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Celebrations of ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech Obscure Its Critique
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

It may be the most famous speech of the 20th century. Millions of American schoolchildren who never experienced Jim Crow or whites-only water fountains know the phrase “I have a dream.” But scholars say it wou ...

New ICE Policy Allows Detention Alternatives
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a new guidance for its officials when detaining non-criminal undocumented parents with minor children. On Friday, Im ...

Global Churches Alliance for Bangladesh Garment Workers
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Mary Priniski wrote in Sojourners about churches responding in solidarity with garment workers, now a global alliance has formed. Mary Priniski wrote in the August 2013  Sojourne ...

Memories of the March
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

“I think we got a long ways to go but I do think that there’s been a lot of changes. I don’t think you’ll ever see what Martin Luther King dreamed in reality, in total. I think we’ll always have to strive for ...

On Scripture: Whose Banquet Is It Anyway?
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

are in a position to give her something in return (v. 12). By having this expectation, the host abuses her power ...

From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Product

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson $16.95 9780802 ...

Why I Will Be Marching on Washington and Why You Should Too
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

Thankfully, "separate but equal" is a vestige of the past; Jim Crow segregation is no longer the law of the land; and racial slurs and derogatory remarks are no longer acceptable. However, we must re ...

50 Years Later: The Call to Let Freedom Ring!
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

If there was ever a time in the decades since 1963 that the ones Jesus would deem “the least” needed the whole church body to stand in solidarity, it is now. There were several ma ...

Feds Offer Atheists a Clergy Tax Break That They Don’t Want
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

The federal government wants to give Annie Laurie Gaylor a tax break for leading the Freedom from Religion Foundation. But Gaylor, an outspoken atheist from Madison, Wisc., wants to stop them — and she’s askin ...

Are Atheists Smarter Than Believers? Not Exactly.
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A new study of almost a century’s worth of data shows that the smarter you are, the less likely you are to believe in God. A new study of almost a century’s worth of data shows th ...

Race Wars and Mustard Seeds
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Now, nearly 50 years after the second American jubilee, African Americans are being stripped of dignity and constitutionally protected freedoms like we have not seen since Jim Crow. ...

Reformers Want Congress to End Ban on Pulpit Politicking
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

In a report sent Wednesday to Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican who has spent years investigating the finances of high-profile televangelists, the commission called the regulation of speech of religiou ...

Rep. Steve King: It's Time to Tame the Tongue
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

In making rash and ridiculous statements, King accomplishes little beyond drawing attention to himself and distracting attention away from the myriad challenges facing our nation and globe. ...

Immigrants Are Us
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

More than any other organized religion in the United States, the Catholic Church is an immigrant church that has grown with the nation, welcoming successive generations of immigrants who have helped build our ...

Racism in the Legal System: Beyond the Quick-Fix Approach
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

I believe evangelicals have the possibility of addressing racial injustice in a more creative way that could get more closely to the roots of the problem if we took the time to think creatively. ...

Why Is It So Hard To Say Things? Thoughts On Newspeak, AIDSpeak, and ObesitySpeak
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

It is important to me that the government, if it’s going to be in the position of advising people on matters of public health (in my view, a good thing) to speak clearly. Not ObesitySpeak. Not HealthSpeak. Fac ...

ACLU Says Magistrate Can’t Order ‘Messiah’ Name Change
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

A Tennessee judge should not have barred a couple from naming their child “Messiah,” said the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. NASHVILLE, Te ...

Is 'the Dream' Under Attack?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

The recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court to gut the enforcement section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the decision of the jury in the George Zimmerman trial have left me wondering about the dream, wo ...

This Week, a Major Shift on Crime
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

On Monday, a federal judge in New York found the state's stop-and-frisk policies to be unconsitutional racial profiling. The same day, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that federal prosecutor ...

‘Hearts and Minds are Changing’ on Immigration Reform, Says Ivone Guillen of Sojourners
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Press

August 13, 2013 Sojo in the News Clarissa Perkins ...

Study: Evangelical ‘Messy Middle’ More Accepting of Gays
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

A new voice is emerging in the evangelical community, and it’s turning away from the church’s vocal opposition to homosexuality in favor of a more tolerant attitude. A new voice i ...

The Bible's case for immigration reform
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Press

August 8, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

On Scripture: The Ballad of Sour Grapes
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Within the current reconfigurations taking place in the U.S. economy, the new modes of production continue to privilege those like the CEOs of fast-food companies. Yet, as Isaiah’s ballad reminds us, these wid ...

