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Major Christian Denomination Joins Campaign to Change Redskins Name
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Press

June 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Jack Jenkins ...

A Nonviolent Uprising
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

As we listen to Ferguson, we can learn from Ferguson – just as we learn from Montgomery and from South Africa. Many of the worst pits of oppression have later become the brightest beacons of hope. ...

What Faith Leaders Can Do To Help End the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

The school-to-prison pipeline is a moral and racial justice crisis. Solving the problem will require an all-hands-on-deck solution. September is often associated with the celebrat ...

The Image of God vs. The School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

Implicit bias does not ask why. It only takes surface observation and draws lines of quick logic: These circumstances are reserved for criminals. Therefore, these people are criminals. ...

The Blood Did It: Why Michael Brown's Death Was Different
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

Why has the death of Michael Brown caused the outrage that has awakened us from our collective stupor marked by years of desensitization to the moral decay that permeates the atmosphere of America? ...

After a Summer of Crisis, Churches Can't Go Back to Business As Usual
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

When churches conclude their summer hiatus and resume full-scale ministries this week, much will have changed from a year ago — outside their doors. When churches conclude their ...

Weekly Wrap 8.29.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

1. Photo Essay: On the Ground in Israel and Gaza Two photographers spent the beginning of August chronicling the latest outbreak of violence for New York Times Magazine. The images tell the story of war. ...

Ferguson and America’s Love Affair with Violence
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the “bad guys,” unless of course you are profiled as that “bad guy.” This is otherizing, and it’s effect is to dehumanize. ...

Give Us New Eyes
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

I am convinced that recent events in Ferguson have become a mirror to the nation. This may very well be a critical moment in history, if we take a time to stop and listen to each other. ...

Churches Must Be Safe Places
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Safety in church is a matter of solid and secure leadership, self-discipline by all, effective norms for behavior and putting dignity and respect ahead of winning and getting. Chu ...

Michael Brown's Funeral Echoes with Cries for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

ST. LOUIS — Justice was a recurring theme as thousands of mourners packed the mammoth Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the funeral of Michael Brown, a black teen whose fatal shooting fol ...

Ten Practical Ways White Christians Can Respond to Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Please try a few or all of these pathways, and add some of your own, and let’s stand up and be counted in this moment of great pain and anxiety for our nation. It is time, as Bill Hybels continually admonishes ...

God Hears the Cries of #Ferguson: A Burning Bush and a World on Fire
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

Today, God hears the cries of those in Ferguson and all who are oppressed. "Then the LORD said, 'I have observed the misery of my people…I have heard their cry…Indeed, ...

Ferguson Letter from Black Clergy Becomes Interracial Call for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

As the Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner collected signatures for a statement by leaders of African-American church groups about the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, she found more people wanted to ...

The Need for Ferguson to Continue
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday I preached to my church on race, current affairs and how to process — in a biblically loving way — what has been happening to brothers and sisters in Ferguson. This wee ...

Not As Helpless As We Think: 3 Ways to Stand In Solidarity With Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

I’ve heard from many of my white friends and readers who say they aren’t sure how to respond to the anger and grief they are watching on TV or hearing from their black friends. They want to be part of the solu ...

Housing, Homogeny, and Hostility
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

If we affirm the shared value and distribution of basic human rights among all citizens, then every member of humankind – regardless of skin color – is supposed to share a common dignity. The result is a conne ...

Three Barriers Hijacking Christians' Ability to Love Our 'Enemies'
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Rather than rally together as a family navigating a season of trauma, we have used this moment to divide, stir hatred and misunderstanding, point fingers, and more than anything, view those on the opposite sid ...

When Christians Lack Imagination, They Lack Love
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

When you can’t imagine, you can’t empathize, understand, or relate with the actions, struggles, pain, suffering, persecution, and trials of others — you become apathetic, unmoved, stoic, and inactive. ...

Don't Ignore It: 5 Ways Christians and Churches Must Engage Michael Brown’s Death
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past 11 days in their respective churches – now and in the future. ...

Dispatch From Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

We made it back safely to our vehicle and safely out of Ferguson. But democracy didn’t. She took a heavy beating last night. The question is will she recover? Editor's N ...

Imagine it IS Your Family
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Many of my African-American sisters and brothers are furious. Yet another child has been felled. The challenge is this — if a tree falls in the forest and white folks don’t hear it, does it make a noise? Many ...

Michael Brown, Iraq, Putin, Gaza: How to Reconcile the Brokenness?
Originally Posted: 08/16/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Despite the swell of division and resulting violence, part of the issue is that we have such a sharply tuned and inexhaustible news cycle that places every tragedy, from St. Louis to Ukraine, right before us, ...

