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God's Summer Playlist
Shortly after former president Barack Obama released his annual summer playlist, this missive showed up at the Sojourners office emblazoned on stone tablets. We're publishing it here in full.
Our Articles Just Won Awards
We are grateful to work with so many gifted writers, reporters, and illustrators, and we want to take this opportunity to toot our collective horn. Take a moment to read some of our award-winning stories from 2021.
Letters: What We Didn't Learn About Black History
In a recent opinion short, Sojourners multimedia producer Jayne Marie Smith explored the spiritual implications of the missing education and miseducation about Black Americans in the U.S. education system. Smith asked viewers to add what they learned — or didn’t learn — about the history of Black people in the U.S.
2021’s Faith and Justice Stories in Photos
A collection of photos that defined 2021.
Pence Quotes Scripture in Letter Refusing to Invoke 25th Amendment
Vice President Mike Pence said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday he is opposed to invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office. In the letter, Pence quotes from Ecclesiastes.
Read Senator-elect Raphael Warnock's Election Night Remarks
Editor’s Note: Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler in one of two Georgia runoff elections Tuesday. Below is the transcript of Warnock’s speech delivered early Wednesday morning.
The Biggest Faith and Justice Stories of 2020
Most years are a give and take, but 2020 lost its balance. It mainly took lives and gave news. Every justice story had a faith angle and every faith story had a justice angle. When the editors of Sojourners look back on this historical year, these four faith and justice stories will loom the largest.
U.S. Judge in Texas Denies Republican Bid to Throw Out 127,000 Votes
"It shouldn't be hard to vote in America in 2020, even with a pandemic."
‘Really Insufficient’: No Officers Indicted in Killing of Breonna Taylor
“The Grand Jury determined that there is no evidence to support a criminal violation of state law caused Ms. Taylor’s death,” said Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
‘Spiritual’ People Are More Likely to Vote, Study Finds
Pamela Ebstyne King believes that “[t]hrough spirituality, people potentially have access to prosocial ideals and beliefs, a community to support them, and a source of transcendence that motivates behaviors aligned with their spiritual ideals.”
U.S. Surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths
The United States hit another grim milestone Tuesday as the death toll from the spread of the coronavirus exceeded 200,000, by far the highest number of any nation. The United States, on a weekly average, is now losing about 800 lives each day to the virus, according to a Reuters tally.
1 in 10 U.S. Young Adults Believe Jewish People Caused the Holocaust
However, overall respondents conveyed a desire for compulsory education of this horrific time in history, with 64 percent of American millennials and Gen Zers expressing that Holocaust education should be compulsory in school.
Weekly Wrap 9.4.20: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
The roots of Midwest protests, remembering Chadwick Boseman, Bob Ross's hometown, and more.
Weekly Wrap 8.28.20: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Ongoing lament and protest again police brutality, the problem with chairs, and why 2020 is the most consequential election for Black Americans since 1868.
Weekly Wrap 8.21.20: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
More postal service frustration, how evictions threaten the vote, Little Free Libraries in COVID, and more.
Weekly Wrap 8.14.20: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
The U.S. postal service, brick-powered homes, Noah’s Ark, Indigenous self-determination, and more
Weekly Wrap 8.7.20: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Religious freedom, the Black freedom struggle, Mike Pence’s anti-abortion message, and more.
Weekly Wrap 7.31.20 The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
America’s addiction to whiteness, John Lewis, Trump’s election rhetoric, and more.
Weekly Wrap 7.24.20: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
An ‘eviction apocalypse’ is looming, a Portland reporter offers an inside look at covering the protests, and the drummer of Nirvana has thoughts on the plans to reopen schools.
Faith Leaders and Activists Honor John Lewis’ Life of ‘Good Trouble’
Civil rights leader and long-time member of the U.S. House of Representatives John Lewis died on Friday at age 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.