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5 Things We've Learned From Pope Francis' First 100 Days
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world in February in becoming the first pope to resign in 600 years, he left behind a Roman Catholic Church weakened by scandals, beset by infighting and suffering from a gen ...

Immigration Advocate Jenny Yang Overcomes Reluctance to Speak Up
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

On a recent Sunday morning, Jenny Yang stood beside a giant wooden cross and made a case for immigration reform to members of an evangelical church. On a recent Sunday morning, Je ...

4 Reasons Why Republicans are Rekindling Evangelical Outreach
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Republican's recently hired its former South Carolina chairman to lead engagement with evangelicals, even though 79 percent of evangelicals voted for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. The Washington ...

Unexpected Hope for Iran in the Presidential Elections: Hassan Rouhani
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Majles ) for 20 yeas. He is a high-ranking cleric, a member of the Assembly of Experts for about 15 ...

Do Republicans Have an Evangelical Problem?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

The vast majority of evangelicals have voted with the GOP in recent elections. In fact, despite some qualms about his Mormon faith, 79 percent of evangelicals voted for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, ...

COMMENTARY: NBC’s ‘Save Me’ May Need Rescuing
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Mixing religion and entertainment, as NBC has tried to do with its new prime time TV sitcom Save Me, starring Anne Heche, can be a tricky business. Mixing religion and entertainme ...

Memory, Identity, and the Fourth of July
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

would drive 15 minutes into Cape May, N.J., where we would hunt for consecutive parking spots along ...

In God We Trust
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

whether they were obligated to pay Roman taxes (Matthew 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17). An affirmative response ...

Traffic Cameras, Domestic Drones, and Mandatory Sentencing
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

(cf. Micah 6:8; Amos 5:10,12,15).  Pictures as a  part  of due process may be helpful, but images ...

10 POLITICAL Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn't worry much about stepping on political toes, and the Bible insists that governments be just toward the least of these (the books of the prophets alone make this point very clear). ...

On Scripture: Religious Liberty for the Rest of Us
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

be justified by the works of the law” ( Galatians 2:15-16  NRSV). Paul asserts his authority as an apostle ...

Welcome to New England, Tim
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Now that you’re joining the Patriots, I’d like to offer you a few pointers on your new regional home. I realize that, to someone from the deep South, this may seem like just another part of Yankeedom, but New ...

COMMENTARY: A New Evangelical Engagement with Public Schools
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Why would evangelical Christians want anything to do with public schools? Judging from decades of culture war rhetoric, these are bastions of secular humanism where God and his fearers are unwelcome. School pr ...

Privacy Isn’t What It Used to Be
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

On Slate, Emily Bazelon laments her colleagues’ lack of outrage at the revelations of the National Security Agency’s vacuuming up of data on what all of us are doing. In the New York Times, Ross Douthat explai ...

Why John Calvin is Shaking Things Up for Southern Baptists
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Nearly 35 years after conservatives launched a takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention, a new divide is emerging — this time over the teachings of 16th-century Reformer John Calvin — that threatens to upen ...

Church of England Drops Opposition to Gay Marriage Bill
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Bishops in the Church of England, who had strenuously opposed a bid to allow same-sex marriage, signaled that they won’t try to derail the bill after an overwhelming vote of support in the House of Lords. ...

Remembering Will Campbell
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

[Will Campbell] confused his critics – first the Right and then the Left – by insisting that his soul did not belong to any team – racial, political, religious, cultural. It belonged to the Kingdom of God. The ...

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Finding the integral relationship between your own personal good and the common good is your best contribution to our future. And it is the best hope we have for a better life together. ...

Polls on 'Religious Influence' Say More About The Media Than Religion
Originally Posted: 06/03/2013 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

For over half a century, Gallup has been asking Americans whether they think the influence of religion is increasing or decreasing in the U.S., posing the intriguing question of what the results actually signi ...

Meet the Refreshing Evangelical Who's Leading a Revival - of the "Common Good"
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Press

May 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Sarah van Gelder ...

Is Religious Freedom At Risk in U.S.?
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

The panelists who came to assess the state of religious freedom in the nation accepted the point that their various faiths might not stand together on anything beyond the need to protect religious freedom, and ...

Jim Wallis, Frank Wolf Discuss How Politics Can Serve the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 10:00am | Type: Press

May 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Napp Nazworth ...

Can Gay Catholics Find a Home in the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

As Americans — and American Catholics — grow increasingly accepting of homosexuality, and as foes of gay rights grow increasingly determined, conflict at the parish level seems inevitable. ...

