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Let Us Pray for the World's Bad Actors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Let us pray for Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and for the Burmese generals. Let us send them our love. This is the counterintuitive radicality of the Christian witness. ...

Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea ...

Justice for Vieques
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For more than sixty years For more than sixty years How could you begin to How could you begin to compensate people who have suffered from being target practice, not to ...

Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught, part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Doctors who are working in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka Doctors who are working in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka (Asia, attack, civilians, conflict, death, Fami ...

Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I know of two priests who have decided to stay with their people in the so-called No-Fire Zone in northern Sri Lanka, where tens of thousands of Tamil civilians are trapped in a living hell. ...

Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I read <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/01/white-evangelicals-for-torture/">Brian McLaren's post</a> on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching. ...

Jesus did NOT Kill Mohammed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Jesus Killed Mohammed" was written in Arabic in large red letters on the side of a U.S. Army Special Forces vehicle, armed to kill and rolling through a town in Iraq. It sounds like a bad M ...

A New President and a New Generation Seek a Nuclear Weapons-Free Future
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

An <a title="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050704070.html" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050704070.html&q ...

The Two Futures Project: Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In light of <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/05/us-afghanistan-civilian-deaths-coalition-bombing">headlines that dozens of kids and families were killed in US bombings of Afgh ...

Mother's Peace Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water or of tears! Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water o ...

Torture Memos: 'What Is Done in the Dark'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught: "For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light" (Luke 8:17). In other words: the truth will come out. ...

The Social Side Effects of Global Warming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We are at a global turning point. We are at a global turning point. Rampant deforestation, mass extinction of species, global warming, the melting of polar ice caps, and the rapid ...

Why I Got Arrested on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Good" Friday was real good this year. We remembered Jesus, and we remembered Jesus disguised in the "least of these" -- those who continue to be tortured, spit on, slapped, insul ...

What President Obama's Budget Means for Poor People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

If a budget is a moral document, what should be said about the president's proposed budget for 2010? I focus here on what this budget proposal says about justice for poorer Americans.</p> ...

Torture: What Part of 'Do Not Repay Evil for Evil' Don't You Understand?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush administration torture memos. There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush adm ...

Four Points Toward Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>I've written <a href="http://www.brianmclaren.net/cgi-bin/mt3/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=2&amp;search=gaza"&g ...

Video: The Easter Bunny Asks You to Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Did you have a good Easter weekend? If you were in Washington D.C. for the holiday, you may have noticed a different kind of Easter Bunny hanging around the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro. ...

Might Will Never Make Right In Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of warriors and military servicemen. I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of ...

The Eco-Footprint of War: Lemeyo's Story
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Lemeyo Abon, an indigenous elder from the Marshall Islands, is a survivor of fallout from the <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/peopleevents/pandeAMEX51.html">largest nuclear bomb</ ...

Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks. In July 2007, Te ...

Prayers for Genocide Victims and Survivors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On the anniversary of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda, I was invited by <a href="http://www.miraclecorners.org">Miracle Corners of the World</a> to attend a ceremony held at the Chur ...

Rwanda's Hopes and Challenges 15 Years After the Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Today the world is remembering Rwanda and the genocide that started there 15 years ago. Today the world is remembering Rwanda and the genocide that started there 15 years ago. As ...

Persistent Efforts to Counter a Persistent Nuclear Threat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A generation has now come of age now for which "Fall Out Shelter" signs are nothing but rusty remnants of a time long past. A generation has now come of age now for whic ...

A Higher Authority for Sudan's President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sudanese President al-Bashir's recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article6018508.ece" href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article601 ...

$296 Billion, 22 Months
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

$296 billion is a lot of money. Twenty-two months is a long time. But that's not the cost of the most recent bailout and 22 months isn't a prediction of how long our economic crisis will last. ...

A Fallen Soldier Comes Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last week, I had a quick 24 hour trip from Seattle to Chicago. As I was returning on Thursday night to Sea-Tac airport and eager to get back to my wife and kids from a good but exhausting trip, I wa ...

Counting the Cost of Good and Bad Debt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

While watching President Obama's press conference Tuesday evening, I was struck by a few things that are often forgotten in the criticism of his proposed budget.</p> W ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...

Three Priorities for Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I have a confession to make. In the ninth year of the 21st century, and on my own 46th birthday, I may be the last activist left in America that has never penned a blog. I have a ...

'Shooting and Crying': Israeli Soldiers Tell Their Gaza War Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=sojomail.display&amp;issue=090320">last week's SojoMail</a>, the quote of the week was from an Israeli squad leader desc ...

'Once Again' in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Here we are again, and again, and again. It is not a new message or a new concern. People have been suffering, starving, raped, beaten and killed year in and year out. Here we ar ...

Defiant Hope: St. Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with my parents, my husband, and my one-year-old son. Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland w ...

Darfur's Cries Grow Louder
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I was on a conference call for an hour and a half last week. It was intense. I haven't fully calmed down from it. I paced back and forth in the living room for a good portion of it.</p> ...

Palestinian and Israeli Former Fighters Unite for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ishmael and Isaac, brothers of the same father and different mothers, together buried their father Abraham. Esau and Jacob, twin brother and rivals, reconciled. Ishmael and Isaac, ...

Coming Clean: A Confession
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I have a confession to make.</p> I have a confession to make. Some of my friends and colleagues are already fully appraised of what I am about to say. But for many other ...

Reading Peace for Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am a good person.</p> I am a good person. We make this declaration from time to time, usually when we have done something wrong or when we want to put distance between ...

Remembering Christian Peacemaker Tom Fox on the Anniversary of His Death in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Let's listen in now to the Marine Corps Band," the CNN commentator says. The camera pans across the Washington Mall. People, as far as the eye can see, waiting for the historic moment, ...

New Violence Takes Aim at Northern Ireland's Hard-Won Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On Saturday night, two young soldiers preparing to go to Afghanistan were murdered in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Four other people, including two men delivering pizzas, were injured. ...

Does Grace Abound to the Chief of Torturers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On the first day of the Obama administration, our newly elected president signed the order to close down Guatanamo. Scores of human rights advocates were in ecstasy. For those of us committed to peace ...

From Lazy Pluralism to Active Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived. I guess that people are on a jour ...

Beating the F-22 Fighter Jet into a Ploughshare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p align="left">"People will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy." "People will judge you on what you can buil ...

Lent: A Time for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, and preparation. Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, an ...

War No More
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

John K. Stoner The memos to President Obama in the January issue are interesting for what they omit as well as for what they include. ...

Calling for Interfaith Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

While at Yale last weekend, I had the opportunity to eat breakfast with a bright group of young students. One of the topics we touched on was interfaith dialogue. While at Yale l ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

The Legacy of William Sloane Coffin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday, I preached from the old pulpit of William Sloane Coffin at Yale University. Sunday, I preached from the old pulpit of William Sloane Coffin at Yale University. He served ...

Hope for Darfur?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The United States has recognized that genocide is taking place in Darfur, Sudan. That recognition is now five years old. The United States has recognized that genocide is taking ...

Waltz with Bashir: Drawing a Massacre from Memory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://waltzwithbashir.com"></a>Each time I write about the Middle East, I feel compelled to repeat three concepts.</p> Each ti ...

A New Conversation in the Holy Land
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I became haunted by the notion that Christians, Muslims, and Jews are going to blow up the world unless we learn to get along. A year ago I became haunted by the notion ...

Six 'Highlights' from Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen has been on the Hill this week going through the gory details of waste, fraud, and mismanagement of the roughly $51 billion we gave fo ...