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The Valley of Lament
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Many of us are more comfortable on the plateau of rage or the plain of apathy.  WE HAVE AM ...

Why Do Westerners Join ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Why do they join? Is it religious devotion? Psychological imbalance? Tendency toward radical movements and anarchy? All of these motivations may play a part, but my argument is that these men and women who lea ...

How Christians Reject Jesus: On Violence and ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Many Christians look to the Bible to justify divinely sanctioned violence against our enemies. Excuse me for stating the obvious, but Christians are not Biblians. We are Christians. As Christians, we should be ...

War Is Not the Answer
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

I have always believed that any alternative to war must still address the very real problems at hand — just in a more effective way. To say that “war is not the answer” is not only a moral statement but also i ...

After a Summer of Crisis, Churches Can't Go Back to Business As Usual
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 3:15pm | 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 - 1:24pm | 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. ...

Gratitude as Resistance: An Ancient Idea for our Collective Anxiety
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

My point: if it’s joy we are looking for, we might need to shift our attention pretty dramatically. This is especially for those of us who want to be on the pioneering front edge of God’s restorative work. ...

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

The fact is, violence has not only failed to create stability, in many ways it has acted to exacerbate the situation of instability and injustice which fuels terrorism. Violence does not stop violence, instead ...

Smiles from the Inside
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels The Za'atari refugee camp is the fourth largest city in Jordan. I'M DREAMING. Ten youn ...

Between Iraq and a Hard Place
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright U.S. intervention has been the problem in Iraq, not the solution. THE DEEPENING CRISIS grippi ...

What I Said To Syrian Refugee Women
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Press

July 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Lynne Hybels ...

To the Women of Syria
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I wish I could end the war ravaging your country. I wish I could sit beside you on a cushion on ...

Religious Rights Watchdog Pushes to Add Pakistan, Syria to List of Worst Offenders
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

One of the nation’s leading — and official — champions of religious freedom implored the Obama administration to add Pakistan and Syria to the list of nations that most egregiously violate religious rights. ...

Dare to Sit With Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent calls us to give up something as a way of making room for Christ to enter our lives. As we look to the cross, we are asked to remember suffering, to sit with it, to experience it, to not ign ...

Look at the Picture
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Last week amid the closing of the Olympics, the national debt, and the latest pop culture ‘news,’ this photo was published that encapsulates the volume of pain and suffering that is happening in Syria. ...

A Time to Break Silence on Central African Republic
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

This year, in light of conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, and an often-overlooked war in Central African Republic, we should remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This we ...

Expectations High for Summit between Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Next week’s summit between Pope Francis and Russian President Vladmir Putin may be the most important meeting between a pontiff and a visiting head of state in nearly a quarter of a century, with war-torn Syri ...

U.K. Minister Sayeeda Warsi Calls on West to Protect Christian Minorities
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

The highest-ranking Muslim in the British government on Friday called on Western governments to do more to protect besieged Christian minorities across the world, particularly in the Holy Land where they are n ...

Syria Is About People, Not Politics
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Respond, But How? What We're Missing On Syria
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:01pm | Type: Press

September 6, 2013 Press Releases Jim Wallis ...

Waging Peace in Syria
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The words of Jesus are either authoritative for us or they are not. IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, President ...

Soulful Leadership For Peace In Syria
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Press

September 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Margaret Benefiel ...

Syrian Christians May Get Pulled into Civil War
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

A huge statue of the Virgin Mary towers over churches, monasteries and mosques in the Syrian city of Maaloula, where a dialect of the Aramaic language of Jesus is still spoken. A ...

Beyoncé, Religion, and the Crowd: Desiring Mercy, Not Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 7:58am | Type: Blog

It was a depressing beginning to the week. I mimetically absorbed much of this violence, hatred, and racism. Misanthropy settled into my soul and I began to loathe myself and the entire freakin’ human race. Bu ...

Al-Jazeera America Joins U.S. Cable Television Noise
Originally Posted: 09/18/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Before its Aug. 20 launch, officials at Al-Jazeera America emphasized that, despite its Middle Eastern roots and ownership, the fledgling cable news network would be aimed squarely at a U.S. audience. ...

Desmond Tutu on Gay Rights, the Middle East and Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against apartheid in South Africa, continues to speak around the globe on justice and peace. ...

How We Halted Military Strikes in Syria — For the Moment
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

The threat of U.S. military intervention is far from over. Should the particular diplomatic option on the table not work out, the Obama administration and Congress could still push for a military attack. ...

Syria Is About People, Not Politics
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

There are massive numbers of human lives involved here, plus a real danger of war engulfing the region and spreading out with weapons of mass destruction present — yet all we can talk about is politics? ...

