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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 ...

Over 200 African American Clergy, Evangelical Leaders and Christian Scholars Denounce SB 2681
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 1:40pm | Type: Press

March 12, 2014 Sojo in the News ACLU ... http://www.aclu-ms.org/news/2014/03/12/over-200-african-american-clergy-evangelical-leaders-and-chr Ms. Lisa Sharon Harper ...

So Long, Jerry Falwell: Reconsidering Evangelical Public Engagement
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Press

March 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Lempke ...

Catholics, Evangelicals Press GOP On Immigration
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Press

March 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Donna Cassata ...

One Year In: The Joyful Surprise of Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is right: it is not about him; it’s about the Christ he follows. Everything Francis is saying and doing is aimed at pressing this question: Are Christians going to follow Jesus or not? ...

14 Faith Leaders To Watch In 2014
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Press

March 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Center ... http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/news/2014/03/12/85709/14-faith-leaders-to-watch-in-2014/ 3. The “Fast for Families” ...

An Open Letter to Publix
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

A few days ago, a group of farmworkers from Immokalee, Fla., set out on the 10-city "Now is the Time" tour to inform people about the Fair Food Campaign. Dear Publix Lea ...

Walls That Divide
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

As we ponder walls and the devastation caused by building them, many people in the United States have begun to recognize that we cannot continue building walls to separate us from others. We need to break them ...

Fewer Than 1,000 Muslims Left in Central African Republic Capital
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

As the number of Muslims in Bangui, the Central African Republic capital, dwindles to an estimated 900, the head of a global alliance of churches has urged tackling the conflict from a political rather than a ...

April 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 2:44pm | Type: Product

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April 2014 Sojourners Magazine
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Cardinal Dolan: Pope Francis Opened Door to Gay Civil Unions Debate
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Sunday that Pope Francis is asking the Catholic Church to look at the possibility of recognizing civil unions for gay couples, although the archbishop of New York said that he would ...

VIDEO: "American Promise"
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors What does it take to educate and parent African-American children, all while maintaining family values? ...

Gay Teacher Sues Catholic High School Claiming Wrongful Dismissal
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Forced out of his Catholic school job for marrying his same-sex partner, a gay teacher in suburban Seattle has filed a wrongful-dismissal suit against his former school. Forced ou ...

MAP: Detention Facilities in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors The United States maintains 33,400 beds and spends nearly $2 billion a year on the detention of immigrants under the dubious ...

A Lenten Commitment to Homeland Insecurity
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

While the need for protection from harm is both natural and commendable, we are forced to consider whether protection itself can eventually become harmful, unnatural, and even condemnable. ...

What's Happening In NC? Faith-Rooted Organizing Is Bearing Fruit
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Press

March 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove ...