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Church of England Kicks the Devil Out of Baptism Rite
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

While Christians waited to learn whether the Church of England would approve the consecration of women bishops, the church’s governing body — the General Synod — quietly voted to drop all future references to ...

Vatican Editor Says England’s Female Bishops Vote 'Complicates' Relations
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England’s vote to allow female bishops threatens unity with the Catholic Church, according to the editor of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. The Church o ...

8 Things the Church Needs to Say
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

If Christians stopped bickering about church, presenting sex as a first-order concern, telling other people how to lead their lives, and lending our name to minor-league politicians, what would we have to say? ...

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey Supports Assisted Suicide Bill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Three leading Anglicans have entered an explosive debate about whether it is permissible for Christians to allow doctors in England and Wales to administer lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients give ...

Pope Francis Raises Eyebrows by Saying Pedophile Priests Include 'Bishops and Cardinals'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has provoked a debate within the Catholic Church after being quoted as saying that one in 50 Catholic clerics is a pedophile. Pope Francis has provoked a debate withi ...

Church of England Approves Women Bishops in Historic Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

After 20 years of turmoil and angry debate, on Monday the General Synod of the Church of England said “yes” to women bishops. After 20 years of turmoil and angry debate, on Monday ...

Silence for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

I met Dr. Iva Beranek the summer of 2004, during the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Pilgrimage for Reconciliation journey through Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia. Having come of age in Vukovina, just outside of the Croatian capital city of Zagreb, during ...

You’re Wearing a Cape. Really.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

Have you ever daydreamed about being a superhero? About being a person who can use your powers to help others, protect others, save others? Have you wished that you could be a superhero? You already are. ...

Christians Worship a Child Who Fled Violence in His Home Country
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

This summer, many Americans are watching in helpless horror as more than 52,000 children fleeing violence stream over our southern border. This summer, many Americans are watchin ...

Why Are Evangelicals Supporting Immigration Reform? Q&A with Filmmaker Linda Midgett
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

The Evangelical Immigration Table commissioned the documentary “The Stranger” to foster evangelical support for immigration reform. The Evangelical Immigration Table commissioned ...

Bowe Bergdahl and the Voice of War
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

We can choose not to listen to war, and act on this choice. During my recent visit to Gangjeong, on Jeju Island, South Korea, where a protest community has struggled for years to ...

Religious Leaders Petition Congress to Support Immigrant Children
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders urged President Obama and Congress to provide funding for legal assistance to unaccompanied migrant children who are in U.S. custody after fleeing violence, murder, and extortion abroad. ...

Utah to Appeal Gay Marriage Case to Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday that he will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. ...

Church of England Set to Vote on Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Women’s rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops. CANTERBURY, England — Women’s rights ac ...

VIDEO: The Good News Club
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 1:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Why is the Good News Club threatening children with hellfire and damnation? In public schools acr ...

Have Churches Become Too Shallow?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

This is what happens when we ignore God — or simply try to make God more marketable: Jesus becomes a product. The Gospel becomes a promotional tool. Parishioners become customers. Pastors become celebrities. S ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter The Disposable Project by Raul Guerrero / Jesus Was a Migrant by Deirdre Cornell / The New Black by Yoruba Richen / How to B ...

George Clooney Slams Story of In-law Rift Over Religion
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

George Clooney, whose love life has been well-chronicled through the years on red carpets and in paparazzi shots, rarely addresses details about his personal relationships. George ...

Silence: A Path to Action
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

What does one take to a three-day silent retreat? Apparently a lot of noise. I had such a hard time packing for my weekend away — cramming my bag with a stack of contemplative pra ...

See the First-Ever 'Papal High-five'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

What does it take to produce the first-ever papal high-five? A meeting with American televangelists, apparently. What does it take to produce the first-ever papal high-five? A mee ...

A National Shame
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

(Ruby) was 17, I was arrested as part of demonstrations in Lowndes County, Ala., in the Southern freedom ...

The Momentum of Peace
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Gopar Tapkida Christians and Muslims in Nigeria suppot interfaith efforts for reconciliation. THE VIOLENCE AN ...

August 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Who Do You Say I Am?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

AUGUST 17 ] A Woman’s Courage Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:10-28 ...

'War is Terrorism'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice The targeting of tens of thousands of civilians was a barbaric act. ONE DAY, WHEN I was a student at ...

A Reign of Terror
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie G. Riegle Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom. W.W. Norton and Company. AMID ...

A Handbook for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. IVP Books. FAITH-ROOT ...

Sins of Omission
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Moon Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, a Free Economy, and Human Flourishing. The Crossroad Publishi ...

De-escalating Violence and the Human Story in Israel/Palestine
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

I was sitting in the airport the other day listening to yet another account of the current events unfolding in Israel and Palestine. Almost mechanically, the lips of the news anchor spilled out words like terr ...

Vatican Bank Profits Tumble as Pope Francis Orders an Overhaul
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

of bank customers dropped from 18,900 in 2012 to 17,419 last year and has continued to fall this year. ...

In Kenya, a Pastor with Disabilities Breaks Barriers for Others
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

On a Sunday at the Presbyterian church in the Bahati neighborhood, a young woman haltingly approaches the pulpit with a walking cane in one hand and a Bible in the other. On a Su ...

How Soccer Differs from the World of Partisan Politics
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

After the final whistle ended a hard-fought World Cup match, Brazilian star David Luiz consoled Colombian star James Rodriguez. After the final whistle ended a hard-fought World C ...

Small Screen, Great Drama
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Studios have been realizing that there is an audience for long-form storytelling that is willing to think. ...

Life, Liberty, and Net Neutrality
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Seven words the FCC needs to hear this summer. THE CONTROVERSY over net neutrality has co ...

Struggling to Become Human
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann In scholarship and life, Walter Wink sought the truth with passion. WALTER WINK IS know ...

'We Are Not an Island'
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Queen Quet Onleilove Alston The Gullah/Geechee Nation, extending from North Carolina t ...

Busloads of Turned-back Immigrants, an Image of Shame
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Sometimes a picture says it all. Sometimes a picture says it all. Consider the 1963 picture of fire hoses and snarling police dogs in Birmingham, Ala., used against African-Ame ...

Turning Toward Home
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

17 months ago, she never had a chance to participate in a photography class. When she was homeless, ...

The Play's the Thing
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Doris Bartel How community theater helped change a centuries-old tradition of kidnapping girls for marriage. ...

Pope Francis' Meeting with Abuse Victims Wasn't a PR Stunt, Vatican Says
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Monday held his first meeting with victims of clergy sex abuse, begging for forgiveness and promising to hold “accountable” the bishops who were complicit in covering up for predatory priests. ...

Wheaton College Gets a Pass from Supreme Court on Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court offered a further sign that it favors letting employers with religious objections avoid the Obama administration’s so-called contraception mandate. The Supreme C ...

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 ...