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Faith Leaders Nationwide Call for Stay in Atlanta Woman's Execution, Scheduled Tonight
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

If carried through, it will be the first time since 1976 that the state of Georgia will execute an individual who was not the person physically using violence in the crime. It is ...

Bill O’Reilly, Brian Williams, and Jesus: On Goodness and Love
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

I enjoy seeing posts on Facebook and Twitter that mock my theological and political opponents. And that’s a huge problem, because it erodes the Christian soul. Christianity isn’t about being “good.” In fact, ...

Anti-Semitism a Big Problem at U.S. Colleges, Report Says
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

A comprehensive survey of anti-Semitism at American colleges released this week shows that significant hostility is directed at Jews on U.S. campuses. A student group in South Af ...

Is Dark Skin A Sin?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

and secondary schools nationwide are suspended at a rate of 12 percent compared with a rate of just 2 percent ... researchers studied more than 12,000 cases of African-American women imprisoned in North Carolina and found that women with lighter skin tones were sentenced to 12 percent less time behind bars than women ...

Black Future Month: Why We Choose to Look Ahead
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 1:06pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2015 Sojo in the News Ebony Adedayo ...

Transpartisanship: An Alternative to Political Dysfunction
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Extreme partisanship has crept into our political normality. As revealed last year by the Pew Research Center, our civic temperature is methodically rising, perhaps beyond the boiling point. ...

Why We Must Change How We Change the World
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

There is a different narrative that summons those of us who dare to care. It begins when we confront the things that have kept millions from breaking free from poverty and injustice. It ends when we find the c ...

Jim Wallis: 'Race is at the heart' of immigration roadblock
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 4:26pm | Type: Press

February 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Maria Teresa Kumar ...

Could immigration reform be the issue that 'transcends' politics?
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 4:23pm | Type: Press

February 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Maria Teresa Kumar ...

A Voice For the Voiceless? Thoughts on Privilege and the Single Story
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

When we accept speaking for people as a solution to complicated issues like poverty, health, and human rights, we avoid having to ask ourselves hard questions. Throughout my past ...

Church of England Accused of Double Standards Over Low Wages
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

the “living wage” of 7.85 pounds ($12) an hour, endorsed by the Church and senior politicians. Archbishop ...

Southern Baptists Try to Diversify Churches — But Will It Work?
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? Consider a recent luncheon organized by the Southern Baptist ...

The Oscar Scandal: Sean Penn, Alejandro Iñárritu, and Responding to Racism
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

“Sean Penn’s ‘Green Card’ comment may have ruined the entire Oscars.” That was the headline from the Huffington Post. I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I’m always curious about pop-culture scandals. What could Se ...

Justin Welby slams 'false distinction' between saving souls and doing politics
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:01am | Type: Press

February 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Mark Woods ...

San Francisco Archbishop Rejects Lawmakers’ Criticism on Morality Clauses
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Five members of the state Assembly and three state senators sent Cordileone a letter urging him to remove the clauses, which they said were discriminatory and divisive. San Franci ...

Italy and Vatican On Guard after Threat from Islamic State
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The Italian government is on high alert after threats from the Islamic State called Italy “the nation signed with the blood of the cross.” The Italian government is on high alert ...

From Generation to Generation
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

wife Sarai. Twenty-four years have passed since God first called him to set out from Haran ( 12:4 ). ...

Obama: Alleged War on Islam Is ‘An Ugly Lie’
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

President Obama said Feb. 19 that governments across the globe are obligated to confront the “warped ideologies” that lead to terrorism, “especially their attempt to use Islam to justify their violence.” ...

Weekly Wrap 2.20.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

1. Because Extreme Cold Always Brings Climate Deniers Out of the Woodwork … Bill Nye, yep, the Science Guy, offers the media this helpful prompting: “‘Let’s not confuse or interchange climate change with glob ...

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 ...