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New Violence Takes Aim at Northern Ireland's Hard-Won Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On Saturday night, two young soldiers preparing to go to Afghanistan were murdered in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Four other people, including two men delivering pizzas, were injured. ...

Does Grace Abound to the Chief of Torturers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On the first day of the Obama administration, our newly elected president signed the order to close down Guatanamo. Scores of human rights advocates were in ecstasy. For those of us committed to peace ...

From Lazy Pluralism to Active Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived. I guess that people are on a jour ...

Lent: A Time for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, and preparation. Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, an ...

Mobilization and Murder in our Nation's Capital
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>It's 8 p.m. and I'm exhausted.</p> <p>My six-month-old boy finally sto ...

Rare Repentance: John Lewis Receives Apology from Attacker
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-bio-john-lewis"></a>I have been studying the civil rights movement for over a decade, and continue to ...

Waltz with Bashir: Drawing a Massacre from Memory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://waltzwithbashir.com"></a>Each time I write about the Middle East, I feel compelled to repeat three concepts.</p> Each ti ...

A New Conversation in the Holy Land
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I became haunted by the notion that Christians, Muslims, and Jews are going to blow up the world unless we learn to get along. A year ago I became haunted by the notion ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...

Overcoming John Wayne Syndrome with New Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Peace actions often evoke disgust, anger, and fear from the uninvolved bystander. Epithets are hurled at the demonstrators, with coward and traitor perhaps the favorites. Why should advocating peace e ...

Seeing the Full Humanity of Our Homeless Neighbors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, January 27, just a few blocks north of the Sojourners' office on 14th Street in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of our nation's capital, a homeless man was attacked and lay dying on th ...

Obama Continues Bombing Pakistan (A 'Just Peace' President? Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

He said he would do it.</p> He said he would do it. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he would go into Pakistan if necessary to capture and/or kill al ...

The Solidarity of Motherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Idia, the wife of disappeared pastor William Reyes, held m ...

A Controversial Approach to Healing Northern Ireland's Violent Past
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It's a significant week in Northern Ireland, with the latest development in the long-running peace process. It's a significant week in Northern Ireland, with the latest ...

Beyond Gaza: An Abrahamic Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Beyond anguish, what can we say about the massive death and destruction in Gaza and the traumatic fear of falling rockets in Israel? Beyond anguish, what can we say about the mass ...

A 'Just Peace' President?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

If this Gaza War teaches us anything, if the tragic history of wars in the Middle East teaches us anything, it is that when people are determined to obtain weapons and fight, war goes on and solves ...

Gaza: A War Without Winners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I began a fast for peace when Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip. Last week, I ended the fast, as fighting has stopped and most if not all the troops have left Gaza.</p> ...

Peacemaking, Power, and Politics: Books for Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

As a former theology and philosophy professor at Asbury Seminary, Sojourners' COO, Chuck Gutenson, is a walking encyclopedia of all things theological As a former theology a ...

Police Violence Undercuts Pundits' 'Post-Racial' Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after Barack Obama was elected president, I heard people say multiple times that we have now arrived as a "post-racial" nation and that it can now be said that anyone can truly be president ...

Giving Your Shirt for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the February issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=mother-liberia" href="../../../ ...

The Futility of Violence: Eastwood's Gran Torino
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The other day I heard a 78-year-old man sing, through a cracked voice, one of the most moving and gentle jazz melodies, as the iconic image of a fetishized sports car being driven into the sunset was ...

Gaza: 'Enough of Blood and Tears. Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Why do we value blood and tears so cheap? Is it because we all own them? When we grieve the various losses that life brings to us, the tears seem to flow from some inexhaustible source. ...

Gaza: Where are the Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week now. Over 600 Palestinians and ten Israelis have been killed (seven of them soldiers), and 3,085 Palestinians have been injured. It has been over a week no ...

Nonviolence Begets Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The dynamics of "violence begets violence" are simple and probably understood by everyone who has ever been in a fight. The dynamics of "violence begets violence&qu ...

