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Jim Wallis on welcoming the stranger
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 10:59am | Type: Press

March 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Nigerian Christians May Back a Muslim Candidate in Upcoming Presidential Elections
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

Some Nigerians fear that another term for Jonathan would mean institutionalization of corruption and emergence of more Muslim extremist groups in addition to Boko Haram. Under t ...

Ted Cruz and God’s Political Subversion
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

A God who stands with us over and against our religious and political enemies is no God at all. Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to  declare  a presidential run for 20 ...

Pastors Criticize Franklin Graham's Facebook Post in Open Letter
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Press

March 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Carrie Dedrick ...

‘You Have Sinned Against Us’: Pastors Pen Open Letter Rebuking Franklin Graham for Viral Facebook Post Addressed to ‘Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and Everybody Else’
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:22am | Type: Press

March 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

Evangelicals chide Franklin Graham for comment on police shootings
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:20am | Type: Press

March 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Obeying Police Is Not Enough, Group of Diverse Evangelical Leaders Tell Franklin Graham
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:51am | Type: Press

March 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Bob Smietana ...

Jim Wallis, Lisa Sharon Harper Lead Attack On Franklin Graham Over Respecting Police Post
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:41am | Type: Press

March 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Kaye Wonderhouse ...

Franklin Graham branded 'crude, insensitive and paternalistic' for Facebook comments on police shootings
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Press

March 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Mark Woods ...

Choosing Courage: An Appeal to Christian Leaders
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

The racial divide in the United States is boiling. Our all-gracious God is calling us to turn from our wrong path. In the last several days , our country has witnessed and expe ...

Progressive Christian Leaders Pen Open Letter to Franklin Graham Over Racial Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 1:56pm | Type: Press

of the body of Christ. While your  comments on March 12  were just a Facebook post, your post was shared ...

Franklin Graham’s Latest Diatribe
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 1:54pm | Type: Press

March 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Beth Still ...

'Semper Reformanda' and the PCUSA
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

I’m not one for the phrase “right side of history,” but I do think history is important for us to study and learn so that we might remember our own failures and right the ship. We are like Hansel and Gretel pi ...

Gay and Transgender Inmates Invited to Lunch with Pope Francis During Prison Visit
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Among the many innovations Francis has made since his election two years ago this month has been a new tone and approach to gay and transgender people. When Pope Francis pays a vi ...

Justice Ginsburg Writes a Feminist Opinion for Passover
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Not quite, but when a Jewish nonprofit asked the Supreme Court justice to write a biblical commentary for Passover, she a ...

Predictions of Evangelical Concessions on LGBT Rights Are Premature
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Some evangelicals have indeed shifted on LGBT issues, but it’s no avalanche — at least not yet. Pardon the yawn. The 1.8 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) on March 17  ...

Zaytuna College Recognized as First Accredited Muslim College in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

A college that requires the study of both Wordsworth and the Quran for graduation is now the first fully accredited Islamic university in America. A college that requires the stu ...

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

against us, fellow members of the body of Christ. While your comments on March 12 were just a Facebook ... 12:1-2) Throughout the Jim Crow South, in El Salvador, and in the townships and cities of South Africa ...

Presbyterian Church (USA) Approves Same-Sex Marriage Amendment
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) approved an amendment to include same-sex relationships in its constitutional definition of marriage on March 17. The Presbyterian Church (USA) appr ...

Immoral Choices in the House GOP Budget
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 10:05am | Type: Press

March 17, 2015 Sojo in the News Terrance Heath ...

Jim Wallis: Franklin Graham's Comments On Ferguson Police Shootings 'Embarrassing' and 'Divisive'
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 10:04am | Type: Press

March 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

INFOGRAPHIC: The New Indentured Servitude
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 9:16am | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés Education debt is crippling students, and America's response gets a failing grade.  While P ...

Women's History Month: Choosing to Opt-In
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

And this is how I choose to opt-in — by looking at, stopping to remember, or slowing down to notice the impossible stories that God is writing in our midst. These fuel me as a woman of color. ...

Facing Up to Our Broken Covenants
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Lent is preparation for Easter — homework for a radial, inexplicable new beginning. Lent is our season of honesty. It is a time when we may break out of our illusions to face the ...

Oklahoma Bill Would Abolish State’s Role in Granting Marriage Licenses, Leave It in Clergy Hands
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

In an effort to block the state’s involvement with gay marriage, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill March 10 to abolish marriage licenses in the state. In an effo ...

Selma and Our Next Bridge to Cross
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 3:15pm | Type: Press

March 12, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis Huffington Post ...

Possibility of Escape
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

I can't imagine a figure too high to pay, in dollars or in human work hours, to effectively challenge the way U.S. people think about safety and justice. That is also us, t ...

