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A Teacher in Kabul
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

He isn’t sure what impact his actions have had. Zekerullah isn’t inclined to brag. But he surely has affected me. Here in Kabul, one of my finest friends is Zekerullah, who has go ...

Give Us New Eyes
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

I am convinced that recent events in Ferguson have become a mirror to the nation. This may very well be a critical moment in history, if we take a time to stop and listen to each other. ...

Pope to Iraqi President: ‘I Appeal to You with My Heart Full of Pain’
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis wrote to the president of Iraq, calling for an end to the “brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities” and urging political leaders to end the humanitarian crisis in the country ...

Gratitude as Resistance: An Ancient Idea for our Collective Anxiety
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 10:14am | 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. ...

Dispatch From Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

We made it back safely to our vehicle and safely out of Ferguson. But democracy didn’t. She took a heavy beating last night. The question is will she recover? Editor's N ...

Borderfree
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

The borders now vanishing in the Middle East – the most radical transformations of the map here since the post-WWI Sykes Picot agreement – are being redrawn in chaos and fear. The bubbles that burst here are t ...

The Nature of Joy
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

As tanks open fire on the humble homes of the Gazan poor and rockets rain down on a terrified Israeli populace we are compelled to ask, “How do we keep coming back to this profane and violent place called war? ...

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: A Public Reflection on the Power of a Picture
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

In response to the death of Michael Brown, many people are using the hastag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown on Twitter to consider the role that images used by the media have on the public's perception of vicitms. ...

On Iraq Pope Francis' Message of Peace Meets Realities of War
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Even as Francis called on the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes,” the Vatican also tried to make peace with the idea that U.S. military strikes that be ...

From the Archives: September 1984
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacey Merkt Where is the Refuge? EL SALVADOR'S war has already claimed 40,000 lives. But our government ...

Until We See Their Faces
Originally Posted: 08/01/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, God calls us to love and show compassion to the stranger, particularly those who suffer. But first, they must become real to us. And there is nothing more viscerally real, per ...

The Loophole That Allows Domestic Abusers to Have Guns
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, dangerous people with records of domestic violence, stalking, and aggression have no legal restriction keeping them from obtaining guns. Across the country, d ...

Israel and Palestine: Peace or Pieces?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

To suggest that there simply needs to be another ceasefire in the current conflict, then more negotiations — without acknowledging that past negotiations have unalterably yielded the same result: more missiles ...

Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

We have politicians who are mostly looking for opportunities to blame their political opponents, boost their own reputations, and protect business interests. As people of faith, we are called to speak the trut ...

Political and Religious Leaders Denounce European Anti-Jewish Outbursts Tied to Gaza
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Amid mounting protests in Europe against the Gaza conflict, political and religious leaders in the region have sharply denounced anti-Semitism within their borders. Amid mounting ...

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination Teams "Afghanistan is one of just three countries, along w ...

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. WATCH: Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty “A new Verizon ...

Iraq: Humility Is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

America is stunned by what is happening in Iraq right now, and happening so quickly. We may be facing the worst terrorist threat to international security so far — despite all we have done and sacrificed. Both ...

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I AM SENDING YOU MY SON, THE ONE THROUGH WHOM I DO MY GREATEST WORK TO SHOW YOU WHO I AM! IS ANYONE LISTENING?? I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the mo ...

Left Behind, Failed Peace, and the Human Implications of (Bad) Theology
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Ignoring the remarkable movements of peacemaking, reconciliation, and collaboration in the Holy Land, we often choose only to amplify of the violence, discord, and disintegration of the region. ...

The New Normal?
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

I grew up in the state of Colorado. It’s known for cowboys, mountains, skiing, smoking pot, the Broncos, but also — mass school shootings. I grew up in the state of Colorado. It’ ...

The Resurrection Effect: Guns, God's Sovereignty, and the Last Word
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

We know that God is sovereign, and because of that we know that violence will not have the last word. It seems like violence will never end. Portland. Seattle. Las Vegas.  Isla V ...

Seattle Pacific Shooting: Communal Wounds
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

it seems inevitable that, when we talk about gun reform, it will always be too little, too late. Yesterday, a gunman opened fire at Seattle Pacific University, a Christian liberal arts college, killing one per ...

Remembering D-Day: Sacrifice, Gratitude, and Lessons Learned
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

My father and his young friends believed they were trying to stop an enormous evil from talking over the world, and most of them enlisted. My dad’s story in the Pacific, and the stores of those who went to Eur ...

