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Social Justice for Us Today: Sojourners' Summit
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Press

June 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Grace Ji-Sun Kim ...

Five Reasons to Love Sojourners' 'Summit for Change'
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Press

June 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Rachel Marie Stone ...

Wild Goose Festival puts spotlight on visual arts
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Press

June 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Amanda Greene ...

The Church and Its Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Press

September 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

The Times Leave University Behind
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:29pm | Type: Press

June 21, 2014 Sojo in the News John Longhurst ...

Expecting New Love
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Press

http://www.themennonite.org/issues/17-7/articles/Expecting_new_love My husband and I ...

When Prayer Becomes Control
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

When we encounter something incomprehensible, we are driven to explain it. When a situation reels out of control, we long to control it. We invite God to fill those gaps of our discomfort, our lack of understa ...

Pondering Churches' Responses to Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Press

June 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Phil Haslanger ...

Christians Persecuted Worldwide
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Press

June 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Paul Marshall ...

Baptists Join Others in Praising Nominee for Religious Freedom Ambassador
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Press

July 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Jeff Brumley ...

Finding God on Death Row
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 1:54pm | Type: Press

July 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Sean Salai, S.J. ...

Religious Leaders Must Break Their Silence
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Press

July 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Will the Catholic Church Change Its Stand on Marriage and Divorce?
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

The cardinals were unwilling to discuss details Sept. 17 and left comments to the book’s editor, the Rev. Robert ...

'All pastors are interim pastors'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

When megachurch pastor Max Lucado greeted his successor at his San Antonio church, the two stood onstage and tried to put on each other’s shoes. They couldn’t. When megachurch pas ...

Many Church Choirs Are Dying. Here’s Why
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

James Merritt spent years as senior pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch that featured a mighty choir. James Merritt spent years as senior pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch tha ...

U2: Seeking An Ecclesiology
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

What we're seeing is four guys from Ireland with way the hell too much money showing us what we have been wanting all along: a new way of being the institutional church. By n ...

It’s About More Than Football
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

This epidemic is about so much more than Goodell, whose lack of leadership is typical in professional sports. It’s about more than one team, one league, or sports in general. When ...

What Christianity Can Learn from the Dalai Lama
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Historically, Christianity hasn’t been very open to the idea of being influenced by other religions. In the early days of the faith, we borrowed from Hellenism, Zoroastrianism, Gnosticism, Judaism and various ...

Miss America, the NFL, and Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

Sunday night, 23-year old Kira Kazantsev proved two things when she was crowned Miss America for 2015. First, she can make a nationally television audience “happy” by using only a red plastic cup. Second, dome ...

New Jersey Nun on the Path to Sainthood
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

missionaries from the colonial era. In addition, St. Kateri Tekakwitha was a Native American born in the 17 ...

Vatican: Pope Francis Not Under Threat from Islamic State Militants
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis faces no specific threat from Islamic State militants and will not be adding extra security measures on his one-day trip to Albania next week, the Vatican said Sept 15. ...

War Is Not the Answer
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Economic Equity and Gender Equality for South Africa: A New Agenda for a New Generation
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Press

September 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

ON Scripture: Blessing Those Who Have Cursed Us
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes, we teach children the oddest Bible stories. It is certainly curious that we would decorate baby nurseries with images from the story of Noah’s Ark. The smiling elephants in the comically tiny boat ...

Murdered Nuns Laid to Rest in the Congo as Crime Investigation Continues
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Three elderly Italian nuns murdered in Burundi were laid to rest Sept. 11 in a Xaverian cemetery in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid heightened calls for action about their death. ...

A Shard of Hope: HBO’s 'The Leftovers' on Grief
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

it was impossible to watch Kevin Garvey, our protagonist read aloud from Job 23:8-17 without thinking ...

War Is Not the Answer
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

I have always believed that any alternative to war must still address the very real problems at hand — just in a more effective way. To say that “war is not the answer” is not only a moral statement but also i ...

Commemorating 9/11, Commemorating Christ
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

No longer gathering together out of unvarnished need for the divine presence, some of us gather now precisely to ascribe meaning to the unfathomable through the inextricable linking of nationalism with religio ...

From 9/11 to ISIS: Resolving the Paradox of the U.S. War on Terror
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It feels ...

