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The Subversive Peace of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/24/2014 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

Jesus was born, he was killed, and he rose again to subvert the whole theological and political system of violence with God’s nonviolent love. He reveals the absurdity of believing that the means of violence c ...

Campfires of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Many events this year feel like they have sucked the hope right out of us. And yet, even in the midst of terrible events and stories, the possibilities of hope still exist depending on what we decide to do for ...

Your Story Stinks … Oh, and Peace on Earth
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

At this time of year, we hear verses and songs about peace on Earth. With so much war and acrimony in every nook of the world and cyberspace, this notion of peace can sound pretty absurd. ...

The Christmas Truce: A Lesson from 100 Years Ago
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

One hundred years ago, during the First World War, the Christmas truce took place between British, German, and French soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front. On Christmas Eve 1914, soldiers from opposin ...

Terrorists Win: 'The Interview,' North Korea, and the Tragic Irony of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

This conflict is fundamentally about violence. And the truth about violence is that it puts us all on the same level of morality. North Korea and the United States are enslaved to the same logic of violence. W ...

'Just War' Tradition Raises Disturbing Questions Regarding the Use of Lethal Drones
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people of faith who are not pacifists adhere to the “Just War” tradition as enshrined in international law, which assumes that war is always an evil, but that sometimes there is a greater evil that requir ...

The Torture Report: A Historical Perspective
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

This government transparency is new, but the sins are old. Sojourners has advocated for the end and exposure of U.S. torture techniques for years. Take a look at these Sojourners articles to learn more about t ...

Torture Report Reveals That Truth Trumps Lies
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 7:26pm | Type: Blog

The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report detailing the CIA’s brutal post-9/11 torture program is a watershed moment for the values of our nation. The release of ...

Grace-Filled Moments
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Cherie Araujo With gun violence on the rise in Indianapolis, local churches are responding with prayer and a ministry of presence.  ...

Leaders Across all Faiths Gather for Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

Last week, the campaign to end human trafficking took a large step forward. Religious leaders from the Christian Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox traditions joined with Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Muslim lead ...

'Peace, Peace.' But For Whom?
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Wherever peace is elusive, the first ones to suffer are the vulnerable. When I was living in China, taxis were a convenient and cheap mode of transportation. One time, our taxi ...

Obama Extends U.S. Combat Role in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

hashish while doing so. 3) On March 26, 2013 the village of Sajawand was attacked by joint Afghan—ISAF ...

Central African Republic Faith Leaders Wage Holy Peace
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

“When politicians wanted to use the religious fibers to divide the people, whether to maintain power or to conquer it, we stood up as if we were a single man to say ‘non’ to this war and ‘yes’ to peace.” ...

Shooting at Florida State University
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Early Thursday morning a gunman opened fire in a library at Florida State University, wounding three students before being fatally shot by police officers. Wielding a handgun, the shooter entered the library a ...

Why Peter Kassig Was the Islamic State’s Greatest Threat
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Abdul-Rahman Kassig, as he called himself after a conversion to Islam, was the greatest threat the Islamic State faced. He provided relief and comfort to those in need. He practiced mercy and compassion, and i ...

'You Are a Human Being'
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

The ways we reach out to God should be happy endeavors, but these ways can become bones of contention, especially if they’re deemed to be special or exclusive paths to God. I beli ...

The Oracle of Certainty: From Ancient Athens to ISIS
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

Though we no longer sacrifice to the gods or consult Oracles, I am afraid that we are still victim to the curse of knowing the end of things. I’m talking about the sense of inevitability that comes from politi ...

Running from ISIS
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

I found the courage and fortitude of these displaced Iraqi Christians inspiring. Despite the hardships they faced and the daunting challenge of creating a new life in a new land, they remain faithful. ...

This Veterans Day, Work for Peace
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

In the wake of the latest escalation of the U.S. “war on terror,” it’s time to remember the origin of Veterans Day. In 1926, Congress officially recognized the commemoration of Armistice Day on Nov. 11 with the exhortation, “the recurring anniversar ...

Voters, Not NRA Lobbyists, Win in Washington State
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

Washington voters made history by becoming the first state to expand background checks to all gun sales by popular vote. By strategically moving the fight for commonsense gun policies from gun lobby-dominated ...

Bonds of Brotherhood
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Dunn-Bauman How an act of hatred brought together two unlikely allies in the struggles for peace.  PAR ...

From the Archives: December 1990
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Sister Ita Ford Worth Living For THE ODDS that this note will arrive for your birthday are poor, but know tha ...

'Demilitarize the Police!'
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Across the country, police departments act more like an occupying army than keepers of the peace.  ...

