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The Myth of Crying Rape
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Failure to recognize the sins of power and domination that influence the acts of violence against half of God’s creatures is simply bad theology. There’s a lot to be disappointed ...

Church of England Names Its First Woman Bishop; Libby Lane to Assume Historic Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Lane, 48, a mother of two and the wife of an Anglican vicar, will be consecrated as the eighth bishop of Stockport, in the Diocese of Chester, at a ceremony at York Cathedral on Jan. 26. ...

The Vatican vs. the Nuns: 3 Takeaways from the Vatican's Investigation of Women's Religious Communities
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

The 5,200-word report was largely positive, and participants at a Vatican news conference were even more effusive in their praise for each other, the process, the outcome, and prospects for future collaboratio ...

Australians Suggest Celibacy Played a Role in Clergy Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

The Roman Catholic Church in Australia acknowledged that “obligatory celibacy” may have contributed to decades of clerical sexual abuse of children in what may be the first such admission by church officials a ...

New Report Reveals Poor Responses to Sexual Assault at Bob Jones University
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

The school’s teachings on sin, forgiveness, discipline, and justice shaped how Bob Jones University responded to sexual assault, the report argues. An outside watchdog group hire ...

REPORT: Bob Jones University Failed to Support Sexual Abuse Victims for 40 Years
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

An alarming report released today reveals that Bob Jones University, a historically fundamentalist Christian college, failed to support nearly 40 victims of sexual abuse over four decades. ...

7 Concerning Pope Francis Quotes About Women
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis this month wanted to highlight his appointment of several women to a blue-ribbon theological commission, he called the female theologians “strawberries on the cake.” ...

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 ...

Pope Francis Joins Other Faith Leaders to Demand an End to Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

“Modern slavery … fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity,“ the joint statement said. Pope Francis and religio ...

Report: Solutions to Hunger, Poverty Must Focus on Empowering Women
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

This morning, Bread for the World, released the 2015 Hunger Report, When Women Flourish, We Can End Hunger. The comprehensive analysis focuses on the imperative role the empowerment of women and girls plays in ...

Faith Groups Take a Stand for Global Education
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

People of faith can play an important role in helping each child of God realize his/her potential. I remember the day my mother stopped helping me with my homework. I was in m ...

An Interview with Elaina Ramsey, Sojourners' Women and Girls Campaign Associate
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

Meet Sojourners' Women and Girls Campaign Associate, Elaina Ramsey Thanks to the support of our donors, activists, and subscribers, we are pleased to announce that we have hi ...

Pope Francis Launches New Panel to Speed Up Abuse Cases
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Nov. 11 created a new Vatican body to deal with the most serious cases of child sexual abuse and to streamline complaints against the clergy. Pope Francis on Nov. ...

Don’t Forget the Nigerian Schoolgirls, or Girls’ Education
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram is as much a threat to the women and girls of Nigeria as the Islamic State is to these same people in Iraq and Syria. And neither the U.S. nor the world can afford to allow one terrorist group to go ...

Domestic violence 'not in my church'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 1:30pm | Type: Press

October 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Beverly Weinhold ...

Evangelical Institutions Lag Far Behind General Marketplace in Leadership Roles for Women
Originally Posted: 10/22/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Looking at more than 1,400 evangelical organizations, researchers for the Women in Leadership National Study found that women held 21 percent of board positions, 19 percent of top-paid leadership roles and 16 ...

Seventh-Day Adventists to Decide in 2015 on Women’s Ordination
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

Seventh-day Adventists opted for a middle-way approach on the divisive issue of women’s ordination on Oct. 14, kicking the question to next year’s worldwide meeting without taking a firm stance either for or a ...

Hearing Tamar: The Role of Guns in Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

It is frightening to consider that within the context of violence against women, little has progressed since the time of the Old Testament. Currently, 1-in-3 U.S. women will experience intimate partner violenc ...

Many Protestant Pastors Don't Discuss Issues of Domestic Violence, Notes Study
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Press

October 2, 2014 Sojo in the News April Burkhart ...

Clergy Receive Training to Assist Domestic Violence Victims
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Press

October 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Heather Cobun ...

What’s So 'Domestic' About Violence?
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Domestic violence is also withholding money or limiting financial freedom. It is verbal assault. Domestic violence is hindering access to family and social circles. I carry a pur ...

'It Couldn't Happen Among Christians!'
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Woodiwiss Even after the Ray Rice video, churches are in denial about sexual violence.  WHEN IT COM ...

