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When Supporting Your Family Earns a Criminal Record
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

When I turned 16, I woke up excited, ready to go to the DMV and get my driver’s license like all my friends were doing -- and then my parents told me that I was here illegally. I was undocumented. Reality sunk ...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Draws Criticism from Fellow Atheists at Yale
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Yale Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics posted on Facebook  Sept. 12. “Although we acknowledge ...

Ferguson's Reach: A Shot Felt in South Africa
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Press

September 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Economic Equity and Gender Equality for South Africa: A New Agenda for a New Generation
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Press

September 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

A Nonviolent Uprising
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

As we listen to Ferguson, we can learn from Ferguson – just as we learn from Montgomery and from South Africa. Many of the worst pits of oppression have later become the brightest beacons of hope. ...

Catholic League Drops Out of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over Row About Gays
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

After organizers agreed to allow a gay and lesbian group to march, William Donohue of the Catholic League announced that his organization would not take part in next year’s popular celebration of Irish-America ...

Will America Live Up to Its Promise?
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

When I left school, my status lapsed, and I became undocumented. Three years later, my mother was killed — a victim of domestic violence. With no “home country” to go back to and no way to adjust my status, I ...

What Faith Leaders Can Do To Help End the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

The school-to-prison pipeline is a moral and racial justice crisis. Solving the problem will require an all-hands-on-deck solution. September is often associated with the celebrat ...

Cradle-to-Prison vs. Kindergarten-to-Graduation
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

It’s tough to ignore the glaring racial disparities at the center of America’s prison industrial complex. As an African-American woman, Christian, and mother, it breaks my heart and, at times, even tests the l ...

The Image of God vs. The School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

Implicit bias does not ask why. It only takes surface observation and draws lines of quick logic: These circumstances are reserved for criminals. Therefore, these people are criminals. ...

The Blood Did It: Why Michael Brown's Death Was Different
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

Why has the death of Michael Brown caused the outrage that has awakened us from our collective stupor marked by years of desensitization to the moral decay that permeates the atmosphere of America? ...

Ted Cruz Booed Off the Stage When He Touts Israel-Christian Solidarity
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

After he said “Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was heckled off the stage at a Sept. 10 gala to raise awareness of beleaguered Mideast Christians. Cruz, the keynote speaker at the Washington, D.C., dinner, spons ...

Should All Americans Have the Right to an Education?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

a country where every dream could come true. My grandparents waited 12 years to get their visas. The wait ...

With Cantor Gone, Immigration Reform is All on John Boehner Now
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Press

June 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why the Body of Christ is Not White
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

and learning series, the text for the day was 1 Corinthians 12:14-26.     The color of my skin ... Cor. 12, about the eyes and the hands and the feet, this is not simply a spiritual text, ... Not Display (1 corinthians 12, black communities, body of christ, Community, ...

Immigration Laws Should Serve People, Not Politics
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Press

July 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Immigration Reform Has Some Dry Bones
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 9:37am | Type: Press

July 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

What Are You Most Proud Of?
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

If I am sent back to Mexico — a land I no longer know anything about, who will be there to support my family? My sons, Issac and Felipe are my pride and joy. My wife and I go to c ...

New ‘Nuns on the Bus’ Tour to Tackle Political ‘Dark Money’
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

This time it’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which hits the road Sept. 17 for the third time in three years, a monthlong trip though 10 key U.S. Senate battleground state ...

Christian Group Denied Recognition at Two Dozen College Campuses
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

A well-established international Christian student group is being denied recognition at almost two dozen California college campuses because it requires leaders to adhere to Christian beliefs, effectively closing its leadership ranks to non-Christians a ...

Are Catholic Conservatives Turning on Cardinal Timothy Dolan?
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s positive reaction to this week’s decision by organizers of New York’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade  to allow gay groups  to march under their own banners initially drew charitable responses in many Catholic Church circles. ...

Hispanic Christians Launch Initiative to Bolster Minority Student Achievement
Originally Posted: 09/04/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

With minority students now making up a majority of public school enrollments, a national group of Hispanic evangelicals is calling for strong ties between churches and schools to encourage better academic resu ...

Economic Equity and Gender Equality for South Africa: A New Agenda for a New Generation
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

a culture that has unbelievable “rape games” on school playgrounds where 11- and 12-year-old boys chase ...

The Problem With Systemic Racism...
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

They say a watched pot never boils. But that's not entirely true. Of course a watched pot boils—it's just that intently watching a pot of water reach 212 degrees Fahrenheit is not an incredibly excit ...

Weekly Wrap 8.29.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

1. Photo Essay: On the Ground in Israel and Gaza Two photographers spent the beginning of August chronicling the latest outbreak of violence for New York Times Magazine. The images tell the story of war. ...

Ferguson and America’s Love Affair with Violence
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the “bad guys,” unless of course you are profiled as that “bad guy.” This is otherizing, and it’s effect is to dehumanize. ...

Harlem's Influence on Bonhoeffer Underestimated in 'Strange Glory'
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

Bonhoeffer’s relationship with Harlem is somewhat ambiguous for the Bonhoeffer that Marsh constructs. Instead, he emphasizes Bonhoeffer’s travels through the Jim Crow South, positioning the south (or, southern ...

