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4 Tips for Following Jesus in Election Season
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Spend at least as much energy advancing the Kingdom as you do your candidate. Well, here we are again. The season that seems to come around all too often and stick around far too ...

5 Things to Watch as the 2016 Campaign Gets Underway
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

As presidential candidacies multiply and campaigning accelerates, we can expect much tawdriness to occur. These are difficult times in American democracy. Money will pour into negative campaigning and ideological posturing. Lies will become the norm. ...

‘Grace Notes:' The Quiet Unshakable Faith of Hillary Clinton
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

As one who has been on the receiving end of Hillary’s grace notes, I now find joy in places I once never even bothered to look. Late on a Saturday night in 2012, I received word f ...

Five Faith Facts About Rand Paul: ‘My Faith Has Never Been Easy for Me’
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Randal Howard “Rand” Paul , the junior Republican from Kentucky, is expected to launch his 2016 campaign on April 7. Sen. Randal Howard “Rand” Paul , the junior Republican ...

Can a Muslim President Defeat Boko Haram? Nigerians Are Betting on It
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A northern Nigeria Muslim leader who promised to pursue a nonreligious agenda as president will now have to deal with an Islamic terrorist insurgency that has wreaked chaos in the country’s north. ...

A Turning Point on Poverty?
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The 2016 election is an oppourtunity for a new dialouge on eliminating extreme poverty, at home and abroad.  ...

Nigerian Christians May Back a Muslim Candidate in Upcoming Presidential Elections
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

Some Nigerians fear that another term for Jonathan would mean institutionalization of corruption and emergence of more Muslim extremist groups in addition to Boko Haram. Under t ...

Nigeria Postpones Presidential Election, Citing Ongoing Violence by Boko Haram
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

Nigeria’s election commission has postponed national elections for six weeks saying it would not be able to provide security for voters in the northeast region of the country most affected by the Islamist grou ...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Voter Suppression Guide
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 12:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés An infographic on voter suppression.  According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 22 states hav ...

COMMENTARY: Power Elites Are Waging War on the Foundations of Democracy
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

The two most critical requirements for democracy are freedom of the press and an educated citizenry. The two most critical requirements for democracy are freedom of the press and ...

Moneyed Speech
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman The Supreme Court continues to dismantle campaign finance reform. IN ITS SEEMINGLY endless ques ...

Crucible of Courage
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jean Stokan The growing militarization of Honduran society is fueled by U.S. support. IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ele ...

A Strong Third Political Party for the Disaffected Middle?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

In a sense, we are being held hostage by our own democratic process, one that has assumed that having relatively opposing views on either side was sufficient to keep the wheels of government turning. But this ...

Bhutan Bans Religious Activities Ahead of Elections
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Political leaders in the tiny Buddhist nation of Bhutan have announced a nearly six-month ban on all public religious activities ahead of the upcoming elections, citing the Himalayan nation's constitution ...

2012 Election Guide: Why Voting Matters
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 2:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Vote your conscience with Sojourners’ 2012 election guide Given the deluge of money in politics a ...

Our Endorsement for President
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 5:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice The constraints on political engagement by nonprofits can be frustrating for those committed to social change. ...

Racial Politics
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis It is contrary to Christian values to use attacks on welfare to win white votes. RACE WAS THE issu ...

How to Choose a President
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The faith agenda in an election year? Start with "the least of these." AS I CAREFULLY wa ...

The Looming Election and Religious Minorities
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Souad Mekhennet writes for The New York Times on the growing hostility toward religious minorities as election season approaches in the United States. Souad Mekhennet writes f ...

Race and Religion Remain Key Issues in Presidential Campaign
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Christian Post reports on race and religion. The Christian Post reports:  "A new ABC/Washington Post poll released Monday highlights the differences between Amer ...

Egypt Court: Parliament Dissolved, Elected Illegally
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Highest court in Egypt declares parliament invalid, ruling members elected illegally. CNN reports on worrying developments in Egypt: "Egypt's highest court ...

A 'Bizarre and Peculiar' Ruling
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

E.J. Dionne Jr. The Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case didn't actually make corporations into people, but it ...

Elections in Egypt Raise Questions for Christians
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

Egyptian Christians navigate the political options. For  Christianity Today ,  Jayson Casper  writes: Since the revolution began in January 2011, Egyptian Christians ...

