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Freedom Summer Volunteers Inspired by More than Just Idealism
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

On June 2, 1964, while hundreds of Freedom Summer volunteers were still finishing their training in Oxford, Ohio, three civil rights workers went missing in Neshoba County, Miss. ...

'Get Them When They're Young!'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Asra Q. Nomani The Child Evangelism Fellowship targets children as young as 4—threatening them with hellfire and damnation—and runs &quo ...

In and Out of the Zoo
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:56pm | Type: Blog

I suddenly saw, in a tangible sense, her desperate hunger for companionship, belonging, connection – with anything – anyone. I couldn’t imagine what a horrific vacuum her childhood must have been. ...

Deep In My Heart
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the senseless slaughter and lynching of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner during Freedom Summer in Mississippi. They gave their li ...

Ratio Imaginis
Originally Posted: 06/20/2014 - 6:39am | Type: Blog

I wonder how many of us listen to Scripture with a positivist ear, with the hope of being told what to do or how to live. If we do, today's readings might be a hard word, indeed. "Thanks be to God?&q ...

Washington-area UCC Votes to Boycott Washington NFL Team
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The United Church of Christ for the mid-Atlantic region passed a resolution Saturday asking its 40,000 members not to buy game tickets or wear any souvenir gear of the Washington NFL club until it changes its ...

Inspired and Inclusive Equality
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Working as a university writing and literature professor in a conservative college town in the Bible Belt, I have seen the views of Christian students change on the issue of LGBTQ inclusion over the last decad ...

1,100 Clergy, Religious Leaders Call For Sentencing Reform In Federal Drug Cases
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Press

June 3, 2014 Sojo in the News ENews Park Forest ...

From the Archives: July 1991
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Melanie Morrison An Issue of Justice MOST discussions about the Bible and homosexuality are limited to a hand ...

The Stubborn Persistence of 'Jew-Hatred'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee The term "anti-Semitism" hides an ugly history of racialized animus. THE SHOOTINGS ...

COMMENTARY: Cardinal John O'Connor Would Have Made a Great Rabbi
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

In April 1908, Dorothy Gumple, a 19-year-old Jewish woman living in Connecticut, converted to Roman Catholicism. In April 1908, Dorothy Gumple, a 19-year-old Jewish woman living ...

How Brown v. Board of Education Still Shapes Our Religious Life
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Not long ago, I visited Topeka, Kan., to teach at one of those grand old mainline churches that got caught in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education. Not long ago, I visited ...

The Uncommon Tour
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Campaign

Bring The Uncommon Tour To You! Testimonials Resources and Links ...

Mandatory Minimums: How Long Does it Take to Learn Your Lesson?
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

Enthusiasm for mandatory-minimum sentencing reform has several factors fueling it. Many faith communities express concern about the impact of excessive sentences on individuals and their families. ...

Moses Rising
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Most people consider the story of Moses a fable, myth, or maybe even ancient history — but not the kind of history capable of repeating itself. Except that it has been repeated. History is rampant with faith-f ...

Does Jesus Love African-American Males?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! I recently held a To ...

Survey: More Than One in Four Globally Infected with Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

nations, where 13 percent hold anti-Semitic attitudes, the survey found. The poll is 11 questions ...

What The NFL Doesn't Want You To Think About
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Coalition of United Methodists Won't Hold Event in Atlanta Due to 'Racially Offensive Practices' of the Atlanta Braves
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of United Methodists has decided not to host an event planned for the summer 2015 in Atlanta due to "racially offensive practices" of the Atlanta Braves. A g ...

Introducing 5 Small Loaves
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

This past decade of living on the Navajo reservation has taught us that our community, the church, our country, even the world is in critical need. But God had also been pounding into our heads, that we, peopl ...

What the NFL Doesn’t Want You to Think About
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

“Redskins.” The name of Washington, D.C.’s football team is a racial slur, a racist epithet. The U.S. trademark office agrees; so does the dictionary. “Redskins.” The name of Was ...

More U.S. Latinos Shift and Drift Outside the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

A new report on the “Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos” reads very much like a biography of Fernando Alcantar. A new report on the “Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos” re ...

Report: Internet Hate Speech Can Lead to Acts of Violence
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Anti-Muslim hate speech on the Internet is commonplace and can motivate some people to commit acts of violence against Muslims, according to a report released Tuesday by Muslim Advocates, a legal and advocacy ...

Open Letter to White People: Why I am Donald Sterling and So Are You
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

We need to take a long, painful look in the mirror. The image we see will make us uncomfortable, but, tragically, it is us. The image staring you back at you is the image of Donald Sterling. ...

