Sojourners in the News

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.

Source: BuzzFeed News | Caroline Kee

These anti-bigotry, pro-women, pro-immigrant, pro-LGBTQ, and pro-Earth organizations need your help.

Source: The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla

President-elect Donald Trump zealously courted American evangelicals during his campaign ― setting up private meetings, putting together an advisory committee composed of top leaders, and repeatedly playing into evangelicals’ fear that Christianity in America is growing weaker.
 

Source: Publisher's Weekly | Emma Koonse

Jim Wallis, author of America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America (Brazos, Jan.) and founding editor of Sojourners magazine, considers the presidential election a “moral test” for white evangelicals. “Racism goes against the very heart of the gospel,” he told PW. “And Donald Trump has very clearly and deliberately stoked and used racial bigotry for his own political advancement.”

Source: USA Today | Jim Wallis

Most of us aren't conservative white Trump supporters. We need to reclaim our stolen identity.

Source: Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks

(RNS) Dozens of conservative evangelicals and Catholics have signed an open letter urging their progressive counterparts to “repent of their work that often advances a destructive liberal political agenda.”
The letter, posted online six weeks before Election Day by an alliance called the American Association of Evangelicals, includes criticism of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Source: Chimes Calvin College | Julia McKee

On Monday, Sept. 12, Rev. Dr. Jim Wallis opened Calvin’s Center for Faith & Writing fall 2016 series with a speech about his new book, “America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.” The bestselling author, activist, preacher and theologian drew a large crowd to the CFAC. All seats were full, and some visitors had to park in overflow lots near the Seminary and science building.

Source: WDET 101.9 fm | Stephen Henderson

“White privilege is an ideology. It’s an idol.”

This week, we talk to culture critic and author Chuck Klosterman about his new book on the nature of truth. It’s a fascinating conversation, especially for Christians. Also, activist and author Lisa Sharon Harper joins us to talk about gaining a new understanding of biblical justice. And of course, Pokemon Go makes an appearance.

Source: Religion News Service | David Gushee

Harper’s account of the Gospel in her new book is shalom-based. Drawing deeply from a theme that runs through the Bible but is especially strong in the Hebrew prophets, Harper tells a story of a God who acts in Jesus Christ to bring shalom, or holistic peace and justice, in every part of creation.

Source: The Huffington Post | Jim Wallis

There are fundamental ethical, moral, and even religious choices that will have to be made by all of us now — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents; conservatives, liberals, and those who feel politically homeless (like many of us); Christians, Jews, Muslims, those of other faiths and none at all. And those choices are much deeper than partisan politics

Source: The Washington Post | Courtland Milloy

At Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, an interracial group of clergy gathered to discuss the role of the white church in perpetuating racism. And what the church might do to heal the wounds. A tough subject, but dealt with unflinchingly

Source: The Huffington Post | Jim Wallis

Every black parent in America has to have “the talk” with his or her sons and daughters — about how to act and not act in the presence of white police officers with guns. It’s a painful family ritual that is slowly being discovered by America’s white parents as more and more police killings of young African Americans occur and are nationally discussed.

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