Egypt's Bumpy Road to Democracy
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Initial results from Egypt’s first round of elections produced an unexpectedly large showing for Islamists. Initial results from Egypt’s first round of elections produced an un ...

Groaning for Justice
Originally Posted: 11/30/2011 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

How we assist other countries in their development is an issue of justice. The Occupy movement. Elections. A deficit crisis that seems impenetrable. The problems facing the United ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Occupy America: A new great awakening Occupy America: A new great awakening Starting with Occupy Wall Street, protests have spread across the United States wit ...

A Decade of War (and Football)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Let’s face it — while lawmakers are picking their own battles in Washington, they aren’t fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. Not to date myself, but I was in middle ...

Pat Robertson: I'm Out
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Mark your calendars. The Rev. Pat Robertson has announced his ersatz retirement from politics. Robertson, 81, tells the Associated Press that he will no longer offer political endorsements. ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dead Sea Scrolls go digital Dead Sea Scrolls go digital The Dead Sea scrolls, 2,000 parchment and papyrus copies of 974 biblical texts, have been pixilated f ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

What is an Evangelical, anyway?
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Blog

Not long after the 2004 presidential election, I was dining with some friends in Brooklyn when the conversation turned to religion and politics - the two things you're never supposed to discuss in pol ...

What is 'Biblical Politics'?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has always tried to understand and advocate for "biblical politics." But what does that mean now, especially as we approach another major election? Sojourne ...

Remembering 9/11 Through Music and Literature
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I read and the music that kept me going in the days and months after 9/11. Ten years on, I'm remembering the literature I r ...

From Selma to Syria: The Power of Song in Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

How should music rank among the ever-growing list of time-tested nonviolent methods such as boycotts, marches, strikes, sit-ins, and vigils? http://www.flickr.com/commons/usage/ ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

As the time shortens for Congress and President Obama to agree to the contours of legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, I am reminded of the story of King Solomon and his judgment regarding ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban. Britain. Obama BBC Interview.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

God Bless Donald Trump and the Birthers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There are times in our faith walk when we pray prayers out of simple obedience. There are times in our faith walk when we pray prayers out of simple obedience. Matthew 5:43-44 ...

The Shape of Things to Come
Originally Posted: 11/20/2011 - 7:04am | Type: Magazine Article

Michael McDonald New software may help the public have a greater voice in the crucial redrawing of voting districts. ...

Rethinking Our Approach to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It is time for those of us who have been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform to rethink our strategies. It is time for those of us who have been advocating for compreh ...

Palestinians at Their Worst and Best
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action.</p> During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of P ...

This Valentine's Day, Do You Know Where Your Chocolate Comes From?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I received my email copy of ePistle, Evangelicals for Social Action’s weekly electronic communication. Yesterday I received my email copy of  ePistle , Evangelicals fo ...

Call on Obama: Tell Mubarak to Leave Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/03/call-on-obama-tell-mubarak-to-leave-now/" target="_blank"></a>By all journalistic reports, it was the Egyptian government of Pr ...

The Big Thug Must Go
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I am watching the television as Mubarak's thugs attack peaceful demonstrators in the streets of Cairo. Tahrir Square is now a scene of terrible violence. I am watching the te ...

Christian Civility: The Test of Intra-Faith Relations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Recently, I read an article featuring a pastor with whom I had strong disagreements. The more I read, the less I liked -- and it was a long article. Recently, I read an article fe ...

The Dream Deferred for Millions of Americans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">In his <a href="http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm">"I Have a Dream"</a> speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ...

Chicago Evangelicals Harassed While Praying for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101115-immigration-prayer.jpg"></a>It was five days before the mid-term elections. The race to fill President Obama's senate seat was ne ...

Obama's Remarks to the Indian Parliament and Just Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One goal of just peace theory is to make war obsolete. The idea is to establish justice, in all of its various iterations, so that peace will prevail. One goal of just peace theor ...

It Takes a Movement: Why a 'Movement' is Necessary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Churches and Elections: Do's and Don'ts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the last few weeks, as seems to happen every <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/elections/" target="_blank">election</a> year, both parties along with some pastors and churche ...