Churches must ‘address the spiritual and moral realities behind’ domestic violence, Moore says
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Press

October 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Barry Bolin ...

Why the NFL Is Better for Women than the U.S. Senate
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Maybe the only reason [Goodell is] attempting to implement changes is because of public pressure, the loss of public sponsorship, and the fact that his job is on the line. But at least Goodell cares enough abo ...

A Legacy of Praying Women
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Change is going to come, but not through politics, or legislation, nor the occasional controversy, like the firestorm that recently brewed in the NFL. Change comes through a collective value, a collective visi ...

How I Learned That Feminism Isn’t Disconnected From Faith
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

One of the most interesting conversations at the Berkley Center focused on the desire for power in feminist discourse. In some ways, the feminist aspiration for power in terms of fiscal gain only perpetuates t ...

In Church, A Taboo Topic
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 1:12pm | Type: Press

September 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Diane Jennings ...

Pastors See Domestic Violence as a Pro-Life Issue but Rarely Address It, New Study Says
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Press

June 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Anugrah Kumar ...

Report: Pastors Know about Domestic Violence, Keep Mum
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Press

June 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Heidi Hall ...

Survey: Domestic Violence Rarely Addressed
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Press

June 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Bob Smietana ...

Not Another Charity Case
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Press

July 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Ruth Moon ...

It's About More than Football
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:24am | Type: Press

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

The Church and Its Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Press

September 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

Pondering Churches' Responses to Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Press

June 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Phil Haslanger ...

Religious Leaders Must Break Their Silence
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 12:45pm | Type: Press

July 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

It’s About More Than Football
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

This epidemic is about so much more than Goodell, whose lack of leadership is typical in professional sports. It’s about more than one team, one league, or sports in general. When ...

Miss America, the NFL, and Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

Sunday night, 23-year old Kira Kazantsev proved two things when she was crowned Miss America for 2015. First, she can make a nationally television audience “happy” by using only a red plastic cup. Second, dome ...

New Jersey Nun on the Path to Sainthood
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

New Jersey is often dismissed as a cultural wasteland of traffic jams and suburban sprawl, mobster graveyards and lost dreams — source material for native son rockers like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. ...

Economic Equity and Gender Equality for South Africa: A New Agenda for a New Generation
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Press

September 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

#WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft Show the Many Faces of Abuse
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 7:42am | Type: Blog

This week, the Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of star running back Ray Rice after video of Rice beating his then-fiancée Janay emerged online. Rice had previously been suspended for two games for the ...

How Should We Respond to the Celebrity Photo Hacks?
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

When I was a university student, more and more people were getting cell phones that had cameras — a trend I only noticed when signs in the women’s locker room went up, warning that using cell phones in that sp ...

Cracks in the 'Stained-Glass Ceiling:' Women Reach Prominent Pulpits
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Chicago. New York. Washington, D.C. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in all these cities. Chicago. New York. Wash ...

Women's Equality Day: Our 5 Most Popular Posts in 2014 by Women
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

In honor of Women's Equality Day, we decided to round up our five most popular posts authored by women in 2014. Today, August 26, is  Women's Equality Day . The d ...

Traffickers Come in Many Forms
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

While entertaining, unfortunately, Taken dramatizes and stereotypes traffickers. Contrary to what's portrayed in popular movies, there are many types of traffickers beyond the stereotypical pop-culture sw ...

Human Trafficking: Community Is Essential
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

What does community look like when working on a social issue? Diedrich Boenhoeffer wrote about it. Pastors preach about it. Churches strive for it. Community . It is a co ...

Mommy, Minister, and Unmarried: Single Mothers in the Pulpit
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birthday and the tick-tock of her biological clock was getting hard to i ...

CCCU Names First Woman As President Following Controversial Firing Of Previous Leader
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Press

July 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

The Loophole That Allows Domestic Abusers to Have Guns
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, dangerous people with records of domestic violence, stalking, and aggression have no legal restriction keeping them from obtaining guns. Across the country, d ...

Turkish Official: Women Shouldn't Laugh in Public
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Many Turkish women were doubled over with laughter Tuesday after their country’s deputy leader said in a speech assailing “moral corruption” that women should not laugh in public and should not talk on their m ...

I Need Feminism Because ...
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

In a perfect world, women can choose to be whomever they want. But there is not yet a country on earth in which that is actually true. That is why we need feminism. So, #womenagai ...