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VIDEO: The Poet of Poverty
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Father Michael Doyle's poetry captures a city of despair and hope. As Andrea Ferich wri ...

AUDIO: A New Life for Weapons
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Mike Martin An interview with Mike Martin, founder of RAWTools. ...

Bridging the Persian Gulf
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright Diplomatic talks with Iran could end the nuclear standoff—and more. AT LAST, AFTER more than ...

Syria Is About People, Not Politics
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Press

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Respond, But How? What We're Missing On Syria
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Press

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Drones and Terrorism: Is the U.S. Scapegoating Al Qaeda?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s an odd question, I know, but it reared its ugly head as I read about the new reports from Amnesty International and Humans Rights Watch on U.S. drone strikes. The scapegoating mechanism is a very precise ...

The Peace Process
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

How does one find ways to strengthen the fragile line between democracy and the lurking dark social disorder? Limiting or reversing anarchy in the U.S. and abroad may depend on finding ways to persuade and pro ...

November 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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November 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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Brazil Tries to Combat Religious Intolerance of Minority Faiths
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

The couple practiced Candomble, an African-Brazilian faith with roots in Brazil’s slave trade. They dressed in white and believed in an all-powerful God who is served by lesser deities, blending Catholicism w ...

A Dogged Pursuit of Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "The alternative—not having negotiations—is guaranteed to fail." GEORGE MITCHELL, the ...

The Knotted Gun
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Bishop Peter Price Is the NRA preventing the U.S. from regulating the international arms trade? IN 1988, a br ...

Waging Peace in Syria
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The words of Jesus are either authoritative for us or they are not. IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, President ...

Soulful Leadership For Peace In Syria
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Press

September 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Margaret Benefiel ...

Give (The Department of) Peace a Chance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

The time is upon us to recognize that peace is not merely a destination, but a journey, and not merely a noun, but a verb, for we can be people of peace even in the midst of a violent world. Instead of spendin ...

Not The Weapons But What They Defend
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

I wish that we, as a people, would speak better words to those who have served in our wars. I fear that we do them, and ourselves, a disservice when we call them all heroes without letting them decide which de ...

In Kenya Attack, Weakened Al-Shabab Seeks a Foothold in Kenya
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

The deadly mall attack in Kenya on Saturday is a sign that the al-Qaida-affiliated group that carried it out has been dealt a blow in Somalia and they are looking to generate headlines with more high-profile a ...

What We Need Right Now
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

Laws can help to restrain us, and can help by making it a little less easy for us to find ourselves armed for murder. But we need something more, something that churches are better equipped to offer than legis ...

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Brings Rally to D.C.
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The reality is bleak: 33 Americans are killed and 260 wounded from gun violence daily. Yesterday, as the culmination of its No More Names bus tour, which reached 25 states in 100 days, Mayors Against Illegal G ...

The War By Remote Control
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

On May 23, President Obama gave a major address from the National Defense University, in which he personally acknowledged for the first time the U.S. government’s killing of four Americans — along with scores ...

The Families of Colombia's 'False Positive' Victims Are Still Fighting For Justice
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Writing for VICE, Ellie Mae O'Hagan continues the story of dangerous peacemaking and the demand for justice in Colombia. Sojourners editors Rose Berger, Elizabeth Palmberg, ...

September/October 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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How We Halted Military Strikes in Syria — For the Moment
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

The threat of U.S. military intervention is far from over. Should the particular diplomatic option on the table not work out, the Obama administration and Congress could still push for a military attack. ...

Obama, Seacrest, and Our War Against Indifference
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The time is upon us to seek solutions and spark action, and the first enemy to conquer is not standing on foreign soil, but rather, it is the collective indifference that sits in so many of our hearts. ...

Muslim Mother Seeks Justice for the Son She Lost on 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

It’s been five years now that Talat Hamdani has been able to talk about her son without crying, but she still prefers mostly not to tell his story. It’s been five years now that T ...

Syria: It Will Take More Than Saying No to Military Strikes
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

When people respond to violence with more violence, they keep that cycle of retribution spinning higher and higher. Oh, just a few well-placed missiles will teach Assad a lesson and he’ll ramp down his attacks ...

On Syria: Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

As Martin Luther King taught us, you cannot fight fire with fire, you only get a bigger fire. You fight fire with water. You fight violence with nonviolence. You fight hatred with love. ...

Syria: The Stuff No One Wants To Talk About
Originally Posted: 09/06/2013 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

I have read countless articles from political, religious, and ethical perspectives on why or why not the U.S. should militarily intervene against the Syrian regime. Most do a decent job evaluating the situatio ...

