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To the Dying Church From a Millennial
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

While the studies indicate that organized communities of faith are in decline, the amount of men and women who are seeking and finding a radical faith in Jesus is increasing. Dear ...

Vatican Calls for Release of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican issued an urgent appeal Thursday for the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The Vatican issued an urgen ...

To the Dying Church: Maybe Death Is a Blessing
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 7:10pm | Type: Blog

The reality is your reason for being, your very purpose, is to teach us about a living God. How marvelously playful and mischievous of God (and quite frankly, how very God-like of God) to figure out how to do ...

Indonesian Woman Gang-raped, Faces Caning for Adultery
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Islamic religious police in Indonesia plan to publicly flog a 25-year-old widow and a married man for adultery after vigilantes gang-raped her as punishment for having extramarital sex, according to media repo ...

In a Nutshell: What Is Boko Haram?
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram is among the most vicious terrorist groups operating in North Africa, home to some of the worst Islamist extremists in the world. Boko Haram is among the most vicious t ...

American Christians Pledge Solidarity With Persecuted Christians In Egypt, Iraq And Syria
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:57am | Type: Press

May 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Nina Shea ...

Christian Leaders Stand In Solidarity With Imperiled Religious Communities
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:53am | Type: Press

May 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jeffrey Walton ...

Hispanic Catholics Differ with Evangelicals — and with the Church
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The Pew Research Center’s look at “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States” also examined their beliefs, behavior, and views on social issues. The Pew Rese ...

Nigerian Cardinal: Schoolgirls' Abduction Is Shameful
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The kidnapping of 300 teenage schoolgirls by the Islamist group Boko Haram has shamed Nigeria, Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan said Wednesday. The kidnapping of 300 teenage sch ...

Atheist TV: Coming Soon to a Television Near You
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Speaking at a gathering of local ath ...

Answer to a Begging Woman's Prayer
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Prayer is a two-way conversation. It’s participatory. If we don’t listen for an answer, then we’re not really praying. Often, we hear an answer that requires some action on our part. ...

A Matter of Misinformation
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

In just the latest evidence that a certain subset of conservative evangelical Christians really has no interest in occupying the real world with the rest of us, the trailer for a new movie called A Matter of F ...

Evangelicals and Catholics Together Marks 20 Years
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

When evangelicals and Catholics set aside centuries of mutual suspicion 20 years ago, the idea was fairly simple: Even if we can’t always work together, at least let’s not work against each other. ...

To the Dying Church: Use Your Words
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

There are people dying physically and spiritually because the church has neglected the good news of the Gospel. If we truly believe that God can transform lives and resurrect the dead then why aren’t we scream ...

The Struggles of Christian Parenting
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

This is probably the hardest thing about Christian parenting: wanting our kids to actually live like Christ. Every mother and father know the struggles, frustrations, unrealistic ...

Part V: Unified in Our Common Humanity
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 6:58am | Type: Blog

for their exams. Being here and sitting in the same seats at the same hour the attack happened 17 years ago ...

Careful With the Bible Drills
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 7:21am | Type: Blog

Knowing the names of all of the books does give you a general familiarity with our sacred text. These reasons, however, are functional, not crucial to one’s faith or salvation. Co ...

Vatican Defends Record on Sexual Abuse to UN Panel
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has effectively addressed the “worldwide scourge” of clerical sexual abuse over the past decade and promoted the reporting of allegations to both church and legal authorities, a United Nations pane ...

I Believe You: Sexual Violence and the Church (eBook)
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Product

Catherine Woodiwiss Jim Wallis Sojourners Editors ...

When A Viral Blog Post Doesn't Change Much Of Anything
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Press

May 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Ellen Painter Dollar ...

Seeking Greater Equality, Indian Women Turn to Unexpected Source: Shariah Courts
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Khatoon Shaikh had no formal education, never worked outside the home, and lived in the kind of neighborhood that many people might call a slum. Khatoon Shaikh had no formal educa ...

For Innovation to Have a Prayer, It Needs to Start with Brokenness
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

“Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. “Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. It’s like “community,” a warm and fuzzy term w ...

10 Truths Learned About Trauma
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Different Dream ...

The Professor Who Taught Us What A Real Evangelical Looks Like
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Vatican's Doctrine Chief Blasts U.S. Nuns for Disobedience
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Catholic nuns in the U.S. have been thumbing their nose at Rome’s demands to toe the doctrinal line and they need to obey or face serious consequences, the Vatican’s enforcer of orthodoxy said in a surprisingl ...

Remembering The Life Of Glen Stassen
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Morning Joe ...

