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'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 ...

National Latino Evangelical Coalition Calls for Death Penalty Repeal
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Urging their 3,000 congregations to support efforts to end capital punishment across the country, NaLEC joins an increasing number of Christians across the country and internationally who are realizing afresh ...

Agree to Disagree: Millennials Talk Sex and Morals
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to consensual sexual ethics among millennials, all behaviors are on the table … if the time is right. For the same generation in which no single religious group claims more than about one in 10, ...

Rape Culture on College Campuses: Advice for Survivors
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

The news coming out of college campuses seems full of accusations and rumors of college women being victimized by their classmates. Just as I did after my cancer diagnosis, victims can make the same mistake I ...

A Muslim Actor Plays Jesus. It Works.
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

I sat down with Haaz to explore the uniqueness of this moment in his career and how the experience of embodying the life and teachings of Jesus has left him forever changed. In a ...

Church of England Loses No Time, Appoints Third Woman Bishop and First to Oversee a Diocese
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England’s commitment to advance the cause of women took another step forward March 26 with the appointment of Rachel Treweek, 52, as the next Bishop of Gloucester in the southwest region of Engla ...

Let's Drop the Anti-Semitic Messages this Good Friday
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

This year, Good Friday and the start of Passover occur on the same date: Friday, April 3. The coincidence is no accident. This year, Good Friday and the start of Passover occur o ...

California Attorney General Asks Judge to Halt Initiative to Kill Gays
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Without the court order, Harris said she would be compelled by law to proceed with the measure, which would authorize the killing of gays and lesbians in the state. California Att ...

Why Having a Pop-Up Church for Good Friday Is Brilliant
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

No preaching. No altar call. No liturgy, church building, no judgment, guilt or fear. Just coming together to sing, share joy, and give. My friend sent this link to me the other ...

Lean In: How Men Can Support Gender Equity
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

It's time for all men to lean in. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's History Month featuring stories of men and women working to ...

HBO’s ‘Going Clear’ Questions the Future of Scientology
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

The film is so unsparing that the filmmakers and others who study Scientology say they hope it will prompt internal changes and greater transparency in the church, something it has resisted in the past. ...

The ‘Pope Francis Effect?' Some Early Data Suggest It Could Be Real
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and he hasn’t even visited the U.S. Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and ...

Subversive Little Crumbs
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

There’s a story that says Jesus’ followers recognized him by the way he broke bread. They didn’t see him in the bread itself, but in the radical things he did with the bread. I st ...

New Rooms in the Interfaith Movement
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 10:55am | Type: Press

March 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Eboo Patel ...

Catholics and Anglicans Prepare Ecumenical Burial Fit for a King
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Richard was the last king of England to die in battle while attempting to defend his throne from Henry VII. Tens of thousands of people in Leicester — England’s most religiously d ...

Examining Anti-Semitism on U.S. College Campuses
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 6:54pm | Type: Blog

Human speech does not divide neatly into “hate speech” and “political speech.” Is anti-Semitism rising on U.S. college campuses? According to most statistics, yes — but the ph ...

Telling Old Stories, Again and Again
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

When enough people feel unheard, unacceptable, not OK, the system will collapse. At a church workshop last week, I set aside my carefully planned teaching and just let people talk ...

Sabbath Dissonance
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps we are looking for God in all the wrong places. Some years ago,  Carl Jung told the story  of a man who asked a rabbi why God was revealed to many people in days of old ...

Despite Rising Anti-Semitism, Jews Thrive in Central Europe
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

The hip addition points to a trend obscured by rising anti-Semitism and terror attacks — in central and Eastern Europe, Jewish life is thriving. In Cafe Elfenbein, which opened la ...

Pope Francis Takes a Dim View of the Death Penalty, but Not All Catholics are Convinced
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The pope said capital punishment “contradicts God’s plan for man and society” and “does not render justice to the victims, but rather fosters vengeance.” On March 20, Pope Francis ...

British Ponder Charitable Tax Relief Status of Controversial Exclusive Brethren Schools
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Brethren includes about 17,000 members across England. After their first bid for charitable status ...