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Namibia-Angola War Retrospectives
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

As President Obama prepares to travel to Israel and Palestine, we can hope and pray that models such as the ones found along the Okavango River in Namibia/Angola will inspire local Syrians and Israelis beside ...

Nearly 50 People Murdered in Chicago and No One Gives a *&%^$
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Chicago is weeping from the emotional exhaustion of having to bury too many youth who have been murdered. My city of Chicago, known as the City with Big Shoulders, is now on its k ...

Gun Violence: How Valuable is a Life?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

What about all the images of God erased from our lives and families every year through gun violence in the U.S.? Earlier this month, my friend and colleague,  Richard Twiss , co ...

Lay Down Your Arms and Take a Stand
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

In this fight, the individual with the loaded AK-47 rifle may be only slightly less dangerous than the passive citizen, the average person who may think "something should be done about guns,” but fails to ...

Christians: Gun Violence is Our Issue
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Once we establish that gun violence is "our issue," once we have established solidarity, organization has a platform. Newtown is us, but so is Chicago. A well-known rest ...

DRONE WATCH: The Drone Medal
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

The Pentagon is creating a new medal for drone pilots and others not physically in a war zone. Military medals have historically been given for exceptional bravery in combat. But ...

DRONE WATCH: Brennan Vote Delayed
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

Committee delays confirmation vote on John Brennan while seeking additional drone information. As the drone debate continues, the Senate Intelligence Committee is delaying a confi ...

Out of Control Partisanship
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Former Senator Dick Lugar speaks of Washington partisanship. Like former Sen. Chuck Hagel, Richard Lugar is a moderate-to-conservative Midwest Republican. Lugar was defeated in a ...

An Ash Wednesday Question
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

“ (Gospel of Matthew 26:47-52) In Luke’s version of the arrest, Jesus tells the disciple  ‘No ...

Mind and Body
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg An extended interview with addiction-recovery worker Jim Balmer. Did you like our March is ...

A Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors This pledge, which draws on one used by Mahatma Gandhi's independence campaign in India, was used in the U.S. civil righ ...

'A World Without Nuclear Weapons'
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice The way to stop is to stop.   HOW MANY NUCLEAR weapons make us "safe"? At the height ...

Guns ... According to Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

What would God say about gun control? Not in some sort of glib WWJD-type platitude, nor in an entangled concoction of American freedom and Christian theology. And definitely not in a sensationalized proof-text ...

Angry Senators Afraid of Debate
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 12:15pm | Type: Press

February 8, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Strike in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

Drone strike in Pakistan kills seven. The day after the hearing on John Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA, U.S. drones were back in action over Pakistan. An attack on Friday in ...

DRONE WATCH: 6 Reasons to Stop Killing by Drones
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Why we should oppose killing by drones. America’s killing by drone program finally became frontpage news this week with the leak of a memo arguing the legality of targeting U.S. c ...

February 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 4:54pm | Type: Product

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U.S. drone strikes are deadly to enemies and innocent victims
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 12:30pm | Type: Press

February 6, 2013 Sojo in the News Dan Shenk ...

Religious coalition takes on the gun lobby
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 2:47pm | Type: Press

February 4, 2013 Sojo in the News Lauren Markoe ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones Hit Front Page
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

The publication on Monday of a previously secret Justice Department memo has opened the door for front-page questions about the entire drone program. The publication on Monday of ...

DRONE WATCH: Deliberately Killing U.S. Citizens
Originally Posted: 02/05/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Leaked Justice Department memo justifies drone strikes under certain conditions against American citizens. Editor's Note : DRONE WATCH follows daily developments about d ...

Respect for a Father’s Grief
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

The Second Amendment is not holy writ, and a gun is not God. Far too many Americans have made these created things, these inanimate objects more important than the compassion we ought to have for one another. ...

Pastors, Parents and People of Faith: Game Changers on Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/31/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Press

January 31, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Giffords at Gun Hearing: 'Be Bold'
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords testifies at gun control hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on gun control in the new Congress this morning. The fir ...

Death in Broad Daylight: A Childhood Memory
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

I applaud the parents who give their children a voice in the public discourse by allowing them to write letters to the president and to their congress members. They have the power to help change our laws and o ...

Arkansas Senate OKs Guns in Churches
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

The Arkansas Senate has passed a bill that lifts a ban on carrying concealed weapons in church. The Arkansas Senate has passed a bill that lifts a ban on carrying concealed weap ...

Senate Confirms Kerry
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

John Kerry confirmed as Secretary of State. The Associated Press reports that the Senate has confirmed John Kerry as Secretary of State with a 94-3 vote. Earlier today, the Fo ...

PHOTOS: Families Affected by Gun Violence March on Washington
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Over the weekend I joined more than 6,000 people in a march for common sense gun control legislation. Over the weekend I joined more than 6,000 people in a march for common sense ...

Obama proposals on gun control align with religious leaders' pleas
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Press

January 28, 2013 Sojo in the News Jerry Filteau ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones in Africa
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

U.S. plans to base surveillance drones in northern Africa. The New York Times reports that the U.S. is preparing to establish a base in northwest Africa so that it can fly ...

The Courage to Reject our Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Not only have we created a culture of violence, we glorify violence in our movies, television shows, and video games. Even in pro sports, players increasingly settle disagreements on the court or field with ph ...

Help End the NRA’s Dangerous Idolatry of Guns
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

“Idolatry of guns.” What does that mean, exactly? “Idolatry of guns.” What does that mean, exactly? It might be hard to admit, but if you think about it, you can see that many ...

What’s Going On: Mobilizing Against Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

There is a March on Washington for Gun Control this Saturday, Jan. 26, on the National Mall. I am going, and so ...

DRONE WATCH: UN to Examine Drone Strikes
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

A U.N. special rapporteur is beginning an investigation into drone strikes. Ben Emmerson, a U.N. special rapporteur, is beginning an investigation into drone strikes in Afghanist ...

DRONE WATCH: The CIA Exemption
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Playbook of rules for drone attacks exempts CIA in Pakistan. Several months ago, the Washington Post reported  that presidential counterterrorism adviser John Brennan w ...

DRONE WATCH: Yemen — 4 Attacks, 4 Days
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Fourteen deaths in Yemen drone strikes in past four days. While Washington, D.C., reveled in the ceremonies and parties surrounding Inauguration Day, U.S. drones were busy in Yeme ...

Assault weapons all about swagger
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Press

January 23, 2013 Sojo in the News Ina Hughes ...

Vatican Welcomes Obama Gun Control Proposal
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

The Vatican applauded President Obama’s gun control proposals. The Vatican applauded President Obama’s gun control proposals. The Vatican continues to appeal for disarmament and m ...

DRONE WATCH: Law and Secrecy
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Making public the secret legal memos that claim to justify drone policy. John Brennan, President Obama’s counterterrorism advisor and nominee for CIA Director, is one of the archi ...

O'Malley promises gun control legislation in Md.
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

January 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Brian Witte ...

Analysis: Move on assault weapons creates risks for Obama
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Andy Sullivan Reuters ...

DRONE WATCH: A Better Drone Policy
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Rep. Keith Ellison proposes Congress create a legal framework to guide executive action. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) writes in a Washington Post op-ed of the many unanswered ...

Religious Leaders Take On The Gun Lobby
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Lauren Markoe ...

Jewish Leaders Push Plans To End Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Press

January 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jewish Telegraphic Agency ...

Faith Communities Step Up Against Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Press

January 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Sally Steenland ...

Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Difference Between Power and Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

What recommendations can the president implement through executive order? Can an assault weapons ban pass Congress? Will victims and gun safety advocates be able to persuade Congress to pass meaningful legisla ...

Religious Coalition Takes on the Gun Lobby
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Dozens of the nation’s faith leaders said on Tuesday that they’re ready to take on the gun lobby and demanded that politicians take quick and concrete steps to stem gun violence. ...

The Remarkable Power of Peace + Social Media
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Last week, while most of Israel was focused on increasingly extreme rhetoric surrounding the upcoming elections and most Americans were listening to angry debates about guns and fiscal responsibility, a remark ...

DRONE WATCH: What We Know … And What We Don’t Know
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

What we know and what we don’t know about drone strikes. For a number of months, I’ve reported and commented on news of drone strikes, the drone program, and legal and political ...