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Diversity Within the Divine
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Genesis describes a creator who loves diversity and thinks that the many, many differences in our world are very, very good. In the story of Noah’s ark, the creator insists on a boat big enough to preserve all ...

'12 Years a Slave' — Could It Happen Again?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

and educational freedom for all can each of us remain free. I watched  12 Years ... of lucrative work and was kidnapped, transported to Louisiana, and sold into slavery. He was rescued 12 years ... their liberty and become slaves, as the film  12 Years a Slave  suggests? Most likely, Solomon Northrup hadn’t ...

An Open Letter to the Evangelical Church: I Am Not Your Punch Line
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

When family drama shows up in the church, it grieves me. It riles me up like nothing else does because it is in my identity as a Christian and Jesus-follower where I am all of who God created me to be and has ...

'12 Years a Slave' Creates 'New Space for Antebellum Storytelling'
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave sits within ... is exploded or re-imagined, only remixed to serve the present age. Steve McQueen’s  12 Years A Slave , ... astonishing about  12 Years A Slave  is the skill by which McQueen navigates the horror with the complex ...

Letters from a School Near MLK Street
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

understanding of profit. And for that, next turn to Luke 12:13 on. Class is in session. Rev. Jung Pyo ...

Education as an Exercise in Dominion
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Poorer communities — mostly black and Latino — have schools without books and fewer qualified teachers while richer communities — mostly white — have Olympic-sized swimming pools, AP and college-credit course ...

Myths We Live By? Voter Fraud & Jim Crow Dead And Gone
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:25pm | Type: Press

October 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Paul Louis Metzger ...

Asian-Americans Troubled by Stereotypes from White Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Asian-American Christians are voicing concerns over how they’re depicted by white evangelicals, most recently at a conference hosted by Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in California. ...

Broomfield Enterprise Letter To The Editor: Ayn Rand And The Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Press

October 13, 2013 Sojo in the News Loren Richmond Jr ...

Reading Scripture Through the Shutdown: A Voice for the Silenced
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

We serve a God who has put passion in the hearts of all of his children. If we silence even one of those voices we are missing out on a precious piece of God’s redemptive plan for this side of Eden. ...

The Church's Call in Educating Their Community's Children
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 8:22pm | Type: Blog

What is the call or consideration of the church to the topic of education? What role does the church have in the education of the community? I love October. As a teacher, it was t ...

How Can People of Faith Help Students Achieve Their Potential?
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

Children from all racial and economic backgrounds have God-given potential and are truly “made in [God’s] image and likeness.” If given the opportunities and support, they will achieve. ...

Church Partnerships Working to Stop School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

We know that the pipeline is undergirded by Zero Tolerance policies, mass expulsions, unprecedented school arrests, inadequate school funding, and myriad other unjust policies that either criminalize our child ...

WATCH: God's Justice Never Shuts Down — Jim Wallis on #FaithfulFilibuster
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks about the #FaithfulFilibuster outside the Capitol Building and offers a reading of his conversion text, Matthew 25. Jim Wallis talks about the #FaithfulFilibuster ...

A Strong Third Political Party for the Disaffected Middle?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

In a sense, we are being held hostage by our own democratic process, one that has assumed that having relatively opposing views on either side was sufficient to keep the wheels of government turning. But this ...

#FaithfulFilibuster: A Vigil Under the Dark Clouds of Washington
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

We're hearing lots of babble at the Capitol, but across the street, we're trying to hear the word of God — what God says about the people, families, and children who will suffer the most because of W ...

Faithful Filibuster: Christian Leaders Read Scripture, Exhort Congress to Care
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God,” read Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and one of several Protestant and Catholic leaders who gathered Wednesday to launch “Faithful Filibuster.” ...

Religious Leaders Stage 'Faithful Filibuster' In Hopes Of Ending Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 12:03pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Andrew Wittenberg ...

Government Shutdown May Drive More Young Christians Away From GOP
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 1:29pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Jonathan Merritt ...

Faithful Filibuster: Christian Leaders Read Scripture, Exhort Congress To Care
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Katherine Burgess ...

Join the Chorus: #FaithfulFilibuster's Message to Congress
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Faith leaders are asking people of faith to reach out to Congressional leadership. Join along with them to Tweet at those members of Congress with your message to them and hashtag #FaithfulFilibuster. ...

What If U.S. Christianity Needs More Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

While it seems millennials are walking out the front door of U.S. congregations, another group is knocking at the back door: immigrant Christians. Evangelicals around the country ...

#FaithfulFilibuster — A Vigil for the Poor
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

I’m standing in full view of the Capitol Building with a group of clergy and faith leaders who are here to offer a “Faithful Filibuster” of the government shutdown – and we’re going to keep talking until thing ...

Shutdowns and Shootouts – My New Hometown Normal?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

a shooter killed 12 people in an office building half a mile from where I live. As I was walking out my ...

