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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 ...

Weekly Wrap 1.30.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

1. WATCH: The NFL’s Chilling New Anti-Domestic Violence Ad Will Make You Stop and Listen The ad, which is set to air during Sunday’s Super Bowl and depicts a real-life 911 call, comes after a media storm unco ...

Christians Strip on Court Steps to Protest Detention of Asylum Seekers
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

The group, Love Makes a Way, had just pleaded guilty to trespassing in Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's electorate office in December, where they had staged an eight-hour peaceful sit-in. ...

Bondage, Freedom, and #TomatoRabbis
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 12:27am | Type: Blog

When we talk about labor trafficking, we must keep the focus on the worker who is enslaved rather than the product we consume. The Jewish narrative begins with the story of slaver ...

On Chastity and Revictimization
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

If we allow people to be shamed or forced into crime through a lack of viable alternatives, we are morally culpable like the Greco-Roman society which taught women that their life was only worth as much as the ...

The NFL’s Chilling New Anti-Domestic Violence Ad Will Make You Stop and Listen
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

After the high-profile domestic violence cases of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, the NFL is speaking out with a new Super Bowl Ad. After the high-profile domestic violence cases o ...

Science vs. Religion? There’s Actually More of a Three-Way Split
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

There’s a sizable chunk of Americans out there who are both religious and scientifically minded but who break with both packs when faith and science collide. Meet the “Post-Secula ...

We Need to Talk About Modern-Day Slavery
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

No U.S. president has ever raised the issue in his big annual address. That needs to change. In his annual State of the Union address last week, President Obama began his foreign ...

San Francisco Priest Bars Altar Girls, Sparks Another Controversy
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

A Catholic priest who recently took charge of a San Francisco parish has said only boys can be altar servers, a move that is sparking both criticism and praise and comes amid a wider debate over conservative c ...

What Christian Ethics Demands, But Most Christians Have Yet to Seriously Try
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

The concrete victories of modern nonviolent campaigns, the devastating destruction of ongoing violent campaigns, and the moral demands of Christian faith all focus a clear imperative. It is time for the Christ ...

The Boy Who Did Not Come Back from Heaven
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

In 2010, the book, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, was released. At the time, I believe I gave this news about 0.3 percent of my attention, and 0.1 percent was spent lamenting terrible theology prevalent in ...

Breeding 'Like Rabbits,' Sex by Rhythm Method, and Other Natural Family Planning Myths
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

In discussing birth control and population issues when visiting the Philippines recently, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church promoted “responsible parenthood” that didn’t require good Catholics to be “like ...

Snowstorm May Lay Bare Our ‘Control Addiction’
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

Apocalypse or snowstorm? For a nervous few days, we worried that life as we know it in New York would be undone by a monster blizzard. Apocalypse or snowstorm? For a nervous few ...

The Rev. Richard McBrien, Outspoken Liberal Theologian and Notre Dame Scholar, Dies at 78
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Despite courting controversy, he always remained a priest in good standing. The Rev. Richard McBrien, a renowned Catholic theologian at the University of Notre Dame who wrote com ...

It Doesn't Have to Be This Way
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

This month, as we raise awareness about the massive problem of human trafficking, let’s also share the important message of hope. It doesn’t have to be this way. If you’re reading ...

The Super Bowl and the Church in a Culture of Dominance
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

The problem develops when we let football (or other sports, or a military, or corporations, or other forces) define strength in terms of dominance. If what a nation watches on te ...

Terrorism In The Name Of Religion Is Blasphemy: Rev. Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 10:55am | Type: Press

January 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Carol Kuruvilla ...

Not A Game
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

by extending the Safe Harbor Act to 16- and 17-year-olds.   Congress recently signed a law to identify sex ...

Resistance. Lamentation. Action.
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

There is no one course of action which will end human trafficking. Yet, if we are truly outraged by this social sin, we must find ways to resist. Ordinary people of goodwill, no m ...

In Over My Heart: Friendship and the LGBTQ Church
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

That anyone, most especially evangelicals, questions God’s — and by extension, the Christian community's — love and friendship for and with my Christ-professed gay and lesbian sisters and brothers breaks ...

A Future in Prison
Originally Posted: 01/23/2015 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

In the U.S., the criminal justice system disproportionately incarcerates people of color for petty offenses. Many take plea bargains under threat of excessive, punitive sentences. If I were a young black male, ...

Why We Need More 'Safe Harbor Laws'
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

trafficked an HIV-positive 17-year old in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina for his own good. But hey, ...

What’s God Got to Do with Football Devotion? Plenty.
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

Did God lift Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s overtime pass into the end zone on Sunday, rewarding the prayerful Christian player with a championship victory and a trip to the Super Bowl? ...

Marcus Borg, Leading Liberal Theologian and Historical Jesus Expert, Dies at 72
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

Borg, a prominent liberal theologian and Bible scholar who for a generation helped shaped the intense debates about the historical Jesus and the veracity and meaning of the New Testament, died on Jan. 21. ...

In Our Own Backyard: Children and Sexual Slavery
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Who will end slavery? You will. How will we end slavery? By God’s grace, through love and fortitude. Not in a faraway place but right here, at home. An estimated 100,000 children ...

Je Suis... [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 10:58am | Type: Press

January 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

‘American Sniper’ or ‘Selma’ — How Christian Is Your Movie Choice?
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

The latest box office numbers for Selma were also released today following the MLK holiday weekend. The film reportedly brought in $11.5 million through Monday, bringing its domestic total to $29.1 million. Se ...

The Pope is wrong on religious speech
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Press

January 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Heidi Schlumpf ...

This Is What It Looks Like to Help End Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

Sometimes, in the midst of the daily humdrum of life, I forget that what I’m doing really does make a difference, half a world away, in the lives of survivors of trafficking. I am ...

Free Speech, Big Fish, and Calls from God
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

We don’t have to agree with their posts or their beliefs. They do, however, have the right to have them. The  Charlie Hebdo  massacre in Paris was an act of absolute evil. The ...

Invest in Women, Divest from Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/18/2015 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Five businesses dedicated to helping sell the products or art of at-risk women and girls, as well as trafficking survivors—supplying them with work and the means to provide for their families. ...