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Are Foreign Aid Workers Unprepared for Violence Abroad?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

The risk of foreign aid work, especially for young people, has again been thrust into the national spotlight after the death of 26-year-old Kayla Mueller. Mueller, a foreign aid worker, was confirmed dead Feb. 10 after being taken hostage by Islamic ...

Pope Francis: Opting Not to Have Children a ‘Selfish Choice’
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

“Not to have children is a selfish choice,” he said. “Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished!” Less than a month after saying Ca ...

VIDEO: Nashville Sit-Ins
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video depicting the social responses to boycotts during the civil rights?  In the 1960s Rev. Dr ...

There Is No Such Thing as Perfect Christianity
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian, and there’s no such thing as perfect Christianity. There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian, and there’s no such thing as perfec ...

Kayla Mueller's Words on Faith from Captivity
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

While circumstances of her death remain unclear, details of the young woman's life and work have emerged in the last 24 hours, as family and friends share memories of her compassion for those in need. ...

Three Muslim Students Shot Dead in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year-old white male, has been charged with three counts of first degree murder, according to a Chapel Hill Police Release. Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year ...

Review: 'Sojourners Internship Program' is a Real Treat
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Ten people travel to Washington, D.C. to live and work together for social justice. They will leave forever changed. Every movie is, in some way, about a journey. Sometimes it’s a ...

It Was Like This When I Got Here
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

The decline of the church is not my generation's fault. It was in decline long before I was born; it was like this when I got here. But that doesn’t mean it is too far gone. The church does a lot of thing ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

the story of CCR client Fahd Ghazy, a Yemeni national unlawfully detained at Guantánamo since he was 17 (he ...

Ousted 'Bling Bishop' Makes Soft Landing in Vatican
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

The German churchman christened the “Bishop of Bling” by the media for lavish expenditures he made on his residence and church offices has quietly been given a low-level post at the Vatican, nearly a year afte ...

Nigeria Postpones Presidential Election, Citing Ongoing Violence by Boko Haram
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

Nigeria’s election commission has postponed national elections for six weeks saying it would not be able to provide security for voters in the northeast region of the country most affected by the Islamist grou ...

Papal Commission on Sex Abuse Targets Punishment for Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

A papal commission on clergy sex abuse is close to giving Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves announced Feb. 7that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But th ...

Pastors: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Film Glamorizes Sexual Abuse and Violence
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, which opens in theaters on Feb. 13, has movie morality guardians armed and heading for battle. The film adaptation of Fifty Shades ...

Can Women Have It All? Pope Francis Says They Need 'Freedom to Choose'
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Whether women can, or should, “have it all” — both work and family — has been one of the most contentious cultural debates of the modern age and one any secular or religious figure engages at his or her peril ...

Forsaking the 'Whiteness' of the Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

Jesus rejects the “whiteness” of the Transfiguration and presses into the sea of human need — humanity in all its diversity and fullness — by descending the mountain and setting his face toward the Jerusalem. ...

Like Giant Marshmallows on a String
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Another great idea from our patriotic defense contractors.  IF YOU’RE TRAVELING by air to Washi ...

Lent's Lonely Road
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Submit to the Law? Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19;1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22 POPULAR CONCEPTIONS ... 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 SOMETIMES, WHEN God’s people murmur ...

Focus on Africa’s Islamic Extremists has Diverted Attention from South Sudan’s Growing Crisis
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

As world attention shifts to the growing influence of Muslim militant groups on the African continent, few have paid any attention to the ongoing bloody conflict in South Sudan. A ...

Obama Compares ISIS to Crusades, Inquisition, Slavery, and Jim Crow. Was He Right?
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

It is estimated that 1.7 million people died in total. And this is all at a time in which the world population ...

5 Apps for a ‘Closer Walk’
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

It seems developers and faith leaders have yet to discover their collaborative sweet spot, where often-private religious inquiry best meets digital social tools. Religion writers ...

V-Day: It's Time to #RiseForTheRaise
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

In God’s economy, all are created equal and should be treated fairly. It’s time for people of faith to rise up and close the gender pay gap. Forget the candy and flowers this Vale ...

Short Takes: Anastasia Uglova
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés 4 Questions for Anastasia Uglova 1.   How would you describe Akilah Institute’s goals for its s ...

'... A Fragile Sense of Self'
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

Some of you might be downright shocked to know that many clergy have to undergo a three-day battery of psych tests as part of the ordination process. ... When I was going through the process, I too went throug ...

Moved, or Moved to Act?
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins These films create new benchmarks for the mainstream depiction of black history, black struggle, and wider perceptions.  ...

Time for a Cyberweapons Treaty?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Cyberwar stories were uninteresting until one involved a threat to our inalienable right to laugh at fart jokes.  ...

