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Islamic State Accused of Capturing Yazidi Women and Forcing Them to Convert, or Else
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Senior leaders in Iraq’s minority Yazidi community say their wives and daughters, forcibly held by Islamic militants, are being given a choice: Convert to Islam and marry jihadists — or else. ...

The Biblical Case Against the Death Penalty, From a Former Supporter
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

Because I spent the majority of my life being in favor of capital punishment I know the arguments. I know the reasoning, and I understand the Scriptures used to support that view. ... the arguments for an alte ...

No Short Or Easy Struggle For War On Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 4:24pm | Type: Press

August 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Duane Shank ...

Dispute Over Israel Funding Has Jewish Film Festival in London Looking for New Home
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

A London theater is refusing to host the UK Jewish Film Festival because it receives partial funding from the Israeli Embassy. A London theater is refusing to host the UK Jewish ...

Tough To Connect Dots On Ligamfelter's Medicaid Position
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Press

August 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Robert Stewart ...

VIDEO: Memphis Teacher Residency
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Memphis Teacher Residency believes that "urban education is the single greatest social justice and civil rights issue in ...

What Congress Can Learn from a Town Dump
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

I went to the town dump today, and I found it open, functioning, filled with people doing the right thing in the right way, giving useful advice to a novice, and able to drive in and out without mayhem, all un ...

Sayeeda Warsi, First Muslim in British Cabinet, Resigns Over 'Indefensible' Gaza Policy
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The first Muslim to serve in a British Cabinet resigned Tuesday over her government’s “morally indefensible” policies in Gaza and its role in the Middle East peace process. The fi ...

Italy Expels Imam for Preaching Hatred Against Jews
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Italian officials on Tuesday moved to expel a Moroccan imam who was caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. Italian officials on ...

Islamic Extremists Impose Reign of Terror on Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women ...

No 'Pope Francis Effect' on Capitol Hill Gridlock
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? The epitome of its dysfunction may have arrived with last week’s ...

Uganda's Anglican Leader Doubles Down on Anti-gay Law
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Uganda’s top Anglican leader criticized the constitutional court for striking down the country’s controversial anti-gay law on a technicality, saying the law is still needed to protect children and families fr ...

Mirror, Mirror
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

in the ancient Corinthian congregation that they were as people gazing dimly into a mirror (1 Corinthians 13:12 ...

What You Can Do
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick Elder Seth Kershner Four ways to organize around military testing and student ...

Agents of Grit and Grace
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

12 months, they’ll live, learn, and pray together, becoming a family as they also learn to become ...

From the Archives: September 1984
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacey Merkt Where is the Refuge? EL SALVADOR'S war has already claimed 40,000 lives. But our government ...

Time to End 'Separate and Unequal' Schools
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Melissa Krull Where is the resolve among us to make lasting change for all children? SIXTY YEARS AGO, Brown v ...

Jesuits Tell Their Alumni in Congress: Protect Border Children
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

The letter from Smolich to the 12 Republicans and 31 Democrats appeared to be an effort to appeal ...

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Faith Leaders Arrested At White House Calling For Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/01/2014 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

More than 100 faith leaders and immigration activists were arrested today during an act of civil disobedience outside of the White House. The activists were calling on President Barack Obama to take executive ...

The Dangers of Bi-Vocational Ministry
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Many pastors who work full-time jobs and serve in congregations part-time receive little or no pay for their church service. This trend has been described as “the future of the church” and extolled because the ...

Is Anyone Answering Iraqi Christians' Cries for Help?
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country’s se ...

State Dept. Should Act on Pakistan's Religious Freedom Violations, Watchdog Group Says
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

An independent religious freedom watchdog panel has welcomed the State Department’s annual religious freedom report and its list of the world’s worst offenders, which had laid dormant for three years. ...

Holy Poverty and The Seminary
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

I am not your employee. I am your pastor. I am poor. Any wealth I may posses comes directly from the pockets of others. Paul said, "the foolishness of the cross" not &qu ...

Appeals Court Ruling Clears Way for Gay Marriage in the Heart of Bible Belt
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as ea ...

The Headlong Retreat into Childhood Partisanship
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When I was a child, I lived in a black-and-white world of all-this or all-that. When I was a child, I lived in a black-and-white world of all-this or all-that. Humankind meant ...

