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God and Science
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

Lately, Bill has been in the news cycle because of a video he made about creationism. In this video, Bill argues that the religions that teach stories of creation that oppose a contemporary scientific understa ...

Sharing the Crayons
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

All that we have is given to us — life, love, compassion, our very existence. None of it is earned. Each breath is a freely given gift, each heartbeat a moment of divine grace, each day another opportunity tha ...

Lincoln, Christ, and America's State of Exception
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

Lincoln’s many triumphs as an Oscar-season contender, its lasting effect is its surprisingly mature meditation on wisdom, freedom, and the necessity of employing the former when granted the latter. ...

Court Upholds Indiana’s Ban on Secular Wedding Officiants
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 8:25am | Type: Blog

A federal court in Indiana has rejected atheists' requests to preside at wedding ceremonies, saying only clergy or public officials are licensed to solemnize marriages. A fe ...

Conservatives, Progressives Call for Action on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Today, both progressive and conservative leaders from the business, law enforcement, and faith communities came together in Washington, D.C., during the two-day National Strategy Session to launch a new consen ...

The REAL War on Christmas: Congress’ Budget Negotiations

Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As political leaders engage in negotiations to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” we need them to preserve programs that reduce poverty and keep our families healthy. Unfortunately, House Speaker John Boehner ...

Bibles, Badges, and Business: Forging Consensus on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

It’s quite an accomplishment to get Bibles, Badges and Business together all in one room and agreeing on something this big. This reminds us all that Christmas and the holiday season really is a time for mirac ...

Poll: Most Americans Say Employers Should Cover Contraception
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

A new poll shows that almost two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) believe businesses should be required to provide contraception coverage for free, even if it conflicts with the owner’s religious ethics. ...

Water as a Women’s Issue
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

of death of women of reproductive age (15-44 years old) globally.  “HIV,” Ambassador Verveer said, “has ...

Do Young Voters Need a Business Education, or Are We On the Right Track?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

A number of polls suggest the economy is actually a top priority for most young voters. As it happens, though, young people seem to have very different ideas on how best to handle economic instability than the ...

December 2012 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Product

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Court Says Catholic Businessman Can Fight Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

A federal appeals court on Wednesday temporarily blocked the enforcement of the Obama administration's contraception mandate while a Catholic business owner appeals a lower court's ruling that tossed ...

Grover’s Gofers: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

compromised. Last year they cut $1.5 trillion in discretionary funding, including international programs ...

Jewish and Christian Leaders Try to Revive At-Risk Interfaith Group
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 6:18pm | Type: Blog

As a coalition of mostly Christian groups gathered here Thursday to support church leaders who have publicly questioned U.S. aid to Israel, those same church leaders signaled that they want to reconcile with t ...

Catholic Intensity Fades as Evangelical Devotion Surges
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

After November’s presidential vote, Catholics could cite ample evidence for their renewed political relevance while dispirited evangelicals were left wondering if they are destined to be yesterday’s election n ...

Secession Theology Runs Deep in American Religious, Political History
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

and running with it. Radio host Alex Jones , whose show airs in 60 markets, alleged on Nov. 15 ... dissolved into 15 separate states two decades ago. In his view, petitioning the federal government ...

Falling off the Fiscal Cliff: 5 Things You Need to Know
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

As the country braces for another fiscal showdown in the nation’s capitol, here’s five things you need to know on the issue likely to dominate the news over the next several months. ...

Starting the 'Christmas Tithe'
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Let’s start “A Christmas Tithe.” Let’s spread the idea to our kids, our families, our friends and neighbors, and to the members of our congregations. Religion is far too judgmenta ...

On Scripture: After the Chaos Ends
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

No politician wants to look weak – even before a god. According to Jeremiah, the leaders of Judah have prioritized – not the building of an ethical community – but their own comfort and position. ...

Church of England Faces Backlash Over Rejecting Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

When the Church of England scuttled plans to allow women bishops on Nov. 20, incoming Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called it “a very grim day for women and their supporters.” ...

Church Power!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kendall Clark Baker Building community and clout through congregation-based organizing. In any genuine comm ...

Who Speaks for Catholics?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Before the election, several bishops went so far as to threaten their parishioners with eternal damnation if they voted for Obam ...

The Seeds of Epiphany
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper May God cause us to cry out to those mountains of injustice, "Oh freedom!" In th ...

PACs Gone Wild
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman Big Money's corrupting influence on the elections is way out of hand. Here's how to fix it. ...

Dear Congress, This Holiday Season, Don’t Make the Poor Poorer
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

This week, the Circle of Protection, released an open letter to the president and Congress with a simple message: during the holidays, please “advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them p ...

I Have Seen the Problem, And It Is Us
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

When the storms of life hit, some call themselves “makers” and dismiss the “takers” as lazy. NEW YORK — It's a short walk from Ground Zero to the Staten Island Ferry terminal ...

