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Choosing Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Listening to several Fourth of July discussions last week, I was struck by how many people think of freedom as the ability to do whatever they want. They think there should be few, if any, restrictions on what ...

Remembering 'Uncle Vincent'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Vincent's warmth lifted the temperatures of those around him. I SAT MY two boys down the nigh ...

REVIEW: HBO's The Leftovers, a Grim Take on the Limits of Grief and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

HBO’s “The Leftovers” is the feel-good series of the summer, if your summer revolves around root canals and recreational waterboarding. HBO’s “The Leftovers” is the feel-good seri ...

Not Just Theology: Catholic Seminarians Go to Summer School to Learn Management Skills
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

“How many of you have ever studied a parish budget?” the Rev. David Couturier asked the 11 Catholic priests-in-training seated before him. After a few beats, just one hand went up, tentatively. ...

Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gay? A New Biography Raises Questions
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

A new biography is raising questions about the life and relationships of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an anti-Nazi dissident whose theological writings remain widely influential among Christians. ...

Pastors Rarely Preach About Domestic Violence Even Though It Affects Countless Americans
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Press

June 29, 2014 Sojo in the News Antonia Blumberg ...

Barack Obama, 'A Bear On The Loose,' Breaks Free From White House
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Press

July 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Meagan Fitzpatrick ...

Chile OKs Some Abortions; LGBT Threats Are Global
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Press

June 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Womens eNews ...

Italian Archbishop Calls for 10-year Ban on Godparents to Stop Mafia Infiltration
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

After a pledge by Pope Francis to “excommunicate” mobsters from the Catholic Church, an archbishop in southern Italy has proposed a 10-year ban on naming godparents at baptisms and confirmations as a way to st ...

Phil Haslanger: Pondering Churches' Responses To Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:29pm | Type: Press

June 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Phil Haslanger ...

Study Finds Majority Of Pastors Are Ill-Equipped To Handle Domestic, Sexual Violence Issues
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Press

June 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Urban Christian News ...

Survey: Domestic Violence Rarely Addressed
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:20pm | Type: Press

June 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Anglicans Ablaze ...

Morning Roundup 7/2/2014
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Press

July 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

Football Player Tackles Expanding Communion Business
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Defensive lineman Israel Idonije was recently released from the Chicago Bears and, as a free agent, he isn’t sure what the future holds. But when he’s not on the gridiron, the Nigerian-born Idonije has another ...

Pastors Do Not Talk About "Domestic Violence" With The Church, Says US Survey
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Press

June 29, 2014 Sojo in the News Inforgospel ...

From the Dust of the Ground
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The ground on our mountain is rocky ground and the land seems to have more stones on it than soil. I think it is a miracle that things grow here, that things grow so well here. But they do. We are planting, as ...

Report: Minnesota Archbishop Nienstedt Under Scrutiny for Same-sex Relationships
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

A Roman Catholic archbishop in Minnesota who had been one of the hierarchy’s most vocal opponents of gay rights is the target of an investigation into allegations that he had a series of sexual relationships w ...

Pope Francis By the Numbers
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

Since his March 2013 installation Mass, Pope Francis has drawn some 6 million attendees to his audiences and Angelus, his Sunday morning address in St. Peter’s Square. He has celebrated 229 daily Masses at his ...

July 2014
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Magazine Issue

July, 2014 Dismantling the 'New Jim Crow' July 1, 2014 ...

A Faith that Never Wavered
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Zab experienced many highs and lows over the past nine years as she battled Hodgkins lymphoma and leukemia, but her talent and wit never waned — blessing each member of the staff, community, and our Sojourners ...

The Holy Common Ground of Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Wild Goose helps us reclaim that tribal identity, not so much just as Christians, but as fellow participants in a phenomenon that is humanity, made of heart, mind, body, and spirit. ...

'Christianity' Is Not a Personality Trait
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

It’s tempting for many Christians to put on a disguise. This is especially true of people within church leadership. Expectations need to be fulfilled, roles need to be played, and responsibilities must be carr ...

Conservatives May Hold the Key to Ending the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Ralph Reed’s recent Road to Majority conservative confab in the nation’s capital had an unlikely exhibitor in the conference hall: opponents of the death penalty. Ralph Reed’s rec ...

Seeing The Human Spirit
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

There is a small, mud-bricked, tin-roofed building on a piece of flat land below a mountain in Kenieba, Mali. This simple structure, surrounded by courtyards, peanut fields, and scrub grass, is the church buil ...

Sacrificing Our Sons and Daughters
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

On our U.S. currency are inscribed the words: “In God, we trust.” Many of us have believed that those words referred to trusting in the God of Abraham. But I am convinced that there is another word that is imp ...

Iraq: Humility Is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

America is stunned by what is happening in Iraq right now, and happening so quickly. We may be facing the worst terrorist threat to international security so far — despite all we have done and sacrificed. Both ...