China's Grim Religious Freedom Problem
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

to 12 years in prison. Church members have been harassed and prevented from holding services. The 12-year prison sentence of a pastor marks a chilling turn for the worse in an already bleak scene. China’s ...

Survey: Most Americans Say U.S. Should Shelter, Not Deport, Child Migrants
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Most Americans say the waves of children crossing into the United States from Central America are refugees fleeing danger at home. And they say the United States should support these children while reviewing t ...

Israel and Palestine: Peace or Pieces?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

To suggest that there simply needs to be another ceasefire in the current conflict, then more negotiations — without acknowledging that past negotiations have unalterably yielded the same result: more missiles ...

Could Loaves and Fishes Change The Immigration Dilemma?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

What might happen if we were to look at the two goods of protection and hospitality not as competing goods in a world of scarcity, but as complimentary goods in a world of abundance? I think we might come up w ...

Rabbi David Saperstein Tapped as First Non-Christian to Serve as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Monday said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. ...

Low Wages, Student Debt, and 'The Call:' Financing Seminary Education
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

The average Master of Divinity student (the degree for pastoral training) graduates with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans — sometimes entering into the six-digit category. According to the U.S. de ...

Holy Eucharist: How We See Jesus in the 'Other'
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

When I see Jews and Arabs, Russians and Ukrainians, Sunnis and Shiites, I see Jesus in his divided, warring brothers, whom he calls me to love as he has loved me. When the Word b ...

Central American Refugee Crisis at the Border—How You Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

The overwhelming concern and support among the faith community for these Central American refugees has been a huge blessing for these children both at the national and local level. If you are wondering how you ...

Deported: A View From the 'Other' Side
Originally Posted: 07/23/2014 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

in a Tijuana shelter that houses men for 12 days after they have been deported from the United States. I ...

Have Corporations Become Modern-day Golems?
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

Corporations are not people — no matter what five Supreme Court justices and a failed presidential candidate may say. Corporations are not people — no matter what five Supreme Cou ...

Political and Religious Leaders Denounce European Anti-Jewish Outbursts Tied to Gaza
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Amid mounting protests in Europe against the Gaza conflict, political and religious leaders in the region have sharply denounced anti-Semitism within their borders. Amid mounting ...

Evangelicals Address Migrant Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Press

July 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Seung Min Kim ...

Southern Baptist and Catholic Leaders Tour Texas Facilities for Migrant Children
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

Today leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention will join the Catholic Bishop of Brownsville in Texas to visit ...

IRS Agrees to Monitor Churches for Electioneering
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The Internal Revenue Ser ...

Some Americans Still Monkeying Around on Science Education
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

Colloquially known as the “Monkey Trial,” the Tennessee v. John Scopes trial ended on July 21, 1925, but 89 years later, the American public is still debating on where it stands with religion and science educa ...

Did Obama Finally Thread the Needle on Gay Rights and Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest political calculations in Washington is balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religious freedom. One of the toughest p ...

Why I Choose to Block Detroit's Water Shutoff Trucks
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Water was created by none of us—just like air and earth and fire. It was not made to be enslaved in a market price or bottled into a "good," yielding ownership and power. Water is a commons, a precio ...

COMMENTARY: Islam Is Just the Latest U.S. Scapegoat
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Historians have a term we call the scapegoating concept of history. This is the idea that people tend to look for others to blame — scapegoats — for their condition. They then attack that group even if it had ...

Why Is Pope Francis Spending so Much Time Going after the Mafia?
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-old boy who burned to death in his grandfather’s car in a Mafia ambush in January. It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-o ...

Strength In Numbers: The Power Of Community Organizing
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Press

July 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Ana Garcia-Ashley ...

Why Evangelicals Should Care About 'The Mikado' Controversy If They Care About Reconciliation in the Church
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

to the production. My 12-year-old son recently told me that his friend mocked him by giving him a squinty eyed look (by ...

Why Evangelicals' Love for Jews Is a Case of Unrequited Love
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

According to a new survey, white evangelical Christians feel a lot of warmth toward Jews. According to a new survey, white evangelical Christians feel a lot of warmth toward Jews. ...

Kenya's Catholic Bishops Sued After Canceling Lease for Muslim-run Restaurant
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops is facing a lawsuit over the cancellation of a rental contract for a restaurant operated by a Somali Muslim. The Kenya Conference of Catho ...