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Justice Delayed: About That Time We Executed A Child With A Bible
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

The difficulty of restorative justice, is that some things simply can’t be restored. The difficulty of restorative justice, is that some things simply can’t be restored. Certai ...

Half the Sky
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 5:36pm | Type: Product

Nicholas D. Kristof Sheryl WuDunn ...

On Scripture: Paul’s Call to Unity and Dr. King’s Legacy
Originally Posted: 01/20/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

There is no question that our nation is currently deeply divided about a great many issues. In our effort to enshrine him, some may have lost sight that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. too addressed a nation that w ...

Prophets, Questions, and a Dream
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Prophets are always asking questions. Tough questions. Unsettling questions. Questions that they pose to themselves, then try to answer by how they live. One of my favorite scenes ...

'Dear Martin': Bishop's Letters to MLK Trace the Highs and Lows in Race Relations
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 9:22pm | Type: Blog

The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with speeches, prayers, and volunteer service. The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin ...

Humanitarian Aid Needed as Central African Republic Regroups
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

After months of violence in the Central African Republic, signs of hope emerged following Friday’s esignation of interim President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicholas Tiengaye. ...

Women Photographers Shatter Middle Eastern Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

“She Who Tells a Story,” a photo exhibit now showing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and headed to other U.S. museums, features the work of 12 women from the Middle East who shatter stereotypes with works that ...

Christians at the Border
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 5:15pm | Type: Product

M. Daniel Carroll R. $9.95 9780801035661 ...

Sacking the 'Redsk*ns'
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Peggy Flanagan Just because racism is "tradition" doesn't make it right. I'VE NEVER FELT ...

Round Up the Usual Suspects
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Derrick Boykin "Stop and frisk" is unconstitutional race-based harassment—and it must end. DOMINIC ...

Five Things That Will Shock Our Grandkids About Us
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

In decades to come, we’ll look back at some norms of today and wonder how we tolerated them. I’m a big fan of the TV show Mad Men, which takes place in the midst of the Madis ...

In Missouri, Oak Scouts Offers an Alternative to the Boy Scouts
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

As the Boy Scouts of America gets ready to admit gay youth, one Missouri organization has already broken away, but not because it favors tradition. As the Boy Scouts of America g ...

The Bible, Bigotry And The Willie Nelson Look
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:37am | Type: Press

December 27, 2013 Sojo in the News vorjack ...

Kwanzaa Radio Program Continues 20-Year Tradition of Instilling Values
Originally Posted: 12/27/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

WHQR Public Radio's “A Season’s Griot” has been produced for more than two decades as the only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa radio show in the country. Kwanzaa began Wednesda ...

Yearning for the Pleasing 'Bubble' Version
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

“Bubble living” might be delusional, but it expresses deep and serious yearnings. “Bubble living” might be delusional, but it expresses deep and serious yearnings. Take “Champa ...

No, Megyn Kelly, Jesus and Santa Weren't White
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Rather than fight over Santa's and Jesus' race, it might be a good idea to confront the underlying issue of racism in America. Conservative talk show host Megyn Kelly cl ...

One Church, One Body
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis When racism is tolerated, the reconciling work of Christ on the cross is contradicted. IN OCTOBER, ...

Please Hear Those of Us Who Can't
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

In my naivety I believed that adult-onset hearing loss could be countered by a good hearing aid, allowing the user to have comprehension close to that of a person with “normal” hearing. That misguided belief w ...

Muslim Superhero Kamala Khan No Match for Real-life Islamophobia
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

When Marvel Comics announced the debut of its latest superhero — a 16-year-old Pakistani-American Muslim from Jersey City, N.J. — it was correctly seen as a positive development. ...

Only 19 Percent Are Women
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:58pm | Type: Press

November 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

In Search of the Real Alec Baldwin
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

Is Alec Baldwin a raging (literally) homophobe or is he a decent guy protecting his family and neighbors? Or, are we in the presence of scapegoating? Alec Baldwin was caught on ...

Faith Leaders Protest Race In Sentencing
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 5:13pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

The Most Ignored and Undervalued People Within Churches Today
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

Churches have a tendency to favor some groups but not others, resulting in discrimination instead of equality, exclusion instead of acceptance, and prejudice instead of fairness. ...

Concerned with Violence Against Muslims, Islamic Organization Visits Myanmar
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

At the end of a three-day tour, the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation told Buddhist-majority Myanmar to repeal “laws restricting fundamental freedoms” after more than 240 Muslims were killed by B ...

Oppression Is A Negative-Sum Game
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Press

November 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Art Carden ...

