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What One Businessman Learned About Success from Trappist Monks
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Driving through the Spanish moss-draped gates of the Mepkin Abbey Trappist monastery in Moncks Corner, S.C., businessman August Turak felt as if he had just lost a whole lot of weight. ...

Why Grieve for Trayvon?
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

I began to think that tragedies like these cause us to slow down, and even come to a stop. They cause us to open our eyes for a moment and see that our actions have consequences. But on the other side of these ...

'Why Are White People So Mean?'
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

At last, she raises her voice and asks: “Why are white people so mean?” Boom! The electricity of America’s third rail crackles through the train. Faces fold in like origami or turn blank like a screensaver. ...

An American Story
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

The story of Trayvon Martin is a story that must be lamented if we are to write a story of justice in the weeks, months, and even years ahead. So my first response this week is lament and deep sadness. ...

Lament From a White Father
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Press

July 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Thousands of Athletes to Compete in “Jewish Olympics”
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

More than 1,100 American Jewish athletes will be competing in the Maccabiah Games, known as the “Jewish Olympics” and held in Israel once every four years. More than 1,100 America ...

Raising Black Boys in America: An Interview With Leroy Barber
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Hate is useless. Don’t let hate sink into your soul, because hate will destroy you. And respond with love even if it’s hard. I try to teach my boys that, and raise them that way. Editor’s Note: On Saturday, July 13 th , a jury ...

Christians in Sudan Face Increased Hostility
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Despite a promise by the Sudanese government to grant its minority Christian population religious freedom, church leaders there said they are beset by increased restrictions and hostility in the wake of the So ...

Progressive Faith Leader Jim Wallis Issues Harsh Rebuke of Zimmerman Acquittal: ‘Racial Profiling Is a Sin in the Eyes of God’
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 1:28pm | Type: Press

July 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

The Truth About Religious Freedom in the Military
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Serving in the armed forces is one of the most honorable professions one can choose in our society. And putting one’s life on the line in defense of freedom is a sacrifice the rest of us can never repay. ...

Lament from a White Father
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Racial profiling is a sin in the eyes of God. It should also be a crime in the eyes of our society, and the laws we enact to protect each other and our common good. It’s time fo ...

Trayvon and George: A Tale of Two Americas
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Jesus said that true justice exceeds that of “the scribes and Pharisees” — and the same could be said of the prosecution and defense. Legal justice seeks only to assign guilt or innocence. Holistic justice wor ...

Tisha B’Av: An Unloved Jewish Holiday Alters its Rituals
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

Most people have heard of Hanukkah and Passover and maybe Yom Kippur — the Jewish Day of Atonement. But Tisha B’Av? Most people have heard of Hanukkah and Passover and maybe Yom ...

Paganism is Transforming. Not Everyone Got the Memo.
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Is calling someone a “pagan” a bad thing or a badge of honor? Do we even know what the term means? Is calling someone a “pagan” a bad thing or a badge of honor? Do we even know wh ...

For Some Converts, Ramadan is the Loneliest Time of Year
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Since converting to Islam more than five years ago, Paul K. DeMelto of Cleveland has done all he could to become a more knowledgeable Muslim, attending a new converts class and hiring Arabic tutors to help him ...

America’s Great Divide
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

that while  13 percent of drug users are African-American , they account for 38 percent of drug arrests ...

Principled Pluralism: The Challenge Of Religious Diversity In 21st Century America
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 9:16am | Type: Press

July 2, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Value of Connections
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

For our three-night sojourn in coastal Maine, far from crowds and constructive work, we stayed at a lovely bed-and-breakfast here called the Hodgdon Island Inn. For our three-nigh ...

San Diego Judge says Public School’s Yoga Instruction Not Religious
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

A California judge ruled Monday that the teaching of yoga in public schools does not establish a government interest in religion. A California judge ruled Monday that the teaching ...

Hot Dogs for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel I felt the horror of a kid caught in a grade school coolness competition. WHEN I WAS growing up in ...

Paula Deen: Scapegoat du Jour?
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Extreme polarization like this is a symptom that scapegoating is underway, so I suggest everyone take a deep breath and back away from the deep fat fryer while I offer a few scapegoating observations. ...

Equal Justice Under the Law
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

The words above the Supreme Court read, “Equal Justice Under the Law.” This week, two Supreme Court outcomes dramatically affected the reality of those words. The words above the ...

Rick Santorum: Faith-Based Movies Will ‘Rival Hollywood’
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It’s not the message you might expect to hear from Rick Santorum, the Christian-conservative former presidential candidate: Faith-based films tend to be lousy, and Christians should quit trying to lock modern ...

What SCOTUS Could Learn From Paula Deen
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

We can move on from the outcry over an older, white Southerner using epithets she claims to have grown up with. Deen does not make decisions for our country or for our voters. The Supreme Court does, and unfor ...

Pope Francis: Christianity is Incompatible with Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

In his first official meeting with a Jewish delegation, Pope Francis on Monday reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s condemnation of anti-Semitism and vowed to further deepen Catholic-Jewish relations. ...

Watch the Vote: Supreme Court Effectively Kills Voting Rights Act
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 5:38am | Type: Blog

Blood had to flow from Edmund Pettus Bridge to prompt Congress to craft its original list, which was still largely viable. I fear blood may have to flow again before Congress and the will of the American publi ...

COMMENTARY: The Real Threat to Marriage
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

As I officiate at a family wedding in this charming coastal city, it seems to me the institution of marriage is alive and well — and in serious trouble. As I officiate at a family ...

Jesus and Affirmative Action
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

In a vote of 7-1 on Monday, the Supreme Court sent an affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas, back to the lower court for a re-hearing, while reaffirming the benefits of diversity in institutio ...

D.C. Imam Provides Counseling, Weddings, and Prayer Space for Gay Muslims
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

programs around the world. All the publicity has brought him more work. Over the past 13 years, he said, ...

Exodus International’s Alan Chambers: Bending History’s Arc
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

The arc of history is being shaped before us, and as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., foretold, it is bending toward justice. Not for some, but for all. Thank God. And thank you, Alan Chambers. ...

Britain’s Girl Guides Drop Oath to God
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

For more than 100 years, Britain’s Girl Guides took an oath to “love God and serve the King/Queen.” For more than 100 years, Britain’s Girl Guides took an oath to “love God and se ...

Mother Dolores Hart, from Kissing Elvis to Joining the Convent
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

The way fans reacted to Dolores Hart’s decision to become a cloistered nun, you might have thought the movie star had announced her intention to kill herself. The way fans reacted ...

Online Muslim Forums Foster Tolerance and Fuel Vitriol
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Amid calls to get more Muslims using the Internet, experts who have studied Muslims online caution that the virtual Islamic community can be a “double-edged sword.” Amid calls to ...

35 Years Later, Some Black Mormons See Lingering Prejudice
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

June 8, 1978, was a sacred, momentous event — a revelation — that catapulted Mormonism into a new era of global growth. June 8, 1978, was a sacred, momentous event — a revelation ...

Lifetree Cafes Offer Space for Tough Topics
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

On a recent Monday evening, a room inside Christ Community Church was transformed into a coffeehouse with fresh-brewed coffee, plenty of popped kettle corn and the thorny subject of racism on the table. ...

Religious Leaders Welcome FBI Hate Crimes Reporting
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

For Raed Jarrar, the FBI’s decision Wednesday to begin tracking hate crimes against Arabs is a battle won in a larger war. For Raed Jarrar, the FBI’s decision Wednesday to begin t ...

Report Draws Attention to Hindu Hate Crimes
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

With the release of their ninth annual report, members of the Hindu American Foundation are pushing policymakers to take action against international human rights violations directed at Hindus. ...

Citing Risk to Adoptions, Missouri Gov. Vetoes Anti-Shariah Bill
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have made his state the seventh in the nation to prohibit judges from considering Shariah, or Islamic law, and other “foreign laws” in their decisions. ...

A Passing of the Baton
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper If Bernice King had been born on time, her daddy's letter might never have been written. ...

Recognizing 'Christian Privilege'
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 1:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rabbi Seth Goren How the dominance of Christianity affects interfaith relations. BECAUSE I'M A Jew in Be ...

One Scouts Ban Remains Intact: Atheists
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to accept openly gay Scouts has raised the question: Are atheists and other nonbelievers — the only remaining group BSA still bans — next? ...

Oklahoma Muslims Aid in Tornado Relief in Bid to Build Bridges
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Oklahoma is probably one of the tougher places to be a Muslim in America, but Muslims have stepped in to help with the cleanup of a massive tornado that killed 24 people. Oklaho ...

Will There Be a ‘Mass Exodus’ of Religious Groups from the Scouts?
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Now that Boy Scout delegates have taken their long-awaited vote and permitted openly gay Scouts, will there be a mass exodus by religious groups? Now that Boy Scout delegates ha ...

Pentecost and the Crucifixion of Privilege
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

While we continue to live in a society that unjustly rewards some at the expense of others, the Gospel exposes and crucifies such circumstances, and in doing so, we are set free from the lures of privilege and ...

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Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Product

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Pentecost and the Sin of Racism
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ (Acts 2.1-13, NRSV) Within ...

The Voices Project: Offering Perspective to Places of Power
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

The Voices Project has become a natural expression of black leaders who often live and work cross culturally. We are not angry; we are not looking for a fight. We are speaking to each other, supporting our dyn ...

Anti-Shariah Movement Changes Tactics, Gains Success
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

The new bills are more vague and mention only foreign laws, with no references to Shariah or Islam. They also make specific exceptions for international trade. All of that makes them harder to challenge as a v ...

From Diversity to Pluralism
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Bridges don't fall from the sky; people build them. THE TERM “DIVERSITY” in professional and ...