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The Modern-Day Orphans and Widows
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

14,500 - 17,500 trafficked through the U.S. each year , it is essential for the church to take notice. ...

Author and Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Maya Angelou, a renowned author, poet and civil right activist, has died at 86. Angelou, know for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, also authored six other autobiographies along with numerous ...

The Questions We Don't Ask On Memorial Day
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Press

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

The Questions We Don’t Ask on Memorial Day
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

On Memorial Days I always end up listening to the many stories from the families who lost their most beloved ones and from the veterans whose eyes still tear up when they recall their dearest buddies lost on b ...

Are We Preaching a Gospel of Inadequacy?
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

I question whether inadequacy marketing has infiltrated the way we communicate the Christian Gospel. Every time I go to restock my face cream at the cosmetics vendor, inevitably t ...

Vincent Harding: In Our Cloud Of Witnesses
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Press

May 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Will the REAL Evangelicals Please Stand Up?
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 11:36am | Type: Press

May 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Brandan Robertson ...

Conservative United Methodists Say Divide Over Sexuality Is 'Irreconcilable'
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? A group of 8 ...

Christian Suffering in a World of Suffering
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

It seems that from a Christian perspective, suffering is to be expected and just part of the deal of Christian membership — a real scriptural blow to prosperity gospels! ...

A Pivot on the Peace Island
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

In their struggle against the construction of a massive naval base, activists in a small village in South Korea have inspired people around the world. Jeju Island, South Korea — ...

The Space Between the Notes
Originally Posted: 05/26/2014 - 8:29pm | Type: Blog

As a teacher and a writer, I remember each day that music is the space between the notes. Where there is a child trying to sound out a word and write out a complete sentence or a character trying to live in th ...

A Refusal to Hate: Tent of Nations Family Responds to Destruction of Farmland
Originally Posted: 05/26/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Early on May 19, military bulldozers, in violation of the laws of appeal, destroyed 1,500 fruit trees nearly ready for harvest in the valley below the Nassar dwellings. There was no warning of the impending de ...

Pasta and Peacemaking: Learning Nonviolence from My Kids
Originally Posted: 05/25/2014 - 8:09pm | Type: Blog

A big part of maturing is learning how not to be driven by our emotions — how to respond thoughtfully, rather than reacting emotionally. If this is hard for me as an adult, it's understandable that my 8-y ...

Seven Leaders To Inspire You To Act
Originally Posted: 05/23/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Press

May 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Adria Goodson ...

Vincent Harding: In Our Cloud of Witnesses
Originally Posted: 05/23/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

One of my most important and dearest mentors is gone; there are countless other people across America — indeed, around the world — who are feeling the same as me. But he really hasn’t gone; his memory and pres ...

COMMENTARY: In Bethlehem, Pope Francis Can Show His Support for Peace, Justice
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

The visit of Pope Francis to Palestine has turned into an enormous opportunity for His Holiness to reaffirm his commitment to peace and justice in a land that so desperately craves these things. ...

Jennifer Knapp Makes a Case for Being Gay and Christian in Upcoming Book
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

Four years ago, when musician Jennifer Knapp declared to the world that she was a lesbian, some of the conservative Christians who had purchased 1 million of her albums expressed outrage and disappointment. ...

Defeating Satan at Harvard
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

How do you defeat Satan? That was the question the University of Harvard had to answer last week when the Harvard Extension School’s Cultural Studies Club planned a satanic “Black Mass” at the university. ...

Vincent Harding, Civil Rights Author And Associate Of Dr. King, Dies At 82
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:38pm | Type: Press

May 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Margalit Fox ...

5 Reasons Christians Avoid Accountability and Don't Confront Sin
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Spiritual accountability and discipline are slowly becoming extinct within church communities Here are some reasons why. Spiritual accountability and discipline are slowly becomin ...

Chile's New U.S. Ambassador Recalls A Deadly Day In 1976 In Washington And His Own Escape
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Press

May 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Al Kamen ...

People Love Their Nickel Creek
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

I didn’t realize so many people could love Nickel Creek so strongly. The last time I listened to Nickel Creek was to analyze their adaptation of Robert Burns’ poem, “Sweet Afton,” ...

That Time Obama Showed Up At My Little League Game
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Press

May 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

To the Dying Church: Pass the Thread?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

It’s interesting how we tend to think of birth and death as opposites, two bookends with life in the middle. But we also know from experience that birth and death really are two different words for the same thing. They involve change, a moving from one ...

Pittsburgh Bridge Project Knits Together Communities
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Amanda Gross describes herself as a “weaver of things and people.” Amanda Gross describes herself as a “weaver of things and people.” Gross, a fiber artist based in Pittsburgh, ...

Pope Francis Eyes Religious Reconciliation on Trip to Holy Land
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

It sounds a little far-fetched and for some purists perhaps unthinkable: A pope, a rabbi, and a sheik decide to travel to the Holy Land and follow in the steps of Jesus. It sounds ...

