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In Need of a Blessing
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Love involves getting to know another person and what makes them unique and special. And then having the courage to open our arms and embrace them and tell them of all that we see in them. To tell them not onl ...

ON Scripture: All in the Family
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

Irresponsible. Foolish. Impulsive. Recent college graduates with substantial student loans are sometimes regarded in these terms. Those who attended college decades ago, with a $15 per credit hour, may assume ...

'Rev. Riverkeeper'
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Dottie Yunger One minister's effort to keep the Anacostia River "baptizable." THE ANACOSTIA RI ...

The Blessings That We Refuse
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Immigrants are a blessing, not a curse. They are assets, not deficits. I have learned this the hard way after seven years working with the New York City New Sanctuary Movement. ...

What Are You Singing: Away In A Manger
Originally Posted: 12/19/2012 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Even though the song may seem like it only deserves a cursory glance, as it was originally published in theLittle Children's Book for Schools and Families in 1885, I purport there’s something more to the ...

Tripp Hudgins' Busted Stuff: Abundant Life
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

What do you have to say about "living abundantly"? How do you deal with anxiety when you think about the future of churches? What do you have to say about "living ...

Transcript of Cardinal Dolan's RNC Blessing (with Video)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivered his highly-anticipated benediction Thursday night to close out the Republican National Convention in Tampa. ...

Blessing of the Artists: What Is Your Gift?
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

“It’s my privilege actually to use the incense for you as a sign of your dignity and to connect the gift that you have from above with heaven, because that’s truly where it comes from." ~ Father Eamon O&# ...

I'm a Fraud (and So Are You)
Originally Posted: 05/27/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

I’m coming to terms with the realization that I’m a big, fat fake. But at least I’m in good company. I’m coming to terms with the realization that I’m a big, fat fake. But at lea ...

The Matriarchal Blessing
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about the matriarchal blessing—the moment when an old woman, staring death in the eye, communicates to a younger female relative or friend that life ...

Mother's Week: Queen Anne's Lace
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

I ‘d cut short the green stem of the still glorious flower-head of Queen Anne’s Lace from my Mother’s Day bouquet and placed it in water in a crystal bud vase as an object to be attended to. I hoped it would s ...

Naomh Padraig: St. Patrick's Day, John O'Donohue and Blessing
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 5:24pm | Type: Blog

To bless someone, in the most literal sense of the word, is to confer your hopes to them. That's why so many traditional blessings begin with the word "may." To bl ...

A Christmas Gift
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

No matter how much we give to those around us, it can never match the Light of the World entering into the darkness to be with us. Emmanuel, God with us, is the gift that can’t be out given. ...

A Hymn for Blessing the Animals: "O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth"
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are having services for the blessing of animals. This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. ...

Maurice Sendak: "Live your life, live your life, live your life."
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In case you missed it, National Public Radio's Goddess of Conversation, Terry Gross, had a simply outstanding, incredibly moving interview with the author Maurice Sendak on Tuesday's Fresh Air. ...

Let's Hold Glenn Beck to His Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

On his radio show last week, Glenn Beck read a vow of nonviolence, which he said he'd been working on for about a year, and pleaded his followers to take it as well. On his ...

Hurricane Irene and the Wrath of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"Do you think God sent Hurricane Irene?" a young man asked me with a curious look in his eyes that was as innocent as it was pensive. "Do you think God sent Hurric ...

Saying Goodbye to Uncle John: My Memories of John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. What many people don't understand is that he was the most influentia ...

Betty Ford and the Trials and Blessings of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Life is hard. It is full of pain, disappointments, and challenges of every kind. When hard times come our way, we often ask, Why me? And the answer comes: Why not you? Life is har ...

The Debt Ceiling Play: My 'CliffsNotes' Version
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions. It is not, as we have known in recent history, a traditional fight between Republicans and Democrats. It is a conflict between those ...

Observing the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by Sharing Faith
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

The email came just a few days before two Jewish rabbis and two Muslim friends joined two of us Christian ministers for a Sunday morning service. This service was part of a national event called Faith Shared. ...

