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Justice … not ‘Just Us’
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

While punitive justice might be one way of thinking about justice, it’s not the dominant or prevailing understanding of justice promoted within most religious tradition of the world. ...

An Open Letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

This is an open letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon urging him to maintain peace and protect those exercising their right to free speech. I encourage you to read the letter and join me and others across the coun ...

Ending Implicit Bias
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, implicit bias, or latent racism, often becomes explicit, or manifest racism. Thus, African Americans are racialized as ‘black’ in a system of representation that represents a white supremacist r ...

A Christian Should Lead Christians
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Not surprisingly, the situation has become one of the latest talking points for Christians invested in the grievance industrial complex. The difference between this and much of the other ax-grinding is that in ...

Pope Francis to Build Showers for Homeless in St. Peter’s Square
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor — and upend the expectations of the papacy — Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. ...

Hashtag Activists Battle Online Anti-Muslim Speech, but #DoesItWork?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

“Not a lot of Americans know Muslims as friends and neighbors, so their understanding of Islam and Muslims is shaped by negative views. That gives a very distorted impression,” Perez said. “To help people have ...

Season of Disruption
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Preaching the Word

Psalms 126:5 Isaiah 40:1-11 Lamentations 1:17 Ro ...

One in the Lord
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Preaching the Word

Maria-Pia Negro A look at three multiracial churches—and how they got that way. ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Preaching the Word

a 12-hour training with several other families and with representatives from their own family or community. ... and 12 percent were multiracial or their heritage was unknown, according to the Child Welfare Information ...

Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

“We are not guided by the latest headlines but by the human tragedies that we see every day in our parishes and programs, where families are torn apart by enforcement actions especially,” said Seattle Auxiliar ...

How Will The Region Handle Discomfort?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

November 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Krehmeyer ...

My Sin, Your Sin: The Way to Freedom
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

Racism is a very complex issue. The harmful and sinful effects of racism affect millions of people’s lives. The spiritual and religious harms of implicit racism are only part of even more critical, social, emo ...

Gay Debate Challenges Traditional Definitions of ‘Evangelical’
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Growing cultural acceptance of homosexuality is leading many Christians to reconsider their historic opposition. As intractable as the debate itself can be, American evangelicals nonetheless are experiencing l ...

Treat Them As One of Your Own
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Our immigration system is broken. It is hard for anyone to say otherwise. But I think our values are broken too. Think about this: why would anyone travel thousands of miles on a ...

#LoveMakesAWay: Jarrod McKenna On Australia's New Freedom Movement
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

One of the main minds behind Love Makes A Way is Perth-based radical Christian leader Jarrod McKenna. With his blond dreadlocks, casual vibe, and jokes about how Christians are “daggy,” he’s hardly the sanctim ...

VIDEO: Not in Our Name
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video giving voice to the misunderstood in the Muslim community.  When facing a new threat, it ...

VIDEO: Our Neighbors in the Pews
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 1:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video giving voice to the homeless of San Francisco.  In her piece “ Compassion in the Stacks ...

VIDEO: Requiem for Mike Brown
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video on the audience reaction of protestors at the St. Louis Symphony.  Rather than taking to ...

STORYMAP: 5 Game-Changing Aid Groups
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett A map depicting five quality aid groups nationally and abroad.  “We volunteer and donate our ti ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Press

November 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

When We Choose to See Them
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

There’s no way to know, just from looking at the sign. Maybe he was a con man, or maybe he was just my brother, genuinely in need of human contact to maintain his dignity. Or maybe he was even more than that. ...

'Are You the People That Help Immigrants?'
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

of U.S. immigration law, which rivals the tax code in terms of complexity, there are only about 12 ...

December 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Product

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Evangelicals Call for Fair Immigration Reform Plan, While Obama and Top GOP Leaders Clash Over Executive Action
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 2:06pm | Type: Press

November 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Stoyan Zaimov ...

Getting to Uncomfortable
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Press

November 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Krehmeyer ...