Pope Francis: Military Intervention in Syria 'Futile'
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday told world leaders gathered in Russia for the G-20 summit that a military intervention in Syria would be “futile,” urging them to focus instead on dialogue and reconciliation to bring ...

'Except by Prayer and Fasting'
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

Governments exist through coercive power. National and international laws function through the power of a threat of some sort of punishment when they are broken. However, faith does not work through coercive p ...

Respond, But How? What We're Missing On Syria
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

The jump we often make from just causes and moral cases to military actions reveals our dependence on old habits of war as our only response to conflict and injustice. It also reveals our lack of imagination f ...

Advice on Syria from Gregory the Great
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

How does one respond to violence without becoming as guilty as the perpetrators you seek to punish? As I began my morning devotions on Tuesday this week, Syria was on my mind. No ...

Christian Pacifism: Relevant Beyond Syria
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 7:23am | Type: Blog

As the United States prepares to “officially” become involved in the Syrian war, Christian pacifism has reemerged as a much-discussed and relevant topic. Unfortunately, the concept has been somewhat misreprese ...

September/October 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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Dreams of Justice: Syria, Barack Obama, and MLK
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

And so President Barack Obama seems to be ramping up the war machine. Ironically, as he plans for possible military strikes, on Wednesday he delivered a talk honoring the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King ...

Pope Francis, Jordan King Say Dialogue is ‘Only Option’ in Syria Conflict
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and Jordan’s King Abdullah II reaffirmed that dialogue is the “only option” to end the conflict in Syria, just as the United States and its European allies consider launching a military strike aga ...

The Ethics of a Syrian Military Intervention: The Experts Respond
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

As the Obama administration readies for a probable military strike against Syria, Religion News Service asked a panel of theologians and policy experts whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria in light of th ...

On Syria: We Must Use a Moral Compass to Guide Our Moral Outrage
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Christians should be guided by the gospel of peacemaking and conflict resolution that reduces the violence of our world. And it is a long-held Christian principle that governments and citizens are obliged to w ...

In Israel, Orthodox Men Demand Beard-Friendly Gas Masks
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Fearful that Syria might retaliate against Israel if the U.S. launches a military strike, Orthodox Jews and others are demanding the Israeli government distribute gas masks that will fit over their beards. ...

AUDIO: Kathy Kelly's Defiant Peace Activism
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo The Editors As Ramzi Kysia writes in " The Song Remains " ( Sojourners , August 2013), after decade ...

Keep Doomsday Religion Out of the Syrian Conflict
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons at the outskirts of Damascus and President Obama mulls a U.S. military response, some theologians hope for an alarming endgame to the 30-month-long Syr ...

Beauty and Pain Take Center Stage in Holocaust Pageant
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

The 18 beauty pageant finalists on stage at Haifa’s basketball stadium wear lovely gowns, their jewelry glitters, and their hair is thick with hairspray. Unlike typical beauty contestants, the Israeli women st ...

Antoinette Tuff: Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 08/23/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

I am praising Ms. Tuff because too often in our violence-saturated world, we fail to see the miracles of hope and humanity. I don’t know Antoinette Tuff. All of my knowledge about her comes from watching her i ...

How Antoinette Tuff Showed the Solution Is Not More Guns in Our Schools
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

When major news networks began playing a recording of suburban Atlanta school employee Antoinette Tuff’s 911 call reporting a shooter in her school’s building on Tuesday, I almost turned off the TV. Then, I he ...

Our Obsession With Violence and the Stories You’re Not Supposed to Hear
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

We do grave harm to these regions and the people within them when we fail to highlight these gritty, subversive, and everyday movements of hope in the midst of conflict. As followers of the great Reconciler, w ...

On Scripture: From Egypt to South Africa, We Are Each Other’s Keepers
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, has been in the hospital for over two months. Nearly twenty years after his election South Africa remains, despite a myriad of troubl ...

Egypt's Christians Under Attack: Interactive Map
Originally Posted: 08/16/2013 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Since the July 3 ousting of former president Mohammed Morsi, Christians in Egypt have faced a shocking spike in violent attacks. USA Today has created an interactive map with real-time updates on attacks on Ch ...

Christian Ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain Dies at 72
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain, a scholar who shaped national conversations on war and peace from her perch at the University of Chicago, died Sunday at age 72. Christian ...

Islam, Terror Threats, and a God of Power
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday, CNN published an article by Peter Bergen titled “What’s behind the timing of the terror threat?” U.S. embassies in the Middle East and North Africa have been closed since last Saturday due to terror ...

Use of drones neither just nor moral
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Press

August 7, 2013 Sojo in the News Sea Coast Online ...