How to 'Defy the World:' An Interview with 'Wanted' Author Chris Hoke
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

This book is imbued with dignity, prayer, and an understanding that relationships require forgiveness, on both sides. Wanted is a beautiful reflection on what the life of faith looks like in action. ...

Nuclear Weapons: Time for Abolition
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice According to the Vatican, “The very possession of nuclear weapons, even for purposes of deterrence, is morally problematic.” ...

A History of (Non)Violence
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Many are calling today's protesters "violent" because they yell, they look angry, and they don't p ...

Saints and Nomads
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Lila: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  MARILYNNE ROBINSON’S Lila is the love story we t ...

Fueled By Faith, Not Fear
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Liuan Huska Doing Good Without Giving Up: Sustaining Social Action in a World That's Hard to Change. IVP Books.  ...

New Hopes and Old Realities in the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle A. Gonzalez Francis of Rome and Francis of Assisi: A New Springtime for the Church. Orbis Book.  LEO ...

Vaccines and Abortion? The Links Are Cloudy and Complicated
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

With measles outbreaks in 14 states and health authorities imploring parents to weigh the minimal risks of vaccines against the ravages of preventable disease, some Christians are raising an objection of a com ...

The World's 4 Most Popular (Non)Religions
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

At first glance, Christianity seems at odds with an increasingly “secular” culture that views spirituality as old-fashioned and irrelevant, but our society reveals that everything — and everyone — is spiritual ...

Were You There?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter How art can help us wrestle with race and brokenness.  THE GRAINY, STUTTERING surveillance foota ...

The Old Man and the C-note
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Mark V. Ewert 102-year-old priest Arturo Paoli is perhaps the most important economist you've never heard of.  ...

The Cost of Discipleship
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Erin E. Tocknell When Nashville pastors and seminary students took a stand during the civil rights era, their own congregations were oft ...

Quit Picking on the Pharisees!
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Amy-Jill Levine A prominent Jewish scholar of the New Testament argues that Christian criticism of the Pharisees is anti-Semitic.  ...

'God Always Provides'
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cynthia J. Martens A priest in Jordan opens his church's doors to Iraqis fleeing ISIS.  REV. KHALIL JAAR ...

End of an Inquisition?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Phyllis Zagano The Vatican wraps up its three-year investigation of U.S. nuns. What's next for women in the church?  ...

In Over My Head: Freedom and LGBTQ Inclusion
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

are new creations (2 Cor. 5:17). Galatians reminds us that freedom to live a new life is evidenced ...

Pope Francis Declares Oscar Romero a Martyr, Moves Slain Archbishop Toward Sainthood
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Feb. 3 officially declared that Archbishop Oscar Romero, assassinated by a right-wing death squad in 1980 while celebrating Mass in El Salvador, was a martyr for the faith, clearing the way for ...

March 2015
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 4:18pm | Type: Magazine Issue

March, 2015 Pro-Israeli, Pro-Palestine, Pro-Jesus February 11, 2015 ...

When Love with Limits Isn’t Love at All: Thoughts on Exclusion in a Time for Inclusion
Originally Posted: 02/03/2015 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

We belong, not because of what we did or did not do, but because God includes us. I’ve always cringed when I hear someone say, “Love the sinner but hate the sin.” In the end, I ...

Muslim Women in Los Angeles Start a Mosque of Their Own
Originally Posted: 02/03/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

A downtown Los Angeles interfaith center that once served as a synagogue was the site of a historic worship service last week, as dozens of women gathered for Friday Muslim prayers in what is being dubbed the ...

Some See Junipero Serra, Pope Francis’ Next American Saint, as Less Than Holy
Originally Posted: 02/03/2015 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Some of Serra’s sharpest critics say he was part of an imperial conquest that beat and enslaved Native Americans, raped their women, and destroyed their culture by forcing them to abandon their traditional lan ...

Who's in Control?
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 10:29am | Type: Press

January 30, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Fighting Human Trafficking...and Learning to Love Myself Along the Way
Originally Posted: 02/03/2015 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

And so today, I speak aloud my darkest secret and share with you the greatest lessons that I have learned as an abolitionist. There is great power in embracing our imperfection and vulnerabilities. We are all ...

A Beloved Guest at Inn-Sanity
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

We all seem to be on a first-name basis with that voice. At least I’m not the only one. I’ve become a big fan of author Anne Lamott. How can you not love someone who says her th ...

For the Love of ‘Paddington:’ A Movie Review
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

Paddington asks us to consider if our fears are legitimate or whether we are frightened of a cuddly bear who will open our shut-up hearts and change our lives for the better. We may never know which it is. But ...

Confessions of a Church Snob
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

How often is our work, our writing, or our commentary singing to God? Or are we singing to each other — or ourselves? God is so utterly beautiful and so worthy of our attention, but it’s much easier to write a ...