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Gabby Giffords Says Goodbye to Congress (for Now)
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 6:10pm | Type: Blog

On the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon, a year and 17 days after she was shot in the head by a would-be assassin's bullet, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords tendered ...

Iran: Ask Questions First
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 2002 and winter of 2003, a steady drumbeat of rhetoric and accusations from the Bush administration were leading the United States into war against Iraq. In the fa ...

Assessing the Afghanistan War
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 9:01pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few days, news sources have reported on a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan delivered to the White House in December. NIEs represent the consensus view of the CIA and 15 oth ...

U.S. Veterans Show Solidarity With Iraqi Restaurant
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

After vandals threw a 20-pound rock through the window of an Iraqi restaurant in Lowell, Mass., its owners, overwhelmed with fear at this unwarranted hate crime, came close to shutting its doors permanently. T ...

Return of the Drones
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 6:30pm | Type: Blog

Since mid-November, the CIA had not launched a drone attack against Pakistan. On Sunday, the New York Times front page prominently featured a story headlined Lull in Strikes by U.S. Drones Aids Militants. ...

Do Not Take Revenge, My Friends
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Shoulder to Shoulder's response to firebomb attacks in Queens, NY Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position ...

Iraq: It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 3:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The war in Iraq was fundamentally a war of choice, and it was the wrong choice. My son Jack was bo ...

Heeding the Bethlehem Call: Freedom Comes from Tenacity
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

If all who hear the “Bethlehem Call” respond then momentum will build for the liberation of all God’s children in the Holy Land. In preparing to leave for the Holy Land a few week ...

The War is Over. We're All Responsible.
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

A society in which the basic needs of people are met and they feel an ownership stake in their country will recover. It’s up to us. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once said about ...

The war is over. Lowering the flag.
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

Wars usually end in one of two ways – victory or defeat. The “official end” of the war in Iraq today was neither. ...

The war is over. Welcome home.
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

To loud applause, the president declared: "We’re here to mark a historic moment in the life of our country and our military. For nearly nine years, our nation has been at war in Iraq. … So as your command ...

In Memoriam for a Friend and Peacemaker: Scott Kennedy
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Scott never brought us together for himself; it was never about him, but always about being peacemakers for the sake of other people. But today we gather for Scott. He has brought us together once again, and w ...

The War is Over. Learn from the Sacrifice.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It does no dishonor to those who served to learn from the mistake that was made in starting an unnecessary war in Iraq. And, to realize that it is a mistake the U.S. continues to make. ...

How Evangelicals Are Learning to Be Pro-Palestine, Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace, Pro-Justice and Always Pro-Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

I am still pro-Israel, but I’ve also become pro-Palestine, pro-peace, and pro-justice and pro-equality for Jews and Arabs living as neighbors in the Holy Land. And the bottom line is always: pro-Jesus! ...

Egypt's Bumpy Road to Democracy
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Initial results from Egypt’s first round of elections produced an unexpectedly large showing for Islamists. Initial results from Egypt’s first round of elections produced an un ...

BREAKING: Prayers of the People for Virginia Tech Shooting
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Gunshots were reported near a parking lot on the Virginia Tech campus on Thursday, according to a Twitter alert issued by the school. The university later released a statement, clarifying some details and conf ...

Bring the Troops Home
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

President Obama’s announced plan has U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The American people, and now the U.S. Senate want them home sooner. As we watch the last U.S. troops leaving Iraq, there ...

A Stunning Victory
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 3:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

Phyllis Bennis U.S. troops will finally withdraw from Iraq -- but what about the contractors? NEAR THE END of ...

A Mason of Peace
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 3:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi An Arab Christian works -- person by person and block by block -- to bring Muslims and Christians together in Jordan. ...

Fierce For Peace
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 4:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Larisa Friesen Hall 'Does the bullet know Christian from Muslim? Does the bullet choose?' TWO LIBER ...

O Come Ye, O Come Ye to Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

What one quickly learns when visiting Bethlehem is that the political climate today is quite similar to the one that was prevailing during the time of Jesus. “O come ye, O come ye ...

A Photo Goes Viral, Enters History
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

There are photographs that have become part of our iconic memory. There are photographs that have become part of our iconic memory. Think of German shepherds straining at their ...

