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ANALYSIS: Hobby Lobby Beat the Contraception Mandate. Here's Why the Nuns May Not
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

When the Supreme Court on Monday issued a split decision narrowly backing the right of for-profit corporations to deny contraception coverage to their employees for religious reasons, many assumed that faith-b ...

COMMENTARY: On the Fourth, Setting Aside the 'I' for 'Us'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

American democracy, however, isn’t a sluice diverting wealth into a few hands, though the wealthy never stop trying to treat it that way. The New York Knicks have a dilemma: Hold ...

Christians and Social Entrepreneurship
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

The concept of social entrepreneurship, which can be defined as the use of entrepreneurial and innovation principles to promote social change, is not new. It’s been rebranded with a trendy name, but the concep ...

The Cross on Mount Soledad Can Stay — For Now
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

The decades-long battle over a cross erected on public land in California will drag out even longer now that the Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case. The decades-long b ...

Five Takeaways From the Hobby Lobby Case
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the year: Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the ye ...

What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., ruling 5-4 that the arts-and-crafts chain does not have to offer insurance for types of birth control that conflict wit ...

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Closely held corporations cannot be compelled to pay for contraception coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in its highly anticipated Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores case. Clos ...

Forget Republican or Democrat: Americans Divide by Their Values
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

up the public into color zones. Shading toward red: 12 percent: Steadfast Conservatives — ... largely black or Hispanic, highly religious. 12 percent: Next Generation Left — roughly half are under ...

Republicans Woo Evangelical Base in Bid to Recapture the Senate
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

The Republican National Committee on Friday launched its first web-based effort to rally conservative believers behind the party, a sign of how crucial voter turnout will be in this fall’s close-fought midterm ...

Don’t Leave People of African Descent Out of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Many people like to point out that people should just do things the “right way.” While I agree with the premise of this statement, the likelihood of success for many people of color is slim to none. The realit ...

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. WATCH: Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty “A new Verizon ...

Double Victory: 'Winning Over the Cops Who Had to Arrest Us'
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

As nine of us sat in MP Jamie Briggs’ office, we shared our hopes and dreams for the impact of what we were taking part in. Beforehand all agreed, not only did we want to draw attention to children who continu ...

Could Baptizing Children of Gay Couples Become a New Battleground?
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The default position for most bishops — reiterated in a major Vatican document released on Thursday — is that if the parents pledge to raise the child Catholic, then no girl or boy should be refused baptism. ...

Vatican Confronts Shifting Landscape on Family Issues
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Faced with a cultural landscape that’s shifting faster than the church’s ability to keep up, Catholic bishops are looking for new approaches toward unmarried couples, divorced people, and single parents who ar ...

Is the Black Church Shifting on Gay Marriage?: Q&A with Filmmaker Yoruba Richen
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Yoruba Richen’s documentary “The New Black” airs this month online and on television through the PBS series “Independent Lens.” Yoruba Richen’s documentary “ The New Black ” ai ...

Detained on Charges of Forgery, Meriam Ibrahim Is Not Yet Free
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

A Sudanese Christian doctor freed from death row on charges of apostasy Monday is not yet free after authorities detained her at a Khartoum airport. A Sudanese Christian doctor fr ...

Study: Interfaith Civic Groups Bridge Diversity with Participatory Prayers
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Just because interfaith, interracial, and varied ethnic groups share a common cause doesn’t mean a diverse coalition can hang together. Just because interfaith, interracial, and v ...

In and Out of the Zoo
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:56pm | Type: Blog

I suddenly saw, in a tangible sense, her desperate hunger for companionship, belonging, connection – with anything – anyone. I couldn’t imagine what a horrific vacuum her childhood must have been. ...

United Methodist Pastor Frank Schaefer Reinstated on Appeal
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

to listen.” The decision comes as the world’s 12 million United Methodists appear headed toward a split ...

Deep In My Heart
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the senseless slaughter and lynching of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner during Freedom Summer in Mississippi. They gave their li ...

Ratio Imaginis
Originally Posted: 06/20/2014 - 6:39am | Type: Blog

I wonder how many of us listen to Scripture with a positivist ear, with the hope of being told what to do or how to live. If we do, today's readings might be a hard word, indeed. "Thanks be to God?&q ...

