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Please Hear Those of Us Who Can't
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 11:01am | 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 - 4:03pm | 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 - 11:58am | Type: Press

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

In Search of the Real Alec Baldwin
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 1:22pm | 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 - 4:13pm | 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 - 11:08am | 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 - 2:26pm | 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 - 9:31am | 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 - 4:27pm | 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 - 9:39am | 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 - 10:04am | 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 - 5:13pm | 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 - 2:28pm | Type: Press

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

Subverting the Myth
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:06am | 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 - 3:11pm | Type: Press

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

Representing Christ in the Face of Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 11:11am | 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 - 2:20pm | 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 - 1:59pm | Type: Press

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

American Jews Say Others Face More Discrimination
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 9:43am | 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 - 9:02am | 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 - 4:40pm | 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 - 8:46am | 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 - 11:02am | 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 - 3:31pm | 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 - 12:54pm | 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 - 10:32am | Type: Press

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

Slave Mentality
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 8:30am | 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 - 2:02pm | 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 - 10:53am | 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 - 9:16am | 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 - 8:05am | 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 - 5:15pm | 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 - 5:11pm | 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 ...

'12 Years a Slave' Creates 'New Space for Antebellum Storytelling'
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave sits within and outside the Hollywood fantasy of antebellum life. Since the production of  The Birth of a Nation , Hollywood has lived with the ...

Myths We Live By? Voter Fraud & Jim Crow Dead And Gone
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 1:25pm | Type: Press

October 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Paul Louis Metzger ...

Asian-Americans Troubled by Stereotypes from White Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Asian-Americans — about 13 percent of whom are evangelical,  according  to the Pew Research Center — have been ...

The Church's Call in Educating Their Community's Children
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 7:22pm | Type: Blog

are overcrowded and supplies are not available. I think of the parable of the sower, Matthew 13. “…  ... a crop — a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. ” – Matthew 13:3b-8 NRSV I often ...

How Can People of Faith Help Students Achieve Their Potential?
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

Children from all racial and economic backgrounds have God-given potential and are truly “made in [God’s] image and likeness.” If given the opportunities and support, they will achieve. ...

Church Partnerships Working to Stop School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

We know that the pipeline is undergirded by Zero Tolerance policies, mass expulsions, unprecedented school arrests, inadequate school funding, and myriad other unjust policies that either criminalize our child ...

When Catholic Schools Fire Gay Teachers, Laity Push Back
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

A recent spate of sackings at Catholic institutions — about eight in the past two years — is wrenching for dioceses and Catholic schools, where some deem these decisions required and righteous, and others see ...

Program Aims To Build New Generation Of African-American Church Leaders
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Press

October 4, 2013 Sojo in the News J Michael Parker ...

Mapping Gandhi's Faith Journey
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel How did a skinny, shy, middle-class Indian come to lead one of history's great liberation struggles? ...

Is Christian-Owned Hobby Lobby Boycotting Hanukkah?
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Hanukkah comes early this year. But it apparently never comes to Hobby Lobby. Hanukkah comes early this year. But it apparently never comes to Hobby Lobby. The national craft s ...

From the Archives: November 1994
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Parker Losing Innocence I GREW UP in rural Mississippi, a black girl who lived “out in the booneys,” ...

I Emailed Pastor Rick Warren and There Is No 'If'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

There is no “if.” I am hurt, upset, offended, and distressed, not just because “an” image was posted, but that Warren posted the image of a Red Guard soldier as a joke, because people pointed out the disconce ...

Assault on Professor Part of Wave of Attacks on Sikhs, Muslims, Others
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Shortly after teenagers beat up a Columbia University physician Saturday, a Muslim woman was attacked a few blocks away. Shortly after teenagers beat up a Columbia University phys ...

Dear Pastor Rick Warren, I Think You Don’t Get It
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

This photo appeared yesterday on Rick Warren’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Apparently the image captures “the typical attitude of Saddleback Staff as they start work each day.” Hmmm. I didn’t realize Saddl ...

New Comedic Documentary Explores Muslims in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

Muslim stand-up comedy is nothing new. But what makes “The Muslims Are Coming” different is that it portrays what happens when a troupe of comedians performs before red state Americans in such places as Tennes ...

Muslim Clerk Wins Hijab Fight Against Abercrombie and Fitch
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

A federal judge ruled Monday that the Abercrombie and Fitch clothing chain violated federal anti-employment discrimination guidelines when it fired a Muslim employee in 2010 for not removing her religious head ...

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Burning Qurans
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Mike Ghouse is bringing his 10th annual “Unity Day USA” to the same Florida town where the pastor has threatened to burn the Qurans. Three years ago, a nobody from nowhere got fa ...