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An Inauguration Pilgrimage: Dreams From My Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We waited for 30 minutes. Standing, awkward, we looked up at the board. When I arrived at Penn Station the board said train #167, enroute to Washington D.C., "25 mins late"... Five minutes l ...

More About Bishop Robinson's Lost Inaugural Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am thankful that <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/2009/01/21/bishop-robinsons-lost-prayer/">Cathleen Falsani's blog post included the text of the prayer given by Bishop Eug ...

Inaugural Week Meditation: So Happy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'm 52, and I've had a great first half-century of life (and am looking forward to the next). But this inaugural week I feel an extraordinary happiness. Younger people can understand it to a ...

The Obama Inauguration: A Singular and Unique Event
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The inauguration of President Barack Obama was a singular and unique event. I intend an emphatic redundancy. It was much much. Very very. Amazing.</p> The inauguration o ...

Bishop Robinson's Lost Prayer at the Inaugural Kick-off
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sunday afternoon, I sat in front of the TV with a box of tissues and watched every second of the "We Are One" concert at the Lincoln Memorial live on HBO.</p> ...

International Inauguration Congratulations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

What an amazing and inspiring event. Our TV networks had the event 'live' so we could share this moment with the citizens of the USA! What an amazing and inspiring event ...

What Kind of Love Can Really Change the World?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

(the pledge of allegiance, not the Obama song) so it is not important to me because I am a 12 year old ... by a white man (the pledge of allegiance, not the Obama song) so it is not important to me because I am a 12 ...

Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president. The day after the inaugur ...

Police Violence Undercuts Pundits' 'Post-Racial' Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Orleans, on that same night, another black man, Adolf Grimes III, was shot in the back 12 times by police ...

Look Who's Praying at the Inauguration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop.</p> <p>The first female president of the Disciples of Christ.</p> The first openly gay Episcopal bishop. The first fem ...

Video: My Son Met Barack Obama at Ben's Chili Bowl
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last Saturday our family and a couple of friends decided to drop into <a href="http://www.benschilibowl.com/">Ben's Chili Bowl</a> for a quick bite to eat before heading down to the ...

Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

is littleroundtop Being Mindful of Our Blessings http://blog.sojo.net/2008/12/24/4916 Your ballots ... in the trenches http://blog.sojo.net/2008/12/24/christmas-in-th... In Support of Rick Warren http://blog.sojo.net/2009/01/05/in-support-of-r... Struggling with Tolerance http://blog.sojo.net/2008/12 ...

Natural Disaster or Natural Opportunity?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This week, for the second time in a few years, I found myself walking the streets of a city talking to pastors and people about how Mission Year could help them recover from a devastating storm.</p ...

Suffer the Little Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When Jesus said, <a title="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2019:14;&amp;version=9;" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2019:14;&amp;version= ...

Audio: Taking 'Change We Can Believe In' to the Next Level
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

our 'bailout', in the form of our redemption (Heb 9:12). We didn't deserve it, ... 'immigrants' have the desire to pursue this citizenship with 'fear and trembling' (Phil 2:12 ... our 'bailout', in the form of our redemption (Heb 9:12). We didn't deserve it, ...

Racial Reconciliation: A Necessary Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. Through books he read and conversations he had with A ...

Come to the MLK Day Open House at Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Right now at Sojourners we are feeling the energy of all the activities planned around the inauguration-the concerts, worship services, <a href="../../../mlk">MLK day of service</a>, and ...

This Feels Like Family: The Obama Inauguration and Beyond
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As my mother and I prepare to "Thelma and Louise-it" to travel to Washington for the Obama inauguration, my excitement is tempered with anxiety. As my mother and I prepa ...

My Obama Inauguration Benediction: A Singular Moment in Time
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

You would think attempting to summarize my feelings on having been asked to deliver the Benediction at the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama-would be simple. In fact, it's quite a challenge; gi ...

In Zimbabwe, a Picture is Worth One Hundred Billion Words
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A friend sent me these pictures, and they capture the reality of mind-boggling inflation in Zimbabwe!</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p> ...