Seeing Justice As Part of Discipleship — and Our Worship of God
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

And sometimes, when I hear folks talk about justice in the church, I cringe … I cringe because if we’re not careful, we’re again compartmentalizing justice rather than seeing it as part of the whole Gospel; We ...

Michael Brown's Funeral Echoes with Cries for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

ST. LOUIS — Justice was a recurring theme as thousands of mourners packed the mammoth Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the funeral of Michael Brown, a black teen whose fatal shooting fol ...

In Ferguson, Nation of Islam Members Push for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

All acknowledge that the Nation of Islam has been a key player since the very beginning of the Ferguson protests. FERGUSON, Mo. — Ever since Michael Brown, a young, unarmed Africa ...

Ten Practical Ways White Christians Can Respond to Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

and powerful way. 7) Lament In Romans 12, the Apostle Paul calls us to rejoice with those who ...

Ferguson Letter from Black Clergy Becomes Interracial Call for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

As the Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner collected signatures for a statement by leaders of African-American church groups about the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, she found more people wanted to ...

The Need for Ferguson to Continue
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday I preached to my church on race, current affairs and how to process — in a biblically loving way — what has been happening to brothers and sisters in Ferguson. This wee ...

Jose Antonio Vargas and Others to Apply for Deportation Deferrals, Push Obama on Executive Action
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week Jose Antonio Vargas, joined by ten other undocumented immigrants, announced the 1 of 11 Million campaign in Washington to urge the delay of deportations for the millions of documented immigra ...

#BlackLivesMatter: Gathering for Solidarity in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Last night, D.C. residents young and old gathered in Columbia Heights to protest the shooting of Michael Brown. Last night, Washington, D.C., residents young and old gathered in t ...

Not As Helpless As We Think: 3 Ways to Stand In Solidarity With Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). In the wake of the events in Ferguson, those of us ...

War on Drugs. War on Terror. War on Us?
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

It is past time for an organized, persistent response to this over-militarization, and the lack of community input into police policy and practices. The overt abuse and outright murdering of innocents must sto ...

Housing, Homogeny, and Hostility
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

If we affirm the shared value and distribution of basic human rights among all citizens, then every member of humankind – regardless of skin color – is supposed to share a common dignity. The result is a conne ...

Christians, Yazidis Need More Than Escape: Catholic Relief Official in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Kris Ozar, 37, is in charge of programming for Catholic Relief Services in Egypt and is now in northern Iraq coordinating the charity’s emergency efforts with other groups, such as Caritas Iraq. He has been wo ...

‘Moral Monday’ Expands to a Week of Social Justice Action Across U.S.
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

protest the actions of the North Carolina General Assembly, will expand to 12 states on August 22 ... Assembly, will expand to 12 states on August 22 in a so-called Moral Week of Action. The  Rev. William J. ... to 12 states on August 22 in a so-called Moral Week of Action. The Rev. William J. Moral ...

Three Barriers Hijacking Christians' Ability to Love Our 'Enemies'
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

it.” - Jesus (Luke 12) In the end, if we truly believe Jesus is reigning, what do we have to fear? ...

An Invitation to Disruption: A Call to White Churches
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 6:19pm | Type: Blog

Here’s a sacred invitation, perhaps even a kairos moment, to make your voices heard in ways that speak to solidarity with suffering. It was July 19, 2013, and we were leaving New ...

When Christians Lack Imagination, They Lack Love
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

When you can’t imagine, you can’t empathize, understand, or relate with the actions, struggles, pain, suffering, persecution, and trials of others — you become apathetic, unmoved, stoic, and inactive. ...

Don't Ignore It: 5 Ways Christians and Churches Must Engage Michael Brown’s Death
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past 11 days in their respective churches – now and in the future. ...

At Church Rally, Community Pours Out Support for Michael Brown’s Family
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton told a packed church on August 17 that the Michael Brown case would mark a defining moment in civil rights history and fundamentally change the way police engage with t ...

Dispatch From Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

We made it back safely to our vehicle and safely out of Ferguson. But democracy didn’t. She took a heavy beating last night. The question is will she recover? Editor's N ...

Eyewitness: 'The Police Force in Ferguson Is Lying, and I Am Bearing Witness' (PHOTOS)
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Violence, anger, and confusion continues in Ferguson, MO. Former Sojourners intern and current Digital and Creative Director for PICO Heather Wilson is reporting from the scene and shared h ...

Tweets v. Tweaks: Financing Seminary Education (Part III)
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Pastors, denominational leaders, under-employed seminary grads, active laity, Nones, seminary professors, and administrators let’s get moving! Let’s organize a viable movement that challenges Congress to work ...

Imagine it IS Your Family
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Many of my African-American sisters and brothers are furious. Yet another child has been felled. The challenge is this — if a tree falls in the forest and white folks don’t hear it, does it make a noise? Many ...

ON Scripture: Preaching Reflections on Michael Brown and Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: In light of this week’s events in Ferguson, Missouri, several writers at ON Scripture took a few moments to reflect upon what they would/will be preaching on this Sunday. To continue the co ...