Is Nonviolence a Solution to All the World’s Conflicts?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

While Gandhi and King were largely successful in their efforts, the question remains whether nonviolent resistance is always the most effective strategy in the face of radical evil, injustice, and aggression. ...

Unlocking the Answer to School Shootings
Originally Posted: 10/29/2014 - 8:01am | Type: Blog

Whenever these tragedies occur we are tempted to blame the shooter by making him into a monster. We label the shooter “mentally ill,” claim that he was isolated from his peers, or was a generally troubled yout ...

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 ...

WATCH: The Gun Conversation We Need to Have
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

While gun violence can happen anywhere, as Ottawa shows, it happens much more in the United States than any other developed country. Yesterday a gunman opened fire in Ottawa and k ...

Protecting God’s Children: How Gun Violence Impacts America’s Youth
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

In 2011 alone, 19,403 children were shot and 2,703 children and teenagers lost their lives to guns. That’s seven of America’s youth killed every day. Michael Brown. Sandy Hook. ...

Elevating the Issues: Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Product

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Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

“We’re compelled by our own spirituality, to keep speaking up and to keep getting people to know that silence is complicity. We have to speak out to say ‘Not in my Name.’” On Oct. ...

A New Afghan Generation Rises Against Violence
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

Most people outside Afghanistan are too far away to preoccupy themselves over what the former British envoy to Afghanistan called an ‘eye wateringly expensive exercise in military futility.’ ...

Religious Leaders Try to Cope with Islamic State Attacks
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — must be stopped. Their struggle is how best to do it. Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also kno ...

Why Do Westerners Join ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Why do they join? Is it religious devotion? Psychological imbalance? Tendency toward radical movements and anarchy? All of these motivations may play a part, but my argument is that these men and women who lea ...

ON Scripture: In Compassion and Sympathy, A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Christ-followers are given another angle of vision, another mirror into our souls, in the person of Jesus Christ. No passage of Scripture points more acutely to this image than one of this week’s lectionary te ...

In Compassion and Sympathy: A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

How then ought Christ-followers respond to the religiously inspired violence perpetrated by groups like ISIS/ISIL? I believe that Christ-followers, while denouncing all forms of violence—especially religious v ...

Muslim Scholars Tell Islamic State: You Don’t Understand Islam
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms. ...

Pope Francis Orders Accused Envoy Jozef Wesolowski Put Under House Arrest
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis had ordered the arrest of a former Polish archbishop accused of child sex abuse in the Dominican Republic because the case was “so serious,” the Vatican said Sept. 23. ...

How Christians Reject Jesus: On Violence and ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Many Christians look to the Bible to justify divinely sanctioned violence against our enemies. Excuse me for stating the obvious, but Christians are not Biblians. We are Christians. As Christians, we should be ...

The Emptiness of Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

The empty shoes came in all shapes and sizes — cowboy boots and sneakers, children’s sparkly shoes and women’s dress shoes. They filled step after step going up toward the entrance of the Wisconsin State Capit ...

Episode 51: Does the United States Have a Responsibility to Act Against ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Press

September 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrea Seabrook ...

Ask Congressional Candidates: More War or Less Hunger?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Press

September 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Stephen Padre ...

Defeating ISIS Till Take More than Military Action
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Press

September 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why I’m More Worried About Ebola Than ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

The headlines and talk shows are dominated by the response ISIS. To be clear, this group readily uses fanatical and brutal actions to achieve its radically exclusive vision. The images they skillfully project ...

Sandy Hook Dad on What You Can Do Right Now to Help Prevent Violence
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Press

June 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Rachel Marie ... http://rachelmariestone.religionnews.com/2014/06/26/sandy-hook-dad-can-right-now-help-prevent-violence/ Among the most difficult ...

War Is Not the Answer
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Murdered Nuns Laid to Rest in the Congo as Crime Investigation Continues
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Three elderly Italian nuns murdered in Burundi were laid to rest Sept. 11 in a Xaverian cemetery in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid heightened calls for action about their death. ...

War Is Not the Answer
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

I have always believed that any alternative to war must still address the very real problems at hand — just in a more effective way. To say that “war is not the answer” is not only a moral statement but also i ...

From 9/11 to ISIS: Resolving the Paradox of the U.S. War on Terror
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 8:23am | Type: Blog

It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It feels ...

President Obama's Remarks on the Threat of ISIL
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

The following are President Barack Obama's remarks, as prepared for delivery, on the threat of the ISIL, delivered on Wednesday evening. The following are President Barack O ...

Regensburg Redux: Was Pope Benedict XVI Right About Islam?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Eight years ago this Sept. 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism. It was an undiplomatic assertion, to say the least — e ...