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Rainbows Over Dublin and the Arc of Bono’s Activism
Originally Posted: 05/27/2015 - 7:24am | Type: Blog

When Ireland became the first country to legalize same-gender marriage by popular mandate, double rainbows appeared over Dublin, and an Irish rock band transformed their Arizona concert into a gay-rights celeb ...

BREAKING: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Denies Emergency Stay on Executive Action Lawsuit
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

"While we are disappointed with the court's ruling today, we are not dissuaded one bit in our purpose to keep our eyes on the prize-full integration and recognition of immigrants to the fabric of our ...

Protestants Join Catholics in Reconsidering the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Nebraska is showing the most visible signs of a change in thinking by Christians and conservatives on the death penalty, and Catholics are helping to lead the way. Nebraska is sh ...

Ireland Gay Marriage Vote a ‘Reality Check’ for Church
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Ireland seems an unlikely place to make history on the issue given the Catholic Church’s dominant role in the country and its open opposition to passage of the referendum. In many ...

The Poverty Summit
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 9:40am | Type: Press

May 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Joy Strickland ...

4 Tips for Following Jesus in Election Season
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Spend at least as much energy advancing the Kingdom as you do your candidate. Well, here we are again. The season that seems to come around all too often and stick around far too ...

Who Said It: Fox News or Jesus?
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 9:35am | Type: Press

May 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Nebraska Lawmakers Vote to Abolish Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

If lawmakers override the expected veto, Nebraska would become the first conservative state to repeal the death penalty since North Dakota in 1973, the Lincoln Journal Star reports. ...

Boy Scouts Chief Says Ban on Gay Scout Leaders Should Be Lifted Nationwide
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Two years ago, the BSA repealed its ban on gay scouts but refused to drop the ban on gay adult leaders. The president of the Boy Scouts of America on May 21 called for an end to ...

Womanhood and Parenting in the Black Lives Matter Movement: A Web-Exclusive Interview with Erika Totten
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 3:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Erika Totten is a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement in the greater Washington, D.C. Metro area, and an activist for the black liberation movement at large. Sh ...

Who Said It: Fox News or Jesus?
Originally Posted: 05/27/2015 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:12-14). “Come, you ...

Franklin Graham’s Facebook Prayers Target Supreme Court Justices on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

This is not the first time Graham has turned to social media to sway public opinion on a controversial issue in the news. Evangelist Franklin Graham has taken to Facebook to plea ...

Ireland’s Gay Marriage Referendum a Sign of Roman Catholic Decline
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Many Catholics wonder what right the Catholic Church has to oppose gay marriage when those charged with proclaiming and upholding Christian morality were abusing children. “In Ir ...

Mass Incarceration: The Politics Behind the Bars
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 4:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés An infographic illustrating mass incarceration.  Mass incarceration means 2.4 million Americans ...

YouTube Didn’t Have to Yank Anti-Muslim Film, Court Says
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

One of the actresses in the film sued to take it down and won, but an appeals court ruled May 18 that she didn’t have the right to control the film’s distribution. An appeals cou ...

Calling on Thomas Merton for Racial Justice and Healing
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

His words echoed May 16 among black pastors at a conference, titled Sacred Journeys and the Legacy of Thomas Merton, hosted by Louisville’s Center for Interfaith Relations. If th ...

Los Angeles Backs Plan to Raise Minimum Wage to $15
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

The plan would raise minimum wage by $6 — from $9 an hour to $15 — by 2020 for some 800,000 workers. The city council of Los Angeles agreed to draft a plan to raise the city' ...

3 Things a Stolen Car Is Teaching Me About Poverty
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

After this experience, I'm left contemplating three realities. So our  First Home Project  car was stolen, and was recently found by the police. (Yay!)  Unfortunately it ...

What Would Oscar Romero Say Today About El Salvador?
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

If he were alive today, what would Romero say from the pulpit? Two years ago I was in El Salvador and asked a fellow Jesuit priest if he thought that Archbishop Oscar Romero — fa ...

Asian-American Groups File Complaint Against Harvard Admissions, Citing Racial Quotas
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

The groups contend that Harvard is using racial quotas that deny admittance to qualified Asian American students. More than 60 Asian-American groups came together to file a federa ...

House Amendment Would Deny DREAMers Opportunity to Serve in the Armed Forces
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The Brooks Amendment is another example of Republican members going to extremes to deny any opportunities for those who most recently migrated to America. Last week, America’s DRE ...

Pentecost and the Power for [Socioeconomic] Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

Socioeconomic reconciliation is the removal of gaps in opportunity, achievement, health, thriving, and well-being that exist between groups of people in our nation and world. In the face of myriad breaches of ...

Obama Limits Distribution of Military-Style Equipment to Police
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

The White House released a statement today outlining restrictions on the federal government’s distribution of weapons, vehicles, and other equipment to police departments. The Whi ...

'Guardian Angels' in Immigration Court
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Pentecost is the moment when the disciples of Jesus receive the power to understand and communicate with everyone in the world. The boy is terrified. He has come thousands of mil ...

Crossing the Globe in Search of Authentic ​Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 9:59am | Type: Press

May 15, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Sorry, Presidential Candidates: Hope Resides in Groans, Not in Your Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Hold your groans, but I’m obliged to point out that the 2016 US presidential campaign is gathering momentum. It’s election season. Hold your groans, but I’m obliged to point o ...