George Harrison: From 'Taxman' to 'I Me Mine'
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

In the mid-60s, songs like “Taxman” and “Think for Yourself” show Harrison as a fierce individualist. But by the end of the Beatles in 1969 George had undergone a spiritual transformation that made him perhaps ...

New Congress More Religiously Diverse, Less Protestant
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

in Congress remains the same, at about 3 percent, or 15 seats overall. Roman Catholics appear to be the big ...

Progressive Christians Enter the Age of Relevancy
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

The Huffington Post reports: It's been a sobering few decades for Christians who work alongside the poor, claim their feminism, respect scientific discovery, care for the earth, and yearn for marriage equality. We felt like the voice ...

White Christian Voters No Longer Hold Keys to the White House
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

President Obama won last week with a voter coalition that was far more racially and religiously diverse than Mitt Romney’s – a phenomenon both predicted in the days before the election and confirmed in the day ...

Atheists Sue IRS for Failure to Monitor Church Politicking
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

A First Amendment watchdog group is suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to challenge the tax-exempt status of churches whose pastors engage in partisan politicking from the pulpit. ...

The New Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Evangelical can no longer be accurately used to mean “white evangelical.” The day after the election, Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler said , “I think thi ...

Mitt, Mormons, and the Religious Test That Wasn’t
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

79 percent of white evangelicals voted for Romney. Charls C. Haynes writes in The Washington Post: Buried in the mountain of demographic data preoccupying poli ...

Should President Obama reach out to the Catholic bishops?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

Fr. Thomas Reese of Georgetown University writes that the U.S. Catholic bishops took a beating druing the election. Thomas J. Reese writes in The Washington Post: ...

Election 2012 Marks the End of Evangelical Dominance in Politics
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

The Atlantic reports: Ever since Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, evangelicals have been a powerful political force. Jerry Falwell and his Moral Majority organization were credited in part with Reagan's election, having r ...

Liberal Catholics use Election Results to Battle Bishops
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

CNN reports that Catholic activists are using Obama's reelection to take on some of the more conservative bishops. CNN reports: Emboldened by the re-election o ...

Civic Duty: What Can I Do Now?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

on Nov. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 23, Dec. 28, March 16. I remember what it takes to grow even one healthy ...

Focus on the Family Head Takes Conciliatory Tone After Election
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Jim Daly says he believes the Christian right fought the fight against same-sex marriage. The Los Angeles Times reports: As the head of Focus on the Family, Jim Dal ...

The Night Indianapolis Stood Still
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Nearly 150 years since the bloodshed in Gettysburg, we are still fighting on the front lines of social issue after social issue, classifying votes by race, and displaying hatred toward our fellow citizens. ...

New Congress to Welcome First Buddhist Senator, Hindu Representative
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Religious diversity in new Congress. Christian Post reports: When the new members of Congress are sworn in on Jan. 3, the institution that once mirrored the nation& ...

7 Ways Religious Diversity Played in the Election
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

Stephen Prothero writes for the CNN Belief Blog : It’s demography, stupid!” is the new mantra for analyzing the 2012 election, in which African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos cast their votes in overwhelming numbers for Preside ...

Chastened Catholic Bishops Told They Have to Reform Themselves
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

After sweeping setbacks to the hierarchy’s agenda on Election Day, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Monday told U.S. Catholic bishops that they must now examine their own failings, confess their sins and ref ...

Conservative Christian on Election Outcome: It Was a Bruising Day
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Christian Post has a great round up of election coverage from a Christian perspective. Christian Post has a great round up of election coverage from a Christian perspective.  ...

Is There a Political Plan B for the Bishops?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Clearly the political strategy of the bishops is not working. So where do the bishops go from here? As the bishops gather in Baltimore this week for their annual meeting, they li ...

Post-Election: A New Day for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Exit polling from Tuesday’s presidential election is offering new hope to activists advocating for comprehensive immigration reform. Exit polling from Tuesday’s presidential elect ...

Mixing Faith into Public Life?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

I believe that our missional activity in the world as church should lead to transformation not only of individual lives, but of society itself. But how does this take place? How do we engage society without b ...

Church Leaders Say Returning Vets Need Time, Attention
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 2:01am | Type: Blog

When Staff Sgt. Brandon Hill came home from his third tour in Iraq last year, he expected his wife and young daughters at the welcoming ceremony. What he didn't expect were the pastors, secretaries and me ...

What the Most Negative Election in U.S. History Says About Us
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, we learned that President Barack Obama would remain the leader of the free world. But his victory came at a price. He and Governor Mitt Romney now have the honor of parti ...

Post-Election: Jim Wallis Breaks It Down for Homebrewed Christianity Podcast
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

We were stoked to sit down with Jim Wallis, Sojourners guru, political activist and all-around change agent for the common good to chat up what happened during the most recent elections. We talk about what com ...