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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 ...

Seriously, what if born-again Christians did set Louisiana's budget?
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 3:48pm | Type: Press

January 26, 2015 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Obama Prods India on Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Hours before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia, Obama warned India not to stray from its constitutional commitment to allow people to freely “profess, practice, and propagate” religion. ...

When Florida Police Used Mug Shots of Black Men as Target Practice, Clergy Responded with #UseMeInstead
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

After outraged critics drew attention to the police department, clergy across the country began to post photos of their own faces with the hashtag #UseMeInstead. National Guard Sg ...

Pope Francis and America’s Shifting Views Toward Catholics
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Did you catch the shoutout to Pope Francis during President Obama’s State of the Union address? It’s only the third time in history that’s happened. Did you catch the shoutout to ...

How Franklin Graham Transformed a Debate about Duke Chapel into a Culture War
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

He has given the faithful of both camps what they want to hear, further proving the lasting legacy of the Graham name, for better or worse. Franklin Graham’s  Facebook fulminati ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: 'Defy Hollywood, See Selma'
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:58am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Christopher Rosen ...

Jim Wallis: 'Ferguson is a parable about how black men are treated'
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:45am | Type: Press

January 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

State of the Union and Inequality: What Are You Going to Do Now?
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:41am | Type: Press

January 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Five Reasons Why Citizens United Matters Five Years Later
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

Five years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations are welcome to the same free speech rights that are allotted to individuals and can therefore spend f ...

The Religious Politics of Abortion Are More Nuanced Than We Think
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Abortion politics are never very far beneath the surface in American life, but every year around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, handed down Jan. 22, 1973, they take cente ...

WATCH: Rev. William Barber II — Fusion Politics and the Future of Movements
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners’ senior director of mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper interviewed Rev. Dr. William Barber II about his new book, Forward Together, which chronicles the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina. ...

State of the Union and Inequality: What Are You Going to Do Now?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The state of the union certainly isn’t good for the poorest and most vulnerable Americans, especially for the children who live in poverty — one in every five American children, and one of every three children ...

Davos identifies the next major global theme: Include the Excluded – or else
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:16am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

To the Women: #MarchOn! — An Interview with 'Selma's Niecy Nash
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:07am | Type: Press

January 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Reverend Jim Wallis On Ferguson: 'We Need More Than A Commission, We Need A Movement'
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Paige Lavender ...

French Jews at a Crossroads: ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

More than 7,000 French Jews have moved to Israel in the last year, and there are clear signs others will follow. Let me tell you about a married couple. They have been together f ...

Catholic Leaders to House Abortion Foes: Immigration Reform Is Also ‘Pro-Life’
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

More than 100 Roman Catholic leaders are using this week’s annual march against legal abortion to press anti-abortion House members to pass immigration reform, saying they should see it as another “pro-life” i ...

#ReclaimMLK Protests Call For A 'Year of Resistance’
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 4:06pm | 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 - 12:33pm | 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 - 12:02pm | 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 - 11:04am | 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 - 3:51pm | 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 - 11:01am | 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 - 2:18pm | 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 - 10:27am | 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 - 4:43pm | 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 - 3:27pm | 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 - 10:23am | 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 - 2:12pm | 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 - 4:31pm | 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 - 5:59pm | 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 - 2:56pm | 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 - 1:03pm | 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 - 2:34pm | 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 - 4:04pm | 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 - 4:13pm | 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 - 5:25pm | 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 - 5:12pm | 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 - 4:55pm | 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 - 6:00pm | 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. ...