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4 Notable Remarks from President Obama’s Easter Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

President Obama turned both personal and preachy April 7 during his annual Easter Prayer Breakfast. President Obama turned both personal and preachy April 7 during his annual East ...

Our American Spring: Shining a Little Light on Discrimination
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

People of goodwill aren’t sitting back and waiting in safe comfort for the bigots to run out of steam. Little by little, the direct sun of spring is vanquishing the snow of this l ...

Republicans, Religious Groups Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Gay Marriage Bans
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Republican officials and religious organizations dominate a growing list of more than 60 groups urging the Supreme Court to uphold state bans against same-sex marriage. Republica ...

Creating Your Own Life-Changing Encounter
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

not come at a more timely moment. The headlines of major newspapers over the past 12 months, from  ...

Five Faith Facts About Rand Paul: ‘My Faith Has Never Been Easy for Me’
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Randal Howard “Rand” Paul , the junior Republican from Kentucky, is expected to launch his 2016 campaign on April 7. Sen. Randal Howard “Rand” Paul , the junior Republican ...

A National Campaign for ‘Islam a la Francaise’ Takes Root Amid Growing Radicalization
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

Sunlight slants across a classroom at the Catholic University of Lyon, where the Bible dominates an evening lecture. The subject may not seem surprising in this ancient city that was once a bastion of French Catholicism and a hub for Christian missio ...

Americans Split on Businesses Turning Away Gay Weddings
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Where is the American public on this debate? It depends on how the question is asked. A host of governors, CEOs, and church leaders call Indiana’s new religious freedom law a bac ...

Weekly Wrap 4.3.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 8:55pm | Type: Blog

1. At Least 10 Religious Groups Have Come Out Against Anti-LGBT 'Religious Liberty' Laws "While substantial attention has been paid to the lawmakers, athletes, businesses, and celebrities who ha ...

Indiana Lawmakers Agree to Amend ‘Religious Freedom’ Law
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The proposal, rolled out at the Statehouse, would grant new protections for LGBT customers, employees and tenants. Indiana Republican legislative leaders, under growing pressure ...

Outrage Over RFRA Might Be A Fear Of Christians
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I believe it is my responsibility to listen. Here is what I am hearing: Christians are not trusted. Or another way to say it: The anger and frustration surrounding the passage of RFRA is really ...

Can a Muslim President Defeat Boko Haram? Nigerians Are Betting on It
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A northern Nigeria Muslim leader who promised to pursue a nonreligious agenda as president will now have to deal with an Islamic terrorist insurgency that has wreaked chaos in the country’s north. ...

Religious Freedom or Discrimination?
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

For the past several days Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has found himself at the center of a political firestorm over his state’s adoption of a new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. F ...

#blacklivesmatter in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ‘A.D.’
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

they listened. I’m glad for that.” Now, in a partnership with the 12-part NBC miniseries, an African-American ...

Called to Lead, Bank Accounts Be Damned
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper We watched our white peers accept the same salaries but somehow take vacations and buy homes—while we scrimped to pay ...

The 3 Bad Bills of March: Congressional Immigration Update
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Although the legislative status varies for each piece, it is imperative for the public to be aware of the immigration reform policies being considered and how they impact our communities. ...

Yearning to Breathe Free
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

to volunteer in the Sacred Heart kitchen. In her 12 years as director of the Food Bank in Cooke County, Texas, ...

School of Love
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Vanier was inspired by life with these friends, and motivated by a new understanding of Luke 14:12 ...

Beyond the Wheelchair Ramp
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you’” (1 Corinthians 12:21) demands this. ...

From the Archives: May 1992
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joe Nagle A Threat to Peace  THE DEATH of former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on March 9 brought ba ...

Racial Reconciliation Demands Christians Reconsider the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

A new report by the Equal Justice Initiative documents in horrific detail the nation’s widespread practice of lynching and points to a link between lynching and a practice that persists today: capital punishment. In the Jim Crow South, lynching d ...

In Sickness and Health
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood Paid sick leave helps not only the workers but businesses as well. WHAT IS OUR responsibility ...

A Turning Point on Poverty?
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The 2016 election is an oppourtunity for a new dialouge on eliminating extreme poverty, at home and abroad.  ...

What Now? Faith Community Seeks Next Steps After Pastor's Deportation
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

For the last several weeks, members of Central Plains Mennonite Conference (Max’s regional network of churches), Mennonite Church USA (his national denomination), and others from across the country signed peti ...

