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Elevating the Issues: Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 12:59pm | Type: Product

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STORY MAP: The Great Divide
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés A map depicting the lives lost at the hands of police brutality.  How many times can history rep ...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Voter Suppression Guide
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés An infographic on voter suppression.  According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 22 states hav ...

The Valley of Lament
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Many of us are more comfortable on the plateau of rage or the plain of apathy.  WE HAVE AM ...

The Self-Destruction of Mark Driscoll
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood Churches—like everybody else—needs accountability.  OUTSIDE OF BUSINESS circles, accountabilit ...

Finding Hope in South Africa
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis I eagerly await to see where the "rainbow generation" will take South Africa.  SOUTH AFR ...

How to Suppress the Vote
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana Why powerful people are working to curtail voting rights in America (for certain people, that is).  ...

November 2014
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:37am | Type: Magazine Issue

November, 2014 How to Suppress the Vote: Millions of American will line up to vote in the midterm elections. Many of them will be turned a ...

Following Evangelicals, Traditional Catholics Create a Health Insurance Alternative
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

If you are a Christian who doesn’t smoke, abstains from sex outside your heterosexual marriage and can get your priest to vouch that you go to church at least three times a month, you may qualify for a new Cat ...

Pope Francis Wanted Open Debate. With Clashing Cardinals, He’s Got It
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Leading up to a Vatican summit on family life that Pope Francis opens on Oct. 5, high-ranking churchmen have fiercely debated church teaching — and criticized each other — in sharp exchanges that offer a rings ...

Tensions at Episcopal Church’s Oldest Seminary Reflect Larger Crisis in Future of Theology Schools
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Several faculty members at the Episcopal Church’s oldest seminary are battling with the school’s leadership, although neither side agrees whether they quit, were fired or staged a walkout. ...

Why Chris Christie and Jeb Bush Were Snubbed by Social Conservative Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were not invited to a major gathering of social conservatives in Washington last weekend in what was viewed as a serious snub of two men consider ...

The Measure of a Christian
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

This identity as a beloved child of God extends past ideological differences in the world, to doctrinal differences in the church. I hate to be yet another critic (because it seems that this is what Christians ...

Religion Loses Clout: Why Many Say That’s a Bad Thing
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

it was 10 or 15 years ago, said Smith. He cited examples in previous elections where contentious religious ...

Social Justice for Us Today: Sojourners' Summit
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Press

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Five Reasons to Love Sojourners' 'Summit for Change'
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Press

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Jim Wallis at Synod: 'Politics and markets are riddled with sin'
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Press

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What Does It Really Mean to ‘Believe?'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Given that the crux of this issue revolves around what InterVarsity’s student leaders ostensibly do or do not believe, perhaps this is an opportunity for Christians to (re)consider their affinity for “belief s ...

Catholic League Drops Out of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over Row About Gays
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

After organizers agreed to allow a gay and lesbian group to march, William Donohue of the Catholic League announced that his organization would not take part in next year’s popular celebration of Irish-America ...

Ted Cruz Booed Off the Stage When He Touts Israel-Christian Solidarity
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Markoe  covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining ...

New ‘Nuns on the Bus’ Tour to Tackle Political ‘Dark Money’
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

This time it’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which hits the road Sept. 17 for the third time in three years, a monthlong trip though 10 key U.S. Senate battleground state ...

Weekly Wrap 8.29.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

1. Photo Essay: On the Ground in Israel and Gaza Two photographers spent the beginning of August chronicling the latest outbreak of violence for New York Times Magazine. The images tell the story of war. ...

Seeing Justice As Part of Discipleship — and Our Worship of God
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

And sometimes, when I hear folks talk about justice in the church, I cringe … I cringe because if we’re not careful, we’re again compartmentalizing justice rather than seeing it as part of the whole Gospel; We ...

Christians, Yazidis Need More Than Escape: Catholic Relief Official in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Kris Ozar, 37, is in charge of programming for Catholic Relief Services in Egypt and is now in northern Iraq coordinating the charity’s emergency efforts with other groups, such as Caritas Iraq. He has been wo ...

Someone Tell the President: Iraqi Christians Are Dying
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results have been deadly. It’s starting to seem as if t ...

