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'A Disaster For The Catholic Church': Other Views
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:30pm | Type: Press

December 23, 2013 Sojo in the News USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/12/23/pope-francis-vatican-other-views-editorials-debates/4182393/ Jim Wallis, The Huffington ...

The Idolatry Of Money
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:27pm | Type: Press

December 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Mandi Smallhorne ...

The Pope's Criticisms Hit Where It Hurts
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Press

December 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Letter to the Editor ...

Pope Francis 'Reminds Us Of Christ' Says US Evangelical
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Press

December 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Ekklesia ...

Views on Evolution Driven by Religion More Than Education
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

As evolution remains a contentious issue for many public schools, a new survey suggests that views on the question are driven by Americans’ religious affiliation more than their level of education. ...

A Christmas Prayer: O God of All Children
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Let us remember all the poor babies and children who struggle to live and realize their God given potential in our own rich land and all around the world today. And commit to act to assure hope and justice for ...

On Scripture: Rising Above the Low-Water Mark of 2013 (Ephesians 1:3-14)
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

It’s a simple plan for climbing above the low-water mark of 2013. Read Ephesians 1 with fresh eyes, and let the spirit of the passage lead you to see all those you encounter as brothers and sisters, whether th ...

2013 Marked Shifts in Views on Social Issues
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

and black Protestants (23 percent) remains lower, though it rose slightly between 2001 and 2013. ...

Church of England to Consider Optional Clerical Robes
Originally Posted: 12/27/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

A well-known Anglican bishop in charge of the archbishop of Canterbury’s campaign to attract young people to the church says he’s ready to put on blue jeans and a T-shirt. A well- ...

Sojo's Top 10 Blog Articles for 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourner blog articles of the past year. Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of ...

Let the Real War on Christmas Begin!
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

The real war on Christmas begins on Dec. 26 and it is waged in the most pernicious way possible: By ignoring the Christmas season altogether. And we will be completely unaware that we are participating in the ...

‘None’ could be religion’s new normal in Britain, USA
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Just in time for Christmas, new statistics show “no religion is the new religion” in Great Britain, according to a study released Monday. Merry what? Just in time for Christmas, n ...

Muslim Christmas celebrations gain a toehold
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

A growing number of American Muslims celebrate Christmas, or at least partake in some ways, even if they don’t decorate their homes with trees and a light show. Indeed, many Muslim families have created their ...

A Tale of Two Christmases
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

There is one Christmas as celebrated by orthodox Christians in which we rejoice in the birth of Jesus into a manger, eventually coming to signify and proclaim the reconciliation of heaven, earth, and nations, ...

Ten Things You Can't Do at Christmas While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 11:38pm | Type: Blog

Christmas is what we make of it. For Christians, however, there are some very specific things you can’t do if you want to actually honor and follow the person we celebrate this season. ...

The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months. It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on ...

The Christmas Wars Are Over, And Christmas Won
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas side of the war have lost — big time. If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas sid ...

Six Reasons Americans Still Need Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Churches are among the few places that inspire deep, authentic, messy, and real community. They go out of their way to involve people and connect them via small groups, activities, and an endless variety of in ...

Pope Francis: An Imitation of Christ
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year. But that is only because Jesus is his Person of the Day — every day. Pope Francis is  TIME's Person of the Year . But t ...

White People Need a Non-White Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

If our modern Jesus is only white, then we miss who Jesus really was and is today. In the wake of Megyn Kelly’s statement that “Jesus was a white man,” critics have quickly and un ...

When Christmas Gets Real
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Examining the Christmas story in this realistic light, it seems not a story that isolates, but a story for the isolated. Our stories are not picturesque or sanitized or even comfortable. And yet, ours are the ...

Respect for Clergy Drops, But Among Republicans, Not So Much
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

Clergy used to rank near the top in polls asking Americans to rate the honesty and ethics of people in various professions. This year, for the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1977, fewer t ...

Pope Francis Brings Religion to the Newsstand
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:08pm | Type: Blog

In the past week, we’ve seen Pope Francis on the cover of Time as the magazine’s “2013 Person of the Year,” followed by The New Yorker’s whimsical cover of the pope as a snow angel. ...

Is It Possible to Celebrate Christmas and the Birth of Jesus on the Same Day?
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Despite our best efforts, Christmas is associated with Santa Claus. Now, if it were the historical “Santa Claus” who gave away his best to save the lives of some children, that’d be awesome. But, no, this is t ...

Pope Francis Directs Curia to Hear Confessions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

As part of Pope Francis’ pastoral reforms, all 44 senior members of the Roman Curia, or governing body, must take turns hearing confession at a church near the Vatican. As part of ...

Pope Francis’ Vatican Reforms May Prompt Curial Pushback
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

In private conversations, Pope Francis often acknowledges that reforming the Vatican will be a difficult task opposed by powerful interests in the church. Developments on Monday showed both the progress he has ...