10 Ways Pastors Muck It Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After posting a blog about my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/13/10-problems-of-a-dying-church-and-how-to-fix-them/" target="_blank">observations of a dying church</a>, th ...

Friday Links Round Up: School Lunch. Commencement. Women.
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

School Lunch. Commencement. Women. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Here’s a little round up of links from around the Web ...

8 Lessons Learned as a Pastor and Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/13/8-lessons-learned-as-a-pastor-and-mother/" target="_self"></a>I love this photo. Exemplified in this photo is where my life as ...

Fasting in Unity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! "How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil ...

Remember Death -- It Can Help You Live
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>Watching the unfolding tragedy in Japan of course has me reflecting on the past fourteen months in Haiti since the earthquake there. Watching the unfolding tragedy in ...

Support Farmworkers this Lent: Fast for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100307-ciw-farmworkers1.jpg"></a>Will you be giving up chocolate for Lent? Coffee? Then why not fast for justice? Why not abstain from shopp ...

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 ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time. I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope ...

Yes, NPR, Ordinary People Care About Financial Reform!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: This post is taken from a letter </em>Sojourners <em>associate editor Elizabeth Palmberg sent to the folks who create National Public Rad ...

Disarm Now Activists Demonstrate What it Means to 'Pay the Price' for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101230-plowshares.jpg"></a>On December 13, a Tacoma-based jury declared five Disarm Trident Now <a href="http://ickevald.net/resistan ...

Voices from the Gulf: We Arise to the Putrid Scent of Oil
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender"></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender">Edi ...

It Will Take a Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This week, in President Barack Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill, he used the term "mission." That's the right word. This week, in President Barack O ...

Poisoned Sea, Impoverished Soul: A Litany of Lament Over a Despoiled Ocean
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the beginning, darkness covered the face of the deep.</p> <p>Then the Breath of Heaven swept across the waters, blessing the sea with all manner of creatures.</p> ...

Beyond a Predictable Script: Dialogue with Comments on My Israel/Palestine Posts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesus worked and walked in the past. It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesu ...

When Money Gets Messy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I've been thinking a lot about money, specific ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging d ...

Congressman Luis Gutierrez Introduces a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The room was hot and stifling and overcrowded, but the excitement was palpable as people gathered to witness the introduction of a new comprehensive immigration reform bill. I barely managed to squeez ...

A Thanksgiving Reflection on Food
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The United States is a country that is at once overweight and hungry. There are those among us who are overweight and obese. There are those among us who live with food insecurity. ...

The Conservative Bible Project, Jesus, and Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is a conservative project to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/the-gospel-according-to-the-conservative-bible-project/">translate the Bible to reflect a conservative ideology</a ...

Singing and Praying Justice, Part 1
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"He who sings prays twice." -- Saint Augustine</em></p> <p><em>"What's going on?" -- Marvin Gaye</em></p> ...

Thou Shalt Not Abuse the Ten Commandments
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="MsoNormal">ABC's Nightline has been running a series on the Ten Commandments in which they explore the issues and dimensions of each commandment in contemporary society.<span& ...

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 ...

Water of Life: Wee Man Doesn't Take it for Granted (And Neither Should You)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One of the everyday things Vasco has enjoyed most since arriving in Chicago from Malawi five weeks ago is being able to go into the kitchen and pour a cool glass of crystal clear water, from the si ...

My Mama in Congo
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mounta ...

Blessing of the Bicycles
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/gp_bike1.jpg"></a>Urban biking is not without peril. Many of my parishioners rely almost exclusively on human-powered transportation and do ...

After Jailhouse Conversion, Madoff to Join Ministry of Televangelist Kenneth Copeland
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>While awaiting sentencing for defrauding investors with a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, Bernard Madoff has undergone what friends and family are describing as a jailhouse conversion that has given him new ...

I'm the Older Brother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>When it comes to President Obama's stimulus package and its provisions to help those Americ ...