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Bombing
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

After deliberating for 14 hours over the course of three days, a Boston jury of seven women and five men sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, to death. After deliberating for 14 hour ...

Eyeing gay marriage case, evangelicals and Catholics rally around battling poverty
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Press

May 14, 2015 Sojo in the News Sarah Pulliam Bailey ...

‘The New Black’ Opens New Dialogue About LGBT and Religion in Black Community
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Americans should condemn? Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Amer ...

Crossing the Globe in Search of Authentic ​Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

program that reaches children 9-12, two-thirds of whom are girls, which is now transforming his whole ...

Purple Solutions to Poverty
Originally Posted: 05/14/2015 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Working together, we can throw a lot of spaghetti at a lot of walls until we have the best policies to help kids in poverty. Robert Putnam, who spoke this Monday at Georgetown for ...

Solitary Confinement: Immoral, Ineffective
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders across the country are speaking out against solitary confinement cells. They’re small spaces — sometimes 7 feet wide, 12 feet long. And they’re where some inmates are held, sometimes for days, sometimes ...

Peter the Violent Agitator
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 6:35pm | Type: Blog

The similarities in the stories in Baltimore and Jerusalem are uncanny. One of my favorite Bible characters has to be Peter. To me, Peter reminds me of people here in Baltimore — ...

Singapore Teen Blogger Guilty of Insulting Christians
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Amos Yee, 16, had faced three years in prison, but will be put on probation instead, the Associated Press reported. A teenage blogger from Singapore has been found guilty of insu ...

Once Pope Francis Knows U.S. Capitalism He Will Love It, Says Catholic Theologian-Economist
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

“You can get the impression that the pope is against capitalism,” said Rev. Martin Schlag. The Rev. Martin Schlag is a trained economist as well as a Catholic moral theologian, an ...

Texas Takes Defiant Stance as Gay Marriage Decision Looms
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

Don’t count Texas out without a fight. The U.S. Supreme Court is now weighing arguments in the same-sex marriage case it heard on April 28 that could lead to a landmark decision r ...

‘Stand Your Ground’ Shows a Racist Culture, Continuing to Kill
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 8:28pm | Type: Blog

A book that you wish wasn’t necessary. Every once in a while, you read a book that you wish wasn’t necessary. Kelly Brown Douglas’  Stand Your Ground:   Black Bodies and the Ju ...

Obama: Defeating Poverty Takes Money and ‘Transformative Power’ of Faith Groups
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

President Obama spoke May 12 of “ladders of opportunity” once denied to blacks and now being dismantled ...

Why We Shouldn't Single Out All Muslims for the Actions of a Few
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

What followed after two gunmen were killed trying to carry out an attack on an anti-Muslim “Draw Muhammad Contest” was predictable. What followed after two gunmen were killed try ...

Faith, poverty take center stage at Georgetown
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 11:28am | Type: Press

May 12, 2015 Sojo in the News Joy-Ann Reid NBC online ...

Pope Francis’ Poverty Agenda Draws President Obama
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 11:13am | Type: Press

May 11, 2015 Sojo in the News Elizabeth Dias ...

Jesus, Drawing Muhammad, and the Idolatry of Free Speech
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

If Christians are going to take seriously Jesus’ command to follow him, then we need to stop this absurd defense of drawing pictures of Muhammad. And if we defend the practice of ridiculing our fellow human be ...

Christians Lose Ground, ‘Nones’ Soar in New Portrait of U.S. Religion
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

newest report, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” released May 12. This trend “is big, it’s ... of the “nones” (15.8 percent, up from 12.1 percent in 2007) don’t even commit to any view on God. Instead, ... with non-Christian faiths also has inched up, rising 1.2 percentage points, from 4.7 percent in 2007 to 5.9 percent ...

Sister Helen Prejean: Tsarnaev ‘Genuinely Sorry for What He Did’
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Tsarnaev’s defense team is trying to convince the jury that he should be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole, instead of execution. Sister Helen Prejean, the Cat ...

What Migrant Families Face at Dilley Detention Center
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

The United States welcomes families seeking safety with incarceration. Earlier this year, I toured the U.S. government’s family immigration detention center in Dilley, Texas with ...

Most White Evangelicals Think Cops Treat Black Americans Fairly: PRRI Survey
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 9:25am | Type: Press

May 8, 2015 Sojo in the News Carol Kuruvilla ...

More Than Demographics
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

rate of the world’s Christian population. So today one out of 12 persons alive is Pentecostal ... of education in the northern part of the country, reaching those from 9-12 who had dropped out of the formal ...

Oregon Leads the Way
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 1:28pm | Type: Press

May 7, 2015 Sojo in the News Shirley Kingsbury ...

For the Mothers Whose Children Won't Come Back
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Of the 1,217 deadly police shootings that occurred from 2010-2012, men of color between the ages of 15 to 19 were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while the rate for white males the same age was only 1.4 ...

Deep Divide Remains Between How Black and White Americans See Justice System
Originally Posted: 05/14/2015 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

Even a general sense of familiarity with recent protests in Baltimore varies widely by race and ethnicity. The percentage of white Americans (46 percent) who believe blacks and ot ...