Sojourners in the News

Source: The Huffington Post | Jim Wallis

This has become the biggest question in the first week of Donald Trump’s presidency, “What is truth?”

Source: The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla

“It’s theological hypocrisy,” Jim Wallis, an evangelical and the founder of progressive Christian outlet Sojourners, told The Huffington Post.
Wallis pointed to the Biblical passage of Matthew 25, which talks of how at the end of times, “all the nations” will be gathered together and their people will be judged according to how they fed the hungry and welcomed strangers. 
“Again and again, [the Bible says] that rulers, the government, society will be held accountable to God for how they treat the poor, the stranger, the immigrant,” Wallis said. 

Source: Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks

“Help us to do deep interrogation of the things we have believed that led to this moment,” prayed Lisa Sharon Harper, chief church engagement officer of Sojourners. “And so, God, I pray that you will give us strength, strength to resist.”

Source: The Huffington Post | Jim Wallis

How did we get here? People are still asking how a man like Donald Trump can become president of the United States

Source: The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla and Antonia Blumberg

The Women’s March on Washington emerged as a response to the election of President Donald Trump. But it is also a movement for human rights. According to organizers, the goal of this powerful demonstration is to “affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination.”

Source: OC Today | Greg Ellison

The group’s inaugural effort is a series of monthly meetings discussing Rev. Jim Wallis’ 2016 book, “America’s Original Sin: Race, Privilege and a New Bridge for America.”

Source: Radio National | Andrew West

If you paid even the slightest attention to the US election in 2016, you could not have missed the powerful phrase “Black lives matter”. The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and other young black Americans at the hands of police triggered this new civil rights movement.

Source: The Denver Post | Francis Wilkinson

The religious left is the Sasquatch of American politics. It leaves footprints in the snow but recent sightings of the creature itself are rare, and not always credible
 

Source: The Huffington Post | Jim Wallis

A conservative evangelical national leader called me during the election campaign. He reminded me how much he cared about abortion, religious liberty, and the Supreme Court. Then said, “But in Christian conscience, I cannot help put a man in the White House who is intellectually incompetent, has lived an amoral personal and public life, is dangerously immature, and is a racial bigot.

Source: The Times-Herald | Jim Ketchum

If the leaders of America’s white evangelicals need ideas for New Year’s resolutions, I have a suggestion: Hold the guy you helped win the presidency to your espoused high moral standards.

Source: Relevant | Jesse Carey

New Years is just around the corner, and one of the most rewarding resolutions you can make is to read more.
Good books aren’t just entertaining—they provide us with a new perspective on the world we live in and show how we can help be agents of change.
Here’s a look at six books about poverty, injustice, faith, the criminal justice system and human rights that will change the way you see major issues, and provide insight in how to effect them.

Source: The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla

It’s been a tough year for America’s progressive faith community.
The religious left in this country is a racially and theologically diverse contingent of people who see social justice and progressive social values as an important part of their faith practice. The movement traces its legacy back to the Civil Rights Era and to the development of liberation theology ― the idea that people of faith must always stand up for the poor, oppressed, and marginalized of society.

Source: The News & Observer | Henry Gargan

On the day of 2015’s racially motivated attack on nine black worshipers in Charleston, S.C., Pastor Kyle Meier of Peak United Methodist Church picked up the phone to call Rev. James Taylor at nearby St. Mary AME Church.

Source: Religion Dispatches | Elizabeth Eisenstadt-Evans

Pastors and lay leaders who represent minority and multiethnic communities and are appalled by the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency have a blunt message for the white evangelical majority that helped elect him: we’re disappointed in you, but not surprised

Source: Relevant

A lot happened this year in the world of pop culture. From breakout artists like Francis and the Lights to prestige podcasts like Revisionist History to new music from Radiohead. In fact, the volume of quality music, movies, books and podcasts can be a little overwhelming.
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38. The Very Good Gospel (book)

Source: ABC7 WJLA | Mike Carter-Conneen/ABC7

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Progressive groups say they are counting on Congress as they count down 37 more days until the Inauguration.

Source: The Washington Post | Jack Jenkins

On Election Day, much was made of exit polls that showed 80 percent of white evangelicals backing Republican Donald Trump, a sometimes vulgar, twice-divorced candidate who could not name his favorite Bible verse and once bragged about sexual assault. The result seemed inexplicable, and political analysts are now questioning the theological credibility of right-wing Christian leaders who embraced Trump, with some high-profile religious conservatives decrying such support as hypocritical at best, heretical at worst.

Source: Relevant

From the fight for equal pay to “locker room talk,” there was a deliberate affront to women in 2016, which means the Church needs the prophetic voices of women leaders now more than ever. Here are seven you need to know (and follow) this year.
 

Source: Religion News Service | Emily McFarlan Miller

The day after the election, Lisa Sharon Harper nearly gave up the name “evangelical.”

Source: NPR Morning Edition | Tom Gjelten

After a campaign unprecedented in its divisiveness and partisanship, faith leaders face great challenges in any effort to promote reconciliation and healing.

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