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Religious Freedom or Discrimination?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Press

April 2, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Cardinal Walter Kasper, ‘the Pope’s Theologian,’ Reveals the Brains Behind Francis’ Heart
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Cardinal Walter Kasper is working to ensure that the pontiff’s legacy endures long after this pope leaves the scene. Pope Francis has repeatedly said he expects his papacy to be a ...

Celebrate Resurrection by Selling All Your Possessions
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Acts makes it seem so clear, so easy. Inequality is a relentless blight. The hopelessness too often engendered when a lack of resources aligns with insufficient educational acces ...

The Mundane Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/05/2015 - 6:24pm | Type: Blog

I received no specialized message from the divine about my own pain and struggle. That morning, I realized that might be the point. Jesus came to make resurrection mundane. It wa ...

Easter, the Game Changer
Originally Posted: 04/04/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

In cultures where Christianity has become the dominant power, the resurrection of Jesus has been turned into the triumph of the victors. The way “Jesus is Risen” is proclaimed, it sounds like bragging — essent ...

'I Was an Idiot' as a Sign of Grace
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 8:42pm | Type: Blog

We do not live in a state of constant condemnation because we are unable to move from the couch to running a marathon in under three hours on our first day of training. Rather, we experience grace every day th ...

Lent: Thine Be the Kingdom
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

CEO of World Vision Australia Rev. Tim Costello reminds us that the Lord's Prayer "is not about us." CEO of World Vision Australia Rev. Tim Costello reminds us th ...

Songs of Ourselves: Grief, Hope, and Sufjan Stevens
Originally Posted: 04/03/2015 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

What is Good Friday about, after all, if not that even the Architect can die by His own creation? Sufjan Stevens’ newest album,  Carrie & Lowell ( out now), is a heartbreaki ...

Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' As a Holy Week Reflection
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 8:11pm | Type: Blog

I don't want to redeem Hozier, to explain his lyrics or attempt to say why he's wrong and church is not dog-like devotion ... Now is not the time or place for a defense or even a confession. Rather i ...

Holy Week in an Unholy World
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

There is nothing more evil than what happened that “Good” Friday. We call it Holy Week. But it was a terrible week. His trial reeked of injustice. His own disciple sold him out ...

Preliminary Deal on Iran Nuclear Program Reached
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

The United States and Iran agreed to a preliminary deal on Iran's nuclear program today. The United States and Iran agreed to a preliminary deal on Iran's nuclear progra ...

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Have we made God into a monster? Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of b ...

At Least 147 Killed, Hundreds Rescued in Kenyan University Attack that Targeted Christians
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Somalia’s al-Shabab militants shot and killed more than 147 people, wounded dozens of others and held hundreds hostage April 2 at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya. ...

Pulling Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps...
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. ...like the Koch brothers, who have really nice bootstraps.  WITH THE NEXT election still almos ...

A Recipe for 'Greater Works'
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Friendship Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 THERE  IS AN odd relationship between ... more fulsome, more rich, more a source of flourishing. [ May 17 ] All in All Acts ... 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 IN JOHN 3, Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the dark. He asks ...

Trials and Tribulations
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The extraordinary film Leviathan takes place in a tiny coastal town on the other side of the world, but it relates to all ...

Daring to Hope in the Stress of Uncertainty
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Many people fear death. It’s an understandable fear. And one that’s socially acceptable. But shouldn’t we also admit that living can be scary as hell, too? Many people fear death. ...

Lent: Deliver Us From Evil
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Systemic theology lecturer Dr. Ben Myers talks about Jesus' prayer, "deliver us," and how following his example leads us not to optimism nor pessimism but into hope. ...

US Church leaders: Death penalty is 'profound evil'
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 9:56am | Type: Press

efforts to end capital punishment in states across the country. In a March  17 statement , ...

We did not advocate disobedience to the police, Franklin Graham's critic says
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 9:52am | Type: Press

April 1, 2015 Sojo in the News Mark Yapching ...

'What's Up with All the Eggs?' and Other Classic Easter Questions
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. It is the time they mark the betrayal, trial, and c ...

Transgender Mormons Struggle to Feel at Home in Their Bodies and Their Religion
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Sixteen-year-old Grayson Moore had no label, only metaphors, to describe the disconnect he felt between his body and soul. Sixteen-year-old Grayson Moore had no label, only metap ...

#blacklivesmatter in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ‘A.D.’
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

You’ll see a decidedly more multicultural cast, the result of “honest” conversations between black church leaders and the filmmakers, Hollywood power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. ...