It's Time for a Sustained Focus on a Lasting Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I can't help commenting on the tragic situation in Gaza after a week like this. There have been many calls for a ceasefire which, of course, I support as necessary and important. ...

Selective Memory in the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A well-repeated Arab saying dealing with conflicts states: <em>al bad'azlam</em>, "the initiator [of a conflict] is the wrong one." So if you are trying to figure out who is wrong in ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own</em></em> Charlie Brown Christmas <em><em>spec ...

Palestinian Christians Still Waiting for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When I lived in Jerusalem during the fall of 2000, after the failure of Camp David and as the second intifada erupted, I found myself angry with everything around me - the crushing might of Israel' ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

Life-Shaping Books for Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Children's literature provides one of the most uplifting, energizing, and soul-freeing pursuits for any child-or any adult who cares about children. Children's literatur ...

An Agenda of Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

While most attention is being paid to the deepening economic crisis, the incoming Obama administration will also inherit a number of interrelated international crises. While most ...

Policy and Organizing: A Year in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

It was quite a busy year for the policy team at Sojourners, and we can already hear the challenges and opportunities of 2009 calling for our attention. It was quite a busy year fo ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of peace on earth and goodwill toward all, I went to see the remake of the 1951 movie <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043456/">The Day the Earth Stood Still</a& ...

Lewis and McCain: When Heroes Collide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

John McCain is an American hero. In 1967, after his plane was shot down over Hanoi in Vietnam, an injured McCain parachuted into a lake. John McCain is an American hero. In 1967, ...

Sept. 11 Families Join Nonviolence Efforts in Iraq
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Please, spread the message: There is not only violence in Iraq, there is something more -- people are building peace and seeking real change. Please, ...

A Colombian Peacemaker's 'Option for Civil Resistance'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We are deeply concerned. We are deeply concerned. Attempts are being made to link Héctor Mondragón to the FARC guerilla movement in Colombia's paper of record, ...

Where Wars Come From
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Peace is a respectful, harmonious, and cooperative relationship between groups and nations. Peace is a respectful, harmonious, and cooperative relationship between groups and nati ...

An International Day of Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God" (Matthew 5:9).</em></p> "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they s ...

The Gaza Cease-Fire and Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I arrived in the West Bank the afternoon of Saturday, June 7, and hit the ground running. The next morning we starting filming for <a href="http://thispalestinianlife.blogspot.com">a f ...

Holy Mischief: 40 Years after the Catonsville 9 and the 'Fracture of Good Order'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This past weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the historic action of the <a href="http://www.jonahhouse.org/catonsville40/index.htm">Catonsville 9</a>. ...

The Catholic Worker Movement after 75 Years
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Christine Haider, 25, is preparing for her confirmation to the Roman Catholic Church. Christine Haider, 25, is preparing for her confirmation to the Roman Catholic Chur ...

Video: Creative Anti-War Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Here is a brilliant video from an action around the 5th anniversary of the war ... Yes Lord, more holy mischief! <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da6HL3j2AHg">Watch it:</a></p& ...

Good Friday at Lockheed Martin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><P>In our little circles, we've been ...

Listening to MLK
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P><A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/01/mlks-unfinished-revolution-by.html">Mary Nelson just posted on MLK's Riverside speech</A>, but I have some r ...

Revolution of the Spirit
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Deats Burma's resistance is not over. In August 2007, in response to a massive government-mandate ...

Soldier Saints and Patriot Pacifists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

This year, Nov. 11 will be a particularly joyous day for this veteran. This year, Nov. 11 will be a particularly joyous day for this veteran. Though I will not be attending any ev ...

The Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>The news this afternoon from Myanmar/Burma is not good. A recent AP story said that</P><br /> <BLOCKQUOTE dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> ...

Six Found Guilty Of Trying to See Their Senator
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, six of us were found guilty in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by a federal judge for trying to visit the office of our senator. We will be sentenced in a few wee ...

Gandhi For Today
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice How would Mahatma Gandhi confront terrorism today? And what action would the apostle of nonviolence take in response to the wars ...