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Inception: The Art of Paying Attention in Books and Film
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> I've been reading Paul Harding's debut novel, Tinkers, which was this year's surprise Pulitzer Prize winner. It's a modest tome -- slim of build, light in the hand. ...

Changing the Script on Political Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When I picked up a copy of Daniel Schultz's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1935439146?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9 ...

Tupac Shakur: Liberation Theologian for Our Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once every generation. Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once e ...

11 Women Writers You Should Be Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Here are some of my favorite women writers of spirituality and theology in no particular order with short comments on why I recommend them.</p> Here are some of my favorite ...

On Arizona, Artists Speak Up, Refuse to Play
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow creative types respond to injustice or need. As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow cr ...

Faith's Wild Poetry
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 8:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The Complete Psalms, by Pamela Greenberg. Bloomsbury USA. Joyful Noise, edited by Robert Strong. Autumn House Press. ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 8:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Be Not Consumed Be Not Consumed The Story of Stuff Project and the GreenFaith coalition p ...

Real Life, Real Truth
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 8:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Documentary films have the potential to both show us the world and change it. Documentary films ...

Firethorn
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kevin Hadduck Over chatter of starlings and grackles, you hear your father’s voice, confident and constant as bee hum in the backyard of y ...

First Among Equals
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. I never look forward to my trips to Dallas, a red-state city short on political tolerance but long on congenial in-laws, who ...

The Moral of "Toy Story 3"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-toy-story31.jpg"></a>It's been awhile since Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the gang have been on the big screen, but they've lost ...

Seeing Our Place in the Matrix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I won't forget the day the 15-year-old Korean exchange student I tutored informed me she needed surgery to "correct" her eyes. I stopped my grammar lesson and had her teach me about racism.</ ...

Is Google Making Us Ignore God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

God calls on us to meditate on God and God's word. However, does the fast intake of information from TV, film, and especially the Internet make us less likely to experience God? ...

Texas School Board: The "Common Good" as Liberal Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The Texas School Board has approved controversial new social studies standards . Some on the board appear more intent on imme ...

Quitting Church: An Interview with Julia Duin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801072271?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=0801072271"><em>Quitting Church: Why ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter The Virtual and the Divine The Virtual and the Divine The writers in Halos and Avatars: ...

Johnny Cash's Final Songs
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The man in black shows us how to die. The life of Johnny Cash, the man, ended in 2003, but ...

The Song of Rosanna's Survivor Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> I came to be friends with Rosanna through my wife's work. B ...

Climate of Change: Global Grassroots Environmental Success Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100526-climate-of-change.jpg"></a>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IHSS9W?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;li ...

Growing Where We're Planted
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

To make a difference for good in this world a person has to have a sense of place. But few of us have such a sense. We are a people on the move. To make a difference for good in t ...

The Lazarus Effect: The Miracle of AIDS Treatment in Zambia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>When I got a press release announcing that Spike Jonze was the executive producer of </em><a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-lazarus-effect/index.html">The Lazarus Ef ...

Telling Stories True: An Interview with Sara Zarr
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Kirkus Reviews</em> calls Sara Zarr's third young adult novel, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316036048?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2 ...

Screwtape and Self-Righteous Hell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had the recent pleasure of seeing Max McLean's deliciously wicked portrayal of Screwtape in <a href="http://www.fpatheatre.com/screwtape/">The Screwtape Letters</a> curren ...

Facebook: Friend or Foe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Well, they're at it again. Well, they're at it again. In the April issue of Sojourners I wrote about the joys and potential pitfalls of Facebook : On one hand, us ...

A Hymn and Prayer for the Gulf: 'O God, the Great, Wide Seas are Yours'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong>This hymn-prayer was written in response to the ongoing oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started on April 20<sup>th</sup>. ...

Lena Horne's Bright Shining Light
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Lena Horne is gone, but she remains a bright shining light.</p> Lena Horne is gone, but she remains a bright shining light. When Lena Horne went to Hollywood, ...

'Lovely to Me': A Music Video Tribute to Immigrant Mothers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Our Voices of Immigration campaign seeks to bring the stories ...

Eating Animals: 10 Reasons to Avoid Factory Farmed Flesh
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eating-Animals-Jonathan-Safran-Foer/dp/0316069906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1273178033&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20">< ...

Dispatch from Prison: How Strong Is Hope?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In my daily prayer book, the morning antiphon for today said: "The Lord chose these holy men for their unfeigned love In my daily prayer book, the morning antiph ...

White Flag Warriors at the Border: Recognizing Humanity on All Sides of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/04/white-flag-warriors-at-the-border/"></a>About a year ago, when we were writing our song "White Flag Warrior," my friend (and fe ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

This I Believe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of the best gifts I received when I finished grad school was a book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805086587?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1 ...

Why Flobots Is Doing a May Day Concert in Arizona (+Free Download)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am a rapper. I rap in a band called <a href="http://flobots.com/">Flobots</a>. Today is day one of our spring tour promoting our new album Survival Story, so I am writing this ...

Packaging the Voice of the Other
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>After the <a href="http://julieclawson.com/2010/04/19/what-is-emerging/" target="_blank">synchroblog</a> last week and all the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">discussions surrounding the question of if the emerging church is too white</a>, I've had a number ...

Video: Jon Stewart on Arizona's 'Law and Border'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> <a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/senate_ccir2010">+Click here to take action for immigration reform!</a></p> +Cli ...

Colbert's Analysis of Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Bill: No Problemo
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>A little satire to lighten a week of heavy news on the immigration reform front:</p> <p></p> A little satire to lighten a week of heavy news on the imm ...

This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.thispalestinianlife.org/Stories.php"></a>Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show <a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeile ...

Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion. I'm not much of a sports person, bu ...

The Second-Best Book on Sabbath
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

and the evangelical and romantic Sabbaths of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Shulevitz, who has written ...

Video: Glenn Beck Meets with Jim Wallis for Social Justice Dialogue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

the people shall say, Amen! (and so it is)'" Deuteronomy 27:19 "Have I not wept for those ...

Bill To Reject Bipartisanship Receives Broad Bipartisan Support
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Leaders of both parties in the House of Representatives hailed the passage of landmark legislation on Tuesday that rejects bipartisanship once and for all.</p> Le ...

Biden and Palin Upstage Obama with Bipartisan Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On the heels of President Barack Obama's surprise visit to the troops in Afghanistan on Sunday, Vice President Joseph Biden and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin revealed a surprise of their own: ...

Archbishop Tutu Underwhelmed With U.S. Version of 'Reconciliation'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Archbishop Desmond Tutu's excitement that Congressional leaders were going through a process known as 'reconciliation' was abated last week when he learned that the procedure was not, i ...

U.S. Anti-immigration Law Sparks International Exodus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A legislative victory by opponents of immigration has had the unintended consequence of forcing the deportation of almost every U.S. citizen to their country of ancestral origin. ...

5 Books to Spark Your Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Alas, simply reading a book won't make you a better person. Alas, simply reading a book won't make you a better person. But when it comes to spirituality, books can some ...

Hurt Locker Can't Contain the Reality of War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am not a movie buff by any standard, but somehow I suspect I am not the only one who was more than a little surprised at the reception of the latest war movie at Sunday's Oscars. ...

The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about ...

Committed: Family Values from Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/"></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0670021652?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp ...

So I'm a Heretic
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385504225?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;amp;linkCode=as2&amp;amp;camp=1789&amp;amp;creative=390957&amp;amp;creativeASIN=03 ...

Culture War Cease-Fire
Originally Posted: 04/28/2011 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins There's evidence that popular cinema is taking real life seriously. One day last fall, I w ...