Syrian Debate Highlights Division in 'Just War' Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Even as the world’s powers grasped for a last-minute resolution to the crisis in Syria, it remained an open question whether any amount of diplomacy could prevent the conflict from claiming at least one more v ...

Obama, Seacrest, and Our War Against Indifference
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The time is upon us to seek solutions and spark action, and the first enemy to conquer is not standing on foreign soil, but rather, it is the collective indifference that sits in so many of our hearts. ...

Syria: It Will Take More Than Saying No to Military Strikes
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

When people respond to violence with more violence, they keep that cycle of retribution spinning higher and higher. Oh, just a few well-placed missiles will teach Assad a lesson and he’ll ramp down his attacks ...

On Syria: Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

As Martin Luther King taught us, you cannot fight fire with fire, you only get a bigger fire. You fight fire with water. You fight violence with nonviolence. You fight hatred with love. ...

Syria: The Stuff No One Wants To Talk About
Originally Posted: 09/06/2013 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

I have read countless articles from political, religious, and ethical perspectives on why or why not the U.S. should militarily intervene against the Syrian regime. Most do a decent job evaluating the situatio ...

Pope Francis: Military Intervention in Syria 'Futile'
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday told world leaders gathered in Russia for the G-20 summit that a military intervention in Syria would be “futile,” urging them to focus instead on dialogue and reconciliation to bring ...

Commentary: Don’t Surrender Islam to the Islamists
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

As a Muslim, I refuse to give up Islam to the Islamists. So should others who believe in a deeply pluralistic Islam of the sort my Indian-born grandparents taught. It is the only path to peaceful resolution of ...

'Except by Prayer and Fasting'
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Governments exist through coercive power. National and international laws function through the power of a threat of some sort of punishment when they are broken. However, faith does not work through coercive p ...

Respond, But How? What We're Missing On Syria
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

The jump we often make from just causes and moral cases to military actions reveals our dependence on old habits of war as our only response to conflict and injustice. It also reveals our lack of imagination f ...

Christians in Middle East: U.S. Attack on Syria Would Be Detrimental
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

As the Obama administration considers a strike in response to recent chemical attacks, the head of a global evangelical group said Wednesday that Christians in the Middle East oppose military intervention in S ...

Advice on Syria from Gregory the Great
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

How does one respond to violence without becoming as guilty as the perpetrators you seek to punish? As I began my morning devotions on Tuesday this week, Syria was on my mind. No ...

Christian Pacifism: Relevant Beyond Syria
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 6:23am | Type: Blog

As the United States prepares to “officially” become involved in the Syrian war, Christian pacifism has reemerged as a much-discussed and relevant topic. Unfortunately, the concept has been somewhat misreprese ...

Dreams of Justice: Syria, Barack Obama, and MLK
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

And so President Barack Obama seems to be ramping up the war machine. Ironically, as he plans for possible military strikes, on Wednesday he delivered a talk honoring the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King ...

Pope Francis, Jordan King Say Dialogue is ‘Only Option’ in Syria Conflict
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and Jordan’s King Abdullah II reaffirmed that dialogue is the “only option” to end the conflict in Syria, just as the United States and its European allies consider launching a military strike aga ...

Weekly Wrap 8.30.13: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

Kid President wants everyone to have a parade, one Christian blogger stands up for Miley, and orgs push for naming threatening storms after climate deniers. Hurricane Michele Bachmann? ...

The Ethics of a Syrian Military Intervention: The Experts Respond
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

As the Obama administration readies for a probable military strike against Syria, Religion News Service asked a panel of theologians and policy experts whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria in light of th ...

On Syria: We Must Use a Moral Compass to Guide Our Moral Outrage
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Christians should be guided by the gospel of peacemaking and conflict resolution that reduces the violence of our world. And it is a long-held Christian principle that governments and citizens are obliged to w ...

In Israel, Orthodox Men Demand Beard-Friendly Gas Masks
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Fearful that Syria might retaliate against Israel if the U.S. launches a military strike, Orthodox Jews and others are demanding the Israeli government distribute gas masks that will fit over their beards. ...

Keep Doomsday Religion Out of the Syrian Conflict
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons at the outskirts of Damascus and President Obama mulls a U.S. military response, some theologians hope for an alarming endgame to the 30-month-long Syr ...

Missing Jesuit Priest in Syria Presumed Kidnapped
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

A prominent Italian Jesuit who is an outspoken supporter of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad went missing in Syria Monday, fueling speculation that he has been kidnapped by an Islamist gro ...

A Holy Land Without Christians?
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Gregg Brekke Arab Christians are vital to a thriving Middle East - and their numbers are dwindling. LIKE MANY ...

Seeking Nonviolent Solutions in Syria
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright Working with the U.N. for a negotiated settlement has a greater chance of success than military involvement. ...