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Poll Says Muslim Brotherhood Has Soured Americans on Egypt
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The Islamic political party known as the Muslim Brotherhood has soured American attitudes towards Egypt, arguably America’s most important Arab ally, since its candidate Mohamed Morsi won presidential election ...

Submission: Freedom and Community
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Freedom has always been important to Americans, but a short-sighted definition of freedom has played havoc with the common good recently. Communities, essential to our survival and well-being, are suffering. ...

Sophoan Rath
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Four questions for Sophoan Rath. Bio: Tour guide in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and survivor of the ...

Friends Without Borders
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

as a virtual one. We brought in the New Year on a 24-hour "Skype-a-thon" with the kids ...

Gen Xers and the New Cuba
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage A new generation of Cuban Americans encourages broader dialogue. GROWING UP IN the Catholic Chu ...

VIDEO: Shifting the Conversation in North Korea
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Be a part of the movement to redefine the public's perception of North Korea. For decades, ...

A Relentless Faith
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Sylvia Yu Steven Kim won't let anything - not even imprisonment - stop him from his mission to care for the people of North Korea. ...

Sojo Stories: The Preemptive Love Coalition
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

A few weeks back at the Justice Conference we had the chance to sit down with Jeremy Courtney, cofounder of the Preemptive Love Coalition, and tell the story of his amazing work in Iraq providing heart surgery ...

Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien Resigns After Sex Accusations
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Scotland resigned on Monday in the wake of explosive charges that he had made “inappropriate” sexual advances to four men, three of them priests, and one now a former seminarian, star ...

A Call for a New Social Covenant
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Press

January 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis The Huffington Post ...

Celebrating the Miraculous on World AIDS Day
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

this Saturday, Dec. 1, there is evidence of the miraculous.  After 24 years of commemorating this day ...

Palestinian Christians Rally for U.N. Status Upgrade
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

The time has come to do right for the Palestinians. It is time to unite in support for justice through peaceful means. Palestinians deserve freedom and dignity, and any step that brings this just and moral cau ...

Don't Give Up on Global Friendship
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Lindsay McLaughlin We should honor slain diplomats by keeping the flame of diplomacy alive. WHEN AMBASSADOR C ...

10 Things I Learned in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

"No matter how objective we may think we are or desire to be, we all see the world through a specific telescope/worldview. When we choose to look through the telescope of people who are “different” than u ...

Photo of the Month: Room at the Inn?
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors December 2012 photo of the month. The Sojourners magazine photo of the month ( December 20 ...

Sultans of Satire Aims to Bridge Gaps with Muslims, Arabs Through Comedy
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 10:16pm | Type: Blog

Elgrably started the Sultans of Satire in November 2005, the same month that Comedy Central started its higher profile Axis of Evil comedy tour. Engaging youth has been a goal of the cultural center since its ...

Activists Say Religion Key to Combating Female Genital Mutilation
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

Because of its severity and prevalence, female genital mutilation (FGM, or "cutting") is arguably one of the most important human rights issues in the world. It’s also become increasingly important i ...

Study: Muslims and Hindus Less Likely to Have Premarital Sex
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

With their “True Love Waits” jewelry, conferences and T-shirts, Christians may be the face of the abstinence movement, but Muslims and Hindus are more likely to abstain from premarital sex. ...

Kenyan Churches Claim Herbs Threaten HIV/AIDS Patients
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Church leaders are pressing the Kenyan government to scientifically test herbal medicines that are used by millions to manage and treat diseases, saying the nontraditional therapies could be ...

A (Possibly) Significant Development in Muslim-Christian Relations
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

A possibly significant development in Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations is being spear-headed by the Islamic Scholars of North America (ISNA). A possibly significant development i ...

A Lesson in Selflessness
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Here, I had come to bring God to my African friends. Instead, God came to me in this African woman and her child. Peacemaking happens in many forms. Sometimes peace is offered to ...

QUIRK: It's Hard to Change the World, Especially as a Sweet Potato
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than 2.4 million child deaths  —  or more than one third of all ...

Ethiopia: The Face of God
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia — When I posted the photograph of a beautiful little Ethiopian girl holding a daisy a few days ago, my friend and fellow God's Politics blogger Christian Piatt responded on Twitter wit ...

Is the British Monarch the ‘Defender of the Faith’ or ‘Faiths’?
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

As Britain awaits the appointment of the next archbishop of Canterbury to lead both the Church of England and the far-flung Anglican Communion, there's renewed attention on the woman who officially gets t ...

Is Our Debt to China the Key to Global Peace?
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Is our dependence on the Far East a good thing? Depends on how you look at it. We’ve been hearing an awful lot about the national debt lately – particularly during the current el ...

Leila Sansour
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Six questions for Leila Sansour Bio: Catholic Palestinian film director and founder of th ...

