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Are We Closer to Peace After Bin Laden's Death?

The news of Osama bin Laden's death rippled across social networking sites Sunday night. As I scrolled through my news feed, I witnessed my internet community express their delight and celebration over the death of America's "enemy," and I was surprised to see such blatant euphoria.
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After Bin Laden, People of Faith Must Transcend Triumphalism

For more than a decade, Osama bin Laden has been Exhibit A in the contemporary manifestations of the lethal mix of religion a
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How Should We Respond to the Death of Osama bin Laden?

This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osama bin Laden is dead.
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Where are the Women?

Well, the last time I checked, women were in the front lines of civil resistance struggles in
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What is the Circle of Protection?

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.
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Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban Prisoners. National Security Shakeup. Military Spending.

[Editors' note: 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 n
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I know that Jesus is the Answer, But What Does That Mean?

Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven
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Three Cups of Truth on the Greg Mortenson Controversy

I just watched a 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea and co-founder of the nonprofit the Central Asia Institute. Watching this news story that accused Mortenson of fabricating key stories in his book, lacking organizational/financial transparency and effectiveness, and receiving "excessive" personal benefits from his organization felt like a punch in the gut, even if it's of the too familiar heroes-come-crashing-down variety.

It must have felt like a punch to many. None of us like to give our hard-earned pennies or dollars or peace prize money to someone who betrays our confidence.

I felt it in my gut, too, because Mortenson and I have a lot in common. We've both published two memoirs about our experiences and work for education in the developing world -- he in Afghanistan, and me in Haiti. We both travel to speak about our work -- albeit he on a much grander, best-selling-er scale than me. Once I stood for half an hour in a book line to talk with him for two minutes and he seemed touchingly humble and friendly.

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10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day as a Church

Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for your congregation, small group, or family.
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