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#BlackLivesMatter: Why We Need to Stop Replying ALL LIVES MATTER
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

There’s this microaggression happening online, offline, and all around that has a nice sentiment, but really needs to stop. Can we call for a week-long moratorium on decrying “ALL LIVES MATTER?” ...

Justice … not ‘Just Us’
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

While punitive justice might be one way of thinking about justice, it’s not the dominant or prevailing understanding of justice promoted within most religious tradition of the world. ...

To the Millennia and Beyond!
Originally Posted: 11/27/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B.  I CONFESS THAT I DO NOT often us ...

All Saints' Day: Facing Death
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 9:09am | Type: Press

October 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Greg Carey ...

Ebola Is an Inequality Crisis
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

Dr. Kim makes the crucial point here — the current Ebola outbreak is much more than a public health crisis — it is an inequality crisis. In the past few months, the world has witn ...

After a Summer of Crisis, Churches Can't Go Back to Business As Usual
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

When churches conclude their summer hiatus and resume full-scale ministries this week, much will have changed from a year ago — outside their doors. When churches conclude their ...

The Need for Ferguson to Continue
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday I preached to my church on race, current affairs and how to process — in a biblically loving way — what has been happening to brothers and sisters in Ferguson. This wee ...

The Biblical Case for Limiting Money in Politics
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

It is in the context of gross, growing inequality of income and political power that we must wrestle with our question of whether allowing unlimited political donations is morally desirable or unacceptable. ...

Moses Rising
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

Most people consider the story of Moses a fable, myth, or maybe even ancient history — but not the kind of history capable of repeating itself. Except that it has been repeated. History is rampant with faith-f ...

Does Jesus Love African-American Males?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! I recently held a To ...

We Are In a Crisis — a Moral Crisis
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Martin Luther King, Jr. said 46 years ago in one of his last sermons that if you ignore the poor, one day the whole system will collapse and implode. The costs are too high if we don’t address systemic racism ...

Argument Over Pope Francis' 'Inequality' Tweet Misses the Point
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

But this latest interchange, happening of course between Catholics in the global “North,” misses the real point. The latest dust-up about the unscripted words of Pope Francis came ...

Papa Don't Preach — But Family-Friendly Work Policies Would Be Nice
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

To be sure, growing up in a two-parent family is a child's best hedge against poverty , not only in America but in the other OECD countries as well (even Switzerland). But the reality is that a high perce ...

Sitting At A Tilted Table
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

Religion gets misused and pulled into the table-tilting, too. The rich and privileged have historically justified their wealth and power by calling it a reward for being better than everyone else, more industr ...

MAP: Does Your State Pay a Fair Wage?
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 2:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors As the federal minimum wage stagnates at $7.25 an hour, many states have taken the lead to raise wages on their own. Where do ...

AUDIO: StandUp w/PeteDominick - Jim Wallis: How To Win The "War On Poverty"
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 4:45pm | Type: Press

January 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Pete Dominick ...

Pope Francis Lays Out a Blueprint for His Papacy in 'Evangelii Gaudium'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Laying out a blueprint for the issues that are likely to define his papacy, Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a biting critique of capitalism, calling on world leaders to fight against poverty and for the rich to ...

'12 Years a Slave' — Could It Happen Again?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

Only as we fight for political, judicial, economic, and educational freedom for all can each of us remain free. I watched  12 Years a Slave  today. The film is based on Solo ...

How Can People of Faith Help Students Achieve Their Potential?
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

Children from all racial and economic backgrounds have God-given potential and are truly “made in [God’s] image and likeness.” If given the opportunities and support, they will achieve. ...

The Shameful Politics of Scorn
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

The New York Times article itself seemed innocuous, about how foreclosed homes are being scooped up by outside investors and turned into rentals. The accompanying photo, however, was troubling. It showed a you ...

A Revolution of Rising Expectations
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Dreams of a better life—and political corruption—spark rising protests around the world. THE PHRA ...

'Forward Together, Not One Step Back!'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove A grassroots resistance movement emerges in North Carolina. THOSE WHO BELIEVE in fr ...

