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Revolutionary Love: Do You Hear the Call?
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Despite the focus on elders and youth, this is an intergenerational movement that requires all of us to answer the communal call. I am encouraged by one of my mentors, Mama Ruby (Sales) who says it is time to ...

Civil Rights Movement 2.0
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

The zeitgeist is clear. Much like Emmett Till’s murder in 1955 sparked the civil rights movement, the tragic string of murders of blacks in 2014 catalyzed another movement, the #BlackLivesMatter movement. This ...

Weekly Wrap 2.13.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

The faith of David Carr ... Moving words on growing up American from Chapel Hill shooting victim Yusor Abu-Salha ... NASA goes Jedi ... HAPPY GALENTINE'S DAY ... and more! ...

Parking Spat as Motive for Triple Murder? N.C. Muslims Don’t Buy It
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Preliminary police reports describe a long-simmering dispute over parking as the motive for the killings of three Muslim students at a Chapel Hill condominium Feb. 10. Preliminar ...

Statue of Controversial Missionary Junipero Serra Could Get Booted from U.S. Capitol
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, an openly gay Los Angeles Democrat, wants to replace a bronze statue of Serra with a monument honoring the late Sally Ride, the nation’s first female astronaut. ...

Why Christians Can’t Ignore the Mote in Their Own Eye
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

Our hands are stained. Plain and simple. Despite the fuming of a former Republican governor, President Obama didn’t offend “every believing Christian in the United States” when he ...

Black 'Future' Month
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

During Black History Month we typically look back on all the accomplishments of those who paved the road for generations to come. But this month, we have been inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement to look ...

The Echoes of Abraham Lincoln in President Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

When Obama tells Americans to get off their “high horses” and realize that sin has been present throughout human history, even American history, he echoes Lincoln’s words on that rainy morning on March 4, 1865 ...

Three Muslim Students Shot Dead in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year-old white male, has been charged with three counts of first degree murder, according to a Chapel Hill Police Release. Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year ...

It's About Time
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Towns all over the United States engage in the practice of arresting those who fail to pay fines. These folks are put in jail and given a permanent record for no reason other than that they are poor. ...

Black Evangelical Leaders Who Are Changing the World
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 12:34pm | Type: Press

February 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Rev. Mae Elise Cannon ...

Homeland Security Funding the Latest GOP Bargaining Chip in Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

The GOP majority in Congress is attempting to oppose executive action by threatening to defund the Department of Homeland Security. In November, President Obama issued an execut ...

Bridging the divide of race – Do we have an obligation to act?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Press

February 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Kenneth Fuller ...

Shadows
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

In my classroom, there is a little boy from Honduras. He speaks Spanish — that is the language of his heart — but he is learning English and tries with all his heart to learn new words and strange phrases that ...

What Makes a Christian Argument?
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

Paul's famous passage on love isn't about the content of our arguments. It's about the process. I’m not talking content here, folks. I’m talking  style . I’m not ...

Papal Commission on Sex Abuse Targets Punishment for Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

A papal commission on clergy sex abuse is close to giving Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves announced Feb. 7that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But th ...

Handwriting on the Wall for Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage nationwide later this year. But it’s leaving little doubt which way it’s leaning. The Supreme Court will decide w ...

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

Our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. They were insiders. Homegrown. Godly. Our neighbors, friends, and kin. People like us. This  post  first appeared on BillM ...

Forsaking the 'Whiteness' of the Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

in New York and 12 year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, protests under the banners of #ferguson, ...

Why Suing Over a Biblically Based Theme Park Isn't Really Biblical
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

to anyone who brought legal action against them? ( Matthew 5:40 ) What about Romans 12:18’s direction ...

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 11:24am | Type: Press

February 6, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

What Can We Expect from Pope Francis' Address to Congress?
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

The Francis Revolution is crossing the Atlantic and coming to the heart of the nation’s Capitol. News broke yesterday that Pope Francis has accepted Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a rare joint se ...

Weekly Wrap 2.6.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

The assassination of MLK's mother, Harper Lee's new novel, no prayer in public schools, Republicans against prisons. 1.  MLK's Mother Was Assassinated, Too: ...

It’s Official: Pope Francis to Address Congress in September
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

No pope or religious leader who serves as a head of state has ever addressed Congress, according to the U.S. House Historian’s Office. Pope Francis will make an unprecedented add ...

