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Listen and Learn
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

I wasn’t always aware of the vastly different realities for people of color living in this country. My conversion was slow. Not the Damascus Road type of experience where I was blind for three days and then in ...

D.C. Protesters Confront Police, Christmas Season in March for Racial Justice
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

"How dare we as Christians celebrate the birth of our Christ, the birth of our leader, the birth of our savior, if we cannot help and stand together and save our fellow brother? If we cannot do what he to ...

Bill Hybels Speaks Out on Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor for Willow Creek Community Church, spoke out last week on the ongoing Ferguson protests. In the video, shared this week by Willow Creek Church-affiliated artist group The Tungsten Co ...

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

As I listened, I realized America would be converted by these young people’s honest and earnest conversation — they would win the national debate about our criminal justice system’s response to young people of ...

#BlackLivesMatter: Why We Need to Stop Replying ALL LIVES MATTER
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

There’s this microaggression happening online, offline, and all around that has a nice sentiment, but really needs to stop. Can we call for a week-long moratorium on decrying “ALL LIVES MATTER?” ...

N.Y.P.D. Officer Cleared in the Choking of Eric Garner
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Just over one week after a grand jury elected not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has cleared an NYPD police officer of any criminal charge in the death of ...

Supreme Court Seems Increasingly Wary on Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Now, on top of drug protocols, developmental disabilities and attorneys’ mistakes, the court must decide in Panetti’s case whether mental illness should be another reason to keep prisoners alive. ...

Pope Francis Joins Other Faith Leaders to Demand an End to Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

“Modern slavery … fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity,“ the joint statement said. Pope Francis and religio ...

Sojo Stories: Matthew Vines on 'God and the Gay Christian'
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Matthew Vines took a leave of absence from his Harvard studies to explore what the Bible says about homosexuality. As a conservative evangelical Christian with a high view of scripture, Vines struggled to reco ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: 'White Privilege’ Is A Euphemism For ‘White Supremacy’
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Press

November 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Marc Lamont Hill ...

Why Ferguson Must Lead to Change
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Voices Crying Out: Comfort and Transformation in an Age of Mass Incarceration
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt that many in our nation’s prison have committed crimes, just as the ancient people of Judah did according to Isaiah 1. There is also no doubt that we need a system of incarceration that separ ...

Thanksgiving and Ferguson: Lost in Translation
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

If there is anything I learned from my Monday night glued to television screens watching my former home of St. Louis in flames it’s that this “conversation” everyone keeps saying we need to have is happening i ...

Release. Repair. Restore: Thoughts Beyond Ferguson Toward Racial Healing
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

God’s people are called to be in the business of liberation, and with that work of liberation, our names are changed. We become “repairers of broken places,” and “restorers of streets to live in.” We must take ...

Faith leaders urge peace, change in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Kellner ...

A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Thanksgiving and a Theology of Despair
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Well, call me the Scrooge of Thanksgiving, but I’m just not feeling thankful. The more someone tells me to “Be thankful!” the more I feel a sense of despair. Are you feeling pres ...

Why the 'Post-Racial' Label Only Perpetuates Racism
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Racism is not just about individual acts. It is about a system that allows unarmed black boys to be shot at a rate 20 times that of white boys; it allows a prosecutor to deliver a speech as a defense attorney ...

Can a Nation So Wounded by Its Divisions Survive?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Every now and then something scars the “national memory,” and we encounter ourselves as a single people. We grieve as one or we celebrate as one. For those of a certain age, Than ...

Are #Christian Hashtags Rallying the Faithful or Just Luring Trolls?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

But everyone on Twitter is learning that a hashtag cuts both ways — it can be hijacked or lampooned by detractors, and it’s a key way that online activists are pushing back against opposing messages or what so ...

A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:28am | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

We now all have the chance to examine the evidence — released last night — in the grand jury’s decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson, who fired multiple bullets into Michael Brown. But the ...

The Grand Jury, Ferguson and Michael Brown
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:25am | Type: Press

to be? (Romans 12:2)   In the first church, the sacrament of baptism itself stood as a symbol ...

Ferguson: A Question of Excessive Force
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

While I was not surprised by the grand jury’s verdict, what I found disappointing in this case and continue to find disappointing in cases like this one, is the failure to discuss the use of “excessive force” ...

No Indictment in Ferguson Shooting
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 9:31pm | Type: Blog

A grand jury has found that no probable cause exists to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, on Aug. 9, said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attor ...

