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Cardinal O’Malley: The Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal Is Far from Over
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

are disastrous,” he said in his speech. O’Malley said last week, after the 17-member commission held its first ...

The Mark of Courage: Taking Ashes for the First Time
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Repent means, in the most literal sense, to turn in a different direction. It is less about avoiding being struck down by God than embarking on our own particular course-correction. ...

Lent Is Not Giving Up Stuff
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Lent is not about giving up stuff. Lent is about the preparation of our hearts for what God has done in Christ. Lent is not about giving up stuff. Lent is about the preparation ...

Why I’m Giving Up Peace for Lent
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

To wage peace, we must first (and continually!) wage war on the evil within that keeps us from embracing our vocation as ambassadors of reconciliation (II Cor 5). The violence of ...

So What's the Deal With Ash Wednesday?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Chances are you’ll see a bunch of folks walking around with shmutz on their foreheads this Wednesday. The ‘Splainer asks what having a dirty forehead has to do with being a Christian and why this ritual is gai ...

Rape Culture Is Real
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

An escalation of rhetorical debate distracts from the real concern that rape culture theory was developed to address — that we help socialize dangerous behavior in our children. ...

Dean Smith: Reflections on an Outpouring of Love
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

I could not help but be distracted by my own memories of long ago when I was 17. I had a mentor who ...

Violence Begets Violence: ISIS and its Origins
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

goes with a flood. The story pauses for seven verses to paint the picture ( 7:17-23 ). Four verses ...

Pope Francis Condemns Islamic State’s Executions of Christians in Libya
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Feb. 16 denounced the brutal slayings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by militants linked to the Islamic State, saying “they were assassinated just for being Christian.” ...

Way to #RiseForTheRaise!
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

We are grateful for all of those who took the time to put their love into action this Valentine's day. Many thanks to our friends and supporters for rallying together to #R ...

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Press

February 13, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Christian Alternative to 'Fifty Shades' Makes the Same Mistakes, Just Without the Sex
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

It doesn't come with a sex dungeon, but Old Fashioned features a relationship just as unhealthy as the one in Fifty Shades of Grey. This Valentine’s Day, two films will battl ...

'No, Jesus Isn't My Boyfriend' and Other Lessons from Single Christians on Valentine's Day
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

In the evangelical church, there’s far too much “Jesus is my boyfriend” or “I’m dating Jesus”-type songs and teaching that it trivializes the kind of intimacy that can exist between God and humanity. And it s ...

In Over My Spirit: Faithful Dissent on Full LGBTQ Inclusion
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

5 parameters for evangelicals discerning the parameters of faithful dissent. My heart breaks. My head hurts. My spirit is broken on the question of LGBTQ inclusion in Christ’s chu ...

How Do Churches Address Alcoholism Among Their Leaders?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

“In instances where a pastor may need treatment for substance abuse, he or his church would seek services in the same way other members of their communities would,” one spokesperson said. ...

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

history 879-254 (.776 win pct.), 11 Final Four appearances, 2 national championships, 17 Atlantic Coast Conference ...

Does Obama Owe Christians An Apology?
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Every Christian should be aware of what we are capable of when we turn our eyes away from the self-sacrificing love of Jesus and instead turn Christianity into an ideology that justifies terror, brutality, opp ...

Poll: 1 in 4 Americans Say Islamic State Represents True Islam
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

More than a quarter of Americans and nearly half of senior Protestant pastors say the Islamic State terrorist group offers a true representation of Islamic society, according to a pair of new surveys by LifeWa ...

Pope Francis Wants ‘Absolute Transparency’ as He Pushes Vatican Reform
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

“Reform is not an end in itself, but a means of bearing a powerful Christian witness,” Francis said. Pope Francis called for a Vatican that operates with “absolute transparency” ...

Drones Make War Too Easy, Too Remote, Faith Leaders Say
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

For the Obama administration and the Bush administration before it, drone strikes kill terrorists before terrorists can kill innocents, and the strikes keep American soldiers out of harm’s way. ...

Parking Spat as Motive for Triple Murder? N.C. Muslims Don’t Buy It
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Preliminary police reports describe a long-simmering dispute over parking as the motive for the killings of three Muslim students at a Chapel Hill condominium Feb. 10. Preliminar ...

Are Foreign Aid Workers Unprepared for Violence Abroad?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The risk of foreign aid work, especially for young people, has again been thrust into the national spotlight after the death of 26-year-old Kayla Mueller. Mueller, a foreign aid worker, was confirmed dead Feb. 10 after being taken hostage by Islamic ...

Pope Francis: Opting Not to Have Children a ‘Selfish Choice’
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

“Not to have children is a selfish choice,” he said. “Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished!” Less than a month after saying Ca ...

VIDEO: Nashville Sit-Ins
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video depicting the social responses to boycotts during the civil rights?  In the 1960s Rev. Dr ...

