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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 ...

Three Encouragements Toward Making Your Churches More Multicultural
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. But one of the joys of planting and pastoring Quest Church is that it's one of t ...

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103056359">this story </a>ever since he attended the premier of the film ...

Colorblinded in the Workplace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"Is colorblindness or multiculturalism better for minorities?" I missed <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/race/2009/03/is-colorblindness-or-multiculturalism-better-for-minorities.h ...

Call me Eugene MacGyver
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>What do you do with something like this?</p> <p>A North Texas legislator during House testimony on voter identification legislation said Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are &q ...

Reflections on an Election Year Holy Week
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"Maundy Thursday" comes from the Latin word mandatum which means "command." This refers to when Jesus said, "A new commandment I have for you, that you love one another" (John 13: ...

The Other March Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Well, March Madness is now over. Well, March Madness is now over. Every year around this time, there's a disturbing report or two highlighting the low graduation rates of Afr ...

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 ...

The Day MLK Died
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The new Life.com features <a href="http://www.life.com/image/51419416/in-gallery/24651">a collection of never-before-published photos</a> of the events in the hours immediately following ...

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

She is a girl whose father sold her to strangers. They took her far from home, and now she is a prostitute. He works for no money paying off the debt of a long dead ancestor. She ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

Color-Free Language
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Chris Budden It is sad to see that in an otherwise excellent editorial (“A New Faith Coalition,” January 2009), Jim Wallis reinforces raci ...

John Hope Franklin: Scholar, Activist, Truth-teller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>John Hope Franklin lived through most of the twentieth century. He was a gentle man, a scholar, an activist, and a truth-teller. He studied history and he helped to make it.</p> ...

Sin Nombre: Immigrants as Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

President Obama recently addressed the crying need for comprehensive immigration reform. He reminded us that we are a nation of immigrants. President Obama recently addressed the ...

Mocking Our Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/19/im-taking-down-all-my-miley-cyrus-and-jonas-brothers-posters/">Eugene Cho posted his thoughts</a> on how it hurt him and his children wh ...

I'm Taking Down All My Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers Posters
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Enough is enough! Enough is enough! I bit my tongue several months ago when Miley Cyrus came out with her chink-eyed picture . Last summer, I was pretty furious ab ...

The Collapse of Evangelicalism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In the March 10 edition of <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em>, <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html">Michael Spencer predicts "the coming evangelica ...

Palestinian and Israeli Former Fighters Unite for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Ishmael and Isaac, brothers of the same father and different mothers, together buried their father Abraham. Esau and Jacob, twin brother and rivals, reconciled. Ishmael and Isaac, ...

Audio: Who is in Control? Wealth and Wisdom
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>It's always difficult to find just a few minutes from Pastor Efrem's sermons to highli ...

Is the 'Ebony Experiment' Wrong?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

An <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-buying-black-09-mar09,0,5889126.story">article</a> in the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> caught my attention this week. ...

America in Black and White
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Does the Obama era herald a post-racial United States? Right now we may still be in the eu ...

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 ...

From Cultural Conformity to Biblical Obedience
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p align="justify">So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. ...

10 Reasons We Don't Like to Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, I shared a post titled "<a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/19/eric-holder-on-america-and-race-a-nation-of-cowards/" href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/19/eric-holder-on-am ...

Poem: Freedom's Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Freedom is on my mind. In the case of South Africa, political freedom was achieved almost 15 years ago. It was a freedom from the heresy of Apartheid. Freedom is on my mind. In th ...

New York Post Monkey Cartoon: Beyond the Pale
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

What?! Really... the editors of the <em>New York Post</em> thought this would work?</p> What?! Really... the editors of the New York Post thought this woul ...

Eric Holder on America and Race: 'A Nation of Cowards'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Are you a coward? Chicken? When it comes to the issue of race, why are Americans [including Christians] so reticent and reluctant to engage in honest conversations? What are we scared of? ...

Stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>It was very humiliating to be handcuffed in front of my family's business, in front of customers and neighbors. It was very humiliating to be han ...

Is A-Rod Forgiveable?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Over brunch with my husband and one of my best guy friends last weekend, conversation turned, as it does, to Major League Baseball, doping and the nature of sin.</p> Over br ...

The NAACP Century
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>With the bicentennials of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin the subject of numerous conferences, articles, and television shows this month, we also should remember another important commemoration in ...

Rare Repentance: John Lewis Receives Apology from Attacker
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

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< ...

Mobilizing Art Against Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, I read this quote by John Piper: "...the weeping of the saints at the loss of precious souls is, paradoxically, the weeping of joy in God." I believe that is what God wants for me and fo ...

My Hope is not Entirely Dead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I want to be hopeful these days, what with Barack Obama just being inaugurated as our nation's 44th president, but <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2008/04/11/keeping-the-faith-by-bart-campolo/" ...

Hearing Voices
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Vernon Oral history: Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, in their own words. Although huma ...

Black and White Like Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I took my 11-year-old daughter to the Cheetah Girls concert a week after Election Day. Stood in line for 20 minutes with other moms to buy her overpriced popcorn and soda. Forked over the rest of the ...

Hope Replaces Cynicism: Reflections on the Inauguration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Generations are often defined by tragedy and crisis. Cultural milestones are often measured by a traumatic event that is shared by a generation. Remember Pearl Harbor? Generatio ...

Video and Transcript: Rev. Joseph Lowery's Inauguration Benediction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p> God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet s ...

An Inauguration Pilgrimage: Dreams From My Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We waited for 30 minutes. Standing, awkward, we looked up at the board. When I arrived at Penn Station the board said train #167, enroute to Washington D.C., "25 mins late"... Five minutes l ...

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 ...

Police Violence Undercuts Pundits' 'Post-Racial' Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | 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 ...

Video: My Son Met Barack Obama at Ben's Chili Bowl
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last Saturday our family and a couple of friends decided to drop into <a href="http://www.benschilibowl.com/">Ben's Chili Bowl</a> for a quick bite to eat before heading down to the ...

Racial Reconciliation: A Necessary Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. Through books he read and conversations he had with A ...

Come to the MLK Day Open House at Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Right now at Sojourners we are feeling the energy of all the activities planned around the inauguration-the concerts, worship services, <a href="../../../mlk">MLK day of service</a>, and ...

This Feels Like Family: The Obama Inauguration and Beyond
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As my mother and I prepare to "Thelma and Louise-it" to travel to Washington for the Obama inauguration, my excitement is tempered with anxiety. As my mother and I prepa ...

My Obama Inauguration Benediction: A Singular Moment in Time
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

You would think attempting to summarize my feelings on having been asked to deliver the Benediction at the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama-would be simple. In fact, it's quite a challenge; gi ...

Creating a New American Ethos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. America has come from Native American genocid ...

Nonviolence Begets Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | 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 ...

Crossing the Line Between Legitimate Criticism and Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attacks in Gaza. It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attack ...

Being Mindful of Our Blessings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During this time of Advent, a season of cheer and joy, there are people who do not have much in economic standings or bank balances to be cheerful or grateful for. During this tim ...