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The Church Must Retain a Prophetic Voice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to get people to stop believing in him. We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to ...

Securing Soldiers' Rights to Selective Conscientious Objection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>Last March I testified at the <a href="http://conscienceinwar.org/2010/07/24/log ...

We Won't Back Down from Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Until recently, I bet most of you didn't realize how dangerous that concept is, and ...

"Oh Say Can You See": Shane Claiborne and Jim Brenneman's Email Exchange (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Jim Br ...

Peace or Partisanship? New START Reaches a Critical Juncture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Nuclear policy typically moves at a glacial speed, with opportunities for progress few and far between. Nuclear policy typically moves at a glacial speed, with opportunities for p ...

Coal Country: Is it Mine or God's?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note</strong>: On 10.10.10, </em><a href="http://www.350.org/" target="_blank"><em>350.org</em></a><em> is c ...

A Peace Movement Victory Against Drones
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><em><strong>Editor's Note</strong></em><em>: </em><em>Every once in a while there is a landmark court case for the cause of freedom and just ...

Give 60 Seconds of Prayer for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is the time it takes to say the Lord's Prayer three times. Sixty seconds. One minute. On September 21, 2010, U.N. It is the time it takes to say the Lord's Prayer thr ...

It Didn't Happen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It didn't happen. The threat of a pastor from a very small Florida church to burn Qurans and start "International Burn a Koran Day," was not carried out. It didn� ...

The Plowshares 8: Thirty Years On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

While imprisoned after his 1967 <a href="http://www.jonahhouse.org/pics67-73.htm">Baltimore 4 action</a>, Philip Berrigan, in his <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ ...

What Have We Learned Since 9/11?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This Saturday, we commemorate the ninth anniversary of 9/11. This Saturday, we commemorate the ninth anniversary of 9/11. It is with pain and sadness that we remember the day the ...

Americans Lost Freedom in Iraq: D
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As you read this post, please understand, I'm not a pacifist. I was raised in a politically conservative family. My dad is a proud WWII vet. My only brother retired from the U.S. Air Force. ...

The War in Iraq: At What Cost?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The emotion that grips me this morning, after watching President Obama's speech last night and listening to the commentary about the "end of our combat mission in Iraq," is a deep sadness. ...

On Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Rally (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100901-restoringhonor1.jpg"></a>Glenn Beck is wrong on so much: wrong on social justice and liberation theology. His logic is often flawed. ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/View_of_Crowd_at_1963_March_on_Washington.jpg"></a>Jon Stewart on Ground Zero. Revisiting the Lower Ninth Ward. The March on Washington. Here ...

For They Shall be Called Children of God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. And I think that my very favorite one has always be ...

The Implications of Calling Cordoba House a "Mosque"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Islam did not attack America on Sept. 11 -- terrorists did. Islam did not attack America on Sept. 11 -- terrorists did. Peace-loving, law-abiding American Muslims suffered losses ...

In Support of the Cordoba House (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the story of Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan woman at the Well of Sychar, we see a man and a woman from two different tribes that hate each other. In the story of J ...

No Sense in Washington About Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The countdown is on to next year's independence referendum in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/15/sudanese-churches-four-key-concerns-ahead-of-troubled-elections-and-four-ways-we-can-help/&qu ...

Death By Ministry: Why is Being a Pastor so Unhealthy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, I spent several hours/week doing research (and meeting with other pastors) about pastoral health and vitality for my denomination.</p> Several years ago, ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

Living By Faith in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As reflection on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/09/the-dangers-of-just-peacemaking/">killing of ten aid workers</a> from the International Assistance Mission (IAM) in Afghanist ...

The Dangers of Just Peacemaking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory holds that peace can only come when the basic needs of people are met. This need includes health care. Just peace theory holds that peace can only come when the ...

'Darkness Cannot Put Out Darkness': Friends Murdered in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-heather-afghanistan1.jpg"></a><a href="http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/">Ten more lives were lost in Afghanistan last w ...

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

August 6, 1945. It was a sunny morning in the city of more than 300,000 people. Some were on their way to work, children were playing in the streets. August 6, 1945. It was a s ...

Seeking Peace Among the Peoples
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, Christian leaders and lay persons from all walks of life and just about every denominational body came together for the <a href="http://www.peace2010.net/">Peace Among the Peoples ...