Adoptive Mom Finds Her Family a Visual Testimony to Kingdom of God
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

An interracial family finds itself a small, albeit imperfect, glimpse of what God’s kingdom promises to be ( Editor’s Note:  This piece was written to commemorate Adoption Awa ...

Why Racism Is (Almost) Omnipotent
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

This Advent season presents the church with a great moment — an opportunity — to sharpen its discernment. It is an opportunity for the church and the world to experience a new birth in love, racial justice, an ...

Racial Reconciliation Resources
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Racism continues to plague our nation. It doesn't have to be this way. Racism continues to ...

Southern Baptists' LifeWay Apologizes for Offensive Curriculum
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 6:13pm | Type: Blog

The president of Southern Baptist retailer LifeWay Christian Resources has apologized for publishing Vacation Bible School material nearly 10 years ago that “used racial stereotypes that offended many in the A ...

Who Would God Discriminate Against?
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Press

November 7, 2013 Sojo in the News Rachel Laser ...

Subverting the Myth
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 12:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marty Troyer A pastor's experiment in unmasking white privilege. I MET PASTORS Harvey, Alton, Charles, a ...

Mosaix 2013: Growing Multi-Ethnic Congregations That Reflect Unity, Diversity Of God's People
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Press

November 4, 2013 Sojo in the News Melissa Barnhart ...

Representing Christ in the Face of Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

On Oct. 13, Asian Americans United published an open ... On Oct. 13, Asian Americans United published  an open letter  asking the church to reevaluate its ... representation, stereotypes, The Call to Conversion) On Oct. 13, Asian Americans United published an open ...

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Press

October 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

'I Have A Complaint' -- No -- 'I Have A Dream'
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Press

August 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

American Jews Say Others Face More Discrimination
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

y they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, and blacks facing far more. American Jews say they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, ...

After Racial Strife, New Pledge Commits Christians to Unity and Solidarity
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 10:02am | Type: Press

October 24, 2013 Press Releases At the end of a year that exposed the ...

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

The most controversial sentence I ever wrote, considering the response to it, was not about abortion, marriage equality, the wars in Vietnam or Iraq, elections, or anything to do with national or church politi ...

The American Church's Absence of Lament
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

of the Psalms, but in the hymnal for the Churches of Christ, laments make up 13 percent, the Presbyterian hymnal 19 percent, and the Baptist hymnal 13 percent. Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) ...

Religious Leaders Hope New Film Brings Attention To Race Relations
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Press

October 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Herb Scribner ...

The 'S' Word, the 'D' Word, and '12 Years a Slave'
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

We do need racial healing. Our nation needs it desperately. I once spoke to a writing class at a respected evangelical university on the Good Samaritan, a basic message about God’ ...

Waiting for Another MLK
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

Are we waiting for another Dr. King? As I collect my thoughts to write these words, I’m mindful that I don’t honestly know what discrimination is. I have never (consciously) experienced discrimination because ...

'12 Years a Slave' Prompts Call For Racial Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Press

October 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Adelle Banks ...

Slave Mentality
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

Jesus shared the same experience as my ancestors, the enslaved African. My ancestors rescued that story, through faith in a living, breathing God. Crickets chirping, a branch crea ...

How Feeling Each Other’s Pain Changes Everything
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

When we identify with people, we extend our hearts and hands to them. Strange but beautiful things happen when we begin to identify with people who are culturally different. A fe ...

'12 Years a Slave:' A Film of Moral Gravity
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

If millions of Americans flock to the theaters to see 12 Years a Slave as they’re doing for Gravity, then perhaps some of these important conversations can be had — if not in our public media (most of which ar ...

Racism is a Sin Affecting Abuser and Abused
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

The ethos of slavery still runs deep in our national consciousness. Alfre Woodard, a supporting actress in the upcoming movie 12 Years a Slave, hopes that point is taken by all who see it. ...

Diversity Within the Divine
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Genesis describes a creator who loves diversity and thinks that the many, many differences in our world are very, very good. In the story of Noah’s ark, the creator insists on a boat big enough to preserve all ...

'12 Years a Slave' — Could It Happen Again?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

Only as we fight for political, judicial, economic, and educational freedom for all can each of us remain free. I watched  12 Years a Slave  today. The film is based on Solo ...

An Open Letter to the Evangelical Church: I Am Not Your Punch Line
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

When family drama shows up in the church, it grieves me. It riles me up like nothing else does because it is in my identity as a Christian and Jesus-follower where I am all of who God created me to be and has ...