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Evangelicals for Peace: A Summit on Christian Moral Responsibility
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Event

Jim Wallis & Lisa Sharon Harper September 14, 2012 - 8:00am - 5:00pm ...

Where is the U.S. Response in Syria?
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Nick Kristof asks how the United States should be tackling the conflict in Syria. In an op-ed for The New York Times , Nick Kristof ...

Why I Prayed With the Sikh Community Last Night
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

As a follower of Jesus, I am called to stand with the victimized, the oppressed, and hurting. It is what I’m here to do and the very essence of who I am as one “in Christ,” to quote the Apostle Paul. ...

DRONE WATCH: Two Strikes in Yemen Kill 10
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

Drone attacks kill ten militants in Yemen. According to the Associated Press, over the past two days, in two separate strikes, U.S. drones killed 10 al-Qaida militants in ...

DRONE WATCH: Questioning Drones
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

The ethical discussion we need to have. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) published a thoughtful editorial this week raising some of the questions that need to be asked ab ...

DRONE WATCH: Activists Turned Away from Drone Convention
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Two peace activists denied credentials to drone convention in Las Vegas. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is holding a convention this week in Las Vegas, ...

Syria: Medical Supplies Critically Low
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

Escalating violence in Syria shutting down pharmaceutical plants. From The Los Angeles Times : Escalating violence in Syria has shut down pharmaceutical plants, piling ...

The Uncomfortable Questions Around Terrorism and Race
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

An article in The Atlantic takes on race and terrorism. Conor Friedersdorf writes for The Atlantic : Since 9/11, many Americans have conflated terrorism with Musli ...

Sikh Calls for Peace Echo Amish Shooting Response
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

At its heart, both the Sikh and Amish message is that of the indomitable human spirit, guided and inspired by faiths that practices peace, particularly when it is met with quite the opposite. ...

Sikhs and Sacred Ground
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Amidst terror and confusion, Sikhs offered food and water to the growing crowd of police and news reporters outside the gurudwara as part of langar — the Sikh practice of feeding all visitors to the house of w ...

Drone Strike Kills 5 in Yemen
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

The first known U.S. drone strike in Yemen in more than a month took place Saturday. The Long War Journal , citing AFP, reports that the first known U.S. drone strike in Yemen ...

Freedom from Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Commemorating the 67th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. Sixty-seven years ago today, at 8:15 on the morning of August 6, 1945, it was a sunny morning in Hiroshima, Japan, a c ...

Wisconsin Shooting, A Culture of Violence, and Why Prayer is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

This is the moment, once again, where we commit ourselves to the calling of peace. We do it because God’s deepest desire for us is to have life and have it abundantly. We do it because Jesus knows the physical ...

Prayers for Peace Offered to Victims of Wisconsin Shooting
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

As Christians, we are called to be a voice for peace and nonviolence — to stand against a culture of violence that has allowed for two such hateful acts in three weeks. We at Sojourners extend our deepest symp ...

On Africa Visit, Clinton Focuses On Tackling AIDS
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlights efforts targeting AIDS. From The Washington Post : If this small nation, with a per capita income of less than $3 a day ...

DRONE WATCH: An Emerging Drone Culture
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

A culture of drones is emerging without needed debate. Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post t akes a look at an emerging “ drone culture .” “There has been far too lit ...

DRONE WATCH: Mapping Drone Strikes.
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Interactive map of drone strikes in Pakistan. Using data from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the Guardian has created an interactive map of drone strikes in Pakista ...

DRONE WATCH: A Day Job Waiting for a Kill Shot
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

The lives of drone pilots. Imagine a job where you sit in front of a computer monitor, toggling a joystick that controls a drone, watching a family 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Update for July
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism's update for July. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has released its update for July of drone strikes and other US military a ...

'To Protect Peace'
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Faith leaders and others protest a planned military base on a South Korean island. IF YOU HAVE eve ...

War Crimes and Misdemeanors
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Hey Pres. Obama: The Nobel Peace Prize committee is calling. They want their medal back. HEY PRESIDE ...

What It’s Like to Go to War
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Bill Moyers interviews a decorated Vietnam veteran on his experience and the current war in Afghanistan. On the PBS Moyers & Company , Bill Moyers recently interviewed Kar ...

When 'Extremism' is Normalized
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

An interesting article from Glenn Greenwald examines how previously radical legislation has become accepted as normal in the U.S. An interesting article from Glenn Greenwald e ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Attack Kills Seven.
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Latest drone attack in Pakistan kills seven on Sunday. A U.S.  drone attack  on Sunday killed at least seven suspected militants in Pakistan. The Pakistani newspaper DAWN re ...

DRONE WATCH: This Week in Drones
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

The week's news in drones. In drone news this week: The British Ministry of Defense acknowledged that Royal Air Force pilots flew U.S. Predator drones in Libya last year. ...

Kansas City Activists: City Shouldn’t Finance Nukes
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Kansas City, Mo., is in a unique position — it's the only city in the country where, this November, local voters will have a say over U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Kansas City ...

