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How A Drunk Man Got Home One Christmas Eve
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

I’d never seen a black person in my neighborhood. Many people in my neighborhood wouldn’t have welcomed a black person to their door. This was the 1960s. I was 6 years old, gro ...

Wearing Black in Advent
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

13 times the median wealth of black households. In Wisconsin and Dane County, where I live, ...

Clergy and Millennials Pursuing Justice in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Press

December 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Harold Dean Trulear ...

#DialInForJustice
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

the church — to call the State to fulfill its mandate to advance the common good (Romans 13 ...

Rabbi David Saperstein Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

The Senate has confirmed Rabbi David Saperstein as the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, making him the first non-Christian to hold the job. ...

Churches and Conversations on Race
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 10:39am | Type: Press

groups have played a key role in many of the protests. This weekend (December 13-14) many churches ...

'Some Folks Just Woke Up:' Families of Victims of Police Brutality Join 'Justice for All' March in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

“We will march until hell freezes over. And when it does, we will march on the ice." “Excuse my ignorance, I thought I was a  free  black man.” “I’m 11 [years old], I ma ...

Who Wants to Talk About That?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Press

December 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Tom Driver ...

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Press

December 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Are We Missing the Prophetic Connection?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

May we use this Advent connection to bring divine light to the nasty here and now.   Editor's Note:  This post  originally appeared  at the  Ame ...

The Untold Story of Hope Unfolding in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Press

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

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

Many white Americans tend to see this problem as unfortunate incidents based on individual circumstances. Black Americans see a system in which their black lives matter less than white lives. That is a fundame ...

Advent as Protest
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

while blacks comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up nearly one third (31 percent) ...

Making Common Cause with the New Freedom Fighters
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Our nation stands at a crossroads moment as the simmering crisis around policing and our justice system reaches a boiling point. Recent cases of police violence in Ferguson, Cleveland, and now Staten Island ha ...

A Celebration of Life
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

I am led to think of the joy the families of these dead men and boys must have felt at their birth – a moment of endless possibilities – and I also think of the finality – the end of chances represented by th ...

Jesus Can't Breathe
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

My friend Peter Heltzel, along with a cohort of some 75 faith leaders in New York, have called the lack of police accountability in New York and elsewhere “a spiritual problem.” They’re right, and it’s a probl ...

Four Questions for Beth Katz
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés Jenna Barnett A brief interview with the founder of Project Interfaith  ...

An Education in Implicit Bias
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper We are not racists, but we accept a system that acts in racist ways.  2014 WAS NOTHING if ...

Retreats Aim to Help LGBT Youth Recapture Some of Their Broken Spirituality
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

“Most LGBT adults have left their childhood religion because of rejection they’ve experienced,” Ryan said. “So many have a lack of rootedness and connectedness. (Reciprocity’s) approach is helping to restore a ...

Can The Privileged Imagine Injustice?
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Imagination is defined as, "The faculty of imagining or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses." For privileged Christians who have lived the majority of ...

It’s high time white Christians listen to our Black brothers and sisters
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Press

December 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Jonathan Merritt ...

After Ferguson and Eric Garner decisions, white Christians say it’s time to stand with blacks
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Adelle M. Banks ...

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

What Good Is Christian Faith to Contemporary Protesters?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

How can we continue to cultivate a Christianity that does not abandon the body to cultivate the soul, but neither abandons the soul to improve the body? And how can we put into practice such a non-dualistic fa ...

The Most Affirming Sanctuary of My Life (So Far)
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

It was a Galatians 3 kind of room — a reminder that in Jesus there is no longer “Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female.” Gay or straight. “For all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” ...

No Justice, No Christmas? Why Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s Deaths Make Advent Matter
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

This year many of us will experience Christmas not as the shepherds, but as the wise men. If we have the courage to peer through the darkness, we’ll see love as a twinkle in the distant sky. We’ll pack up life ...

Are We Ready to Listen?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

What is it like to have people look at you every day and decide that because of one physical feature, you must be a bad person? A dangerous person? A worthless person? A person to be watched closely? ...

Listen and Learn
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

African-American friend, and I thoroughly enjoyed her company. My roommate and I hung out with her often, and 13 ...

D.C. Protesters Confront Police, Christmas Season in March for Racial Justice
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

"How dare we as Christians celebrate the birth of our Christ, the birth of our leader, the birth of our savior, if we cannot help and stand together and save our fellow brother? If we cannot do what he to ...

Bill Hybels Speaks Out on Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor for Willow Creek Community Church, spoke out last week on the ongoing Ferguson protests. In the video, shared this week by Willow Creek Church-affiliated artist group The Tungsten Co ...

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

As I listened, I realized America would be converted by these young people’s honest and earnest conversation — they would win the national debate about our criminal justice system’s response to young people of ...

#BlackLivesMatter: Why We Need to Stop Replying ALL LIVES MATTER
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

There’s this microaggression happening online, offline, and all around that has a nice sentiment, but really needs to stop. Can we call for a week-long moratorium on decrying “ALL LIVES MATTER?” ...

Sojo Stories: Matthew Vines on 'God and the Gay Christian'
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Matthew Vines took a leave of absence from his Harvard studies to explore what the Bible says about homosexuality. As a conservative evangelical Christian with a high view of scripture, Vines struggled to reco ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: 'White Privilege’ Is A Euphemism For ‘White Supremacy’
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Press

November 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Marc Lamont Hill ...

Why Ferguson Must Lead to Change
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Thanksgiving and Ferguson: Lost in Translation
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

If there is anything I learned from my Monday night glued to television screens watching my former home of St. Louis in flames it’s that this “conversation” everyone keeps saying we need to have is happening i ...

Faith leaders urge peace, change in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Kellner ...

A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Thanksgiving and a Theology of Despair
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Well, call me the Scrooge of Thanksgiving, but I’m just not feeling thankful. The more someone tells me to “Be thankful!” the more I feel a sense of despair. Are you feeling pres ...

A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:28am | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

We now all have the chance to examine the evidence — released last night — in the grand jury’s decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson, who fired multiple bullets into Michael Brown. But the ...

The Grand Jury, Ferguson and Michael Brown
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:25am | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

No Indictment in Ferguson Shooting
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 9:31pm | Type: Blog

A grand jury has found that no probable cause exists to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, on Aug. 9, said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attor ...

Tamir Rice: Not a boy with a toy in a park, but a black male with a gun
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 2:06pm | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Nick O'Malley ...

Ferguson: Between Jesus and Barabbas
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

All eyes are on the jury, yet many of us who are watching realize that the real power does not reside in Gov. Jay Nixon or the grand jury, but in us. Just as it is the crowd who sways Pilate to crucify Jesus, ...

Reconciling the Faiths: An Interview with Fr. Nabil Haddad
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

“Do not make the religion of Islam the problem,” he said. “Instead use our vibrant witness – that is what is lacking in other societies.” Fr. Nabil Haddad is a passionate and ener ...

An Open Letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Press

November 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Lila Pays It Forward: Helping LGBT Refugees Find a New Home, Life
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

their daughter’s family in Rostov. In 1992, when Sam and Michael were 20 and 13, the Katzes received permission ...

The Grand Jury and the Rorschach Test
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

By presenting all the evidence to laypeople, reportedly without legal interpretation, McCulloch is basically raising a proverbial Rorschach to the grand jury and saying, “see what you see.” That is not a passi ...

An Open Letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

This is an open letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon urging him to maintain peace and protect those exercising their right to free speech. I encourage you to read the letter and join me and others across the coun ...