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Forgive Us Our Debts
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 11:54am | Type: Magazine Article

in the United States totaled $1.2 trillion. More than 7 million borrowers are in default. Why are education ... in the Lord’s Prayer are ‘debt’ ta opheiemata and ‘debtors’ tois opheiletais (Matthew 6:12 ...

Faith-Based Aid Groups Face a Hurdle: The Faith that Drives Them
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Leaders of Christian and Jewish international aid groups say their efforts are often met with twin suspicions. Leaders of Christian and Jewish international aid groups say their e ...

White Christians Now a Minority in 19 States
Originally Posted: 03/06/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

11. Florida – 42 percent 12. Oregon – 43 percent 13. New Jersey – 43 percent 14. Colorado – ...

Police: From Warriors to Guardians
Originally Posted: 03/06/2015 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

After a detailed and thorough investigation over many months, the devastating report revealed a police force and court system in Ferguson that proves true virtually everything young protestors and local reside ...

From the Archives: April 1976
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Judy Brown Hull "Theology for Real Life" THE DIALOGUES I am having with others in my late 30s are i ...

Coming in From the Cold
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Pope Francis is restoring relations with Latin American liberation theologians.  JON SOBR ...

Torturous Logic
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis As servants of a Lord who was tortured to death, we must commit to healing the wounds we have inflicted.  ...

Remembering the Horror of Selma's ‘Bloody Sunday’ 50 Years Later
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 8:18pm | Type: Blog

Service. Marchers traveled 12 miles a day, sleeping in fields before reaching Alabama’s capital city ...

Breakaway Episcopalians Win Texas Church Property Fight
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

For the second time in as many months, a state court has sided with a group of breakaway Episcopalians, ruling that they can keep their property after leaving the national church in 2008 over sharp differences ...

Pauli Murray’s Influence on Interfaith Cooperation
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

It was Murray's final achievement that she prized most personally. The life and legacy of Pauli Murray has been getting a lot of attention from the media lately. Articles on  ...

Our Lady of Revenue: NYC Churches Go on the Market, Leaving Parishioners Cynical
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

Our Lady of Vilnius Church, built by families of immigrant Lithuanian longshoremen, started out a century ago as a beloved worship space. Now, it’s a coveted real estate asset. O ...

If the U.S. Is a Christian Nation, Whose Christianity Do We Follow?
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 6:31pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. has never been a “Christian nation,” and we shouldn’t want it to become one. A recent  survey  found that 57 percent of Republicans agreed that Christianity should be e ...

Cloudy Drugs and 'An Abundance of Caution' Delay Atlanta Woman's Execution as Tens of Thousands Protest
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Kelly Gissendaner's scheduled execution was given an 11th-hour delay yet again — this time by the Department of Corrections late Monday evening. An Atlanta woman’s scheduled ...

Southern Baptists Urge Obama to Defend ‘the Least of These’ against ISIS
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

The letter was released just before the Jewish holiday of Purim, which recalls the deliverance of Persian Jews by Queen Esther. Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd ...

The Gospel of Kelly Gissendaner
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

There’s a Georgia case that would suggest that all this may not be in vain — that of Billy Moore. Georgia clergy just delivered 500 signatures of faith leaders and 40 boxes of nam ...

Faith Leaders Nationwide Call for Stay in Atlanta Woman's Execution, Scheduled Tonight
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

If carried through, it will be the first time since 1976 that the state of Georgia will execute an individual who was not the person physically using violence in the crime. It is ...

Bill O’Reilly, Brian Williams, and Jesus: On Goodness and Love
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

I enjoy seeing posts on Facebook and Twitter that mock my theological and political opponents. And that’s a huge problem, because it erodes the Christian soul. Christianity isn’t about being “good.” In fact, ...

Anti-Semitism a Big Problem at U.S. Colleges, Report Says
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

A comprehensive survey of anti-Semitism at American colleges released this week shows that significant hostility is directed at Jews on U.S. campuses. A student group in South Af ...

Is Dark Skin A Sin?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

and secondary schools nationwide are suspended at a rate of 12 percent compared with a rate of just 2 percent ... researchers studied more than 12,000 cases of African-American women imprisoned in North Carolina and found that women with lighter skin tones were sentenced to 12 percent less time behind bars than women ...

Black Future Month: Why We Choose to Look Ahead
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 1:06pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2015 Sojo in the News Ebony Adedayo ...

Transpartisanship: An Alternative to Political Dysfunction
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Extreme partisanship has crept into our political normality. As revealed last year by the Pew Research Center, our civic temperature is methodically rising, perhaps beyond the boiling point. ...

Why We Must Change How We Change the World
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

There is a different narrative that summons those of us who dare to care. It begins when we confront the things that have kept millions from breaking free from poverty and injustice. It ends when we find the c ...

Jim Wallis: 'Race is at the heart' of immigration roadblock
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 4:26pm | Type: Press

February 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Maria Teresa Kumar ...

Could immigration reform be the issue that 'transcends' politics?
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 4:23pm | Type: Press

February 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Maria Teresa Kumar ...

A Voice For the Voiceless? Thoughts on Privilege and the Single Story
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

When we accept speaking for people as a solution to complicated issues like poverty, health, and human rights, we avoid having to ask ourselves hard questions. Throughout my past ...

