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Making Peace with Sam Harris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. D ...

When Local Police Do Immigration Enforcement, the Community Suffers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Two contrasting images recently brought into focus a growing chasm: a forty-something man in jeans and T-shirt squeezing the microphone at a community forum on immigration, face tight with anger a ...

Six Questions for Rev. John Liotti
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Bio: Founder and CEO, Northern California Urban Development (www.norcaludc.org) Blog: norcalurban.blogspot.com  ...

Washington Update: Abortion Funding Not in Health-Care Bill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<strong></strong>The health-care reform debate in Washington, D.C., has many components, but one that has drawn enormous attention from the pro-life community is a concern over whether health-care ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SnJYnNcPDHI/AAAAAAAACw8/4G6Xga-fHwU/s1600-h/obama-beer.jpg"></a></p> <p>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they sha ...

My Summer Road Trips
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

For our family, summer is road trip time. Joy loves to drive, and our two boys, Luke and Jack, are veteran travelers - by land, air, and even sea! For our family, summer is road t ...

'Grace to Heal': Deconstructing the Culture of Violence in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The government of Zimbabwe, in a groundbreaking move, dedicated this past weekend to renouncing political violence and promoting national healing. The government of Zimbabwe, in a ...

The Dark Side of Development
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Development is a word full of hope. It brings to mind water pumps and rice banks, bridges and education, smiling children and sky-scraping financial institutions. Yet there is a dark side to developme ...

Celebrating the Minimum Wage Increase
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases fr ...

Acedia and Vacation Bible School
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, less than 48 hours after there was a senseless homicide in our neighborhood, my family participated in a time-honored summer ritual: My husband and I took our 5-year-old son to Vacation ...

An Ever-new Narrative of Good News
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My friend <a href="http://thecorner.typepad.com/">Bob Carlton </a>sent me this link to a <em>Guardian</em> piece by Madeleine Bunting, "<a href="http://www.guardi ...

What My Broken Collar Bone Taught Me About Our Broken Health-Care System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I was in a car wreck in 2002. After a drunk driver hit the car in which I was a passenger, I found myself with fractured ribs and a broken right clavicle. I was in a car wreck in ...

A Prime Minister's Conscience is Pricked
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Only God would open up an opportunity for a Catholic from San Francisco to speak prophetically to the Prime Minister of Australia, at the Anglican Centre in Rome, on behalf of Cambodians about to lose ...

Immigration Policy: Where's the Love?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. ...

Women Leaders in the Early Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As you may know, the question of whether women can serve as deacons has been recently debated among many evangelicals. Since scripture makes clear that Phoebe served as a deacon in the church in Cench ...

Michael Jackson's Legacy of Social and Environmental Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Though it has been two weeks since Michael Jackson's death, the world continues to mourn and to monitor news sources for the latest developments. Though it has been two weeks ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy. As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new enc ...

Competing Narratives: Lessons from the Jena 6, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/08/lessons-from-the-jena-6">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - <em>Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly ...

Lessons from the Jena 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>What lessons do we take away from the Jena 6 story? Six young men won't be dragging a felony conviction into adult life. That's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/29/the-jena-6-ar ...

The Next Evangelicalism: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/06/the-next-evangelicalism-interview-with-soong-chan-rah">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from part ...

The Next Evangelicalism: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah, Part 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Taking the Body and Blood to the Airport
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last Sunday I got a call at 11 a.m. It was Rachel Pater calling from her home town church (denomination to remain unnamed). It took several minutes before she could form a proper sentence through her ...

'This Is What Power Is'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 12:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Alexie Torres-Fleming How I learned the real meaning of strength -- from the unlikeliest of people. I was born ...

How to ... Plant a Community Garden
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi “Food deserts,” neighborhoods where people must walk at least a mile or drive 30 miles to access a grocery store, are rife in ...

What Sustains Me: Lectio
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: In </em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0907&amp;article=what-sustains-me"><em>"What Sustains ...

Do a New Thing: 20 Years After Spike Lee's Groundbreaking Film on Race in America
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Are Single Moms the New Widows?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, God's people are instructed to care for those who often cannot thrive on their own, most often widows and orphans. Throughout the Bible, God's peop ...

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 ...

Why Are People Poor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Why are people poor? </em>I remember being asked this question 10 years ago while training for a program I was volunteering with. Why are people poor? I rememb ...

40 Ways to Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's wild how easily we get sidetracked from Holy days by holidays, and how quickly we can smother our central identity in Christ with other identities such as our national identity. ...

A Father to the Fatherless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school. Father ...

Green Jobs Take Youth Miles High
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When La'Kyla Byrd cleared trails and tended to trees in Denver's City Park this past year as a member of <a href="http://www.milehighyouthcorps.org/">Mile High Youth Corps</a>, ...

A Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away.</p> On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away. I had gone to the hospital the morning before in San Diego to vis ...

Dads Healing Holes and Wounded Souls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When my oldest son, Jamin, was moving out of the toddler years, I started to have a difficult time hugging and kissing him. When my oldest son, Jamin, was moving out of the toddle ...

Listen to it Loud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Listen to it loud!" That was the advice that came with a disc of the new film, <em>I Bring What I Love,</em> about Youssou N'Dour, a Senegalese singer who has worked for social jus ...

Immigration Reform: The time has come
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The time has come for comprehensive immigration reform. After several failed attempts in past years, the president has promised it and the White House is showing a clear commitment to it. ...

Who Should Pay for Our Pollution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Congress is hard at work on historic energy and climate change legislation. The House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill in the next few weeks, with the Senate to follow in early fall.</p> ...

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 ...

Education in Color
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Raising one half-African son and one of mixed European descent posed both ordinary and unique parenting challenges for my husband and me. Raising one half-African son and one of m ...

Evangelical Leaders Overlook Minorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

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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 ...

Reflecting Eden in 'Nuestro Jard
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

For the first time in my life, I have a garden.</p> For the first time in my life, I have a garden. Well, to be clear, my wife and I have one. And our neighbors help ou ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.</p> ...

Sotomayor: She Deserves Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Barack Obama has electrified the Latino community in America. The nomination of Sonia Soto ...

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 ...

Saving Kansas City, One (Green) Step at a Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, has been dividing rich and poor, black and white, jobless and employed in this city since the days of Jim Crow when it was a legal line of segregation. ...

Stop Starbucks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When Robert Greenwald, founder and president of <a title="http://bravenewfilms.org/" href="http://bravenewfilms.org/" target="_blank">Brave New Films</a> -- an organi ...

The Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/acabar-blog-photo.jpg"></a>One morning earlier this year, Edelina "Eden" Jolloso-Jerus, working at her family store in San Juan-Ror ...