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Q&A: David Brooks on Character, Sin, and Rumors About His Religious Journey
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Brooks talked about society’s obsession with selfies, whether we’re too self-absorbed, and rumors about his own religious journey. New York Times columnist David Brooks is the mos ...

Q&A: From Ferguson to Baltimore, Black America’s Faith Is Tested
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Douglas talked about violence faced by African-Americans and the black church’s response. In the past week, the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, a black Episcopal priest and religion pro ...

6 Things to Expect in the Pope’s Address to Congress
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis isn’t shy about tackling controversial topics or upending conventional orthodoxies about Catholics and politics. Everyone wants Congress to stop fighting and get work ...

Why we must listen to the language of the riot before we can seek peace
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 2:11pm | Type: Press

sustaining a nearly severed spinal cord after being detained by police on April 12. The reason for the stop?  ...

Saying 'Peace, Peace,' When There Is No Peace
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

"They've looked at us this way for so long," said a member of the Bloods, and I kept replaying his words. I am the "they." "They treat us like anima ...

Officers Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death, Ruled a Homicide
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

in the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a spinal cord injury while in police custody on April 12 ... injury while in police custody on April 12 and died a week later. From NPR: The most severe ...

How White People Corrupt Martin Luther King’s Message
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

If white people want to reference King, we need to stop using him to condemn black violence. We need to stop pitting a black man against black people. It’s patronizing. It’s demeaning. And it misses the point. ...

Amid Nepal’s Shattered Shrines and Temples, a Religious Fatalism Sets In
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Most Hindus believe in a kind of fatalism, and many here seemed unrattled by the quake as a test of faith, even as their temples and shrines were flattened. When a 7.8-magnitude e ...

No Dice Required: A Medieval Prayer Wheel Surfaces, but How It Was Used Is Anyone’s Guess
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Was it more of an instruction, or a meditative aid? Was it a one-shot exercise or meant to be repeated again and again? The directions, if a little stilted, look familiar: “The Or ...

5 Faith Facts About Bernie Sanders: Unabashedly Irreligious
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Though he identifies as Jewish and by Jewish law is Jewish, he has freely acknowledged that he is not a religious person. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a self-identified socialist w ...

Religious Leaders Urge Sen. Bernie Sanders to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 12:52pm | Type: Press

April 30, 2015 Press Releases As U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders launches hi ...

Doubting Thomases in Baltimore
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

I have to wonder what would happen if we followed Jesus’ instructions to Thomas. As a student at a Lutheran seminary in Chicago, I find myself observing the news and events surr ...

PHOTOS: Solidarity Protest Across Washington D.C. for Death of Freddie Gray
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds gathered at Gallery Place Metro in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night in solidarity with Baltimore activists to protest the death of Freddie Gray. The crowd marched for two hours across the city unt ...

Will We Listen to God's Call and Baltimore's Cry?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

We gaze at each other’s pain and lament, but we don’t really see in a way that will shift our vision, clarify our perspective. Here we are, again. The cycle of police violence ...

First Diplomat for LGBT Rights Speaks Out
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Randy Berry, 50, is the U.S. special envoy for the human rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people, the first such post ever created by a nation, according to the State Department. ...

LGBT Kenyans Gain the Right to Organize
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

The ruling means that LGBT Kenyans will have an official platform from which to fight for their rights and freedoms. In a move that has stirred the anger of Kenya’s anti-gay Chris ...

Syrian Catholic Leader Pleads with U.S. Christians Not to Forget His Threatened Church
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart fears that the ensuing chaos — like that in Libya and Iraq — may sound the death knell for a Christian community that predates even the conversion of the Apostle Paul. ...

Baltimore: How Do We ‘Seek the Peace of the City?’
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

by police on April 12. The reason for the stop? Gray ran after making eye contact with police . ...

Grace in the Media
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 10:17am | Type: Press

April 28, 2015 Sojo in the News Martin Marty ...

Baltimore Riots: Ferguson II as another Black American dies in custody
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Press

April 28, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

On Justice, Reconciliation, Faith and Philanthropy: Rev. Wilson of Deaconess Foundation Talks about a Model for Addressing Racial Justice
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Press

April 28, 2015 Sojo in the News Rick Cohen ...

How Ferguson and Now Baltimore Are Altering Our Perception of Law Enforcement
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

Has this brutality been the dark side of police work all along? I enjoy cop shows on television. My favorite is Blue Bloods , following the “Reagan” family from terrorist th ...

Colliding Visions of Marriage at the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 7:44pm | Type: Blog

As the nine Supreme Court justices took up the vexing question of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage on Tuesday, the case came down to two competing visions of marriage: what it’s been, what it should ...

Considering Nonviolence in Baltimore
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Recent protests in Baltimore are raising the question of (non)violence anew. Recent protests in Baltimore are raising the question of (non)violence anew. Should violent protester ...

WATCH: What You Didn't See — Clergy March in Baltimore
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

As thousands took to the streets in Baltimore on Monday night to protest the death of Freddie Gray, nearly 100 clergy joined the protesters. As thousands took to the streets in Ba ...

