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Pastor Says Released Soldier Has Mental Toughness to Recover
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

The newly freed soldier who spent nearly five years in captivity in Afghanistan has the mental and physical toughness to survive the experience, his former pastor said. The newly ...

Wounded Souls
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Gregg Brekke Christians have a presumption against war—as well as an obligation to help heal those who suffer its consequences. ...

Judge Rejects California City’s Religious War Memorial
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

A California federal judge has rejected a proposed religious memorial at a publicly owned baseball stadium as a violation of both federal and state laws. A California federal judg ...

Confessions of a Violent Peacemaker
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Moriel Rothman An Israeli-American resister on the spiritual links between violence and nonviolence. What a ...

On Scripture: The Massacre of the Innocents and the Soul of the Warrior (Matthew 2:13–23)
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Throughout human history, warriors have faced a wide variety of difficult circumstances, often having to weigh life and death decisions at a moment’s notice. While Herod’s gruesome command should in no way be ...

We Can Help Stop Rape in the Military
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Congressional leaders this week are considering the Military Justice Improvement Act, which change the way the military decides to prosecute rape cases. By official estimates, 2 ...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

My son Jack was born just days before the war in Iraq began. So, for these last eight and a half years, it's been very easy for me to remember how long this horrible conflict has been going on. ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Ahmed Wali Karzai. Veterans. NATO.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to ...

A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:13am | Type: Blog

I send many of my students to the Middle East as interns. In fact, Wheaton College has an entire program devoted to student short-term placement. I send many of my students to the ...

Christians Must Call For This War to End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There is no more room or time for excuses. There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in American history -- no longer has any justif ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama's Policy Team. Pakistan. Trauma.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our ...

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Silent Betrayal of our Veterans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Forty-three years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. Forty-three years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, ...

Palestinians at Their Worst and Best
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action.</p> During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of P ...

President Obama Visits the Tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

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Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Security. Taxpayer Money. Fighting Season.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our reader ...

Prayer of the Day: For the People of Japan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

God, we lift up the people of Japan in these turbulent times. May recovery be swift and complete after this earthquake and tsunami. We ask for a restoration of both those affected and their homes. ...

God Uses Insignificant Persons to Change the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-February-2011/15741163_ShwH4#1198959247_g3Xko" target="_blank"></a>We have seen the collapse of Mub ...

Report From Afghanistan: The Human Toll of Obama's 'Good War'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/a-report-from-afghanistan-the-human-toll-of-obamas-good-war/" target="_self"></a>In December, as the United States entered the ...

Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/03/can-an-orange-bracelet-turn-hearts-in-washington/" target="_self"></a>In a credit to both Republicans and Democrats, Congress j ...

Should Egyptians Trust Their Military?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Throughout the coverage of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/egypt/" target="_blank">uprising in Egypt</a>, we've been repeatedly told that Egyptians trust their milita ...

What We Need is More Killing!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Now, let me see if I have this right. Real men kill, maim, and inflict destruction. Saving lives and rescuing those in harm's way is, well, feminine. Now, let me see if I ha ...

Securing Soldiers' Rights to Selective Conscientious Objection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>Last March I testified at the <a href="http://conscienceinwar.org/2010/07/24/log ...

Human Atrocities in Congo: What Can We Do?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100903-cellphone.jpg"></a>Between July 30 and August 3, a <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #772124;" href="http ...

Americans Lost Freedom in Iraq: D
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As you read this post, please understand, I'm not a pacifist. I was raised in a politically conservative family. My dad is a proud WWII vet. My only brother retired from the U.S. Air Force. ...

Wikileaks, Truth Tellers, and a Crisis of Conscience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've been staying with friends over the summer as I make my way slowly to North Carolina for divinity school, and I have been enjoying a few luxuries that I'm not used to, like television. ...

McChrystal vs. Obama: Battle of the 'Hard Hearts'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday U.S. top Afghanistan warrior General Stan McChrystal was very publicly called to the carpet in the Oval Office. Sources say his job is on the line. Yesterday U.S. top Af ...

Confusing our Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I catch up on my news in the airport. Yesterday I watched this obscure story about a second grader in Rhode Island who wore a baseball cap to school with soldiers carrying guns on the front. ...

Suffer the Little Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Fictional character Miss Jean Brodie from Muriel Spark's novel, <em>The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,</em> famously quipped, "Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for lif ...

As Civilian Casualties Spike in Afghanistan, New Attempts to Reward 'Courageous Restraint'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Two recent news reports on the war in Afghanistan present a more complete story together.</p> Two recent news reports on the war in Afghanistan present a more complete story ...

40 Years After: 'Four Dead in Ohio'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

May 4, 1970 -- 40 years ago yesterday -- was the day protesting the war in Vietnam became serious. May 4, 1970 -- 40 years ago yesterday -- was the day protesting the war in Vietn ...

Dialogue at the Demonstration: Risking Conversation with the Face of Occupation
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

<p>Bethlehem, West Bank. Evangelicals have never been keen on political protests. Especially the sort that includes rifles and grenades -- in the hands of your opponents.</p> ...

Fight or Die: How to Lose Friends and Irritate People
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>This video clip by <a href="http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/">The Work of The People</a> is going to upset a lot of people.</p> This video c ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Tribal Tensions in Southern Sudan and Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: As Sudan prepares for this April's election, the Khartoum regime's leader, President al-Bashir, has threatened to cut off the fingers of foreign election observers who & ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...

Video of Civilian Deaths in Iraq and America's Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>"C'mon, just let us shoot "C'mon, just let us shoot I wonder what President I wonder what President Eisenhower would have said... ...

A Palm Sunday Procession to Jerusalem Ends in Arrests -- Including the Donkey
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 2010. Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethle ...

Finding Watchtowers and Blind Spots in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598749580_J3NyL"></a>From the window of my hotel room in Bethlehem, I could see the &qu ...

War is Ugly, God is Good: What I Learned from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

We All Share Responsibility for Going to War -- and for Stopping It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Christian-Peace-Witness-for/7990927_btnkC#519468687_JHFYM"></a>A comment on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2 ...

World Vision Staff Killed in Pakistan: The Cost of Courageous Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

When was the last time you felt gripped by crushing fear? Like the kind that might take over as you listen to friends and co-workers being killed? When was the last time you felt ...

Hurt Locker Can't Contain the Reality of War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am not a movie buff by any standard, but somehow I suspect I am not the only one who was more than a little surprised at the reception of the latest war movie at Sunday's Oscars. ...

The Contentious Issue of 'Selective Conscientious Objection'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/09/encouraging-informed-freedom-of-conscience-on-questions-of-war/">As I have been talking about</a> the <a href="http://www.conscienceinwar. ...

African Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Sun-Ryszard-Kapuscinski/dp/0679779078/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1266035336&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20"></a> ...

Encouraging Informed Freedom of Conscience on Questions of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Not long ago, I <a href="../2010/01/25/learning-from-iraqi-good-samaritans/">blogged about my trip to Iraq</a> with fellow God's Politics blogger Shane Claiborne and <a href=" ...

Reinvigorating the Discourse on Just War and Pacifism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | 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:// ...

'We Hunt People for Jesus': Are U.S. Soldiers Proselytising in Afghanistan?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/22guns.html?ref=us">bible-verses-on-gun-scopes</a> is getting more press, I am just (if not more) disturbed to read of a U ...

An Activism that Loves its Enemies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Sad news from Sydney as a headline for the ABC read, "<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/10/2738383.htm">Abusive letter suspect 'a peace activist'</a>" ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging d ...