Monday Q&A: Modesto Peace/Life Center On A Mission Since 1970
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Press

May 4, 2014 Sojo in the News John Holland ...

Vatican Could Face Flood of Torture-related Abuse Lawsuits
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican could face a wave of new sexual abuse claims dating back decades if a United Nations inquiry finds that the Roman Catholic Church has violated an international treaty against torture and inhuman tr ...

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 ...

What Type of God Do You Believe In?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

It's easy to manipulate God to fit our own agendas, to use religion to rationalize our actions, to wield spirituality as a weapon, and manipulate theology to rationalize our sins. ...

How to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

I believe that what we need in our churches and our schools and our homes and our public squares is a kind of love that looks something like a mother’s love. In my Santa Barbara ...

Sermon: In the Breaking — #bringbackourgirls
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Listen to our cry. Listen to our sorrow. May God warm the hearts of the kidnappers and those who have purchased the girls. The first time I heard the news about the 270 Nigerian s ...

On Capital Punishment, Don’t Start with the Old Testament
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

who’ve hit or cursed you (Exodus 21:15-17)? Off with their heads! Have you worked on the Sabbath ... in Deuteronomy 17:6 that someone could only be put to death on the evidence of two or three witnesses? Why don’t ...

Part IV: Identifying With the Oppressor
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

“I committed genocide. I would rather stay in prison than to see the eyes of whom I have committed crimes against.” Over banana beer and fried plantains, we sat around a com ...

The Passion of Relisha Rudd
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 6:35pm | Type: Blog

The first ominous sign that the Relisha Rudd case was slipping from the local Washington, D.C. imagination was when the police alert signs posted on the roads into the city had their messages changed, or were ...

No Time for the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

By all accounts, Clayton Lockett did a terrible thing. ... Some might even say that Clayton Lockett got what he deserved for his crime. But was what the state of Oklahoma did on Monday really about Clayton Loc ...

Capital Punishment and the Power of Art
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma on Tuesday has refocused the nation on the inherent contradictions in the death penalty. But here in Wisconsin last week, an opera helped focus the attentio ...

The Professor Who Taught Us What a Real Evangelical Looks Like
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

What is the best meaning of the word “evangelical?" Perhaps this: a deep belief in Jesus, a consistent commitment to follow Jesus, and a real love for Jesus — one who applies Jesus’ life and teachings to ...

A Different Kind Of Spring Training
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Press

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

Berea College Graduation Set For Sunday, EKU On May 10
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:41am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Richmond Register ...

Botched Oklahoma Execution Reveals Self-Deception
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

What happened in Oklahoma last night reveals perhaps our deepest national self-deception — that, no matter what goes wrong, we will fix it because we are in control. At 6:23 p.m. ...

WATCH: Dule Hill, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers Join Fight Against Sexual Assault in New PSA
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 7:29am | Type: Blog

As part of yesterday's announcement of new initiatives to combat sexual assault on college campuses, the administration released this public service announcement, joining forces with leading actors Benici ...

Are You One of Us?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 6:45am | Type: Blog

We’ve grown up a lot. We’ve taken many steps in recognizing that everyone is an equally beloved child of God and must be treated that way. Yet, there are reminders all around us that we’ve got a long way to go ...

Vatican Says Bureaucratic Reforms Won't Happen Until 2015
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and his council of eight cardinals are unlikely to complete a radical shakeup of the Holy See’s administration, or Curia, before 2015, the Vatican said Tuesday. Pope ...

Pope Francis: Giving the Work Back to the People at a Rate They Can Stand
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

This weekend, more than 800,000 spectators crowded the St. Peter’s Square area while 500,000 more watched on giant screens around Rome as Pope Francis canonized Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. ...

Biden Announces New Efforts to Combat Sexual Assault on College Campuses
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Today Vice President Joe Biden announced a series of new initiatives aimed at addressing sexual violence on college campuses and launched NotAlone.gov — a website that pools campus reporting data and points bo ...

5 Points To Take From Time Magazine's List Of Top 100 Influencers
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Press

April 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Ventures ...

A Tribute to Glen Stassen
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Glen Stassen died on Saturday, April 26th, in Pasadena. A brief tribute from one of many blessed by his life and ministry. Editor's Note : This piece originally app ...

The Church in a Media-Saturated Society
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

What does it mean for us, and especially for our children to live in a media-saturated society with all this information and “info-tainment” thrown into our faces? I grew up in th ...

Go Ahead and Die Already
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The passage in Luke 24:13-35 speaks to the life after death — good can come from bad. Society has an affinity for death. There is a pervasive fascination with (im)mortality. We ap ...