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The Church and Its Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Press

September 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

Pondering Churches' Responses to Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Press

June 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Phil Haslanger ...

Religious Leaders Must Break Their Silence
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Press

July 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

It’s About More Than Football
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

This epidemic is about so much more than Goodell, whose lack of leadership is typical in professional sports. It’s about more than one team, one league, or sports in general. When ...

Miss America, the NFL, and Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

Sunday night, 23-year old Kira Kazantsev proved two things when she was crowned Miss America for 2015. First, she can make a nationally television audience “happy” by using only a red plastic cup. Second, dome ...

New Jersey Nun on the Path to Sainthood
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

New Jersey is often dismissed as a cultural wasteland of traffic jams and suburban sprawl, mobster graveyards and lost dreams — source material for native son rockers like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. ...

Economic Equity and Gender Equality for South Africa: A New Agenda for a New Generation
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Press

September 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

#WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft Show the Many Faces of Abuse
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 8:42am | Type: Blog

This week, the Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of star running back Ray Rice after video of Rice beating his then-fiancée Janay emerged online. Rice had previously been suspended for two games for the ...

How Should We Respond to the Celebrity Photo Hacks?
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

When I was a university student, more and more people were getting cell phones that had cameras — a trend I only noticed when signs in the women’s locker room went up, warning that using cell phones in that sp ...

Cracks in the 'Stained-Glass Ceiling:' Women Reach Prominent Pulpits
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Chicago. New York. Washington, D.C. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in all these cities. Chicago. New York. Wash ...

Women's Equality Day: Our 5 Most Popular Posts in 2014 by Women
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

In honor of Women's Equality Day, we decided to round up our five most popular posts authored by women in 2014. Today, August 26, is  Women's Equality Day . The d ...

Traffickers Come in Many Forms
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

While entertaining, unfortunately, Taken dramatizes and stereotypes traffickers. Contrary to what's portrayed in popular movies, there are many types of traffickers beyond the stereotypical pop-culture sw ...

Human Trafficking: Community Is Essential
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

What does community look like when working on a social issue? Diedrich Boenhoeffer wrote about it. Pastors preach about it. Churches strive for it. Community . It is a co ...

Mommy, Minister, and Unmarried: Single Mothers in the Pulpit
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birthday and the tick-tock of her biological clock was getting hard to i ...

CCCU Names First Woman As President Following Controversial Firing Of Previous Leader
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Press

July 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

The Loophole That Allows Domestic Abusers to Have Guns
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, dangerous people with records of domestic violence, stalking, and aggression have no legal restriction keeping them from obtaining guns. Across the country, d ...

Turkish Official: Women Shouldn't Laugh in Public
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

Many Turkish women were doubled over with laughter Tuesday after their country’s deputy leader said in a speech assailing “moral corruption” that women should not laugh in public and should not talk on their m ...

I Need Feminism Because ...
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

In a perfect world, women can choose to be whomever they want. But there is not yet a country on earth in which that is actually true. That is why we need feminism. So, #womenagai ...

Female Bishops In The UK: All Our Gifts Are Needed For The Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Doubly Called: Living (and Accepting) Life as Mom & Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

I've always been one who feels guilty easily, so being a mom and a pastor—and a Lutheran—comes naturally to me. It's silly really, but there are ample opportunities to feel guilty in two of the singu ...

Women Bishops in the UK: All Our Gifts Are Needed For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

The historic Synod vote in York on Monday reminds us that all of our gifts will be needed for the full exercise of the common good I met my wife, Joy Carroll, at Greenbelt, a summ ...

Church of England Approves Women Bishops in Historic Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

After 20 years of turmoil and angry debate, on Monday the General Synod of the Church of England said “yes” to women bishops. After 20 years of turmoil and angry debate, on Monday ...

Church of England Set to Vote on Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Women’s rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops. CANTERBURY, England — Women’s rights ac ...

The Play's the Thing
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Doris Bartel How community theater helped change a centuries-old tradition of kidnapping girls for marriage. ...

Pastors Rarely Preach About Domestic Violence Even Though It Affects Countless Americans
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Press

June 29, 2014 Sojo in the News Antonia Blumberg ...

Chile OKs Some Abortions; LGBT Threats Are Global
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Press

June 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Womens eNews ...

Phil Haslanger: Pondering Churches' Responses To Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:29pm | Type: Press

June 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Phil Haslanger ...

