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African-American Clergy on Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On April 4th, the global community commemorated the life and legacy of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Dr. On ...

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 ...

Success in the Immigration Reform Movement After SB 1070
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sb-1070/" target="_blank">SB 1070 in Arizona</a>, the controversial bill that mobili ...

Rediscovering Values For Lent: Risky Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

Oh Lord, Won't You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The gospel according to the movie <em>True Grit</em> (2010) is as follows: "You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. The gospel according to ...

Lord, What a Parade!: A Hymn for Palm Sunday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to celebrate <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank&quo ...

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 ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Mind of Christ
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

The Ryan Plan: A Declaration of War on the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I've been fasting for 15 days in solidarity with the <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/sojo/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=399&amp;autologin=true" ta ...

Burning Anger and Small-Minded Men
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"It is not that we burn the Koran with some type of vindictive motive," <a href="http://foxvzw-news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?aid=42386587&amp;afid=1&amp;pg1=2501" targe ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Power of Grief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

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 ...

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 ...

Day Two of Fasting Against 'Selectively Cruel' Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, Tony Hall, David Beckmann, Ritu Sharma, and I began a water fast because of what I call "selectively cruel" <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/budget-cuts/" target=&quo ...

Why I am Beginning a Fast Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<ol> <li>Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "&l ...

Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's: Tax Season War Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf" target="_blank"></a>Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordina ...

Fast, Pray, and Act -- New Threats to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The extreme budget cuts proposed to critical programs that save the lives, dignity, and future of poor and vulnerable people have crossed the line. The extreme budget cuts propose ...

How Should Christians Respond to Uprisings in the Arab World?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Egypt-Solidarity-Rally-in/15817757_mcbiZ#1180102181_Mup8Q" target="_blank"></a>After decades of repressio ...

The Hypocrisy of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The U.S. just started another war. We're good at starting wars. We're not good at ending them, but we start them really well. They say this is for "humanitarian" reasons. Aren't they ...

We Must Pray and Act for Japan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Once again, we are seeing human and environmental tragedy. In Japan, a natural disaster has destroyed all human attempts for control. Once again, we are seeing human and environme ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Seeing Signs of Sickness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/banner-rediscovering-values.jpg"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the ...

Finding the Way Out: Why It's Time to End the War in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The clock is ticking toward a July decision by President Obama to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, as he has promised. The clock is ticking toward a July decision by Pre ...

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)& ...

The Theological Mistake of the King Hearings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt, terrorism is real. And there are small groups of terrorists who threaten countless innocents across the world. They are waging a battle on two fronts. There is ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: What is Idolatry?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

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 ...

Jon Stewart and the Sheer Hypocrisy of FOX News on Teachers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/jon-stewart-and-the-sheer-hypocrisy-of-fox-news-on-teachers/" target="_self"></a>I like teachers. My three sisters are teachers ...

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 ...

'Judge, Appeal To Your Inner Self!'
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

I spent all day Saturday at a middle-school debate tournament. My seventh-grade son Luke loves being on his middle school baseball team. I spent all day Saturday at a middle-schoo ...

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The current budget and deficit debate in America is now dominating the daily headlines. There is even talk of shutting down the government if the budget-cutters don't get their way. ...

Wisconsin: America's Tahrir Square?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

A week after a shocked world reveled in Egypt's incredible moment of freedom and people power, Wisconsin is reviving its own unique tradition of people power and creative protest. ...

Wall Street's Plastic -- and Poison -- Ivy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

If corporate fronts designed to look like grassroots efforts are known as <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-against-healthcare-reform/" targe ...

The Solution in Afghanistan: Get Out
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1103" target="_blank"></a>In as clear a statement as has been made, Rep. Jim McGovern ( ...

Memo to Governor Scott Walker from Pope Benedict XVI
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

An estimated 30,000 people converged in Madison, Wisconsin's Capitol Square and inside the Capitol building on Thursday <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-usreport-us-usa-wisctre71h07e- ...

Come Together to Combat Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Duke Divinity School is hosting an inter-faith conference on torture from March 25 to 26, with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), the Duke Human Rights Center, and the North C ...

Should Egyptians Trust Their Military?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Throughout the coverage of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/egypt/" target="_blank">uprising in Egypt</a>, we've been repeatedly told that Egyptians trust their milita ...

Budget Cuts and Bad Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/republicans-find-places-to-cut-43-billion/" target="_blank">$43 billion in ...

The Truth About the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and by now most of the nation has shifted its focus away from the gulf to more recent and pressing topics. Ten months ...

Jordan Follows Egypt's Lead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The excitement in Cairo -- including the biggest crowd yet today in Tahrir Square -- has made it difficult to follow the development of protests elsewhere in the Arab world. The e ...

Egypt's Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable." -- ...

Changing Bad Behavior at Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The contradictions here in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/27/values-at-davos/" target="_blank">Davos </a>are enormous. The contradictions he ...

Values at Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, a little mountain village in Switzerland, where each January corporate CEOs, heads of state, and leaders of nonprofit organizations ...

Obama's Global Challenge: Healthy Competition or Unhealthy Nationalism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God did not come with it, and the sky did not fall. Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God d ...

U.S. Militarization of the Border Provides False Security
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

You can't miss the barrage of headlines detailing the drug cartel war in Mexico. You can't miss the barrage of headlines detailing the drug cartel war in Mexico. " ...

Sargent Shriver: Another Giant Has Fallen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Sargent Shriver was one of the most attractive, dynamic, and accomplished men of his time. When President John F. Kennedy chose Mr. Sargent Shriver was one of the most attractive, ...

Remembering Sargent Shriver, Dedicated Public Servant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/19/remembering-sargent-shriver-dedicated-public-servant/" target="_blank"></a>Yesterday afternoon <a href="http://www.wash ...

The Truth of Tax Transparency Will Set Us Free
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's started. I saw my first ad for a tax help company on TV yesterday, and I received an email recently about using an online service to settle my bill with the government. ...

The Christian Industrial Complex
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I went into a Christian bookstore the other day and was surprised to see some of the most prominent display space given over to military flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These fl ...

Speak Up for Economic Sanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This year Congress finally passed reform that can get some of Wall Street's most damaging and harebrained schemes under control -- but only if the ground-level regulations written to implement the ...