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Remembering Stories: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When President Obama was giving his speech in Cairo, I was just across the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan, and caught a glimpse on a corner store TV, the translation making it hard to hear his words. ...

Education in Color
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Raising one half-African son and one of mixed European descent posed both ordinary and unique parenting challenges for my husband and me. Raising one half-African son and one of m ...

The Day I got 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. Our family wa ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.</p> ...

Blessing of the Bicycles
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/gp_bike1.jpg"></a>Urban biking is not without peril. Many of my parishioners rely almost exclusively on human-powered transportation and do ...

Zimbabwe's Hall of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I realize that I have been guilty of overlooking "conversations of faith" with friends and family -- conversations that reflect the spirit of faith similar to that of the heroes and heroines record ...

Was Iraq a Holy War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Bush to renege on his usage of the word "crusade" ...

Memorial Day: After the Parades and Picnics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Only the dead have seen the end of war." "Only the dead have seen the end of war." The better angels of m ...

Let Us Pray for the World's Bad Actors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Let us pray for Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and for the Burmese generals. Let us send them our love. This is the counterintuitive radicality of the Christian witness. ...

The Glue of Society: Celebrating Mother's Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Thank God for mothers! Mother's Day is an opportunity to make life special for them. It is a chance to celebrate family. I tha ...

A Moment or a Movement? Sustaining Momentum after the Mobilization to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8023684_Fnjyb"></a>Last week my son and I spent three days in Washington, D.C., as part of the <a href="http://www.ryanr ...

Ancient Ways to Seek God
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Poe I thought Ruth Haley Barton’s article (“Make a Joyful Silence,” February 2009) was awesome. I thoug ...

Why I Got Arrested on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Good" Friday was real good this year. We remembered Jesus, and we remembered Jesus disguised in the "least of these" -- those who continue to be tortured, spit on, slapped, insul ...

Sacred Jazz: An Interview with Deanna Witkowski
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UXJOLM?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001UXJOLM">&l ...

50 Ways to Love Your Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

With the National Day of Prayer coming up (May 7), a lot of folks around the country are organizing prayer services in church sanctuaries and town halls. With the National Day of ...

Watch and Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, before the budget vote, I talked with several senators on the phone as they were about to cast their vote. The ones I spoke to were friends, and I told them that I was praying for them. ...

Prayers for Genocide Victims and Survivors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

On the anniversary of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda, I was invited by <a href="http://www.miraclecorners.org">Miracle Corners of the World</a> to attend a ceremony held at the Chur ...

What Keeps Us From Living MLK's Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last year Naomi Tutu and I met on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to keep vigil on the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friends joined us from around the cou ...

Tutu Confronts ANC, Zimbabwe Launches Recovery Program
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It has been another week of high drama in South Africa and more mixed news from Zimbabwe. In South Africa three key issues have dominated public debate. It has been another week o ...

A Fallen Soldier Comes Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last week, I had a quick 24 hour trip from Seattle to Chicago. As I was returning on Thursday night to Sea-Tac airport and eager to get back to my wife and kids from a good but exhausting trip, I wa ...

Rising Up to Heal a Sick Global System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It would have been the last thing they expected. They thought this was their chance to discredit him on a point of law they thought was safe ground. It would have been the last t ...

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Faith into Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:</em></em><em> Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm107; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21</em></p> ...

Obama's Community of Support and Challenge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/politics/15pastor.html?_r=1&amp;hp"><em>The New York Times</em> ran a story</a> about five pastors who have served ...

U2's Sacred Pilgrimage: 'I Found Grace, It's All That I Found'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O0EQ5U?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001O0EQ5U">&l ...

A Lenten Prayer for Justice, Mercy, and Humility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent reminds us of the renewal that came through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The season of Lent reminds us of the renewal that came through the life, ...

Gender, Genetics, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"The difference between men and women," the humorist Dave Barry says, "is that, if given the choice between saving the life of an infant or catching a fly ball, a woman will automatically choose ...

