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Australians Push for Vatican Cardinal to Testify on Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

More than 55,000 people have signed a petition calling for Cardinal George Pell to return to his native Australia and face a government commission on child sex abuse. More than 55 ...

From the Archives: June 1990
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Naoko Iyori Trafficked I WAS just 15, and as the eldest I had to do something to help my family. When the cap ...

5 Takeaways from the New Report by U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

The independent watchdog panel created by Congress to monitor religious freedom conditions worldwide issued its 16th annual report last week. The independent watchdog panel create ...

Love Is a Piece of Cake
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

A cake shop made headlines when a same-sex couple levied a lawsuit against it for refusal of service. A cake shop has been in the news lately. Sweet Cakes in Oregon made nationa ...

Mormon Couple Doesn’t Want to be Part of Supreme Court Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

A Mormon man and woman in a mixed-orientation marriage are objecting to their inclusion in a U.S. Supreme Court case filing because it argues that legalized gay marriage would demean marriages like theirs. ...

Who's Watching? Brave New Technology, Same Old Fears
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

We’ve grown up free, but the psychological effects of omnipresent visibility are hard to shake. In 1990, my father and pregnant mother packed up their life in suburban Illinois, b ...

Religious Freedom or Discrimination?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Press

April 2, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Moral Free-Riders
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Mavis Biss The "me first" attitude of anti-vaxxers puts others at risk.  IMMANUEL KANT has been on ...

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: ‘Not Going to Change’ Religious Freedom Law
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended his state’s new religious freedom law March 29 while refusing to say if it would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Indiana Gov. Mike ...

Thoughts on Holy Week: Identifying with Jesus and the Temple Cleansing
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

I challenge myself, and you, to open our eyes to the exploitation around us and to join with Jesus in righteous anger and opposition to exploitation as a spiritual act of Lenten worship. ...

Disciples of Christ Look to Pull Convention From Indiana Over Religious Freedom Bill
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

The denomination is considering pulling its next biennial convention out of Indiana over a new state law that allows businesses to turn away gay customers. Though the Christian C ...

California Attorney General Asks Judge to Halt Initiative to Kill Gays
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

25 for an order allowing her to avoid processing a citizen-proposed anti-gay ballot measure ...

Examining Anti-Semitism on U.S. College Campuses
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 6:54pm | Type: Blog

Human speech does not divide neatly into “hate speech” and “political speech.” Is anti-Semitism rising on U.S. college campuses? According to most statistics, yes — but the ph ...

Despite Rising Anti-Semitism, Jews Thrive in Central Europe
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

are remaking themselves, according to members of those groups. In Poland, home to 25,000 Jews, a museum ... 1,500 children and teenagers from 25 different countries meet at the Szarvas International Jewish Youth ... about Jewish traditions. The camp was established 25 years ago to “rebuild the Jewish identity ...

Bob Jones III Apologizes for Old Stone-the-Gays Remarks
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

The former president of Bob Jones University has apologized for comments he made in 1980 that gays and lesbians should be stoned to death. The former president of Bob Jones Univer ...

The Critical Part Of Orphan Care That Adoption Culture Has Totally Missed
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

We can no longer overlook the critical aspect of orphan care we’ve been missing—preventing it from occurring in the first place For the past 20 years or so, adoption has grown to ...

Utah’s New Law a ‘Toolkit’ for Fighting LGBT Discrimination, Say Activists, Legal Experts
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

The new law offering employment and workplace protections to LGBT people extends an olive branch but misses one key sticking point. Utah’s new law extending employment and workpla ...

Mormons Free to Back Gay Marriage on Social Media, LDS Apostle Says
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

An LDS apostle reaffirmed recently that Mormons who support gay marriage are not in danger of losing their temple privileges or church memberships. An LDS apostle reaffirmed recen ...

Debate Over Gays in St. Patrick’s Parades Roils Irish On Big Day
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

This year some of the faithful aren’t happy with the inclusion of gays and lesbians marching under their own banner for the first time in parades in Boston and New York. St. Patri ...

Prominent San Francisco Evangelical Church Drops Celibacy Requirement for LGBT Members
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

A prominent evangelical Christian church in San Francisco has announced it will no longer ask members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender to remain celibate. A prominen ...

April 2015 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 10:21am | Type: Product

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Police: From Warriors to Guardians
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 10:40am | Type: Press

March 6, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Supreme Court Wrestles with Accommodating Religious Faith on the Job
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Feb. 25, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg summed up the religious exemption required of the company: “Title ... Court on Feb 25. Image courtesy RNS. Title VII doesn’t require accommodating baseball caps, ...

