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STORY MAP: The Great Divide
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Magazine Article

after confrontation with police officials in one month between July 17 and August 12, 2014. Read “’ ...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Voter Suppression Guide
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés An infographic on voter suppression.  According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 22 states hav ...

Engaging Ferguson's Youth with Humility and Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.” –1 Timothy 4:12 ...

Arrested in Ferguson in Act of Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Thousands of people from around the country came to Ferguson, Mo., for a “weekend of resistance.” But for faith leaders it was a weekend of repentance. Twenty of us were arrested in Ferguson yesterday for an a ...

Activists tally FergusonOctober's strengths, weaknesses
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Press

October 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Paul Hampel ...

Vatican Shifts to Tone of Greater Openness Toward Gays and Lesbians
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

The world’s Catholic bishops on Oct. 13 signaled a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians, an about-face so unexpected that leaders of the church’s right wing called it a “betrayal.” ...

Jim Wallis: White Christians in America Need to Act More Christian Than White
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Press

October 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Stephanie Samuel ...

Clergy To Gather In Ferguson For 'Weekend Of Resistance'
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Press

October 12, Dr. Cornell West will lead a mass meeting joined by Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform ...

Q&A with the Rev. Jim Wallis, speaking at Ferguson interfaith event Sunday
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Ebola Is an Inequality Crisis
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 12:37pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

New Report Links Decreased Church Giving to Pastoral Education
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Christian researchers tracking decades of decline in charitable giving say the trend will not be reversed until pastors challenge congregants to embrace Jesus’ teachings on the poor. ...

Jim Wallis on Ferguson: Repentance has not happened there yet
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Press

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Police brace for weekend of protests across St. Louis
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 1:46pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Christine Byers ...

Organizers invite nation to St. Louis to protest and strategize for Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Press

and violence against black and brown communities. ... On Sunday, October 12, Dr. Cornel West will ...

Do Black Atheists Have Different Concerns Than White Atheists?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

“Social justice issues go to the heart of what it means to be a human being,” she said. “Beyond our religious differences, we need to work together and solve these issues . . . We don’t really have time to was ...

Islam and the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas: The Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck Debate
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

I agree with Bill Maher and Sam Harris that we have to criticize bad ideas. But the “mother lode of bad ideas” doesn’t come from Islam. That’s an arrogant claim that will only kindle the spirit of violence and ...

Ebola Is an Inequality Crisis
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

Dr. Kim makes the crucial point here — the current Ebola outbreak is much more than a public health crisis — it is an inequality crisis. In the past few months, the world has witn ...

Can American courts be color, income-blind?
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Press

October 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Kay Campbell ...

Justice Roberts Asks If The Case of The Muslim Prisoner’s Beard Is Too Easy
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

In some ways, the case of the Muslim prisoner who wants to grow a beard seems easy. When it comes to a prisoner’s religious rights, federal laws favors accommodation when possible. ...

'God Loves Gays' Billboard Project Doubles Fundraising Goal
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

The God Loves Gays Billboard Project launched Aug. 9 on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, aiming to raise $50,000 to put up a sign about three miles from the church. Organizers hoped to reach the goal by Oct. 8 ...

What Happens Next in the 20 States That Still Ban Gay Marriage?
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court’s decision to sit out the legal battle over same-sex marriage will — for now, at least — leave the future of laws prohibiting gays and lesbians from marrying in the hands of lower state and f ...

Worshiping a Golden Calf: The Moral Reason to Get Money Out of Politics
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

To avoid conflict, it is suggested that friendly conversation omits three things: money, politics, and religion. However, it’s no secret that in current Washington discourse two of these things seem to be ind ...

Methodists Resolve Gay Marriage Complaint Against 36 Pastors Without a Trial
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

United Methodists in Pennsylvania have agreed to resolve a complaint filed against three dozen clergy who blessed a gay wedding without taking the case to trial. A complaint was filed against 36 United Methodist pastors who officiated at a Nov. 9, 20 ...

Mormon Apostle: Be Civil in Fighting Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

If Mormon opposition to same-sex marriage does not prevail in the United States, Mormons should respond graciously and “practice civility with our adversaries,” a leading church apostle counseled Oct. 4 at the ...

Reviving the Sanctuary Movement
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

Currently, the Sanctuary Movement allows members of congregations who are facing deportation to reside within the sacred space of a church, synagogue, or mosque in order to avoid immediate deportation from the ...

The Valley of Lament
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Many of us are more comfortable on the plateau of rage or the plain of apathy.  WE HAVE AM ...

The Self-Destruction of Mark Driscoll
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood Churches—like everybody else—needs accountability.  OUTSIDE OF BUSINESS circles, accountabilit ...

'Hands Up! Don't Shoot!'
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Was the explosion in Ferguson a moment—or the begining of a movement?  ON AUG. 9, Michael Brown, ...

Finding Hope in South Africa
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis I eagerly await to see where the "rainbow generation" will take South Africa.  SOUTH AFR ...

One in the Lord
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Maria-Pia Negro A look at three multiracial churches—and how they got that way.  MULTIRACIAL CHURCHES are bec ...

How to Suppress the Vote
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana Why powerful people are working to curtail voting rights in America (for certain people, that is).  ...

November 2014
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:37am | Type: Magazine Issue

November, 2014 How to Suppress the Vote: Millions of American will line up to vote in the midterm elections. Many of them will be turned a ...

November 2014 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Product

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Following Evangelicals, Traditional Catholics Create a Health Insurance Alternative
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

If you are a Christian who doesn’t smoke, abstains from sex outside your heterosexual marriage and can get your priest to vouch that you go to church at least three times a month, you may qualify for a new Cat ...

Racial Justice: Our Divine Duty
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Every black person, young and old, rich and poor, wakes up every morning to a society that too often assumes her or his inferiority. Let us be clear about what this implies: every black person wakes up every d ...

Welcoming the Stranger (Even If It’s Against the Law)
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Philadelphia faith leaders announced that they will welcome immigrant families even if it is against the law. They are building a movement of "sanctuary congregations" and have dreams that the U.S. w ...

Pope Francis Wanted Open Debate. With Clashing Cardinals, He’s Got It
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Leading up to a Vatican summit on family life that Pope Francis opens on Oct. 5, high-ranking churchmen have fiercely debated church teaching — and criticized each other — in sharp exchanges that offer a rings ...

Petition Requests El Air Airlines Create a Special Seating Section for Ultra-Orthodox Jews
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

A Chicago woman has launched an online petition asking El Al Airlines to allot a section of its planes to ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who do not want to sit next to women. A Chicago ...

Muslim Inmate Takes His Case for a Beard to the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

It’s not every day that a coalition of legal minds is rooting for a violent inmate convicted of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck. It’s not every day that a coalition of legal m ...

'To Define Is to Limit'
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

We are not criminals. We have done what we had to do, what any human would do, to seek a violence-free life, to keep our families together, or, like me, to pursue an education. I am one of 11 million, and each ...

Tensions at Episcopal Church’s Oldest Seminary Reflect Larger Crisis in Future of Theology Schools
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

Several faculty members at the Episcopal Church’s oldest seminary are battling with the school’s leadership, although neither side agrees whether they quit, were fired or staged a walkout. ...

Why Chris Christie and Jeb Bush Were Snubbed by Social Conservative Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were not invited to a major gathering of social conservatives in Washington last weekend in what was viewed as a serious snub of two men consider ...

The Measure of a Christian
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

This identity as a beloved child of God extends past ideological differences in the world, to doctrinal differences in the church. I hate to be yet another critic (because it seems that this is what Christians ...

Second Chances: A Deeply Biblical Value
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

It’s no secret that the prison population in the United States has exploded in recent decades. We incarcerate our citizens at higher rates than any other developed nation. The federal prison population has inc ...

Southern Baptist Leaders Cut Ties with California LGBT-Affirming Church
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee voted unanimously Sept. 23 to break ties with New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., after determining it was condoning “homosexual behavior.” ...

Atheist Coalition Wants You to Know They Are ‘Openly Secular’
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

A new coalition of atheists, humanists and other nonreligious groups is taking a page from the gay rights movement and encouraging people to admit they are “openly secular.” A new ...

Barbie as the Virgin Mary? Ken as Jesus? Italian Catholics Are Not Amused
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Barbie has had a number of careers in her 55 years — flight attendant, veterinarian, astronaut, even president. Her latest role, however, is raising eyebrows. Barbie has had a num ...

11 Miles Backward?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Today the grand jury in Ohio announced there will be no indictment of the officers. The Wal-Mart surveillance video is now public, and it reveals how quickly Crawford’s life was taken. ... So another black li ...

Episcopal Church’s Katharine Jefferts Schori Will Not Seek Re-Election
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

by 12 percent, according to the most recent  statistics  available from the denomination. Jefferts ...

Immigration Reform a 'Moral Test'
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Press

June 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Morning Joe ...