Religious Groups Feel the Pinch of Government Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

As the government shutdown enters its second week, some religious groups are starting to feel the pinch, and they’re also finding ways to reach out. As the government shutdown ent ...

Clergy, Religious Leaders Address Government Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Crisis with ‘Faithful Filibuster’
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Press

October 8, 2013 Press Releases WASHINGTON – Clergy and religious lead ...

A Canadian Who Loves Her Health-Care System
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

Until the American people come to realize that our current mishmash of a system is costing them a lot more than a more centralized system could, we will keep on paying more, getting less, and regularly shuttin ...

Re: Gov. Shutdown; An Appeal To Paul Krugman And The NY Times: Stop Being Polite, It's Time To Expose Extremist Religion's Threat To Our Democracy
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:31pm | Type: Press

October 7, 2013 Sojo in the News Frank Schaeffer ...

Senate Chaplain Scolds Lawmakers For Shutdown, Unwillingness To Compromise
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Press

October 7, 2013 Sojo in the News Matthew Brown ...

Debt Ceiling 101: Boundaries and Original Sin
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

showdown in 2011 cost U.S. taxpayers  more than $1.2 billion , President Obama and Democrats have refused ...

Federal Workers Deserve A Living Wage
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

As poverty continues to increase unabated, the faith community must raise its voice and speak in unison. President Obama must bring justice to these workers. Morality demands it. ...

On Scripture: Studying the Law As We Study The Word (2 Timothy 2:8-15)
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Are we credible teachers of the word? Can we stand and share God’s word accurately? As people of faith, we are not only called to study and apply the word, but we are also called to teach the word correctly. A ...

When Catholic Schools Fire Gay Teachers, Laity Push Back
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

A recent spate of sackings at Catholic institutions — about eight in the past two years — is wrenching for dioceses and Catholic schools, where some deem these decisions required and righteous, and others see ...

Program Aims To Build New Generation Of African-American Church Leaders
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Press

October 4, 2013 Sojo in the News J Michael Parker ...

Supreme Court Poised to Turn Right in 2013 Term
Originally Posted: 10/04/2013 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

The justices, whose term begins Monday, could rule against racial minorities in two cases and abortion rights in one or two others. They also could uphold prayers at government meetings, ease restrictions on w ...

Elsewhere Around the World...
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Maude Barlow Wenonah Hauter IN FRANCE, about 70 percent of water services are privatized. French corporations continue to vie for ...

Why the Government Shutdown Is Unbiblical
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Whether or not you are a person of faith, you might find it interesting to see what the Bible says about the mess we are now in. One of the most depressing things I heard on the f ...

Conservatives, Liberals, and the Fight for America's Future (eBook Shorts)
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 5:15pm | Type: Product

Jim Wallis $2.99 off ...

An Antidote to Religious Strife in Egypt: Nationalism
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

After decades of polarization along religious lines, Christians and Muslims in Egypt are coming together to rally behind their flag. After decades of polarization along religious ...

Faith Leaders Call Budget Crisis 'Morally Irresponsible'
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Press

September 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Jamshid Ghazi Askar ...

Some Faith-Based Contractors Using Own Funds During Federal Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 10:41am | Type: Press

October 2, 2013 Sojo in the News Patricia Zapor ...

Mapping Gandhi's Faith Journey
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel How did a skinny, shy, middle-class Indian come to lead one of history's great liberation struggles? ...

Is Christian-Owned Hobby Lobby Boycotting Hanukkah?
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Hanukkah comes early this year. But it apparently never comes to Hobby Lobby. Hanukkah comes early this year. But it apparently never comes to Hobby Lobby. The national craft s ...

Inequality Means More than Just Money
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

The movie showcases the stories of Americans with various economic standing, highlighting the great gap between those on the bottom and those flying high. Robert Reich pulls up in ...

Religious Leaders United Against 'Immoral' Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Press

October 1, 2013 Sojo in the News Clare Kim ...

Jim Wallis on the Shutdown: 'It's Unbiblical'
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis gives his commentary on the government shutdown. Jim Wallis sat down to discuss the government shutdown. His conclusion? It's unbiblical.   ...

Who Elected These Clowns?
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

In a world far removed from the tragic cesspool of Washington scheming and maneuvering, real people flocked to Central Park on El Camino Real for this town’s first Bacon & Brew Festival. ...

Christian Social Justice Leaders Unhappy With Congress As Government Shutdown Looms
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:34pm | Type: Press

September 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

Cutting Food Stamp Program Should Be Unimaginable
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Press

September 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Sandy Eisenberg Sasso ...

Faith Leaders Urge Compromise As Government Shuts Down
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The federal government began shutting down overnight, for the first time since 1996, after Congress failed to compromise on how to fund federal agencies — battling instead over implementation of the Affordable ...