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Jesus Can't Breathe
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

My friend Peter Heltzel, along with a cohort of some 75 faith leaders in New York, have called the lack of police accountability in New York and elsewhere “a spiritual problem.” They’re right, and it’s a probl ...

#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?” ...

How Will The Region Handle Discomfort?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

November 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Krehmeyer ...

The Lives of Others
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A and B WE LIVE IN A TIME of widespread violen ...

A Nonviolent Uprising
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

As we listen to Ferguson, we can learn from Ferguson – just as we learn from Montgomery and from South Africa. Many of the worst pits of oppression have later become the brightest beacons of hope. ...

Imagine it IS Your Family
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

Many of my African-American sisters and brothers are furious. Yet another child has been felled. The challenge is this — if a tree falls in the forest and white folks don’t hear it, does it make a noise? Many ...

Are You 'Good Enough'?
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

I love my country and my faith, but I see that both have succumbed to the paralyzing mediocrity of believing that ‘good enough’ is good enough. I don’t know about you, and the peo ...

Why I Marched on McDonald's
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I marched with McDonald’s workers from three dozen cities to the company’s corporate headquarters outside of Chicago. Recently, I marched with McDonald’s workers from th ...

That Our Creation Care Would Also Fight Racism and Poverty
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Are we listening to the voices closest to the ground — where the injustices of sin layer themselves against creation and the vulnerable in a double-offensive? What more perfect a ...

Prophetic Preaching: 'One of The Priests is Receiving Death Threats'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

If prophetic preaching on global injustices is to be effective, it has to take up strong collaborative efforts, creativity, and opportunities for specific actions that instill hope. ...

Working Toward Justice in the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

We must fight for justice, but we must do so in the way of Jesus. The classic sci-fi novel  Ender’s Game  by Orson Scott Card was adapted on to the big screen in November 2013. ...

Cowboys, Indians, and Reconciliation?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together. Herald Press ...

One Church, One Body
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis When racism is tolerated, the reconciling work of Christ on the cross is contradicted. IN OCTOBER, ...

Justice in the Courts? Not for This Man
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

More than 100 members of clergy, elected officials, civil rights leaders, former prosecutors and judges, American Bar Association presidents, and a former Texas governor agree that Duane Buck deserves a new an ...

Becoming Fluent in the Language of Hope
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C THE CELEBRATED PHILOSOPHER Ludwig Wittg ...

The Color of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

America, we have a problem with race. And with guns. Oddly, I wasn't there the night George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. I wasn't in the jury box either. Some commenta ...

America’s Great Divide
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

When I was invited by the Drug Policy Alliance to participate in a pastors’ conference at the American Baptist College in Nashville on drug decriminalization, I didn’t know quite what to expect. In a room fil ...

A Passing of the Baton
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper If Bernice King had been born on time, her daddy's letter might never have been written. ...

What If It’s Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

We started making our new documentary “Redemption of the Prosecutor” for the same reason we always do: someone told us a story. We started making our new documentary “ Redemption ...

An Incarceration of Silence
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

One out of three African-American men will serve some sort of time under present law enforcement practices and the current criminal justice system. In Washington, D.C., that number jumps to an estimated three ...

On Scripture: How Long Does Darkness Last?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of the world, we should all be feminists. And given what we know about the role of independent, empowered women in the community of disciples, for the sake world, we might be “Christians.” ...

Economic Inequality: Should We Call It Sin?
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Professor Putnam asked me, as an evangelical, whether evangelical pastors today would be ready to declare today’s great economic inequality of opportunity a sin. That’s a great question. ...

Graduation Day for the Electoral College
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

The United States is the only democratic country in the world where a candidate can be elected as president without earning the highest number of votes. The United States is ...

Sin and Chewing Gum
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

What drives so many people to atheism is not selfishness or hedonism, but the experience of abandonment in the face of suffering, grief, and injustice. Yesterday, I was walking th ...

Activism, Slacktivism or Distractivism?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

I struggle to know how much is enough. I hear about Joseph Kony and the many children he’s exploited as child soldiers. I get angry, discouraged. I write about it, talk to friends about it. And then my life ke ...

Justice for Trayvon Martin: Million Hoody March
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

On February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Fla., George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old boy. On February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Fla., George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an un ...

Liberty Has Been Ransacked: MOBILIZE!
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

It’s time for people of faith to get up off the couch, out of the pews, and MOBILIZE! I saw the first tweet at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday: @OccupyWallSt: Raid happening NOW at #libert ...

#OccupySunday: We Are the 100 Percent
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. It may give power ...

Jesus the Occupier? WWJD and OWS
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Would Jesus Occupy Wall Street? Would Jesus Occupy Wall Street? A common technique for opinion writers is to pose a question in the title of their articles, and then spoon-fe ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 3:55am | Type: Blog

On Sept. 30, the NYC General Assembly of #OccupyWallStreet -- organizers of the ongoing demonstrations in New York City's financial district against economic injustice that has spread to other cities acro ...

10 Years After 9/11: The Good and the Bad
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was at home in Washington, D.C. getting ready to go to Sojourners' office. On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was at home in Was ...

From Selma to Syria: The Power of Song in Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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/ ...

Poverty, Treasure Islands, and Global Tax Dodgers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 John Hilliard | more info (via: Wylio)As Christians concerned about poverty, it is time to turn our full attention to the injustices of an "offshore tax system" that enables cor ...

Enough Activists, But Not Enough Convergence: An Interview With James Lawson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over lunch last week, during the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's <a href="http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/learning-and-resources/educational-initiatives/fletche ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

Waking the Church to Just Consumerism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God blesses the earth with enough provision and food for its inhabitants. The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God ble ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

Let Them Eat Tanks: My Interview with Ben and Jerry's Co-Founder, Ben Cohen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/let-them-eat-tanks-my-interview-with-ben-and-jerrys-co-founder-ben-cohen/" target="_self"></a>I had the opportunity to intervie ...

Geronimo: A Revealing Code Name
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

A few days ago <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/on-waking-up-to-todays-news.html" target="_blank">on my personal blog</a>, I asked this question in response to the ...

Where are the Women?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Well, the last time I checked, women were in the front lines of civil resistance struggles in <a href="http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/03/03/women-on-the-frontlines-in-bahrain/" target=" ...

Violence in the Name of Faith?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I received a question from a reader recently that asked: You write a lot about the plight of the Palestinians. I received a question from a reader recently that asked: You write ...

The First Nonviolent Revolution? The Resurrection.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As Lent ends and the Holy Triduum begins, my mind turns to resurrection. Perhaps a bit too soon as the Good Friday death of Jesus and his descent into darkness is still impending. ...

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, ...

Glenn Beck and Teachable Moments
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/glenn-beck-and-teachable-moments/"></a>It was announced today that Glenn Beck will <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...

Why I am Beginning a Fast Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<ol> <li>Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "&l ...

How Should Christians Respond to Uprisings in the Arab World?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Egypt-Solidarity-Rally-in/15817757_mcbiZ#1180102181_Mup8Q" target="_blank"></a>After decades of repressio ...

Support Farmworkers this Lent: Fast for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100307-ciw-farmworkers1.jpg"></a>Will you be giving up chocolate for Lent? Coffee? Then why not fast for justice? Why not abstain from shopp ...

Wisconsin: America's Tahrir Square?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

A week after a shocked world reveled in Egypt's incredible moment of freedom and people power, Wisconsin is reviving its own unique tradition of people power and creative protest. ...