A Call to Transform Politics
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 1:57pm | Type: Press

November 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Gay Marriage Hits Major Bump in Federal Appeals Court
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation’s circuit courts that virtually guarantees re ...

Looking for God on Election Day
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes when I read the vitriol from either side, I find myself empathizing with the 78 percent of my age group who didn't bother to vote on Tuesday. I think many of us just end up feeling disgusted wit ...

December 2014 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Product

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Declaring Sanctuary
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

As we approach Rosa’s 90th day in sanctuary, its time to replace the nearly burned down candle, but the light of radical Christian hospitality continues to not only burn bright, but spread throughout the natio ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

The campaign wasn’t about the most important issues facing the country. Here’s what we should be talking about. In Tuesday’s elections, most voters didn’t see their candidates as ...

The Dream of the 90s Is Not Quite Alive in Portland
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

I’ve been here more than a year now, planting a church and beginning to work with neighborhood partners, and have come to realize that the dream for truly “progressive” values — like immigration reform and bri ...

Provisions for the Long Haul
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

John A. Zukowski MANY CAREER COACHES and job market experts offer this advice: Don’t use online job boards as your main job search strategy. Networking and finding supportive orga ...

Left Behind
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 7:00am | Type: Magazine Article

John A. Zukowski Long-term unemployment can mean losing not only income, but your sense of purpose. Faith and advocacy groups can help—b ...

Conservative Christians Packed an Electoral Punch, but Can They Do It Again in 2016?
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Christians are taking credit for the Republican sweep of the U.S. Senate and GOP victories farther down the ticket in Nov. 4's midterm elections, and they predict they will prevail again in 2 ...

Faith in Action
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Campaign

Faith in Action Mobilizing Training Join the Faith in Action Leadership Circle Quick Survey ...

Pope Francis Suggests No-Cost Annulments in Divorce Cases
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

“When you attach economic interests to spiritual interests, it is not about God,” Pope Francis said. Pope Francis raised the prospect of no-cost marriage annulments on Nov. 5 afte ...

November 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Product

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Wheaton College Tackles the Death Penalty with Jesus in Mind
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

I guarantee you the panel this week at Wheaton will have Jesus at the center. And this forum is encouraging because it points beyond itself — to an evangelicalism that looks more like Jesus than the evangelica ...

Compassion in the Stacks
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

with calm, collected compassion. Furthermore, working as a HASA is a six-to-12-month vocational training ...

Season of Disruption
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Advent is a time to answer the question, "Which side are you on?"  WHEN JOHANNES ...

How To Overcome Evil
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

of Christ. Therefore let us heed Paul’s advice in Romans 12: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil ...

December 2014
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 5:11pm | Type: Magazine Issue

December, 2014 The Man Who Wrote King's Most Dangerous Speech ...

Elevating Our Cultural Competency: A Q&A with NPR’s Maria Hinojosa
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

"Having a diverse staff means that we want to elevate our level of cultural competency. It isn't just about being representative. It really is about cultural competency." ...

What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

So is the world better off with or without empires? Is it necessary to have some sort of beneficent overlord to keep us in line, to afford us cultural advances we might not ever achieve, or even to keep us fro ...

Jim Wallis: Want to change America? Then change Huntsville, change Alabama
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Press

November 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Kay Campbell ...

Pastor Who Took a Bullet Paves Her Own Way to Ferguson’s Frontline
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

“We can and should be defiant,” Lamkin told her congregation on a recent Sunday at St. John AME Church. “There will always be those who discount the voice of the poor.” But “we don’t have to accept the conditi ...

Black-ish: Reimagining Blackness on Television
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 11:28am | Type: Press

October 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Brittany Maynard, Face of Right-to-Die Movement, Died as She Planned
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old suffering with an aggressive brain tumor, died Nov. 1— as she said she would. Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old suffering with an aggressive brai ...

An Open Letter to Missionaries
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Inevitably, you transferred some of your culture when you communicated your faith to me. I understand this now, but sometimes I don’t think you do. Dear Missionaries, I like to ...