Tamir Rice: Not a boy with a toy in a park, but a black male with a gun
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 2:06pm | Type: Press

http://www.theage.com.au/world/tamir-rice-not-a-boy-with-a-toy-in-a-park-but-a-black-male-with-a-gun-20141124-11sjut.html Tamir Rice, 12 ... in the chest. Tamir Rice, 12, was with his sister and a friend in a gazebo ... Justice, Racism) Tamir Rice, 12, was with his sister and a friend in a gazebo in a Cleveland park ...

Evangelical opinion split on Obama's immigration reforms
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Woods ...

Putting People Before Politics
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 1:55pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Immigration Groups Have Won The Battle; Now Comes The War
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Sam Stein ...

Evangelicals Split Over Obama's Executive Action on Immigration
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 1:48pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Leonardo Blair ...

Report: Solutions to Hunger, Poverty Must Focus on Empowering Women
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

This morning, Bread for the World, released the 2015 Hunger Report, When Women Flourish, We Can End Hunger. The comprehensive analysis focuses on the imperative role the empowerment of women and girls plays in ...

Ferguson: Between Jesus and Barabbas
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

All eyes are on the jury, yet many of us who are watching realize that the real power does not reside in Gov. Jay Nixon or the grand jury, but in us. Just as it is the crowd who sways Pilate to crucify Jesus, ...

Churches to Serve as Safe Spaces After Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Local clergy say they hope there won’t be a great need for people to get off the streets when the grand jury decision comes. But churches plan to be there for the community under all circumstances. ...

Obama's Executive Action Isn't Outrageous. It's How Immigration Reform Gets Done.
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Press

November 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Fawn Johnson ...

Becoming a Better America
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Obama is not offering people citizenship, but his address reflected on the meaning of community belonging. “These people” often act like citizens, he seemed to be saying, because they “came to work, and study, ...

Evangelicals a Mixed Bag on Obama’s Immigration Move
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

While Republican leaders blast President Obama for taking executive action on immigration reform, some prominent evangelical leaders are welcoming the president’s plans to keep about 5 million undocumented imm ...

President Obama's Remarks on Immigration Action
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 8:49pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced he is taking action to reform pieces of our broken immigration system. See Sojourners President Jim Wallis' recap here. Below are Pre ...

Putting People Before Politics
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 8:08pm | Type: Blog

For us, the 1,000+ deportations per day means the breakup of families we have come to know and love in our own congregations and communities. Their families are now our families; their kids are our kids. For u ...

Austrian Bill Would Ban Foreign Funding for Mosques
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Austria’s Muslim community is incensed over the government’s plans to amend the country’s century-old law on Islam. Austria’s Muslim community is incensed over the government’s p ...

Pope Francis Laments 'Market Priorities' in Struggle Against Hunger
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

“It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities,’” the pope said. Market speculation and pursuit of profits are hin ...

White House Announcement on Executive Action on Immigration Tonight
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama released a short video providing more information on a much-anticipated executive action announcement on immigration policy. While the details remain unclear on how many of the 11 mi ...

Brittany Maynard Advocates from the Grave
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

a “new army” of volunteers and activists in 12 states, including Pennsylvania state Rep. Mark Rozzi, ...

Welton Gaddy Retires from Interfaith Alliance
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

“A lot of the people in Washington who talk about religion don’t understand religion; it’s more of a subject of theoretical discussion,” said Gaddy, 73, in an interview in his small office near Georgetown. “An ...

Occupy Wall Street Artist Turns Police Brutality Into Art
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

As the nation continues to wait for the grand jury’s decision whether or not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Mike Brown, one artist has connected the violent police acts in Ferguson to a broader nar ...

Reconciling the Faiths: An Interview with Fr. Nabil Haddad
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

“Do not make the religion of Islam the problem,” he said. “Instead use our vibrant witness – that is what is lacking in other societies.” Fr. Nabil Haddad is a passionate and ener ...

Faith and Civil Rights Leaders Appeal to President Obama and Congress to Act Now on Immigration
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Press

November 18, 2014 Press Releases Coalition of Leaders Calls for End t ...

When Decemberism Crucifies Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

One of the dominant dogmas of the season seems to be both loud and clear: Our value as human beings is often dictated by our capacity to contribute toward economic growth. This is what happens when Decemberism ...

How to Build Authentic Community
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

Do something to celebrate someone today who might feel like an outsider. And don’t be surprised if later they return the favor and help you feel the love when you might feel like an outsider. ...

When the Gospel Becomes a Product
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these,” John 14:12 ...

An Open Letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Press

November 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...