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It’s high time white Christians listen to our Black brothers and sisters
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 11:52am | 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 - 5:36pm | Type: Press

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

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 5:33pm | Type: Press

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

What Good Is Christian Faith to Contemporary Protesters?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 5:22pm | 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 - 2:27pm | 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 - 5:14pm | 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 - 12:41pm | 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 - 11:41am | 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: 01/22/2015 - 12:40pm | 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 - 6:32pm | 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 - 1:00pm | 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 - 10:47am | 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 - 12:19pm | 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 - 11:58am | Type: Press

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

Why Ferguson Must Lead to Change
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 11:38am | Type: Press

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

Thanksgiving and Ferguson: Lost in Translation
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 11:38am | 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 - 12:49pm | Type: Press

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

A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 12:42pm | Type: Press

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

Thanksgiving and a Theology of Despair
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 11:10am | 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 - 12:28pm | Type: Press

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

A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 12:27pm | 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 - 12:25pm | Type: Press

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

No Indictment in Ferguson Shooting
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 10:31pm | 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 - 3:06pm | Type: Press

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

Ferguson: Between Jesus and Barabbas
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 2:32pm | 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 - 4:18pm | 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 - 3:19pm | 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 - 1:21pm | 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 - 12:12pm | 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 - 1:39pm | 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 ...

Ending Implicit Bias
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, implicit bias, or latent racism, often becomes explicit, or manifest racism. Thus, African Americans are racialized as ‘black’ in a system of representation that represents a white supremacist r ...

A Christian Should Lead Christians
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Not surprisingly, the situation has become one of the latest talking points for Christians invested in the grievance industrial complex. The difference between this and much of the other ax-grinding is that in ...

One in the Lord
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Preaching the Word

Maria-Pia Negro A look at three multiracial churches—and how they got that way. ...

How Will The Region Handle Discomfort?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 5:10pm | Type: Press

November 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Krehmeyer ...

My Sin, Your Sin: The Way to Freedom
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Racism is a very complex issue. The harmful and sinful effects of racism affect millions of people’s lives. The spiritual and religious harms of implicit racism are only part of even more critical, social, emo ...

Gay Debate Challenges Traditional Definitions of ‘Evangelical’
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

Growing cultural acceptance of homosexuality is leading many Christians to reconsider their historic opposition. As intractable as the debate itself can be, American evangelicals nonetheless are experiencing l ...

Getting to Uncomfortable
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Press

November 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Krehmeyer ...

Elevating Our Cultural Competency: A Q&A with NPR’s Maria Hinojosa
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

"Having a diverse staff means that we want to elevate our level of cultural competency. It isn't just about being representative. It really is about cultural competency." ...

Jim Wallis: Want to change America? Then change Huntsville, change Alabama
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 11:35am | Type: Press

November 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Kay Campbell ...

Black-ish: Reimagining Blackness on Television
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 12:28pm | Type: Press

October 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

The Disunion of the Church
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Right now when I see the lived reality of the church in our world, it seems we are more in a state of dis-union than communion. One of the greatest sermons I ever heard on the sub ...

'Black-ish:' Reimagining Blackness on Television
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Each episode presents a universal situation that pushes a particular issue of culture within the African-American community. Ultimately, the situation presses the question: “What does it means to be black?” ...

Rabbi David Saperstein, nominated as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom, joins IMS conference in Huntsville
Originally Posted: 10/27/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Press

October 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Kay Campbell ...

WATCH: The Gun Conversation We Need to Have
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 1:42pm | Type: Press

October 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

'Forgive Us'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 2:28pm | Type: Press

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

What does it mean to act like white people?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Press

October 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Evangelical Institutions Lag Far Behind General Marketplace in Leadership Roles for Women
Originally Posted: 10/22/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Looking at more than 1,400 evangelical organizations, researchers for the Women in Leadership National Study found that women held 21 percent of board positions, 19 percent of top-paid leadership roles and 16 ...

Rev. Jim Wallis to White Christians: ‘You Can’t Say You’re Not a Racist if You Accept and Support Systems That Clearly Are’
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Press

October 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Taylor Gordon ...

The role faith leaders play in national crises like Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 3:12pm | Type: Press

October 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelsey Dallas ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: White Christians Must Repent for Tolerating Racialized Policing
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

October 17, 2014 Sojo in the News April Taylor ...