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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 ...

Firing of Lesbian Teachers at St. Louis Catholic Girls’ School Draws Outcry
Originally Posted: 09/03/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora for 17 years, was fired after ...

Victor Stenger, Atheism’s 'Fifth Horseman,' is Dead
Originally Posted: 09/04/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

The atheist community is mourning the death of Victor Stenger, a prominent physicist who championed rooting out religion from the public sphere and was best-known for quipping: “Science flies you to the moon. ...

Gay Groups Joining St. Patrick’s Parade is All Right with N.Y. Cardinal Dolan
Originally Posted: 09/03/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

on March 17 next year under their own banner. The parade organizers voted unanimously to include the NBC ...

After a Summer of Crisis, Churches Can't Go Back to Business As Usual
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

When churches conclude their summer hiatus and resume full-scale ministries this week, much will have changed from a year ago — outside their doors. When churches conclude their ...

ON Scripture: A Strange Summer Vacation
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

“What did you do on your summer vacation?” Even now students may be answering that question in essays at the start of this new school year. Maybe you wrote such a paper years ago. No matter what you did or w ...

A Theology of Labor
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Instead of justifying forced labor like the exploitative gods of Egypt and the United States, the God of the Bible pushes us all to labor for justice as we take responsibility to care for the world and our fel ...

Cracks in the 'Stained-Glass Ceiling:' Women Reach Prominent Pulpits
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Chicago. New York. Washington, D.C. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in all these cities. Chicago. New York. Wash ...

Judge Finalizes Order Finding Polygamy Law Unconstitutional; Victory for ‘Sister Wives’
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

A federal judge on Wednesday finalized the order striking part of Utah’s bigamy law and gave one more victory to the family from the TLC television show Sister Wives. A federal j ...

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 ...

Pastors’ Letter on Mark Driscoll: Step Down From All Aspects of Ministry and Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/28/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

A letter from nine Mars Hill Church pastors to their fellow elders offers the most trenchant criticism yet of controversial megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll, who recently stepped down for at least six weeks ami ...

Do We Really Want to Be Transformed?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

It’s amazing what silence will do for the soul. Communication doesn’t mean noise. And the failures of this world, the church, and each other doesn’t mean that we don’t still strive for “thy kingdom come.” ...

Is James Foley a Martyr?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2014 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

there on Thanksgiving in 2012. He was held with as many as 17 other prisoners and had a fellow captive, who was later ...

To Spiritually Thrive, We Must First Spiritually Survive (And Help Others Do the Same)
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

On numerous occasions we get pulled back into a right relationship with God only because people were willing to love us, and this wouldn’t have happened without individuals selflessly making the decision to in ...

Stop Taking Attendance
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

After years in the ministry, I have come to the conclusion that the church needs to stop taking attendance — immediately. At a church I used to serve there was a well-intentioned ...

A Funeral, a Stick Figure, and Joy
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Maybe joy is about seeing the debris that washes into our lives at any given moment and choosing to make something of it. Doing it because it brings us and others a little joy. Th ...

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. ...

Women's Equality Day: Our 5 Most Popular Posts in 2014 by Women
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

In honor of Women's Equality Day, we decided to round up our five most popular posts authored by women in 2014. Today, August 26, is  Women's Equality Day . The d ...

Churches Must Be Safe Places
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Safety in church is a matter of solid and secure leadership, self-discipline by all, effective norms for behavior and putting dignity and respect ahead of winning and getting. Chu ...

Traffickers Come in Many Forms
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

While entertaining, unfortunately, Taken dramatizes and stereotypes traffickers. Contrary to what's portrayed in popular movies, there are many types of traffickers beyond the stereotypical pop-culture sw ...

What 'Normal Politicians' Should Look Like
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

We can do better. We can be like Aung San Suu Kyi. The 2014 election-year posturing forces me back to November, 2010, when a living parable walked into freedom after 15 years of ...

Human Trafficking: Community Is Essential
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

What does community look like when working on a social issue? Diedrich Boenhoeffer wrote about it. Pastors preach about it. Churches strive for it. Community . It is a co ...