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Taking Lent to Repent
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Lent must be a time to reflect and repent — in our own lives, in our churches, and in our nation. It’s time to turn around. I spent yesterday at the World Bank, where President Ji ...

Ruling on 26-State Immigration Lawsuit: 3 Things You Need to Know
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

Texas v. United States is adding fuel to a much larger anti-immigrant political game. On Monday night, a Texas court  temporarily halted  the implementation of Obama’s Executive ...

Black 'Future' Month
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 3:22pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

A Mandatory Mistake
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Leftovers of the “War on Drugs,” Mandatory Minimum Sentences have been condemned for decades as being unjust, racist, and in violation of the Eighth Amendment’s “cruel and unusual” clause. These laws eliminate ...

New Government Program to Root Out Extremists Is Seriously Flawed
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

Clothed in the language of community policing, the effort sounds like a kinder, gentler alternative to the well-documented surveillance of American Muslims. As my kids have grown ...

Obama: No Religion Responsible for Terrorism
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

President Obama said Feb. 19 he doesn’t use terms like Islamic extremism because doing so would promote the false idea of a Western war with Islam, which would help extremists recruit more terrorists. ...

WATCH: A Brief History of Overt Racism in Professional Soccer
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Here are six of the most flagrant manifestations of racism in soccer since 2011. When fans barred a black man from boarding a train as they chanted racist lyrics after the Chelsea ...

Environmental Racism and Health Disparities in the South Bronx
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

Time and time again we witness corporations that come in and ravage not only the poor, but also the environment for selfish capitalistic gain. ... As people of faith we have a responsibility to stand up agains ...

Why Malcolm X’s Image as a Separatist Lives On, 50 Years after His Death
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

In a sense, Malcolm X was considered militant because he had a much more radical critique than other activists of the time, Muhammad said. Rodnell Collins stood next to his uncle ...

What the Chapel Hill Murders Reveal About the Place of Muslims in American Society
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha were the very best people. They embodied the core Islamic principle of “ihsan” — doing that which is both beautiful in itself and beautifying to the world. .. ...

LGBT Groups Plan Pilgrimage to See Pope Francis — With Support from Their Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Both New Ways and a similar Catholic LGBT organization in Britain are finding support from the Catholic hierarchy in their efforts to meet the pontiff when they both visit the Vatican on Ash Wednesday, the sta ...

Little Christs in Disneyland
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Those of us in the Church have a word to offer even on something as “secular” as vaccination—we know what it means to take communities and bodies seriously. The news these days is ...

Addressing the Changing Face of Faith
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

While church leaders in the U.S. have expressed united support for the reform of U.S. immigration laws, this is the first time an ecumenical body has gathered to examine together the actual consequences of imm ...

The Gospel of Mark: Manifesto of Political and Religious Defiance
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

In the first half of Mark, every account of Jesus' healing or forgiveness stands in direct defiance of some political or religious rule. I’m starting to think that Che Guevar ...

Can Obama Walk the Tightrope of Religious Rhetoric in a Polarized America?
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

No, say experts who keep a close eye on presidential God talk. It’s a perilous walk, taken without a safety net as news and social media voices wait to savage him in a nanosecond. ...

Pope Francis: 'We Will Not Find the Lord Unless We Truly Accept the Marginalized'
Originally Posted: 02/15/2015 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In a powerful sermon that signaled his desire to push ahead with historic reforms, Pope Francis on Sunday said the Roman Catholic Church must be open and welcoming, whatever the costs. ...

Pope Francis Diversifies His Cardinals. But Will They Have Clout Where It Counts?
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 5:54pm | Type: Blog

it look more like the church’s global flock of 1.2 billion members? Pope ... like the church’s global flock of 1.2 billion members? Or will it leave the electors so fragmented ... flock of 1.2 billion members? college of cardinals,pope francis,reform,roman curia,vatican ...

Black Future Month: Uncovering the Intersections of Injustice
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

a decade before the Civil War.” Black people currently constitute 12 percent of our nation’s populace, yet ...

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. ...