Raising Girls In A World Where They Are Less Than Human
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

In learning to love these little girls, I began to ask more and more questions about the place of women in the world, in the church, and in everyday life. I have two daughters. ...

What's So Good About Suffering?
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I’m confronted by Scripture that reminds me that suffering will be part of our lives. And I’m confronted by the tendency — which I am sure that I share with many of my sisters and brothers — to ...

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I AM SENDING YOU MY SON, THE ONE THROUGH WHOM I DO MY GREATEST WORK TO SHOW YOU WHO I AM! IS ANYONE LISTENING?? I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the mo ...

On Domestic Violence, the Church Has a Long Way to Go
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 7:07am | Type: Blog

We need both to develop a theology that can lead survivors of abuse to freedom and safety and to increase the day-to-day knowledge of pastors in the complicated but essential role they have when someone in an ...

'Punk Jews' Highlights Judaism's 'Myriad Flavors'
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 6:56am | Type: Blog

Anyone who has been told that it's sacrilegious to set an old hymn to a new tune or has been chastised for listening to Sufjan Stevens because it "isn't Christian music" can probably relate ...

Into the Playhouse
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:39pm | Type: Blog

As we get older, we lose many of those childlike qualities. We think we have all the answers and stop asking questions. We lose our ability to marvel at the small things and at the big things, too. We pull awa ...

Engaging a Generation for Justice
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:22pm | Type: Blog

I sat down with Shawn Casselberry, Executive Director of Mission Year, to find out more about how they empower young adults to live out their values in the context of church, community, and even daily life. ...

Wild Goose Festival Puts Spotlight on Visual Arts
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Words and music are the stock-in-trade at most Christian festivals, but the Wild Goose Festival is adding another component: the visual arts. Words and music are the stock-in-trad ...

Failing to See God's Love
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

By church rules, you are entitled to a sabbatical, perhaps three months every seven years. But when you propose it, you hear what one pastor heard the other day... You are a pasto ...

Excommunicated Mormon Kate Kelly: 'I've Done Nothing Wrong and Have Nothing to Repent'
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Women’s ordination advocate Kate Kelly said it’s unlikely she will seek rebaptism anytime soon into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which excommunicated her Monday. ...

Four Ways Children Do Faith Better Than Adults
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here are four spiritual things kids do better than adults. It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here a ...

Awaiting Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling, Public Favors Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to finally issue its ruling this week in the highly anticipated case of the craft companies vs. Obamacare. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to ...

Presbyterians Narrowly Vote to Divest from 3 Companies Involved in Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted Friday to divest church funds from three American companies it cited for profiting from the oppression of Palestinians within Israel’s occupied territories. ...

Burying the Hatchet (Almost Literally)
Originally Posted: 06/20/2014 - 8:35pm | Type: Blog

The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church . For 17 years he served as General Secretary ...

Left Behind, Failed Peace, and the Human Implications of (Bad) Theology
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Ignoring the remarkable movements of peacemaking, reconciliation, and collaboration in the Holy Land, we often choose only to amplify of the violence, discord, and disintegration of the region. ...

Georgia Execution Would Be First Since Botched Oklahoma Effort
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

After an unusual six-week lapse in executions in the nation since a botched effort in Oklahoma on April 29, two men could face lethal-injection deaths in Georgia and Missouri Tuesday night or early Wednesday. ...

Kenya's Religious Leaders Semand Government Response to Deadly Terror Attack
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

Christian and Muslim leaders united Tuesday to demand government action after a deadly terror attack in Kenya’s coastal region. Christian and Muslim leaders united Tuesday to dema ...

Why I Am Still In Detroit
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. I am still in Detroit to ...

GO: The Biggest Word in the Great Commission
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn’t command his disciples to stand behind a pulpit and preach to make disciples of all nations. He didn’t suggest we threaten them with the prospect of eternal exile and damnation from their church co ...

Marching Through Death’s Desert
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

It’s 93 degrees in Texas today. And Rev. Jeff Hood is walking 200 miles across the state. What would compel somebody to do that? He wants to end the death penalty … and he is not alone. ...

Despite Tougher Laws, India Can't Shake Rape Culture
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Despite tougher laws against sexual violence, the grisly rape and murder of two teenage girls found hanging from a tree shows India has a long way to go to safeguard women in its male-dominated, socially strat ...

New York's The King's College Becomes First in U.S. to Accept Bitcoin for Tuition
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

The King’s College, a Christian liberal arts school in New York City, announced on Friday that it has entered into an agreement with Coin.co, making it the first accredited college in the United States to acce ...

Globe-trotting Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Is Almost 84, and Working Harder than Ever
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The day before a newly-elected Pope Francis was to be formally installed at the Vatican in 2013, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica when he passed out at the altar and had ...

The Overflow
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

Women get to choose the life we want, and most of us will choose fountain and flowing, over and over again. … my cup overflows. -Psalm 23 Women have a lot to offer — and ...