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

Lou Ella Hickman for miriam the young rabbi, earnest and intense, forgot to read your requested scripture pa ...

May Our Tweets Rise Up Like Incense
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Donna Schaper From the Psalms to the Cloud: Connecting to the Digital Age. Pilgrim Press. YOU DON’T HAVE to b ...

Do We Seek Experiences Instead of God?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Like Elijah, we have a tendency to put God in a box assuming any experience has to fall within certain parameters. Reading the Bible from the comfort of my couch, I find myself po ...

He Doesn’t Just Listen to the Sunday Sermon; He Draws It
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

On the second Sunday of Lent, John Hendrix sits in one of the pews near the back of Grace and Peace Fellowship  ST. LOUIS (RNS) On the second Sunday of Lent, John Hendrix sits in ...

Art, Liturgy, and the Future of Music: A Q&A With Gungor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Last week, Sojourners’ Associate Web Editor Catherine Woodiwiss caught up with musical collective Gungor at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Here’s what Michael Gungor has to say about art, liturgy, and th ...

Why You Ought to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

What does it look like when God defies the restrictions we presume are in place? Recently,  a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination . I’m not 100 percent ...

Listen for the Groaning; Then Worship!
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Our addiction to consumption, our oil drills and oil spills, and our depleted uranium bullets whizzing through theaters of war in countries ravaged, torn apart — both the people and the land. Creation is groan ...

Visionary Vapor: Starting Lent with Michael Gungor and The Liturgists
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

If you were not on the Gungor or Michael Gungor Twitter feed over the first two days of March, you might have missed the news about a new band, a new record, and a new mini-tour. ...

The State of the Communion
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

While millions around us were gathered in homes, bars and other public places to watch the State of the Union of the United States, we were together receiving the State of the Communion of the Kingdom of God. ...

What Is the Lord's Justice?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A EXECUTE: TO ENACT OR DO. Having grown up i ...

Lessons Learned by a Young Priest
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

I had no clue how to serve a congregation. Other than planning Sunday worship — the easiest of all clergy tasks — I was unprepared. In the perfection of hindsight, I see that I wa ...

A Garden Toolbox for Schools
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese   Catholic Coalition on Climate Change Catholicclimatecovenant.org This site has education and worship resources tailored to different ages and set ...

Reimagining Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Sheldon C. Good A movement is underway to free people of faith from the yoke of Christmas consumerism. CHRIST ...

Five Things That Are Holding Christianity Back
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

In my ongoing effort to help name trends and offer an alternative way of thinking about our faith, here are the five biggest things I’ve seen that tend to keep us from doing our best work as the living, breath ...

Mumford and Sons: A Festival of Devotion
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Maybe you know that they were interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine. You might even know they have been criticized by a few religious leaders for being lukewarm in their faith. Yeah. It's all out there fo ...

Keep On Keepin' On
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Alycia Ashburn How do we sustain our climate activism? It can't be about fear. IN ORDER TO imagine the s ...

America's Rough Week
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Life is difficult. It can knock you down. Sometimes, an entire nation gets knocked down. Life is difficult. It can knock you down. Sometimes, an entire nation gets knocked down. ...

Risking Depth and Passion
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C "EVEN IF I OWNED Picasso's &# ...

Why Women are the Key to the Church’s Future
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

Anyone who has been paying attention has noticed that, of those left within the walls of most churches, the majority still hanging in there are women. I’ll preface this piece my ...

The Case for Corporate Worship
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

I empathize with people fleeing the local church. Churches can be battlefields instead of harbors, pits of condemnation or politics rather than wells of living water. But the endless search for something “new” ...

Weekend Musicking: Seven-String Goodness
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 1:36am | Type: Blog

It's been a very musical weekend. Pictured at left is a Foster 7-string guitar. It's just like a traditional 6-string acoustic, but with the added rumble of a low-b string. It's an interesting ...

Is the Future of Church in Fantasy Faith Leagues?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

A growing majority of people outside the church doors don’t really care about the denominational logo over the entryway, the name inscribed on the stone sign by the street or the long, rich history of all the ...

