting in the God of Abraham. But I am convinced that there is another word that is imp ...

Iraq: Humility Is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

America is stunned by what is happening in Iraq right now, and happening so quickly. We may be facing the worst terrorist threat to international security so far — despite all we have done and sacrificed. Both ...

The New Normal?
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

is a freshman at Seattle Pacific University where a 26-year-old with a shotgun recently killed one and injured ...

The Lunacy of a Nation
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

A tragedy is when something happens that no one could have helped: an accident, a natural disaster, a crime that could not have been foreseen or prevented. On June 10 , Emilio ...

COMMENTARY: What Power Madness Has Done to Women — and Men
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

We have weapons, and, in our brokenness, we tend to use whatever weapons we think will work. We have weapons, and, in our brokenness, we tend to use whatever weapons we think will ...

A Prayer for the Nation on the Event of Another Shooting
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 7:56am | Type: Blog

Good and Gracious God, Yet again, our nation grieves. Yet again, the life of a child has been cut dreadfully short. Good and Gracious God, Yet again, our nation grieve ...

Seattle Pacific Shooting Hero Hopes Shooter Finds 'the Grace of God'
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Jon Meis, the first person to respond to the campus shooting at Seattle Pacific University, released a statement this morning. Jon Meis, the first person to respond to the campus ...

Pope Francis Calls for 'Courage' Toward Peace Between Israel, Palestine
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis dived into the Middle East peace process on Sunday, urging the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to act with courage and end what he called the “spiral of hatred and violence” during a historic p ...

#SurvivorPrivilege
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

In his opinon column published on June 6, George Will suggests that colleges have "become the victims of progressivism." In his opinon column published on June 6,  Geor ...

We Need to Talk About Mental Health
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

One in four individuals will suffer with a mental health issue in a given year — and that these statistics can often be our friends, family, or ourselves. Conversations about the ...

Remembering D-Day: Sacrifice, Gratitude, and Lessons Learned
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

My father and his young friends believed they were trying to stop an enormous evil from talking over the world, and most of them enlisted. My dad’s story in the Pacific, and the stores of those who went to Eur ...

To the Women of Syria
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I wish I could end the war ravaging your country. I wish I could sit beside you on a cushion on ...

Pastor Says Released Soldier Has Mental Toughness to Recover
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The newly freed soldier who spent nearly five years in captivity in Afghanistan has the mental and physical toughness to survive the experience, his former pastor said. The newly ...

Renewed Hope: Pope Francis' Prayer at Bethlehem Separation Wall
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

The most iconic moment during the Pope’s visit to Bethlehem did not take place in the Manger Square, nor the Nativity Church. It took place next to the Separation Wall. Recently I ...

Japanese-American Human Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama Dies at 93
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Japanese-American Human Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama Dies at 93 Yuri Kochiyama, a Japanese-American human rights activist, died on Sunday at the age of 93. Kochiyama's fami ...

Remembering Tiananmen
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

We’re commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square this week. The question is whether anyone remembers. China’s rulers have worked hard for the past 25 years to wipe this memory card ...

Author and Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Maya Angelou, a renowned author, poet and civil right activist, has died at 86. Angelou, know for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, also authored six other autobiographies along with numerous ...

The Questions We Don't Ask On Memorial Day
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Press

May 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Questions We Don’t Ask on Memorial Day
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

On Memorial Days I always end up listening to the many stories from the families who lost their most beloved ones and from the veterans whose eyes still tear up when they recall their dearest buddies lost on b ...

A Refusal to Hate: Tent of Nations Family Responds to Destruction of Farmland
Originally Posted: 05/26/2014 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

Early on May 19, military bulldozers, in violation of the laws of appeal, destroyed 1,500 fruit trees nearly ready for harvest in the valley below the Nassar dwellings. There was no warning of the impending de ...

Pasta and Peacemaking: Learning Nonviolence from My Kids
Originally Posted: 05/25/2014 - 7:09pm | Type: Blog

A big part of maturing is learning how not to be driven by our emotions — how to respond thoughtfully, rather than reacting emotionally. If this is hard for me as an adult, it's understandable that my 8-y ...

COMMENTARY: In Bethlehem, Pope Francis Can Show His Support for Peace, Justice
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

The visit of Pope Francis to Palestine has turned into an enormous opportunity for His Holiness to reaffirm his commitment to peace and justice in a land that so desperately craves these things. ...

Vatican Says No Movement (Yet) on Sainthood for Oscar Romero
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Despite fevered speculation in the media and across Latin America, the Vatican says Pope Francis has not advanced slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero toward sainthood — at least, not yet. ...

Multi-faith Group Backs US Bipartisan Support For Persecuted Middle East Christians
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 8:20am | Type: Press

May 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Ecumenical News International ...