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France Ponders Its Response to Shootings: Will Xenophobia or Multiculturalism Win?
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

As France emerges from its worst terrorist attack in decades, a biting novel that imagines the country governed by Islamic law is part of a swirling debate about its basic values. ...

Selma: We Are, Because You Were
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 11:39am | Type: Press

January 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

A Christian Mother’s Response to Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

My beautiful child, may you always know love for who you are. If you can’t count on that from the world, know what you can at least count on that from me. My Darling Daughter: ...

'Selma's David Oyelowo on Playing MLK and What It Means to Be a Christian
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

“I always knew that in order to play Dr. King, I had to have God flow through me because when you see Dr. King giving those speeches, you see that he is moving in his anointing,” Oyelowo said. ...

Mario Cuomo’s Overlooked Contributions to Bioethics
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Cuomo will likely be remembered for many remarkable political achievements, but the enduring success of the task force he created 30 years ago still remains one of the crown jewels and the standard by which si ...

Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014. Will 2015 Be Worse?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

of nations such as Saudi Arabia (No. 12 on the list) and Egypt (No. 23). This has foreign policy ...

‘Selma:' We Are, Because They Were
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

Selma is an amazing film, but as I watch the Civil Rights movement unfold before my eyes, it's not the past that haunts me. It's the present. In the first moments of  ...

FBI Investigating Explosion Near NAACP Yesterday; Twitter Protests Lack of News Coverage
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

A makeshift bomb placed outside a local chapter of the NAACP in Colorado went off yesterday, releasing smoke but failing to ignite a gasoline can placed beside it,  Newsweek reports . There were no injuries. The FBI has declared the bombing ...

People Get Ready
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Becca Hartman-Pickerill If Jen Bailey is emblematic of her generation in a ...

If the Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage in 2015, How Will Evangelicals Respond?
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

Even though about half of conservative Christians now believe that gay marriage is inevitable, don’t expect them to slip quietly into the night. Ten years after Massachusetts bec ...

Why Christians Should Support the 'Satanic' Statue in Oklahoma
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

It’s well and good to exercise the First Amendment to protect one’s free speech, but if we’re not willing to do the same for others – particularly those with views we don’t agree with – then we don’t really be ...

7 Ways Religious Affiliation Will (and Won’t) Change in the New Congress
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

35 percent are Catholic, 12 percent are Jewish, 1 percent are Mormon, two are Buddhist, two ...

From the Archives: February 1989
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Pam Solo Common Security  [A] POPULAR consensus is forming around the fact that new world realities demand f ...

Operation Railroad
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 12:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sue Lefebvre Mass prosecution of immigrants undercuts efforts against border violence.  IN OCTOBER 2013, an a ...

Obamacare Marches On, Step by Step
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tara Culp-Ressler Despite continued opposition, the ACA is accomplishing its goals.  THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ...

Jesus Christ believed in helping the poor
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Press

January 3, 2015 Sojo in the News David Buckna ...

The flawed worship of privilege and power
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Press

January 4, 2015 Sojo in the News Robert Azzi ...

'We Were Strangers Once, Too'
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Congressional leaders on both sides must be convinced to put people above party.  IF YOU'VE b ...

10 Resolutions for 2015
Originally Posted: 12/31/2014 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

All three definitions of 'resolution' are wonderfully attractive to me — and timely for this brand new year. Some people don’t like the idea of New Year’s resolutions, ...

Poverty amid plenty
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Press

December 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Henry McLeish ...

White Christmas, Black Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Press

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/12/white-christmas-black-christmas-evangelical-christian-racial-divide/383986/ The racial tensions ...

Advent as Protest, Christmas as Revelation
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 4:24pm | Type: Press

December 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

The Year of Outrage
Originally Posted: 12/29/2014 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

) and “his own people did not accept him” ( 1:12 )? This gospel reaches beyond the stars, but pain ...

2014: A Year of Progress, But a Long Way to Go on Path to Equality
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

Like with many other justice issues in the past, entire new movements are calling God’s people forward, deeper into realizing the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven. And though there is still a lot of ...

How Adoption Has Forced Evangelicals to Grapple With Race Relations
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

As evangelicals have turned their attention toward adoption in the past decade, families like the Hatmakers are grappling with race relations in a profoundly personal way, especially as national news spotlight ...

Pope Blasts Vatican Administration, Accuses Some of Spiritual ‘Alzheimer’s’
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday, outlining a “catalog of illnesses” that plague the church’s central administration, including “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and gossipy ...

