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Injustice Has Many Names
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Every name of a life lost is an image of God. When we lost them, we lost a little piece of God’s image in the world. There is power in a name. One of the things happening in o ...

Bright Morning Star A-Rising
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

at www.eewc.com/RetasReflections. [January 4]  Who Recieves the Blessing?  Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalms 147:12 ... singing “aloud on the height of Zion” (31:12). He even remembers “the blind and the lame, those with child ... of God” (12). From now on, having the right genealogy won’t cut it. When it comes to spiritual ...

Four Questions for Beth Katz
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés Jenna Barnett A brief interview with the founder of Project Interfaith  ...

An End to the Fossil-Fuel Era?
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben Now that the Rockefellers have divested, what excuse does anyone else have?  THE MOOD ALONG Cen ...

An Education in Implicit Bias
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper We are not racists, but we accept a system that acts in racist ways.  2014 WAS NOTHING if ...

Retreats Aim to Help LGBT Youth Recapture Some of Their Broken Spirituality
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

“Most LGBT adults have left their childhood religion because of rejection they’ve experienced,” Ryan said. “So many have a lack of rootedness and connectedness. (Reciprocity’s) approach is helping to restore a ...

Can The Privileged Imagine Injustice?
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Imagination is defined as, "The faculty of imagining or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses." For privileged Christians who have lived the majority of ...

From the Archives: January 1981
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Hanks Why People are Poor.  IF A POLL WERE to be taken in North American churches concerning the causes ...

'Tis the Season
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rachel Marie Stone Some Walmart practices show gross disregard for the well-being of workers.  THE CONSIDERAB ...

You Don’t Want To Be A Prophet
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

The prophet’s road is lonely not because she escapes the hubbub of everyday life in order to retreat and draw near to God. No, the prophet’s road is lonely because she is called to the most troubled corners of ...

It’s high time white Christians listen to our Black brothers and sisters
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Press

http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/12/05/eric-garner-black-christians-react-anger/ Perhaps this isn’t the time ...

Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Our mission was, is, and always will be centered in Jesus Christ.  ORTHODOXY AND orthopraxy—strang ...

After Ferguson and Eric Garner decisions, white Christians say it’s time to stand with blacks
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Press

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/12/04/ferguson-eric-garner-decisions-white-christians-say-time-stand-blacks/ White Christians, including ...

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

What Good Is Christian Faith to Contemporary Protesters?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

How can we continue to cultivate a Christianity that does not abandon the body to cultivate the soul, but neither abandons the soul to improve the body? And how can we put into practice such a non-dualistic fa ...

White Christians Say It’s Time to Stand with Blacks
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

“It’s time for us in Christian churches to not just talk about the gospel but live out the gospel by tearing down these dividing walls not only by learning and listening to one another but also by standing up ...

Public Schools Can Avoid the ‘War on Christmas’ Tussle
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

What we certainly do not need is a purity police criticizing efforts to respect and negotiate religious diversity in the public schools by fabricating baseless charges of a War on Christmas. ...

The Most Affirming Sanctuary of My Life (So Far)
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

It was a Galatians 3 kind of room — a reminder that in Jesus there is no longer “Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female.” Gay or straight. “For all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” ...

No Justice, No Christmas? Why Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s Deaths Make Advent Matter
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

This year many of us will experience Christmas not as the shepherds, but as the wise men. If we have the courage to peer through the darkness, we’ll see love as a twinkle in the distant sky. We’ll pack up life ...

Are We Ready to Listen?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

What is it like to have people look at you every day and decide that because of one physical feature, you must be a bad person? A dangerous person? A worthless person? A person to be watched closely? ...

Listen and Learn
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

I wasn’t always aware of the vastly different realities for people of color living in this country. My conversion was slow. Not the Damascus Road type of experience where I was blind for three days and then in ...

D.C. Protesters Confront Police, Christmas Season in March for Racial Justice
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

"How dare we as Christians celebrate the birth of our Christ, the birth of our leader, the birth of our savior, if we cannot help and stand together and save our fellow brother? If we cannot do what he to ...

Bill Hybels Speaks Out on Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor for Willow Creek Community Church, spoke out last week on the ongoing Ferguson protests. In the video, shared this week by Willow Creek Church-affiliated artist group The Tungsten Co ...

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

As I listened, I realized America would be converted by these young people’s honest and earnest conversation — they would win the national debate about our criminal justice system’s response to young people of ...

