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Religious Leaders Urge Retired Neurosurgeon Ben Carson to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority
Originally Posted: 05/07/2015 - 8:55am | Type: Press

May 6, 2015 Press Releases As Ben Carson begins his presidential camp ...

Nepal and Why Americans Need to Stop Complaining About U.S. Foreign Aid
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

his crisis is only going to get worse. In comes foreign aid. Donors in the U.S. and elsewhere are sending money to earthquake-shattered Nepal at a record pace. The devastating ear ...

Vatican Blasts Muhammad Cartoons as Pouring ‘Gasoline on the Fire’
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as “blasphemous.” The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons o ...

Christian Nation vs. Secular Country?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel "The old hatreds shall someday pass; the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve."  AS WE SWI ...

Birthright Citizenship: A Historic American Right In Danger
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

A move away from birthright citizenship goes against the democratic ethos and traditions of the US and presents serious constitutional and policy problems. Historically, the Unit ...

Short Takes: Erika Totten
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett 5 Questions for Erika Totten Bio: Erika Totten is a leader in the Black Lives Matter ...

Building Beloved Communities
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

but difficult goal. The apostle Paul describes how in Christ, we are one body (1 Corinthians 12:12-26). He ...

June 2015
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 2:22pm | Type: Magazine Issue

June, 2015 Divest! June 1, 2015 ...

Engaging in 'Wider Ecumenism' to Cure Injustice
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

Beneath this some voiced the cry for hope. Facing such stark challenges of injustice requires a foundation of spirituality and prayer that can inspire our Christian witness. I’ve ...

An Open Letter to the Supreme Court as You Consider Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

I support striking down these bans because of my faith, not in spite of it. Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the court: As you and the other justices of the Supreme Court co ...

Rev. Gil Caldwell, a ‘Foot Soldier’ for Civil Rights, Turns His Eye to LGBT Rights
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gay organizations should be more inclusive of black leaders, he says, and black groups need to be more welcoming of gay leaders. The Rev. Gil Caldwell walked onto the campus of Du ...

5 Faith Facts about Mike Huckabee, Southern Baptist Pastor-Turned-Politician
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

was a politician, he was a pastor. Huckabee was a pastor who preached for 12 years in Arkansas pulpits ...

What Catholics Can Teach America About Polarized Politics
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

Nothing serves the interests of political parties more than interest groups that use religious rhetoric to promote secular ideologies and add, “Thus saith the Lord.” Americans of ...

Whose Group Sponsored Provocative Mohammad Cartoon Contest?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Pamela Geller is good at getting attention. Pamela Geller is good at getting attention. She’s a celebrity blogger and fiery activist who founded the American Freedom Defense I ...

Congo-Brazzaville Bans Muslim Women from Wearing Full-Face Veils, Citing Terrorism Prevention
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Although Congo-Brazzaville has not witnessed violence like neighboring Cameroon, it is now the first country in the region to ban the veils. Congo-Brazzaville, a Central African ...

Why Does Islam Ban Images of the Prophet Muhammad?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

instead of Allah. But there are images of Muhammad in 12th- and 13th-century Persian manuscripts currently ... newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons of Muhammad, which led to mostly peaceful protests by local ...

Everything Must Change: On Baltimore, Drones, and Resurrection
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Our policies, foreign and domestic, reflect this unconscious or willful self-deception. We deny the worst within ourselves, but mercilessly assume the worst in others. That is how we can look past the sufferin ...

The Parable of Baltimore
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Baltimore exposes a very combustible combination of social failures that we are all responsible for. That's the pattern, and that's the lesson. Baltimore, like Ferguson ...

Borders Have Been Crossed
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

The crossing of relational borders and the forging of new relationships continues to be enabled by the movement of the Spirit. “Why are you here? Go back!” This is what Catherine ...

The Global Pilgrimage of Christianity
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

From its present 350 million, Christianity is projected to reach 460 million within Asia in just 10 years, by 2025. Korea has been one of the success stories, now including about one-third of the nation’s popu ...

5 Faith Facts about Ben Carson: Retired Neurosurgeon, Seventh-Day Adventist
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Church . At age 12, he told the pastor of another Adventist church in the Detroit suburb of Inkster ...

5 Faith Facts about Carly Fiorina: ‘What You Make of Yourself Is Your Gift to God’
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Carly Fiorina formally launched her 2016 presidential run on May 4. Carly Fiorina formally launched her 2016 presidential run on May 4. But she’s long been working the Christi ...

The Parable of Baltimore
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 9:39am | Type: Press

May 1, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Turning despair to hope
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 9:35am | Type: Press

May 2, 2015 Sojo in the News Maria Thompson Corley ...

Q&A: David Brooks on Character, Sin, and Rumors About His Religious Journey
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Brooks talked about society’s obsession with selfies, whether we’re too self-absorbed, and rumors about his own religious journey. New York Times columnist David Brooks is the mos ...