Does Megachurch ‘High’ Explain Their Success?
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

A University of Washington study posits that worship services at megachurches can trigger feelings of transcendence and changes in brain chemistry – a spiritual “high” that keeps congregants coming back for mo ...

An Indie Call to Worship
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Joshua Witchger Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, by The Welcome Wagon. Asthmatic Kitty Records. ...

Wild Goose Heaven Is Our Answer to Hate
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

The second Wild Goose Festival has just ended. I left a piece of my heart in the hills of North Carolina. Ahead is the third WG fest at the end of August in Portland OR. And then there will be next year and th ...

Drive-Thru Prayers to Drive-In Church: Is Religion Lost?
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

There’s the trend of “third space” ministry, getting out of the four walls of the church building and meeting people in different, typically “secular” contexts. Author and theolog ...

A New Hymn for Holy Week: Jesus’ Ways for Peace
Originally Posted: 04/01/2012 - 8:08pm | Type: Blog

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday and the week that follows — Holy Week — are times for Christians to remember and share the biblical stories of Jesus’ teachings and actions for peace. These stories encourage us to pray and work for peace, especially in light ...

Encircle the White House Nov. 6 to Stop the Keystone Pipeline
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

On November 6, I will join Jim Wallis, staff members from Sojourners, and 15,000 others in Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Park to tell President Obama to stop the Keystone XL pipeline project. ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

THE NATION: Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They're Not Going Away THE NATION : Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They& ...

Report from the Global Christian Forum in Indonesia: Day Five, Heading Home
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth and final installment in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Sec ...

Report from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia.
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reformed Churc ...

A Hymn for Blessing the Animals: "O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth"
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are having services for the blessing of animals. This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are ...

Hurricanes and Spoiled Romance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When our ideas about nature come primarily from Sierra Club calendars or selected snippets from Thoreau, an east coast earthquake and monster hurricane (in the same week) are powerful wake-up calls. ...

A Hymn for Somalia
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to inspire churches to further support and pray for famine relief in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.] O God, You Love the Needy ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

Here I Am!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, 'Here I am, for you called me.' Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. ...

A Faith-Full Labor Day Weekend
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Sometimes I wonder if the church that f ...

Should Worship be Entertaining?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In recent days I've been thinking through with a friend one of the enduring challenges of pastoral and catechetical ministry: how to dispel the notion that worship should be entertaining. ...

Hymns for September 11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people remember "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," a hymn written on the afternoon of September 11, 2001. Many people remember " O God, Our Words Cannot Expr ...

Why Exclude Women from Ministry?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Lean and lanky, the 30-something teacher probed the congregation with a practiced eye as he wound down his presentation. Lean and lanky, the 30-something teacher probed the congre ...

Alabama Clergy Sue to Stop Anti-Immigrant Law
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Alabama legislature passed their infamous, anti-immigrant law (HB 56), the religious community in the state immediately cried foul. When the Alabama legislature passed th ...

No More Dirty Work! Clean, Green Jobs, Not Tar Sands Oil
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama will decide as early as September whether to light a fuse to the largest carbon bomb in North America. That bomb is the massive tar sands field in Canada's Alberta province. ...

God's Creatures Defending God's Creation
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I'm getting arrested on Aug. 29 at the White House. It's time to put my body where my soul is -- defending God's creation. I'm getting arrested on Aug. 29 at t ...

Facebook, Google+, and More: Does Social Networking Enhance Our Faith?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping our lives . The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping ...

10 Ways to Revive a Dying Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

You don't need a ton of proof to know that more and more churches are struggling to survive. It seems churches that are in this predicament have one of two options: revive or die ...

Bringing the Camp Spirit Back Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 11:15pm | 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 ...

Friday Links Round Up: Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:</p> Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis. Here's a litt ...

Muslim Victim Rais Bhuiyan Campaigns to Save His Attacker
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas when a man walked in with a gun. Thinking the store was being robbed, Bhuiyan opened the cash regi ...

Wanted: An Uncool Church of Distractions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms.</p> Sitting in church the other night, I thought about Jackson Helms. Helms, a 12-year-old who suffers ...

10 Ways Pastors Muck It Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After posting a blog about my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/13/10-problems-of-a-dying-church-and-how-to-fix-them/" target="_blank">observations of a dying church</a>, th ...