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Reflections on an Election Year Holy Week
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I have for you, that you love one another" (John 13:34) as he washed h ... to when Jesus said, "A new commandment I have for you, that you love one another" (John 13 ... to when Jesus said, "A new commandment I have for you, that you love one another" (John 13 ...

Readers Speak Out on Body Image and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Many thanks to the folks who answered <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/20/share-your-strength/" href="../2009/03/20/share-your-strength/">our request</a> for your thought ...

The Other March Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Well, March Madness is now over. Well, March Madness is now over. Every year around this time, there's a disturbing report or two highlighting the low graduation rates of Afr ...

What Keeps Us From Living MLK's Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last year Naomi Tutu and I met on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to keep vigil on the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friends joined us from around the cou ...

The Day MLK Died
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The new Life.com features <a href="http://www.life.com/image/51419416/in-gallery/24651">a collection of never-before-published photos</a> of the events in the hours immediately following ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

She is a girl whose father sold her to strangers. They took her far from home, and now she is a prostitute. He works for no money paying off the debt of a long dead ancestor. She ...

Afghanistan's Anti-Woman Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely restricts the rights of women. Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely rest ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

'Women Should Remain Silent'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Many of us were raised in churches that taught that women should be silent in the church because of the teachings of Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:34. Many of us were raised in churche ...

John Hope Franklin: Scholar, Activist, Truth-teller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>John Hope Franklin lived through most of the twentieth century. He was a gentle man, a scholar, an activist, and a truth-teller. He studied history and he helped to make it.</p> ...

Sin Nombre: Immigrants as Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

President Obama recently addressed the crying need for comprehensive immigration reform. He reminded us that we are a nation of immigrants. President Obama recently addressed the ...

In Praise of Dimples
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

There are just a few days left to <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/20/share-your-strength/" href="../2009/03/20/share-your-strength/">share your thoughts</a> about eating ...

Mocking Our Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/19/im-taking-down-all-my-miley-cyrus-and-jonas-brothers-posters/">Eugene Cho posted his thoughts</a> on how it hurt him and his children wh ...

You Can't Say That on TV, Mr. President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I woke up this morning to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donnie_Simpson">Donnie Simpson</a>'s voice (yes, my alarm clock is tuned into morning hip-hop jams on <a href=" ...

I'm Taking Down All My Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers Posters
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Enough is enough! Enough is enough! I bit my tongue several months ago when Miley Cyrus came out with her chink-eyed picture . Last summer, I was pretty furious ab ...

Impeach the Pope?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

So there was a fascinating <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/03/impeach_the_pope.html" target="_blank">editorial</a> in <em>The Washingt ...

Audio: Who is in Control? Wealth and Wisdom
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>It's always difficult to find just a few minutes from Pastor Efrem's sermons to highli ...

Hope for Women in Ministry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I don't honestly think about "women in ministry issues" a whole lot. I guess I just go about my work not thinking of myself as a female pastor, just a pastor. I have almost never felt ...

Is the 'Ebony Experiment' Wrong?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

An <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-buying-black-09-mar09,0,5889126.story">article</a> in the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> caught my attention this week. ...

The God Who Sees: International Women's Day Synchroblog
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Shortly after I took a position as Children's Ministry Director at a small Baptist church, I sat down with the kids under my care and asked them what questions they would like to ask God. ...

The Danger of Deception
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

How many times have we heard that women are more easily deceived than men? How many times have we heard that women are more easily deceived than men? In overt and also subtle ways ...

Blog and Preach to Honor International Women's Day This Sunday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Each year on March 8 the world takes time to observe <a href="http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp" target="_blank">International Women's Day</a>. ...

Examining Paul's Perspective on 'Authority'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Ev ...

Gender, Genetics, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"The difference between men and women," the humorist Dave Barry says, "is that, if given the choice between saving the life of an infant or catching a fly ball, a woman will automatically choose ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

The Sad State of Dialogue on Civil Unions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am an evangelical Christian who attends church regularly, so I was surprised to see a worship service on the grounds of the Hawaii state capitol this past Sunday. I am an evange ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

From Cultural Conformity to Biblical Obedience
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p align="justify">So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. ...

