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Atheists Tweet More Often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, Study Shows
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

A new study of Twitter finds that self-identified religious users are more likely to tweet to members of their own faith than to members of a different one. The study examined people whose Twitter profiles ide ...

World War I at 100: New Books Examine the Battle of Beliefs Behind the 'Great War'
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Some called it “The Great War.” Others called it “The War to End All Wars.” History proves it was neither. Some called it “The Great War.” Others called it “The War to End All War ...

'Punk Jews' Highlights Judaism's 'Myriad Flavors'
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 5:56am | Type: Blog

Anyone who has been told that it's sacrilegious to set an old hymn to a new tune or has been chastised for listening to Sufjan Stevens because it "isn't Christian music" can probably relate ...

The Stubborn Persistence of 'Jew-Hatred'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee The term "anti-Semitism" hides an ugly history of racialized animus. THE SHOOTINGS ...

Survey: More Than One in Four Globally Infected with Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

The first ever global study of anti-Semitic attitudes shows that more than a quarter of the world’s population (26 percent) harbors anti-Semitic views. The first ever global study ...

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 ...

Central Conference Of American Rabbis (CCAR) To Hold 125th Annual Convention In Chicago -- March 30-April 2, 2014
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Press

March 24, 2014 Sojo in the News http://www.einpresswire.com/article ...

6 Ways to Avoid Unintentional Anti-Judaism
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 12:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

William F. Brosend How to not contribute to anti-Judaism. We received several letters to the editor c ...

For Your Calendar: 125th Annual Convention Of The Central Conference Of American Rabbis (CCAR)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News PR Inside ...

Three Worlds Collide in 'Jerusalem,' the City and the Film
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When the producers of Jerusalem, a new movie for IMAX and other giant screen theaters, decided to approach the topic, they wanted to bring a fresh perspective to the long history. ...

WATCH: 'There's Nothing Faithful About Torture'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

Sojourners supports the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). NRCAT recently released five Youtube videos to counter the claims found in pop-culture that torture is acceptable. ...

U.S. Jews Diverge on Israel: Strong Ties Despite Disagreements
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Where once it seemed that uncritical devotion to Israel was the norm for U.S Jews, that Zionism and Judaism were hand-in-glove, new research finds that’s not the case today — if it ever was. ...

Meet the ‘Nominals’ Who Are Drifting From Judaism and Christianity
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Meet the “Nominals” — people who claim a religious identity but may live it in name only. They’re rarely at worship services and indifferent to doctrine. And they’re surprisingly  ...

Is Christian-Owned Hobby Lobby Boycotting Hanukkah?
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Hanukkah comes early this year. But it apparently never comes to Hobby Lobby. Hanukkah comes early this year. But it apparently never comes to Hobby Lobby. The national craft s ...

Being Jewish Means Being Funny, and That’s No Joke
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

Yoo-hoo! Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Larry David! No matter how unreligious you comics may be, American Jews seem proud to claim you. Yoo-hoo! Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Larr ...

Do Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor: The Surfer Boy and the Receptionist
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

What’s sinful is comparing Christianity with other religions in a way that is dishonest, untrue, or misrepresents other religions or the followers of those other religions. In other words, it is a sin to bear ...

The LGBT Gap, By Religion
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

We all know that when it comes to the acceptance of LGBT folks, religions differ. But what the religions communicate, and how the people in the pews actually feel, are not the same. ...

Jewish Federations Support Egalitarian Space at Western Wall
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

The Jewish Federations of North America announced Monday that its trustees had passed a resolution in favor of a nonsegregated place where men and women can pray and read from the Torah at the Western Wall, th ...

Whatever Happened to the “Common Good”?
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Press

April 4, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Palms, Matzah, Our Planet and the White House: A Religious Act of Civil Disobedience
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 10:50am | Type: Press

March 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Rabbi Arthur Waskow ...

Diverse Religion Because of Diverse Creation By a Diverse Creator?
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Species don’t evolve to become like other species. They evolve into better versions of themselves. I read a lot of Trinitarian theology last semester at Duke Divinity school, most ...

Abrahamic Faiths on Peace
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War. Palgrave Ma ...

Expanding the Debate around Circumcision
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that circumcising young boys represents grievous "bodily harm." The court found that the child’s "fundamental right to bodily integrity" was more ...

Foremost Rabbinic Authority in the World Dies at 102
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 8:39am | Type: Blog

Rabbi Yosef Elyashiv, considered by many the foremost rabbinic authority in the Jewish world, died in Jerusalem on Wednesday. He was 102. JERUSALEM — Rabbi Yosef Elyashiv, conside ...

Leonard Cohen's Stellar New 'Old Ideas' Explores Spirituality, Mortality
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The years between 2004's "Dear Heather" and his latest album "Old Ideas" have built Cohen’s status to a Zen guru presence. For weeks there has been anticipation about this new record n ...

Man Spends 12 Months Practicing 12 Different Religions, Finds Peace at Year’s End
Originally Posted: 04/13/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina man practiced 12 different religions in the course of a year and doesn't call himself by any of them. LUMBERTON, N.C.—Andrew Bowen sat yoga-style in his armcha ...

A Noted Atheist (No Not That One, The Other One) on What Religion Can Teach Non-Believers
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

This is not another book that simply critiques religion. In Religion For Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton, a noted author on a wide range of themes – from architec ...

The Problem with Daniel Pearl's Mormon Baptism
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

A simmering interreligious controversy resurfaced recently with the news that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had posthumously ``baptized'' a number of deceased Jews, including Daniel ...

Is Purim the Jewish Halloween? Some Jews Say No.
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Commemorating Queen Esther's efforts to save the Jews of Persia from extermination, Purim calls on Jews to rejoice in costume and to give goodies to neighbors and friends. But it's not Halloween. ...

Which Side Are You On?
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 2:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Howard-Brook A study on the Bible's "two religions." For a thousand years before Jesus, tw ...

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 ...

Five Frustrations When You Debate Israel and the Palestinians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:11am | Type: Blog

I've been fascinated watching an earlier blog hunker down into a strong debate about Israel and the Palestinians (February 22, "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/when-will-3-5-million- ...

Immigrant Rights as Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">The issues surrounding immigration are politically complex and emotionally charged, especially at a time when many Americans are experiencing severe economic distre ...

100 Reasons for a Christmas Miracle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm" target="_blank">Call your Senators right now about the DREAM Act</a>.</p> ...

We Need a Clean Energy Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We need a clean energy conversion.</p> We need a clean energy conversion. If civil rights was the key issue of the previous generation, I think clean energy is one o ...

Enough Jawboning: A Bold but Hopeful Proposal for Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599053392_7PtdJ"></a>There is a biblical story in which Samson used the jawbone of an a ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...

Passover for Non-Jews and 'the Bread of Affliction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In preparing a Passover seder in which many of my guests are first-timers and non-Jews, I am challenged by a number of factors: There is the barrier of language -- some of the texts that we read ar ...

The Jewish Roots of Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

I was intrigued recently over a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Law/divorce-battle-joseph-reyes-faces-jail-baptizing-daughter-church/story?id=9845919" target="_blank">story</a&g ...

Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity' (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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'Do What Is Just'
Originally Posted: 05/19/2011 - 2:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jo Ellen Green Kaiser Today's Jewish social justice movement is renewing its strength with faith and grassroots power. ...

If They Are Too Big To Fail, Let's Make Them Smaller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>We're off and running. I am headed for the airport to go to Detroit for the fi ...

Interfaith Interaction at Parliament of the World's Religions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia where I attended the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions. I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia w ...

Stepping Back from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>For much of the world, the heart of Bethlehem is found down a narr ...

The Charter for Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sympathy for another's suffering."</p> Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sy ...

Fort Hood Shootings and the Prophetic 'IF'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One reader wrote me to ask: " "What effect will the Fort Hood shootings have on the American public's perception of Islam?" That question asks us to be foretellers, fortune tellers, to pr ...

We Need an Abrahamic Alliance of the 'Passionate Best'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>For the next few days in Washington, D.C., 1,200 people are gather ...

The Coen Brothers Get 'Serious'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recenly, I had a bad day. Epically bad.</p> <p>I ran out of cash.</p> <p>I lost my credit card.</p> <p>I missed my flight.</p> ...

Israel, Gaza, and the Goldstone Report: A Call for Self-Examination During the High Holy Days
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3/1/#599051510_WL6dK"></a>During these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews ar ...