Is the U.S. a Model of Interfaith Harmony for a Violent World?
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Is religion the cause of so much of the violence racking today’s world? Or is faith just one of many factors? Or collateral damage? Is religion the cause of so much of the violen ...

Rich Songs of Economic Despair
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Singer-songwriter Angaleena Presley paints a heartbreaking picture of what Appalachia has become.  ...

This is Praying
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Dordal You hear a voice speaking about a bird dragging its dark universe of feathers across your yard, and you realize it must be you telling the boy how you carried it ...

Reclaiming the Prophetic Edge
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring The Radical King by Martin Luther King Jr., edited by Cornel West.  “WE ARE AT the moment when o ...

Excerpt: Something Transcendent
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism, and Mothering by Rosemarie Freeney Harding  Rosemarie Freeney Harding describes the reaction of her friend—Albany, Georgia-based civil right ...

What Matters Most?
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande  EARLY IN Being Mortal , su ...

A Newsfeed of Fear
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 3:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins You wouldn't know it from the headlines, but things are getting better.  I GREW UP terrif ...

Blaming the Victim
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lyndsey Christoffersen From "modest is hottest" to misreading sexual violence in the Bible, Christians have a checkered history ...

Subversives in Christ
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Drew G.I. Hart There's liberating, countercultural potential when the black church and Anabaptist traditions meet.  ...

Canada's Shameful Exports
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 6:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Fifty years of bloody conflict, economic greed, and environmental devastation.  CANADIAN ...

Moral Free-Riders
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Mavis Biss The "me first" attitude of anti-vaxxers puts others at risk.  IMMANUEL KANT has been on ...

Vietnam Agonistes
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright The battle for hearts and minds continues, 50 years later.  THIS YEAR MARKS multiple 50th ann ...

Lent: Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

In this reflection, Rev. Dr. John Dickson talks about total dependency on the bread of life. In this reflection, Rev. Dr. John Dickson talk about total dependency on the bread of ...

The Beginners' Guide to the Sound of Sap
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Joy after all, does not make its home in things but jumps out into the space between them. Joy is found, discovered, and unwrapped. It finds its existence not as an object but as a gift always being given. It ...

Our Fool’s Errand
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Jesus was a peasant from centuries ago, executed by the Roman authorities. By the world’s standards, it feels foolish to follow such a person. In 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Paul says t ...

400+ Catholic and evangelical leaders want to kill the death penalty
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 10:04am | Type: Press

March 31, 2015 Sojo in the News Heather Adams ...

Anti-Semitism in U.S. Spikes After a Decade of Decline
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 6:17pm | Type: Blog

Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked 21 percent last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked 21 percent last year, according ...

'The Mask You Live In': A Blessed Mess
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

In many respects, boys are set up to fail. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's History Month featuring stories of men and women working ...

7 Reasons Christians Refuse Change
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

How can some Christians exude such cruelty and ignorance while simultaneously claiming to follow Jesus — a humble man who was radically loving and ultimately died for sake of humanity? ...

Jesus Is All Over the Small Screen, and That’s No Accident
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood’s holiest trend? Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood’s holiest trend? Then look no further than Morocco, where ...

Understand Islam beyond stereotypes
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 9:48am | Type: Press

March 30, 2015 Sojo in the News H. Richard Noble ...

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: ‘Not Going to Change’ Religious Freedom Law
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended his state’s new religious freedom law March 29 while refusing to say if it would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Indiana Gov. Mike ...

Thoughts on Holy Week: Identifying with Jesus and the Temple Cleansing
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

I challenge myself, and you, to open our eyes to the exploitation around us and to join with Jesus in righteous anger and opposition to exploitation as a spiritual act of Lenten worship. ...

The Strength of our Stories
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

There is room and need for men’s stories in the narrative of ending violence against women. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's History ...

Disciples of Christ Look to Pull Convention From Indiana Over Religious Freedom Bill
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

The denomination is considering pulling its next biennial convention out of Indiana over a new state law that allows businesses to turn away gay customers. Though the Christian C ...

Hope Matters
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 7:15pm | Type: Blog

Most of us have that area of our lives where we struggle to hope. For me it is that space down deep where I hide the dream of a family: a loving husband and laughing children and a rockin’ writing and speaking ...

Learning from Undaunted Women
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

Only when all men are intolerant of any abuse of women will things improve. I pray that I may develop a sliver of the courage Anna, Anna, and Sunitha model. Editor's Note ...