#BlackLivesMatter: Why We Need to Stop Replying ALL LIVES MATTER
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

There’s this microaggression happening online, offline, and all around that has a nice sentiment, but really needs to stop. Can we call for a week-long moratorium on decrying “ALL LIVES MATTER?” ...

N.Y.P.D. Officer Cleared in the Choking of Eric Garner
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Just over one week after a grand jury elected not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has cleared an NYPD police officer of any criminal charge in the death of ...

Elevating the Issues: Mass Incarceration
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 2:16pm | Type: Product

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Supreme Court Seems Increasingly Wary on Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Now, on top of drug protocols, developmental disabilities and attorneys’ mistakes, the court must decide in Panetti’s case whether mental illness should be another reason to keep prisoners alive. ...

Pope Francis Joins Other Faith Leaders to Demand an End to Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

“Modern slavery … fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity,“ the joint statement said. Pope Francis and religio ...

Sojo Stories: Matthew Vines on 'God and the Gay Christian'
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Matthew Vines took a leave of absence from his Harvard studies to explore what the Bible says about homosexuality. As a conservative evangelical Christian with a high view of scripture, Vines struggled to reco ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: 'White Privilege’ Is A Euphemism For ‘White Supremacy’
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Press

November 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Marc Lamont Hill ...

Why Ferguson Must Lead to Change
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Voices Crying Out: Comfort and Transformation in an Age of Mass Incarceration
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt that many in our nation’s prison have committed crimes, just as the ancient people of Judah did according to Isaiah 1. There is also no doubt that we need a system of incarceration that separ ...

Thanksgiving and Ferguson: Lost in Translation
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

If there is anything I learned from my Monday night glued to television screens watching my former home of St. Louis in flames it’s that this “conversation” everyone keeps saying we need to have is happening i ...

Release. Repair. Restore: Thoughts Beyond Ferguson Toward Racial Healing
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

God’s people are called to be in the business of liberation, and with that work of liberation, our names are changed. We become “repairers of broken places,” and “restorers of streets to live in.” We must take ...

Faith leaders urge peace, change in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Kellner ...

A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Thanksgiving and a Theology of Despair
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Well, call me the Scrooge of Thanksgiving, but I’m just not feeling thankful. The more someone tells me to “Be thankful!” the more I feel a sense of despair. Are you feeling pres ...

Why the 'Post-Racial' Label Only Perpetuates Racism
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Racism is not just about individual acts. It is about a system that allows unarmed black boys to be shot at a rate 20 times that of white boys; it allows a prosecutor to deliver a speech as a defense attorney ...

Can a Nation So Wounded by Its Divisions Survive?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Every now and then something scars the “national memory,” and we encounter ourselves as a single people. We grieve as one or we celebrate as one. For those of a certain age, Than ...

Are #Christian Hashtags Rallying the Faithful or Just Luring Trolls?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

But everyone on Twitter is learning that a hashtag cuts both ways — it can be hijacked or lampooned by detractors, and it’s a key way that online activists are pushing back against opposing messages or what so ...

A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:28am | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

We now all have the chance to examine the evidence — released last night — in the grand jury’s decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson, who fired multiple bullets into Michael Brown. But the ...

The Grand Jury, Ferguson and Michael Brown
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:25am | Type: Press

to be? (Romans 12:2)   In the first church, the sacrament of baptism itself stood as a symbol ...

Ferguson: A Question of Excessive Force
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

While I was not surprised by the grand jury’s verdict, what I found disappointing in this case and continue to find disappointing in cases like this one, is the failure to discuss the use of “excessive force” ...

No Indictment in Ferguson Shooting
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 9:31pm | Type: Blog

A grand jury has found that no probable cause exists to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, on Aug. 9, said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attor ...

Tamir Rice: Not a boy with a toy in a park, but a black male with a gun
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 2:06pm | Type: Press

http://www.theage.com.au/world/tamir-rice-not-a-boy-with-a-toy-in-a-park-but-a-black-male-with-a-gun-20141124-11sjut.html Tamir Rice, 12 ... in the chest. Tamir Rice, 12, was with his sister and a friend in a gazebo ... Justice, Racism) Tamir Rice, 12, was with his sister and a friend in a gazebo in a Cleveland park ...

Evangelical opinion split on Obama's immigration reforms
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Woods ...

Putting People Before Politics
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 1:55pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Immigration Groups Have Won The Battle; Now Comes The War
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Sam Stein ...