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Is The American Dream God's Dream?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

Nearly 50 million Americans are currently living below the poverty line (that is $22,000 for a household of four) and half of them are working full time jobs. Edit ...

Trees: In Honor of Wangari Maathai
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai was a girl in Kenya, her mother taught her that the wild fig tree was a tree of God. When Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wanga ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...

The Hard Cases
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, Lawrence Brewer was killed by the state of Texas. The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state o ...

Building Better Business DNA
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Being a socialentrepreneur used to be a lonely endeavor. Being a socialentrepreneur used to be a lonely endeavor. I grew up believing that to be in business meant leaving your s ...

Opportunity Missed in the U.N. Veto of the Israel Settlement's Resolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. Resolution calling Israel to account for it ...

Prayer of the Day: Work for change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the strength of your spirit and inspired by your compassion, we make this promise to work for change which empowers the forgotten. In the strength of your spirit and inspired b ...

Why Does a Yemeni Woman Have Pictures of Gandhi, King, and Mandela?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As I read <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/14/AR2011021406586.html" target="_blank">Sudarsan Raghavan</a>'s <em>Washington Post ...

Must I Teach My Daughter About Racism and Bigotry?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

My daughter came home from school recently with a worksheet that described life before and after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luthe ...

How I've Learned to Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word. I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word. Growing up in suburban Atlanta, th ...

A Letter To My Son: Welcome to the In-Between
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This is a letter to my son that I am not sure he will understand now, but it is one that I hope he will look back upon to give clarity to some moments of confusion and exclusion. ...

Undocumented Young People Need the DREAM
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last Wednesday, December 1 marked the 55th anniversary of the beginning of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_Bus_Boycott" target="_blank">Montgomery bus boycott< ...

What Does it Mean to Have No African American Senators?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On November 2, the mid-term elections were held and the conversation the next day for many people I talked with was that there were no African-American senators. On November 2, th ...

Angel Island: History Repeats Itself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note</strong></em><em>: This statement was delivered at an interfaith prayer vigil at the U.S. Editor's Note ...

Creating Liberated Spaces in a Post Colonial World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Conversation this year in Atlanta, GA from Nov. Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Convers ...

President Obama on "The View"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

President Obama visited with the five hosts of the ABC daytime talk show "The View." People complained. He should have gone to the Boy Scout gathering. President Obama v ...

The Parable of Shirley Sherrod
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The Shirley Sherrod <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/21/agriculture.employee.usda/index.html" target="_blank">incident</a>, the latest stumble in our nation's c ...

How Heroes are Made: Remembering Nate Henn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Heroes are not made in the warm hallways of cul-de-sac safety. Nor are they made of black and white print from the critic's air-conditioned desk. Heroes are not made in the w ...

An Open Letter to Madonna
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-falsani-family.jpg"></a>Dear Madonna,</p> <p>Thank you. Earlier this week, after a month-long sojourn in Malawi, my family ...

The World Cup and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup, there was much rejoicing and reflection on how far the country had come. When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup ...

Focusing World Cup Fever on South Africa's Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I have committed my work, social action, and development endeavors to a social consciousness and awareness that propels a high standard of morality, ethics, and codes of conduct. ...

The Hard Work of Racial Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, I visited a slave castle along the coast of Ghana, West Africa. This castle was one of the primary centers for shipping slaves from Africa to the New World. Sev ...

Labor is Part of the Immigration Equation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>If migration policy was "freed" or emanc ...

Ignoramus Racial Moments and Interracial Adoption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes in life you learn best not from the times that you shine, but from the times that you act like a total ignoramus. It seems that racism and fear of outsiders are on the rise in the U.S.A. ...

Packaging the Voice of the Other
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>After the <a href="http://julieclawson.com/2010/04/19/what-is-emerging/" target="_blank">synchroblog</a> last week and all the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag ...

I Didn't Learn About the Emerging Church From White Males
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://ww ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

Wearing My Jesus Goggles to the Boston Tea Party
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Tea Party Express -- the traveling band of conservative speakers, entertainers, and organizers -- stops in Washington, D.C., today on its nationwide effort to "vote them out of office" i ...

Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sudan's impending presidential and parliamentary elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of fraud accusations, boycotts, political assassinations, intimidation, abuses of power by the rul ...

Africa's 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was watching the news coverage on the meeting of world leaders in Washington hosted by President Obama on reducing nuclear weapons and ensuring that these do not get into the hands of terrorists ...

Looking at Christ Through Cultural Lenses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Looking at me, pale-skinned and blonde-haired, you would not know that I come from a diverse background with an African-American great-grandmother and an American-Indian great-grandfather. ...

Bearing Witness Against Cyber-Smears in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? How is it then, whether in relati ...

Beyond Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religiou ...

African Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Sun-Ryszard-Kapuscinski/dp/0679779078/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1266035336&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20"></a> ...

The Global Grassroots Struggle Against Corporate and Government Corruption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=tell-the-truth-and-shame-the-devil], anti-corruption"><em>As described in the February ...

African Solidarity with Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. Augustine college ...

Woza 2010 Woza! Reasons for Optimism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Woza 2010 Woza! Woza 2010 Woza! Meaning 'come 2010 come!' There is an air of excitement not only in South Africa but across the continent as the World Cup Football Tourn ...

Where are the Other Christian Voices Against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

As a career missionary to Africa, I fear what would happen to me on judgment day if I didn't speak out against what is happening in Uganda right now in the name of Christ. As ...

How I Responded to Public Racial Mockery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

A while back, I was in a situation where I was mocked publicly in front of 300-plus young leaders. There were racial overtones.</p> A while back, I was in a situation where ...

Attacking Our Mental Programming on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'll tell you up front -- I'm going to talk about race. I know some are tired of hearing about it, and I think that's mainly because we've been hearing about it in the same ways for so long ...

Wisdom of a 5th-Grade Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Ms. Baker, why are you teaching <em>here</em>?" one student, whom I'll call Solomon, inquired during one of our after school tutoring sessions. "You went to college," he ...

Flickers of Hope for Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Most of the news coming from Zimbabwe is so discouraging and heartbreaking that it is becoming harder to sustain hope.</p> Most of the news coming from Zimbabwe is so discou ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

The Struggle Continues in South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have been home in South Africa for two months as of August 6. I am grateful that my family and I are home in the land of our beginnings. I have been home in South Africa for tw ...

False Witness Redeemed: Forgiveness After 11 Years of Wrongful Conviction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A white woman is raped by a black man in North Carolina. During the assault, she studies his face, determined to bring him to justice. She later identifies a suspect both in photos and in-person line- ...

Obama, Africa, and Truth-Telling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Now that the Cold War that was anything but cold in Africa is over; now that the CIA, as far as we know, no longer pays for the overthrow and murder of democratically elected leaders as it did with ...

Amahoro: An Emerging Conversation in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and the exchange or exploration of ideas. Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and t ...

Mourning a Michael Jackson Who Had Died Long Ago
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Let the wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage continue. Let the wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage continue. As soon as I heard the tragic news about his passing yesterday afte ...

A White Woman's Turn as a Minority Under the Microscope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It was hard to miss me on the lava-rocked streets of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, while I was working for a locally led organization, <a href="http://healafrica.org/cms/">HEAL A ...

Jim Wallis and Jon Stewart Get It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis is one of the most talented interviewees I've ever known. He knows how to get substance, not just spin, into a sound byte, and he has an amazing ability to think on his feet. ...