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Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

Jesus and the Klan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I recently viewed an episode of Gangland on The History Channel. This particular show, which documents the rise of the younger members of the Imperial Klan of America (or KKK), really roused my anger. ...

Faith Leaders on Immigration: Peaceful, Powerful, and Prophetic
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816763105_zEaZz"></a>More than 200,000 people descended on Washington, ...

Ruth Was a Moabite 'Illegal' Immigrant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816811802_XDKLQ"></a>Every once in a while I get an "aha" mom ...

War is Ugly, God is Good: What I Learned from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I can't imagine a better way to lament the 7<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the war in Iraq than by spending it with Iraq veterans who are horrified by the war and courageously speaking out again ...

Vatican II 101: Social Justice is Part of Catholic Identity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Writer James Carroll, in his recent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547336268?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;cre ...

Pastors: Your Kids Are Listening to You on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

The data is in. The data is in. Kids these days trust the news media as a source for information on global climate change only slightly more than they trust Sarah " I'm ...

Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694003830_DapYT"></a>Yesterday, the Senate <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.co ...

Palestinian Christians, Israeli Allies, and Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a> <a href="http://ncronline.org/news/justice/palestinian-ch ...

My 'Daniel Fast'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray. Sometimes things get so bad that you real ...

Reinvigorating the Discourse on Just War and Pacifism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/25/learning-from-iraqi-good-samaritans/">I went to Iraq</a> with my friend and fellow God's Politics contributor <a href="http:// ...

Israel and Palestine: People Aren't the Enemy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Friday night we were the guests of a synagogue in West Jerusalem. It was beautiful to see the room full of Jewish families honoring God in song, reading, silence, and prayer. Frid ...

Experiments in Accountability, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

One day when I was walking along the Hudson River on a crisp winter's day, I caught a glimpse of my reflection. One day when I was walking along the Hudson River on a crisp w ...

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill: A Betrayal of Christ's Teachings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

There are times in the "culture wars" when a very diverse group of religious leaders can come together across the political spectrum in a common cause. There are times i ...

Obama's Afghanistan Policy and Christian Political Humility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

On the eve of the election last November, I wrote <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2008/11/im-pro-life-christian-thats-why-im.html">a thinly-veiled endorsement of Barack Obama </a&g ...

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/afghan_8years?source=act_0911_afghan_bc"></a>Your voice is being heard. Already, thousands of you have <a href="http://go.sojo.net/c ...

The Charter for Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sympathy for another's suffering."</p> Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sy ...

Conservative Evangelicals and Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I sat and listened attentively as a series of American religious leaders explained to several members of a <a href="http://www.faithandimmigration.org/blog/faith-leaders-testify-se ...

Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We've all been watching carefully as the Obama administration tries to decide how to move forward on U.S. policy in Afghanistan. We've all been watching carefully as the ...

Stories from Global Victims of Climate Change -- And an Interfaith Call to Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

What if the soul of the world had an alarm clock and it began ringing What if the soul of the world had an alarm clock and it began ringing Taking the bait! And The LIES ...

Faith Leaders Urge Obama on Gulf Coast Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/New-Orleans-After-Katrina/9719058_xD68E#658306044_ysCST"></a>President Obama arrived in New Orleans last week for his first vis ...

Scripture's Role in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>For many years now, religious leaders and diverse faith groups have <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html">contributed</a> much to the ...

Put Poor People on the Climate Change Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Last week, a group of senators, many in the leadership of the majority Democratic Party, asked for a meeting with a small group of inte ...

A Moral Mandate for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

After all the financial turmoil that 2009 has already brought, one would think that it would somehow be logical and practical to bring accountable reforms to the same banking institutions whose re ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

40 Days for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If you watch enough cable news you would think the fight over health-care reform has been reduced to protestors screaming about socialism, "death panels," and the evils of government. ...

Three Responses to a Conservative Critic on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just received this:</p> Just received this: I am one of the conservative Christians you refer to in your letter. I did not and still do not support President Obama alt ...

Four Lessons from the Religious Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009506344_religiousright21m.html" target="_blank">This <em>Seattle Times</em> article </a>on the current st ...

Jimmy Carter's Stand on Women in Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>An autographed photo of Jimmy Carter sits on our piano. A friend of ours wrote to Carter and told him that he was one of our sons' favorite presidents, and would he please send them a signed phot ...

Urgent: White House Witness Against Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The<a title="http://www.nrcat.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=346&amp;Itemid=260" href="http://www.nrcat.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&a ...

Obama in Cairo: A New Beginning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Every so often, I will begin the week with a post about something that I believe deserves further reflection and comment from the God's Politics community. Every so often, I ...

Obama in Cairo: A Just Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Truth. Respect. Security.</p> Truth. Respect. Security. These three elements of just peace theory found their way into President Obama's speech delivered in Cairo ...

On Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Many in the Republican Party and some noteworthy Christian leaders have come together to call Judge Sotomayor a racist. Many in the Republican Party and some noteworthy Christian ...

Apologies of the Powerful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5354862.stm">I am deeply sorry</a> for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address," <a href="http://www. ...

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 ...

Calling for Interfaith Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

While at Yale last weekend, I had the opportunity to eat breakfast with a bright group of young students. One of the topics we touched on was interfaith dialogue. While at Yale l ...

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 ...

Looking for Allies at the World Economic Forum in Davos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Today I arrived in Switzerland for the first day of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) yearly summit in Davos. Today I arrived in Switzerland for the first day of the World Eco ...

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 ...

Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president. The day after the inaugur ...

Look Who's Praying at the Inauguration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop.</p> <p>The first female president of the Disciples of Christ.</p> The first openly gay Episcopal bishop. The first fem ...

It's Time for a Sustained Focus on a Lasting Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I can't help commenting on the tragic situation in Gaza after a week like this. There have been many calls for a ceasefire which, of course, I support as necessary and important. ...

India's 9/11
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Many in India and across the world saw last week's hostage situation as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/weekinreview/30giridharadas.html?_r=1&amp;scp=1&amp;sq=india%209/11&a ...

Common Ground Abortion Reduction on The Washington Post's Front Page
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/17/AR2008111703682.html">Today's front page feature in <em>The Washington Post</em></a> is a good pr ...

Micah's Challenge to the Future President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the United Nations met to discuss our progress toward cutting global poverty in half by 2015. Tonight, the U.S. Yesterday, the United Nations met to discuss our progres ...