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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 ...

5 Reasons Christians Avoid Accountability and Don't Confront Sin
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Spiritual accountability and discipline are slowly becoming extinct within church communities Here are some reasons why. Spiritual accountability and discipline are slowly becomin ...

Chile's New U.S. Ambassador Recalls A Deadly Day In 1976 In Washington And His Own Escape
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Press

May 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Al Kamen ...

People Love Their Nickel Creek
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

I didn’t realize so many people could love Nickel Creek so strongly. The last time I listened to Nickel Creek was to analyze their adaptation of Robert Burns’ poem, “Sweet Afton,” ...

That Time Obama Showed Up At My Little League Game
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Press

May 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

To the Dying Church: Pass the Thread?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

It’s interesting how we tend to think of birth and death as opposites, two bookends with life in the middle. But we also know from experience that birth and death really are two different words for the same thing. They involve change, a moving from one ...

Pittsburgh Bridge Project Knits Together Communities
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Amanda Gross describes herself as a “weaver of things and people.” Amanda Gross describes herself as a “weaver of things and people.” Gross, a fiber artist based in Pittsburgh, ...

Pope Francis Eyes Religious Reconciliation on Trip to Holy Land
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

It sounds a little far-fetched and for some purists perhaps unthinkable: A pope, a rabbi, and a sheik decide to travel to the Holy Land and follow in the steps of Jesus. It sounds ...

That Time Obama Showed Up At My Little League Game
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

How do you get your Little League team to get their hitting going? Get a surprise visit before your game from President Barack Obama! Our excited kids won 12-1. How do you get you ...

5 Reasons to Love/Hate the Internet
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Here are a few reasons why I, as an individual millennial, find myself loving and hating the World Wide Web. I was born in 1990. That puts me squarely in the middle of what is ref ...

Faith is a Verb - A Theology of Love
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

In the end we can have all the theology in the world, but if we have not love we are nothing. There is a line in the famous movie  Ben Hur  in which one of his relatives goes to ...

What If You Never Prayed Again?
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Aric Clark, Nick Larson, and Doug Hagler, also known online as Two Friars and a Fool, host conversations on their blog and podcast about theology and spiritual practice, sexuality, and popular culture. They re ...

Rev. Otis Moss Captures Movie Based Sermons In His New Book
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Press

978-0-8298-1991-5 / 160pp / Paper / $17. Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) Pastor ... And Other Sermons from Cinema” by Otis Moss III / ISBN 978-0-8298-1991-5 / 160pp / Paper / $17 ...

Jim Wallis On Finding His Voice
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Lillian Cunningham ...

Poll: Americans Stretch the Truth on Attending Church
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

A new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute finds that many Christians — and unbelievers, too — will exaggerate about attending worship in live phone interviews. “I ...