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A Shard of Hope: HBO’s 'The Leftovers' on Grief
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

Tom Perotta, who authored the play on which the show is based, purposely included allusions to 9/11. Rather than a theological treatise on the Rapture, it is a beautiful case study in grief and the excruciatin ...

War Is Not the Answer
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

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 i ...

From 9/11 to ISIS: Resolving the Paradox of the U.S. War on Terror
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It feels ...

5 Reasons the 9/11 Museum Should Drop 'Islamist'
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

On May 21, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York is scheduled to release “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” a seven-minute film telling the story of the attacks. Full disclosure: I have not watched th ...

A Lenten Commitment to Homeland Insecurity
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

While the need for protection from harm is both natural and commendable, we are forced to consider whether protection itself can eventually become harmful, unnatural, and even condemnable. ...

Court Hears Atheists' Challenge to Ground Zero Cross
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

Atheists are challenging plans to include a 17-foot, cross-shaped beam that became a famous symbol of Ground Zero after 9/11 in a display at the national memorial museum that is scheduled to open this spring. ...

In the Name of Security
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee How the U.S. became a torturing nation—and how to make it stop. THE SAD RECORD of human histo ...

Calatrava Unveils Designs for Ground Zero Church Destroyed on 9/11
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Twelve years after falling rubble from the World Trade Center towers destroyed St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, images have been released showing the design for an elaborate new building. ...

N.C. Clergy Seek Release of Senate Report on Torture
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Citing the need for transparency in the U.S. record on human rights, nearly 200 clergy and religious leaders from North Carolina are seeking the public release of a 6,000-page Senate intelligence report on U.S ...

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

It was my first year of seminary. The Twin Towers were destroyed, tumbled to the ground. So many people assumed that everyone would go rushing back to the churches. It was the turn of the millennium and we sta ...

Mr. Obama, Close Down This Jail!
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee Guantanamo reminds us of the fragility of constitutional democracy. PUBLIC PRESSURE IS finall ...

For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger What will it take to push back climate change? A Spirit-driven 'power shift' might be a key. ...

Iraq and North Korea: The Lies We All Believe
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

Can a nation choose the path of Christ and survive in this world of violence? I don’t know for sure, because I can’t think of an example of a nation that has tried. Today, March 1 ...

War Without End
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, in March of 2003, Iraqis braced themselves for the anticipated “Shock and Awe” attacks that the U.S. was planning to launch against them. Ten years ago, in March of ...

On Scripture: 10 Years of War and Hopes for Peace
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, the Iraq War began. Ten years marked by conflict, violence, and loss. Ten years of debate about why we went to war and why we remained. Ten years dealing with death and injury – 4,488 U.S. death ...

Sultans of Satire Aims to Bridge Gaps with Muslims, Arabs Through Comedy
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 10:16pm | Type: Blog

Elgrably started the Sultans of Satire in November 2005, the same month that Comedy Central started its higher profile Axis of Evil comedy tour. Engaging youth has been a goal of the cultural center since its ...

9/11? My Children Don't Remember
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

The oldest of them was six when the towers were destroyed and we went to war. I'm wondering how I talk to them about it. I wonder how I tell them the story without subjecting them to the trauma so many pe ...

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 7:03am | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we remember the events of 9/11. Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we ...

How the Lord’s Prayer Saved a 9/11 Survivor
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

“There are thousands of stories from 9/11. Some are stories of pain and survival. Many are stories of heroism. Mine is a story of faith.” For John Mahony, a retired U.S. Army colo ...

Where Is God in 9/11?
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

While watching the replayed video of the plane colliding with the first tower, the second tower attack came. And then there were the reports of similar attacks at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. At that mome ...

Eleven Songs in Memory of Sept. 11, 2001
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Eleven songs in memory of 9/11 from Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Suzanne Vega, Moby and Sinead O'Connor, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, Leonard Cohen, Tori Amos, John Hiatt, U2, and Hunter Parrish (f ...

Conservative Law Firm Fights Atheists’ Suit Over Cross at 9/11 Museum
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

A lawsuit that was filed by the group American Atheists to keep a revered cross out of the National September 11 Museum is being challenged by a conservative law firm that defends the public display of religio ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The General Election, Say Evangelicals (includes comments from Jim Wallis) Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The Ge ...

