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Jim Wallis: 'Ferguson is a parable about how black men are treated'
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:45am | Type: Press

January 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

Davos identifies the next major global theme: Include the Excluded – or else
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:16am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

To the Women: #MarchOn! — An Interview with 'Selma's Niecy Nash
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:07am | Type: Press

January 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Reverend Jim Wallis On Ferguson: 'We Need More Than A Commission, We Need A Movement'
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Paige Lavender ...

#ReclaimMLK Protests Call For A 'Year of Resistance’
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The protests were part a broader national movement motivated by organizations like Ferguson Action andBlackLivesMatter, dubbed the “Year of Resistance and Resilience.” Over Mart ...

The Wrong Messenger and the Smell of a Neck Bone
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Being the wrong messenger means that God will call you from the places where you feel you belong and teach you that if you find your dignity in God, you belong everywhere. I am th ...

Explaining 'Black Lives Matter'
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

It is difficult to understand why people, particularly Christians, view a statement as patently obvious as “Black Lives Matter” as a subject for controversy. However, sometimes the most obvious things still ne ...

In Times of Dire Distress
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

Living with, wrestling with injustice day in and day out is a bit like a kettle of water just about to hit boiling. At some point, the water boils, the steam is released. Maybe I ...

Why We Must #ReclaimMLK
Originally Posted: 01/19/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

We want unity under the American identity, but are not willing to do the hard work to create an environment that makes unity possible. “Radical simply means grasping things at t ...

LGBTQ Christians: Hope for the Unseen
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

As long as we LGBTQ Christians are shoved into the shadows of this faith community, no evangelical parent with a closeted child is going to know of another way until it’s too late to take it. No LGBTQ child is ...

Je Suis … [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris
Originally Posted: 01/15/2015 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

While the tenet of freedom of speech has been invoked throughout the media coverage of the attacks, the religious implications here run much deeper. They are about how we in the faith community should respond ...

Singing in the Rain to Support Our LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

Twenty years ago, I stepped away from the hateful speech thinking I was taking a step away from God and the faith in which I had been nurtured. But on Saturday, it was a clear act of faith and commitment to th ...

To the Women: #MarchOn! — An Interview with 'Selma's Niecy Nash
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

As I consider the roles of the women of the civil rights movement and look at the prominent place of women in today’s #blacklivesmatter movement, I am struck. The hashtag #blacklivesmatter, which helped galvan ...

A Challenge to My White Brothers and Sisters — Acknowledge Your Defensiveness and Learn to Listen
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Resist control. A conversation is the easiest form of releasing power. If you can’t do that, you will have little success doing so in systems, structures, and interpersonal relationships ...

Selma: We Are, Because You Were
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 12:39pm | Type: Press

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

A Christian Mother’s Response to Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

My beautiful child, may you always know love for who you are. If you can’t count on that from the world, know what you can at least count on that from me. My Darling Daughter: ...

'Selma's David Oyelowo on Playing MLK and What It Means to Be a Christian
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

“I always knew that in order to play Dr. King, I had to have God flow through me because when you see Dr. King giving those speeches, you see that he is moving in his anointing,” Oyelowo said. ...

‘Selma:' We Are, Because They Were
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

Selma is an amazing film, but as I watch the Civil Rights movement unfold before my eyes, it's not the past that haunts me. It's the present. In the first moments of  ...

FBI Investigating Explosion Near NAACP Yesterday; Twitter Protests Lack of News Coverage
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

A makeshift bomb placed outside a local chapter of the NAACP in Colorado went off yesterday, releasing smoke but failing to ignite a gasoline can placed beside it,  Newsweek reports . There were no injuries. The FBI has declared the bombing ...

People Get Ready
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Becca Hartman-Pickerill If Jen Bailey is emblematic of her generation in a ...

If the Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage in 2015, How Will Evangelicals Respond?
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

Even though about half of conservative Christians now believe that gay marriage is inevitable, don’t expect them to slip quietly into the night. Ten years after Massachusetts bec ...

The flawed worship of privilege and power
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:42am | Type: Press

January 4, 2015 Sojo in the News Robert Azzi ...

Poverty amid plenty
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 5:36pm | Type: Press

December 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Henry McLeish ...

White Christmas, Black Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 5:34pm | Type: Press

December 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Robert P. Jones ...

Advent as Protest, Christmas as Revelation
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 5:24pm | Type: Press

December 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

The Year of Outrage
Originally Posted: 12/29/2014 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Here’s the deal: our outrage grows from our most vulnerable places, our basic fear that things are not as they should be. Optimism tends to accompany a new year. But we leave 2 ...

2014: A Year of Progress, But a Long Way to Go on Path to Equality
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 5:38pm | Type: Blog

Like with many other justice issues in the past, entire new movements are calling God’s people forward, deeper into realizing the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven. And though there is still a lot of ...

How Adoption Has Forced Evangelicals to Grapple With Race Relations
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

aren’t alone: A new Gallup poll found that 13 percent of Americans believe racism is the country’s ...

Can the Church Offer More than Candlelight Vigils for Justice?
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

It’s critically important that the church declare injustice to the world as the church. And there is undoubtedly a profound power to the people of God declaring, like the psalmists, hope in lament. But the chu ...

An Inconvenient Truth: Everyone Is Created and Loved by God
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

created and loved by God. Jesus says (John 13:35, NASB): By this all men will know that you are My ...

American Nuns: Grounded Leadership in Conflict
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 8:32pm | Type: Blog

In a situation that could have escalated badly, American sisters rose to the occasion. Last week the Vatican released the final report on its unprecedented investigation of Ro ...

How A Drunk Man Got Home One Christmas Eve
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 6:07pm | 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 - 6:22pm | 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 - 11:47am | Type: Press

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

#DialInForJustice
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 6:35pm | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 11:39am | 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 - 12:12pm | 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 - 4:05pm | Type: Press

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

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Press

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

Are We Missing the Prophetic Connection?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 11:34am | 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 - 11:37am | Type: Press

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

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 1:20pm | 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 - 4:41pm | 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 - 12:37pm | 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 - 10:47am | 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 - 11:58am | 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 - 3:21pm | 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 - 2:56pm | 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 - 10:36am | 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 ...