Church of England Accused of Double Standards Over Low Wages
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

the “living wage” of 7.85 pounds ($12) an hour, endorsed by the Church and senior politicians. Archbishop ...

Southern Baptists Try to Diversify Churches — But Will It Work?
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? Consider a recent luncheon organized by the Southern Baptist ...

The Oscar Scandal: Sean Penn, Alejandro Iñárritu, and Responding to Racism
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

“Sean Penn’s ‘Green Card’ comment may have ruined the entire Oscars.” That was the headline from the Huffington Post. I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I’m always curious about pop-culture scandals. What could Se ...

Justin Welby slams 'false distinction' between saving souls and doing politics
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:01am | Type: Press

February 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Mark Woods ...

San Francisco Archbishop Rejects Lawmakers’ Criticism on Morality Clauses
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Five members of the state Assembly and three state senators sent Cordileone a letter urging him to remove the clauses, which they said were discriminatory and divisive. San Franci ...

Italy and Vatican On Guard after Threat from Islamic State
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The Italian government is on high alert after threats from the Islamic State called Italy “the nation signed with the blood of the cross.” The Italian government is on high alert ...

From Generation to Generation
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

wife Sarai. Twenty-four years have passed since God first called him to set out from Haran ( 12:4 ). ...

Obama: Alleged War on Islam Is ‘An Ugly Lie’
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

President Obama said Feb. 19 that governments across the globe are obligated to confront the “warped ideologies” that lead to terrorism, “especially their attempt to use Islam to justify their violence.” ...

Weekly Wrap 2.20.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

1. Because Extreme Cold Always Brings Climate Deniers Out of the Woodwork … Bill Nye, yep, the Science Guy, offers the media this helpful prompting: “‘Let’s not confuse or interchange climate change with glob ...

Taking Lent to Repent
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Lent must be a time to reflect and repent — in our own lives, in our churches, and in our nation. It’s time to turn around. I spent yesterday at the World Bank, where President Ji ...

Ruling on 26-State Immigration Lawsuit: 3 Things You Need to Know
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

Texas v. United States is adding fuel to a much larger anti-immigrant political game. On Monday night, a Texas court  temporarily halted  the implementation of Obama’s Executive ...

Black 'Future' Month
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 3:22pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

A Mandatory Mistake
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Leftovers of the “War on Drugs,” Mandatory Minimum Sentences have been condemned for decades as being unjust, racist, and in violation of the Eighth Amendment’s “cruel and unusual” clause. These laws eliminate ...

New Government Program to Root Out Extremists Is Seriously Flawed
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

Clothed in the language of community policing, the effort sounds like a kinder, gentler alternative to the well-documented surveillance of American Muslims. As my kids have grown ...

Obama: No Religion Responsible for Terrorism
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

President Obama said Feb. 19 he doesn’t use terms like Islamic extremism because doing so would promote the false idea of a Western war with Islam, which would help extremists recruit more terrorists. ...

WATCH: A Brief History of Overt Racism in Professional Soccer
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Here are six of the most flagrant manifestations of racism in soccer since 2011. When fans barred a black man from boarding a train as they chanted racist lyrics after the Chelsea ...

Environmental Racism and Health Disparities in the South Bronx
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

Time and time again we witness corporations that come in and ravage not only the poor, but also the environment for selfish capitalistic gain. ... As people of faith we have a responsibility to stand up agains ...

Why Malcolm X’s Image as a Separatist Lives On, 50 Years after His Death
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

In a sense, Malcolm X was considered militant because he had a much more radical critique than other activists of the time, Muhammad said. Rodnell Collins stood next to his uncle ...

What the Chapel Hill Murders Reveal About the Place of Muslims in American Society
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha were the very best people. They embodied the core Islamic principle of “ihsan” — doing that which is both beautiful in itself and beautifying to the world. .. ...

LGBT Groups Plan Pilgrimage to See Pope Francis — With Support from Their Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Both New Ways and a similar Catholic LGBT organization in Britain are finding support from the Catholic hierarchy in their efforts to meet the pontiff when they both visit the Vatican on Ash Wednesday, the sta ...

Little Christs in Disneyland
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Those of us in the Church have a word to offer even on something as “secular” as vaccination—we know what it means to take communities and bodies seriously. The news these days is ...

Addressing the Changing Face of Faith
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

While church leaders in the U.S. have expressed united support for the reform of U.S. immigration laws, this is the first time an ecumenical body has gathered to examine together the actual consequences of imm ...

The Gospel of Mark: Manifesto of Political and Religious Defiance
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

In the first half of Mark, every account of Jesus' healing or forgiveness stands in direct defiance of some political or religious rule. I’m starting to think that Che Guevar ...

Can Obama Walk the Tightrope of Religious Rhetoric in a Polarized America?
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

No, say experts who keep a close eye on presidential God talk. It’s a perilous walk, taken without a safety net as news and social media voices wait to savage him in a nanosecond. ...

Pope Francis: 'We Will Not Find the Lord Unless We Truly Accept the Marginalized'
Originally Posted: 02/15/2015 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In a powerful sermon that signaled his desire to push ahead with historic reforms, Pope Francis on Sunday said the Roman Catholic Church must be open and welcoming, whatever the costs. ...