Can the Church Offer More than Candlelight Vigils for Justice?
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

It’s critically important that the church declare injustice to the world as the church. And there is undoubtedly a profound power to the people of God declaring, like the psalmists, hope in lament. But the chu ...

An Inconvenient Truth: Everyone Is Created and Loved by God
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 1:31pm | Type: Blog

in Isaiah (45:12): It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it I stretched out the heavens with My ... and most important commandments is to “ Love your neighbor as yourself. ” (Mark 12:31) This isn’t ...

American Nuns: Grounded Leadership in Conflict
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 7:32pm | Type: Blog

In a situation that could have escalated badly, American sisters rose to the occasion. Last week the Vatican released the final report on its unprecedented investigation of Ro ...

How A Drunk Man Got Home One Christmas Eve
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

I’d never seen a black person in my neighborhood. Many people in my neighborhood wouldn’t have welcomed a black person to their door. This was the 1960s. I was 6 years old, gro ...

Wearing Black in Advent
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

The movement to wear black on December 14 came from several African-American denominations across the nation. Here in Wisconsin, Rev. Scott Anderson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, jo ...

Australia’s #IllRideWithYou — An Advent Expression of Emmanuel
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

“If you don’t feel safe alone, I will ride with you.” “If you don’t feel safe alone, I will ride with you.” These words have so much depth.   When an armed man with unid ...

2014 in Review: An Unsettling Year, with Religion in a Starring Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

For most of recorded history, Isis was an Egyptian goddess, a benevolent type who cared for widows and orphans, cured the sick and even brought the dead back to life. This year, the world met the other ISIS. ...

Clergy and Millennials Pursuing Justice in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Press

December 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Harold Dean Trulear ...

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Cuts Ties with Anti-Abortion Crusader Frank Pavone
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the church’s leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial ...

#DialInForJustice
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

Renewed democracy requires reworking inherited traditions of social action. To be black in America is to listen to death daily. To hear mothers wailing at unnecessary funerals, ...

Rabbi David Saperstein Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

and confirmed by a 62-35 vote on Dec. 12. Saperstein takes a liberal bent on domestic issues, and all but one ...

Australians Suggest Celibacy Played a Role in Clergy Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

admission Dec. 12 in a report to the government’s Royal Commission, which is examining thousands of cases ... Federico Lombardi, could not be reached for comment Dec. 12. But Maltese Bishop Charles Scicluna, ... was unavailable for comment at the Vatican Dec. 12. The independent Australian council is made up of church ...

Churches and Conversations on Race
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 10:39am | Type: Press

December 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Bob Abernethy ...

'Some Folks Just Woke Up:' Families of Victims of Police Brutality Join 'Justice for All' March in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

“We will march until hell freezes over. And when it does, we will march on the ice." “Excuse my ignorance, I thought I was a  free  black man.” “I’m 11 [years old], I ma ...

Who Wants to Talk About That?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Press

December 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Tom Driver ...

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Press

December 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ... a 12 year-old boy shot dead in Cleveland ; to  a white police officer on video choking a black man ...

Weekly Wrap 12.12.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

1. Read the Torture Report While its 525 pages — and disturbing subject matter — may cause you to opt for the news coverage and analysis, you can actually read the entire Torture Report yourself — even before ...

Are We Missing the Prophetic Connection?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

child, such as 16-year-old Trayvon Martin and 12-year-old Tamir Rice, by the so-called instruments of law ... and chokehold first, ignoring Eric Garner’s 12+ pleas to breathe, then leave unaided for hours without medical ...

New Report Reveals Poor Responses to Sexual Assault at Bob Jones University
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

The school’s teachings on sin, forgiveness, discipline, and justice shaped how Bob Jones University responded to sexual assault, the report argues. An outside watchdog group hire ...

Who Cares About The Cheerleaders?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Our society idolizes and materializes female sexuality by elevating cheerleaders as an idealized position for young girls, and then refuses to decently pay or reward women at the so-called top of the totem pol ...

Number of states challenging Obama on immigration grows to 24
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Press

December 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Kevin Baxter ...

The Untold Story of Hope Unfolding in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Press

December 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

killed in Ferguson, Mo. ; to a 12 year-old boy shot dead in Cleveland ; to a white police officer ... or not? In the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 12 speaks of one body with many members. For just ... together. (RSV) Another version of 1 Corinthians 12:26 translates, “If one part suffers every part ...

Advent as Protest
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Here’s the thing about war: There are only enemies and allies. There is no in-between. At the point of the writing of this article, it has been 124 days since unarmed 18-year-old ...