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This Thanksgiving, Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The political ads are finally off the air. (We can all give thanks for that!) But now there is a new wave of advertisements hitting all of us. Each one will give us a different reason to consume. ...

California Teachers Cut Their Commodities Gamble
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

California's teachers are helping lead the way in recognizing that gambling on hunger is a way to lose your money -- and to hurt the world's poorest people. California&# ...

Recipes for Resistance: Cooking With GMOs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As genetically modified organisms (GMOs) become more prevalent, so do protests against them. As genetically modified organisms (GMOs) become more prevalent, so do protests against ...

Who Will Speak for Our Nation's Soul?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Abraham Lincoln said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Has America started down this road? Yes. ...

Myths and Facts About Immigration Economics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. [ Editor's Note: Myths and ...

When Winning an Election Undermines Democracy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Some days, I miss getting a physical copy ...

How Much Are We Willing to Sacrifice to Have Cheap Gasoline?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes I think we forget whose country this is. Sometimes I think we forget whose country this is. Woody Guthrie said it a long time ago: "This land is your land, this lan ...

Shirley Sherrod: A Moral Giant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Shirley Sherrod is a moral giant compared to shameful media celebrities <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/22/shirley-sherrods-true-revelation/">who wrongly accused her of racism</a>.& ...

Follow the Money
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

That could be the conclusion of an op-ed piece in the <em>New York Times,</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/opinion/15loewenstein.html?th&amp;emc=th">"Economi ...

Helping Women Leave the Sex Industry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's note:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1008&amp;article=selling-our- ...

Wanted: A Strong Dose of Bipartisan Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity" (Psalm 133:1). Yes, and how ugly it is when we don't. "How good and pleasant it is ...

Voices from the Gulf: Deep Sorrow in New Orleans
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p class="wackmsg_new_sender"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> Editor's note: This w ...

New York Domestic Workers Call for Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last spring while eating lunch I noticed a <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/workers/">domestic worker</a> poring over piles of Christian books. Last spring ...

An Oily, Slimy, Putrid Epiphany
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100513-crude-awakening.jpg"></a>Joanna Weiss asks the right question in a recent <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

What Rand Paul and I Have in Common
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not a college student anymore, but Dr. Rand Paul just gave me some homework.</p> I'm not a college student anymore, but Dr. Rand Paul just gave me some homewor ...

Drugs, Guns, and Immigration: An Unholy Trinity of Failed Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126890838">reports out of Juarez, Mexico,</a> are depressing, doubly so for me. The repor ...

BP's Betrayal of Its 'Beyond Petroleum' Branding
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.schnews.org.uk/archive/news716.php"></a>As BP's <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/o/oil_spills/gulf_of_mexico ...

Fixing a Key Financial Reform Loophole
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When is a law not a (real) law? When there's zero penalty for breaking it. When is a law not a (real) law? When there's zero penalty for breaking it. There is a great de ...

Don't Let the Banks Buy Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In a frank admission a year ago, Senator Dick Durbin put it bluntly: "Frankly, the banks run this place." Perhaps they deserve to. After all, they pay enough for the privilege. ...

King Coal: Ruling Principality and Power in West Virginia
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1006"></a>In this month's Sojourners, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action= ...

Eating Animals: 10 Reasons to Avoid Factory Farmed Flesh
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eating-Animals-Jonathan-Safran-Foer/dp/0316069906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1273178033&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20">< ...

Glimmers of Hope in a National Nightmare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Someone please pinch me. This must be a nightmare. After all, is it possible that, in this land of freedom, one of its states -- which back in 1993 refused to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. ...

A Neighborhood View of Consumer Financial Protection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As someone who lives in Cleveland -- which in some years is identified as the poorest city in the U.S. As someone who lives in Cleveland -- which in some years is identified as th ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

Why My Conservative Business Friends Support Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman friend to get some insight into how immigrants enhance our culture. Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman f ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

Goldman Sachs' Excremental Deals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

They were described using the first word on George Carlin's list of the seven words you cannot say on television. They were described using the first word on George Carlin� ...

Toyota: Can a Corporation Repent?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Will Toyota repent? Will Toyota repent? Last week Toyota announced yet another recall , this time of the Lexus GX 460 and the Land Cruiser Prado, luxury SUVs that had rece ...

Goldman Sachs Scandal: Immoral? Yes. Illegal? Should Be.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Listening the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/business/27sorkin.html?ref=business">chatter </a>defending <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/business/28goldman.h ...

'Doing God's Work': A Moral Case for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment and embattled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifies today before a congressional subcommittee, faith-based organizations an ...

This Is What the Emerging Church Looks Like?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

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

Planting Trees on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After a hard winter in the Eastern United States, spring offers a resurrection. Particularly here in the Appalachian Bible Belt, we're looking toward Easter.</p> After ...

'I Am Always Looking Over My Shoulder'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> "I come from a very small town in Mexico, where I was livin ...

Healing the Nation's Soul with Mutual Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The health-care struggle culminating in Sunday's vote brought out the best and the worst of legislators' and citizens' behavior. The health-care struggle culminatin ...

Health Care: Swiss Solidarity and the Scandalous 5%
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694002821_EoxB3"></a>Whew. The health-care bill passed. It isn't the complete overh ...

Four Steps to Save the Souls of Big Banks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> The biggest banks have an ethical obligation to hel ...

The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about ...

The Question of Climate Change is Secondary to the Need for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

It is still very much winter in Chicago. Sure, the calendar says March, but the piles of snow on the ground look more like mid-January. Everything is brown and crusty. It is still ...

Excitement and Depression in the Potential for Change in Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I have been reluctant to write about health care recently. I have been reluctant to write about health care recently. My 11-month-old son will be going in for major brain surg ...

Anonymous Generosity: Go Into the Closet and Do in Secret
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I recall a discussion once with a friend about the different kinds of needs that existed within our own community. I recall a discussion once with a friend about the different kin ...

A Victory for Justice in Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last Wednesday morning I awoke with butterflies in my stomach, as did many of my <a href="http://asjhonduras.com">Asociaci&oacute;n para una Sociedad m&aacute;s Justa</a> colleagu ...

Let's Get Theological on Health Care and Warfare
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694034604_U2HKp"></a>Did you watch any of the health-care summit yesterday in Washington ...

Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694003830_DapYT"></a>Yesterday, the Senate <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.co ...

Professional Women and Impostor Syndrome
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I knew I was dreaming when Michelle Obama sat down across from me. I was wearing a formal dress sitting on one of the tall bar stools at our local pub, in the quiet back corner near the dartboard. ...

Justice on Trial in Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Forty-one months ago, almost to the day, I was at my desk in the office of the Honduran Christian justice organization Asociaci&oacute;n para una Sociedad m&aacute;s Justa (Association for a More J ...

The Pope vs. Climate Change Deniers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon that paralyzed the nation's capital is a classic case of putting ideology and politics before scien ...

Haiti: Faith-Based Business Partnerships Seek a Sustainable Recovery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Three days after a 7.0 earthquake rocked their city, hundreds of Haitians returned to work at SPIA, one of the largest pasta production companies in the country. Three days after ...

Success, Seminars, and Salvation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Ever since the crash of 2008, I've found mysel ...

Obama's Attempt at a Bipartisan Health-Care Summit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694000869_TQx7a"></a>President Obama has scheduled a bipartisan meeting on health-care r ...