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After Edwina Rogers' Ouster, Secular Community Regroups
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

As the Secular Coalition for America prepares for its biggest event of the year this week in Washington, D.C., atheist groups are recovering from the sudden departure of the coalition’s highest officer. ...

Reframing Failure
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. Not my failures, though I suspect we could come up with a few. No, I’ve thi ...

Immigration Reform: Now Is The Time
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 1:12pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2014 Sojo in the News David Gushee ...

A Turning Tide
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Heather Beaudoin A growing number of conservative Christians have joined the movement to abolish capital punishment. ...

An Evangelical's Plea With the GOP on Immigration Reform: Put People Before Politics
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Talking to Evangelicals About Climate Change
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Liz Schmitt What works, what doesn’t, and how best to frame the conversation. IN 2013, Sojourners commission ...

Sojo's Top 10 Blog Articles for 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourner blog articles of the past year. Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of ...

A Strong Third Political Party for the Disaffected Middle?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

In a sense, we are being held hostage by our own democratic process, one that has assumed that having relatively opposing views on either side was sufficient to keep the wheels of government turning. But this ...

#FaithfulFilibuster — A Vigil for the Poor
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

I’m standing in full view of the Capitol Building with a group of clergy and faith leaders who are here to offer a “Faithful Filibuster” of the government shutdown – and we’re going to keep talking until thing ...

Meet the Republicans Who Voted to Slash $40 Billion from the Food Stamps Program
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

So, who voted for that $40 billion cut to the food stamps program, which would kick an estimated 4 million hungry people out of the program next year? Here's your list. Is your Congress member on it? ...

Just Picking On the Poor: The Facts and the Faces of Cutting SNAP
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

Politicians are not willing to go to where the real money is: the Pentagon budget, which everyone knows to be the most wasteful in government, or the myriad subsidies to corporations, including agribusiness su ...

Partisan Fighting Spells Trouble for Church Insurance Under Obamacare
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

An effort to tweak President Obama’s health care reform bill to fill a gap for church health insurance plans could fail because of Republicans’ insistence on repealing the law. ...

The Moral Urgency of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Some say that we should wait again, wait longer to work on the immigration system, wait until later, do it slowly, over time, down the road, piece by piece, and not act now. But our message was this: the time ...

Hunger Games, U.S.A
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The number of those who’ve benefitted from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased nearly seven percent from 8.7 in 2007 to 15.2 in its most recent study. ...

House Republicans Brace for Crazy-Making Intra-Party Immigration Fight
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

With only hours left until the Senate releases the final tally of those in favor of immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner along with other house majority leader’s prepare as controversial issues are b ...

Do Republicans Have an Evangelical Problem?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

The vast majority of evangelicals have voted with the GOP in recent elections. In fact, despite some qualms about his Mormon faith, 79 percent of evangelicals voted for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, ...

Immigration Bill Slow to Stir Foes' Passion
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Press

May 28, 2013 Sojo in the News Miriam Jordan ...

The Budget Battles are Back
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

As they review Obama's budget proposal, only time will tell if Republicans are willing to engage the president in a serious way to find common ground on deficit reduction instead of letting dysfunction co ...

Woe To Those Who Make Unjust Laws
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

The right-to-work legislation that was passed by the House and the Senate in Michigan just this month is designed to break unions. It is designed to prevent workers from organizing. And we must oppose it as fi ...

GOP should rally around immigration reform, Utah A.G. says
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2012 Sojo in the News Matt Canham ...

Post-Election, GOP's Immigration Message Evolves
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Press

November 28, 2012 Sojo in the News Mara Laisson ...

Group Pushes Rare Moment to Solve Immigration Issue
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Press

December 5, 2012 Sojo in the News Paul Strand ...

Pro-Immigration Conservatives Seek Moral High Ground
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Press

December 5, 2012 Sojo in the News Jordan Fabian ...

The REAL War on Christmas: Congress’ Budget Negotiations

Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

As political leaders engage in negotiations to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” we need them to preserve programs that reduce poverty and keep our families healthy. Unfortunately, House Speaker John Boehner ...

Grover’s Gofers: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

Here’s the irony: Republicans claim to hate deficits, but the facts are clear. If extended indefinitely, the Bush-era tax cuts will account for nearly half of America’s budget deficit by the year 2019. ...

Post-Election Fight over the 'Evangelical' Brand
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Press

November 20, 2012 Sojo in the News Tobin Grant ...

The New Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Evangelical can no longer be accurately used to mean “white evangelical.” The day after the election, Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler said , “I think thi ...