Immigration: The Unforgivable Sin?
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Surely justice requires that, like all other crimes, there be consequences for immigration violations that fit the severity of the crime? When I share the story of how brutal ...

COMMENTARY: More Christian Influence? Be Careful What You Wish For
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence in American political life. Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence i ...

Meet the 'Evangelical' Catholics Who Are Remaking the GOP
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

In today’s Republican Party, a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories. How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bu ...

Washington-area UCC Votes to Boycott Washington NFL Team
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The United Church of Christ for the mid-Atlantic region passed a resolution Saturday asking its 40,000 members not to buy game tickets or wear any souvenir gear of the Washington NFL club until it changes its ...

Supreme Court Says 'No' to Public School Graduations in Church
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that a Wisconsin high school acted unconstitutionally when it held its graduation ceremonies in a local megachurch. ...

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Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Product

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Immigration Reform Leaders of Today Must Follow Past Examples
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

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The Many Contexts Of Immigrants-- And Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Press

June 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Matthew Bowman ...

Christian College Alums Vie For Eric Cantor's Seat
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Press

June 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

Evangelicals: GOP Tumult Doesn't Doom Immigration Push
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Press

June 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Reid Epstein ... http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/06/12/evangelicals-gop-tumult-doesnt-doom-immigration-push/ The Evangelical Immigration ...

Hispanic Evangelical Churches Stand Ready to Assist Unaccompanied Minors
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

With the growing crisis of undocumented minors coming to the United States without a parent or guardian, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) urged the government to allow them to provide compassi ...

Muslim and Anti-Muslim Bus Ads Battle Heads to Round 3
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

A Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew turn up together on a Washington, D.C., bus. It’s no joke. They’re the faces of a new ad campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties group. ...

Immigration Isn't Dead
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday was one of the craziest days in recent American political history. House Majority leader Eric Cantor fell to Tea Party economics professor David Brat in a primary upset no pundit saw coming. ...

With Cantor Gone, Immigration Reform Is All On John Boehner Now
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

The stunning primary defeat of Eric Cantor could be a blessing for passing immigration reform. The stunning primary defeat of Eric Cantor could be a blessing for passing immigrati ...

After Edwina Rogers' Ouster, Secular Community Regroups
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

As the Secular Coalition for America prepares for its biggest event of the year this week in Washington, D.C., atheist groups are recovering from the sudden departure of the coalition’s highest officer. ...

Reframing Failure
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. Not my failures, though I suspect we could come up with a few. No, I’ve thi ...

How The Bible Understands Justice
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Press

June 6, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Stunning Resurgence Of Progressive Christianity
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Press

June 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Paul Brandeis Raushenbush ...

Moment Of Truth On Immigration Reform Is Now
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 1:47pm | Type: Press

May 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

This Will Change How You See Immigration
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Press

May 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Immigration Delay Ups The Ante On Obama, GOP
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 11:58am | Type: Press

May 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Josh Lederman ...

John Boehner Has Moral, Biblical Choice To Make On Immigration Reform Vote, Says Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Press

May 29, 2014 Sojo in the News Stoyan Zaimov ...

Activists Say The White House Delay Of A Deportation Policy Review Means 70,000 More Deportations Between Now And August
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 11:50am | Type: Press

June 1, 2014 Sojo in the News Albor Ruiz ...

Man On A Mission
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 11:18am | Type: Press

June 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Molly Worthen ...

Senate Approves Prayer Plaque for World War II Monument
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Just in time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent passed a bill to include a prayer plaque at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. ...

Inspired and Inclusive Equality
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Working as a university writing and literature professor in a conservative college town in the Bible Belt, I have seen the views of Christian students change on the issue of LGBTQ inclusion over the last decad ...

In Heart of Texas, Support Grows for Same-sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Weekenders Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, who bought an A-frame house overlooking scenic Cedar Creek Lake four years ago, have become minor celebrities as the men challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. ...

Immigration Reform 2014: Evangelical, Catholic Leaders Mathew Staver, Jim Wallis And Thomas Wenski Continue Call For Reform
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Press

June 1, 2014 Sojo in the News Crossmap ...