Monsignor William Lynn Sentenced to 3-6 Years for Catholic Sex Abuse Cover-Up
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first U.S. Catholic official convicted for covering up the sexual abuse of children, was sentenced to 3-6 years in prison on Tuesday. Monsignor Will ...

Was Jesus a Pacifist?
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is a question from Christian Piatt's book Banned Questions About Jesus. It is on sale on Amazon Kindle for $2.99 through July 25. Edito ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

This week President Barack Obama called the shooting in Colorado “evil.” And he is right. But perhaps it is also time that we declare that violence is evil, everywhere—period. It’s obvious that killing folks ...

Mary Magdalene, the Massacre in Our Town, and Defiant Alleluias
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

To sing praise to God amid destruction and violence is to simply put evil in it’s place. It’s to draw a line and say here and no further. For the devil surely hates the sound of alleluia. ...

Is Gun Control a Religious Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

Of all the controversies that have followed in the bloody wake of the July 20 shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., few have provided such a clarifying insight into the moral tensions and contradictions in Americ ...

Aurora Worshippers Seek Solace, Guidance After Movie Theater Shooting
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

Worshippers in Aurora, Colo., rocked by the July 20 mass shooting flocked to church Sunday, seeking solace within their faith communities. AURORA, Colo.—Worshippers in this city ...

Love Casts Out Fear
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Both times, I had to remind my students that sometimes churches get it wrong. All people are created in the image of God. Everyone is a child of God. God’s love brings understanding, reconciliation, and peace ...

What Makes a White, Middle-Class Man Kill?
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

We have all kinds of theories about inner city violence, gang murders and the like, but what about these “lone wolf” killers, many of whom have no prior record of criminal behavior at all? ...

A Public Service Announcement from a Coloradoan
Originally Posted: 07/21/2012 - 6:32am | Type: Blog

The staff at Sojourners contacted me and invited me to write something in response to what just happened. So, I'm not writing a blog. I'm providing a Public Service Announcement. ...

Colombian Indigenous Elders Try Alleged Guerrillas
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Indigenous leaders in Colombia's conflict-scarred southwest say they will put on trial before tribal elders four alleged leftist rebels they accuse of attacks on civilians. M ...

Lord Have Mercy: A Prayer for Colorado
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Loving God, Darkness has covered our nation and thick darkness has descended upon our people. Tragedy has clouded out the light. Shots rang out in Aurora, Colorado. Some people were wounded by gas and bullets. ...

Colorado Massacre Casualty Cheated Death in Toronto Mall Shooting Last Month
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

Among the 12 moviegoers killed in the massacre in Aurora, Colo., early this morning was Jessica Ghawi, a aspiring young sportscaster from Texas who had narrowly missed being injured in another act of random violence — the shooting spree in a Toronto ...

Billy Graham's Team Prays with Colorado Shooting Victims, Families
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

According to Cathy Lynn Grossman in USAToday: Five chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team, already in Colorado and New Mexico ministering to victims of the ravaging wildfires, redeployed to Aur ...

Obama, Romney on Colorado Massacre
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney cancelled campaign events Friday in the wake of the unfolding tragedy in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater early today, killing at least ...

Even in the Midst of Violence and Tragedy, Love Wins
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

As a mother, I want to raise brave kids who hear that message and know it to their toes. Everything is going to be all right. Love wins, as they say. I want them to be people who know that there is a bigger pi ...

Afghanistan After America
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Will civil war hit Afghanistan when the U.S. leaves? Dexter Filkins, a former New York Times reporter who covered the war in Afghanistan, has a long and sobering but well ...

DRONE WATCH: Families Sue US for Drone Deaths
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

The families of 3 American citizens killed by drone strikes are suing administration officials. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union ...

BREAKING: Russia and China Veto UN Resolution on Syria
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

UN resolution on Syrian sanctions vetoed. Reported by the Washington Post : Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a U.S.-backed U.N. Security Council resolution threatening ...

Syria: "Spinning Out of Control"
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Following the deaths of senior officials in a bombing this morning, the violence is escalating in Syria. As more details of this morning’s bombing in Damascus are known, the casua ...

DRONE WATCH: Is There a Moral Case for Drones?
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Point-counterpoint on whether there is a moral case for drones. Many discussions about the use of drones center on whether using drones is “moral,” that is, does it satisfy just w ...

DRONE WATCH: U.S. Pakistan Talk Drones
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

U.S. Pakistan talks on drones will resume this month. Talks between the U.S. and Pakistan on drone attacks will resume this month, including a visit by the head of Pakistan’s inte ...

Colombian Indigenous Peacemakers Put the "Active" in "Activist"
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Indigenous activists in Cauca, Colombia advocate to stop the spiral of violence in their area. In an Indigenous region of Colombia's Cauca province, activists armed with cere ...

Where Does the Syrian Conflict End?
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Dr. Josef Olmert asks if, as the Syrian conflict rages in the streets of Damascus, the end is near?   Dr. Josef Olmert  asks if, as the Syrian conflict rages in the streets ...

Class and War
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Chris Hedges has a fascinating piece for Salon on the betrayal of the most vulnerable by war. Chris Hedges has a fascinating piece for Salon on the betrayal of the mos ...