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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 ...

A New Voice Against the Corrupting Influence of Money in Elections
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

The Pope is a welcome addition to the growing national movement in the United States that aims to refocus government on fulfilling the needs and concerns of everyday voters, not on granting special favors to ...

Bodies of 7 Children Killed in NYC ‘Hotplate’ Fire Arrive in Israel
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

The bodies of seven children from an Orthodox Jewish family who died in a fire in their home in Brooklyn have arrived in Israel for burial, Israeli network Arutz Sheva, and The Associated Press reported March ...

Americans Don’t Cite ‘God, Family, Country’ Quite Like the Cliche Goes
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

“God, family and country” might make for a good country music tune, but that’s not really how most Americans see the strongest influences on their personal identity. “God, family ...

Bob Jones III Apologizes for Old Stone-the-Gays Remarks
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

The former president of Bob Jones University has apologized for comments he made in 1980 that gays and lesbians should be stoned to death. The former president of Bob Jones Univer ...

Global response needed
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Press

March 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Donald Rea ...

My Father's Keeper
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

We must engage and invite men to be a part of this movement. Men who need help and men that want to help. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women&# ...

'It Follows' Explores the Spirituality of Horror
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

The film explores the ever-approaching darkness that none of us escape. Pretty impressive in a genre more commonly associated with objectification and cheap thrills. Should Christ ...

Black Lesbian Bishop Yvette Flunder Is ‘Using My Energy to Find Peace’
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, preached on March 17 during an annual lecture series of the American ... the third-generation preacher said at the end of a rousing sermon on March 17. “I’m using my energy to find peace. ...

Can one pastor bridge deep divides between evangelicals and mainline Protestants?
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 1:49pm | Type: Press

March 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Sarah Pulliam Bailey ...

Weekly Wrap 3.20.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Franklin Graham, Ashley Judd, gay Mennonites, women at SXSW, happy first day of Spring! 1.  An Open Letter to Franklin Graham "Within one day, tens of thousands ...

'Dig’ TV Series Starts Adding Up: Watch the Numbers
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

of that (days of rain, years in the desert)? It’s never eight or 11 or — heaven forbid — 17? That’s because ...

It's On Us: Healthy Masculinity and Sexual Assault Prevention
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

We can choose healthy masculinity and present it as choice for men and boys. It’s on us to do so. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's Hi ...

How to Truly Help the Homeless
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

Many houses of worship all over the country face the question of how to keep safe, welcoming grounds while being compassionate to homeless neighbors sleeping on porches and in doorways. ...

The Critical Part Of Orphan Care That Adoption Culture Has Totally Missed
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

of children in the world who have lost at least one parent. Out of the 153 million, there’s an estimated 13-17 ...

BYU Graduates Complain to Accrediting Board Over School’s Treatment of Lapsed-Mormon Students
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A group of Brigham Young University graduates is strengthening its push for students who lose their Mormon faith to retain their spots at the private school. A group of Brigham Y ...

St. Louis Archdiocese Cancels Speech by Visionary Who Saw the Virigin Mary at Medjugorje
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

To Roman Catholic officialdom, it’s unclear whether the Virgin Mary appeared to Ivan Dragicevic and five others 34 years ago in a Bosnian village. To Roman Catholic officialdom, ...

Being a Man, a la Paul
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Paul forces me to think differently about what it means to be a man. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's History Month featuring storie ...

Inward-Focused or Outward? Christian Congregations at a Crossroads
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

American Christianity is at a crossroads again. American Christianity is at a crossroads — again. It’s the latest in a long string of crossroads. In the run-up to revolution, ...

What If Jesus Wasn’t the Answer?
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

When we preach that Jesus is the answer, we have to be quick to prove it. And so the only stories that get told are the rags to riches, despair to hope, darkness to light stories. The complexities of sin are s ...

When the World Looks Back
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

The truth of Easter is not always readily apparent. It requires the ability to see clearly. This means rubbing our eyes, clearing them of gunk, and focusing our vision. Lent is a ...

Utah’s New Law a ‘Toolkit’ for Fighting LGBT Discrimination, Say Activists, Legal Experts
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

The new law offering employment and workplace protections to LGBT people extends an olive branch but misses one key sticking point. Utah’s new law extending employment and workpla ...

Will Pope Francis Have a Short Papacy? Don’t Bet On It
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

A closer reading of Francis’ remarks, and analysis from those who know the pope, say that’s not what he meant, at all. In a wide-ranging interview he gave March 13 for the second ...

Love Is the Root of All Evil
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 7:11pm | Type: Blog

If this is really love, then the human heart should be categorized as a concealed weapon. Editor's Note: Christian Piatt was invited to preach at  Portland First Chri ...

Americans of Faith Must Reconsider Stands on Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Today, Thurlow and other survivors travel the globe, sharing their stories with a new generation for which nuclear weapons are an afterthought. Setsuko Thurlow was 13 when “progre ...

Mormons Free to Back Gay Marriage on Social Media, LDS Apostle Says
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

An LDS apostle reaffirmed recently that Mormons who support gay marriage are not in danger of losing their temple privileges or church memberships. An LDS apostle reaffirmed recen ...

The New Evangelical Social Engagement, edited by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Press

March 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Grant Wacker ...

Is God the Biggest Serial Killer of All Time? A Response to the Friendly Atheist
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

For Christians, the Bible is important in the sense that it points to Jesus as the ultimate revelation of God. Who is God? The Christian answer isn’t found in random passages of the Bible. It’s found in Jesus ...

Women in Church Leadership and Overcoming Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Probably one of the most important things for me is knowing who I am: a beloved and favored child of the King, made in the image of the perfect One who calls and equips me to reflect that same royalty and hono ...