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The Birth of Jesus Is Not a Sweet Story
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

As told by Luke and Matthew, the birth of Jesus isn’t a sweet story. It is God intervening in human depravity and sorrow, offering hope to the hopeless, light to those walking in darkness. ...

Secular Solstice: Doing Good for Goodness’ Sake
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Those lighting the candles are nonbelievers — humanists, atheists, skeptics, and other freethinkers — and the candles represent no unseen divinity, but the actions and intentions of those who light them to mak ...

The Vatican vs. the Nuns: 3 Takeaways from the Vatican's Investigation of Women's Religious Communities
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

The 5,200-word report was largely positive, and participants at a Vatican news conference were even more effusive in their praise for each other, the process, the outcome, and prospects for future collaboratio ...

'Does Your Work Interfere with Your Life?'
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Find the nexus of your gifts and the world's need. Make your own career lattice. Be a lifelong learner. I was once asked to participate in our organization’s "Take You ...

Report: Vatican Investigation Ends with Praise of U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The much anticipated final report of a Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. nuns was released today without controversy. The much anticipated final report of a Vatican-ordered i ...

Torture, the Bible, and America's Faith in Violence
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Whether it is described in the vocabulary of religion or more "secular" terms, violence — and in the case of torture, shockingly inhumane violence — is described as a necessary means for bringing abo ...

The Pastoral Irony of Advent
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

This is my first Advent as an ordained minister, and I am attempting to quickly learn so many things. Including: what Advent means in different cultural contexts; how to determine the "accurate" them ...

VIDEO: RavelUnravel
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Videos of people of several religious backgrounds expressing their faith.  Project Interfaith, an ...

Sierra Leone Bans Christmas, New Year’s Celebrations to Prevent Spread of Ebola
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

The government of Sierra Leone banned public Christmas and New Year’s celebrations because they may exacerbate efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus. The government of Sierra Leon ...

'Just War' Tradition Raises Disturbing Questions Regarding the Use of Lethal Drones
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Many people of faith who are not pacifists adhere to the “Just War” tradition as enshrined in international law, which assumes that war is always an evil, but that sometimes there is a greater evil that requir ...

Come, Lord Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

God has entered our humanity. St. Paul says that humanity is now God’s temple (1 Cor. 3: 16-17). If we ...

Australians Suggest Celibacy Played a Role in Clergy Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

The Roman Catholic Church in Australia acknowledged that “obligatory celibacy” may have contributed to decades of clerical sexual abuse of children in what may be the first such admission by church officials a ...

TIMELINE: LGBT People and the Recent Church
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett A timeline on the church concerning the LGBT community.  The recent history of the church’s tre ...

Why Are Manger Scenes So Weird?
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

We’ve left out all the messy parts. The oh-my-God-what-now parts. The I’m-screaming-as-loud-as-I-can-because-it-really-hurts parts. The oh-no-I’ve-stepped-in-the-animal-droppings parts. The real parts. And tha ...

VIDEO: We Are Not An Issue
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video depicting the church.  In the long-running “culture war” over whether or not to accept an ...

Why Jews Skipped Hanukkah and Wrote the Most Beloved Christmas Songs
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 6:05pm | Type: Blog

“White Christmas,” written by Jewish lyricist Irving Berlin, topped the charts in 1942 and launched popular Christmas music, encouraging many others — Jews and non-Jews — to write more odes to the holiday. ...

AUDIO: Margaret Atwood Reading from "Year of the Flood."
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés A Sojourners exclusive audio reading from Year of the Flood.  In her reflection on the beatitude ...

Weekly Wrap 12.12.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

1. Read the Torture Report While its 525 pages — and disturbing subject matter — may cause you to opt for the news coverage and analysis, you can actually read the entire Torture Report yourself — even before ...

Pope Francis Is Naming New Cardinals. Will Any Be American?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican announced Dec. 11 that Pope Francis will name a new batch of cardinals in February, adding to the select group of churchmen who will someday gather to elect his successor. Rome won’t reveal the names until next month, but could an America ...

Dalai Lama Says Pope Francis' Unwillingness to Meet 'Could Cause Problems'
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has not had diplomatic ties with China since 1951, and its Communist leaders object to meetings between heads of state and the Tibetan leader. The Dalai Lama said Dec. ...

Gratitude with Hope
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

I'm grateful for the warm, safe shelter of my home when there are 610,042 experiencing homelessness on any given night in the U.S. I’m grateful for more than enough to eat when there are 805 million peop ...

Grace Stories
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

Advent is a time for stories. In my childhood, these weeks were filled with Sunday school pageants, beautifully illustrated children's books, and swapping out Legos for the figurines in my mom’s Nativity ...

