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Catholic Chaplains Given Marching Orders Barring Service to Gay Couples
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued b ...

Dear Pastor Rick Warren, I Think You Don’t Get It
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

This photo appeared yesterday on Rick Warren’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Apparently the image captures “the typical attitude of Saddleback Staff as they start work each day.” Hmmm. I didn’t realize Saddl ...

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws to Require Death Sentence for False Accusers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Pakistan’s constitutionally mandated Council of Islamic Ideology told the government anyone who wrongly accuses a person of blasphemy against Islam must be executed — a measure intended to protect innocent peo ...

Syrian Christians May Get Pulled into Civil War
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

A huge statue of the Virgin Mary towers over churches, monasteries and mosques in the Syrian city of Maaloula, where a dialect of the Aramaic language of Jesus is still spoken. A ...

Smith: How Farm Aid Is Tied To Food Aid
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Press

September 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Rex Smith ...

Clinton Joins Call For New Social Covenant
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Press

September 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Mallika Sen ...

Christian Leaders Oppose SNAP Cuts
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 12:03pm | Type: Press

September 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

Advocates Speak Out About SNAP
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Press

September 17, 2013 Sojo in the News Dave Lucas ...

New Yorkers “Baffled” By Battle Against Food Aid
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Press

September 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Mark Scheerer ...

Pope Francis Tells the Poor: ‘Don’t Let Yourselves Be Robbed of Hope’
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis criticized what he called the “idolatry of money” on Sunday in a trip to one of the poorest regions of the European Union. Pope Francis criticized what he called the ...

The Hidden Immigration Impact on American Churches
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

As Congress makes a final attempt this fall to act on comprehensive immigration reform, the debate is focusing on “securing” our borders and offering a path to citizenship to the 11 million residents here with ...

U.S. Asks Supreme Court to Review Hobby Lobby’s Birth Control Mandate Challenge
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Federal officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the government mandate that private companies offer employees birth control coverage despite the business owner’s moral objections, with the compan ...

N.C. Clergy Seek Release of Senate Report on Torture
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Citing the need for transparency in the U.S. record on human rights, nearly 200 clergy and religious leaders from North Carolina are seeking the public release of a 6,000-page Senate intelligence report on U.S ...

Your Christian Hypocrisy Is Showing: On Pope Francis and the U.S. Congress
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The message of Christ is not often so clearly presented in American media as it was yesterday, nor is that message as clearly contradicted in the same news cycle. The message of C ...

Meet the Republicans Who Voted to Slash $40 Billion from the Food Stamps Program
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

So, who voted for that $40 billion cut to the food stamps program, which would kick an estimated 4 million hungry people out of the program next year? Here's your list. Is your Congress member on it? ...

House Passes Billions in Cuts to Food Stamps Program
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

The House of Representatives on Thursday evening narrowly passed a plan that cuts about $40 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps program. ...

Pope Francis Stuns the Church — But Will It Have a Lasting Effect?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday rocked the Catholic Church and surprised the wider world with a free-ranging interview that charted a course away from an institution that’s “obsessed” with a few sexual and moral issu ...

After Prop 8, Mormons Take Different Tack in Hawaii Gay Marriage Fight
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

After keeping quiet while Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and others approved gay marriage, Mormon leaders are once again speaking up — but with a new, post-Proposition 8 tone and emphasis. ...

Just Picking On the Poor: The Facts and the Faces of Cutting SNAP
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Politicians are not willing to go to where the real money is: the Pentagon budget, which everyone knows to be the most wasteful in government, or the myriad subsidies to corporations, including agribusiness su ...

Rabbis Push Congress on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 09/18/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

streams of American Judaism made their appeal in a letter issued Sept. 12. The rabbis called ...

Is SNAP Congress’ New Hunger Games?
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

House leaders are proposing a massive cut to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), America’s frontrunner in combatting hunger. This new proposal consists of a $40 billion reduction in funding, and ...

Love Has No Borders: How Faith Leaders Resisted Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

On April 27, 2011, 62 killer tornadoes ripped through Alabama, destroying homes, lives, and entire communities. Two weeks later, another disaster struck Alabama — HB56, the most draconian anti-immigrant law pa ...

Pope Francis: A ‘Good Christian’ Prays for Bad Politicians
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

Wading into ongoing debates over religion and politics, Pope Francis on Sunday gently chided Christians to pray for politicians, saying “a Christian who does not pray for his leaders is not a good Christian.” ...

On Scripture: Shrewd Christians
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

of the rich fool (12:13-21)” ( Interpretation: Luke , John Knox Press: Louisville, 1990, p. 189) Jesus ... own? (16:11-12)” What rules your heart? Being shrewd requires knowing what rules your heart, ...

10 Myths About the Food Stamp Program (That Thing Congress is Trying to Gut)
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that it’s not easy to feed a family of four well — especially without great time and effort — on less than $20 a day. About a year ago, I wrote about my family pa ...

