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Breaking Down the Invisible Walls
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. IVP Books. OVER THE PAST 2, ...

The Future Isn't What It Used To Be
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum "See," we tell ourselves, "we were so good once. How bad could we really be?" ...

The Power to Heal
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill A conversation with writer and performer Daniel Beaty. “I AM A storyteller,” says Daniel Bea ...

Why I Stay in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle A testament of irrational fath and quiet, gracious miracles. A QUESTION ASKED of me 100 times in ...

No Longer the 'Best Kept Secret'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Allio Pope Francis is bringing renewed attention to Catholic social teaching—and not only for Catholics. ...

An Iconic Faith
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

grew up with Orthodox traditions at home, but the Catholic Church in practice. At 17 he joined ...

Pastor Says Released Soldier Has Mental Toughness to Recover
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

The newly freed soldier who spent nearly five years in captivity in Afghanistan has the mental and physical toughness to survive the experience, his former pastor said. The newly ...

Giving Thanks for a True Disciple
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis In everything he did, Glen sought to bring Christian ethics to public life. MY DEAR FRIEND Glen St ...

Want to See the Face of God?
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

A 26-year-old man was driving his pickup truck over a causeway on Lake Pontchartrain. His truck plunged over the railing and into the water. What happened next is inspiring. Did y ...

To A Dying Church: We Cannot Escape Our Mortality
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And, speaking as one of your pastors, I think this is a very good thing. Dear Church, You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And ...

Why I Marched on McDonald's
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I marched with McDonald’s workers from three dozen cities to the company’s corporate headquarters outside of Chicago. Recently, I marched with McDonald’s workers from th ...

Survey: Four in 10 Americans Support Controversial Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

More than four in 10 Americans support the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate, which requires nonprofits and businesses to provide birth control even if they have religious objections. ...

Renewed Hope: Pope Francis' Prayer at Bethlehem Separation Wall
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

The most iconic moment during the Pope’s visit to Bethlehem did not take place in the Manger Square, nor the Nativity Church. It took place next to the Separation Wall. Recently I ...

Smiling Back
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

You can smile at someone, but you can’t really smile with someone until you’ve cried with them, too. Shared their pain, their doubts, their questions, their uncertainty, even their despair. And their joy as we ...

As the World Turns
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Some die for choosing, others for not choosing. But they all die because they are women. Rogers was mentally ill, and there is debate about whether it was his illness or a misogynistic culture that caused his ...

Japanese-American Human Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama Dies at 93
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Japanese-American Human Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama Dies at 93 Yuri Kochiyama, a Japanese-American human rights activist, died on Sunday at the age of 93. Kochiyama's fami ...

Remembering Tiananmen
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

For 17 years he served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America, and has long been active ...

The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a World Divided
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Product

Jim Wallis Jim Wallis thinks our life together c ...

The First Multimedia Blowup Moment
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

The moment of Pentecost was an enormous multisensory event. It was the equivalent of a something going viral on social media — but on an even grander scale. Can you imagine sittin ...

Ahead of the World Cup, Brazil's Churches Work to Protect Children from Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

Brazilian churches in cities hosting World Cup matches have launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the hundreds of vulnerable children at risk of sexual exploitation during the monthlong competit ...

Gallup: Gay Sex, Divorce, Extramarital Sex Reach New Highs of 'Moral Acceptability'
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Americans are showing more tolerance for a range of behaviors, with sex between unmarried adults, medical research on stem cells from human embryos, and doctor-assisted suicide all showing record highs and inc ...

A New Hymn for Foster Children and Those Who Love Them
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

This hymn is written with gratitude for foster parents, social workers, and others who do seek to do their best for abused and neglected children and youth. Author's Note ...

Weekly Wrap 5.30.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 5.30.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds Self-identified nerd Arthu ...

The Worldwide Obesity Epidemic: It's the Sugar, Folks
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

One of this morning's headlines from Worldcrunch "While You Slept": 'More Than A Third Of The World Is Obese Or Overweight'! One of this morning's he ...

Pregnant Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death by Her Family
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

As a crowd watched outside a courthouse, the family of a pregnant Pakistani woman beat her to death Tuesday because she married the man she loved instead of her cousin. As a crowd ...

Clergy Abuse Victims Are Divided Over Pope Francis' Offer to Meet
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ announcement this week that he would meet with victims of sexual abuse by priests is dividing victim advocates. Pope Francis’ announcement this week that he would me ...

Sacrament as Subversion
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Sacraments are outward expressions of acts, longings, or processes already underway or taking place within us. Anyone who thinks much on theology will tell you that you go throug ...

Why #NotAllMen Misses the Point
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Let me ask this: When did it become normal to congratulate ourselves for not doing something horrific and degrading? When did it become appropriate to prioritize our reputations over the well-being of others? ...

In Remembrance: Maya Angelou
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

Angelou did not claim to be a theologian, but her words spun theology for a nation. She was speaking of shalom — that biblical concept that envisions the day with the lion and the lamb shall lie together, the ...

Atonement and the Gay Christian
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Matthew Vines has done us an incredible service by writing his book God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Editor's Note: Don ...

An Unexpected Journey
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

We celebrate commitments made, successes honored, and loves found. The Christian faith, we realize, is rarely about solutions; it is about the authentic and real journey of life and a common trust that our God ...

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 ...