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Islamic State’s Sophisticated Recruiting Campaign Poses Persistent Threat in U.S.
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

The campaign is finding resonance from urban metros to the American heartland. The arrests of six Minnesota men accused earlier this month of attempting to join the Islamic State ...

Christian Leaders Voice Support for Iran Framework Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

I urge you to prayerfully consider adding your own voice in support of the diplomatic process and share the opportunity with others. Read it, discuss it in your churches, and add your name. This is a historic ...

One Year Later, Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Still Missing
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

One year after the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by terror group Boko Haram, more than 200 kidnapped children remain missing. One year after the kidnapping of 276 Nigeri ...

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

Should we give this hope for peace a chance? I believe Christians should answer yes. Here’s why. For Christians, Easter is not just a day — it is a season, and, indeed, a way of l ...

Preliminary Deal on Iran Nuclear Program Reached
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

The United States and Iran agreed to a preliminary deal on Iran's nuclear program today. The United States and Iran agreed to a preliminary deal on Iran's nuclear progra ...

Vietnam Agonistes
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright The battle for hearts and minds continues, 50 years later.  THIS YEAR MARKS multiple 50th ann ...

Anti-Semitism in U.S. Spikes After a Decade of Decline
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 6:17pm | Type: Blog

Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked 21 percent last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked 21 percent last year, according ...

Americans of Faith Must Reconsider Stands on Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Today, Thurlow and other survivors travel the globe, sharing their stories with a new generation for which nuclear weapons are an afterthought. Setsuko Thurlow was 13 when “progre ...

Is God the Biggest Serial Killer of All Time? A Response to the Friendly Atheist
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

For Christians, the Bible is important in the sense that it points to Jesus as the ultimate revelation of God. Who is God? The Christian answer isn’t found in random passages of the Bible. It’s found in Jesus ...

The Power of Peacebuilding
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright A military-only strategy won't defeat ISIS, and may even make things worse.  THE PEACE M ...

Resisting ISIS
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Maria J. Stephan Surprisingly, acts of civil resistance in Syria and Iraq have shown success against the so-called Islamic State.  ...

April 2015
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:46am | Type: Magazine Issue

April, 2015 Resisting ISIS April 1, 2015 ...

Nonviolence in the Face of ISIS?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

One thing is for sure: It’s impossible to argue for nonviolence using the violent logic of Empire. Those of us who are committed to the nonviolent way of Jesus simply can’t explain our conviction in terms that ...

Interrupting Death: Women and Capital Punishment
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Only 15 women have been executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976. For two death penalty cases involving women to make the news in the same week is unprecedented – but it’s happ ...

5 Things to Know About ISIS and the Theology of Evil
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

While Bill O’Reilly rightly condemns ISIS as evil, he frames the conflict as a “holy war” that ISIS is waging against the West, Christians, and anyone else who does not share ISIS’ extreme views. ... While it ...

Bugsplat
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

Bugsplat is software used to calculate and reduce the death of innocent people in drone strikes. It's also how Predator drone operators talk about the people whom the American military kills in these miss ...

4 Questions to Ask Before We Wish Death Upon ISIS
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

(Matt. 26:53) Thousands of angels. Has Jesus suddenly lost his omnipotence and strength? Is he ...

The Front Page Rule
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

It brings home a core fact about drones: that you can't surrender to a drone. Enemy soldiers, and people merely suspected of being, or intending to become, enemy soldiers, are killed at home gardening, or ...

Why I’m Giving Up Peace for Lent
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

To wage peace, we must first (and continually!) wage war on the evil within that keeps us from embracing our vocation as ambassadors of reconciliation (II Cor 5). The violence of ...

Drones Make War Too Easy, Too Remote, Faith Leaders Say
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

For the Obama administration and the Bush administration before it, drone strikes kill terrorists before terrorists can kill innocents, and the strikes keep American soldiers out of harm’s way. ...

Kayla Mueller's Words on Faith from Captivity
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

government confirmed that 26-year-old Kayla Mueller, a captive of ISIS since August 2013, has died. While ...

Obama Compares ISIS to Crusades, Inquisition, Slavery, and Jim Crow. Was He Right?
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Christians should not be insulted by the facts of history. Rather, all of us should be inspired by them to recognize the dangers of extremism — wherever they lie. The conservativ ...

The NFL’s Chilling New Anti-Domestic Violence Ad Will Make You Stop and Listen
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

After the high-profile domestic violence cases of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, the NFL is speaking out with a new Super Bowl Ad. After the high-profile domestic violence cases o ...

What Christian Ethics Demands, But Most Christians Have Yet to Seriously Try
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The concrete victories of modern nonviolent campaigns, the devastating destruction of ongoing violent campaigns, and the moral demands of Christian faith all focus a clear imperative. It is time for the Christ ...

The Boy Who Did Not Come Back from Heaven
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

In 2010, the book, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, was released. At the time, I believe I gave this news about 0.3 percent of my attention, and 0.1 percent was spent lamenting terrible theology prevalent in ...

A Future in Prison
Originally Posted: 01/23/2015 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

In the U.S., the criminal justice system disproportionately incarcerates people of color for petty offenses. Many take plea bargains under threat of excessive, punitive sentences. If I were a young black male, ...

Je Suis... [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 11:58am | Type: Press

January 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Je Suis … [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris
Originally Posted: 01/15/2015 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

While the tenet of freedom of speech has been invoked throughout the media coverage of the attacks, the religious implications here run much deeper. They are about how we in the faith community should respond ...

Which Terrorism Matters?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

It is not primarily American or European citizens who are losing their lives and livelihoods in the global terror epidemic. The narrative of the “Global War on Terror” has been sh ...

The Tragedy of Self-Appointed Prophets
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

I don't think the world needs more armchair advocates … especially when our arguing or defending leads to the fracture of real-life relationships. I’m not saying we all need to passively waltz around the ...

Charlie Hebdo: Comedy As an Act of Courage
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

On a recent episode of The Daily Show, however, he took a more sober tone when talking about the slaughter in the headquarters of the French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo. One comment in particular that he ma ...

Muslims on Edge after Paris Terrorist Attack on Satirical Magazine
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Europe is no stranger to terrorist attacks. Bombings in Spain and Britain killed and injured hundreds of people a decade ago. Algerian Islamists also targeted France in the 1990s. ...

Shooting in Paris: 12 Dead After Attack on Satirical Magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

Armed with AK-47s and a rocket-launcher, three masked attackers opened fire in the office of a French newspaper, killing two police officers and ten staff. Armed with AK-47s and a ...

Terrorism 'Insurance' Expires
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

The Terrorism RIsk Insurance Act expired January 1. In 2002, at a time when insurance providers were unwilling to provide coverage for losses resulting from acts of terrorism, a ...

The Subversive Peace of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/24/2014 - 10:45am | 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 - 2:29pm | 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 - 11:56am | 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 - 10:42am | 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 - 11:22am | 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 - 3:14pm | 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 - 11:55am | 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 - 8:26pm | 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 - 2:56pm | 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 - 3:22pm | 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 ...

Elevating the Issues: Mass Incarceration
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 3:16pm | Type: Product

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'Peace, Peace.' But For Whom?
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 10:05am | 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 - 12:39pm | 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 - 3:50pm | 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 - 11:48am | 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 - 4:20pm | 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 ...