Obama's Remembrance: 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spent Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, by visiting each of the attack sites in New York City, Washington, ...

Sermon on Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When I was growing up, there was a house down the street from us which had slightly tattered window coverings and the front lawn was like a graveyard of broken things. When I wa ...

I Am the 9/11 Generation
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

(This morning's view of Ground Zero from Sojourners and the World Evangelical Alliance's press conference.) (This morning's view of Ground Zero from S ...

We've Changed, But How?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I woke up on the morning of September 11, 2001 both nervous and excited. I woke up on the morning of September 11, 2001 both nervous and excited. I had spent the last two months ...

Remembering 9/11 Through Music and Literature
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I read and the music that kept me going in the days and months after 9/11. Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I r ...

10 Years After 9/11: The Good and the Bad
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was at home in Washington, D.C. getting ready to go to Sojourners' office. On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was at home in Was ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

Take a Walk on 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, many of us are wondering how best to honor the many victims of that tragedy and its aftermath. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 appro ...

Peace Be Upon Them
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana A Tennessee church welcomes its Muslim neighbors.   Rev. Steve Stone was just trying to be a ...

9/11: What Have We Learned?
Originally Posted: 09/12/2011 - 4:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis America should be a safe place for people of all faiths. Ten years ago, terrorists hijacked four a ...

From the Editors
Originally Posted: 09/13/2011 - 2:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Loving our neighbors is usually easier in the abstract. The members of Heartsong Church, just outside of Memphis, Tennessee, made that love very real last year in a ...

10 Years After 9/11 the Question Remains the Same
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was standing in the bathroom of my apartment outside Chicago, about to hop in the shower, when I heard the phone ring and then my husband call my name. ...

6 Films for a Meaningful Summer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. There are images in the gre ...

Hymns for September 11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people remember "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," a hymn written on the afternoon of September 11, 2001. Many people remember " O God, Our Words Cannot Expr ...

The Violence We Live By
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"However much we try to distinguish between morally good and morally evil ways of killing, our attempts are beset with contradictions, and these contradictions remain a fragile part of our mode ...

Are We Closer to Peace After Bin Laden's Death?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100503-whitehouserally1.jpg"></a>The news of Osama bin Laden's death rippled across social networking sites Sunday night. As I scrolled ...

An Apology to My Muslim Friends
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On the weekend of Oct. 6, 2001 -- less than one month after 9/11 -- my husband preached a sermon called "Religion Gone Awry." That was not the message he had originally scheduled for that weekend. ...

I Was Attacked During Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's Speech Yesterday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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Friday Links Round Up: 9/11. Lightbulbs. The SojoStore.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

9/11. Lightbulbs. The SojoStore. Here's a little round up of link from around the web you may have missed this week.</p> 9/11. Lightbulbs. The SojoStore. Here's a ...

Is the Cordoba House "Insensitive"?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">"Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right to build a mosque near Ground Zero. "Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right ...

Faith in the Park51 Muslim Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Faith cannot exist without doubt. The lack of certainty enables us to engage in the holy, human endeavor of believing when we do not have empirical proof. Faith cannot exist witho ...

Americans Lost Freedom in Iraq: D
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As you read this post, please understand, I'm not a pacifist. I was raised in a politically conservative family. My dad is a proud WWII vet. My only brother retired from the U.S. Air Force. ...

The War in Iraq: At What Cost?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The emotion that grips me this morning, after watching President Obama's speech last night and listening to the commentary about the "end of our combat mission in Iraq," is a deep sadness. ...

Refracting America Through 9/11 Lens
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "Nazis don't have the r ...

American Muslims Are Not Responsible for 9/11
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of resting my soul, while I was on vacation with my wife and boys, I was sure not to watch any cable news. For the sake of resting my soul, while I was on vacation wi ...

A Different Idea for Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here's an idea for people who are unhappy about having an Islamic Center near the site of the World Trade Center, especially if those people are Bible-believing Christians and/or defenders of the U ...

For They Shall be Called Children of God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. And I think that my very favorite one has always be ...