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Zero Tolerance: Trump, Schwarzenegger, and Strauss-Kahn

It's a constant storyline in the media involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and even religion: Men behave with utter disregard for the dignity and humanity of women -- using and ab
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Chipotle Firings: One Story of a Broken Immigration System

Just over one month ago, a few dozen fired employees demonstrated outside a Chipotle one block from Sojourners' office. The employees reported that they were taken to the back of the store during their 30-minute break and were dismissed without warning.
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Let Them Eat Tanks: My Interview with Ben and Jerry's Co-Founder, Ben Cohen

I had the opportunity to interview Ben and Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen about ice cream, Oreos -- and how the bloated military budget is destroying our economy and making us all less secure.
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Afghanistan: No More Excuses

After 10 long years, the national conversation on the war in Afghanistan has changed significantly. And now, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, used for years to justify the war, is over.
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A Statement on Sojourners' Mission and LGBTQ Issues

Some controversy has arisen about an ad campaign that a new coalition wanted to run in Sojourners on the issue of the LGBTQ community and the church. We chose not to run the ad as this is an issue we want to openly discuss on and through our editorial pages and not through our ad space. Like the larger church, Sojourners' constituency, board, and staff are not of one mind on all of these issues. However, we at Sojourners seek to foster honest, fair, and loving dialogue among Christians. LGBTQ issues may not be our primary calling as our work against poverty and hunger, and for peace, but based on some reactions to our decision, I want to use this as an opportunity to clarify the positions and practices of Sojourners on this important discussion on the life of the church in the early 21st centur

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Christians Must Call For This War to End

There is no more room or time for excuses.
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Is It Moral to Celebrate a Person's Death?

[Editors' note: This post was written in response to a question posed by The Washington Post's On Faith blog editors: Is it moral to celebrate a person's death, even i
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How Should We Respond to the Death of Osama bin Laden?

This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osama bin Laden is dead.
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What is the Circle of Protection?

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same.
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Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up.
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Rediscovering Values For Lent: Risky Hope

[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
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Woe to You, Legislators!

It is reported that Congressman Paul Ryan makes every member of his staff read philosopher Ayn Rand, the shame
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Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Mind of Christ

[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
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The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced at the National Press Club that the budget debate had become a moral crisis.
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Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Power of Grief

[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
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The Discipline of Fasting

Since our fast began this past Monday, I've been re-reading one of the classic books on spirituality by my friend Richard Foster,
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Fasting in Unity

"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
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Rediscovering Values for Lent: Exposing Darkness

[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
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Day Two of Fasting Against 'Selectively Cruel' Budget Cuts

Yesterday morning, Tony Hall, David Beckmann, Ritu Sharma, and I began a water fast because of what I call "selectively cruel" budget
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Why I am Beginning a Fast Today

Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "good news (
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