From 'Iron Fist' to Hand of Peace
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Gangs in El Salvador call a truce from behind prison walls. IN THE TRAGIC, often-hop ...

Judge Orders Man to Study Hinduism After Hate Crime Conviction
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Bell on Sept. 24. “If I have to do it, I’ll do it,” Bell replied. “Do you know why I’ve assigned ...

Pope’s Butler to Face Trial on Saturday
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican's most sensational trial since the end of the Inquisition might end fairly quickly — and with a surprisingly light sentence. The Vatican's most sensational ...

'Love Your Neighbor' Wasn't Just a Suggestion
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

The answer to bad religion is not secularism, as all the “new atheists” like to say; rather, it is better religion. And the best antidote to religious fundamentalism of all stripes is — in every case — the gen ...

Survey: Syrian Rebels Seek Islamic Democracy
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Members of the Syrian opposition generally want a democratic government that protects the rights of minorities, though many also want a constitution based on Islam, according to a recent survey. ...

Here We Go Again?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

If we have the courage and wisdom to learn the backstory — ours and theirs — we can begin to transcend the vicious cycles in which we are now stuck, spinning. Joe Scarborough sa ...

Isolation, Integration, and the International Day of Peace
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the United States currently spends more than $711 billion per year on military expenditures, which is – by far – the most of any coun ...

Ambassador Stevens’ Death: Tragic, Hopeful, Ironic
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

The majority of Libyans simply want peace, a safe place to raise a family and the basic resources to provide a decent quality of life for those they care about. Not unlike all of us. When we think in these ter ...

Taming the Tongue
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

If we are offspring of the heavenly parent, if we are made in the likeness of God, how should that shape our speech and control the way we wag our tongues? [ Editor's Note ...

U.S. Muslims, Copts Appeal to Rioters: Stop the Violence
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. are pledging not to let a spate of violent protests in some 20 Islamic countries derail recent efforts to improve the sometimes troubled relations between the tw ...

Report: Religion at Heart of Illegal Ivory Trade
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Since the ban on international trade of ivory in 1989, the ivory black market has been on the rise, and a National Geographic investigation found that demand for religious art pieces carved out of the precious ...

Episcopal Priest Under Scrutiny for Nude Photos
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

How does the church recognize the beauty of art that depicts God's creation — the human form — without seeming to condone "a beauty exciting to lust"? In the middle ...

Middle East Riots Fueled by Competition Between Radicals, Moderates
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Anti-American riots that have spread to more than a dozen countries across the Middle East are a sign of fissures between radical and more moderate Islamists that are vying for power as their societies undergo ...

Sudanese Peace Activist Beaten in South Sudan
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, activist rapper Emmanuel Jal was beaten by polic in Juba, South Sudan, while promoting his International Peace Day Concert. Emmanuel Jal—South Sudanese pop music ...

Why I’m Taking my Hunger Strike from Bogota to Detroit
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Colombian Chevy-plant worker explains his faith-based reasons for standing up for himself and other workers fired after sustaining on-the-job injuries. In Colombia, where I live, ...

Blindfolded Judges
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

“comforters” saying “when the land falls into the hand of the wicked He (God) blindfolds its judges” (9:24 ...

Expanding the Debate around Circumcision
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 6:19pm | Type: Blog

A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that circumcising young boys represents grievous "bodily harm." The court found that the child’s "fundamental right to bodily integrity" was more ...

A Conversion of Connections in the Global Village
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

As an expression of faith, and in response to the gracious love of God and call to follow Jesus, the time has come to function in ways that restore the global village into that which God is calling it to be. W ...

U.S. Muslims and Coptic Christians Petition Egypt Not to Include Shariah
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. are calling on the Egyptian government to exclude any mentions of Islamic law or language that discriminates against minorities in its draft constitution. ...

Achieving an AIDS-free Generation by Healing the International Village
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

The International AIDS Conference left me more convinced that if we start seeing this virus through the same lens as God, the acronym HIV takes on another meaning of Healing the International Village. ...

Politics, Gaffes, and Truth
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

One wonders if we have received a rare gift of unaltered reality in this period of deepening crisis in the Holy Land and overheated atmosphere in the American presidential campaign. ...

God Loves Losers: Reflections on the Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

I’m usually a fan of the underdog, and I’m not exactly a sports fanatic, but something about the national zeal, combined with the athletic excellence, brings it out in me. I’m an ...

Interfaith Prayer Room Welcomes Worshippers at AIDS 2012
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s a rare place of worship where Muslims and Baha’is both congregate, and where prayer rugs share space with a silver cross, religious pamphlets on healing in Hebrew, and a bright scarlet AIDS bow. ...

The HIV Minister (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Andrena Ingram is currently the only known Lutheran ordained pastor living openly with HIV. Her husband's death from an AIDS-related illness, and the shame that he felt, inspired the pastor to be open about her own diagnosis with HIV. She ...