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#ReclaimMLK Protests Call For A 'Year of Resistance’
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

The protests were part a broader national movement motivated by organizations like Ferguson Action andBlackLivesMatter, dubbed the “Year of Resistance and Resilience.” Over Mart ...

The Letter That’s Coming to All Presidential Candidates
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 11:33am | Type: Press

January 17, 2015 Sojo in the News Gary Feuerberg ...

President Obama's 2015 the State of the Union Remarks
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

President Obama delivered his seventh State of the Union address last night (January 20, 2015). These are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Editor's Note : President ...

What I Learned from My Time in Solitary
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The cell I was held in is part of an effort by faith groups and other prison reform advocates in Wisconsin to push the state to cut way back on the use of solitary confinement, both in terms of why prisoners a ...

100 Christian Faith Leaders Challenge 2016 Presidential Candidates to Post 3-Minute Video on Their Plans to Fight Poverty, Hunger
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 2:51pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Samuel Smith ...

The Wrong Messenger and the Smell of a Neck Bone
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Being the wrong messenger means that God will call you from the places where you feel you belong and teach you that if you find your dignity in God, you belong everywhere. I am th ...

Explaining 'Black Lives Matter'
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

It is difficult to understand why people, particularly Christians, view a statement as patently obvious as “Black Lives Matter” as a subject for controversy. However, sometimes the most obvious things still ne ...

In Times of Dire Distress
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Living with, wrestling with injustice day in and day out is a bit like a kettle of water just about to hit boiling. At some point, the water boils, the steam is released. Maybe I ...

Why We Must #ReclaimMLK
Originally Posted: 01/19/2015 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

We want unity under the American identity, but are not willing to do the hard work to create an environment that makes unity possible. “Radical simply means grasping things at t ...

U.S. Churchgoers Still Sit in Segregated Pews, and Most Are OK with That
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

On the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Jan. 15), just as the civil rights drama “Selma” was nominated for best picture in the Oscar race, one fact of American life was little changed. ...

LGBTQ Christians: Hope for the Unseen
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

As long as we LGBTQ Christians are shoved into the shadows of this faith community, no evangelical parent with a closeted child is going to know of another way until it’s too late to take it. No LGBTQ child is ...

Pope Francis on Free Speech: ‘You Cannot Insult the Faith of Others’
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Jan. 15 condemned last week’s terrorist attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo but warned there were limits on freedom of expression. Pope Francis on ...

Je Suis … [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris
Originally Posted: 01/15/2015 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

While the tenet of freedom of speech has been invoked throughout the media coverage of the attacks, the religious implications here run much deeper. They are about how we in the faith community should respond ...

I Am an Activist Do-Gooder in Recovery
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

My fellow white folks, let’s be real with ourselves. We don’t need to think about race, ever. I went to college thinking political activism was sexy. Living in a large city gav ...

Black Churches Offer Scholarships to Students at Michael Brown’s Alma Mater
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

“This is a young people’s movement,” Bryant said. “We figured the best way to help support that was to educate them.” They filed into the gym Jan. 12 for an assembly about graduation and applying for colleges — an intentionally ...

Singing in the Rain to Support Our LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

Twenty years ago, I stepped away from the hateful speech thinking I was taking a step away from God and the faith in which I had been nurtured. But on Saturday, it was a clear act of faith and commitment to th ...

To the Women: #MarchOn! — An Interview with 'Selma's Niecy Nash
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

As I consider the roles of the women of the civil rights movement and look at the prominent place of women in today’s #blacklivesmatter movement, I am struck. The hashtag #blacklivesmatter, which helped galvan ...

A Complicated World Intrudes Upon an Ideologically Driven Congress
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

The disconnect between what Congress wants to do and what the nation needs done is vast and bizarre. While a new Congress relentlessly pursued its ideological agenda to trim gove ...

A Challenge to My White Brothers and Sisters — Acknowledge Your Defensiveness and Learn to Listen
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

with others who are like us. Only 12 to 27 percent of American churches can boast a diversity rate of at least ...

Supreme Court Weighs a Church’s Right to Advertise Services
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Jan. 12 considered a tiny church’s curbside sign in a case that could raise the bar on government regulation of speech, and make it easier for houses of worship to advertise ... they can be placed, and when they must be uprooted. Philip W. Savrin, who argued Jan. 12 for the town, ...

VIDEO: Executive Action Explained
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Video on Obama's Executive Action. Before taking executive action in November, which would e ...

Nigerian Archbishop Calls for Unity Marches Following Boko Haram Massacres
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Nigerian Roman Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama says his country needs a similar march to the one held in Paris on Jan. 11 to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks. ...

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 ...