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Murder and Militant Songs Betray Mandela's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As millions of Christians celebrated Easter this past weekend, their celebrations were interrupted by events in South Africa and Zimbabwe that reinforced the relevance of the message of Easter for ...

(Some) Palestinians Allowed to Travel to Jerusalem for Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Israeli Embassy has confirmed this afternoon with Sojourners that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/30/a-palm-sunday-procession-to-jerusalem-ends-in-arrests-including-the-donkey/">trave ...

A Palm Sunday Procession to Jerusalem Ends in Arrests -- Including the Donkey
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 2010. Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethle ...

'God Will Not Hear You': Death Threat to a Colombian Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"God will not hear you," the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1004&amp;article=a-paramilitary-death-threat&amp;1004_webextra=Extended%20 ...

Finding Watchtowers and Blind Spots in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598749580_J3NyL"></a>From the window of my hotel room in Bethlehem, I could see the &qu ...

Circling Jericho in Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There seems to be a consistent political pattern emerging in Zimbabwe: first, there will be a violation of the unity agreement by ZANU (PF), followed by challenge by opposition parties with threat ...

Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conferenc ...

Jon Stewart: 'How Oscar Romero Got Disappeared by Right-Wingers...for the Second Time'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

Christian can learn from his example. On March 24, 1980 -- precisely thirty years ago next Wednesday -- ...

Social Justice Christians: 'A Dangerous Option in Zimbabwe'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I loved the title in <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=sojomail.home"><em>SojoMail</em></a><em> </em>last week which said <a href="http://www.s ...

Inspired by Haitians Rebuilding Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>First of all, I have several pictures below I'd love to share with you from my recent trip to Haiti. It's surreal to me that a week ago, I was in Haiti -- hosted by the good folks at <a ...

A Hold-Out and a Hunger Strike on Aid for Uganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

for 24 years. For many of us, that is longer than we have been alive. This war has been perpetrated ...

Maybe It's Not Supposed to Feel Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

just want to get married, have 2.4 kids, a doggie, a nice home with a manageable mortgage with a nice ...

Hard Questions in Haiti: How to Aid Recovery without Dependency
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sarah Ward, Enterprise Development Technical Advisor with <a href="http://www.theirc.org/" target="_blank">IRC (International Rescue Committee),</a> meets with principa ...

Rebuilding Hope by Hiring Haitians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It was just over a month ago that the earthquake devastated Haiti, an impoverished place ill equipped to deal with the disaster. Since then emergency crews, including hundreds of doctors, nurses, and ...

Reading Ezekiel with Nick Kristof
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

In Sunday's <em>New York Times</em>, Nicholas Kristof, one of my favorite columnists, has a striking piece on the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28kristof.html&quo ...

Evangelicals, Global Relief, and 'the Sin of Sodom'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

There's a remarkable article in Saturday's <em>New York Times</em> by Nicholas Kristof: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28kristof.html" target="_blank ...

An Interview with Edwidge Danticat
Originally Posted: 04/28/2011 - 10:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Editor’s Note: Edwidge Danticat, author of six books including Editor’s Note: Edw ...

Haiti: Rebuilding in the Midst of New Earthquake Scares
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I'm just posting this after a huge earthquake scare. Our house shook again like crazy about at about 1:26 a.m. Tuesday, screams came from our neighborhood, sirens went off in Port au Prince ...

Palestinian Christians, Israeli Allies, and Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a> <a href="http://ncronline.org/news/justice/palestinian-ch ...

A Profound Choice for Israel and the World's Jews
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598931103_ji8fs"></a>I've just returned to the U.S. following an exhilarating week ...

African Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

fervently the Ethiopians Evangelical Christians prayed, a true 24-7 practice. What I'd really love ... learned from them how fervently the Ethiopians Evangelical Christians prayed, a true 24-7 practice. ... fervently the Ethiopians Evangelical Christians prayed, a true 24-7 practice. What I'd really love ...

J Street: Pro-Peace = Pro-Israel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

hermeneutics. Matt 24, for example, from my position has to do with Israel and the Gentiles. Post-tribbers say ... the honeycomb which, without the salt, is "sweet to your taste." (Prov 24) McLaren puts forth ... spirits." I can tell when a person throws salt on the honeycomb, referenced in Proverbs 24. McLaren ...

Refugees: North Korea's Seeds of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

North Korea is the most isolated and closed-off country in the world. North Korea is the most isolated and closed-off country in the world. Basic freedoms -- such as the freedom o ...

Video: Saved from the Rubble in Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Here is an interesting interview with Gerald and Wenson, who helped to rescue Christa Brelsford after a house in Darbonne collapsed on her during the earthquake. Here is an intere ...

