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The Inaugural Prayer We Didn't Hear
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Claire Albert An inaugural prayer should connect the particularities of one ...

Calling of the Shepherd
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis A prayer for the new pope to fulfill, in fresh ways, the promise of Vatican II. WHEN POPE BENEDI ...

What Does It Mean to Be on God's Side?
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The need for the common good has never seemed so timely. I RECENTLY FINISHED a new book, which we ...

A Struggle for the Nation’s Moral Center
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

anti-violence and the power of forgiveness. And Mona Schlautman, whose 15-year-old son, Jeremy Drake, ...

Dear President Obama: Do Not Visit Bethlehem’s Nativity Church
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

I suggest that as the president enters the town, from Jerusalem I presume, that he takes a look to his right, and he will see the separation wall. It is hard to miss. It is that ugly concrete structure that gi ...

On Scripture: Pressing On Toward Higher Goals
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Apparently, we live in a country that values the freedom to own guns, even overly powerful ones like assault rifles. “Second Amendment rights” are invoked as if our founders could predict the kinds of weapons ...

'Good Choice, Mr. President:' Jim Wallis on New Faith-Based Office Director
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis' statement on Melissa Rogers as head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The White House announced today the appointment of Me ...

New Film Explores Export of American Culture Wars to Eastern Africa
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

What a study found in Uganda was that “religion was being used to demonize and even to kill.” When Ugandan parliament member, David Bahati, introduced the so-called “Kill the Gays ...

COMMENTARY: Leaders Who Can Act like Grown Ups
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Government by the immature is proving to be a disaster. ... Immature leaders put off important decisions and get lost in small concerns. They take sides like schoolchildren rather than seeing the needs of the ...

Why We Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

It’s been 50 years since several significant events of the civil rights movement of the 1960s occurred, yet our society is still plagued with systemic racism. It’s been almost 150 years since we abolished slav ...

Muslims Detail Fear from NYPD Spy Probe
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Muslim and civil rights organizations say a New York Police Department program to secretly monitor Islamic communities has created so much fear and suspicion among Muslims that many find it impossible to lead ...

Alabama Civil Rights Site Declared National Historic Landmark
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Today, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, made famous on Bloody Sunday, was declared at National Historic Landmark, along with 12 other sites, by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. ...

Rand Paul, Drones, and Honor
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

While I stand with Sen. Rand Paul on the question of the use of militarized spy drones in American airspace and (potentially) on Americans, I am deeply troubled by our use of these weapons in other lands, too, ...

The Sequester: Pocket Change?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

This is not responsible governing. This is not even responsible debate. This is a case of policymakers telling blatant falsehoods to disguise the fact that they did nothing to protect programs like WIC and Mea ...

Are Women the Secret Weapon in Battle for Food Security?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

in monetary terms, would be equivalent to 15% of GDP in low-income countries, rising to 35% in middle-income ...

Congressman John Lewis Tells the Story of the March from Selma to Montgomery (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:21pm | Type: Blog

Congressman John Lewis boarded my bus from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham, and this living testament to nonviolent activism told us his story. This past weekend, The Faith and Politi ...

Joe Biden, John Lewis, and the Long Road to Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:24pm | Type: Blog

Vice President Joe Biden at Civil Rights landmark: "... it took me 48 years to get here." This year marks a long list of anniversaries in our nation's long march fo ...

Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled at Capitol, Celebrated by AME Church
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, a day for members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own. ...

Voting Rights Act Challenge: The Fight Continues
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Indeed, as Frederick Douglass wrote, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” I was on the airplane, looking forward to reading Taylor Branch’s n ...

Did You Watch It? "Makers: Women Who Make America"
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Last night, PBS aired Makers: Women Who Make America a joint effort documentary by PBS and AOL, which chronicles the last 50 years of the women’s liberation movement in the United States. ...

LATEST ON VAWA: House Backing Down
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Democrats expect that the House will finish debating the GOP version of the bill on Wednesday or Thursday and fail to get enough votes; then will vote and receive the necessary votes on the Senate-passed bill ...

Women To See Higher Prices For Long-Term Care Insurance
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Genworth Financial, the country’s largest long-term care insurer, has announced that starting this spring it will take gender into account when setting premiums on new policies. ...

House Introduces Own VAWA Bill
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

On Friday, House GOP leaders released their own Violence Against Women Act bill that strips protection for the LGBT community by removing all mention of sexual orientation and gender identity from the bill and ...

Negative Impact of the Sequester on Women and Families
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

According to a new state-by-state analysis released today by the Center for American Progress, if Congress fails to act by March 1, millions of women and children across the United States could lose the critical support and services they need.  ...

South Korea’s First Female President Sworn into Office
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

History was made in South Korea today as the first female president, Park Geun-Hye, of the Saenuri Party was sworn into office. History was made in South Korea today as the fir ...

