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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 ...

Tulia and Jena: America in Miniature
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 - 8:17am | 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 - 8:17am | 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 - 8:30pm | 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 - 4:39pm | 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 - 8:17am | 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 - 4:39pm | 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 - 4:39pm | 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 - 4:39pm | 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 - 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 ...

Video: My Son Met Barack Obama at Ben's Chili Bowl
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 - 8:17am | 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 - 8:17am | 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 - 8:17am | 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 - 2:17pm | 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 - 8:17am | 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 - 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 ...

Crossing the Line Between Legitimate Criticism and Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 - 8:17am | 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 ...

Will Obama Spell Justice Outside of the U.S.?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

More people around the world will watch Barack Obama's inauguration than any other presidential inauguration in history. More people around the world will watch Barack Obama& ...

Audio: Change We Can Believe In
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In this clip Pastor Efrem talks about how, in order to be change agents in society, we need to change a church divided by race, class, and culture.</p> In this clip Pastor E ...

Election Night Unity, Online Animosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

<strong>Jamie</strong>: We took a puzzle system of trains for about an hour or so until we pulled to an unexpected stop on the tracks, just feet from the platform of 125th Street. ...

Odetta Has Gone Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Odetta has gone home.</p> <p>Artists that touch our hearts help us to see, and they speak for us our own mute truth. A spiritual breath of courage and grace breathes through them and upon ...

Video: Indigenous Theologians Discuss Christianity and Culture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As we reflect on the history, meaning, and mythologies surrounding the season of Thanksgiving, indigenous theologians Richard Twiss, Raymond Aldred, and Terry LeBlanc offer their perspectives on the i ...

A Public Prayer of Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This historic proclamation of <a href="http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmah/thanks.htm#Transcription%20of%20George%20Washington%27s%20Proclamation">"A Day of Public Thanksgiving and Pray ...

Hate Crimes, Racist Incidents Escalate After Obama's Election
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/photos/8/85a10c0c-9e7b-4486-8061-23d8ed3a444b.html?SITE=ALANN&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT"></a></p> ...

God's Spirit is for Everybody: Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America, Part 3
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=4027">continued from part 2</a>] [<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/romal-tune-joel-sermon">read all four parts</a> ...

A South African Role Model of Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Since the historic election of Nov. 4, I have been part of discussions with college students and faith-based institutions that have experienced racial tension and intolerance on their campuses. ...

Overcoming Shame: Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3975">continued from part 1</a>] [<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/romal-tune-joel-sermon">read all four parts</a> ...

Black Friday and Consumerism, White Privilege and Buy Nothing Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the single most crazy shopping day in the United States. All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday af ...

Addicted to the Streets
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Twelve years ago our dear friend Julia took a badly neglected baby boy away from his crackhead mother and made him her own. Twelve years ago our dear friend Julia took a badly neg ...

Happy Birthday Sojourner Truth!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On this day in 1797, Isabella Baumfree (<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0109&amp;article=010923">Sojourner Truth</a>) was born ...

Is America the Promised Land or Egypt?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Social location is vital to understanding how people come to their interpretations, and appropriations, of the Bible and its stories. Social location is vital to understanding how ...

Obama: The Power of a Precedent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I live in a small but proud neighborhood in Saint Paul, called Rondo. I live in a small but proud neighborhood in Saint Paul, called Rondo. In the early 1960s, it was a vibrant, t ...

The Big Shift: Latino Evangelical Voters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In 2004, <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=Soj0804" href="../../../index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=Soj0804">Latino evange ...

Seeing the Election Beyond Black and White
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Watching Barack Obama's victory speech and reflecting upon the significance of his election as the next president of the United States left me profoundly moved.</p> Wat ...

A TKO and a Split Decision
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

My wife and I were sitting watching the election returns come in on CNN. She was 'chatting' online with some of her friends. My wife and I were sitting watching the ele ...

'Impossible' Barriers Breached
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Last September, Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University became a source of inspiration for many Americans. Last September, Randy Pausch, a compute ...

Challenge the World with Mosaic Leadership
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama:</p> Dear President-elect Obama: Congratulations to you, Michelle, Malia, and Sasha. Your victory is indeed theirs as they have chosen to shar ...

Prayer Beyond the Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I believe in prayer. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe in prayer. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that there is an immanent/transcendent/Divine Love/Truth ...

Obama and the Beloved Community: Are We There Yet?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Many have commented on how Senator Obama's election has the power and potential to recast and redeem America's image in the world, usher in a new style of politics rooted in bridge-building and pro ...

Latino Evangelicals and the Mosaic Shift
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I am what some refer to as a brown evangelical -- in short, a Latino evangelical. Usually when the media speaks of evangelicals we are one of the groups that is left out. I am wha ...

Vision of a New Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The first thing I read this morning was a reflection on the meaning of this week's events for the church. The first thing I read this morning was a reflection on the meaning ...

A New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Most elections are just power rearrangements; this one was a transformational moment in our history. Most elections are just power rearrangements; this one was a transformational ...

Abortion Reduction Key to Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> Dear President-elect Obama, First, congratulations on your election as our 44 th president. I hope you know that there are tens of mil ...

Black and White Evangelical Voters: A Teachable Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, November 5, Wolf Blitzer listed "The Losers" in Tuesday's historic election on CNN. In the wee hours of the morning on ...

A Great Bedtime Story
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

America took a quantum leap forward by electing Barack Obama the first ethnic minority president. America took a quantum leap forward by electing Barack Obama the first ethnic min ...

Post-racial? No, Not Yet -- So Let's Get to Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I shed tears last night as I stood with thousands in Chicago's Grant Park cheering our new President-elect Obama, contrasting that with crowds' hatred and bigotry I experiences more than 40 years a ...

I Am Barack Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Whenever John McCain and Sarah Palin would ask: "Who is Barack Obama?" I would cringe. The implication to me was pretty clear. Obama is an outsider. Obama is not your typical American. ...