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Defining Identity: Person of Color. Woman. Poor. Fatherless. Undocumented.
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

In the midst of these experiences, I had to define the core of my identity. I am a person of color. I am a woman. I am poor. I am fatherless. I am an undocumented immigrant. Indeed, it has been excruciating se ...

What Rock and Roll and the Church Have in Common
Originally Posted: 03/31/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

The way we define, distinguish, and conduct ourselves, though of utmost importance to many of us, is of little or no interest to those beyond the walls. We are sure we have something that is precious and worth ...

Meet the Nones: Jewish Americans Increasingly Disaffiliating
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

About 22 percent of Jews now describe themselves as having no religion, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Jews. The top religion story of 2012 was the “rise of ...

A New Wave
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley The Evangelicals You Don't Know: Introducing the Next Generation of Christians. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ...

Risking Depth and Passion
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C "EVEN IF I OWNED Picasso's &# ...

Sometimes Love is a Battlefield (Even with Jesus)
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes, to see our true faith, it has to be challenged, smacked in the face. Sometimes in pursuit of our real and true selves, which is the only soil where real and true faith can flourish, we have to face ...

Fun, Fantasy, and Other Deep Truths
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Vernon Nick Harkaway, writer of novels that brim with humor and meaning, talks about legacy, not-so-silly writing, and the moral ...

A Family's Identity Crisis
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 2:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Joshua Witchger Pariah, written and directed by Dee Rees. Focus Fe ...

Re-Branding Religion: A Fool's Errand?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 6:30am | Type: Blog

As Madison Avenue advertising executives could attest, as tempting as it is to try to solve a missionary slump with a marketing campaign, religious groups — like commercial businesses — should think twice befo ...

Southern Baptists Mull Whether 'Southern' Still Fits
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jerry Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church Fairhope, Ala., has struggled with whether the Southern Baptist Convention should change its name to reflect greater geographic diversity. ...

Evangelical Consistency and the 2012 Elections
Originally Posted: 11/30/2011 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, many people who go to church on Sunday are more influenced by what they see on cable TV than by the Bible. I hear that lament from pastors all the time. Too many of their congregant’s political ...

Yoga Sabbath: Shabbat Shal-OM.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

What can you learn from an Israeli Hindu-monk-in-training about peace? As Palestine makes a bid for nationhood status at the United Nations, and Israel and the United States. do what they can to block it, I think back to May 2010, when I wa ...

Evangelicals: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

What are "the evangelicals," you ask? Certainly not a political or ideological monolith, as recent polling and survey numbers demonstrate. What are "the evang ...

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 ...

Reflecting the Image of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In reading some of the responses to my last post Embodied Theology, I was reminded of an essay I wrote for a class last semester, so I've rewritten part of it as a blog post to help clarify my positi ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only wa ...

What's in a Name?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Whether we realize it or not, names matter. Ask Barack Hussein Obama, whose infamous middle name has led xenophobic adversaries to question his citizenship. Whether we realize it ...

A Day of Silence for a Lifetime of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Silence, when used effectively, can be a beautiful thing. As a mother of young children, five minutes of silence would mean five minutes of sanity. Silence, when used effectively, ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Exposing Darkness
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 ...

Revisiting Rwanda: Finding the Truth After Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the documentary <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJU-zBKe4uI" target="_blank">Earth Made of Glass</a></em>, director Deborah Scranton weaves together t ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time. I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope ...

When Will 3.5 Million Palestinians Get Their Chance For Freedom?
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:13am | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Sheikh-Jarrah-February-11-2011/15817766_oNNEG#1185436967_Pd7Jf" target="_blank"></a>I must confess I was ...

Why Asian Parents Are the Best and Worst
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's amazing what one article can do, but one thing that's clear is Amy Chua is going to sell some books. Cha-ching.</p> It's amazing what one article can do, ...

How To Say Defiantly, 'I am Baptized!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

At the baptism of our Lord, heaven simply could not contain God Godself and God the Spirit who interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring a very important message. At ...