Faith On Foot at UC Davis: Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Thank you, Rev. Stoneking, for being a peacemaker and a comforter. Thank you for standing up for justice and mercy. Thank you for walking with grace. The video of police shooting ...

"Love Your Enemies" = "Don't Shoot Them, Either."
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

When Jesus said, “Love your enemies,” is it possible he also could’ve meant, “Don’t shoot them, either”? The House of Representatives just passed a law that would allow gun-ow ...

Seattle's 'Disastrous' Response to the '99 WTO Protests Is A Cautionary Tale for NYPD
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Writing in The Nation, Norm Stamper, who served as Seattle's police chief during the 1999 World Trade Organization protests, says his "disastrous response" a dozen years ago should have been a c ...

Egypt's Coptic Christian Community Faces Harsh Persecution
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

The Coptic Christian community in Egypt is facing harsh persecution. The Coptic Christian community in Egypt is facing harsh persecution. Just days before the country’s first d ...

Be A Good Neighbor to a Veteran
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

You might call yourself a pacifist, a just-war theorist, a pragmatist, a dove or a hawk but today (and every day), you should be a good neighbor to a veteran. The other week duri ...

When Soldiers Become Saints
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 1:04am | Type: Blog

was acclaimed Bishop of Tours on July 4, 370 CE, defending the faith until his death 26 years later. He died ...

Armistice Day/Veteran's Day: 11/11/11
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

I say if we are to truly honor veterans, we ought to remember and honor Armistice Day with the hope that we can bring an end to violent conflict within and between nations. Befor ...

Listening to Veterans
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:16am | Type: Blog

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Just Back from Kabul
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

During interviews with more than a dozen Afghan women leaders, researchers, international aid workers and former Afghan government officials, we learned of persistent dangers and threats to the country's ...

Harry and the Principalities
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 2:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

are marked with a passage (unidentified) from 1 Corinthians 15:26 (KJV): “The last enemy to be destroyed ...

Prayers and Support for Injured OWS Protester and Iraq War Vet Scott Olsen
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

The condition of former U.S. The condition of former U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, 24, who was badly injured when he was struck in the head reportedly by a project ...

News: Iraqi Troop Withdrawal Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

REUTERS/AP/NEW YORK TIMES: U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year's End, Obama Says REUTERS/AP/NEW YORK TIMES : U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year's End, Obama Says ...

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. to Withdraw Most Troops from Iraq by Year's End
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

After almost nine years and nearly 5,000 American fatalities, President Obama announced today that, "the coming months will be a season of homecomings. After almost ni ...

Crime, Forgiveness and Retributive Justice: A God's Politics Interview with Naseem Rakha
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

An eye for an eye, a life for a life. This is one way -- based, some argue, in scripture and biblical ethics -- that proponents of capital punishment justify the death penalty. ...

Afghanistan: A Decade of Life in the Midst of Conflict
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

a href="/sites/default/files/images/heather-in-afghanistan.jpg"> Asia is a living body, and Afghanistan its heart In the ruin of the heart lies the ruin of the body So long as the heart is free, t ...

Praying for Peace and Looking for Jesus at #OccupyWallStreet
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Afghanistan. Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Afghanistan. In ...

An Oldie but a Goodie
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:17am | Type: Blog

This poster originally appeared in the inaugural issue of The Post-American magazine in the fall of 1971. The Post-American was the original name of Sojourners Magazine. ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Digital Hootenanny
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | 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? ...

Yoga Sabbath: Shabbat Shal-OM.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:50pm | 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 ...

A Decade of War (and Football)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Let’s face it — while lawmakers are picking their own battles in Washington, they aren’t fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. Not to date myself, but I was in middle ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 4:55am | Type: Blog

On Sept. 30, the NYC General Assembly of #OccupyWallStreet -- organizers of the ongoing demonstrations in New York City's financial district against economic injustice that has spread to other cities acro ...

Lord, Have Mercy: Suicide Bomber Kills 75 in Somalia
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:02am | 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 ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Pivotal Church-State Case This Week
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:24am | 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 - 8:32am | 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 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

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

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Next Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 ye ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct. ...