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Kailahun, Sierra Leone. Center of Ebola outbreak. ©EC/ECHO/Cyprien Fabre

The headlines and talk shows are dominated by the response ISIS. To be clear, this group readily uses fanatical and brutal actions to achieve its radically exclusive vision. The images they skillfully project are like violent, X-rated video games made real. ... But there is something that worries me more: the ongoing Ebola crisis.

Leonard Cohen in Florence in 2010 / Route66 /

“I hope I stay on the road a little bit longer - but you may not be so enthusiastic when you hear my reason. You see I want to start smoking next year when I'll be 80. It's been a long barren time. I think it’s the right age to recommence.”—Leonard Cohen

On September 21, Leonard Cohen Turned 80. With or Without a Cigarette, It’s Time to Celebrate.

NFL logo, Matt McGee,

Women and men are created in the image of God with equal value. People of faith must proclaim this message — to NFL Commissioner Goodell and all those in positions of power, including in our own churches. Violence against women — domestic violence in any form — is unacceptable.

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I believe that one area where the “U2 Church” flourishes and more traditional churches fail is making space for authentic doubt. ... Feeling affirmed and supported in any community during periods of doubt is an arena that I believe many people are yearning for.

Photo courtesy InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

In practice, most Christian groups do not treat these as statements as particularly significant parts of the leadership process, though they might not admit it. Rather, what determines a leader are the prayers, the written reflections, and the conversations that already constitute the bulk of a leadership application in a Christian fellowship.

Ferguson protests, via Light Brigading /

by Shane Claiborne
As we listen to Ferguson, we can learn from Ferguson – just as we learn from Montgomery and from South Africa. Many of the worst pits of oppression have later become the brightest beacons of hope. Some of the worst moments of injustice have sparked some of the greatest movements for justice.

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  • I have always believed that any alternative to war must still address the very real problems at hand — just in a more effective way. To say that “war is not the answer” is not only a moral statement but also is a serious critique of what doesn’t work; wars often fail to solve the problems and ultimately make them worse.
  • It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing?
  • Sunday night, 23-year old Kira Kazantsev proved two things when she was crowned Miss America for 2015. First, she can make a nationally television audience “happy” by using only a red plastic cup. Second, domestic violence knows no bounds.
  • What we're seeing is four guys from Ireland with way the hell too much money showing us what we have been wanting all along: a new way of being the institutional church.
  • We at Sojourners are a book-loving bunch, from religion and spirituality to politics; social justice to science; cultural history to fictitious commentary. Below are 10 favorite or most formative books from several staff here at Sojourners.
  • It’s amazing what silence will do for the soul. Communication doesn’t mean noise. And the failures of this world, the church, and each other doesn’t mean that we don’t still strive for “thy kingdom come.”
  • I’ve heard from many of my white friends and readers who say they aren’t sure how to respond to the anger and grief they are watching on TV or hearing from their black friends. They want to be part of the solution, but don’t know where start. ... I’m in the process of learning too, but as I’ve listened to people of color whose opinions I’ve trust, I’ve heard them issue several calls to action we can all heed
  • Over the past three weeks there have been four separate incidents that have led to the deaths of four unarmed black men at the hands of police. ... Each incident serves as a reminder that as a black man in America, my life holds little to no value in the eyes of the general public.

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