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What One Person (or Two) Can Do in Transition Cultures
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 11:48am | 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. ...

Loretta Lynch Supporters Hold ‘Pray-In’ on Capitol Hill to Urge a Vote on Her Confirmation
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

African-American women of faith joined other women and political leaders in a “pray-in” on April 15 to call on Republicans to quit delaying the confirmation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. ...

Vatican Ends Controversial Investigation of U.S. Nuns with Olive Branch
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Both sides also reaffirmed a commitment to maintaining unity and keeping the faith and spiritual practices of the Catholic Church at the heart of their common mission. The Vatican ...

Canadian Supreme Court Rules Against Prayer at City Council Meetings
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

The court said a nondenominational prayer is still religious in nature and would exclude nonbelievers. Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that a small town in Quebec may not open it ...

Next Up at Liberty University: Jeb Bush
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

Jeb Bush will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University on May 9, becoming the second GOP presidential contender to speak at the Christian school this year. Jeb Bush ...

Panel Offers Pastors Advice on Becoming ‘Ministers of Reconciliation’ in African-American Communities
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:16pm | Type: Blog

Christian ministers should establish relationships with law enforcement, seek ways to become moral authorities in their communities, and listen. Christian ministers should establ ...

Report Counts Sharp Spike in Global Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:18pm | Type: Blog

(9 vs. 4), Italy (23 vs. 12), and Sweden (17 vs. 3). However, the highest number of violent cases ...

Pope Francis Throws the Weight of His Office Behind Tackling Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ...

Oklahoma Satanist Church Wants Permission to Distribute Books in Elementary School
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Adam Daniels, the church’s leader, said he wanted to give students a copy of “Ahrimani Enlightenment,” a primer and workbook normally given to new members of the church. Less than ...

Coercion or Persuasion? On Religious Liberty and LGBT Rights
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

The present tension between religious liberty and LGBT rights is unsustainable, but it is not insurmountable. The limiting of religious freedom is a perpetually contested question ...

Children of Holocaust Survivors More Anxious About Iran Nuclear Threat
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

A study by researchers at Bar-Ilan University has found that the adult children of Holocaust survivors are more fearful than their mainstream peers about the threat of Iran developing a nuclear weapon. ...

Lonely Widower Takes Lead in Landmark Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

1/2-hour round trip. “It was all about wanting to say, ‘I do,'” Obergefell says. “It would have ...

NJ Catholic School Teacher Reinstated After Anti-Gay Facebook Posts
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

with misinformation.” But on March 12, the day before Immaculata announced Jannuzzi’s suspension, Principal Jean ...

5 Things to Watch as the 2016 Campaign Gets Underway
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

As presidential candidacies multiply and campaigning accelerates, we can expect much tawdriness to occur. These are difficult times in American democracy. Money will pour into negative campaigning and ideological posturing. Lies will become the norm. ...

Religious Leaders Urge Sen. Marco Rubio to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:36am | Type: Press

where their next meal is coming from. Within the Hispanic community, more than 12.8 million people, ...

Religious Leaders Urge Hillary Rodham Clinton to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Press

April 12, 2015 ... RELEASE                                                                                                                       April 12 ... a Priority Washington, D.C., April 12, 2015 – As former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham ...

Religious Leaders Urge Sen. Ted Cruz to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:24am | Type: Press

March 27, 2015 Press Releases The Circle of Protection today asked Re ...

Religious Leaders Urge Sen. Rand Paul to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:18am | Type: Press

April 7, 2015 Press Releases As Sen. Rand Paul launches his president ...

U.S. Catholic Bishops Back Obama on Iran, Warn Congress Against Meddling
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Catholic bishops have welcomed the Obama administration’s tentative agreement aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The U.S. Catholic bishops have welcomed the Obam ...

Five Faith Facts About Marco Rubio: ‘Once a Catholic Always a Catholic’
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla,), who is expected to launch his presidential campaign April 13, often talks about faith and wrote about his religious convictions in his 2012 book, “An American Son: A Memoir.” ...

Faith communities, World Bank find extreme poverty a common foe
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Press

April 10, 2015 Sojo in the News Dennis Sadowski ...

More Than the Eye Can See
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

What we see in life is more than what the eye beholds. A person or circumstances right in front of us can be merely the surface of someone or something more profound. "We do ...

'Keep on Walking' to Justice
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

The message of Good Friday/Easter events in South Africa is always to “keep on walking” on the “Long Road to Freedom” — keep on marching no matter the odds. As with lady apostles on the way to the tomb or us a ...

5 Faith Facts about Hillary Clinton, Social Gospel Methodist to the Core
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

She was, is, and likely always will be a social-justice-focused Methodist. As she embarks Sunday on her 2016 presidential campaign, one facet of Hillary Clinton, 67, is unchanged ...

How religion became a destructive — and redemptive — force for ‘Black Lives Matter’
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Religious leaders and World Bank commit to ending extreme poverty
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 2:38pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Bani Dugal ...

