The Common Good

Middle East

The Dark Underbelly of Fundamentalist, Charismatic Christianity

I was raised in a charismatic megachurch that prided itself in being "non-religious." Our pastor thought of himself as a grace preacher, and in many ways he was.
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Nakba Day Protests: Palestine's Arab Spring?

The scenes were stunning: Hundreds of demonstrators pouring across the fence between Syria and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.
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Ordinary People and Just Peace in the Middle East

When we think about world events, we often think about them in relation to larger-than-life people -- the leaders of nations or of revolutions.
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Claremont Lincoln: The World's First Interreligious University

On May 16, 2011, the Claremont School of Theology, located in Claremont, California, announced the receipt of a $50 million naming gift from Joan and David Lincoln that will establish the Claremont
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On Palestinians: Whose Narrative Wins?

Once again last week the pages of the New York Times was graced with an ad published by David Horowitz's Freedom Center, one of
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Living the Resurrection on Mother's Day

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, "Woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." (John 19:24-27)

Mother's Day is always fun when the kids are young -- the homemade crafts, the valiant efforts of breakfast making, and the conscientious attention a mother receives in contrast to the usual "being taken for granted" and "aww mom, do I have to" gestures. My son is a sweet boy -- caring, empathetic, and a rule follower. When I was pregnant with him, it was as if this little organism had invaded my whole body. I felt pregnant from head to toe -- migraines, severe morning sickness, bloody noses, swelled feet, strong cravings for watermelon, and oh yeah ... my favorite: constipation. Sorry if that is sharing too much, but like I said, I was literally pregnant from head to toe.

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Books, Films, and Studies on the Surprising Power of Nonviolence

At Sojourners, we have always been advocates of principled nonviolence. But all too often, conventional wisdom has seen nonviolence as passivity, even in the face of injustice.
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Geronimo: A Revealing Code Name

A few days ago on my personal blog, I asked this question in response to the celebrations
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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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