He Said, She Said: A Personal Journey Through the Use of Inclusive Language
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Growing up, the use of inclusive language was a foreign concept. Although I grew up in diverse church settings -- ...

President Obama on "The View"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

President Obama visited with the five hosts of the ABC daytime talk show "The View." People complained. He should have gone to the Boy Scout gathering. President Obama v ...

Missionaries: What's Wrong with Them?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Mention the word <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/missionaries/">"missionary"</a> to an assortment of people around the world, and you are sure to see quite a range of reaction ...

Diversity is the New Normal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/04/diversity-is-the-new-normal/"></a>One of my readers sent me a video a couple months ago because, well, I somehow mysteriously got on thi ...

BP's Betrayal of Its 'Beyond Petroleum' Branding
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.schnews.org.uk/archive/news716.php"></a>As BP's <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/o/oil_spills/gulf_of_mexico ...

A Gulf Coast Tribal Community in Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The Houma Tribe, located in southern Louisiana, has had more than their fair share of trials and obstacles over the last 100 years. The oil spill may be the final straw.</p> ...

A Day in the Life of Phoenix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>8:00 a.m.</strong> 8:00 a.m. Arizona is a great state. And Arizona is a great state. And they are on the right track with the law they passed. Y ...

Power and the Emerging Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

This I Believe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of the best gifts I received when I finished grad school was a book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805086587?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1 ...

Fight or Die: How to Lose Friends and Irritate People
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>This video clip by <a href="http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/">The Work of The People</a> is going to upset a lot of people.</p> This video c ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Justice Stevens Hasn't Moved, the Supreme Court Has
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There's an old story about a man and his wife driving into town one evening. There's an old story about a man and his wife driving into town one evening. The wife looks ...

I Am Emergent and I Don't Fit the Stereotype
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www ...

Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion. I'm not much of a sports person, bu ...

Vatican II 101: Social Justice is Part of Catholic Identity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Writer James Carroll, in his recent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547336268?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;cre ...

Four Friends' Perspectives on Tiger Woods' Buddhism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Apart from the Dalai Lama, who reportedly had never heard of him until earlier this week, Tiger Woods is the most famous Buddhist on the planet.</p> <p>But until Woods invoked his Buddhist ...

Faith Beyond Belief: Dogma Without Deeds is Dead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

In a recent interview with <em>Commonweal </em>magazine, renowned Catholic theologian David Tracy argued that theological discourse, with its accompanying jargon and disputes about certain doctrina ...

'I don't live for the Jesus who eats red meat, drinks beer, and beats on other men.'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Several weeks ago, I had an extensive phone interview with a reporter from The New York Times about the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the wide and nebulous net of "evangelical ...

What Would Jesus Do in Palestine?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598941252_ZXPyp"></a>It was 3 a.m. when they came barreling into town -- Israeli jeeps ...

Haiti, Aftershocks and Tremors: One week and two days later
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While the rest of the world has been pondering the economic and social fate of the recently earthquake-devastated island nation of Haiti, Haitian-Americans alone have asked, "What will happen to ou ...

Haiti: TPS and the Coming Negativity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

My friends and I worried about the negativity that would emerge when the Department of Homeland Security granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals, allowing them to remain in th ...

Megachurches Make (Some) Progress on Crossing the Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As you probably know, one of the big articles making the rounds this week is <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1950943,00.html">Time magazine's major repor ...

'Irreconcilable Islam' and Irascible Christianity, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/05/gingrich-labels-irreconcilable-wing-of-islam-but-ignores-irascible-christianity/">[continued from part 1]</a> If duplicity were the only moral fai ...

Gingrich Labels 'Irreconcilable Wing of Islam' but Ignores Irascible Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

"'Tell me what distinguishes the murderer at Fort Hood, the people we arrested in Denver and Detroit and New York, and the five people who were just picked up in Pakistan?'" Former House Sp ...