Tools for a God-Focused Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During the Lenten season, I decided to see how I could put into practice this <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/27/confession-radicalism-often-turns-people-into-jerks-rather-than-lovers/">g ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

Mobilization and Murder in our Nation's Capital
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

Ash Wednesday: Concrete Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51; 2nd Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.</em></p> Bible readings f ...

The Poverty Forum's Three Points of Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It is the power of relationships that make new things possible. Relationships are the foundation of and the means for creating a culture shift. It is the power of relationships t ...

Prayer, Renewal, and Action on Immigration Week
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus said in Matthew chapter 18, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." God is showing up in a powerful way amongst immigrants and non-immigrants alike all ...

Tulia and Jena: America in Miniature
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I moved to Tulia, Texas, in the summer of 1998, a year before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/10/the-war-on-drugs-in-tulia-texas/">a massive drug bust decimated the black side of town< ...

Australia's Wildfires: It Is Well?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It has been described as the worst disaster in Victoria's history. Saturday was the hottest day ever recorded in the Melbourne region, following years of drought and weeks of heat wave conditions. ...

What Change Can Tsvangirai Bring to Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison. Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released ...

Philip Rizk Disappearance Gets Major Coverage, But He Remains Missing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/philip-rizk/"></a>We at Sojourners continue to be deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of Philip Rizk, who was arrested and detained b ...

Two Kinds of Economic Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> I just watched President Obama's Indiana speech and town ha ...

Free Philip Rizk! God's Politics Blogger Arrested by Egyptian Secret Police
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62997328834"></a>Friday evening I was in Washington D.C. and received an urgent message from Egypt. The major player in helping us ...

Words about Silence
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ruth Haley Barton Key contemplative spirituality terms. SOLITUDE A time when we pull ourselves away from ...

Make a Joyful Silence
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ruth Haley Barton While Protestants traditionally emphasize the Word and words, many are learning to meet God in quiet contemplation. ...

'Yes, We Did' - But What Will We Do Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As I layered my clothing and stepped out into the biting pre-dawn chill, and as my friends and I walked the three miles down to the Mall and stood for hours feeling our toes go numb, I found it all ...

God Showing Up in Older Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It's happened twice in as many months: God showing up in an older woman. A stranger offering me her blessing. Not offering it so much as insisting on it, now that I think about it.</p> ...

'The Needs of the Poor Take Priority Over the Desires of the Rich'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As a Catholic, I have been taught about the importance of the po ...

Lift Every Voice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I was there at the Lincoln Memorial Opening Inaugural Event, the Inauguration I was there at the Lincoln Memorial Opening Inaugural Event, the Inauguration Nice writin, ...

Inauguration Journal: Scattered Thoughts Over Four Days of History
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's a better country than I thought it was. I honestly wouldn't have thought this possible. I guess I would have agreed with the older generation of African Americans in my neighborhood: Th ...

Video: Dr. Sharon Watkins' Sermon at the National Prayer Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Disciples of Christ General Minister and President (and Sojourners Board member) Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins delivered this sermon, "Harmonies of Liberty," during the National Prayer Service ...

Video and Transcript: Rick Warren's Inaugural Invocation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Here's the video and the transcript of Rick Warren's prayer at the inaugural ceremony, for your reference and comment:</em></p> Here's the v ...

Video: Jim Wallis in Inaugural Prayer Service at National Cathedral
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Today Jim Wallis participated in<span> the National Prayer Service to celebrate the inauguration of the 44<sup>th</sup> President of the United States. ...

More About Bishop Robinson's Lost Inaugural Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I am thankful that <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/2009/01/21/bishop-robinsons-lost-prayer/">Cathleen Falsani's blog post included the text of the prayer given by Bishop Eug ...

Inaugural Week Meditation: So Happy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'm 52, and I've had a great first half-century of life (and am looking forward to the next). But this inaugural week I feel an extraordinary happiness. Younger people can understand it to a ...