The Common Good

Results for Forgiveness

How A Drunk Man Got Home One Christmas Eve
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

I’d never seen a black person in my neighborhood. Many people in my neighborhood wouldn’t have welcomed a black person to their door. This was the 1960s. I was 6 years old, gro ...

Let Us Demonstrate to the World How Repentance Works
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Confession and repentance are messy and painful, and they don’t come natural to us. Our human heart is in a natural state of denial. Without an external agent, God, we are unable to recognize our prejudices, o ...

Forgive Us, Lord
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Often we do not know how our words and actions affect and harm others. However, ignorance is not an excuse. As the body of Christ, we must be willing to look deeply at the implications of the choices we make. ...

Engaging Ferguson's Youth with Humility and Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Since the tragic death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, the authentic leadership of the moment has emerged from young people of color. The question is, will we adopt a spirit of arrogance by crowding ou ...

Full-Body Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Forgive Us, by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah.  THE CRY OF the church to the world should be “Forgive us.” At a time when the American ...

Orienting to New Horizons
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A "Living the Word" reflections ...

A 'Discipleship of Equals'
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A "Living the Word" reflections ...

The Resurrection Effect: Guns, God's Sovereignty, and the Last Word
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

We know that God is sovereign, and because of that we know that violence will not have the last word. It seems like violence will never end. Portland. Seattle. Las Vegas.  Isla V ...

Seattle Pacific Shooting Hero Hopes Shooter Finds 'the Grace of God'
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Jon Meis, the first person to respond to the campus shooting at Seattle Pacific University, released a statement this morning. Jon Meis, the first person to respond to the campus ...

Letting Go—And Its Complications
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. HarperOne. FORGI ...

Defeating Satan at Harvard
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

How do you defeat Satan? That was the question the University of Harvard had to answer last week when the Harvard Extension School’s Cultural Studies Club planned a satanic “Black Mass” at the university. ...

Degrees Without Jobs
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Kara Lofton Why are so many college graduates underemployed? RECENT YEARS HAVE witnessed a deluge of headline ...

Part IV: Identifying With the Oppressor
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

“I committed genocide. I would rather stay in prison than to see the eyes of whom I have committed crimes against.” Over banana beer and fried plantains, we sat around a com ...

A God Torn to Pieces: Good Friday, Nietzsche, and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians don’t know Christ. To know Christ is to know that in his life, death, and resurrection Christ freely offers forgiveness to all – even to those who have become “murderers of all murderers.” ...

Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness for Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Friday asked forgiveness “for the damage” that abusive priests have inflicted on children and pledged that the Catholic Church “will not take one step backward” in efforts to address the crisis ...

The Joy Of Forgiveness And The Seven Deadly Sins
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Press

March 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Did Jesus Pray to Allah?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 8:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan McAnnally-Linz Miroslav Volf Several nations have recently banned non-Muslims fro ...

The Joy of Forgiveness and the Seven Deadly Sins
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Lent is rarely talked about as a celebration, but it is an opportunity to revel in the joy of forgiveness. I live in Washington D.C., a city in which mistakes are messaged and sho ...

Can We Be a Society of Second Chances?
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

How can we knit ourselves together as a society if we leave no room for second chances? For most folks, these names will not mean much: Eric Pizer, Christopher Barber, and Andrew ...

All of Life is Repentance, But Especially Today
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

If all of life is repentance, then Ash Wednesday is the Thanksgiving Day parade. It is significant in a city like Washington, D.C., to observe people we wouldn’t expect to be Christians walking around with ash ...

Learning to Surrender
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

We have to let go of things that are holding us back so that we can reach for God. It was my junior year of college. I sat in the balcony of chapel listening to a message and expe ...

A Tribute to Mandela
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 9:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill These magazine articles and blog posts published by Sojourners through the years pay tribute to the great South African ...

Profiles in Courage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "When someone is faced with a gun and chooses to respond with respect and love, that's hope." ...

A Prayer for Mandela
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We give thanks for how he turned righteous anger into the power of reconciliation. NELSON MANDELA ...

The Whos Down in Whoville and Restorative Justice
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Dr. Seuss’ Grinch teaches us not only about forgiveness, but also about restorative justice Next to biblical nativity stories, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss is o ...

Grief, Courage, and Perseverance
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle Joan Chittister Walter Brueggemann Cherie Q. ...

Unravelling Grace
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

I am entangled and grace comes and unravels all of that — whatever "that" is — and sets me free. Grace unravels me, my sense of self that has been shaped by all the other expectations I carry so tigh ...