Remembering Our True Source of Joy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the sadness and injustice of the world, we need to remember that in all things, Jesus is our source of joy. As we prepare for the coming of Christ, the third Sunday of adve ...

The Miracle of Christmas Bread
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger "Food brings people together." THURSDAY NIGHT is baking night at Panadería El Lat ...

On Scripture: Happy are Those Whose Help is the God of Jesse (Psalm 146:5-10)
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

Happy are those whose help is the God of this Jesse — Jesse Lewis of Newtown, Conn. — who in his short life, mastered three words it takes most of us a lifetime to learn: nurture, heal, love. ...

Why My Family Says 'No' to the Santa Claus Myth
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

We have chosen to say “no” to Santa based on our faith, our understanding of social psychology, and commitment to economic justice. A few weeks ago a well-meaning adult asked my y ...

From the Archives: January 1988
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Murphy Davis The Cost of Community THERE ARE DAYS, to tell the truth, that you just have to wonder if it’s wo ...

How Much of Christ Can We Stand in Christmas?
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

It’s time for Christ in Christmas. Time for new life, time for hope, time for the faithful to say yes to God. Time for peace, not war. Time for repentance, not comfort at any cost. Time for justice and mercy a ...

I Am Not A Good Christian
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

What makes one a good person? Additionally, what makes one a good Christian? I have been spending some time wondering about this as news of Mandela’s death has been making it’s way across the planet. Was he a ...

Breaking Down Walls and Individualism
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) but we choose to fight alone. However, ...

There's a 'War on Christmas' -- Just Not the One You Think
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

It is not the cashier’s job to share the church’s story of God coming to the world. This story of the incarnation of God is my story to tell, the church’s story to tell, all of Christ’s followers story to tell ...

Would It Be Okay If You Hugged Me? What a Tearful Teenage Boy Taught Me About Advent
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

God had seemed absent, hiding in the shadows of painful circumstances. But it turns out he was with me all the time, and was taking each horrible, painful detail and working it for good. ...

Trekkies, Klingons and the Language of Worship
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

Do we just use words that we have seen over and over without giving thought to mean to the sacred outsider? Or do we find ourselves trying to use a language that speaks to those with whom we have often disagre ...

Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle A. Gonzalez Some churches calling themselves Christian continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of G ...

Pope Francis Is Not a Standard Bearer for the Right or the Left
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

What Francis is doing is prophetic, not political, and we should recognize that he’s playing, to his credit, in a whole different arena. It’s one thing to say  kind words  about ...

God, Santa, Gifts and a Story for Preschoolers
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Santa as a model to imitate: He gives gifts for the joy of it and so should we. When I was 4 and 5 years old, my parents hung our stockings up at the beginning of Advent. Each mor ...

Is Love All We Need?
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

By its nature, love has no minimums and no limits. It challenges the assumptions and the motivations behind all of our behaviors. Love leaves no part of our lives untouched. The B ...

Sandy Hook Anniversary Reminds Us That Love Endures
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

We tend to think of peace as the absence of conflict and violence, the end of all suffering. But if peace requires such impossible circumstances to exist, we’ll never realize it. ...

Moving into Epiphany's Light
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sermon on the Mount, Jesus acts (Matthew 4:23). So when we finally hear the voice claiming Jesus ... 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23 These readings would leave a trail of scandal if practiced by the people ...

Sin and Simplicity -- Why Jesus Always Borrowed Stuff
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

As an experiment, give something away every day. Just one thing. Unclog one tiny artery of your life. See what happens. Every family, including my own, has its “keepers” and “give ...

Christmas Needs a New Tagline
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, we have yet to find those few, powerful words to create a tagline worthy of Christmas, a tagline that will connect “consumers” with the promise of Christmas. This is not to say we shouldn’t try. ...

Are Those Really St. Peter’s Bones on Display at the Vatican?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis cradled the small box said to contain nine bone fragments believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter, the first pope, he fanned the flames of a long-standing debate over the authenticity ...

What Do We Mean By 'Putting Christ Back in Christmas'?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

As a person who would say that Jesus is the most important thing in my life, who has devoted my life to the service of God’s Kingdom, and spends all of my waking moments trying be faithful to that devotion, I ...

Removing Our Hats -- And Changing Everything
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

What seem like very small, ordinary acts often have immense and lasting impacts. And every interaction that we have — even with a stranger on the street — can leave some sort of mark, either helpful or hurtful ...

The Spirituality of Katy Perry -- Pointing Toward Unconditional Love
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Despite Katy Perry's "Unconditional" love song, in real life, romantic feelings are highly conditional. They come and they go. But God's love is unconditional. ...

Finding God in the Trials of Job
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

The world of Christian theology has seen its fair share of writings that address horrible suffering and the confusion about God’s character that it causes. The biblical character of Job shows us how, as believ ...