Q&A: From Ferguson to Baltimore, Black America’s Faith Is Tested
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Douglas talked about violence faced by African-Americans and the black church’s response. In the past week, the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, a black Episcopal priest and religion pro ...

6 Things to Expect in the Pope’s Address to Congress
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis isn’t shy about tackling controversial topics or upending conventional orthodoxies about Catholics and politics. Everyone wants Congress to stop fighting and get work ...

Why we must listen to the language of the riot before we can seek peace
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 2:11pm | Type: Press

sustaining a nearly severed spinal cord after being detained by police on April 12. The reason for the stop?  ...

Saying 'Peace, Peace,' When There Is No Peace
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

"They've looked at us this way for so long," said a member of the Bloods, and I kept replaying his words. I am the "they." "They treat us like anima ...

Officers Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death, Ruled a Homicide
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

in the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a spinal cord injury while in police custody on April 12 ... injury while in police custody on April 12 and died a week later. From NPR: The most severe ...

How White People Corrupt Martin Luther King’s Message
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

If white people want to reference King, we need to stop using him to condemn black violence. We need to stop pitting a black man against black people. It’s patronizing. It’s demeaning. And it misses the point. ...

Amid Nepal’s Shattered Shrines and Temples, a Religious Fatalism Sets In
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Most Hindus believe in a kind of fatalism, and many here seemed unrattled by the quake as a test of faith, even as their temples and shrines were flattened. When a 7.8-magnitude e ...

No Dice Required: A Medieval Prayer Wheel Surfaces, but How It Was Used Is Anyone’s Guess
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Was it more of an instruction, or a meditative aid? Was it a one-shot exercise or meant to be repeated again and again? The directions, if a little stilted, look familiar: “The Or ...

5 Faith Facts About Bernie Sanders: Unabashedly Irreligious
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Though he identifies as Jewish and by Jewish law is Jewish, he has freely acknowledged that he is not a religious person. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a self-identified socialist w ...

Religious Leaders Urge Sen. Bernie Sanders to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 12:52pm | Type: Press

April 30, 2015 Press Releases As U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders launches hi ...

Doubting Thomases in Baltimore
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

I have to wonder what would happen if we followed Jesus’ instructions to Thomas. As a student at a Lutheran seminary in Chicago, I find myself observing the news and events surr ...

PHOTOS: Solidarity Protest Across Washington D.C. for Death of Freddie Gray
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds gathered at Gallery Place Metro in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night in solidarity with Baltimore activists to protest the death of Freddie Gray. The crowd marched for two hours across the city unt ...

Will We Listen to God's Call and Baltimore's Cry?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

We gaze at each other’s pain and lament, but we don’t really see in a way that will shift our vision, clarify our perspective. Here we are, again. The cycle of police violence ...

First Diplomat for LGBT Rights Speaks Out
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Randy Berry, 50, is the U.S. special envoy for the human rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people, the first such post ever created by a nation, according to the State Department. ...

LGBT Kenyans Gain the Right to Organize
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

The ruling means that LGBT Kenyans will have an official platform from which to fight for their rights and freedoms. In a move that has stirred the anger of Kenya’s anti-gay Chris ...

Syrian Catholic Leader Pleads with U.S. Christians Not to Forget His Threatened Church
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart fears that the ensuing chaos — like that in Libya and Iraq — may sound the death knell for a Christian community that predates even the conversion of the Apostle Paul. ...

Baltimore: How Do We ‘Seek the Peace of the City?’
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

by police on April 12. The reason for the stop? Gray ran after making eye contact with police . ...

Grace in the Media
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 10:17am | Type: Press

April 28, 2015 Sojo in the News Martin Marty ...

Baltimore Riots: Ferguson II as another Black American dies in custody
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Press

April 28, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

On Justice, Reconciliation, Faith and Philanthropy: Rev. Wilson of Deaconess Foundation Talks about a Model for Addressing Racial Justice
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Press

April 28, 2015 Sojo in the News Rick Cohen ...

How Ferguson and Now Baltimore Are Altering Our Perception of Law Enforcement
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

Has this brutality been the dark side of police work all along? I enjoy cop shows on television. My favorite is Blue Bloods , following the “Reagan” family from terrorist th ...

Colliding Visions of Marriage at the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 7:44pm | Type: Blog

As the nine Supreme Court justices took up the vexing question of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage on Tuesday, the case came down to two competing visions of marriage: what it’s been, what it should ...

Considering Nonviolence in Baltimore
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Recent protests in Baltimore are raising the question of (non)violence anew. Recent protests in Baltimore are raising the question of (non)violence anew. Should violent protester ...

WATCH: What You Didn't See — Clergy March in Baltimore
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

As thousands took to the streets in Baltimore on Monday night to protest the death of Freddie Gray, nearly 100 clergy joined the protesters. As thousands took to the streets in Ba ...

'New Girl' and the Constant Negotiation of Race
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

“Being young and black in America is schizophrenic. You kind of have to change who you are a little bit all the time for people to even respect you.” For being a television show b ...