Haiti: One Month Later, by the Numbers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

One month later rain pours into the streets of Port-au-Prince. One month later rain pours into the streets of Port-au-Prince. Some call it "fresh misery." I think, h ...

Drama and Confusion in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

This past week has been characterized by drama and confusion in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In South Africa the drama started on Sunday, Feb. This past week has been characterized ...

Haiti: Faith-Based Business Partnerships Seek a Sustainable Recovery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Three days after a 7.0 earthquake rocked their city, hundreds of Haitians returned to work at SPIA, one of the largest pasta production companies in the country. Three days after ...

A Haitian Church Engages Long-Term Needs in Port-au-Prince
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Law student Sebastien Doussous currently manages the database on a needs-assessment survey administered, just days following the Jan. 12 earthquake, by members of his church, L'...glise Communaut ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/08/fashion-as-a-social-justice-vehicl ...

Beyond a Predictable Script: Dialogue with Comments on My Israel/Palestine Posts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesus worked and walked in the past. It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesu ...

Victory for Haiti Debt Cancellation!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

For those of us who work for social justice, victory can seem elusive. For those of us who work for social justice, victory can seem elusive. But then there are times when we mob ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> On his blog , international missiologist Andrew ...

Examining El Salvador's Past and Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Tomorrow, Jamie Moffett, director of <a href="http://www.theordinaryradicals.com/"><em>The Ordinary Radicals</em></a>, will debut the first seven minutes of his documentary &l ...

An Ordination by Archbishop Tutu and Valentine's Day Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Saturday, Jan. 30, I attended a service in which one of my colleagues was being ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Church together with ten others who were being ordained either as priests or dea ...

The Global Grassroots Struggle Against Corporate and Government Corruption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=tell-the-truth-and-shame-the-devil], anti-corruption"><em>As described in the February ...

Haiti: Living and Loving Through Tragedy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I was at the supermarket at my home in Florida with my two young daughters when my sister-in-law called to ask if I'd heard that there had been an earthquake in Haiti. I was a bit stunned. " ...

Break the Chains of Haiti's Debt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Over the last few weeks, we have seen an incredible international response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti. U.S. citizens are generously giving; the U.S. Over the last few weeks ...

Video: Phase Two of the Earthquake Response -- From Relief to Rebuilding
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p> John Engle is co-director of Haiti Partners (<a href="http://www.haitipartners.org/">www.haitipartners.org</a>), which has set up an Earthquake Response Fund.</p> ...

Israeli Peacemakers' Challenge to Americans
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>We have spoken with many Palestinians in the West Bank and in East ...

Haiti: Hell and Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Smoke and flames rose from the sidewalk. A white man took pictures. Slowing down, my breath left me. The fire was a corpse. Leg bones sticking out of the flames.</p> Smoke ...

Challenging Media Narratives on Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

A number of commentators have questioned the accepted logic that disasters bring out the worst in people, directly challenging the pervasive "looters run amok" imagery often perpetuated by the medi ...

Israel and Palestine: People Aren't the Enemy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Friday night we were the guests of a synagogue in West Jerusalem. It was beautiful to see the room full of Jewish families honoring God in song, reading, silence, and prayer. Frid ...

Five Observations from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>We arrived in Bethlehem with our wonderful group of pilgrims. Folk ...

Video: Haitians Organize to Meet their Needs
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Watch this video to see how people in Darbonne are organizing, getting the information they need, and analyzing so that they can address problems caused by earthquake.</p> <p> John Engle i ...

Video: My Adopted Family Reunion in Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I was just interviewed on "100 Huntley Street," a national TV show in Canada. I was in Toronto for a Haiti Partners event with Tony Campolo on Sunday evening that was scheduled six months ago.</p& ...

Learning from Iraqi Good Samaritans
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Just a few days ago, I returned from with a small group of Christian peacemakers. Just a few days ago, I returned from a short trip into Iraq with a small group of Christian p ...

Haiti, Aftershocks and Tremors: One week and two days later
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the rest of the world has been pondering the economic and social fate of the recently earthquake-devastated island nation of Haiti, Haitian-Americans alone have asked, "What will happen to ou ...

Can Compassion for Haitians Extend to Other Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred many Americans to action -- through donations, public service, humanitarian aid, etc. While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred man ...

African Solidarity with Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. Augustine college ...

A Home in Haiti: From Joy to Heartbreak
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I recently visited my friend Koulou. It was heartbreaking to see that the house was now destroyed that, radiating with joy, he had shown me on January 1st.</p> <p> John Engle is co-direct ...