Giving Your Shirt for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the February issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=mother-liberia" href="../../../ ...

Hope for Troubled Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Where would we incarcerate 12 milion people, if we could round them all up? One congressman--Rep. ... Where would we incarcerate 12 milion people, if we could round them all up? One congressman--Rep. ...

MLK and the Mountain Moving Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>This post was Jim Wallis' contribution when invited to write a guest post on the blog for <a href="http://usaservice.org/blog">USA Service</a>, a campaign to encourage nati ...

Creating a New American Ethos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. America has come from Native American genocid ...

Women Missionaries Who Can't Preach at Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Do you have family or friends on the mission field who are women? How many of them preach, teach, and exercise their gifts of leadership beside men on the mission field? Do you ha ...

Nonviolence Begets Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The dynamics of "violence begets violence" are simple and probably understood by everyone who has ever been in a fight. The dynamics of "violence begets violence&qu ...

Crossing the Line Between Legitimate Criticism and Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

claiming anyway? If it is the land of the 12 tribes, when will the land east of the Jordan be claimed? ...

MLK Day Altar Call to Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the Presidential Inauguration Committee announced that the annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be an official part of the inauguration activities. ...

Child Tax Credit: Better Late Than Never
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

is not the Christian's standard of living but the standard of giving. Duhsciple See Luke 12:13-21 for a story See Luke 12:13-21 for a story told by Jesus about a man who thought that he was the owner instead ... is not the Christian's standard of living but the standard of giving. Duhsciple See Luke 12:13-21 for a story ...

Release Your Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When we think of megachurches, very often we imagine large evangelical congregations-numbering in the thousands, located in the United States. When we think of megachurches, very ...

Make Sure that Our Country Does Not Become Detroit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Yesterday, Barack Obama told the leaders of the Congress that th ...

In Support of Rick Warren
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

to others as you would have them do to you" (Matthew 7:12). It does not say: "In everything ... as you would have them do to you" (Matthew 7:12). It does not say: "In everything except ... would have them do to you (if you were in their position)" (Matthew 7:12). What position can ...

My Four Weeks in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. As ...

An Atheist's Praise of Evangelism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew Parris is a self-confessed atheist, but he writes with extraordinary candor and insight about the role of faith in social transformation in a recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

Verse of the Day: 'Must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats: Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must A ...

This Is Not About the Economy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Made you look. Anyway, the world economy continues to spin downward despite my previous column on the subject, which was int ...

It's the Equality, Stupid
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert S. McElvaine The financial crisis. ... that quaint period, the thirties, when the huge middle class ...

The Poverty Pulpit
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Amy Spaulding In September, hundreds of churches nationwide joined in ...

Dear President Obama
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Marian Wright Edelman Elizabeth Edwards ...

Being Mindful of Our Blessings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During this time of Advent, a season of cheer and joy, there are people who do not have much in economic standings or bank balances to be cheerful or grateful for. During this tim ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own</em></em> Charlie Brown Christmas <em><em>spec ...

My Advent Calendar: December 24
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> The Christmas Eve window hid a picture of the baby Jesus with his ar ...

Palestinian Christians Still Waiting for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

of 12? Just perused through either Just perused through either Newsweek or Time and read about ... of 12? Just perused through either Just perused through either Newsweek or Time and read about ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

My Advent Calendar: December 23
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a> This morning's window opened to a picture of Joseph, Mary's husband and Jesus' earthly father.</p> ...

Will Obama Spell Justice Outside of the U.S.?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

More people around the world will watch Barack Obama's inauguration than any other presidential inauguration in history. More people around the world will watch Barack Obama& ...

Struggling with Tolerance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

(Proverbs 12:18) I gave back your point . I gave back your point . Don, I wonder how many ...

2008: Cinema in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Looking back on the year's movies, I'm struck by how many of my favorites featured the theme of family and community -- perhaps this reflects only my current personal concerns, or maybe there's ...

My Advent Calendar: December 22
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As the days grow shorter, darker, and colder, our longing for the light intensifies. In these length ...

My Advent Calendar
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Diana's Advent reflections will conclude next week.</p> ...