Voting Rights Act is an Important Moral Statement
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

and proportionality” and “coverage formula.” In my mind, the legal issues are easy. The 15 th  Amendment ...

Personal Encounters Lead to Push for Women’s Advocacy
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

Melanne Verveer, the first U.S. ambassador for Global Women’s issues has been urging governments and leaders around the world on improving the lives of women. Melanne Verveer, th ...

Egyptian Women Speak Out Against Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Violence against women at protests is at a chronic level due to security breakdowns and mass protests that are not policed. Violence against women at protests is at a chronic le ...

Changing Poverty Into Opportunity: A Moral Cause To Bring Us Together
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Fighting poverty must not be a partisan issue. When we look at both the causes and the solutions, this battle should bring both liberals and conservatives together. Overcoming poverty, by creating opportunity, ...

Afghan Women and Girls Victims Increases, UN Says
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

There has been a increase in the number of Afghan women and girls killed or injured in the last year while going about their daily lives. On Tuesday, the United Nations reported ...

What would Jesus cut?
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Press

February 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Neologophilia ...

Leaving Fantasy Island: A Call for the Church to Respond to Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

with those who weep (Romans 12:15, NASB).” How can we not look at the 15,000 gun-related suicides per year ...

An Amazing Journey
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

Joshua DuBois reflects on his years with Barack Obama. From the Senate staff to the 2008 campaign to the White House, Joshua DuBois has been President Obama’s top faith advisor. L ...

Call and Response: What the President Did This Week
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Whoever is willing to protect the poor and vulnerable in our fiscal debates and commit to overcome poverty with new opportunities will find the faith community at their back, at their front, and on both their ...

Newtown ‘Debacle’ Reopens Old Wounds for Missouri Synod
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

ST. LOUIS — A decision by the leader of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to censure a pastor for participating in a prayer service for victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre has reopened old wounds for an ...

House Passes Bill Requiring FEMA to Deliver Storm Aid to Houses of Worship
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Following more than 200 houses of worship being denied FEMA aid following Superstorm Sandy, on Feb. 13, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 592 with a vote of 354-72, to clarify that houses of worship are ...

TRANSCRIPT: State of the Union Address 2013
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 12:40am | Type: Blog

by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs.  And I ask this Congress to help create a network of 15 ... We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years.  (Applause.)  We have doubled the distance our ... in the last 15.  Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods -- all are now more frequent and more intense.  We ...

SOTU: Time for Common Ground for Common Good
Originally Posted: 02/12/2013 - 11:35pm | Type: Blog

There was truth tonight in the president’s State of the Union message. There was truth tonight in the president’s State of the Union message. There was truth that the rising c ...

Pope Benedict’s American Fan Club Full of Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Not all Catholics appreciated Pope Benedict XVI’s staunch defense of Christian orthodoxy, traditional marriage, and life from conception to natural death. But American evangelicals sure did. ...

An American Pope?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s extraordinary visibility and popularity are being cited as factors that could make him the first American with a realistic shot at being elected pope when the College of Cardinals gath ...

An Open Letter to the President: Avert Climate Catastrophe
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Circumstances have conspired to place you at the presidential helm during a moment of unprecedented global crisis. "Lincoln’s writings speak to me ... that though we may ha ...

Episcopal Bishop Schori Addresses Senate Committee on Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 02/12/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

Episcopal Bishop Schori on preventing gun violence Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, submitted written testimony today to the U.S. Senate ...

From the Archives: March-April 1999
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Jean Casolo 'If Not Us, Who?' IN A CROWDED auditorium [in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch] ...

Pope Benedict XVI Announces Resignation
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI announced today he will step down on Feb. 28, citing his advanced age. Pope Benedict XVI announced today he will step down on Feb. 28, citing his advanced age. T ...

A Grateful Farewell
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

The good news is that this is not a farewell to Joshua for us in the faith community. He will still be part of “us” and is beginning a new project designed to connect faith communities, government, businesses, ...

Catholic Bishops Reject New Contraception Proposals
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

The nation’s Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the Obama administration’s latest proposals to broaden accommodations for religious groups in regulations that require insurance companies or employers to pro ...

DuBois Leaving White House Faith-Based Post
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

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

Stand and Support the Violence Against Women Act
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

The Violence Against Women Act is up for a vote in the Senate next week, and Americans from every corner of the country are calling our policymakers to reauthorize this important legislation. ...

The Second Amendment Can't Heal Trauma
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

How did this gun-owner-since-he-was-eight find himself at a prayer vigil to end gun violence on the steps of the Michigan state capitol? How did this gun-owner-since-he-was-eig ...

President Obama's Faith on Display at National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

Invoking once again the spirits of Lincoln and Dr. King — and reemphasizing his own personal faith — President Barack Obama called for humility and a focus on common ground in his remarks at today’s National P ...