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You Can Really Call This Wine ‘Vintage Francis’
Originally Posted: 01/15/2015 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Argentine cardinal became pope in 2013, Trinitas Cellars didn’t have any malbec — the famous Argentine grape — in its cellars. But it happened to have a few barrels of cabernet franc. ...

Mission Trips Aren’t Just For Christians Anymore
Originally Posted: 01/15/2015 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Christian missionary work spans the globe. But Jewish mission trips? Christian missionary work spans the globe. But Jewish mission trips? Your average American synagogue is no ...

Christian Leaders Should Prepare for the Long Term
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson’s advice to Christian leaders: Discern God’s call and learn how to sustain your inward life for the long term. Editor's Note:  Granberg- ...

4 Things You Need to Know About Terrorism and Religion
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Here are four things you need to know about the relationship between the archaic sacred and violence and how that relationship threatens our world. After my article on the ter ...

RESOURCES: Pope Francis Interviews
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Links to Elisabetta Piqué’s interviews with Pope Francis.  Between selfies in South Korea and Ita ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

The gospel message of Jesus is about love. God is love, and God wants us to reflect this reality to the world around us. But while Christians have been taught this simple reality for years, it’s easy to compli ...

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

My beautiful child, may you always know love for who you are. If you can’t count on that from the world, know what you can at least count on that from me. My Darling Daughter: ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c;  1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 THE ASTRONAUTS who ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.  ...

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

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

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

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

Using ‘Flower Speech’ and New Facebook Tools, Myanmar Fights Online Hate Speech
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

In Myanmar, a new set of Facebook stickers carry a deeper message than the usual “Like” thumbs-up Facebook icon: “End hate speech with flower speech.” Sometimes a smiley-face emot ...

The Many Sins of Newsweek’s Expose on The Bible
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

It is a tradition in American journalism as predictable as Easter and Christmas itself: a cover story purporting to reveal the true story behind the Bible we thought we knew. It ...

Can Cardinal Timothy Dolan Be Gotham’s Peacemaker?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2015 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

In his own backyard, the current archbishop of New York is much more of a mediating figure, seen as a community leader as well as a churchman. To much of the country, Cardinal Ti ...

20 Favorite Posts From 2014
Originally Posted: 12/31/2014 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

We published hundreds of pieces on the Sojourners blog in 2014, on issues of gender equality, immigration reform, contemplative spirituality, racial justice, reconciliation, poverty, and everything in between. ...

Christmas Found On a Trailways Bus
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 5:46pm | Type: Press

December 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelley Jon Donham ...

Oh come all ye faithful?
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 5:42pm | Type: Press

December 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jennifer Epstein ...

Can You See Your God Through My Spectacles?
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

What I learned living cross-culturally as a Christian is that some people have mistaken the Good News to be changing out old spectacles for new ones. We have reduced the Gospel to be an exchange of values and ...

5 Ways I'm the Worst at Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/29/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

When people experienced healing in Jesus' presence, he never said, “Hey, I did that!” He always told them that it was their own faith that made them well. That’s pretty amazing to consider. And inspiring. ...

Every Christmas Carol A Protest Song
Originally Posted: 12/29/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

The trouble with how we’ve treated Christmas is we’ve screened out the Emperors, and so we’ve missed the point of the angels. I need a word of hope. In verse 1 of chapter 2 ...

All I Want for Christmas Is Uncertainty
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

I am longing for the gift of uncertainty, a type of profound mystery that welcomes questions, a faith that requires a leap of faith to sustain. Have you ever been enamored by a ch ...

Converting People: I Don't Buy It
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

To be more specific, I don’t believe in people converting people. Conversion, obviously, happens. And other people may be there, even standing by and handing the convert a pamphlet. The convert may even be say ...

Dreaming of God With Us
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

custom and law, Joseph had the full right to have Mary stoned to death. Deuteronomy 22:23-25, part ...

In Celebration of the 'Average' Church
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 7:52pm | Type: Blog

Let me tell you why I, a pastor of one of those "average" churches, still bother. You may have never attended an "average" church, but you've certainly ...

Mary’s Song
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 12:20am | Type: Blog

Mary sings about politics and economics, the dangers of unchecked power and the foolishness of false pride, and what it means for persons and nations to eschew the common good. ...

Hope in the Dark Times
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 11:46pm | Type: Blog

The first time I really got it, I was 16 years old. The first time I really got it, I was 16 years old. I had traveled by myself to visit distant relatives in Paris, with ...

Purple Flowers of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 11:39pm | Type: Blog

What storms are you weathering this Advent? What fires assail your mind, body, and spirit? What relationships cry out to be restored? As we wait and prepare for the arrival of Christ in our midst, both in Beth ...

Church of England Names Its First Woman Bishop; Libby Lane to Assume Historic Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Lane, 48, a mother of two and the wife of an Anglican vicar, will be consecrated as the eighth bishop of Stockport, in the Diocese of Chester, at a ceremony at York Cathedral on Jan. 26. ...

2014 in Review: An Unsettling Year, with Religion in a Starring Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Christopher Scuderi of Universal Heart Ministry on Dec. 23, 2013, at the Salt Lake City County offices. Photo ...

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 ...

'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 ...

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 ...

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

Is this not our great hope, to transform the world? God is with us. This Advent may we again move forward in faith. “A time to wait.” I’ve always struggled with Advent as 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 ...