10 Reasons We Don't Like to Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, I shared a post titled "<a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/19/eric-holder-on-america-and-race-a-nation-of-cowards/" href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/19/eric-holder-on-am ...

India's Women Stand Up to Religious Bullies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the end of January in Mangalore, India, a group of right-wing extremists, the Sri Rama Sena, entered a bar and assaulted the women there. At the end of January in Mangalore, In ...

Poem: Freedom's Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Freedom is on my mind. In the case of South Africa, political freedom was achieved almost 15 years ago. It was a freedom from the heresy of Apartheid. Freedom is on my mind. In th ...

New York Post Monkey Cartoon: Beyond the Pale
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

What?! Really... the editors of the <em>New York Post</em> thought this would work?</p> What?! Really... the editors of the New York Post thought this woul ...

Eric Holder on America and Race: 'A Nation of Cowards'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Are you a coward? Chicken? When it comes to the issue of race, why are Americans [including Christians] so reticent and reluctant to engage in honest conversations? What are we scared of? ...

Stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>It was very humiliating to be handcuffed in front of my family's business, in front of customers and neighbors. It was very humiliating to be han ...

Audio: Improving Our Party Invitations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, with Acts 2:36ff as his text, Pastor Efrem describes the church as the expression of the invitation to the party of God's kingdom -- and questions why so few are saying yes. ...

The NAACP Century
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>With the bicentennials of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin the subject of numerous conferences, articles, and television shows this month, we also should remember another important commemoration in ...

Rare Repentance: John Lewis Receives Apology from Attacker
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-bio-john-lewis"></a>I have been studying the civil rights movement for over a decade, and continue to ...

Tulia and Jena: America in Miniature
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I moved to Tulia, Texas, in the summer of 1998, a year before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/10/the-war-on-drugs-in-tulia-texas/">a massive drug bust decimated the black side of town< ...

Women Leaders in the Early Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

the point that both Male and Female have equal standing before G-d (see also Romans 2:11 and 10:13 ... the point that both Male and Female have equal standing before G-d (see also Romans 2:11 and 10:13 ...

Tips on Bridging the Persistent Digital Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Even in our current political climate, as President <a title="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1XWvs7SL5I&amp;eurl=http://www.freepress.net/ Obama demands" href="http://www.youtube.com/wat ...

Kingdom Values Over Cultural Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Do you find it curious that some Christians seem entirely focused on gender differences? Have you also noticed that this is rarely the posture of scripture? Do you find it curious ...

Black and White Like Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I took my 11-year-old daughter to the Cheetah Girls concert a week after Election Day. Stood in line for 20 minutes with other moms to buy her overpriced popcorn and soda. Forked over the rest of the ...

Service Careers Still Valued Less than 'Real Jobs'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In December an Australian cell phone company refused to sell a phone to a stay-at-home mom because she didn't have a real job. In December an Australian cell phone company re ...

Secretary of State Clinton Promises Action Against Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

their average age 13. What is especially heartbreaking about this situation is that effective public policy ...

God Showing Up in Older Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It's happened twice in as many months: God showing up in an older woman. A stranger offering me her blessing. Not offering it so much as insisting on it, now that I think about it.</p> ...

When One Suffers, All Suffer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependence, our mutuality, and our oneness as the church? Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependenc ...

God's Inaugural Spokespersons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I thought God -- the real God, the One who cares passionately about justice, peace, and diversity -- came out rather well in the inaugural ceremonies.</p> I thought God -- t ...

An Inauguration Pilgrimage: Dreams From My Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We waited for 30 minutes. Standing, awkward, we looked up at the board. When I arrived at Penn Station the board said train #167, enroute to Washington D.C., "25 mins late"... Five minutes l ...

More About Bishop Robinson's Lost Inaugural Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am thankful that <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/2009/01/21/bishop-robinsons-lost-prayer/">Cathleen Falsani's blog post included the text of the prayer given by Bishop Eug ...