The Common Good

Results for Unity

Part V: Unified in Our Common Humanity
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 5:58am | Type: Blog

The future of Rwanda belongs to them — the audacious teenagers who remember that they are all Rwandan. Despite differences, disagreements and ethnic tension, they affirm that their history is relevant. They to ...

Break Bread Together? Or Drive-Thru Alone?
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

What we know as communion became institutionalized. Ritual replaced meal. The bread-breaking became a set-apart observance with strict regulation and legalistic definition. Inter ...

That They May Be One: Immigration and Christian Unity
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

I know that many — probably most — believers share the desire for unity. It just seems at times that we have so far to go, and might be drifting in the wrong direction. As we appr ...

Getting Beyond Infighting to a Unified Church
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 8:40am | Type: Blog

The mission of God is reconciliation and the vocation of God’s people, the church. When we spend more time attacking each other rather than attacking the areas of brokenness in our world, we become a reflectio ...

Jim Wallis | On God's Side
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Press

November 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jonathan Armstrong ...

Let's Go Beyond Consumerism, Citizenship, and Individualism
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Deeper than individual rights and responsibilities, we are called to surrender our prerogatives and take on the burdens of others — not because we have to, but out of love. Over t ...

After Racial Strife, New Pledge Commits Christians to Unity and Solidarity
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Press

October 24, 2013 Press Releases At the end of a year that exposed the ...

Radical Welcome
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson As demographics shift and migration brings global Christianity to the church down the street, how will U.S. congr ...

On Scripture: When 'Homeland Security' Keeps Us From Encountering God
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

When I’m very different from someone else and yet we manage to live into an authentic unity supported by trust, we may gain a glimpse into God’s own wideness, perhaps discovering God to be more than we predict ...

One Baptism, One Faith
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

John Klassen A recent agreement between U.S. churches marks important ecumenical progress. AFTER SEVEN YEARS ...

Eye on the Sparrow
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 11:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Norcross Near the end of his life, Howard Thurman was called "one of the greatest spiritual resources of this nation." He ...

Public Jesus: How Churches Can Talk about Politics in an Election Year (Without Killing Each Other)
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

How can churches have a healthy conversation about politics in the middle of a national election without demonizing the opposition and causing disunity? Learning to speak as a Chr ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:08am | 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. ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Afghan Exchange Students Flee to Canada
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

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

Bringing the Camp Spirit Back Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:15pm | Type: Blog

I was not one of the 1,500 who attended the inaugural Wild Goose Festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina last month, but I did grow up going to Christian summer camp. I was not ...

My Thoughts on Sojourners, Coalition Building, and LGBTQ Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On my personal blog, I <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/this-is-not-actually-a-blog-post.html" target="_blank">traced my journey</a> on the issue of homosexuality ...

Good News to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Years ago, the member communions of the National Council of Churches declared that a budget is a moral document. Years ago, the member communions of the National Council of Church ...

Can We Stand to Lose 70,000 Children?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When I was younger, I played by the rules. Everything had to be fair. The quantity of animal crackers in my possession had to be equal, not greater or less than my brother's. ...

Patriotism and Idolatry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This meditation is part of a dialog on Patheos.com about the question, &q ...

Arizona Reveals a Struggle Beyond the Courtroom and the Ballot
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In light of recent events in Arizona, I propose we lead in our communities where national and global leaders lag behind on issues of human rights and love of neighbor. In ligh ...

Stop the Crippling of the Clean Air Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The brazen chutzpah of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">Big Oil </a>and Big Coal is amazing. The brazen chutzpah of Big Oil and Big Coal is ...

Ignoramus Racial Moments and Interracial Adoption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes in life you learn best not from the times that you shine, but from the times that you act like a total ignoramus. It seems that racism and fear of outsiders are on the rise in the U.S.A. ...

Evangelicals on the Border: Relationship Instead of Partisanship
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"When we met the young lady in Nogales, the daddy in me wanted to take her to a safe place. "When we met the young lady in Nogales, the daddy in me wanted to take her to ...

30 Years of Zimbabwean Independence: Promises of Hope and 'Acts of Madness'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Thirty years ago on April 18<sup>th</sup>, Zimbabwe celebrated independence and started a new chapter in its political history, full of promise and hope. Thirty years ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

What Is Happening Is Bigger Than Emergent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index. ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

A Word of Hope for Immigration Advocates
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> It was a hard week, but I got a word from the Lord and my streng ...

A Darfuri Perspective on Sudan's Dubious Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a Darfuri, I recognize the fact that this presidential and parliamentary election in Sudan is an important milestone for the implementation of the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ...

A Significant Step Toward Health Reform in Spite of Poisonous Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694023328_ihUmp"></a>From the very beginning, more than a year ago, the faith community ...

How Obama's Faith Council Worked: Six Points of Consensus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As some of you may know, I served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for year one of his administration. Our one-year term is almost up, and yester ...

Immigration Reform: Change Takes Courage and Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530254746_CFpJb"></a>The window is closing on comprehensive immigration ref ...

So I'm a Heretic
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385504225?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;amp;linkCode=as2&amp;amp;camp=1789&amp;amp;creative=390957&amp;amp;creativeASIN=03 ...

50 Years Later: From a Sit-in to a Civil Rights Museum
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Feb. 1, 1960, four African-American students sat down at the "whites-only" lunch counter at the F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina. As I child, I was told by my late fathe ...

Evaluating President Obama's Response to the Haiti Earthquake
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

This morning President Barack Obama promised the people of Haiti that they would not be "forsaken" or "forgotten." Yesterday he told Americans, "We have to be here for them in their ho ...

Crunch Time for World Leaders at Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The rhetoric soared today as rich nation leaders -- UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Australia's PM Kevin Rudd and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton -- urged completion of a deal to slow global warm ...

Boys are Warriors and Girls are Princesses? Spiritual Gifts are not Divided by Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studies? Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studie ...

Zimbabwe's Cycle of Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The outcome of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/03/regional-leaders-take-more-confrontational-approach-to-zimbabwes-crisis/">regional intervention in Zimbabwe</a> has been a thirty d ...

Back from Retreat, Ready for Action
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel The Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, is over. For me, as for other Muslims, it has been challenging, and beautiful. But the pu ...

Hope is a Verb
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I was too young to remember President John F. Kennedy. My mother worked on his campaign and hauled her baby (me) along with her to pass out literature. I was too young to remembe ...

The Moral Core of the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

With all of the shouting, the fear, and now what often looks like hatred -- we are in danger of losing the moral "core" of this health-care debate. With all of the shout ...

Now that a Wise Latina is a Supreme Court Justice ...
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Early next Saturday morning I will board a plane with my daughter to spend a week in Honduras. Early next Saturday morning I will board a plane with my daughter to spend a week in ...

Health-Care Reform: Leading with Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Americans are dying for want of health care. Americans are dying for want of health care. Since the 1912 electoral defeat of Republican stalwart Theodore Roosevelt-supporter of un ...

Women Excluded from Ministry: 'I Just Didn't Think About You'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"When the previous youth minister was here, he always filled in when the pastor was out," Bethany, a youth minister at a church in the southeastern U.S. told me. "W ...

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 ...

To Hell with Human Trafficking. There, I Said It.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Is it possible that we as Christians just aren't angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Perhaps we've grown too desensitized, domesticated, and docile. ...

Liberty University's New Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Did you read the news of <a title="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_University" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_University" target="_blank">Liberty University ...

Discovering Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The media coverage and analysis of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/us/politics/17text-obama.html?pagewanted=print">President Obama's speech at Notre Dame</a> on Sunday lar ...