Obama Condemns ‘Distorted’ Faith at National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Feb. 5 called for an emphasis on what is just about the world’s religions as a way to counter the ways faith has been distorted across the globe. President Oba ...

Vaccines and Abortion? The Links Are Cloudy and Complicated
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

With measles outbreaks in 14 states and health authorities imploring parents to weigh the minimal risks of vaccines against the ravages of preventable disease, some Christians are raising an objection of a com ...

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

I want to introduce you to Rev. Darren Ferguson, a pastor who first found his faith while in prison for attempted murder. ... Darren has become an ally, partner, brother, and dear friend. And I want you to hea ...

Executions Are Down and Abolition May Not Be Far Behind
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

and Missouri. February has just begun, but nine of its 12 scheduled executions have been halted. Last year ... he didn’t commit, convicted solely on the testimony of a 12-year-old boy who recanted. Jackson was ...

From the Archives: March 1988
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Garry Wills A Marketable God RELIGION AND electoral politics tend to be mutually debasing. Take the apparent ...

Turning Money Into Media
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ben Cohen Ben & Jerry's cofounder on how to fight back against big money in politics.  AS ICE CREAM ...

Pro-Israeli, Pro-Palestinian, Pro-Jesus
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Rodrick Beiler Evangelicals are no longer automatically taking a one-sided approach to conflict in the Middle East—and with that cha ...

Christie’s Vaccine Statements Aside, N.J. Already Allows Parents to Refuse on Religious Grounds
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

A parent need only submit a signed statement indicating “immunization interferes with the free exercise of the pupil’s religious rights,” according to the health department website. ...

Religious College Presidents Concerned with Common Threats to Their Schools
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Should religious colleges be bound by the same union and labor rules as secular universities? Or be rated by the same criteria? Should religious colleges be bound by the same uni ...

Choosing the Side of Justice
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis There is no "symmetry" in the violence of the Middle East today.  THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIA ...

Super Bowl Ads: One Long Sugar High
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

These commercials expose what we all really crave — and none of the companies who invested in Super Bowl commercials are selling it. The Super Bowl is the most watched night of te ...

China Warns Obama Against Meeting with Dalai Lama
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

China warned the United States on Feb. 2 that it was opposed to any country meeting the Dalai Lama “in any manner” after the White House said U.S. President Barack Obama would attend an event with the exiled ...

The Unfinished Business of Selma
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

The film should remind viewers that the march toward equality for all citizens did not end at Selma — there is still much road to be covered. The journey to end systems of injusti ...

Gatekeepers of Redemption: Conservative Evangelicals Are Changing Their Mind on the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Cost, imperfections, and the loss of innocent lives: these three factors have compelled some conservatives and evangelicals to change their minds and go against the death penalty. ...

For the Love of ‘Paddington:’ A Movie Review
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Paddington asks us to consider if our fears are legitimate or whether we are frightened of a cuddly bear who will open our shut-up hearts and change our lives for the better. We may never know which it is. But ...

Freedom of the Press Trumps Respect for Religion in a New Survey
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

so. 12 percent offered no opinion Cathy Lynn Grossman  is a senior national ...

Vatican to Offer Haircuts, Shaves as well as Showers to Rome’s Homeless
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis’ charity office said. T ...

The Faces of a Movement
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Who's Who of "Selma" Selma , reviewed by Gareth Higgins in "Moved, or ...

Widows, Orphans, and #BlackLivesMatter
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

12 percent of the U.S. population, they comprise 40 percent of the  prison population . ...

Why I got arrested in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 2:49pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

‘American Sniper’ Studio Condemns Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

As American Sniper continues raking in money at the box office, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee remains worried about “serious threats” being made to Arabs and Muslims. ...

Who's in Control?
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

We know who is really in control, and it’s not us — not even the wealthy and powerful among us, who often live under the illusion of control. What a resting place we can find in God when we remember that truth ...

Alliance of Catholics and Evangelicals: Gay Marriage Worse Than Divorce or Cohabitation
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

A high-profile group of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage that calls same-sex unions “a graver threat” than divorce or cohabitation, o ...

The Social Cost of Not Vaccinating Children
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Anti-vaccine parents are turning their children into little walking time bombs. They ought to be charged for endangering their children and others. The entirely preventable Calif ...

Mormon Apostles Call for Statewide LGBT Protections
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Jan. 27 for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as lo ...

Separation of Church and State Is Important, But So Is Faith in Congress
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 11:14am | Type: Press

January 27, 2015 Sojo in the News Serene Jones ...