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Faith Leaders Call for Religious Protections Ahead of Gay Marriage Hearing
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

Arguments over how or whether believers must accommodate gay people have become a flashpoint in the culture wars and a source of political and legislative debates. As the U.S. Sup ...

What the Polish President Could Have Said About His Country’s Holocaust Complicity
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

President Bronislaw Komorowski castigated Comey for his “ignorance, lack of historical knowledge, and possibly large personal aversion” toward Poles. The director of the FBI stepp ...

Activists Demand Obama Appoint Envoy for Persecuted Middle Eastern Christians
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

“There is a moral imperative to do everything we can to advocate for imperiled religious minorities.” Beheadings, enslavement, kidnappings, and rape plague minority religious comm ...

Gay Marriage Fight Centers on What’s Best for the Kids
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

It is perhaps the most controversial component of the national debate over same-sex marriage: Who should raise children? It is perhaps the most controversial component of the nati ...

World Bank launches interfaith push to eliminate extreme poverty
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Press

April 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Heather Adams ...

Who Are the Best Justice Leaders We Need to Know?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

We need to you to nominate the best leaders that no one has heard of to attend The Summit . Last summer, Sojourners hosted The Summit: World Change Through Faith & Justice ...

World Bank Launches Interfaith Push to Eliminate Extreme Poverty
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

The World Bank is teaming up with global religious leaders in a 15-year effort to end extreme poverty by 2030. The World Bank is teaming up with global religious leaders in a 15- ...

Court Hears Arguments on Texas v. United States Injunction
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

A ruling is expected to be released within a few weeks but could come as early as this week. Hundreds of immigrants and advocates from across the country  gathered  in New Orlea ...

Pope Francis to Visit Cuba Before U.S. Trip
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in September, the Vatican said April 22. Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in Se ...

Crystal Cathedral Founder’s Memorial Covered by Crowdfunding Campaign
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

The GoFundMe appeal seeks $30,000 to establish a website, an archive of Robert Schuller’s work, and a broadcast of the funeral. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the “Hour of Power” re ...

Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question His Views on Gays
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Stanley said the award was causing too much strife within the Jewish community, and for the sake of his love for Israel, he would not accept it. Amid a heated debate over his voca ...

Poll: Americans Say There’s No Turning Back on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a landmark case on gay marriage, but most Americans already have made up their minds. The Supreme Court will hear arguments next ...

5 Lessons from the Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Until Finn, no American bishop had ever been forced from office (despite the terse Vatican announcement that he “resigned”) for covering up for a predator priest. When Pope Franci ...

Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn for Failing to Report Abuse
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an American bishop who was found guilty of failing to tell police about a suspected pedophile priest. Pope Francis has accepted the r ...

Al-Shabab Militants Create Chaos, Pain for Somalis
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Mohammed, 12, who works in a mosque to earn a living, had lived with his family in a town 19 miles from ...

5 Arguments to Watch as the Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

State bans on same-sex marriage have been justified based on judicial precedent, states’ rights, regulating procreation, optimal child-rearing, and centuries-old tradition. State ...

Half of U.S. States Consider Right-To-Die Legislation
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

More than a dozen states, plus the District of Columbia, are considering controversial medically assisted death legislation this year. More than a dozen states, plus the District ...

Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Tale Provides Cover for U.S.-Led Wars in the Muslim World
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

So long as the Americans expand their detrimental call for war in Muslim nations, Hirsi Ali’s place as an “informed” voice on Islam is secure. Controversial American author Ayaan ...

What One Person (or Two) Can Do in Transition Cultures
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

The one South African universally recognized Zulu word we needed is sawbona … a greeting in place of hello, which means appropriately “I see you”… and am willing to engage deeply. ...

Loretta Lynch Supporters Hold ‘Pray-In’ on Capitol Hill to Urge a Vote on Her Confirmation
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

African-American women of faith joined other women and political leaders in a “pray-in” on April 15 to call on Republicans to quit delaying the confirmation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. ...

Vatican Ends Controversial Investigation of U.S. Nuns with Olive Branch
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Both sides also reaffirmed a commitment to maintaining unity and keeping the faith and spiritual practices of the Catholic Church at the heart of their common mission. The Vatican ...

Canadian Supreme Court Rules Against Prayer at City Council Meetings
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

The court said a nondenominational prayer is still religious in nature and would exclude nonbelievers. Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that a small town in Quebec may not open it ...

Next Up at Liberty University: Jeb Bush
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

Jeb Bush will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University on May 9, becoming the second GOP presidential contender to speak at the Christian school this year. Jeb Bush ...

Panel Offers Pastors Advice on Becoming ‘Ministers of Reconciliation’ in African-American Communities
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:16pm | Type: Blog

Christian ministers should establish relationships with law enforcement, seek ways to become moral authorities in their communities, and listen. Christian ministers should establ ...

