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Is Dark Skin A Sin?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

While the New Jim Crow was coming through the front door and removing black men from our communities, it was going through the back door and quietly removing black women. We are unaware of the impending crisis ...

Black Future Month: Why We Choose to Look Ahead
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 12:06pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2015 Sojo in the News Ebony Adedayo ...

The Oscar Scandal: Sean Penn, Alejandro Iñárritu, and Responding to Racism
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

“Sean Penn’s ‘Green Card’ comment may have ruined the entire Oscars.” That was the headline from the Huffington Post. I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I’m always curious about pop-culture scandals. What could Se ...

New Government Program to Root Out Extremists Is Seriously Flawed
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Clothed in the language of community policing, the effort sounds like a kinder, gentler alternative to the well-documented surveillance of American Muslims. As my kids have grown ...

WATCH: A Brief History of Overt Racism in Professional Soccer
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

Here are six of the most flagrant manifestations of racism in soccer since 2011. When fans barred a black man from boarding a train as they chanted racist lyrics after the Chelsea ...

What the Chapel Hill Murders Reveal About the Place of Muslims in American Society
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha were the very best people. They embodied the core Islamic principle of “ihsan” — doing that which is both beautiful in itself and beautifying to the world. .. ...

Black Future Month: Uncovering the Intersections of Injustice
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Black Future Month, a term coined by the new black vanguard, seeks to build upon the robust legacy of our foreparents while refusing to nostalgically rest upon their laurels. Bla ...

Revolutionary Love: Do You Hear the Call?
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Despite the focus on elders and youth, this is an intergenerational movement that requires all of us to answer the communal call. I am encouraged by one of my mentors, Mama Ruby (Sales) who says it is time to ...

Black 'Future' Month
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

During Black History Month we typically look back on all the accomplishments of those who paved the road for generations to come. But this month, we have been inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement to look ...

It's About Time
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Towns all over the United States engage in the practice of arresting those who fail to pay fines. These folks are put in jail and given a permanent record for no reason other than that they are poor. ...

Shadows
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

In my classroom, there is a little boy from Honduras. He speaks Spanish — that is the language of his heart — but he is learning English and tries with all his heart to learn new words and strange phrases that ...

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 10:24am | Type: Press

February 6, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

I want to introduce you to Rev. Darren Ferguson, a pastor who first found his faith while in prison for attempted murder. ... Darren has become an ally, partner, brother, and dear friend. And I want you to hea ...

Were You There?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter How art can help us wrestle with race and brokenness.  THE GRAINY, STUTTERING surveillance foota ...

The Cost of Discipleship
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Erin E. Tocknell When Nashville pastors and seminary students took a stand during the civil rights era, their own congregations were oft ...

Why I got arrested in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 1:49pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

When Florida Police Used Mug Shots of Black Men as Target Practice, Clergy Responded with #UseMeInstead
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

After outraged critics drew attention to the police department, clergy across the country began to post photos of their own faces with the hashtag #UseMeInstead. National Guard Sg ...

Jim Wallis: 'Ferguson is a parable about how black men are treated'
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Press

January 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

A Future in Prison
Originally Posted: 01/23/2015 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

In the U.S., the criminal justice system disproportionately incarcerates people of color for petty offenses. Many take plea bargains under threat of excessive, punitive sentences. If I were a young black male, ...

Davos identifies the next major global theme: Include the Excluded – or else
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 10:16am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

To the Women: #MarchOn! — An Interview with 'Selma's Niecy Nash
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 10:07am | Type: Press

January 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Reverend Jim Wallis On Ferguson: 'We Need More Than A Commission, We Need A Movement'
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 10:02am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Paige Lavender ...

The Wrong Messenger and the Smell of a Neck Bone
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Being the wrong messenger means that God will call you from the places where you feel you belong and teach you that if you find your dignity in God, you belong everywhere. I am th ...

In Times of Dire Distress
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Living with, wrestling with injustice day in and day out is a bit like a kettle of water just about to hit boiling. At some point, the water boils, the steam is released. Maybe I ...

The flawed worship of privilege and power
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Press

January 4, 2015 Sojo in the News Robert Azzi ...

A New Year’s Hope: End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 4:57pm | Type: Press

December 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Kyle Christofalo ...

White Christmas, Black Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Press

December 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Robert P. Jones ...

Advent as Protest, Christmas as Revelation
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 4:24pm | Type: Press

December 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Campfires of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Many events this year feel like they have sucked the hope right out of us. And yet, even in the midst of terrible events and stories, the possibilities of hope still exist depending on what we decide to do for ...

How Adoption Has Forced Evangelicals to Grapple With Race Relations
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

As evangelicals have turned their attention toward adoption in the past decade, families like the Hatmakers are grappling with race relations in a profoundly personal way, especially as national news spotlight ...

How A Drunk Man Got Home One Christmas Eve
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

I’d never seen a black person in my neighborhood. Many people in my neighborhood wouldn’t have welcomed a black person to their door. This was the 1960s. I was 6 years old, gro ...

Clergy and Millennials Pursuing Justice in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Press

December 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Harold Dean Trulear ...

Churches and Conversations on Race
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 10:39am | Type: Press

December 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Bob Abernethy ...

Who Wants to Talk About That?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Press

December 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Tom Driver ...

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Press

December 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Weekly Wrap 12.12.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

1. Read the Torture Report While its 525 pages — and disturbing subject matter — may cause you to opt for the news coverage and analysis, you can actually read the entire Torture Report yourself — even before ...

The Untold Story of Hope Unfolding in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Press

December 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

Many white Americans tend to see this problem as unfortunate incidents based on individual circumstances. Black Americans see a system in which their black lives matter less than white lives. That is a fundame ...

Advent as Protest
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Here’s the thing about war: There are only enemies and allies. There is no in-between. At the point of the writing of this article, it has been 124 days since unarmed 18-year-old ...

A Celebration of Life
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

I am led to think of the joy the families of these dead men and boys must have felt at their birth – a moment of endless possibilities – and I also think of the finality – the end of chances represented by th ...

An Education in Implicit Bias
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper We are not racists, but we accept a system that acts in racist ways.  2014 WAS NOTHING if ...

It’s high time white Christians listen to our Black brothers and sisters
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Press

December 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Jonathan Merritt ...

After Ferguson and Eric Garner decisions, white Christians say it’s time to stand with blacks
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Adelle M. Banks ...

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

SONG: 'Don’t Shoot!' – A Lament
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Fleeceboi’s cries haunted me as young people among us broke into tears and the clergy surrounded them with hands raised in prayer and sobs of deep lament. St. Louis County Prosec ...

Are We Ready to Listen?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

What is it like to have people look at you every day and decide that because of one physical feature, you must be a bad person? A dangerous person? A worthless person? A person to be watched closely? ...

Listen and Learn
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

I wasn’t always aware of the vastly different realities for people of color living in this country. My conversion was slow. Not the Damascus Road type of experience where I was blind for three days and then in ...

D.C. Protesters Confront Police, Christmas Season in March for Racial Justice
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

"How dare we as Christians celebrate the birth of our Christ, the birth of our leader, the birth of our savior, if we cannot help and stand together and save our fellow brother? If we cannot do what he to ...

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

As I listened, I realized America would be converted by these young people’s honest and earnest conversation — they would win the national debate about our criminal justice system’s response to young people of ...

N.Y.P.D. Officer Cleared in the Choking of Eric Garner
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Just over one week after a grand jury elected not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has cleared an NYPD police officer of any criminal charge in the death of ...