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Nigerian Christians Begin Three-day Fast After Schoolgirls Kidnapped
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

Christians began a three-day prayer and fasting period after Islamist Boko Haram militants kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria and desperate parents joined the search in a remote forest. ...

Papa Don't Preach — But Family-Friendly Work Policies Would Be Nice
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

To be sure, growing up in a two-parent family is a child's best hedge against poverty , not only in America but in the other OECD countries as well (even Switzerland). But the reality is that a high perce ...

I Believe You: Sexual Violence and the Church (PDF)
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Product

Catherine Woodiwiss Jim Wallis Sojourners Editors ...

Four Reasons Men Need Paternity Leave
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

I thought I would offer a few specific reasons why it is important for men to take the time to be with their partners — to be present at their children’s births and during those first weeks or months, whenever ...

Protecting the Innocent
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels These desperately poor children are sacrificed to the sex trade's insatiable hunger. AN UNQ ...

10 Ways to Fight Sex Trafficking
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

If we are serious about ending the sex slave trade we will need to address some serious issues within every nation in the world, particularly those with male-dominated societies that promote male aggression, p ...

Who Is Your Woman of Faith?
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Women of faith have moved hearts, minds, and mountains. They have changed the world by their faithful witness – and changed lives. Through our Women and Girls campaign, Sojourners is working to gather and lift ...

Rachel Held Evans: Saying the Things Pastors Can't
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

“I can say things on the blog that pastors can’t say from the pulpit,” Rachel explained, adding that she tries to position the blog as a community where people can safely engage in conversation about things th ...

The Women Of Faith Factor In 'Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius'
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Press

March 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Emily Baxter ...

The Sexist Effects of Sexting the Biblical Text
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

The scriptures reveal that gender justice was self-evident, implicit, and most importantly, a consistent counter-cultural presence in the words and deeds of Jesus. Sexting is ...

The Women of Faith Factor in 'Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

As we near the March 25 arguments in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, it can feel as though men have the monopoly on religious activism in America. After all, 38 protestant theologians signed on to an amicus brief sug ...

Women's Unfinished Journey
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 6:38am | Type: Blog

However you fall on the optimist/pessimist scale, it is safe to say that women’s place in the world is still highly tenuous. Editor's Note : This post is an excerpt from ...

There Is No Room for Love In Judgment and Shame
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 6:16am | Type: Blog

I can’t stand how it makes me feel to judge and be judged. And I can’t stand how often it’s directed at women and men who live on the brink with their children churning in and out of poverty. ...

Mormon Women Seeking Priesthood to Be Shut Out of Temple Square
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Mormon women seeking tickets to the faith’s general priesthood session next month will not only be denied access to that all-male meeting, but also may be shut out of Salt Lake City’s historic Temple Square al ...

Banning Bossy?
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

There is a lot of conversation happening in the blogosphere around the movement by Sheryl Sandberg and friends to “ Ban Bossy ” Many women in leadership in faith circles can resonate with the sentiment of this campaign, as many faith-based institution ...

Twitter Conversation Responds to Myth That Clothing Encourages Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Pink princess pajamas. Jeans and a t-shirt. Sweatpants and a baggy sweater. When Twitter user Christina Fox (@Steenfox) asked her followers, “What were you wearing when you were assaulted?” some answered with ...

VIDEO: The Real-Life Vicar of Dibley
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Rev. Joy Carroll Wallis, one of the first women ordained in the Church of England, is the real-life vicar of Dibley. ...

Does Mormon Modesty Mantra Reduce Women to Sex Objects?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

When Mormon leaders sense a decline of moral standards in the world, they roll out sermons on modesty. When Mormon leaders sense a decline of moral standards in the world, they ro ...

V-Day: Speak Out on Violence Against Women -- From the Pulpit
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 5:15pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Conservative Leader Bill Gothard on Leave Following Abuse Allegations
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Bill Gothard, an Illinois-based advocate for home schooling and conservative dress and who warned against rock music and debt, has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of sexually harassing wo ...

Update: Bob Jones University Rehires Firm Hired to Investigate Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

After firing an independent watchdog group to investigate allegations of sexual abuse on campus, Bob Jones University has rehired the same group, one month before the findings from a 13-month review were sched ...

Paying It Forward Ends Up Paying It Backward Too
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

My dear body has been a relentless teacher. Sheʼs a megaphone for what matters and sheʼs a barometer for when I forget. Sheʼs my home on the earthly adventure my soul longed to explore. She lets me take a crac ...

Dear Feminism, Let's Talk About Religion
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:38pm | Type: Press

February 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Caryn Riswold ...