When Robbers and Innkeepers Profit from Good Samaritans
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well known, beloved and influential portions of the New Testament. As a striking narrative about care and compassion for others, the content of Luke 10:29-3 ...

How To Make Childbirth Safer (Not By Spending More Money)
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

The more inequality in a country's distribution of family income, the more mothers and babies die in childbirth. "American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World&quo ...

In the Richest Country in the World, 1 in 4 Struggle to Afford Food
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

The United States is the richest country in the world, but only three-quarters of Americans have enough to eat. The United States is the richest country in the world, but only thr ...

Pentecost and the Crucifixion of Privilege
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

While we continue to live in a society that unjustly rewards some at the expense of others, the Gospel exposes and crucifies such circumstances, and in doing so, we are set free from the lures of privilege and ...

Wealth Inequality in America
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 12:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors An infographic of the racial wealth gap in the U.S. While the rich become even richer, everyone e ...

The Growing Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Otis Moss III The heart of our faith calls us to attack poverty, the "cruel thief of dreams." IN AM ...

An Inconvenient Truth: I Am Black
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

I am much more likely to live in an impoverished neighborhood, receive an inferior education in a neighborhood school, and not graduate from high school than white students my age. Those are inconvenient truth ...

A Convenient Truth: I Am White
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

There are countless factors one could cite for the current levels of race-based inequality in the U.S., and many opinions exist surrounding potential solutions, yet there are three points of emphasis that need ...

The Presumption of Equality
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Women still are forced to operate as second-class citizens in the church. EVER SINCE THE ap ...

Paul's Letter to the 1%
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger The apostle's attack on elitism in Corinthian church and society speaks a clear message about inequality today. ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Demonstrations Whisper Of An Arab Spring In Jordan “We want social justice,” the crowd chanted after Friday Prayers on Jan. 27, reading from a handwritten list of political, economic and social grievances. “Real elections,” the ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/31/2012 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST/RNS: The End Of 'Compassionate Conservatism'? The Republican presidential candidates competing for the affections of Florida voters have plenty of labels with which to tar each other: Influence peddler. Failed politic ...

A Poem for Advent: "Living Sacrifices"
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

Empty stomachs moan. The .000258 percent hedge their bets against the common good. Living Sacrifices By Lisa Sharon Harper   The 99 percent offers work and wealth ...

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 THE HILL : Democrats See Opening To Attract Religious Voters In 2012 Election Democrats claim to have an unprecedented, promising o ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 CHRISTIANTIY TODAY: The Defining Issue Of The 2012 Presidential Race? Forecasting election outcomes is dangerous business, but I c ...

The Afternoon News: Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS: Top 10 Reasons Alabama’s New Immigration Law Is A Disaster For The State’s Economy Alabama’s new imm ...

The Morning Sojo: November 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/07/2011 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. Susan Straight , an author whose nove ...

Moving Money: Investing in a New World
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away $10,000 outside the Stock Exchange. Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away ...

#OccupySesameStreet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

occupysesamestreet#OccupyWallStreet (the New York-based protest against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government) has moved to a new loc ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Could the Riots in England Have Been Averted?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The rioting and rampages that spread across English cities last week have caused severe property destruction and raised public alarm. The rioting and rampages that spread across E ...

Friday Links Round Up: Moldy Toast. Carp Attack. E-Verify.
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:55am | Type: Blog

Moldy Toast. Carp Attack. E-Verify. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Moldy Toast. Carp Attack. E-Verify. Here's a lit ...

Why People of Color Should Attend the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This June, I plan to attend the Wild Goose Festival, an arts, music, justice, and spirituality festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina. My appeal to you is simple. This June, I ...

Where are the Relief Efforts for Minnesota's Social Storms?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's rare that an urban area is struck by a tornado. It's rare that an urban area is struck by a tornado. This weekend, neighborhoods on the north side of Minneapolis ...

My Thoughts on Sojourners, Coalition Building, and LGBTQ Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On my personal blog, I <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/this-is-not-actually-a-blog-post.html" target="_blank">traced my journey</a> on the issue of homosexuality ...

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 ...

Friday Links Round Up: The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here� ...

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.</p> Across the United Sta ...