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The Emptiness of Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 4:41pm | 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 - 11:46am | Type: Press

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

Ask Congressional Candidates: More War or Less Hunger?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 11:00am | Type: Press

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

Defeating ISIS Till Take More than Military Action
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:20am | 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 - 10:22am | 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 - 3:32pm | 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 - 3:24pm | 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 - 4:10pm | 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 - 5:21pm | 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 - 9:23am | 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 - 9:07am | 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 - 4:48pm | 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 ...

Iraq: Humility is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Press

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

'Reconcile:' Interview with Peace Activist John Paul Lederach
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

I’ve had the chance to speak with author and international peace activist John Paul Lederach about his book, Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians. The book, updated from an earlier editio ...

Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Press

July 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Pentagon: Airstrike Kills Terror Leader in Somalia
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

The Pentagon on Sept. 5 confirmed that the leader of al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked organization in Africa, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia this week. The leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was targeted Sept. 1 in an airstrike that hit a vehicle and ...

A Teacher in Kabul
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

He isn’t sure what impact his actions have had. Zekerullah isn’t inclined to brag. But he surely has affected me. Here in Kabul, one of my finest friends is Zekerullah, who has go ...

Give Us New Eyes
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 12:09pm | 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 - 9:02am | 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 - 4:55pm | 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 - 11:34am | 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 - 10:34am | 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 - 10:26am | 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 - 9:59am | 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 - 3:19pm | 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 - 5:12pm | 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 - 4:46pm | Type: Press

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

'Silence Is Betrayal:' Speaking Out for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:37pm | 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 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

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

Ground Operation
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | 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 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Issue

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

Until We See Their Faces
Originally Posted: 08/01/2014 - 10:43am | 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 - 9:15am | 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 - 2:56pm | 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 - 4:20pm | 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 - 11:18am | 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 - 3:55pm | 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 - 3:39pm | Type: Press

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

Silence for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 9:31am | 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 - 2:23pm | 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 - 2:23pm | 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 - 10:06am | 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 - 10:06am | 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 - 12:32pm | 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 - 9:51am | 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 - 11:41am | 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 - 1:56pm | 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 - 4:46pm | 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 - 8:56am | 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 - 5:09pm | 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 ...