Using the Afghan War Diaries to Guide our Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The details brought to us in the <a href="https://mail.sojo.net/owa/redir.aspx?C=a57607d98ddf41daad4719eb09bd2c7a&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwardiary.wikileaks.org%2f" target="_blank">A ...

The 'Sacrifice Trap' of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The last month has seen six Australian soldiers killed in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/afghanistan/">Afghanistan</a>, bringing Australia's total to 17. ...

Wikileaking Afghanistan: Disaster Is Not a Good Thing, But Knowing About It Is
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100728-wikileaks.jpg"></a>It's out: An enormous trove of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/27/wikileaks-truth-tellers-and-a- ...

Op-Eds Worth Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This morning, I found a trifecta of three of my favorite op-ed writers in the papers. This morning, I found a trifecta of three of my favorite op-ed writers in the papers. The eff ...

Wikileaks, Truth Tellers, and a Crisis of Conscience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I've been staying with friends over the summer as I make my way slowly to North Carolina for divinity school, and I have been enjoying a few luxuries that I'm not used to, like television. ...

Scary Hope: The Nuclear Cinema of Summer 2010
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Back in the late '90s, when Y2K fears were running rampant, apocalyptic fantasies like <em>Armageddon </em>and <em>End of Days</em> burned up the box office. ...

A New Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The famed Chautauqua Institution devoted this entire week to the theme of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nuclear-disarmament/">nuclear disarmament</a>. It is a sign of the times. ...

A Rare Opportunity for Direct Civil Disobedience in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Since the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/us/politics/24immig.html">recent passage of Arizona Senate Bill 1070</a>, scheduled to go into effect on July 29, those of us ...

Vandana Shiva: Gandhi, MLK, and the Way of Jesus in the Obama Administration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

God gets at us in the funniest of ways. Just this week the Spirit stirred in me while reading an interview with one of my heroes, Vandana Shiva. The reporter from <em>YES! G ...

Why Christianity and July 4th May Be Compatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This past Fourth of July weekend, I reflected on Kurt Willems' <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/why-christianity-and-july-4th-are-incompatible/">recent post</a>, which had a ...

It's Time to End This War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

After his unanimous approval by the Senate Armed Services Committee as the new Afghan war commander, General David Petraeus was pictured in <em>The Washington Post</em> with a broad smile and thu ...

'No Stranger to Danger': RIP Quaker, Lawyer, Indigenous Peace Warrior Waratah
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sad news for so many of us in the peace and human rights movement this morning to hear our friend Waratah Rose Gillespie has passed away. Sad news for so many of us in the peace a ...

Israel Eases Gaza Blockade
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>The New York Times </em>reports, "Under intense international pressure after its commandos killed nine activists aboard an <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/02/another-cost-of- ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week: ...

The War, the Well, and the Wall: A Time to Break Silence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We rarely slow down to create the sacred space needed to discern the "signs of the times" and who we are as Christians in this time of America. We rarely slow down to cr ...

Drone Attacks Increase Under Obama Administration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last night I googled the words "drone attacks Obama" to verify if President Obama has indeed increased unmanned <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=s ...

The Revolution of the Heart Begins in Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

For nearly two months <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">oil has gushed into the Gulf </a>because of BP's government-endorsed "error." The environmental destruct ...

President Obama Cannot Please Everyone
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Commentary on President Obama's response to the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp/">BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico</a> says that he has not been tough enough on BP, that he ...

What's in a Name? Living in a "Rule of Law" City
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, the mayor of Costa Mesa -- where I live -- proposed and passed a proclamation declaring our city a "Rule of Law" city. It is not that we were in total anarchy before May. ...

Outrage about Helen Thomas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes it feels like there's hardly enough outrage to go around. I started this post to condemn the recent, well, outrageous, words of Helen Thomas. Sometimes it feels lik ...

Nonviolence takes hold in "Mexico's Gaza"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/09/nonviolence-ta (ironically called the Unit (ironically called the Unit for the Social Well-being of the Triqui Region), a ...

Forgiveness, Fear, and the Mosque at Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. While a few years ago these were ...

Is Google Making Us Ignore God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

God calls on us to meditate on God and God's word. However, does the fast intake of information from TV, film, and especially the Internet make us less likely to experience God? ...

Silent Prayers and a More Than Perfect Game
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There are times when there are no words. There are times when it seems that there is no hope for humankind, that our blindness to the things that make for peace is willful. There ...