Pasta and Peacemaking: Learning Nonviolence from My Kids
Originally Posted: 05/25/2014 - 8:09pm | Type: Blog

A big part of maturing is learning how not to be driven by our emotions — how to respond thoughtfully, rather than reacting emotionally. If this is hard for me as an adult, it's understandable that my 8-y ...

Report: Internet Hate Speech Can Lead to Acts of Violence
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Anti-Muslim hate speech on the Internet is commonplace and can motivate some people to commit acts of violence against Muslims, according to a report released Tuesday by Muslim Advocates, a legal and advocacy ...

What Do Our Beliefs Say About Us?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

If our beliefs contribute to or result in violence, we may need to reconsider our beliefs. What do your beliefs say about you? Like many people, I was troubled when I heard about ...

Part III: Embodying Life
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

To be at home in the discomforting memory of death and destruction, silence and agony, offers a light into the dark memories we would rather forget. In remembering the places from which we came, home is where ...

Overland Park Shootings: Learning to Love With Breaking Hearts
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 7:43am | Type: Blog

We want an answer that ends this. We want to know that it was only this man. Only a mental illness, or only the last of an obsolete brand of cultish hate. We want to believe it will not happen again. But the t ...

Protest and Praise
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life. University of Illinois Press.A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Leverto ...

A Moral Crisis in Africa
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis As a Christian, I grieve over the unspeakable violence wrongly done in the name of faith. FOR THE ...

Faith And Reason Can Help Break Cycle Of Violence We Do To Ourselves, Others
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 11:46am | Type: Press

March 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Chicago Tribune ...

Surprising Insights on Ukraine in the New York Times
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Russia’s desire for power is mimetic, or imitative, and modeled on its rival for power, the United States. Russia wants what the United States has — the prestige of being a global super power — and Russia is w ...

Attn SBNR: Biblical Violence Matters to Peace
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Religion can be defined as the practices and beliefs employed by humans to contain our violence. If you are a spiritual but not religious seeker after peace, please do not deceive yourself into thinking that i ...

From the Archives: April 1992
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Wink The Myth of Redemptive Violence VIOLENCE is the ethos of our times. It is the spirituality of the ...

Crucible of Courage
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jean Stokan The growing militarization of Honduran society is fueled by U.S. support. IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ele ...

Finding Hope in 'The Locust Effect'
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Even in the midst of our generous financial donations, volunteer hours, mission trips, and letter writing, we’ve failed to see what should have been glaringly obvious: the global poor lack the most basic ingre ...

For the World's Poor, Violence Is an Everyday Threat
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

According to the United Nations, there are 4 billion people in our world who live outside the protection of law. That’s more than half the world’s population, and most of the world’s poor. ...

Salt and Terror in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Funds have been available for tanks, guns, bullets, helicopters, missiles, weaponized drones, drone surveillance, Joint Special Operations task forces, bases, airstrips, prisons, and truck-delivered supplies f ...

Sunni-Shiite Violence Soars in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Qadeer Abbasi is recovering from a broken arm in his two-room shanty home not far from the capital, Islamabad. Qadeer Abbasi is recovering from a broken arm in his two-room shanty ...

Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

Forget Swords and Plowshares: Turn Guns Into Guitars
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

When properly presented and engaged, great art invades our dreams and haunts our waking hours. It causes us to see reality in a new way, and sometimes even presents an alternative vision for what the future co ...

Moriel Rothman's Spoken Word Poetry
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Moriel Rothman speaks candidly about his decision to not serve in the Israel Defense Forces. It’s ...

Profiles in Courage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "When someone is faced with a gun and chooses to respond with respect and love, that's hope." ...

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 ...

From the Archives: February 1976
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

John Perkins The Dividing Wall in America IN TERMS, America has tried to heal itself. The Civil War took plac ...

When the Fighting Stops
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis What does it take to reintegrate combatants into society? MARIE-LOUISE IS a 34-year-old single ...

Swords, Plowshares and the "Drone Dilemma"
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Press

December 23, 2013 Sojo in the News Christian Piatt ...

VIDEO: The Poet of Poverty
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Father Michael Doyle's poetry captures a city of despair and hope. As Andrea Ferich wri ...

Digging
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrea Ferich Bury the Dead: Stories of Death and Dying, Resistance and Discipleship, edited by Laurel Dykstra ...