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VIDEO: Water Everlasting?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A trailer for Water Everlasting? In 2014, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) premiered W ...

Which Terrorism Matters?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

It is not primarily American or European citizens who are losing their lives and livelihoods in the global terror epidemic. The narrative of the “Global War on Terror” has been sh ...

Online Ordinations Aren’t Just For Weddings Anymore
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Online ordinations are a fast-growing business, a way for ordinary people to play priest-for-a-day at their friends’ and family’s weddings. But these ordinations are also a 21st-century way of reaching into th ...

Top 5 Resources for Community Dialogue on 'Selma'
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The film Selma is an incredibly helpful dialogue centerpiece at the moment. . When those opportunities surface, I recommend using the format below as a template for similar dialogues moving forward. I’ve colle ...

Enjoy the Silence
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Anthony de Mello, the late Jesuit priest, teacher, and psychotherapist, had a blessing that sums up a life of contemplation: “Behold God, beholding you … and smiling.” One of my ...

When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Are My People
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, women who are smart, talented, and gutsy enough to call out injustice, make me proud to be a woman. They are my people. Living in a different time zone ...

Nigerian Archbishop Calls for Unity Marches Following Boko Haram Massacres
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Nigerian Roman Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama says his country needs a similar march to the one held in Paris on Jan. 11 to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks. ...

Pope Francis to Moms: It’s OK to Breast-Feed in Public
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

While baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 11, Pope urged mothers to breast-feed their infants if they were hungry. While baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel o ...

France Ponders Its Response to Shootings: Will Xenophobia or Multiculturalism Win?
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

As France emerges from its worst terrorist attack in decades, a biting novel that imagines the country governed by Islamic law is part of a swirling debate about its basic values. ...

Victims in Our Midst: Health Care and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

a widow’s garment in pledge.” —Deuteronomy 24:17 This verse names the three populations most ...

PHOTOS: Rebuilding Haiti
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Five years after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti on Jan.12, 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people, Haitians are still working to rebuild the poorest country in the hemisphere. ...

The Tragedy of Self-Appointed Prophets
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

I don't think the world needs more armchair advocates … especially when our arguing or defending leads to the fracture of real-life relationships. I’m not saying we all need to passively waltz around the ...

5 Ways We Complicate God's Love
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

like little children (Luke 18:15-17): innocently, genuinely, authentically, and simply — not overly ...

5 Years After the Haiti Earthquake
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

I was writing a kind of psalm because it felt like if I didn’t wrestle with God amidst the collapse, I might lose hold of faith and hope — or they might lose hold of me. Life is ...

A Christian Mother’s Response to Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

of a passing semitrailer on an interstate in Ohio. She was just 17. As a mother, her death breaks my heart. ...

Charlie Hebdo: Comedy As an Act of Courage
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

On a recent episode of The Daily Show, however, he took a more sober tone when talking about the slaughter in the headquarters of the French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo. One comment in particular that he ma ...

From NFL Cheerleading to Fighting Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

This evil was revealed to me and once seen, I could not turn a blind eye. Why is it that billions of dollars are spent globally each year to buy and sell human beings for forced l ...

Oscar Romero Declared a Martyr as Vatican Inches Him Toward Sainthood
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop Oscar Romero, the hero of the Catholic left who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass in El Salvador, is inching one step closer to sainthood after his case languished in bureaucratic limb ...

The Violence at Charlie Hebdo: A Sacred Tragedy
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

The tragic death of twelve people at the French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo begs for our understanding. The tragic death of twelve people at the French weekly newspaper Charl ...

Does Catholicism Have a ‘Man Crisis,’ or is Cardinal Burke Paranoid?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

There is also something disturbing and insulting about his ideas concerning the men already in the church. In an  online interview  this week, Cardinal Raymond Burke said the “r ...

Muslims on Edge after Paris Terrorist Attack on Satirical Magazine
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Europe is no stranger to terrorist attacks. Bombings in Spain and Britain killed and injured hundreds of people a decade ago. Algerian Islamists also targeted France in the 1990s. ...

Lessons from a Trafficking Survivor
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Although human trafficking is ultimately about supply and demand, human trafficking is an evil that gets its start in many different ways. Racism, gender and educational inequality, and any and all causes of v ...

Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014. Will 2015 Be Worse?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era. From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, ...

Remembering J. Edward Guinan, Passionate Advocate for D.C.’s Most Vulnerable
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

"Ed was really a catalyst for creating that framework where regardless of who you were, there was something you could do to contribute to social justice." Kathleen Tho ...

The Nonviolent Atonement: God’s Grace Upon Grace
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

There is a pernicious theological claim that states God responds mimetically to us — when we turn away from God, God turns away from us. That’s a lie. Don’t believe it. She was ...

Shooting in Paris: 12 Dead After Attack on Satirical Magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

Armed with AK-47s and a rocket-launcher, three masked attackers opened fire in the office of a French newspaper, killing two police officers and ten staff. Armed with AK-47s and a ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Witnessing: Prophecty, Politics, and Wisdom edited by Maria Clara Bingemer and Peter Casarella / Forward Together: A Moral Me ...

The Pope and Pandora's Box
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger 'He is a person who has been consistent all his life.'  JOURNALIST Elisabetta Piq ...

Meet the New Boss (looks familiar)
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. From one grim-faced, aging, white guy to another.  IN MID-JANUARY, the gavel of power will chan ...

On the Outskirts of Heaven
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:17pm | Type: Magazine Article

February 22 ] Come to the Mercy Seat Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 ...

The Persistent Strain
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum White supremacy may have weakened, but it can still make us sick.  THE WEEK leading up to ...

Recharting Our Course
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Caton How Maps Change Things. Woodlake.  USERS OF MAPS—that’s all of us—may suppose that what we see is ...

Tell Me A Story
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne.  PREACHERS, politicians, and other public speakers know that a ...

Born Again, or Blind?
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Without dismissing our conversion experiences of receiving sight, I am afraid in some ways we have become handicapped by our privilege of sight. I am more and more convinced that ...

A Year of Great Films
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 8:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Here's my list of the 10 best films of 2014 (many more are worthy, but 10 are all that will fit).  ...

Redemptive Verses
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield Poet and Vietnam vet Bruce Weigl writes of war and reconciliation.  POET BRUCE WEIGL inhab ...

Stop Using God to Justify Abuse
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

John W. Kinney A sidebar to 'Snakeology' I HAD AN EXPERIANCE with a young man who was having diffi ...

The Slippery Slope of 'Snakeology'
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

John W. Kinney Theology is not about domination. That's the snake talking.  RECENTLY, several highly pu ...

15 Things the Church Needs to Do In 2015
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

It's that time of the year again, when we stand on the precipice of a new year and look forward to what is in store for us in 2015. Last year, I wrote 14 Things the Church Needs to Do in 2014, and many of ...

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Casey Fleming A pregnant feminist reflects on the need for good male mentors in a society loaded with damaging masculine norms.  ...

The Possibility of Heaven
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Edwidge Danticat "After all, hadn't God led me here so you and I can deal with this together?" my mother said.  ...

Nothing Religious About It
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Juliet Vedral Central African Republic faith leaders say war is not perpetrated in God's name.  SINCE WA ...

Want to See Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church? Look at His New Cardinals
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis reinforced his radical reshaping of the Catholic Church by naming 20 new cardinals from countries as far afield as Ethiopia, Tonga, Thailand, and Panama. Pope Francis ...

On a Firm Foundation
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Five years after the hemisphere's most catastrophic disaster in a century, Haiti seeks to build back better.  ...

February 2015
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:06pm | Type: Magazine Issue

February, 2015 Haiti: Five Years After the Quake February 1, 2015 ...

The Long March from ‘Exodus’ to ‘Selma’
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

But the most important thing about “Exodus” actually takes us beyond the movie itself — and points us in a direction that leads us to another epic film of the season. Here is one ...

Pope Francis Names New Cardinals From Around the Globe, None From U.S.
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 from 14 different nations but leaving several leading U.S. archbishops off the list. Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 ...

Terrorism 'Insurance' Expires
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

The Terrorism RIsk Insurance Act expired January 1. In 2002, at a time when insurance providers were unwilling to provide coverage for losses resulting from acts of terrorism, a ...

A New Year’s Hope: End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 5:57pm | Type: Press

December 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Kyle Christofalo ...

10 Resolutions for 2015
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 5:53pm | Type: Press

December 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...