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Using the Afghan War Diaries to Guide our Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Why National Flags Don't Belong in Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I first heard the announcement to rise for "the presentation of the colors," I didn't understand what that was. When I first heard the announcement to rise for ...

Deportations that Destroy the Human Spirit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Maybe I would be better off just crossing again and going to prison for many years." Upon hearing this, an instant knot forms in my gut. "Maybe I would be better o ...

Voices from the Gulf: Besieged by Depression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender"></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender">< ...

Wanted: A Strong Dose of Bipartisan Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity" (Psalm 133:1). Yes, and how ugly it is when we don't. "How good and pleasant it is ...

A Late-Night Save, A Lifetime Commitment to Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The other night as I rode my bike up Massachusetts Ave. with my friend Jeehye, we came upon a man who was about to jump off a bridge. The other night as I rode my bike up Massachu ...

Voices from the Gulf: Pray We Will Not Lose Heart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p class="wackmsg_new_sender"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> Editor's note: This w ...

The Gulf Spill Brings Christians to Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In early June, a week-long gathering at the <a href="http://divinity.duke.edu/reconciliation/index.html">Center for Reconciliation</a> at Duke Divinity School brought together a diverse g ...

President Obama Cannot Please Everyone
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Is Google Making Us Ignore God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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? ...

An Early BP Christmas Present? Please, God, No
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Spill" sounds so innocuous, doesn't it? "Spill" sounds so innocuous, doesn't it? "Whoops, I spilled some milk." It doesn't seem like ...

Memorial Day: Giving Our Full Measure of Devotion to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Utopia. It is the place that is no place. It is the reality that does not yet exist. It is the political economy that has no politics or economics. Yet. A utopian vision is important. ...

Immigration Activism: 'Take Our Small Actions and Multiply Them'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524-immigration-civil-disobedience-lisa-sharon-harper.jpg"></a>Last Monday I got <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local-bea ...

Responding to a Shocking Image of the Gulf Oil Spill's Scope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

NASA released a new image yesterday that shows a large column of oil heading from the Deepwater Horizon rig site in the Gulf of Mexico out into the open ocean, a startling and heartbreaking indicat ...

A Day in the Life of Phoenix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>8:00 a.m.</strong> 8:00 a.m. Arizona is a great state. And Arizona is a great state. And they are on the right track with the law they passed. Y ...

'Can the Subaltern Speak?' or, Moving the Emerging Conversation Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href=&qu ...

God is Big Enough to Take Our Doubt and Anger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"To believe is human, to doubt divine."</p> "To believe is human, to doubt divine." Those words are central to the self-described "incendiary th ...

The Global Emergence Won't Be Televised
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </ ...

Turning the Tables of White-European-Male-Privilege: 'Our' Tables, 'Their' Tables, and New Tables
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index. ...

Friendship Sealed with Accountability
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Do you remember the moment your friend became your friend? Not j ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Faith Over Certainty: The Difference Between a 'Pilgrimage' and a 'Testimony'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was filling out an application recently and was asked to write a short statement on my "personal faith pilgrimage." I grew up in the Christian world, and so have had to write out my testimony ...

Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sudan's impending presidential and parliamentary elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of fraud accusations, boycotts, political assassinations, intimidation, abuses of power by the rul ...

Who's to Blame for the Continuing Tragedy in Coal Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The heart-chilling news flashed through West Virginia's Coal River valley, a darkening pall on the blue sky afternoon of April 5, 2010, one day after Easter's hope-filled celebration of resurrectio ...

Immigration Reform: What's Next?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816745587_ynVuB"></a>Last weekend, tens of thousands of people marched ...

The Advent of a New Global Faith Family
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and peace on its way to Lake Michigan 30 miles west. The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and ...

Murder and Militant Songs Betray Mandela's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As millions of Christians celebrated Easter this past weekend, their celebrations were interrupted by events in South Africa and Zimbabwe that reinforced the relevance of the message of Easter for ...

A Pastor's Petition
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Cesar and Angelica first contemplated migrating to the U.S. from ...

This One's for Isaiah
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I get asked often how I can stay in the crazy business of trying to change and shape public policy. I get asked often how I can stay in the crazy business of trying to change and ...

Faith Leaders on Immigration: Peaceful, Powerful, and Prophetic
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816763105_zEaZz"></a>More than 200,000 people descended on Washington, ...

Health-Care Reform: Hallelujah and Hallelujah Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Saturday when the House of Representatives passed the health-care reform bill and on Tuesday when President Obama signed it into law, many of us who have been advocating for health-care reform s ...

A Real Hero
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> For the last four years I have been living and working in sout ...

'Jim Wallis Loves His Enemies' (With a Little Help From His Friends)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

When a Fox News pundit who has helped force the resignation of White House advisers is promising he'll be <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation ...

Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conferenc ...

Pray Immigration Reform Into Passage
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530299533_pYZW5"></a> On Sunday, a major <a href="http://changetake ...

'My Prayers Were Heard'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>An immigrant woman's testimony, as told to Juan Daniel Espitia, a pastor in Solana Beach, C ...

Wisdom from Cesar Chavez: 'The Oppressed Almost Always Overestimate the Oppressor'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Today's Lenten prayer comes from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9sar_Ch%C3%A1vez" target="_blank">Cesar Chavez</a> (1927-1993) -- Mexican American farm worker, ...

A Major Victory for the Peace Movement Down Under
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Through tears I write this post as breaking news of the Waihopai Plowshares activists have been found by a New Zealand jury "NOT GUILTY!"</p> Through tears I write ...

Endurance in the Struggle for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

President Obama has postponed his trip to Guam, Indonesia, and Australia to work for the passage of health-care reform. President Obama has postponed his trip to Guam, Indonesia, ...

Racism on Campus: UC San Diego's Struggle is Every Community's Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

My heart has been burdened the past several weeks by the hurt and pain in a place I call home: UC San Diego. Through my studies at UCSD, but also my community, I grew and was challenged. ...

Maybe It's Not Supposed to Feel Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about the ongoing tension of balance, priorities, schedules, focus, goals, etc. I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about ...

Committed: Family Values from Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/"></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0670021652?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp ...

My Alter Ego
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I have a fantasy persona. There are only select times that I'm tempted to bring it out: on an airplane, out with friends on a Friday night, on vacation, at the dentist. I hav ...

Healing Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

During the past two years, I've traveled internationally quite extensively, focused on issues related to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and war. During the ...

An Ash Wednesday Memoir of Mortality
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_wnFEbT1wwhs/S3q7WikSifI/AAAAAAAABNw/EO3vNVmCR3w/s1600-h/Norval+%26+Blanche+at+81.jpg"></a>Fifteen years ago next week, on my mother's 85th ...

The Bleeding Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I love my church. And I love that it isn't afraid to explore the difficult issues -- and figure out how to do so in loving ways. I love my church. And I love that it isn' ...

Beyond a Predictable Script: Dialogue with Comments on My Israel/Palestine Posts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesus worked and walked in the past. It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesu ...

Israel and Palestine: People Aren't the Enemy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Friday night we were the guests of a synagogue in West Jerusalem. It was beautiful to see the room full of Jewish families honoring God in song, reading, silence, and prayer. Frid ...

Crazy Heart: One Journey Ends, Another Begins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We love a redemption story.</p> <p>The profound appeal of rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches or the fall-from-grace-followed-by-a-spectacular-comeback is about as ingrained in our American p ...

My Prayer for Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Father in Heaven,</p> Father in Heaven, We are a people well acquainted with grief, but you O Lord are still merciful Though the earth give way and mountains be remove ...