A Community of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacy Martin Regardless of where we end up on immigration reform, Matthew 22 reminds us that no law can make us love our neighbor. ...

The Forgiving Corpse: A Parable
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

I’m pretty sure that Keith Huff did not intend to write a Christian allegory, but the themes of life, death, and resurrection reverberate through the play. Oddly enough, I think Stewart’s story can function as ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting Gun Violence and Racism
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 7:43am | Type: Blog

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a pastor who is a foster mother to a four year-old African American boy, wrote this hymn after George Zimmerman was found not guilty for his shooting of Trayvon Martin. ...

The Bible and Movies and Violence – Oh My!
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 6:17am | Type: Blog

Why is there so much violence in the Bible? Because human history shows that we have a tendency to be violent. Yet violence is not inevitable. As the Bible struggles with its own violence, it also reveals that ...

What Jesus Didn't Say
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 6:30am | Type: Blog

Rather than telling people caught in desperate sin how far their sin has removed them from God, why not invite them to come to worship? Think of how much difference there is between saying “Stop being such a s ...

Green Pastures and Valleys of Death
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Last week was one in which what God envisions for our world seemed so very, very far away. Last week was one in which what God envisions for our world seemed so very, very far a ...

A Struggle for the Nation’s Moral Center
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

Throughout the United States, people of faith are on the front lines of the effort to replace life-without-parole sentences for children with age-appropriate accountability measures that focus on rehabilitatio ...

If I Were Manti Te’o's Pastor
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Because I’m a believer in people – and more so – because I believe in the power of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration, I want to see Manti Te'o do well – not just as a football player – but as a ...

Unexpected Grace in Les Miz
Originally Posted: 12/27/2012 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

For many centuries Christmas Day worshippers have been hearing these words as their New Testament reading: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all” (Titus 2:11). Grace, everyone used to k ...

Two Reasons I'm Not A 'None'
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

It’s not surprising that a third of my peers say they are religiously unaffiliated. Our religious lives are too complex these days to fit in neat boxes with one-word labels. I may be a “Christian,” but does t ...

No Man (or Nation) is an Island
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

NEW YORK — Manhattan was a traffic nightmare as the United Nations General Assembly was in session and security precautions ramped up. Iran's president gave his usual insulting address. Israel's prim ...

Seeking Love and Forgiveness in the Shadow of St. Francis
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

Swimming against a global tide of religious violence and political polarization, about 550 religious and humanitarian leaders met recently in the birthplace of St. Francis to propose a new way forward: love an ...

Sikh Calls for Peace Echo Amish Shooting Response
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

At its heart, both the Sikh and Amish message is that of the indomitable human spirit, guided and inspired by faiths that practices peace, particularly when it is met with quite the opposite. ...

Murals and a Great Divide
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Concrete, Steel, and Paint, directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza THOSE OF US who ar ...

Ten Antidotes to Christian Cliches
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

I thought I’d offer a final list of things to do rather than pop off with these phrases that may mean little or nothing to the recipient, or worse, may cause unintended – but lasting – harm. ...

Rooting for Tiger Woods Now More Than Ever
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 8:27am | Type: Blog

But shouldn’t we be the first ones to come alongside those who have fallen to show mercy, love, grace and compassion? Of all people in this world, shouldn’t Christians always root for restoration? ...

The Pain of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

When people commit an offense against us, our natural inclination is to commit an offense against them. Not just any offense, but an offense that is bigger, badder, and one that hurts far more. We call this re ...

Ash Wednesday: Restoring the Right to Vote
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

On Ash Wednesday, Catholics and many others will walk around with ashen crosses (or, by the end of the day, what look like indeterminate smudges) on our foreheads. Those ashes are strong symbols of core princi ...

Tony Campolo: Newt's Surprising Evangelical Fan Base
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

I, for one, am quite willing to join the "forgive, forget and move on" crowd, but it does make me wonder if Evangelicals are going to sound believable when they say that they tend to vote Republican ...

Standing at the Gates: A Confession
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Everybody needs forgiveness. But it’s hard to face that. It feels threatening, like an accusation. So we tend to get defensive and start justifying ourselves, rather than seeing the one we’ve hurt. ...

Forgive and Forget?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Contrition seems more popular than ever. THE RITUAL, LANGUAGE, and practice of forgiveness hav ...

Oregon Announces Moratorium on the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Yesterday Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced a moratorium on all executions in the state Yesterday Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced a moratorium on all executions in the ...

The Afternoon News: Monday Nov. 21, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. THE KANSAS CITY STAR : In 'God's Country': Voting Wa ...