How Not to Raise a Daughter
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

This week I caught myself doing something that has the potential to harm my daughter more than being drenched in pink and purple for the next 18 years ever could. I became a mom f ...

An Open Letter to Christian Men (From One of You)
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Christian men - males who are caught up in the ancient, raw, and radical Jesus movement, this is to you: It's high time we say something. Christian men - males who are caught ...

Saint Valentine Was Single
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

This week the country is celebrating Valentine’s Day, and it reminds me of all my friends who are still single. Out of all of them, I only know a few who actually enjoy being single. ...

V-Day: Speak Out on Violence Against Women — from the Pulpit
Originally Posted: 02/13/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

We speak out because one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. That’s one in three women in my family, in my circle of friends, in my workplace — and in my church. ...

Evangelical Women Look Beyond Bible Study to New Causes
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

If past conferences such as Women of Faith drew thousands of evangelical women to indoor stadiums for devotional Bible study, a new generation of evangelical women is looking outward and concerned with issues ...

Is Religion the 'Biggest Problem' Facing Feminism Today?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Despite the efforts of churches and faith-based non-profits to eradicate sex trafficking, domestic abuse, and the poverty in which many of the world’s women are mired, what television viewers and blogs readers ...

Bob Jones University Fires Firm Hired to Investigate Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

Bob Jones University has fired an independent firm hired to investigate sex abuse reports just one month before the group planned to release its 13-month review findings. Bob Jone ...

Empowering Women Empowers Us All
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Sex and Violence Go to Church: Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

What’s at stake in this conversation is whether Christians — and I think this is a call to American Christians in particular — whether American Christians are willing to dismantle a long-held justification for ...

Ending the Demand for Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Do you know that human trafficking is defined as “modern day slavery” because it controls a person through force, fraud or coercion — physical or psychological — to exploit the person for forced labor, sexual ...

Half the Sky
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 5:36pm | Type: Product

Nicholas D. Kristof Sheryl WuDunn ...

Some Protest, Others Celebrate Roe v. Wade with Festive Meals
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Arriving home from school on Jan. 22, 1973, Mary Wissink noticed her mother was unusually animated. Arriving home from school on Jan. 22, 1973, Mary Wissink noticed her mother was ...

A Big Thank You to the Heroines in our Lives
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

Women do a lot of work: Moms, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, daughters, wives, teachers, coaches, and any additional caregiving, mentoring position that fills in our lives. Take a moment to pause and reflect ...

'Flowers in the Attic' and Women on the Brink
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

The statistics are staggering — two-thirds of minimum wage jobs are held by women, yet 40 percent of households with children under 18 have a woman as the sole or primary breadwinner. ...

Empowering Women Empowers Us All
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

There is one report that has particularly fascinated me — and many others — as it describes how women have been struggling the most against poverty in the United States. Watching ...

Religion, Scripture, and the Value of Women
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

One of the most eye-catching article headlines for me in reading the report was “ Are Women Devalued by Religions?” In the article, sister Joan Chittister remarks on how our assumptions about religion influenc ...

In the War on Poverty, Women Need a Boost
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

A recent report on the needs of women in the economy revealed that one of every three women in America is living in poverty or is on the brink of poverty. Sojourners campaigns ass ...

Swept Under the Rug
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Today churches are often rocked with sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by priests and clergy. Yet, sexual harassment and abuse to clergy, specifically clergywomen, is often swept under the rug. ...

Year of the Woman
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

With women’s issues dominating so many of the headlines in 2013, how will we continue the conversation in 2014? The year 2013 may well come to be known as the Year of the Woman. ...

VIDEO: Lifting Up Women's Voices
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Learn more about the Sojourners Women and Girls (SWAG) work. For far too long, women have been tr ...

January 2014 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Product

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And Now, the Rest of the Story
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels For years, Charlene's face haunted me and compelled me to action. A FEW YEARS ago in this c ...

Revealing an Often Unseen New York City
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

From school to dance class to home, Dasani feels the weight of poverty and an unstable family. “She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside he ...

The Sounds of Silencing—And Speaking Out
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Angela Kissel Her pastor told her it was 'against scripture' for females to preach. When furlough ...

Nineteen Percent? A Problem That May Already Have a Proven Solution
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

Some conference organizers embrace that God originally charged women and men to lead together. And they believe that Christ’s work on the cross has destroyed the curse that’s led to systemic patriarchy — howev ...

Only 19 Percent Are Women
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Last week, a controversy erupted over Twitter when it came to light that a prominent evangelical conference with 110 speakers only had four women on stage. Last week, a controvers ...

Church of England paves the way for women bishops
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England’s governing body has approved new proposals that would allow women bishops to be ordained by this time next year. The Church of England’s governing body has ...