The Day She Came Out: Why Rob Bell Is Right and the Church Is Being Left Behind
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

Once again I begin to dread the message that awaits so many Christian kids who desperately want to come out of the closet but can’t for fear of being ostracized by their church. ...

Utah Lawmakers Pass Anti-Discrimination Bill with LGBT, Mormon Support
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

The 65-10 vote was the last legislative hurdle for the bill, just one week after it debuted with the blessing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the LGBT community. ...

Selma and Our Next Bridge to Cross
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

While demographic change is clear, it does not make positive changes inevitable. It’s possible it could just lead to greater collision and increasing racial tensions and conflicts. Or we could cross the bridge ...

VIDEO: I Once Was Blind, But Now I See: U.S. Doctors Bring Hope to Haiti
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Judith Mesadieu has dreams of becoming a doctor, but her poor eyesight and partial blindness makes it hard to study. Judith Mesadieu has dreams of becoming a doctor, but her poor ...

Two Police Officers Shot in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Early Thursday morning, just hours after the resignation of Ferguson police Chief Thomas Jackson, two officers were shot as they stood guard amidst protests outside the police department in Ferguson, Mo. ...

Four Reasons Jews Worry about Christian Zionists — and Why They Don’t Have To
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Is Christian Zionism good for the Jews? Not every Jew thinks so. Is Christian Zionism good for the Jews? Not every Jew thinks so. In fact, Christian Zionists make many Jews ...

New Poll: Evangelical Support for Immigration Reform Remains Robust
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Press

March 11, 2015 Press Releases Support for broad immigration reform fr ...

Jean Vanier, Founder of L'Arche, Wins Templeton Prize
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Jean Vanier, an advocate for people with developmental disabilities who helped create an international network of residential communities that champion the rights of their residents, has won the 2015 Templeton ...

N.C. Sheriff Bans Sex Offenders from Church
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

He invited them to attend services at the county jail. A sheriff in one of North Carolina’s smallest counties told registered sex offenders they can’t go to church, citing a state ...

Boehner Should Learn from Lincoln on Immigration
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

resulted in de facto amnesty for 11-12 million people (the rough equivalent to the population of Ohio), ... step is acknowledging that the deportation of 12 million residents would be logistically impossible, ...

Selma: 'To Come Away Changed'
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 7:34pm | Type: Blog

Selma changed the course of history by paving the way for the passage of the Voting Rights Act, but its impact didn’t end there. The spirit of Selma rippled outward, forever changing those who made the long jo ...

Boko Haram Pledges Loyalty to Islamic State
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

13,000 people and forced nearly 1.2 million to flee to southern Nigeria, as well as neighboring Chad, ...

‘Selma Sowed, But It Did Not Reap' — Anniversary Puts Spotlight on Deep Poverty
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

With the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday this weekend, America was reminded how this small city helped bring sweeping change to the nation. With the 50th anniversary of Bloody ...

Gay Marriage Gains Rapid Support with U.S. Public, Including Conservatives
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

As the Supreme Court readies to hear a group of cases that could make same-sex marriage legal from coast to coast, support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry is piling in from all directions. ...

Rutgers Muslim Students Fearful for Future in Wake of NYPD Surveillance
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

The injuries caused by the NYPD’s spying do not end with damaged career prospects. There are Rutgers students and graduates whose futures are in jeopardy because they were placed ...

Turning the Tables: A Lenten Sermon on Jesus, the Money Changers, and #Selma50
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 7:44pm | Type: Blog

women could make offerings, as Jesus’ account of the widow’s offer (Mark 12:42, 43) … clearly ...

Forgive Us Our Debts
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 11:54am | Type: Magazine Article

in the United States totaled $1.2 trillion. More than 7 million borrowers are in default. Why are education ... in the Lord’s Prayer are ‘debt’ ta opheiemata and ‘debtors’ tois opheiletais (Matthew 6:12 ...

Faith-Based Aid Groups Face a Hurdle: The Faith that Drives Them
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Leaders of Christian and Jewish international aid groups say their efforts are often met with twin suspicions. Leaders of Christian and Jewish international aid groups say their e ...

White Christians Now a Minority in 19 States
Originally Posted: 03/06/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

11. Florida – 42 percent 12. Oregon – 43 percent 13. New Jersey – 43 percent 14. Colorado – ...

Police: From Warriors to Guardians
Originally Posted: 03/06/2015 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

After a detailed and thorough investigation over many months, the devastating report revealed a police force and court system in Ferguson that proves true virtually everything young protestors and local reside ...

From the Archives: April 1976
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Judy Brown Hull "Theology for Real Life" THE DIALOGUES I am having with others in my late 30s are i ...

Coming in From the Cold
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Pope Francis is restoring relations with Latin American liberation theologians.  JON SOBR ...

Torturous Logic
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis As servants of a Lord who was tortured to death, we must commit to healing the wounds we have inflicted.  ...