In Over My Spirit: Faithful Dissent on Full LGBTQ Inclusion
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

5 parameters for evangelicals discerning the parameters of faithful dissent. My heart breaks. My head hurts. My spirit is broken on the question of LGBTQ inclusion in Christ’s chu ...

Parking Spat as Motive for Triple Murder? N.C. Muslims Don’t Buy It
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

married Yusor Abu-Salha at a Marriott hotel in Raleigh, about 25 miles from Chapel Hill,  with some 300 ...

VIDEO: Nashville Sit-Ins
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video depicting the social responses to boycotts during the civil rights?  In the 1960s Rev. Dr ...

A History of (Non)Violence
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Many are calling today's protesters "violent" because they yell, they look angry, and they don't p ...

The Cost of Discipleship
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Erin E. Tocknell When Nashville pastors and seminary students took a stand during the civil rights era, their own congregations were oft ...

In Over My Head: Freedom and LGBTQ Inclusion
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

(Gal. 5:16-25). The letter to the Philippians promises that what God has begun will eventually ...

When Love with Limits Isn’t Love at All: Thoughts on Exclusion in a Time for Inclusion
Originally Posted: 02/03/2015 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

We belong, not because of what we did or did not do, but because God includes us. I’ve always cringed when I hear someone say, “Love the sinner but hate the sin.” In the end, I ...

Christians Strip on Court Steps to Protest Detention of Asylum Seekers
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

The group, Love Makes a Way, had just pleaded guilty to trespassing in Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's electorate office in December, where they had staged an eight-hour peaceful sit-in. ...

We Need to Talk About Modern-Day Slavery
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

No U.S. president has ever raised the issue in his big annual address. That needs to change. In his annual State of the Union address last week, President Obama began his foreign ...

In Over My Heart: Friendship and the LGBTQ Church
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

That anyone, most especially evangelicals, questions God’s — and by extension, the Christian community's — love and friendship for and with my Christ-professed gay and lesbian sisters and brothers breaks ...

The Pope is wrong on religious speech
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 11:25am | Type: Press

January 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Heidi Schlumpf ...

Did Jesus Really Never Say Anything About Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

In the realm of biblical arguments in support of same-sex relationships, I’ve always found one — “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality” — to be particularly weak. In th ...

The Torture of Our Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Hypocrisy was — as it continues to be — the homage our vices pay to our virtues. Hypocrisy is woven into the founding fabric of our nation. While engaged in the systematic th ...

Five Gifts for Your Favorite Faithful Feminist
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

Sojourners’ Just Giving Guide has detailed a variety of ways to shop in a socially-conscious manner. We’ve gone one step further and highlighted some unique purchases from organizations that directly impact th ...

Torture, the Bible, and America's Faith in Violence
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Whether it is described in the vocabulary of religion or more "secular" terms, violence — and in the case of torture, shockingly inhumane violence — is described as a necessary means for bringing abo ...

Pope Francis Joins Other Faith Leaders to Demand an End to Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

“Modern slavery … fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity,“ the joint statement said. Pope Francis and religio ...

TIMELINE: Incarnation
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés Vincent Gordon Harding and Rosemarie Freeney Harding: A Biographical Timeline.  Vincent and Rose ...

Dancing on the Grave of Division
Originally Posted: 11/09/2014 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

and without. Today marks the 25th anniversary of that most wonderful night when people who had been divided ... Berlin celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall with different events and commemorations. ...

'Don't Get Weary Though The Way Be Long'
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 5:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joanna Shenk Vincent Harding and the struggle to build a more democratic America.  IN JANUARY 2012, I was dri ...

Vatican Ethicist: No Dignity in Brittany Maynard’s Physician-Assisted Death
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

“We don’t judge people, but the gesture in itself is to be condemned,” said Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which is responsible for ethical issues in the Catholic ...

Pope Francis Blasts Supermax Prisons as ‘Torture’
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis said Oct. 23 that keeping inmates isolated in maximum security prisons is “a form of torture,” and called life sentences “a hidden death penalty” that should be abolished along with capital punishment. “All Christians and people of good ...

What does it mean to act like white people?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Press

October 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Who Cares About Guam? On American Patriotism and Veteran Mental Health
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

In ‘Island of Warriors,’ the second episode of the new PBS series America by the Numbers, Maria Hinojosa, executive producer and anchor of NPR’s Latino USA, examines the challenges faced by American veterans i ...

Jim Wallis on Ferguson: Repentance has not happened there yet
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Police brace for weekend of protests across St. Louis
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Christine Byers ...

Organizers invite nation to St. Louis to protest and strategize for Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Bridjes O'Neil ...

#UpForSchool -- Sign the World's Biggest Petition
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 11:52am | Type: Press

September 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Gordon Brown ...