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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? ...

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 ...

Dispute Over Israel Funding Has Jewish Film Festival in London Looking for New Home
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

A London theater is refusing to host the UK Jewish Film Festival because it receives partial funding from the Israeli Embassy. A London theater is refusing to host the UK Jewish ...

Ground Operation
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Bethany Spicher Schonberg Through farming, veterans across the country tend to the soil—and the wounds of war. ...

Jobless Kabul and the Works of War
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. cobbles together justifications for its ongoing, foolhardy war in Afghanistan, glimmers of hope persist in small communities. Last week, here in Kabul, the Afghan Peac ...

How to Respond to Online Religious Wars
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

There is a religious war being waged online, but love will win. For the religious, this is Good News indeed. The history of religious wars in human civilization is a tragic commen ...

Bowe Bergdahl and the Voice of War
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

We can choose not to listen to war, and act on this choice. During my recent visit to Gangjeong, on Jeju Island, South Korea, where a protest community has struggled for years to ...

No Short or Easy Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Fifty years later, does the political will exist to win the "War on Poverty"? FIFTY YEA ...

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 ...

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 ...

To the Women of Syria
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | 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 ...

The Questions We Don't Ask On Memorial Day
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Press

May 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Expectation Deficit
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper The civil right of equal opportunity never ensured the human right of equal access. RECENT ...

Sarah Palin and the Beauty of Baptism
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin used baptism as a metaphor for waterboarding terrorists . Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin u ...

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 ...

Look at the Picture
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 11:33am | 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. ...

VIDEO: The War Within
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors For some veterans, PTSD rages on as "the war within." In " Wounded Souls &qu ...

A Time To Break Silence On Central African Republic
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Press

January 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Gospel According to George McGovern
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert G. Duffett The peacemaking bomber pilot (and son of the evangelical church) offers a model political vision for young Christians t ...

Loving Our Neighbors on a Global Scale
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We are all neighbors now, whether we like it or not. “GOD CREATED the world and we created borders ...

The Christmas Wars Are Over, And Christmas Won
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas side of the war have lost — big time. If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas sid ...

VIDEO: A Soldier of Conscience
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Joshua Casteel served as an interrogator in Iraq. Then an encounter with a Jihadist challenged him to truly live out his fait ...

Lessons from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Schirch The long war has made clear the fantasty of firepower "solutions" to complex political problems. ...

How Much of Christ Can We Stand in Christmas?
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

It’s time for Christ in Christmas. Time for new life, time for hope, time for the faithful to say yes to God. Time for peace, not war. Time for repentance, not comfort at any cost. Time for justice and mercy a ...

The Beginning of the End of War
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Margaret Alvarado Joshua Casteel was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison and later staffed open-air burn pits in Iraq. The experien ...

From the Archives: November-December 1999
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Will Campbell We've Lost the War on Drugs THIS STORY IS about the loss of a war and the sin and insanity ...

Waging Peace in Syria
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

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

Let's Talk About Food: The Apple Wasn't the Problem
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

If we're going to talk about food, we need to start with theology. Before chocolate was invented, a snake put "sinfully delicious" and "decadent" on the menu. Somebody fell for the mar ...

Syrian Christians May Get Pulled into Civil War
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:37pm | 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 ...

Not The Weapons But What They Defend
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

I wish that we, as a people, would speak better words to those who have served in our wars. I fear that we do them, and ourselves, a disservice when we call them all heroes without letting them decide which de ...

Beyoncé, Religion, and the Crowd: Desiring Mercy, Not Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 8:58am | 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 ...

The Families of Colombia's 'False Positive' Victims Are Still Fighting For Justice
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Writing for VICE, Ellie Mae O'Hagan continues the story of dangerous peacemaking and the demand for justice in Colombia. Sojourners editors Rose Berger, Elizabeth Palmberg, ...

Obama, Seacrest, and Our War Against Indifference
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 11:00am | 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: The Stuff No One Wants To Talk About
Originally Posted: 09/06/2013 - 8:45am | 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 ...

Christians in Middle East: U.S. Attack on Syria Would Be Detrimental
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 9:28am | 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 - 3:00pm | 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 ...

The Ethics of a Syrian Military Intervention: The Experts Respond
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 10:01am | 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 - 2:53pm | 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 ...

The Reckless Right-Wing War on America
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

It is tragic to watch contemptuous right-wingers declaring war on America. It is tragic to watch contemptuous right-wingers declaring war on America. With little heed for conse ...

The Song Remains
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Ramzi Kysia After more than two decades of defiant work for peace, Kathy Kelly continues to move others to love and action. ...

Star Trek: Into Darkness: A Call to Change Course
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Star Trek: Into Darkness is a fascinating and complicated story that is well worth watching. Instead of providing a summary, I want to explore three related aspects of the movie: sacrifice, blood, and hope for ...

Drones for Christ
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

David Swanson How Jerry Falwell's Liberty U.—the world's largest Christian university—became an evangelist for drone warfare.  ...

Al-Khatib and Al Jazeera: Listening to Victims in Syria
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

If I can’t trust my government to sort out the good guys from the bad guys for me, how can I ever figure out what, if anything, my government should be doing in my name? What the ...

Americans Debate Concept of Evil in Relation to Terrorism, Shootings
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Press

May 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Jerome Socolovsky ...

The Man in Row 26
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels How small my world gets when I'm not paying attention. OUR PLANE SITS at the gate in Brusse ...

On Scripture: Repairing Our Grief
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Moral injury happens when we transgress our basic moral beliefs and expectations. It can occur when we’ve done our best in impossible circumstances or when we’ve simply failed. Millions of people are living wi ...

Violence Rules: North Korea, Syria, U.S.
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

If we stopped to learn the rules governing our fluency in violence, it would actually make us less fluent. Why? Because the rules of violence reveal an unpleasant reality: We don’t use violence; violence uses ...

Sophoan Rath
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Four questions for Sophoan Rath. Bio: Tour guide in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and survivor of the ...

Blessed Fiction
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Novels to stretch the mind and heart. Glorybound, by Jessie van Eerden. WordFarm. A luminou ...