President Obama's Remarks on the Threat of ISIL
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

The following are President Barack Obama's remarks, as prepared for delivery, on the threat of the ISIL, delivered on Wednesday evening. The following are President Barack O ...

Regensburg Redux: Was Pope Benedict XVI Right About Islam?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Eight years ago this Sept. 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism. It was an undiplomatic assertion, to say the least — e ...

Sam Harris Wants Atheists – And Everyone Else – to Get Spirituality
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Uber-atheist Sam Harris is getting all spiritual. In his new book, “ Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion ,” the usually outspoken critic of religion describes how spirituality can and must be divorced from religion if the human mind ...

A Letter to Graduates: Whatever Happened to the Common Good?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Press

June 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Iraq: Humility is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Press

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

U2: The Art of Hitting One's Stride
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Personally, I find it beautiful. It's a glorious album. But don't let the music distract you from what they are trying to do with it. Perhaps you heard. U2 has a new alb ...

'Reconcile:' Interview with Peace Activist John Paul Lederach
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

I’ve had the chance to speak with author and international peace activist John Paul Lederach about his book, Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians. The book, updated from an earlier editio ...

Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Press

July 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

#WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft Show the Many Faces of Abuse
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 8:42am | Type: Blog

This week, the Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of star running back Ray Rice after video of Rice beating his then-fiancée Janay emerged online. Rice had previously been suspended for two games for the ...

Bigger Love: Debating Marriage and Sex Beyond Morality
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Is morality the only way to talk about marriage and sex? Certainly the American judiciary thinks otherwise as it hammers out the constitutionality of every union under the sun. The polygamy question could broa ...

Top 10 Books — What We're Reading at Sojourners
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

We at Sojourners are a book-loving bunch, from religion and spirituality to politics; social justice to science; cultural history to fictitious commentary. Below are 10 favorite or most formative books from se ...

Pentagon: Airstrike Kills Terror Leader in Somalia
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

The Pentagon on Sept. 5 confirmed that the leader of al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked organization in Africa, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia this week. The leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was targeted Sept. 1 in an airstrike that hit a vehicle and ...

On Scripture: Foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18-24)
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The God of Paul’s confession is about the work of using the worst the empire can do to overturn its so-called power, overturning it not with force but with the power of weeping women, terrified disciples, and ...

Airman Denied Re-entry to Air Force for Refusing to Say ‘So Help Me God’
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

The American Humanist Association said Sept. 4 that an airman at Nevada’s Creech Air Force Base who crossed out “so help me God” in the oath the Air Force requires servicemen and women to sign was told in Augu ...

6 Monumental Questions Facing Every Church In America
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

Christianity is a lifelong journey of learning new things, growing in wisdom, and interacting with a wide array of difficult topics. Boldly asking tough questions is essential to spiritual development. ...

How Should We Respond to the Celebrity Photo Hacks?
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

When I was a university student, more and more people were getting cell phones that had cameras — a trend I only noticed when signs in the women’s locker room went up, warning that using cell phones in that sp ...

Weekly Wrap 9.5.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

1. Almost Like the Blues Canadian folk bard Leonard Cohen reads lyrics from one of his latest songs — a gentle, melancholy reflection on life and hope. 2. How Back-to-School Shopping Reinforces Gender Norms ...

Gay Marriage Supporters’ String of Court Victories Broken in Louisiana
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

The legal winning streak for same-sex marriage is over. A federal judge in Louisiana upheld that state’s prohibition on gay marriage on Sept. 3, and belittled a string of 20-plus federal court decisions strik ...

The Ice Bucket Challenge and Its Discontents
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

The IBC has raised a second topic into public debate: the ethics of action and motivation. And even beyond the philanthropy going on, I think that's worth talking about, and I suspect it will be the Chall ...

Rare Mormon Documents Go On Display for First Time
Originally Posted: 09/04/2014 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

(forerunner of today’s Young Women organization for girls ages 12 to 17) and the Primary (for children under ...

Ebola Strikes Another American Aid Worker
Originally Posted: 09/03/2014 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

A third American aid worker has been diagnosed with Ebola. The missionary group SIM USA announced September 2 that one of its American doctors has been diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia. The doctor was treating ...