Millennials and the Myth of a Post-Racial Generation
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

A study came out recently saying that millennials (a category that I apparently fit into) consider ourselves the “post-racial” generation. By and large, young adults think they are the ones who have moved past ...

When Terror Wears a Badge
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Over the past three weeks there have been four separate incidents that have led to the deaths of four unarmed black men at the hands of police. ... Each incident serves as a reminder that as a black man in Ame ...

Frustration With 'Exodus' All-White Lead Cast Turns Into #BoycottExodusMovie
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Press

July 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination Teams "Afghanistan is one of just three countries, along w ...

Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Booker: "The REDEEM Act will ensure that our tax dollars are being used in smarter, more productive ways. It will also establish much-needed sensible reforms that keep kids out of the adult correctional s ...

From the Archives: August 1998
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Football Racism A GROUP of Native Americans appeared before the Trademark Trial and ...

A National Shame
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ruby Sales Susan Smith Police killing of black people is not a black problem. It is an ...

Ratio Imaginis
Originally Posted: 06/20/2014 - 6:39am | Type: Blog

I wonder how many of us listen to Scripture with a positivist ear, with the hope of being told what to do or how to live. If we do, today's readings might be a hard word, indeed. "Thanks be to God?&q ...

1,100 Clergy, Religious Leaders Call For Sentencing Reform In Federal Drug Cases
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Press

June 3, 2014 Sojo in the News ENews Park Forest ...

Does Jesus Love African-American Males?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! I recently held a To ...

We Are In a Crisis — a Moral Crisis
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Martin Luther King, Jr. said 46 years ago in one of his last sermons that if you ignore the poor, one day the whole system will collapse and implode. The costs are too high if we don’t address systemic racism ...

Open Letter to White People: Why I am Donald Sterling and So Are You
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

We need to take a long, painful look in the mirror. The image we see will make us uncomfortable, but, tragically, it is us. The image staring you back at you is the image of Donald Sterling. ...

Punishing Donald Sterling Is Good, But It Doesn’t Mean Racism Is Dead
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

The ugly racial statements of the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sparked a series of hopefully historic events over the last several days. The ugly racial statements o ...

Donald Sterling: Facade, Fiction, And Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Punishing Donald Sterling Is Good, But It Doesn't Mean Racism Is Dead
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why I Feel Sorry for Donald Sterling
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 7:51pm | Type: Blog

The Donald Sterling I see is a man who has tirelessly sought fulfillment in ways that have not yielded the return he desired. As such, he’s tried to backfill that emptiness by subsidizing his relationships wit ...

Donald Sterling: Façade, Fiction, and Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 6:48am | Type: Blog

Sterling does not “support them.” He pays them for work. He does not “give them food.” He gives them a wage for employment. He does not give his players “clothes, and cars, and houses.” The Clippers Corporatio ...

That Our Creation Care Would Also Fight Racism and Poverty
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Are we listening to the voices closest to the ground — where the injustices of sin layer themselves against creation and the vulnerable in a double-offensive? What more perfect a ...

The Michael Dunn Trial Verdict Sparks Renewed Debate Over Racial Injustice
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Scott Alessi ...

The Black Presence in the Bible: Uncovering the Hidden Ones
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The Bible is a multicultural book. This statement may sound controversial but archeology, history, and the text prove it to be true. “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia ...

'If I Were White, I'd Be Better Off'
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

When a 9-year-old boy can see the sad reality of white privilege and understand that the color of your skin is what defines you in our society, we have a serious problem. &quo ...

Stand Your Ground Has No Moral Ground
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

The problem is the systemic injustice inherent in Stand Your Ground laws: just feeling like you are being threatened can justify your response in “self-defense.” Some laws are gre ...

Dialogues with Harlem Heritage: A Church’s Prophetic Voice in the Context of Diversity
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

As our churches strive to become those “beloved communities,” we remember a Christ who became conversant with the desolation of a wilderness experience, and the pain of the cross so our world could be tethered ...

VIDEO: Proud To Be
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Indigenous American leaders speak out against the Washington NFL team’s mascot. "Proud To Be ...

5 Reasons Why Jesus People Ought Oppose The Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

When I decided to follow Jesus instead of simply being a Christian who paid him hollow worship while conveniently ignoring the red words, I was forced to abandon my support of the death penalty (and abandon my ...

The Gospel According to George McGovern
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert G. Duffett The peacemaking bomber pilot (and son of the evangelical church) offers a model political vision for young Christians t ...

'Dear Martin': Bishop's Letters to MLK Trace the Highs and Lows in Race Relations
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 9:22pm | Type: Blog

The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with speeches, prayers, and volunteer service. The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin ...