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Top Anglican Calls for Lifting Seal of Confessional in Child Abuse Cases
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

He said that the Church of England must break the confidentiality of confession in cases where people disclosed the abuse of children. “If someone tells you a child has been abused, the confession doesn’t seem ...

Italian Priest Continues to Go After Mafia Despite Death Threats
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

Despite his organization’s many achievements, Ciotti says the power of the Mafia has never been greater, in part fueled by Italy’s ongoing economic crisis. Half a dozen men stand ...

Southern Baptist Seminary Clears President after Dispute over Muslim Student
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

The trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have affirmed the school’s president, Paige Patterson, after investigating his decision to admit a Muslim student into the school’s Ph.D. program. Patterson, one of the most revered Southern B ...

Now You Can Eat with Pope Francis … or At Least Cook His Favorite Dishes
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

They say you can feast like a king, and now you can eat like a pope after a young chef from the Vatican’s Swiss Guards published a cookbook featuring the favorite recipes of Pope Francis and his predecessors. ...

Domestic violence 'not in my church'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 1:30pm | Type: Press

October 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Beverly Weinhold ...

WATCH: The Gun Conversation We Need to Have
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

While gun violence can happen anywhere, as Ottawa shows, it happens much more in the United States than any other developed country. Yesterday a gunman opened fire in Ottawa and k ...

5 Ways D.C. Is Actually Great (For People 'Meh' on Monuments, Top Chefs, or K Street)
Originally Posted: 10/29/2014 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

I’ve found D.C. to be far beyond the House of Cards-meets-Cherry Blossom Festival sketch beloved by press and many residents alike. In my daily experience, D.C. is collaborative, generous, and deserving of acc ...

Disquiet Time: How Revelation Ruined (and Saved) My Life
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The book of Revelation and I have a complicated relationship. We flirted a little bit, back in high school, at least until it got me kicked out of church. I was asked to contribu ...

What does it mean to act like white people?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Press

October 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Evangelical Institutions Lag Far Behind General Marketplace in Leadership Roles for Women
Originally Posted: 10/22/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Looking at more than 1,400 evangelical organizations, researchers for the Women in Leadership National Study found that women held 21 percent of board positions, 19 percent of top-paid leadership roles and 16 ...

5 Ways Churches Can Help Stop the Ebola Hysteria
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

ittle in our faith formation has prepared us to deal with such things. Faith communities need to be preparing now, not later. Teaching good theology, for example, in the area of disease causes. Forming emergen ...

'Dear White People:' A Satire of Injustice
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Dear White People is clever, loving, angry satire. The film sometimes falters in its process, but delivers the goods when it matters most. The fact that it comes so stingingly close to reality is stunning. It’ ...

Mark Driscoll Shares His Experiences After Resignation
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

family of five children, ages 8 to 17. “I’ve cried a lot lately,” he said. “It’s been a rough season ...

7 Lessons from the Vatican’s Wild and Crazy Synod on the Family
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and senior Catholic leaders wrapped up their two-week Vatican summit on the challenges of modern family life on Oct. 19 without reaching a consensus on a number of hot-button topics. So where does ...

Protecting God’s Children: How Gun Violence Impacts America’s Youth
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

of The Brady Campaign’s report was that 1.7 million children live in a house with  an unlocked, loaded gun . ...

Reformation Then and Now - Dismantling Walls Today
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Who or what can defeat and break the walls, the towers, the fortresses we construct? Who or what can overcome oppression in the land? Where do we turn when creation shakes and societies are in an uproar? ...

Greek Orthodox Launch Rebuilding of St. Nicholas, the Only Church Destroyed on 9/11
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

Leaders of a Greek Orthodox church that was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center broke ground on a new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that will overlook the 9/11 Memorial. ...

A New Hymn for Sunday: Rendering to Caesar and to God
Originally Posted: 10/17/2014 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

References:  Matthew 22:15-22 ;  Mark 12:13-17  and  Luke 20:20-26 .   Tune:  The Sacred Harp , ...

Change in Translation Epitomizes Bishops’ Debate Over Gays
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

The lobbying at the two-week summit of church leaders — a synod on family life that is set to wrap up Saturday with a final report — was epitomized by the retranslation of a headline from “welcoming homosexual ...

Ebola Prompts Hands-Off Mass in Fort Worth, Texas
Originally Posted: 10/17/2014 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

The Blood of Christ will not be offered during Mass. The Host will be placed in the hands, not on the tongue. And the faithful should not hold hands while reciting the “Our Father.” ...

Pope Paul VI Is Almost a Saint: Here Are 4 of His Biggest Legacies
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Despite the many affinities between the two popes, Faggioli said that “the difference between Paul and Francis is the kind of boldness, courage — in a way, recklessness — that Francis clearly has. He’s taking ...

Seventh-Day Adventists to Decide in 2015 on Women’s Ordination
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

Seventh-day Adventists opted for a middle-way approach on the divisive issue of women’s ordination on Oct. 14, kicking the question to next year’s worldwide meeting without taking a firm stance either for or a ...

U.S. Archbishop Urges Both Sides to Cool Down at Vatican
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

After two days of fighting between happy liberals and angry conservatives, the Vatican on Oct. 15 dispatched a leading moderate from the U.S. church to tell both sides to temper their expectations about impend ...

Elevating the Issues: Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Product

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5 Pop Culture Jesuses
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 12:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett A list of 5 fictional depictions of Jesus over the past few decades, including Adult Swim's Black Jesus. ...

Mark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill Church
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who had been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego, resigned from his Seattle church Oct. 15, according to a document obtained by Religion N ...

Let Us Demonstrate to the World How Repentance Works
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Confession and repentance are messy and painful, and they don’t come natural to us. Our human heart is in a natural state of denial. Without an external agent, God, we are unable to recognize our prejudices, o ...

From Church Triumphant to ‘Least of These’
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

The most far-reaching implication is this: We are discovering that the world can get along without us. Few are asking for our authoritative guidance. Our clergy aren’t seen as “thought leaders” or our institut ...

Conscience vs. Authority at Pope Francis’ Synod on the Family
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

If there is a common thread among issues as diverse as contraception, divorce, premarital sex and homosexuality, it may be the limits of the church’s authority over Catholics’ behavior and consciences. ...

Forgive Us, Lord
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Often we do not know how our words and actions affect and harm others. However, ignorance is not an excuse. As the body of Christ, we must be willing to look deeply at the implications of the choices we make. ...

Who Cares About Guam? On American Patriotism and Veteran Mental Health
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

In ‘Island of Warriors,’ the second episode of the new PBS series America by the Numbers, Maria Hinojosa, executive producer and anchor of NPR’s Latino USA, examines the challenges faced by American veterans i ...

U2's Songs of Transcendence
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Hearing U2's album October for the first time set my life on a trajectory that continues to this day: finding God in the places some people say God isn't supposed to be; looking for the truly sacred ...

Israeli Institute Gets $2.2 Million to Help Christians Study Jewish Thought
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

A new institute in Jerusalem has been awarded $2.2 million to help Christians and Jews study Jewish texts, launching what’s being billed as a new kind of Jewish-Christian cooperation. ...

Jim Wallis on Ferguson: Repentance has not happened there yet
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Everything Changes the World
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Naomi Shihab Nye Boys on a beach, women with cookpots, men bombing tender patches of mint. There is no righteous position. Only a place where brown feet to ...

Police brace for weekend of protests across St. Louis
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 1:46pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Christine Byers ...

Organizers invite nation to St. Louis to protest and strategize for Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Bridjes O'Neil ...

The Lives of Others
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

and do good works. [ November 16 ] Letting Go  of Self-Sufficiency Zephaniah 1:7 ... of the rich young man (19:11-17), Matthew’s “parable of the talents” is one of the most difficult passages ... 30 ] Advent of a New Era Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19;  1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark ...

Hearing Tamar: The Role of Guns in Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

It is frightening to consider that within the context of violence against women, little has progressed since the time of the Old Testament. Currently, 1-in-3 U.S. women will experience intimate partner violenc ...

Tending the Soil of the Soul to Keep the Weeds Away
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

After services as a boy growing up in Minnesota, I can still recall my father’s reflections as I sat uncomfortably in my powder-blue polyester suit in the back seat of our rusting family car. We were trying to ...

Conference Explores Whether the 'Shroud of Turin' Could Be the Burial Cloth of Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

A 14-foot-long stretch of cloth mysteriously imprinted with a faint, brownish image of a naked man and wounds that mirror those of a crucifixion has inspired decades of debate over whether it could be Jesus’ b ...

Will Pope Francis Win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to some of the world’s leading bookmakers. Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, acco ...

Seminaries Awarded $1.5 million to Include Science in Coursework
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Responding to a real or perceived gap between science and faith, 10 U.S. seminaries will receive a combined $1.5 million in grants to include science in their curricula, the American Association for the Advanc ...

Stanley Hauerwas Drops Out of General Theological Seminary Lecture Series After Controversy
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has declined a series of lectures he was scheduled to give at New York’s General Theological Seminary in November in the wake of the crisis roiling the school. ...

Interview: Marilynne Robinson on the Language of Faith in Writing
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson asks writers who shy away from writing about faith. What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitz ...

Russian Pastor Reflects on Religious Persecution
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

A Russian pastor whose grandfather was killed for being a Christian toured the U.S. recently, studying church ministries and providing a rare, first-person look at Russia’s complex religious landscape after wi ...

Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

“We’re compelled by our own spirituality, to keep speaking up and to keep getting people to know that silence is complicity. We have to speak out to say ‘Not in my Name.’” On Oct. ...

Many Protestant Pastors Don't Discuss Issues of Domestic Violence, Notes Study
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Press

October 2, 2014 Sojo in the News April Burkhart ...

Clergy Receive Training to Assist Domestic Violence Victims
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Press

October 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Heather Cobun ...

The Rise and Fall of the American Seminary
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

As other major denominations are finding, the days of the residential three-year seminary are ending. Fewer prospective ordinands can afford the cost and dislocation of attending a residential seminary. ...