Punishing Donald Sterling Is Good, But It Doesn’t Mean Racism Is Dead
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

The ugly racial statements of the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sparked a series of hopefully historic events over the last several days. The ugly racial statements o ...

Donald Sterling: Facade, Fiction, And Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Punishing Donald Sterling Is Good, But It Doesn't Mean Racism Is Dead
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why I Feel Sorry for Donald Sterling
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 7:51pm | Type: Blog

The Donald Sterling I see is a man who has tirelessly sought fulfillment in ways that have not yielded the return he desired. As such, he’s tried to backfill that emptiness by subsidizing his relationships wit ...

5 Reasons the 9/11 Museum Should Drop 'Islamist'
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

On May 21, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York is scheduled to release “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” a seven-minute film telling the story of the attacks. Full disclosure: I have not watched th ...

Donald Sterling: Façade, Fiction, and Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 6:48am | Type: Blog

Sterling does not “support them.” He pays them for work. He does not “give them food.” He gives them a wage for employment. He does not give his players “clothes, and cars, and houses.” The Clippers Corporatio ...

Turning Toward Pentecost: Remembering the Women
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

This Easter Sunday, we must remember the women. The women were there at the foot of Jesus’ cross. The women were there when they laid him in the tomb. The women walked throu ...

Getting Beyond Infighting to a Unified Church
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

The mission of God is reconciliation and the vocation of God’s people, the church. When we spend more time attacking each other rather than attacking the areas of brokenness in our world, we become a reflectio ...

Q&A: World Vision President Rich Stearns on Sponsors, Staff Lost Over Same-Sex Marriage Announcements
Originally Posted: 03/28/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

In an interview with RNS on Thursday, Stearns suggested that the number of sponsors lost was under but around 5,000. Those who sponsor a child pay $35 each month, so the loss could have tallied up to $2.1 mill ...

The Criminality Of Blackness
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Press

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

Evangelical Giant Changes Policy On Same-Sex Employees, Exposes Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:34pm | Type: Press

March 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Elizabeth Drescher ...

World Vision and the State of American Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

In our waywardness, we are willing to withhold our money to make a political point. And we justify it by saying this is an issue of “the Gospel.” But in the words of Brian McLaren, “If the Gospel we preach is ...

7 Lessons About Peace From My Time in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

There is no place on earth that has exploited human story and experience for the sake of a tourist “experience” more than in the Holy Land. Having just gotten home from guiding an ...

VIDEO: "American Promise"
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors What does it take to educate and parent African-American children, all while maintaining family values? ...

A Lenten Commitment to Homeland Insecurity
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

While the need for protection from harm is both natural and commendable, we are forced to consider whether protection itself can eventually become harmful, unnatural, and even condemnable. ...

Time To Stop The Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers Of Color
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Press

March 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Time to Stop the Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers of Color
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

These children are our children. These men are our brothers. Are we our brothers’ keepers? As Christians, our answer must be yes. I have a vivid memory of my first visit to Sing S ...

Dillard Brings Brain Food To The Masses With Renowned HBCU Lecture Series
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Press

January 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Jarrett Carter ...

Enduring Family Values
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Counter to the stereotypes, a new study shows that African-American men are exceptional fathers. ...

A Faith, Broken: When Inclusion Evokes Christian Ire
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

For those of us who see the dissolution of imperialist Christianity as both a matter of justice and an opportunity for Christianity’s empire-shaking, subversive potential to be more fully realized, this is, in ...

Citizen Action Making a Vital Difference in South Africa
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Changes require a more broadly palliative and increasingly active new generation —inspired by a Mandela-type cultural magnanimity that loves justice and spurns vengeful spirits — to join with the emerging forc ...

To Young Christians Speaking Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination: Thank You
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Press

February 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Pastors, Christian Leaders Blast Michael Dunn Verdict And Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 1:27pm | Type: Press

February 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

Why Arizona’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Was Religious But Not Christian
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Christianity, and any religion that emphasizes the unity of humanity over our differences, is therefore not a religion like other religions. Christianity is therefore more radical than most of its adherents re ...

To Young Christians Speaking Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination: Thank You
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

“Never in my life has my very faith been called into question like this.” That’s what young evangelical writer Jonathan Merritt told me this week. His statement followed a media firestorm, ignited when both he ...

Just ‘Love the Sinner.’ Period.
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

I hate the phrase because I think it’s a totally screwed-up, backwards, un-Christlike, and unbiblical way to approach ministry and the world in general. I hate the phrase, “Love t ...