'New Girl' and the Constant Negotiation of Race
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

“Being young and black in America is schizophrenic. You kind of have to change who you are a little bit all the time for people to even respect you.” For being a television show b ...

Bruce Jenner and God’s Response to Transgender People
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Man. Woman. Transgender. Whatever. In the face of God’s holy love that this woman was mediating to me, those constructs didn’t matter. Caryn Riswold wrote a moving article abo ...

Genocides and Holocausts: Never Again
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

The refrain of “never again” arising after World War II has, regrettably, not been employed everywhere. One hundred years ago — April 1915 — as World War I raged across Europe, th ...

David Trobisch Lends Green Family’s Bible Museum a Scholarly Edge
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

In 2006, New Testament scholar David Trobisch abandoned such lofty outlets as Oxford Press and the Journal of Papyrology and Epigraphy for a more mainstream venue: Free Inquiry. In that feisty secular humanist journal, Trobisch identified the likely ...

Legislating Love in the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Isn’t it time we stop putting people into categories and denying their identity? One of the hot button topics in America today is same-sex marriage. This issue has been in the new ...

Weekly Wrap 4.24.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Loretta Lynch finally confirmed ... #InfertilityAwarenessWeek ... Ranking the World's Happiness ... Starbucks Sending Baristas to College ... and more, in the Weekly Wrap! ...

Faith Leaders Call for Religious Protections Ahead of Gay Marriage Hearing
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

Arguments over how or whether believers must accommodate gay people have become a flashpoint in the culture wars and a source of political and legislative debates. As the U.S. Sup ...

What the Polish President Could Have Said About His Country’s Holocaust Complicity
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

President Bronislaw Komorowski castigated Comey for his “ignorance, lack of historical knowledge, and possibly large personal aversion” toward Poles. The director of the FBI stepp ...

Activists Demand Obama Appoint Envoy for Persecuted Middle Eastern Christians
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

“There is a moral imperative to do everything we can to advocate for imperiled religious minorities.” Beheadings, enslavement, kidnappings, and rape plague minority religious comm ...

Gay Marriage Fight Centers on What’s Best for the Kids
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

It is perhaps the most controversial component of the national debate over same-sex marriage: Who should raise children? It is perhaps the most controversial component of the nati ...

World Bank launches interfaith push to eliminate extreme poverty
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Press

April 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Heather Adams ...

Who Are the Best Justice Leaders We Need to Know?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

We need to you to nominate the best leaders that no one has heard of to attend The Summit . Last summer, Sojourners hosted The Summit: World Change Through Faith & Justice ...

World Bank Launches Interfaith Push to Eliminate Extreme Poverty
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

The World Bank is teaming up with global religious leaders in a 15-year effort to end extreme poverty by 2030. The World Bank is teaming up with global religious leaders in a 15- ...

Court Hears Arguments on Texas v. United States Injunction
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

A ruling is expected to be released within a few weeks but could come as early as this week. Hundreds of immigrants and advocates from across the country  gathered  in New Orlea ...

Pope Francis to Visit Cuba Before U.S. Trip
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in September, the Vatican said April 22. Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in Se ...

Crystal Cathedral Founder’s Memorial Covered by Crowdfunding Campaign
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

The GoFundMe appeal seeks $30,000 to establish a website, an archive of Robert Schuller’s work, and a broadcast of the funeral. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the “Hour of Power” re ...

Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question His Views on Gays
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Stanley said the award was causing too much strife within the Jewish community, and for the sake of his love for Israel, he would not accept it. Amid a heated debate over his voca ...

Poll: Americans Say There’s No Turning Back on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a landmark case on gay marriage, but most Americans already have made up their minds. The Supreme Court will hear arguments next ...

5 Lessons from the Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Until Finn, no American bishop had ever been forced from office (despite the terse Vatican announcement that he “resigned”) for covering up for a predator priest. When Pope Franci ...

Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn for Failing to Report Abuse
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an American bishop who was found guilty of failing to tell police about a suspected pedophile priest. Pope Francis has accepted the r ...

Al-Shabab Militants Create Chaos, Pain for Somalis
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Mohammed, 12, who works in a mosque to earn a living, had lived with his family in a town 19 miles from ...

5 Arguments to Watch as the Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

State bans on same-sex marriage have been justified based on judicial precedent, states’ rights, regulating procreation, optimal child-rearing, and centuries-old tradition. State ...

Half of U.S. States Consider Right-To-Die Legislation
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

More than a dozen states, plus the District of Columbia, are considering controversial medically assisted death legislation this year. More than a dozen states, plus the District ...

Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Tale Provides Cover for U.S.-Led Wars in the Muslim World
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

So long as the Americans expand their detrimental call for war in Muslim nations, Hirsi Ali’s place as an “informed” voice on Islam is secure. Controversial American author Ayaan ...

What One Person (or Two) Can Do in Transition Cultures
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

The one South African universally recognized Zulu word we needed is sawbona … a greeting in place of hello, which means appropriately “I see you”… and am willing to engage deeply. ...