New Report Reveals Poor Responses to Sexual Assault at Bob Jones University
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

The school’s teachings on sin, forgiveness, discipline, and justice shaped how Bob Jones University responded to sexual assault, the report argues. An outside watchdog group hire ...

REPORT: Bob Jones University Failed to Support Sexual Abuse Victims for 40 Years
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

An alarming report released today reveals that Bob Jones University, a historically fundamentalist Christian college, failed to support nearly 40 victims of sexual abuse over four decades. ...

The Torture Report: A Historical Perspective
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

This government transparency is new, but the sins are old. Sojourners has advocated for the end and exposure of U.S. torture techniques for years. Take a look at these Sojourners articles to learn more about t ...

7 Concerning Pope Francis Quotes About Women
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis this month wanted to highlight his appointment of several women to a blue-ribbon theological commission, he called the female theologians “strawberries on the cake.” ...

Coalition aims to end death penalty in U.S.
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 11:28am | Type: Press

December 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Pattison ...

Synod on the Family: Dialogue or Clash Between Factions?
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis used his weekly audience Dec. 10 to challenge media reports of “clashes between factions” at the recent bishops’ synod on family issues. Pope Francis used his weekly ...

The Gift of Hopelessness
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

This Advent I am grateful for the gift of hopelessness. Yes, you read that correctly. “But as a mountain erodes and crumbles and as a rock is moved from its place, as water w ...

Christian Groups Join New Coalition to Mobilize 90 Million Americans Against the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 11:35am | Type: Press

December 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Samuel Smith ...

Torture Report Reveals That Truth Trumps Lies
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 8:26pm | Type: Blog

The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report detailing the CIA’s brutal post-9/11 torture program is a watershed moment for the values of our nation. The release of ...

Archbishop Justin Welby: Anglican Communion May Not Hold Together
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

In a lengthy  interview  in The Times of London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby predicted that the Anglican Communion might not hold together because of strong disagreements on the ordination of women as bishops and full rights for LGBT people. ...

Why God Is Sending Christians Straight to Hell
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

So much of Christianity has become about avoiding hell. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned as a hospital chaplain, it’s that God is sending Christians straight to hell. So muc ...

Injustice Has Many Names
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Every name of a life lost is an image of God. When we lost them, we lost a little piece of God’s image in the world. There is power in a name. One of the things happening in o ...

A Winter to Remember, Beforehand
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. The Old Farmer's Almanac never lies. (It guesses, but that's not lying.) AS WE BLITHE ...

A Better Kind of Good
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins A cisgender straight character dressing up has little or nothing to do with the real stories of the "T" in LGBTQ ...

Anna
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kristina LaCelle-Peterson I. The wailing and the murmured prayers, the animal ruckus, and coin against coin, smoke hanging in the temple spaces— offerings that bear our love t ...

Staying Connected in Later Years
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older. Vanderbilt University Press.  ...

Reviving the Flame
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Black Prophetic Fire. Beacon Press.  CORNEL WEST and Christa Buschendorf have collaborated to br ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Dear White People by dearwhitepeoplemovie.com / Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Dav ...

Wisdom and Discontent
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick F. O' Connell Diverse books mark the 100th birthday of the great mystic and writer Thomas Merton.  ...

Retreats Aim to Help LGBT Youth Recapture Some of Their Broken Spirituality
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

“Most LGBT adults have left their childhood religion because of rejection they’ve experienced,” Ryan said. “So many have a lack of rootedness and connectedness. (Reciprocity’s) approach is helping to restore a ...

Grace-Filled Moments
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Cherie Araujo With gun violence on the rise in Indianapolis, local churches are responding with prayer and a ministry of presence.  ...

The Public Private Life of Thomas Merton
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 4:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christopher Pramuk 100 Years after his birth, the postmodern sensibilities of this Catholic author and monk kept new generations coming ...

Bear Mountain
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle Five boys and one quiet honest wry excellent priest.  FATHER PAUL DROVE US in one of the two pari ...

What About the Meek?
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Margaret Atwood Do you always have to let bullies kick sand in your face at the beach?  THIS IS SURELY the mo ...

Disputable Matters
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee Five books that are changing the evangelical discussion about LGBT Christians and the church.  ...

Leaders Across all Faiths Gather for Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

given dignity to the all children of Adam” (The Noble Qur’an, 17:70). The command to “protect ...

5 Takeaways from Pope Francis' Latest Interview
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

on Dec. 17, he conceded that he’s no longer a young man. “I do have some aches and pains, and at my age ...

Considering 12 Sides of Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

I grew up reading Scripture, have written several books about Jesus and the Bible, but somehow I’m always left with a sense that there’s more — a lot more — about Jesus and about being a follower than we gener ...