Partisan Fighting Spells Trouble for Church Insurance Under Obamacare
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

An effort to tweak President Obama’s health care reform bill to fill a gap for church health insurance plans could fail because of Republicans’ insistence on repealing the law. ...

What Imams Talk About During Eid
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

Eid, which follows the Muslim fast of Ramadan, is a time when Muslims are supposed to unite, forgive grievances, and contribute to charity. In a sign of their growing numbers, many congregations held two or th ...

The 5 Rules of Recess
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

While many assume Congress has taken an extended vacation this month, nothing could be further from the truth. Recess is just as important now as it was when we were kids, but the rules have changed. ...

Can a Hebrew Charter School Teach the Language but Not the Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

As a public school, Sela can’t ask students about their religion, but Lody estimates that only about 20 percent of the school’s 120 students will be Jewish, and more than half will be African-American. ...

Moving Backward on Racial Progress
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Once again, as happened in the 19th century, impoverished whites who should be lining up to resist predatory behavior by the moneyed class are being turned against their own best interests by race politics. ...

Overcoming Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/06/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

It is easy to let your stereotypes fly free on Twitter, but it’s just as easy to let them fly around the bar or kitchen table. And it’s easy to let those stereotypes control your behavior. ...

When We Are More Interested in Evangelical Infighting Than Serious Issues of Justice
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it’s because the ACLU and Prison Fellowship and Virginia’s conservative Family Foundation all AGREE that this shackling has to stop that there’s no real story of partisan mudslinging, where the conservat ...

On Scripture: The Social Shape of Divine Generosity
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

from ancient Galilee and Luke 12, and it is. In Luke, however, I see two threads that resonate deeply with Amardeep Singh’s wisdom. First, the demands of  Luke 12:32-40  may strike our ears as harsh. ...

Why White Evangelical Churches Don't Wear Hoodies
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Press

August 2, 2013 Sojo in the News Rev. Mae Elise Cannon ...

44,000 can’t wait for immigration reform in Congress
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Press

August 2, 2013 Sojo in the News Pablo Alvarado ...

From politics to the pulpit, faith groups see 'the hand of God' in immigration reform
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 11:29am | Type: Press

August 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Carrie Dann ...

So Much Is at Stake: Reform and Race
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Press

August 2, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church Announce Support for Bill to End Sex Trafficking in U.S.
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Days after a cross-country FBI operation arrested 152 sex traffickers across the US, Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, announced his support for a bill in the House of Representa ...

The Party of No Compromise
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice GOP attempts to circumvent the health-care law range from the inane to downright bullying. I SPENT M ...

A Community of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacy Martin Regardless of where we end up on immigration reform, Matthew 22 reminds us that no law can make us love our neighbor. ...

The City of God & The City of Cain
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

and divine life. Another beginning is in 12th century Paris and early 19th century Berlin, the two cities ... The Discipleship Project, is based on a model of 12 students working and learning together with two faculty ...

The World as God Intends
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

action ministries. THE LEADERSHIP of 12Stone Church, a multi-campus ... with the HoneyBaked Ham Company, Kroger grocery stores, and other area sponsors, the 12Stone Church members ... or internationally and who require some financial assistance. IMAGO DEI AND 12Stone are only two of the many ...

Reza Aslan Defends Controversial New Book on Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Aslan said he wants to show the power of Jesus as a flesh-and-blood human being, rather than the savior of the world. That Jesus has gotten lost in 2,000 years of church history, he said. ...

A Heartless Cult of Money
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Pope Francis 'Not to share one's goods with the poor is to rob them.' [T]HE MAJORITY OF THE me ...

'Simple is the New Chic'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice In John Carr's view, Pope Francis is already shaking up the Catholic Church—and the best is yet to come. ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

'Fighting Words' from the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper More than 80 bills to restrict voter access were introduced in 2013. BACK IN THE day, when ...

A Revolution of Rising Expectations
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Dreams of a better life—and political corruption—spark rising protests around the world. THE PHRA ...

'Forward Together, Not One Step Back!'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove A grassroots resistance movement emerges in North Carolina. THOSE WHO BELIEVE in fr ...

Equal Protection — for All
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We should always be open to what God is speaking to a new generation of Christians. THIS SUMMER, t ...

One Courageous Act May Ignite Us All: The DREAM 9
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

We will be fasting, praying, and calling our elected leaders this week to bring awareness to the millions of immigrant families separated by detention, deportation, and border militarization in recent years. J ...

At the Door of the Church
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

This is a challenge to white and black people of faith. [This is adapted from an earlier version of the article "At the Door of the Church," which appeared in the Nove ...