The Night Indianapolis Stood Still
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Nearly 150 years since the bloodshed in Gettysburg, we are still fighting on the front lines of social issue after social issue, classifying votes by race, and displaying hatred toward our fellow citizens. ...

God Is Still Not A Republican, Or A Democrat
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Our efforts appeared to inject some common sense into our nation’s political discourse, but given recent electoral statements and newspaper ads from some conservative Christian leaders, it appears the message ...

Campaigns’ Faith Outreach Centers on Economy
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

With voters focused intently on pocketbook issues, both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are framing their faith-outreach efforts around the economy as the presidential campaign enters its final weeks. ...

Is Democratic Optimism Grounded in Reality?
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

President Obama rode a tide of optimism into the White House four years ago, only to watch his support erode after the reality didn’t live up to the speeches in many cases. But we wanted to hear it, and it wo ...

Watch the Vote: What's at Stake?
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

In today's hyper-politicized climate, all of the hoo-hah about voter suppression can sound like a bunch of partisan pandering on both sides. [ Editor's Note: This is ...

Identity Theft: When Politicians Hijack Jesus’ Name
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

It’s time to STOP using faith, Jesus, and the Bible as a political platform. Gotta say I’m a big fan of this church sign at my father-in-law’s church. It’s time to STOP: ...

Removing 'God' and Letting God In
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

On the heels of the Republican National Convention, where the shadow of the Religious Right still ominously looms, it was notable that the Democratic National Convention opened with a debate over the absence o ...

UPDATE: Democrats RESTORE "God" to Party Platform
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

UDATE: (Posted 9/6/12) Criticized by Republicans and some members of their own party, Democrats voted to restore the word “God” to the Democratic national platform late Wednesday (Sept. 5). The GOP had seized ...

A Call to Transform Politics
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

In times like these, when politicians are sweating to sway voters to their side, or frame their opponents as the polar opposite—the enemy—it is tempting to begin to define ourselves and each other through the ...

Is Skinny Dipping in the Sea of Galilee Sacrilegious?
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

More than 20 lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides, including one nude congressman, took a booze-fueled late-night swim in Israel’s Sea of Galilee last summer, Politico reported on Monday. Which leaves at least one ...

Is Religion Damaging The GOP?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Mike Lofgren argues that politicized religion is hurting the Republican Party. Over the weekend, Salon published an excerpt from Mike Lofgren 's new book, The Pa ...

The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 12:31pm | Type: SojoMail

June 7, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "We are looking at a gro ...

The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders do believe that massive deficits are moral issues, and that we must not saddle future generations with crippling debt. But we believe that how we resolve deficits also is a moral issue. And o ...

With Nomination Clinched, Focus Turns to Romney’s Mormon Faith
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney clinched the GOP presidential nomination on May 28, becoming the first Mormon selected by a major political party. But will his barrier-breaking faith be a boon or bane to his White House campaign? ...

The "War on Religion" and the Contraception Debate
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

There likely was little Sabbath-ing for politicians and journalists this weekend, as the debate over health policy raged across the campaign trail and in the television studios. T ...

The Disappearance of the Compassionate Conservatives
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

The compassionate conservative space is vital to the health of the nation and the future of the poor, and therefore preserving it is essential. I would never have been mistaken a ...

On Redundancies: Social Justice and Personal Salvation
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

Social justice is redundant. Justice, properly understood in a biblical sense, always has social implications. Personal salvation is redundant in the same way. Salvation, properly understood in a biblical se ...

The Morning SoJo: Of Supercommittees and Such
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Rather than the opinions of individual pundits, here’s a roundup of what the editors of some of the nation’s largest newspapers had to say this week about the failure of the “Supercommittee.” Some blame Republ ...

Supercommittee's Failure is a Moral Failure
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The failure of the Congressional Supercommittee to put forth any kind of plan for addressing our nation’s long term deficits is a sign of how dysfunctional our political system has become. ...

This is our Watch: Circle Up!
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Do we want to be the kind of America that protects $44 billion in subsidies for oil and gas companies while cutting $47 billion in energy grants to help poor families heat their homes in the winter? ...

The Afternoon News: Monday Nov. 21, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. THE KANSAS CITY STAR : In 'God's Country': Voting Wa ...

Oh My God! A Response to the GOP Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

“Oh my God” was the refrain that kept going through my mind as I watched the Republican presidential candidates talk about their positions on foreign policy at their debate over the weekend. ...

Obama's Delay in Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is a Victory for God's Earth
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 6:16pm | Type: Blog

President’s Obama’s delay in approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is a victory for the movement to stop it, for God’s Earth, for the possibility of reversing climate change, and for saving the integrity of this ...