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Beyond the Wheelchair Ramp
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you’” (1 Corinthians 12:21) demands this. ...

From the Archives: May 1992
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joe Nagle A Threat to Peace  THE DEATH of former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on March 9 brought ba ...

Racial Reconciliation Demands Christians Reconsider the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

A new report by the Equal Justice Initiative documents in horrific detail the nation’s widespread practice of lynching and points to a link between lynching and a practice that persists today: capital punishment. In the Jim Crow South, lynching d ...

In Sickness and Health
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood Paid sick leave helps not only the workers but businesses as well. WHAT IS OUR responsibility ...

A Turning Point on Poverty?
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The 2016 election is an oppourtunity for a new dialouge on eliminating extreme poverty, at home and abroad.  ...

What Now? Faith Community Seeks Next Steps After Pastor's Deportation
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

For the last several weeks, members of Central Plains Mennonite Conference (Max’s regional network of churches), Mennonite Church USA (his national denomination), and others from across the country signed peti ...

New York City to Change Rules to Allow Churches to Rent Schools
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Pastor Robert Hall of the Bronx Household of Faith, which was the plaintiff in the case, said he was cautiously optimistic after the administration’s response. Congregations in N ...

Robert Putnam Fights America’s ‘Opportunity Gap’ with Religious Fervor
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

proposals on five topics: early childhood education; family structure and parenting; K-12 education; ...

The Southern Baptists' Challenge on Race
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

Anyone hoping this summit will lead to concrete political support for a civil rights agenda will be disappointed. In the wake of tragic shootings of unarmed black men at the hands ...

Critics Question My Open Letter to Franklin Graham: Here Is My Response In This Holy Week
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 10:30am | Type: Press

March 27, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

A calling to serve the poor
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 10:24am | Type: Press

March 27, 2015 Sojo in the News Kay McSpadden ...

Evangelicals criticise Franklin Graham
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 4:05pm | Type: Press

about police shootings, have been condemned by Evangelical leaders. On  12 March , Mr Graham, who ...

Weekly Wrap 3.27.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

1. How Yemen Became the Middle East’s Latest Regional Nightmare As Saudi Arabia and Egypt say they’re prepared to send in ground troops, here’s a look at the how Yemen got to this point. ...

A Holy Week of Resistance
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

(Romans 12:1-2) People of faith will continue to resist. As we approach Holy Week, I am struck ...

Obama to Host Pope Francis at White House in September
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

This will be the second meeting between the pope and Obama. President Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House during the pontiff’s U.S. visit in September to “continue ...

Divide Over Franklin Graham's Comment ...
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 9:53am | Type: Press

March 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Paul Wilkinson ...

The Passover Seder, Designed by and for Women
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

seders are not new. The women who gathered at Beth El on Sunday, 12 days before the holiday begins ...

Ted Cruz’s pitch to evangelicals has a hole in it
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Press

March 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Greg Sargent ...

Jim Wallis on welcoming the stranger
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 10:59am | Type: Press

March 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Nigerian Christians May Back a Muslim Candidate in Upcoming Presidential Elections
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

Some Nigerians fear that another term for Jonathan would mean institutionalization of corruption and emergence of more Muslim extremist groups in addition to Boko Haram. Under t ...

Ted Cruz and God’s Political Subversion
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

A God who stands with us over and against our religious and political enemies is no God at all. Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to  declare  a presidential run for 20 ...

Pastors Criticize Franklin Graham's Facebook Post in Open Letter
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Press

March 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Carrie Dedrick ...

‘You Have Sinned Against Us’: Pastors Pen Open Letter Rebuking Franklin Graham for Viral Facebook Post Addressed to ‘Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and Everybody Else’
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:22am | Type: Press

March 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

Evangelicals chide Franklin Graham for comment on police shootings
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:20am | Type: Press

March 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Obeying Police Is Not Enough, Group of Diverse Evangelical Leaders Tell Franklin Graham
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:51am | Type: Press

March 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Bob Smietana ...

Jim Wallis, Lisa Sharon Harper Lead Attack On Franklin Graham Over Respecting Police Post
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:41am | Type: Press

March 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Kaye Wonderhouse ...

Franklin Graham branded 'crude, insensitive and paternalistic' for Facebook comments on police shootings
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Press

March 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Mark Woods ...

Choosing Courage: An Appeal to Christian Leaders
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

The racial divide in the United States is boiling. Our all-gracious God is calling us to turn from our wrong path. In the last several days , our country has witnessed and expe ...

Progressive Christian Leaders Pen Open Letter to Franklin Graham Over Racial Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 1:56pm | Type: Press

of the body of Christ. While your  comments on March 12  were just a Facebook post, your post was shared ...

Franklin Graham’s Latest Diatribe
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 1:54pm | Type: Press

March 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Beth Still ...

'Semper Reformanda' and the PCUSA
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

I’m not one for the phrase “right side of history,” but I do think history is important for us to study and learn so that we might remember our own failures and right the ship. We are like Hansel and Gretel pi ...

Gay and Transgender Inmates Invited to Lunch with Pope Francis During Prison Visit
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Among the many innovations Francis has made since his election two years ago this month has been a new tone and approach to gay and transgender people. When Pope Francis pays a vi ...

Justice Ginsburg Writes a Feminist Opinion for Passover
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Not quite, but when a Jewish nonprofit asked the Supreme Court justice to write a biblical commentary for Passover, she a ...

Predictions of Evangelical Concessions on LGBT Rights Are Premature
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Some evangelicals have indeed shifted on LGBT issues, but it’s no avalanche — at least not yet. Pardon the yawn. The 1.8 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) on March 17  ...

Zaytuna College Recognized as First Accredited Muslim College in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

A college that requires the study of both Wordsworth and the Quran for graduation is now the first fully accredited Islamic university in America. A college that requires the stu ...

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

against us, fellow members of the body of Christ. While your comments on March 12 were just a Facebook ... 12:1-2) Throughout the Jim Crow South, in El Salvador, and in the townships and cities of South Africa ...

Presbyterian Church (USA) Approves Same-Sex Marriage Amendment
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) approved an amendment to include same-sex relationships in its constitutional definition of marriage on March 17. The Presbyterian Church (USA) appr ...

Immoral Choices in the House GOP Budget
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 10:05am | Type: Press

March 17, 2015 Sojo in the News Terrance Heath ...

Jim Wallis: Franklin Graham's Comments On Ferguson Police Shootings 'Embarrassing' and 'Divisive'
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:04am | Type: Press

March 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

INFOGRAPHIC: The New Indentured Servitude
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:16am | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés Education debt is crippling students, and America's response gets a failing grade.  While P ...

Women's History Month: Choosing to Opt-In
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

And this is how I choose to opt-in — by looking at, stopping to remember, or slowing down to notice the impossible stories that God is writing in our midst. These fuel me as a woman of color. ...

Facing Up to Our Broken Covenants
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Lent is preparation for Easter — homework for a radial, inexplicable new beginning. Lent is our season of honesty. It is a time when we may break out of our illusions to face the ...

Oklahoma Bill Would Abolish State’s Role in Granting Marriage Licenses, Leave It in Clergy Hands
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

In an effort to block the state’s involvement with gay marriage, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill March 10 to abolish marriage licenses in the state. In an effo ...

Selma and Our Next Bridge to Cross
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 3:15pm | Type: Press

March 12, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis Huffington Post ...

Possibility of Escape
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

I can't imagine a figure too high to pay, in dollars or in human work hours, to effectively challenge the way U.S. people think about safety and justice. That is also us, t ...

The Day She Came Out: Why Rob Bell Is Right and the Church Is Being Left Behind
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

Once again I begin to dread the message that awaits so many Christian kids who desperately want to come out of the closet but can’t for fear of being ostracized by their church. ...

Utah Lawmakers Pass Anti-Discrimination Bill with LGBT, Mormon Support
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

The 65-10 vote was the last legislative hurdle for the bill, just one week after it debuted with the blessing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the LGBT community. ...

Selma and Our Next Bridge to Cross
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

While demographic change is clear, it does not make positive changes inevitable. It’s possible it could just lead to greater collision and increasing racial tensions and conflicts. Or we could cross the bridge ...

VIDEO: I Once Was Blind, But Now I See: U.S. Doctors Bring Hope to Haiti
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Judith Mesadieu has dreams of becoming a doctor, but her poor eyesight and partial blindness makes it hard to study. Judith Mesadieu has dreams of becoming a doctor, but her poor ...

Two Police Officers Shot in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Early Thursday morning, just hours after the resignation of Ferguson police Chief Thomas Jackson, two officers were shot as they stood guard amidst protests outside the police department in Ferguson, Mo. ...