Study Finds Majority Of Pastors Are Ill-Equipped To Handle Domestic, Sexual Violence Issues
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Press

June 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Urban Christian News ...

Survey: Domestic Violence Rarely Addressed
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:20pm | Type: Press

June 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Anglicans Ablaze ...

Morning Roundup 7/2/2014
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Press

July 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

Pastors Do Not Talk About "Domestic Violence" With The Church, Says US Survey
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Press

June 29, 2014 Sojo in the News Inforgospel ...

Raising Girls In A World Where They Are Less Than Human
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

In learning to love these little girls, I began to ask more and more questions about the place of women in the world, in the church, and in everyday life. I have two daughters. ...

On Domestic Violence, the Church Has a Long Way to Go
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 7:07am | Type: Blog

We need both to develop a theology that can lead survivors of abuse to freedom and safety and to increase the day-to-day knowledge of pastors in the complicated but essential role they have when someone in an ...

Excommunicated Mormon Kate Kelly: 'I've Done Nothing Wrong and Have Nothing to Repent'
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Women’s ordination advocate Kate Kelly said it’s unlikely she will seek rebaptism anytime soon into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which excommunicated her Monday. ...

Despite Tougher Laws, India Can't Shake Rape Culture
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Despite tougher laws against sexual violence, the grisly rape and murder of two teenage girls found hanging from a tree shows India has a long way to go to safeguard women in its male-dominated, socially strat ...

The Overflow
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

Women get to choose the life we want, and most of us will choose fountain and flowing, over and over again. … my cup overflows. -Psalm 23 Women have a lot to offer — and ...

Founding Mothers: Remember the Women
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I love the 4th of July! It’s coming around again quickly, and I’m seriously deciding where I’m going to be based on which city has the best fireworks. I know. It’s a little crazy for someone who preaches about ...

Slavery, Surrogacy, and Society: Making a Future in the Wilderness
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

The 2013 Global Slavery Index reports that nearly 30 million women, children, and men are enslaved around the world today. Their slavery has many forms. ...

At Angelina Jolie-Chaired Summit, Faith Leaders Work to End Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders from across Africa and England came together Wednesday to discuss the role clergy should play in preventing and responding to sexual violence. Religious leaders ...

Maleficent the Feminist? A Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Feminism has always been its own worst enemy when it strives to create women in the image of men rather than encourage women to abandon rivalry with men and seek their flourishing elsewhere. This is a story ab ...

Survey: Four in 10 Americans Support Controversial Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

More than four in 10 Americans support the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate, which requires nonprofits and businesses to provide birth control even if they have religious objections. ...

As the World Turns
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Some die for choosing, others for not choosing. But they all die because they are women. Rogers was mentally ill, and there is debate about whether it was his illness or a misogynistic culture that caused his ...

Pregnant Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death by Her Family
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

As a crowd watched outside a courthouse, the family of a pregnant Pakistani woman beat her to death Tuesday because she married the man she loved instead of her cousin. As a crowd ...

Why #NotAllMen Misses the Point
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Let me ask this: When did it become normal to congratulate ourselves for not doing something horrific and degrading? When did it become appropriate to prioritize our reputations over the well-being of others? ...

The Modern-Day Orphans and Widows
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

However, the plight of these two underrepresented and often ignored groups — women and children — has modern impacts. James' assertation that "Religion that God our Fat ...

Megachurch Pastors Leave Reformed Evangelical Network Amid Child Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Two pastors are no longer listed on a Reformed evangelical group’s leadership after a different pastor from their church confessed to covering up sex abuse claims. Two pastors ar ...

United States' National Security Council Condemns Apostasy Sentencing of Sudanese Christian Woman
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, a Christian Sudanese woman, was sentenced to be flogged for adultery and to be hanged to death for apostasy because she married a Christian man. Meria ...

Christians Condemn Death Penalty for Sudanese Doctor Accused of Apostasy
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Sudanese Christians have condemned the sentencing of a Christian woman to death by hanging after she married a Christian man. Sudanese Christians have condemned the sentencing of ...

Iranian Women Shed Veils for Facebook Page
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Thousands of Iranian women are sending photos of themselves without their hijab, or veil, to a new London-based Facebook page dedicated to allowing them “stealthy freedoms.” Thous ...

Abducting Girls In The Name Of God
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Press

May 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...