The Long History of Sexual Baiting in America’s Effort to Extend Civil Rights
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

We cannot understand the new religious freedom law in Indiana and others like it apart from the highly sexualized backlash against America’s first two Reconstructions. From Ava Du ...

Army Chaplains Need Training to Help Suicidal Soldiers
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Chaplains who are part of the Army’s first line of defense against suicide say they need more training in how to prevent soldiers from killing themselves. Chaplains who are part o ...

Obama Backs Efforts to End Ex-Gay Therapy for LGBT Teens
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

President Obama is lending support to efforts to end “conversion therapy” that seeks to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian, and transgender youth. President Obama is l ...

Update: Open Letter to Franklin Graham
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

One month later, the open letter’s original team of writers, along with the Sojourners community, has been deeply encouraged by the broad support the letter has garnered. Thousands of faith leaders across the ...

‘Grace Notes:' The Quiet Unshakable Faith of Hillary Clinton
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

As one who has been on the receiving end of Hillary’s grace notes, I now find joy in places I once never even bothered to look. Late on a Saturday night in 2012, I received word f ...

A Historic Chance to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

The goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is now possible when it hasn’t really been before. But it will take all of us to accomplish it. We have a vision.   End extreme poverty ...

The Truest GOP Believers? Mormons
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

Mormons lean more heavily toward the Republican Party than any other major demographic group. Mormons lean more heavily toward the Republican Party than any other major demographi ...

Christian Dominance and So-Called 'Religious Freedom'
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Often the rhetoric used by members of dominant groups insinuates that when people outside of their dominant group ask for equal rights and the opportunity to participate fully in American life, they are actual ...

4 Notable Remarks from President Obama’s Easter Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

President Obama turned both personal and preachy April 7 during his annual Easter Prayer Breakfast. President Obama turned both personal and preachy April 7 during his annual East ...

Our American Spring: Shining a Little Light on Discrimination
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

People of goodwill aren’t sitting back and waiting in safe comfort for the bigots to run out of steam. Little by little, the direct sun of spring is vanquishing the snow of this l ...

Republicans, Religious Groups Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Gay Marriage Bans
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Republican officials and religious organizations dominate a growing list of more than 60 groups urging the Supreme Court to uphold state bans against same-sex marriage. Republica ...

Creating Your Own Life-Changing Encounter
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

not come at a more timely moment. The headlines of major newspapers over the past 12 months, from  ...

Five Faith Facts About Rand Paul: ‘My Faith Has Never Been Easy for Me’
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Randal Howard “Rand” Paul , the junior Republican from Kentucky, is expected to launch his 2016 campaign on April 7. Sen. Randal Howard “Rand” Paul , the junior Republican ...

A National Campaign for ‘Islam a la Francaise’ Takes Root Amid Growing Radicalization
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

Sunlight slants across a classroom at the Catholic University of Lyon, where the Bible dominates an evening lecture. The subject may not seem surprising in this ancient city that was once a bastion of French Catholicism and a hub for Christian missio ...

Americans Split on Businesses Turning Away Gay Weddings
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Where is the American public on this debate? It depends on how the question is asked. A host of governors, CEOs, and church leaders call Indiana’s new religious freedom law a bac ...

Weekly Wrap 4.3.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 8:55pm | Type: Blog

1. At Least 10 Religious Groups Have Come Out Against Anti-LGBT 'Religious Liberty' Laws "While substantial attention has been paid to the lawmakers, athletes, businesses, and celebrities who ha ...

Indiana Lawmakers Agree to Amend ‘Religious Freedom’ Law
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The proposal, rolled out at the Statehouse, would grant new protections for LGBT customers, employees and tenants. Indiana Republican legislative leaders, under growing pressure ...

Outrage Over RFRA Might Be A Fear Of Christians
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I believe it is my responsibility to listen. Here is what I am hearing: Christians are not trusted. Or another way to say it: The anger and frustration surrounding the passage of RFRA is really ...

Can a Muslim President Defeat Boko Haram? Nigerians Are Betting on It
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A northern Nigeria Muslim leader who promised to pursue a nonreligious agenda as president will now have to deal with an Islamic terrorist insurgency that has wreaked chaos in the country’s north. ...

Religious Freedom or Discrimination?
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

For the past several days Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has found himself at the center of a political firestorm over his state’s adoption of a new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. F ...

#blacklivesmatter in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ‘A.D.’
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

they listened. I’m glad for that.” Now, in a partnership with the 12-part NBC miniseries, an African-American ...

Called to Lead, Bank Accounts Be Damned
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper We watched our white peers accept the same salaries but somehow take vacations and buy homes—while we scrimped to pay ...

The 3 Bad Bills of March: Congressional Immigration Update
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Although the legislative status varies for each piece, it is imperative for the public to be aware of the immigration reform policies being considered and how they impact our communities. ...

Yearning to Breathe Free
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

to volunteer in the Sacred Heart kitchen. In her 12 years as director of the Food Bank in Cooke County, Texas, ...