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Lessons from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Schirch The long war has made clear the fantasty of firepower "solutions" to complex political problems. ...

Church Leaders Pray, Push For UN To Hit Millennium Goals Targeting Global Poverty
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Press

September 27, 2013 Sojo in the News Nicola Menzie ...

Overcoming Violent Fundamentalism
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Religious extremism will not be defeated by a primarily military response. TODAY THE Middle East—w ...

NYT Magazine Article Misleads on D.C.'s 'Economic Boom'
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

Amid Washington's economic boom, there is also massive economic displacement, increased economic inequality, and higher rates of poverty. Annie Lowrey's recent New Yor ...

Go Play!
Originally Posted: 01/27/2012 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Play matters from a faith perspective and within a developmental context. From either approach, play doesn’t just matter, it’s essential to who we are. The big red barn on my fami ...

Not All Budget Cuts Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Less than one percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. Our spending on development and foreign assistance is not -- by any stretch of the facts or imagination -- our national debt. ...

One Reason the U.S. Must Continue Funding Foreign Aid
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Because Bill Gates says so. Because Bill Gates says so. Bill Gates traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week to tell members of congress not to cut foreign aid funding f ...

News: Morning Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

DAILY KOS: Social Justice Index: USA Number 27 Of 31 OECD Members Social justice index: USA No. 27 of 31. Democrats in Congress attempt to eat on $4.50 a day to protest potential ...

One Dress Protest: How I Found Freedom in Prison
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never been arrested before, it feels strange to write that. Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never be ...

Carrying the Living King Back to the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rose Berger from Sojourners magazine spoke to the hundreds of us gathered in Lafayette Park just before we processed to the fence surrounding the White House. Rose Berger from ...

Life as a Homeless Youth
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, services in the City of Chicago are falling far behind the need. When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, servic ...

Afghan Exchange Students Flee to Canada
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly blog about issues in Afghanistan to educate our readers about the latest news and developments rel ...

Why We Need to Cut Wasteful Defense Spending in the United States
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's funny the things that you remember. I can remember one time when I was a teenager watching an episode of the Montel Williams show. It's funny the things that you re ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

10 Ways to Revive a Dying Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

You don't need a ton of proof to know that more and more churches are struggling to survive. It seems churches that are in this predicament have one of two options: revive or die ...

Dissenters, Monastics, and Doubters: My Kind of Faith at the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/01/dissenters-monastics-and-doubters-my-kind-of-faith-at-the-wild-goose-festival/" target="_self"></a>Fed up and worn out from th ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: The Politics and Pain of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Toothbrushes, Towels, and Tackling Root Causes in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://mccpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/toothbrushes-towels-and-tackling-root-causes-in-gaza/" target="_blank"></a>We met 10-year-old Noor Al-Abid in Nove ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama to Bring 33,000 Troops Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/soj11031.jpg"></a>Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, As your target date to begin U.S. ...

10 Problems of a Dying Church (and How to Fix Them)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:48pm | Type: Blog

I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church, asking questions about what to do with so many churches dying. I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Canada. Petraeus. Exit Strategies.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Democrats Unite. Taliban. The Cost of War.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Restoring Haiti's Economy Through Local Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the largest conference room in Haiti, deals were made, contact information swapped, and the air buzzed with excitement at a business fair hosted by Partners Worldwide and a dozen sponsors target ...

Christians Must Call For This War to End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is no more room or time for excuses. There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in American history -- no longer has any justif ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Afghan Mothers. Taliban. Osama bin Laden
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Where are the Women?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Well, the last time I checked, women were in the front lines of civil resistance struggles in <a href="http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/03/03/women-on-the-frontlines-in-bahrain/" target=" ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

I know that Jesus is the Answer, But What Does That Mean?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven Actually, I don ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama's Policy Team. Pakistan. Trauma.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Quran Burning. Troop Drawdown. War Tax Calculator.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our ...

Entering God's Story
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

My daughter has had a difficult time understanding Lent this year. My daughter has had a difficult time understanding Lent this year. She was all about pancakes and beads on Mardi ...

Why I am Joining the Fast: Global Hunger is Getting Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After my teenage granddaughter returned recently from a service experience in Uganda, sponsored by American Jewish World Service, she remarked that she would never again say she's "starving" on ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban. Kill Team. Photos.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our reader ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Security. Taxpayer Money. Fighting Season.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our reader ...

Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers Yearn for Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/23/afghan-youth-peace-volunteers-yearn-for-hope/" target="_self"></a>In a country torn by 30 years of war, where the promise of pe ...

How To Start a Revolution: A New Film About Gene Sharp
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100318-genesharp.jpg"></a>With all the <a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/2011/02/gene-sharp-and-the-science-of-people-power/&quo ...

Prayer of the Day: For the People of Japan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

God, we lift up the people of Japan in these turbulent times. May recovery be swift and complete after this earthquake and tsunami. We ask for a restoration of both those affected and their homes. ...

Meet the Martinezes: One Family's Reach For the American Dream
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the [Lord], is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."</em> (James 1:27)& ...

Why Your State Should Follow Utah's Example
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Reading the recent headlines of immigration news has hardly been uplifting, with multiple state legislatures attempting to pass <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/29/arizona-style-imm ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Petraeus apologizes. Women's rights. National treasures.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our reader ...

Prayer of the Day: Women's History Month
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

We remember that March is Women's History Month. Thank you for all the cherished women in our lives and in our histories: mothers, sisters, friends and neighbors. We rememb ...

Securing Women's Rights in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a northern Kabul neighborhood in December, I met with the director of the Afghan Women's Skills and Development Center, a non-governmental organization working to enhance the basic skills and ca ...

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 ...

An Open Letter to Speaker Boehner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. Speaker,</p> Dear Mr. Speaker, This past Sunday, you gave a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters annual conference and said that cutting spending is th ...

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/10/budget-cuts-and-bad-faith/" target="_blank">What Would Jesus Cut?</a>" campaign, launched by Jim Wallis and the good peop ...

Back in Business in Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/back-in-business-in-haiti/" target="_self"></a>More than a year after an earthquake stalled the country's economy, some bu ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Civilian Casualties. Drones. Solutions.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest ne ...

The Other Side of the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, we knew that advancing progressive immigration policy would be challenging. Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, ...