September/October 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 09/15/2013 - 5:53pm | Type: Product

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New Comedic Documentary Explores Muslims in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Muslim stand-up comedy is nothing new. But what makes “The Muslims Are Coming” different is that it portrays what happens when a troupe of comedians performs before red state Americans in such places as Tennes ...

Income Gap Between Rich and Poor is Largest in Hundred Years
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

The income gap in the U.S. is as wide as it has been in almost 100 years, according to a new study by UC Berkeley, the Paris School of Economics, and Oxford University. The incom ...

Syrian Debate Highlights Division in 'Just War' Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Even as the world’s powers grasped for a last-minute resolution to the crisis in Syria, it remained an open question whether any amount of diplomacy could prevent the conflict from claiming at least one more v ...

Liberation Theology Finds New Welcome in Pope Francis’ Vatican
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

A progressive theological current that emphasizes the Catholic Church’s closeness to the poor and the marginalized but was subject to decades of hostility and censure is now finding increasing favor in the Vat ...

Birmingham Church Bombing Recalled with Donation, Medal
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

They were among the youngest martyrs of the civil rights movement, four young black girls — three 14-year-olds and one 11-year-old — whose deaths in a church basement horrified a nation already torn apart by s ...

Muslim Clerk Wins Hijab Fight Against Abercrombie and Fitch
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

A federal judge ruled Monday that the Abercrombie and Fitch clothing chain violated federal anti-employment discrimination guidelines when it fired a Muslim employee in 2010 for not removing her religious head ...

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Burning Qurans
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Mike Ghouse is bringing his 10th annual “Unity Day USA” to the same Florida town where the pastor has threatened to burn the Qurans. Three years ago, a nobody from nowhere got fa ...

Criminalizing Christ: The Nationwide Targeting of Homeless
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The list of cities targeting the homeless is long, and it’s not just a symptom of conservativism or of the Deep South. This targeting crosses all political lines. The list of 10 Meanest Cities toward the homel ...

The Shameful Politics of Scorn
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 6:08pm | Type: Blog

The New York Times article itself seemed innocuous, about how foreclosed homes are being scooped up by outside investors and turned into rentals. The accompanying photo, however, was troubling. It showed a you ...

Musings of a Millennial: Removing the Political Baggage from Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

My generation (the millennials) no longer identify with divisive partisan politics of our country done under the guise of “evangelicalism.” We have seen and heard the long and dirty history of evangelical poli ...

3 Reasons to Stand with Public Schools
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, former public school student, and a public school teacher, there are three requests I would make of Christians regarding their conversations and their actions when it comes to education. ...

September/October 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 09/01/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Product

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September-October 2013
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Magazine Issue

September, 2013 - October, 2013 Pastor, Prophet ... Reformer? Pope Francis' contagious spirit shakes up the church. ...

50 Years from Now — Infographic Shows How Far We Have Yet to Go on Racial Equality
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday’s “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony in Washington, D.C., honored the nation's substantial advances in racial equality in the fifty years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his now-iconic “I H ...

Our Stories To Tell
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

I wasn't interested in their stories about her. I was interested in her story about herself.  "We all have a story to tell." These are the words that will greet ...

Diverse But Not Integrated: Religion’s Race Problem
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

The trouble is that, as the color-coded population distributions in the article point out, we’re just as segregated as before, despite living in relatively close proximity to one another. ...

'I Have A Complaint' — No — 'I Have a Dream'
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

There was much to complain about for black Americans, and there is much to complain about today for many in this nation. But King taught us that day our complaints or critiques, or even our dissent will never ...

Crowds Recall the Faith that Animated MLK’s Unfinished Dream
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years to the day after Martin Luther King, Jr., knocked on the nation’s conscience with his dream, religious leaders gathered in a historic church to remind the nation that he was fueled by faith. ...

'Because They Marched:' Obama's Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's speech from the Lincoln Memorial on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Editor's Note:  The fol ...

WATCH: 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Watch the live stream here. Do Not Display (Barack Obama, Diversity, God's Politics, John ...

Lessons from August Recess
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) embraced immigration reform and the need to provide a path to legalization for the millions of aspiring Americans who are already major contributors to our communities and our econ ...

N.J. Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Challenged in Federal Court
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

New Jersey’s newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors violates a licensed therapist’s obligation to “respect the rights of clients to make decisions,” according to a federal lawsuit f ...

N.C. Governor Allows Anti-Shariah Bill to Become Law
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

Lawyers specializing in Islamic law said such legislation could make it harder for Muslim women married in Islamic countries under Shariah law to obtain alimony and child support payments because husbands will ...

Inspiration Is Nice, But We Need Action
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Change starts with the moment we invite the Spirit that inspires and infuses those powerful words to get inside of us. We’ve spent the last few days recalling the anniversary of t ...