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Good News About Smart Giving
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh A Path Appears. Knopf Publishing.  IT’S EASY to lose heart when tackling the painful challenges w ...

A Culture War Misfire
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins They think that what they're doing is changing the world for the better, but that's doubtful.  ...

You Gotta Move
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard American artist Parker Millsap spreads his "Truck Stop Gospel." INSIDE TOWN HALL, New ...

Four Challenges for Christians After Brittany Maynard’s Death
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

The greatest gift Christianity has to offer is not in the condemnation of the choice to take one’s life but in the provision of a compelling alternative. Death never makes for ea ...

Remembering those who have gone before us
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 11:15am | Type: Press

November 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Bryan Massingale ...

November 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Product

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Bonds of Brotherhood
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Dunn-Bauman How an act of hatred brought together two unlikely allies in the struggles for peace.  PAR ...

From the Archives: December 1990
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Sister Ita Ford Worth Living For THE ODDS that this note will arrive for your birthday are poor, but know tha ...

'Demilitarize the Police!'
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Across the country, police departments act more like an occupying army than keepers of the peace.  ...

How to Beat Ebola
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh The only way to defeat the epidemic is to strengthen health-care systems.  CONSIDER A FATHER from ...

'Don't Get Weary Though The Way Be Long'
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joanna Shenk Vincent Harding and the struggle to build a more democratic America.  IN JANUARY 2012, I was dri ...

Pope Francis Has Conservatives Talking Schism. But a Split Is Easier Said Than Done
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

So is a schism, with its echoes of medieval debates and heretics burning at the stake, a realistic possibility? And can an independent Catholic church be successful in the modern world? ...

Vatican Ethicist: No Dignity in Brittany Maynard’s Physician-Assisted Death
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

“We don’t judge people, but the gesture in itself is to be condemned,” said Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which is responsible for ethical issues in the Catholic ...

When Christian Arguments Miss the Point
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

The path Jesus actually walked is marked by suffering and total reliance on God. So we debate finer and safer points, which require far less of us. Our impassioned and yet trivial disputes push God away and ma ...

Chemo Drips and Left-Handed Layups
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

Giving birth. Getting chemo drips. Making left-handed lay-ups. Clinging tightly to life even as it sometimes squeezes the life out of us for a little while. Developing a deep appreciation for the challenges an ...

New York Archdiocese, One of the World’s Grandest, Shrinks
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

dropped more than 10 percent, to just under 17,500 parishes. But the downsizing is also regional. ...

Waiting Faithfully
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

Faithful readiness must be active readiness. It means saying that even though the wedding banquet hasn’t yet begun, together we will act as if it has. To live otherwise is to be exposed as unaware, perhaps rev ...

Is Nonviolence a Solution to All the World’s Conflicts?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

While Gandhi and King were largely successful in their efforts, the question remains whether nonviolent resistance is always the most effective strategy in the face of radical evil, injustice, and aggression. ...

Cardinal Says Church Under Pope Francis Is a ‘Rudderless Ship’
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

American Cardinal Raymond Burke, the feisty former archbishop of St. Louis who has emerged as the face of the opposition to Pope Francis’ reformist agenda, likened the Roman Catholic Church to “a ship without ...

Southern Baptists, LGBT Activists Happily Coexist, but for How Long?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

When Southern Baptists convened a national conference in Nashville, Tenn., this week to discuss issues of human sexuality, bringing conservative evangelicals and LGBT Christian activists into the same ballroom ...

What Can Mandela's Jail Cell Teach Us About Leadership?
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Press

October 31, 2014 Jim Wallis Huffington Post ...

5 Things to Know About Death and Dying Debates
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

As ethicists, activists and religious voices square off, here are five things to know about death and dying. Brittany Maynard’s decision to die soon by a legal, lethal prescriptio ...

3 Reasons I Wouldn't Send My Daughter to a Christian School
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

It might sound counterintuitive for an ordained Christian minister to say, but there are a few reasons I would not send my daughter to some Christian schools. In the past few mont ...

Christians....Does God Want You To Be A Democrat or Republican?
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Press

October 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Jerrell ...

Protestant Theologians Reconsider Purgatory
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

But Walls is a leading exponent of an effort to convince Protestants — and maybe a few Catholics — that purgatory is a teaching they can, and should, embrace. And he’s having a degree of success, even among so ...

Unlocking the Answer to School Shootings
Originally Posted: 10/29/2014 - 8:01am | Type: Blog

Whenever these tragedies occur we are tempted to blame the shooter by making him into a monster. We label the shooter “mentally ill,” claim that he was isolated from his peers, or was a generally troubled yout ...

An Eerie Calm: Iraqi Christians Anxiously Ponder Their Future
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

The people of Alqosh have defended themselves in the face of many would-be invaders throughout the centuries, he said, but now “we are living cautiously; every family is ready to flee.” ...

Why Every Christian Needs Doubt
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Doubt, I would argue, is that state of change that allows for the questions to continue and faith to grow. And as the husks of beliefs that were wrong, too small, or in other ways insufficient fall aside, they ...

Evangelical Leader Russell Moore Denounces Ex-Gay Therapy
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore has denounced reparative therapy, the controversial idea that people who are gay or have same-sex attraction could become straight. Southern ...

Still Looking for a Costume?
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

Yes, you can go Trick-or-Treating as Jesus this year. There is a Jesus costume. I was browsing an elaborate Halloween store and came across an aisle of religious-oriented costumes ...

All Saints' Day: Facing Death
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 9:09am | Type: Press

October 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Greg Carey ...

Why Churches Must Embrace 'The Beloved Community' and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 9:05am | Type: Press

October 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Pope Francis: ‘Evolution … Is Not Inconsistent with the Notion of Creation’
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” the pope said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the cr ...

Frank Schaefer Wins Final Reinstatement with Methodists
Originally Posted: 10/27/2014 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Seven years after officiating at the wedding of his gay son, the Rev. Frank Schaefer has been reinstated as a clergyman in the United Methodist Church. Seven years after officiati ...

All Saints’ Day: Facing Death
Originally Posted: 10/27/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

The Beatitudes reject a selfish “America-first” response to Ebola. Instead, these blessings call us to extend our resources and join in the work God is already doing in West Africa. ...

3 Reasons I Didn't Give Up on the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The more I studied the “perfect” word of God, the more I expected that doctrine would become clear and consistent, the authors exemplary, and the stories contain distinct and readily discernible meanings. ...

Pope Francis Blasts Supermax Prisons as ‘Torture’
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis said Oct. 23 that keeping inmates isolated in maximum security prisons is “a form of torture,” and called life sentences “a hidden death penalty” that should be abolished along with capital punishment. “All Christians and people of good ...

Secularism Grows as More U.S. Christians Turn ‘Churchless’
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

“We are far from becoming an atheist nation,” he said. “There are tens of millions of active believers in America today. But the wall between the churched and the churchless is growing higher and more impenetr ...

'Left Behind' Elitists
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Given these interpretations of the theology found in the Left Behind series I would like to take the conversation to the next level. What has not yet been said in any blog that I have read is that premillennia ...

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 ...