New York City to Change Rules to Allow Churches to Rent Schools
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Pastor Robert Hall of the Bronx Household of Faith, which was the plaintiff in the case, said he was cautiously optimistic after the administration’s response. Congregations in N ...

Robert Putnam Fights America’s ‘Opportunity Gap’ with Religious Fervor
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

proposals on five topics: early childhood education; family structure and parenting; K-12 education; ...

The Southern Baptists' Challenge on Race
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

Anyone hoping this summit will lead to concrete political support for a civil rights agenda will be disappointed. In the wake of tragic shootings of unarmed black men at the hands ...

Critics Question My Open Letter to Franklin Graham: Here Is My Response In This Holy Week
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 10:30am | Type: Press

March 27, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

A calling to serve the poor
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 10:24am | Type: Press

March 27, 2015 Sojo in the News Kay McSpadden ...

Evangelicals criticise Franklin Graham
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 4:05pm | Type: Press

about police shootings, have been condemned by Evangelical leaders. On  12 March , Mr Graham, who ...

Weekly Wrap 3.27.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

1. How Yemen Became the Middle East’s Latest Regional Nightmare As Saudi Arabia and Egypt say they’re prepared to send in ground troops, here’s a look at the how Yemen got to this point. ...

A Holy Week of Resistance
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

(Romans 12:1-2) People of faith will continue to resist. As we approach Holy Week, I am struck ...

Obama to Host Pope Francis at White House in September
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

This will be the second meeting between the pope and Obama. President Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House during the pontiff’s U.S. visit in September to “continue ...

Divide Over Franklin Graham's Comment ...
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 9:53am | Type: Press

March 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Paul Wilkinson ...

The Passover Seder, Designed by and for Women
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

seders are not new. The women who gathered at Beth El on Sunday, 12 days before the holiday begins ...

Ted Cruz’s pitch to evangelicals has a hole in it
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Press

March 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Greg Sargent ...

Jim Wallis on welcoming the stranger
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 10:59am | Type: Press

March 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Nigerian Christians May Back a Muslim Candidate in Upcoming Presidential Elections
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

Some Nigerians fear that another term for Jonathan would mean institutionalization of corruption and emergence of more Muslim extremist groups in addition to Boko Haram. Under t ...

Ted Cruz and God’s Political Subversion
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

A God who stands with us over and against our religious and political enemies is no God at all. Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to  declare  a presidential run for 20 ...

Pastors Criticize Franklin Graham's Facebook Post in Open Letter
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Press

March 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Carrie Dedrick ...

‘You Have Sinned Against Us’: Pastors Pen Open Letter Rebuking Franklin Graham for Viral Facebook Post Addressed to ‘Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and Everybody Else’
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:22am | Type: Press

March 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

Evangelicals chide Franklin Graham for comment on police shootings
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:20am | Type: Press

March 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Obeying Police Is Not Enough, Group of Diverse Evangelical Leaders Tell Franklin Graham
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:51am | Type: Press

March 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Bob Smietana ...

Jim Wallis, Lisa Sharon Harper Lead Attack On Franklin Graham Over Respecting Police Post
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:41am | Type: Press

March 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Kaye Wonderhouse ...

Franklin Graham branded 'crude, insensitive and paternalistic' for Facebook comments on police shootings
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Press

March 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Mark Woods ...

Choosing Courage: An Appeal to Christian Leaders
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

The racial divide in the United States is boiling. Our all-gracious God is calling us to turn from our wrong path. In the last several days , our country has witnessed and expe ...

Progressive Christian Leaders Pen Open Letter to Franklin Graham Over Racial Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 1:56pm | Type: Press

of the body of Christ. While your  comments on March 12  were just a Facebook post, your post was shared ...

Franklin Graham’s Latest Diatribe
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 1:54pm | Type: Press

March 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Beth Still ...

'Semper Reformanda' and the PCUSA
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

I’m not one for the phrase “right side of history,” but I do think history is important for us to study and learn so that we might remember our own failures and right the ship. We are like Hansel and Gretel pi ...

Gay and Transgender Inmates Invited to Lunch with Pope Francis During Prison Visit
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Among the many innovations Francis has made since his election two years ago this month has been a new tone and approach to gay and transgender people. When Pope Francis pays a vi ...

Justice Ginsburg Writes a Feminist Opinion for Passover
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Not quite, but when a Jewish nonprofit asked the Supreme Court justice to write a biblical commentary for Passover, she a ...