That Time Obama Showed Up At My Little League Game
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

How do you get your Little League team to get their hitting going? Get a surprise visit before your game from President Barack Obama! Our excited kids won 12-1. How do you get you ...

5 Reasons to Love/Hate the Internet
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Here are a few reasons why I, as an individual millennial, find myself loving and hating the World Wide Web. I was born in 1990. That puts me squarely in the middle of what is ref ...

Faith is a Verb - A Theology of Love
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

In the end we can have all the theology in the world, but if we have not love we are nothing. There is a line in the famous movie  Ben Hur  in which one of his relatives goes to ...

What If You Never Prayed Again?
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Aric Clark, Nick Larson, and Doug Hagler, also known online as Two Friars and a Fool, host conversations on their blog and podcast about theology and spiritual practice, sexuality, and popular culture. They re ...

Rev. Otis Moss Captures Movie Based Sermons In His New Book
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Press

978-0-8298-1991-5 / 160pp / Paper / $17. Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) Pastor ... And Other Sermons from Cinema” by Otis Moss III / ISBN 978-0-8298-1991-5 / 160pp / Paper / $17 ...

Jim Wallis On Finding His Voice
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Lillian Cunningham ...

Poll: Americans Stretch the Truth on Attending Church
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

A new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute finds that many Christians — and unbelievers, too — will exaggerate about attending worship in live phone interviews. “I ...

Megachurch Pastors Leave Reformed Evangelical Network Amid Child Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Two pastors are no longer listed on a Reformed evangelical group’s leadership after a different pastor from their church confessed to covering up sex abuse claims. Two pastors ar ...

An Aching Heart
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

We all know heartache. It’s one of our shared experiences. We love someone, and our hearts ache with them and for them at times. We all know heartache. It’s one of our shared exp ...

Stand by Me: Memorial Day and the Healing of Souls
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Blog

The promise of the Spirit to the disciples is a promise from Jesus to blunt their isolation. If you have to reassure people that you’re not abandoning them, it may be because they ...

United States' National Security Council Condemns Apostasy Sentencing of Sudanese Christian Woman
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, a Christian Sudanese woman, was sentenced to be flogged for adultery and to be hanged to death for apostasy because she married a Christian man. Meria ...

Pope Francis Will Take Rabbi and Muslim Leader With Him to Holy Land
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis will be accompanied on his first visit to the Middle East by Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Muslim leader Omar Abboud — two friends from Buenos Aires. Pope Franci ...

Vatican Says No Movement (Yet) on Sainthood for Oscar Romero
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Despite fevered speculation in the media and across Latin America, the Vatican says Pope Francis has not advanced slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero toward sainthood — at least, not yet. ...

Christians Condemn Death Penalty for Sudanese Doctor Accused of Apostasy
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Sudanese Christians have condemned the sentencing of a Christian woman to death by hanging after she married a Christian man. Sudanese Christians have condemned the sentencing of ...

To the Dying Church: Offer Us the Hope You Once Did
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Offer us the hope you once did. Spur us on to be a beacon of hope, love, and compassion. My Dear Friend, It breaks my heart to be the one to tell you this, but I figured you m ...

Weekly Wrap 5.16.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 5.16.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. What the Media Can't Grasp About Pope Francis "… the world is ready to talk about inequali ...

To the Dying Church: Do What You Came Here to Do
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Instead of hiding from issues that might send members out of your pews, wrestle with the implications of the Gospel for the environment, for the death penalty, or for immigration. Trust in the mysterious, magn ...

The Problem with Labels
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

It’s easy to classify people, communities, institutions, organizations, and ideas into systems and label them accordingly. But Christianity and the people who embody it are extremely complex. ...

In Praise of Slow Response
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

What if we didn’t talk at each other down a never-ending spiral of false assumptions in a vomit-inducing quest for relevancy? What if reflection and prayer and confession that we don’t know how we feel about s ...

Hack the Church
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Early Christianity spearheaded technological innovations with global ramifications, most notably in the invention of the codex. Today’s faithful hackers, armed with code, workshops, and participatory-minded th ...

'Kosher Lust': Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Says It's More Important Than Love
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, spiritual counselor to Michael Jackson, onetime Republican candidate for Congress, and author of the best-selling “Kosher Sex” and “Kosher Jesus,” has a new book for Jews and n ...

Antonio Banderas May Be Cast as Pope Francis in Biopic
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

declined to speculate on whether the film would be completed and ready for release on Dec. 17, the pope’s ...

Iranian Women Shed Veils for Facebook Page
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Thousands of Iranian women are sending photos of themselves without their hijab, or veil, to a new London-based Facebook page dedicated to allowing them “stealthy freedoms.” Thous ...

And God Said, 'Let There Be Darkness'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Theologically, we’re taught to hate, or at least fear, the darkness. We are children of light, God called light into being, and it was from this light that all things were formed. So what use do we have for da ...