Report Counts Sharp Spike in Global Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:18pm | Type: Blog

(9 vs. 4), Italy (23 vs. 12), and Sweden (17 vs. 3). However, the highest number of violent cases ...

Pope Francis Throws the Weight of His Office Behind Tackling Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ...

Oklahoma Satanist Church Wants Permission to Distribute Books in Elementary School
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Adam Daniels, the church’s leader, said he wanted to give students a copy of “Ahrimani Enlightenment,” a primer and workbook normally given to new members of the church. Less than ...

Coercion or Persuasion? On Religious Liberty and LGBT Rights
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

The present tension between religious liberty and LGBT rights is unsustainable, but it is not insurmountable. The limiting of religious freedom is a perpetually contested question ...

Children of Holocaust Survivors More Anxious About Iran Nuclear Threat
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

A study by researchers at Bar-Ilan University has found that the adult children of Holocaust survivors are more fearful than their mainstream peers about the threat of Iran developing a nuclear weapon. ...

Lonely Widower Takes Lead in Landmark Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

1/2-hour round trip. “It was all about wanting to say, ‘I do,'” Obergefell says. “It would have ...

NJ Catholic School Teacher Reinstated After Anti-Gay Facebook Posts
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

with misinformation.” But on March 12, the day before Immaculata announced Jannuzzi’s suspension, Principal Jean ...

5 Things to Watch as the 2016 Campaign Gets Underway
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

As presidential candidacies multiply and campaigning accelerates, we can expect much tawdriness to occur. These are difficult times in American democracy. Money will pour into negative campaigning and ideological posturing. Lies will become the norm. ...

Religious Leaders Urge Sen. Marco Rubio to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:36am | Type: Press

where their next meal is coming from. Within the Hispanic community, more than 12.8 million people, ...

Religious Leaders Urge Hillary Rodham Clinton to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Press

April 12, 2015 ... RELEASE                                                                                                                       April 12 ... a Priority Washington, D.C., April 12, 2015 – As former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham ...

Religious Leaders Urge Sen. Ted Cruz to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:24am | Type: Press

March 27, 2015 Press Releases The Circle of Protection today asked Re ...

Religious Leaders Urge Sen. Rand Paul to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:18am | Type: Press

April 7, 2015 Press Releases As Sen. Rand Paul launches his president ...

U.S. Catholic Bishops Back Obama on Iran, Warn Congress Against Meddling
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Catholic bishops have welcomed the Obama administration’s tentative agreement aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The U.S. Catholic bishops have welcomed the Obam ...

Five Faith Facts About Marco Rubio: ‘Once a Catholic Always a Catholic’
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla,), who is expected to launch his presidential campaign April 13, often talks about faith and wrote about his religious convictions in his 2012 book, “An American Son: A Memoir.” ...

Faith communities, World Bank find extreme poverty a common foe
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Press

April 10, 2015 Sojo in the News Dennis Sadowski ...

More Than the Eye Can See
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

What we see in life is more than what the eye beholds. A person or circumstances right in front of us can be merely the surface of someone or something more profound. "We do ...

'Keep on Walking' to Justice
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

The message of Good Friday/Easter events in South Africa is always to “keep on walking” on the “Long Road to Freedom” — keep on marching no matter the odds. As with lady apostles on the way to the tomb or us a ...

5 Faith Facts about Hillary Clinton, Social Gospel Methodist to the Core
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

She was, is, and likely always will be a social-justice-focused Methodist. As she embarks Sunday on her 2016 presidential campaign, one facet of Hillary Clinton, 67, is unchanged ...

How religion became a destructive — and redemptive — force for ‘Black Lives Matter’
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Religious leaders and World Bank commit to ending extreme poverty
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 2:38pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Bani Dugal ...

The Long History of Sexual Baiting in America’s Effort to Extend Civil Rights
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

We cannot understand the new religious freedom law in Indiana and others like it apart from the highly sexualized backlash against America’s first two Reconstructions. From Ava Du ...

Army Chaplains Need Training to Help Suicidal Soldiers
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Chaplains who are part of the Army’s first line of defense against suicide say they need more training in how to prevent soldiers from killing themselves. Chaplains who are part o ...

Obama Backs Efforts to End Ex-Gay Therapy for LGBT Teens
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

President Obama is lending support to efforts to end “conversion therapy” that seeks to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian, and transgender youth. President Obama is l ...

Update: Open Letter to Franklin Graham
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

One month later, the open letter’s original team of writers, along with the Sojourners community, has been deeply encouraged by the broad support the letter has garnered. Thousands of faith leaders across the ...

‘Grace Notes:' The Quiet Unshakable Faith of Hillary Clinton
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

As one who has been on the receiving end of Hillary’s grace notes, I now find joy in places I once never even bothered to look. Late on a Saturday night in 2012, I received word f ...

A Historic Chance to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

The goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is now possible when it hasn’t really been before. But it will take all of us to accomplish it. We have a vision.   End extreme poverty ...