There Is No Such Thing as Perfect Christianity
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian, and there’s no such thing as perfect Christianity. There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian, and there’s no such thing as perfec ...

Kayla Mueller's Words on Faith from Captivity
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

While circumstances of her death remain unclear, details of the young woman's life and work have emerged in the last 24 hours, as family and friends share memories of her compassion for those in need. ...

Three Muslim Students Shot Dead in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year-old white male, has been charged with three counts of first degree murder, according to a Chapel Hill Police Release. Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year ...

Review: 'Sojourners Internship Program' is a Real Treat
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Ten people travel to Washington, D.C. to live and work together for social justice. They will leave forever changed. Every movie is, in some way, about a journey. Sometimes it’s a ...

It Was Like This When I Got Here
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

The decline of the church is not my generation's fault. It was in decline long before I was born; it was like this when I got here. But that doesn’t mean it is too far gone. The church does a lot of thing ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

the story of CCR client Fahd Ghazy, a Yemeni national unlawfully detained at Guantánamo since he was 17 (he ...

Ousted 'Bling Bishop' Makes Soft Landing in Vatican
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

The German churchman christened the “Bishop of Bling” by the media for lavish expenditures he made on his residence and church offices has quietly been given a low-level post at the Vatican, nearly a year afte ...

Nigeria Postpones Presidential Election, Citing Ongoing Violence by Boko Haram
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

Nigeria’s election commission has postponed national elections for six weeks saying it would not be able to provide security for voters in the northeast region of the country most affected by the Islamist grou ...

Papal Commission on Sex Abuse Targets Punishment for Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

A papal commission on clergy sex abuse is close to giving Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves announced Feb. 7that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But th ...

Pastors: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Film Glamorizes Sexual Abuse and Violence
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, which opens in theaters on Feb. 13, has movie morality guardians armed and heading for battle. The film adaptation of Fifty Shades ...

Can Women Have It All? Pope Francis Says They Need 'Freedom to Choose'
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Whether women can, or should, “have it all” — both work and family — has been one of the most contentious cultural debates of the modern age and one any secular or religious figure engages at his or her peril ...

Forsaking the 'Whiteness' of the Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Jesus rejects the “whiteness” of the Transfiguration and presses into the sea of human need — humanity in all its diversity and fullness — by descending the mountain and setting his face toward the Jerusalem. ...

Like Giant Marshmallows on a String
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Another great idea from our patriotic defense contractors.  IF YOU’RE TRAVELING by air to Washi ...

Lent's Lonely Road
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Submit to the Law? Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19;1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22 POPULAR CONCEPTIONS ... 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 SOMETIMES, WHEN God’s people murmur ...

Focus on Africa’s Islamic Extremists has Diverted Attention from South Sudan’s Growing Crisis
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

As world attention shifts to the growing influence of Muslim militant groups on the African continent, few have paid any attention to the ongoing bloody conflict in South Sudan. A ...

Obama Compares ISIS to Crusades, Inquisition, Slavery, and Jim Crow. Was He Right?
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

It is estimated that 1.7 million people died in total. And this is all at a time in which the world population ...

5 Apps for a ‘Closer Walk’
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

It seems developers and faith leaders have yet to discover their collaborative sweet spot, where often-private religious inquiry best meets digital social tools. Religion writers ...

V-Day: It's Time to #RiseForTheRaise
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

In God’s economy, all are created equal and should be treated fairly. It’s time for people of faith to rise up and close the gender pay gap. Forget the candy and flowers this Vale ...

Short Takes: Anastasia Uglova
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés 4 Questions for Anastasia Uglova 1.   How would you describe Akilah Institute’s goals for its s ...

'... A Fragile Sense of Self'
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

Some of you might be downright shocked to know that many clergy have to undergo a three-day battery of psych tests as part of the ordination process. ... When I was going through the process, I too went throug ...

Moved, or Moved to Act?
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins These films create new benchmarks for the mainstream depiction of black history, black struggle, and wider perceptions.  ...

Time for a Cyberweapons Treaty?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Cyberwar stories were uninteresting until one involved a threat to our inalienable right to laugh at fart jokes.  ...

How to 'Defy the World:' An Interview with 'Wanted' Author Chris Hoke
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

This book is imbued with dignity, prayer, and an understanding that relationships require forgiveness, on both sides. Wanted is a beautiful reflection on what the life of faith looks like in action. ...

Nuclear Weapons: Time for Abolition
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 2:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice According to the Vatican, “The very possession of nuclear weapons, even for purposes of deterrence, is morally problematic.” ...

A History of (Non)Violence
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Many are calling today's protesters "violent" because they yell, they look angry, and they don't p ...

Saints and Nomads
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Lila: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  MARILYNNE ROBINSON’S Lila is the love story we t ...