US Must 'Destroy' Islamic State, Say Religious Conservatives
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of more than 50 religious leaders, led by mostly conservative Catholic, evangelical, and Jewish activists, is calling on President Obama to sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremis ...

Bibles Booted from U.S. Navy Base Guest Rooms
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Navy will no longer allow Bibles and other religious materials in the guest rooms of Navy lodges, a decision that has infuriated some conservative groups, which recently learned about the new policy. ...

Has Humanity Entered a New Depth of Degradation?
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. It seems Isl ...

Is Ebola a Curse from God? Some African Christian Leaders Think So
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

As Western nations evacuate their citizens from West Africa’s growing Ebola outbreak, some Christian leaders have begun to speak of the virus as a curse from God. As Western natio ...

Weekly Wrap 8.8.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

1. U.S Considers Air Strikes and Air Drops to Help Iraqis Trapped on Mountain by ISIS "The move comes as Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city, was all but abandoned as the jihadist group Islamic ...

Ebola Treatment Prompts Criticism from Ann Coulter, Donald Trump, Ben Carson
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

Prominent conservative voices are criticizing the decision to bring two medical missionaries who contracted Ebola back to the United States for treatment. Prominent conservative v ...

Islamic State Accused of Capturing Yazidi Women and Forcing Them to Convert, or Else
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Senior leaders in Iraq’s minority Yazidi community say their wives and daughters, forcibly held by Islamic militants, are being given a choice: Convert to Islam and marry jihadists — or else. ...

The Biblical Case Against the Death Penalty, From a Former Supporter
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

Because I spent the majority of my life being in favor of capital punishment I know the arguments. I know the reasoning, and I understand the Scriptures used to support that view. ... the arguments for an alte ...

Dispute Over Israel Funding Has Jewish Film Festival in London Looking for New Home
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

A London theater is refusing to host the UK Jewish Film Festival because it receives partial funding from the Israeli Embassy. A London theater is refusing to host the UK Jewish ...

What Congress Can Learn from a Town Dump
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

I went to the town dump today, and I found it open, functioning, filled with people doing the right thing in the right way, giving useful advice to a novice, and able to drive in and out without mayhem, all un ...

Sayeeda Warsi, First Muslim in British Cabinet, Resigns Over 'Indefensible' Gaza Policy
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The first Muslim to serve in a British Cabinet resigned Tuesday over her government’s “morally indefensible” policies in Gaza and its role in the Middle East peace process. The fi ...

Italy Expels Imam for Preaching Hatred Against Jews
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Italian officials on Tuesday moved to expel a Moroccan imam who was caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. Italian officials on ...

Islamic Extremists Impose Reign of Terror on Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women ...

No 'Pope Francis Effect' on Capitol Hill Gridlock
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? The epitome of its dysfunction may have arrived with last week’s ...

Uganda's Anglican Leader Doubles Down on Anti-gay Law
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Uganda’s top Anglican leader criticized the constitutional court for striking down the country’s controversial anti-gay law on a technicality, saying the law is still needed to protect children and families fr ...

What You Can Do
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick Elder Seth Kershner Four ways to organize around military testing and student ...

September/October 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Is Anyone Answering Iraqi Christians' Cries for Help?
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country’s se ...

State Dept. Should Act on Pakistan's Religious Freedom Violations, Watchdog Group Says
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

An independent religious freedom watchdog panel has welcomed the State Department’s annual religious freedom report and its list of the world’s worst offenders, which had laid dormant for three years. ...

Appeals Court Ruling Clears Way for Gay Marriage in the Heart of Bible Belt
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as ea ...

The Headlong Retreat into Childhood Partisanship
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When I was a child, I lived in a black-and-white world of all-this or all-that. When I was a child, I lived in a black-and-white world of all-this or all-that. Humankind meant ...

China's Grim Religious Freedom Problem
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

religious practice and culture. Beijing also continues its relentless 15-year campaign to obliterate ...

Rabbi David Saperstein Tapped as First Non-Christian to Serve as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Monday said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. ...

Have Corporations Become Modern-day Golems?
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

Corporations are not people — no matter what five Supreme Court justices and a failed presidential candidate may say. Corporations are not people — no matter what five Supreme Cou ...