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Waging Peace in Syria
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | 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 - 8:52am | Type: Press

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

Give (The Department of) Peace a Chance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 9:01am | 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 - 8:12am | 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 - 4:33pm | 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 - 11:34am | 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 - 9:11am | 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 - 4:16pm | 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 - 1:20pm | 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)
Originally Posted: 09/15/2013 - 4:53pm | Type: Product

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How We Halted Military Strikes in Syria — For the Moment
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 4:32pm | 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 - 10:00am | 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 - 8:17am | 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 - 2:55pm | 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 - 10:06am | 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 - 7:45am | 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 - 3:32pm | 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 - 2:00pm | 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 - 12:28pm | 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 - 2:00pm | 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 - 6:23am | 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
Originally Posted: 09/01/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Product

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Dreams of Justice: Syria, Barack Obama, and MLK
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 2:58pm | 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 - 2:05pm | 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 - 9:01am | 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 - 1:53pm | 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 - 3:41pm | 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 - 9:48am | 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 - 3:55pm | 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 - 9:17am | 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 - 2:15pm | 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 - 1:28pm | 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 - 8:27am | 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 - 2:05pm | 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 - 11:19am | 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 - 7:33am | 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 - 4:34pm | 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 - 2:49pm | Type: Press

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

PHOTOS & POETRY: A Unique Look at Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors When most people think of Gaza, surfing is not the first thing that comes to mind. But photo journalist Ryan Rodrick Beiler has an eye for capturing the resilience and ...

From the Archives: Fall 1972
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Peter Ediger Witness to the Lord IT CAME TO pass in the summer of ’72 that many young people gathered in Dall ...

Afghanistan's Children of War
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

The United Nations issued a report on Wednesday stating that the number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013, with women and children faring the wors ...

Bradley Manning Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

If Manning had been found guilty of aiding the enemy, he could have been sentenced to life in prison. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin Wednesday. A military judge rule ...

Fate of Jerusalem Looms Over Peace Talks
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators prepare for preliminary talks in Washington today, the future of Jerusalem — holy to three faiths — looms as the thorniest and most difficult issue to resolve. ...

Buddhist Monk Blames Muslims for Myanmar Bombing
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

A radical Buddhist monk in Myanmar said a bomb that exploded near him, wounding five devotees, came after a death threat by a “Muslim religious leader” who wanted to silence his campaign to prevent Buddhist wo ...

Mistaken Identity Brings Threats to Pastor Zimmermann
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Death threats were the last type of phone calls George A. Zimmermann thought he’d get after serving for 55 years as his Pennsylvania community’s preacher. Death threats were the l ...

DRONE WATCH: U.S. Reduces Strikes in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. has drastically reduced the number of drone strikes in Pakistan. In response to criticism, the U.S. has drastically reduced the number of drone strikes in Pakistan and is ...

Anti-Semitism on Downward Slide but Still Rampant Online
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

The Anti-Defamation League’s study of anti-Semitism in the U.S. shows a 14 percent decrease in incidents during 2012, the second consecutive year of a downward trend. The Anti-Def ...

Senator John McCain: Arizona's Stand Your Ground Law Should Be Reviewed
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Sen. John McCain is requesting review of the recently publicized “stand your ground” law in the state of Arizona. Following an outpouring amount of controversy over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, McCain is requesting actio ...

DRONE WATCH: Courts and Drones
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Federal judge questions claim that courts have no role in examining drone strikes that kill American citizens. The ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights have  sued former ...

DRONE WATCH: Spies in the Sky
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

As lethal drone strikes decline, the use of drones for surveillance increases. In the past few months, drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen have dwindled to only a fe ...