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COMMENTARY: Deliberate Distortion of Reality Won’t Work for Long
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

I was dismayed when I learned that Mozilla Foundation, maker of the Firefox Web browser, had named an anti-gay activist as its new chief executive officer. I was dismayed when I l ...

A Crash Course: Australia, Refugees, and the Politics of Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

The church in Australia is showing signs of being a Calvary-like-love political alternative when it comes to refugees. Here’s a crash course to understand what’s happening in Aust ...

VIDEO: Travel with Us—A Visual Poem
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors The SOLD Project's hopeful vision to end human trafficking. Around the world, children conti ...

SLIDESHOW: Moral March Photos
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors On a cold day this past February, seminary student Sara Wolcott boarded a bus in New York to attend the Moral March in North ...

Immigration Reform Advocates Begin Fast In Va.
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Press

April 3, 2014 Sojo in the News The Associated Press ...

LETTER: How Can Congressman Justify Voting To Cut SNAP Program?
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Press

April 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Vaughn Baker ...

Fasting Protesters Seek To Press Meehan On Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

April 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Michael Matza ...

National 'Fast For Families' Visits Philadelphia Area, Promoting Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Press

April 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Cherri Gregg ...

Conservative Media Shocked Biden Considers Undocumented Immigrants Americans
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Press

March 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Solange Uwimana ...

Pope Francis' Glaring Omission: Why Spiritual Leaders Must Champion Workers' Rights
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 2:44pm | Type: Press

March 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Jay Monaco ...

WATCH: Fox News' 'Preferential Option for the Rich'
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 12:33pm | Type: Press

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

From the Archives: May-June 1976
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Margo Farra Advice to New Communities TO PEOPLE interested in establishing a new community I would encourage ...

A Wish List for the 1 Percent
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

of participant nations to 12, adding Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, and the United ...

Immigration Advocacy Update: Nearing Two Million Deportations
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

With Easter recess around the corner, immigration supporters are in full force with their advocacy plans. With Easter recess around the corner, immigration supporters are in full ...

Getting Beyond Infighting to a Unified Church
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 8:40am | Type: Blog

The mission of God is reconciliation and the vocation of God’s people, the church. When we spend more time attacking each other rather than attacking the areas of brokenness in our world, we become a reflectio ...

'Don't Be Left Behind Now'
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 8:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara J. Wolcott I got on a bus to help someone else's justice movement—and discovered it was my own. O ...

Supreme Court Doubles Down on Money as Speech
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The Court has made its vision of the future of electoral politics clear. What is unclear is how Americans will respond to the increasing influence money is having in our political system. ...

Secular Coalition Flunks Most Congress Members on Church-State Report Card
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 6:15am | Type: Blog

If some secular organizations had their way, much of the current class of lawmakers would flunk out of Congress. If some secular organizations had their way, much of the current ...

Hobby Lobby's Green Family Meets with Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

The pope met with Obama on Thursday for the first time, touching on some hot-button disputes between the White House and U.S. Catholic bishops. Days after discussing the U.S. Cath ...

WATCH: Bishops Celebrate Mass on the Border, Pray for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Today, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' will hold a border mass in Nogales, Ariz., at noon eastern time. Today, the United States Conference of Catholic Bis ...

#Fast4Families -- Week 5
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

The Fast for Families bus continues its journey across the country getting closer to its final destination: Washington, D.C., on April 9. The Fast for Families bus continues its j ...

Q&A: World Vision President Rich Stearns on Sponsors, Staff Lost Over Same-Sex Marriage Announcements
Originally Posted: 03/28/2014 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

In an interview with RNS on Thursday, Stearns suggested that the number of sponsors lost was under but around 5,000. Those who sponsor a child pay $35 each month, so the loss could have tallied up to $2.1 mill ...

A More Just Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Our faith teaches us that when prosperity is not shared by all, we all become poor; that when laborers are treated by the powerful as an expendable resource, instead of as co-equal humans with dignity, we have ...

World Vision Reverses Decision on Same-Sex Marriage, Calls It 'A Mistake'
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

Christian relief organization World Vision has reversed its decision after announcing this week that it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual. ...

Catholic Throwback Thursday: Remembering The Other "Bishop Of The Slums"
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Press

March 20, 2014 Sojo in the News The Catholic Review ...

Taking Food From The Poor Is Not Right
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Press

March 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Vaughn Baker ...

The Criminality Of Blackness
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 12:37pm | Type: Press

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

Evangelical Giant Changes Policy On Same-Sex Employees, Exposes Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 12:34pm | Type: Press

March 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Elizabeth Drescher ...

Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

As I reflect on the plight of the undocumented immigrant in the United States today, I wonder if the words of the Psalmist, echoed by Jesus on the cross, don’t hit a little too close to home. ...

Both Sides of Contraception Mandate Sound Off
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Today, the Supreme Court heard two cases that have major implications for the intersection of religious liberty and health care in America. While Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties C ...

World Vision and the State of American Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

In our waywardness, we are willing to withhold our money to make a political point. And we justify it by saying this is an issue of “the Gospel.” But in the words of Brian McLaren, “If the Gospel we preach is ...

What Pope Francis Can Teach President Obama This Week
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Thirty years ago, when the United States established full diplomatic relations with the Holy See, critics of the move fell into two camps. Thirty years ago, when the United States ...

Poll Indicates Immigration Reform Won't Alienate GOP Voters
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

While many members of Congress are waiting for the primary season to be over before they make any solid decision on immigration reform, a recent New American Economy poll shows conservative members on Congress ...

Can Pope Francis Help 'Reset' Frayed Ties Between Obama and the Catholic Bishops?
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

When President Obama and Pope Francis sit down at the Vatican on Thursday, the meeting may well offer a vision of what could have been for Democrats and the Catholic Church over the last six years: a leader of ...

The Need to Be Relevant
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

The goal of the Christian leader should always be to look for what the Spirit is already doing in a given place or situation. It is a challenge because you have to suppress your “relevant” self and become vuln ...

Immigration Rights Activist Arrested Delivering a Letter to Florida Congressman
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

On Friday, Eliseo Medina, a prominent immigration rights activists was arrested after trying to peacefully deliver a letter to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) district office. ...

Living with 'An Illegal:' How a Friendship Changed My Perspective on Immigration
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 6:44pm | Type: Blog

How one person changed everything I knew about immigration reform and undocumented immigrants. I don’t know what came over me. Was it what Noel Castellanos (CEO of CCDA) had said? ...

Justices May Decide if Photographers can Snub Gay Weddings
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

not photograph same-sex weddings,” Huguenin responded. Now 7 1/2 years after that e-mail exchange, the Supreme ...

Atheist Nate Phelps on His Father: I Mourn 'The Man He Could Have Been'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

Nathan Phelps, the estranged atheist son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps who died Wednesday, is asking people to look beyond his father’s legacy of hate. Nathan Phelps, the ...

#Fast4Families Bus Presses on in Week 4 of Tour
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Entering its fourth week on the road, the Fast for Families bus continues its journey across the country getting closer to its final destination: Washington, D.C. on April 9. Ente ...

Fox News' 'Preferential Option for the Rich'
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

Fox News has dishonored the poor with their preferential option for the rich. I don’t typically watch much television. But when I can, I watch The Daily Show . Jon Stewart brin ...

When Pope Francis Meets President Obama, Expect Collaboration Over Conflict
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

President Obama is to meet Pope Francis for the first time next week as Obama wraps up a European tour, a high-profile encounter between two major world leaders that appears to carry especially high stakes fro ...

Religious Groups Play Key Role in Obamacare Insurance Sign-up
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

As the national March 31 deadline for health insurance enrollment looms and with President Obama’s encouragement, organizations across a range of faiths are working to sign up uninsured Americans for coverage ...

7 Lessons About Peace From My Time in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

There is no place on earth that has exploited human story and experience for the sake of a tourist “experience” more than in the Holy Land. Having just gotten home from guiding an ...

Anti-Apartheid Action In South Africa and Abroad
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Oppressive poverty, like corruption and unfettered crime, is a human condition to be addressed and mitigated by principled choices to alter societal structures. Oppressive poverty ...

For One Great Prayer
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

I have tried to provide a clergy presence whenever I can to show that ending the suffering of immigrant families, including that of the 1 out of 7 undocumented Korean Americans, is also a concern of persons of ...

Our Fast On Behalf Of Immigrant Families Across The Nation
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Press

March 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Stan Bain ...

Pittsfield: 'Counter-recruitment' Program Offered
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Press

March 17, 2014 Sojo in the News The Berkshire Eagle ...

Franklin Graham: Putin Is Better on Gay Issues than Obama
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Evangelist Franklin Graham is praising Russian President Vladimir Putin for his aggressive crackdown on homosexuality, saying his record on protecting children from gay “propaganda” is better than President Ob ...

#Fast4Families Embarks on National Bus Tour for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

Building on the momentum from last year’s fast on the National Mall, the #Fast4Families campaign has entered into its next phase: a cross-country bus tour. Building on the momentu ...