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Rev. Gil Caldwell, a ‘Foot Soldier’ for Civil Rights, Turns His Eye to LGBT Rights
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gay organizations should be more inclusive of black leaders, he says, and black groups need to be more welcoming of gay leaders. The Rev. Gil Caldwell walked onto the campus of Du ...

Tell Me About Eternity: A Reflection on Mothers, Death, and God’s Love
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

All I know is that nothing can separate us from the eternal love of God. Knowing that, I think, is enough. We sat there staring at her mother’s 92 year old lifeless body. After t ...

Our Addiction to Busy
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

Maybe there is a way to get all this stuff done and not miss out on opportunities to wonder. Opportunities to be fully alive to ourselves, the world, and those around us. Opportunities to be reminded that we a ...

Why Does Islam Ban Images of the Prophet Muhammad?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Why do images of the founder of Islam — even cartoons drawn by amateurs — incite so much anger in some people that they are motivated to violence? On May 3 in Garland, Texas,  tw ...

Swingers Club or 'Church:' Who Gets to Decide?
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

What does it mean for a secular organization suddenly to label itself a church? Religious scholars seem no more ready to plunge into that debate than American courts have proved to be. ...

Redefining Family
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 9:24pm | Type: Blog

What a small way to live and love when you only expect love from spouse and children and see the love of friends and family as lesser. How could such a small group of people really show all the wonder and magn ...

Citing Lack of Funding, New York’s Museum of Biblical Art to Close
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

The museum will close to the general public on June 14 and cease operations on the 30th. On the heels of what seemed like its greatest triumph — a magnificent display of sculpture ...

Understanding the Religious Sites that Were Lost or Damaged in the Nepal Quake
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

What religious buildings were damaged, and which ones are gone? What religious significance did these buildings have and to whom? In one minute, the April 25 earthquake in Nepal t ...

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Catholic Journalist and Longtime Bishops’ Spokeswoman, Dies at 67
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

of the Sisters of Mercy. She was transferred to the hospice on April 23 as her condition deteriorated. “Sister ...

Question Everything About Your Faith
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

The Christian faith has always been about God coming to save us in human form. The definitive characteristic of Christian faith is that it is rooted in a historic event. We are t ...

A ‘Christian’ Tinder: Do Christians Want or Need It?
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

The first thing I had to do is enter my favorite Bible verse. The first thing I had to do is enter my favorite Bible verse. I debated for a while, thinking I could go the easy ...

Mormon Kate Kelly ‘Happier’ and ‘Invigorated’ After Excommunication
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

works on human rights efforts. She was back in the United States briefly on April 23 as part ...

Engaging Both Sides of the Church's Debate on Gays
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

The conversations at Q — both onstage and off — do not mirror the raging debates common on cable news networks. Only a few dozen worshippers attend Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist ...

David Trobisch Lends Green Family’s Bible Museum a Scholarly Edge
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

In 2006, New Testament scholar David Trobisch abandoned such lofty outlets as Oxford Press and the Journal of Papyrology and Epigraphy for a more mainstream venue: Free Inquiry. In that feisty secular humanist journal, Trobisch identified the likely ...

Legislating Love in the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Isn’t it time we stop putting people into categories and denying their identity? One of the hot button topics in America today is same-sex marriage. This issue has been in the new ...

Vatican Standoff with France Tests Pope’s ‘Who Am I to Judge?’ Stance
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has been hailed for his forward thinking, but — at least according to French news reports — the pontiff has put on the brakes when it comes to a gay French ambassador at the Vatican. ...

Nathan Brown Confronting Atheism
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 9:42am | Type: Press

April 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Charles Scriven ... http://spectrummagazine.org/article/2015/04/23/nathan-brown-confronting-atheism Bell now says that he ...

Why I, a Protestant, Pray the 'Hail Mary' and Use a Rosary
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Mary offers this: a path to the Divine Feminine that I have sought for so many years. As part of this year-long effort to better understand  what we mean  when we talk about fol ...

Who Are the Best Justice Leaders We Need to Know?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

We need to you to nominate the best leaders that no one has heard of to attend The Summit . Last summer, Sojourners hosted The Summit: World Change Through Faith & Justice ...

Infertility and the Role of the Church
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

"Our culture — from our tax policies to our churches — revolve[s] around families with children. When people experience infertility, they grieve what’s missing from their personal lives and are also shut ...

How the Happiness U-Curve Echoes the Buddha’s Teachings
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Those of us who live long enough and enjoy good health see our lives bent back toward the place where, maybe, we should have started long ago. I just learned about the U-curve — t ...

Q&A: How Would You Respond If Your Christian Daughter Became a Muslim?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Alana Raybon was baptized as a child in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. But today, she wears a headscarf and worships Allah. Alana Raybon was baptized as a child in the Af ...

What Struggling Congregations Need to Renew Their Churches
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

They need transformation of life — not pleasant Sunday worship experiences — if they are to stand up to the darkness. I am in a lovely college town to help a congregation discern ...

Crystal Cathedral Founder’s Memorial Covered by Crowdfunding Campaign
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

The GoFundMe appeal seeks $30,000 to establish a website, an archive of Robert Schuller’s work, and a broadcast of the funeral. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the “Hour of Power” re ...

Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question His Views on Gays
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

on April 23. News that the longtime pastor of First Baptist Atlanta and former president ...

Women of the Wall Pluck Torah Scroll Across Partition to Women’s Section
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

For the first time in its 26-year history, the feminist prayer group Women of the Wall managed to read from a full-sized Torah scroll April 20 after one of its members surreptitiously borrowed one from the Wes ...

Explaining 'Working Poor' to my Privileged, Middle Class Children
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

How do I explain something as alien and complex a state as being part of the working poor in a way my kids can have a at least a chance to internalize? For my privileged, perhaps ...

5 Lessons from the Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

to conservative Catholics, died last week after a long battle with cancer. His funeral is set for April 23 ...

The Wisdom of Those Who Plant Seeds
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

By the time I had finished collecting sap (I had predicted we would be done by March 23) the flurries had ...

A Journey Toward Radical Welcome
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

Phillip Keller’s A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (Daybreak Books, 1970). The shepherd imagery ...

Weekly Wrap 4.17.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

Star Wars, RFRA, TIME's Top 100, #FeedFear, and more! 1.  A Newsfeed of Fear: News, Social Change, and Resisting #FeedFear When clickbait lures and controversy sell ...

Timeline: The Long and Contentious Duel Between Rome and American Nuns
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The long and often contentious duel came to an abrupt end on April 16. Here’s how the dispute played out. The long and often contentious duel between the Vatican and the Leadershi ...

Three Years After 'Radical Feminist' Charge, U.S. Catholic Sisters and Vatican Reach Peace Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

The conflicted and controversial three-year doctrinal investigation by the Vatican of U.S. Catholic sisters in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has formally come to an end. ...

Five Things Christianity Can Learn From Buddhism
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 6:46pm | Type: Blog

Buddhism has much to teach us about where we might take Christianity in the 21st century. Could Christianity's future lie in Buddhism's past? This is a possibility that& ...

'Did God Kill Jesus?' Author Talks Suffering, Reconciliation, and the Cross
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

"I think that the cross stands at the very center of Christianity. It is the unavoidable, inescapable center of the Christian faith. It’s in some ways a theological mystery to be solved, and I wanted to t ...

Vatican Ends Controversial Investigation of U.S. Nuns with Olive Branch
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Both sides also reaffirmed a commitment to maintaining unity and keeping the faith and spiritual practices of the Catholic Church at the heart of their common mission. The Vatican ...

Whose Fear? Which Newsfeed?
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

We cannot discuss “A Newsfeed of Fear” without talking about race in post-Ferguson America. In  “A Newsfeed of Fear” ( Sojourners,  May 2015) , Gareth Higgins argues that our ...

Lauren Hill and the Morning Fog
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

of Oct. 23, I immediately noticed the sun working hard to burn off a thick fog that had obscured ...

5 Takeaways from Tuesday's White House Celebration of Gospel Music
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

First lady Michelle Obama hosted a discussion with musicians and students on gospel music at the White House on April 14, praising gospel’s role as “a ray of hope” in American history. ...

Monica Lewinsky and Jesus Christ: Overcoming the Place of Shame
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

Our culture is run by cycles of shame, but we don’t have to be. Monica Lewinsky and Jesus Christ had a similar experience — they both occupied the place of shame. In 1998, Monica ...

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid. Oh … and Jesus.
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Time to change the algorithms of despair in our newsfeeds into algorithms of hope. Lately I’ve noticed that the “prayers of the people” at my church are beginning to sound like th ...

Anglican Communion’s New Secretary General Draws Praise from Africa, Condemnation Elsewhere
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

African Anglicans welcomed the appointment of a Nigerian bishop as the next secretary general of the 85 million-member Anglican Communion, even as others criticized the appointment because of his anti-gay comm ...

Can You Imagine Injustice?
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Imagination doesn’t hide or replace truth — it reveals it. For people benefitting from systematic wealth, power, comfort, favor, and convenience, it can be difficult to relate to ...

When Parenting Meets #FeedFear
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

I want my children to be smart about their surroundings, but I don’t want them to fear everything and everyone around them. Where does "stranger danger" impede "love your neighbor?" ...

The Problem with Creating ‘Christian’ Versions of Things
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 7:21pm | Type: Blog

The problem with Christian-specific events — especially those run under the best of intentions, as Christian Fashion Week appeared to be — is that they hermetically seal off any good intentions from reaching t ...

Alan Chambers: President Obama Is Right to Try to End Ex-Gay Therapy for Minors
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

“Why are you here?” my counselor asked. “I want to be straight. Normal,” I answered. “I want to be here six months and then never talk about this again.” I was 19 at the time, and this counselor seemed like the answer to my eight years of praying ...

None Shall Make Them Afraid: 5 Virtues of Responsible News Consumption
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

If God’s people are indeed shaped by a perfect love that casts out fear, how then do we begin embodying an alternative to the newsfeed of fear in the way that we read, tell, and embody stories? ...

Barack Obama: 'We are called to follow the example of Christ'
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:11pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Carey Lodge ...

4 notable remarks from President Obama’s Easter Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Press

April 7, 2015 Sojo in the News Adelle Banks ...

White House Easter event welcomes cross-section of Christians
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:59pm | Type: Press

April 7, 2015 Sojo in the News Patricia Zapor ...