June 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Product

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Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 11:48am | Type: Product

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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Prayer at Government Meetings
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether prayers can be offered at government meetings — a practice that’s been common in Congress and throughout the states for more than two centuries. ...

COMMENTARY: A Hunger Strike to Close Guantanamo
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Last Sunday, Timothy Murphy began a fast of solidarity with the Guantanamo inmates who are on a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention. As one of our Ph.D. students and an orda ...

Anti-Shariah Movement Changes Tactics, Gains Success
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

in their decisions. This year, at least 36 anti-foreign law bills have been proposed in 15 states, down from 51 ...

Christian leaders seek to overcome polarization
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Twenty-five religious leaders gathered in DC to commit themselves to civil discourse. Twenty-five religious leaders gathered to commit themselves to civil discourse. The meeting b ...

Christian Leaders Seek to Overcome Polarization
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

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

Franklin Graham calls IRS Probe of Ministry Finances ‘Un-American’
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

by ministry donors for that purpose. The IRS audits were conducted on Oct. 15 at Samaritan’s Purse, ...

Rand Paul Courting Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Rand Paul has used the last few months to aggressively court evangelicals through a CBN special, a trip to Israel, and appearances with pastors. Rand Paul has used the last few mo ...

The Common Good, The Planet, and Humankind
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:36am | Type: Press

May 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Joanne Boyer OpEdNews.com ...

Spotlight on the Religious Left
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Press

May 13, 2013 Sojo in the News Martin Marty ...

Recharging Activist Batteries
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Press

May 13, 2013 Sojo in the News Kat Katsanis-Semel ...

WATCH: Would Putting Me in Prison Serve the Common Good?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world — about 1.6 million people in 2010. Mass incarceration in our country is a problem, one that too often serves to line the pockets of for-profit ...

Where Are the Christians on Burying Tsarnaev?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 8:11am | Type: Blog

Soon after the Boston Marathon bombings, local Christian leaders stepped swiftly into the public eye, convening vigils and urging peaceful healing in the wake of senseless violence. But their public voices hav ...

WATCH: Elizabeth Smart on Human Trafficking, Limits of Abstinence Education
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City and held in captivity for nine months in 2002 at age 14, spoke out about her experience at a human trafficking panel at Johns Hopkins Universi ...

Arms Trade Treaty: Global Victory for Women and Girls
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

The U.N.'s new Arms Trade Treaty will for the first time link arms sales to the human rights records of the buyers. On April 2, the United Nations passed an innovative Arms T ...

Sojourners president-CEO Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Press

May 6, 2013 Sojo in the News Tavis Smiley ...

Ecumenical group pledges to act on King’s jail message
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Press

members, who gathered April 14-15 in Birmingham, Ala., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of King's ...

Monasticism, Beloved Community, and The Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

Indeed, we must give up our personal or private identities to the service of all. But how do we do this as a culture, a global church? Editor’s Note:  Jim Wallis’ latest ...

Billy Graham Meets Martin Luther King Jr.—Again
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 12:03pm | Type: Press

April 30, 2013 Sojo in the News David Neff ...

Experiments in Love
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

What would it be like if, instead of responding to violence with vengeance, we, as leaders, imagined ways for love to drive out hate? When I got off the plane at O’Hare Airport in Chicago on my way home to Boston on April 15, I couldn’t ...

15 Countries Cited for Religious Freedom Violations
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

Commission on International Religious Freedom counts 15 nations where abuse of religious liberty ... on International Religious Freedom counts 15 nations where abuse of religious liberty is “systemic, egregious, ... and/or detention,” according to the report. On its 15-nation list of the worse offenders, USCIRF ...

Religious Leaders to Government: We Must Get Our Fiscal House In Order
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 4:16pm | Type: Press

April 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Who Will Save the Guantanamo 92?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

The Guantanamo prisoners began hunger striking on Feb. 6 after guards confiscated their Korans to examine them for contraband. ... Fueling the strike is the men’s loss of hope of ever leaving Guantanamo alive, ...

President Obama, Mourner in Chief
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Barack Obama’s legacy is still a work in progress, though even sympathetic commentators are seeing him now, in his fifth year, as too slow to act, too cerebral to brawl, and too little respected by his politic ...

The Secret Faith of Washington
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

President Obama’s former religious adviser Joshua Dubois challenges the notion that Washington is a godless city. In a recent Newsweek article he writes: Everyone knows about the politicians and interest groups—mainly conservative—who wear thei ...

Lattes for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

I wonder if one of the things that we can think about in terms of the common good is learning to practice neighborliness in the inconsequential moments so that when we face the bigger political difficulties of ...