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Jesus Is at the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

So, why do we keep expelling Jesus? Because we don’t actually believe in him. We don’t believe that in Jesus God is setting the world right by showing us that there is a divine unity of love that unites “us” a ...

Do You Know How to Two Step?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

The danger of the two-step is it moves society one place forward while propelling citizens one move backward. America knows how to two-step. 50 years later, poverty is s ...

Party Ties, Not Religious Ones, Drive Down Obama's Approval Rating
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Most Christians don’t approve of President Obama right now, but he gets high ratings from Muslims and other minority religious groups. Most Christians don’t approve of President ...

Three Reasons It Doesn’t Matter What We Think About Homosexuality
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

Though I do believe this dialogue is important, mainly because it will almost certainly lead to greater understanding and open-mindedness among the body of believers, I actually don’t think our opinion on the ...

Freedom Summer Volunteers Inspired by More than Just Idealism
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

On June 2, 1964, while hundreds of Freedom Summer volunteers were still finishing their training in Oxford, Ohio, three civil rights workers went missing in Neshoba County, Miss. ...

Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

Booker: "The REDEEM Act will ensure that our tax dollars are being used in smarter, more productive ways. It will also establish much-needed sensible reforms that keep kids out of the adult correctional s ...

Pope Francis' Promised Reforms Start to Take Shape with New Leaders for Vatican Bank
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ promised reforms of the Vatican bureaucracy are starting to take shape, with new leaders appointed to oversee the troubled Vatican bank and plans to overhaul the Catholic Church’s approach to glo ...

No Short or Easy Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Fifty years later, does the political will exist to win the "War on Poverty"? FIFTY YEA ...

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What Moves Mountains?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Do you have faith the size of a mustard seed? That's all we need. LOVE. THAT'S W ...

'Get Them When They're Young!'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:25am | Type: Magazine Article

for children age 6 to 12, run by the Child Evangelism Fellowship. Since the 2001 Supreme Court decision Good ... of children attending didn’t grow much. There were 12 children at the last meeting. These are the kinds ...

Religious Procession Past Mafia Boss' Home Irks Italy's Catholic Clergy
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Only two weeks after Pope Francis announced he was excommunicating the Mafia, a religious procession in southern Italy has provoked uproar after paying homage to a convicted mobster. ...

ON Scripture: All in the Family
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

Irresponsible. Foolish. Impulsive. Recent college graduates with substantial student loans are sometimes regarded in these terms. Those who attended college decades ago, with a $15 per credit hour, may assume ...

The Rich Get Richer
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Ninety-five percent of all economic gains in the U.S. since the Great Recession went to the top 1 percent. What does our gro ...

'...That All Men Are Created Equal'
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

People know. Not just Americans, but the entire globe. People know that the founders didn't mean it then, nor does this nation mean it now. People know. Not just American ...

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 07/05/2014 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1.  Five Takeaways From the Hobby Lobby Case Five things to know about one of the biggest Supreme Court de ...

The Moral Failure of Immigration Reform: Are We Really Afraid Of Children?
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

The horrible events in Murrieta, California on Tuesday reminds of the most important immigration talk I’ve given this year—the one I gave to my son’s fifth grade class. Did you s ...

The Obama Strategy Of Complicated Immigration Border Flow
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:39pm | Type: Press

June 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Jonalyn26 ...

Obama: GOP Failed To Pass A 'Darn' Immigration Bill
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:13pm | Type: Press

June 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Seung Min Kim ...

Obama: I Will Fight for Immigration Reform Alone Since House Republicans Refuse To Vote
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:00pm | Type: Press

July 1, 2014 Sojo in the News Stoyan Zaimov ...

Hobby Lobby, Rivalry, and Choosing Grace
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

It is an identical claim to moral superiority which matters and which is in fact the cause of the apparent conflict. The underlying issues, whatever you think they may be, whether religious freedom, women’s re ...

Presbyterians Remove Controversial 'Zionism Unsettled' from Denomination's Website
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has removed from its website a booklet that many Jewish groups have criticized as hostile to Israel and denigrating to Judaism. The Presbyterian Chur ...

Vatican's UN Envoy Says Bishop's Defrocking Shows Church Takes Abuse Seriously
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

The defrocking of a former Vatican ambassador is a “sign of the seriousness” with which Pope Francis and the Vatican are approaching the clergy sexual abuse scandal, according to the Holy See’s representative ...

LGBT Workers May Feel Impact of Hobby Lobby Ruling
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

What’s the next religious liberties faceoff? Some suggest it could be between LGBT workers and religious owners of private businesses. What’s the next religious liberties faceoff? ...

'The Stranger' Shows Realities of U.S.' Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

The personal stories of immigrants who are facing the unintended consequences of our countries broken immigration policies are often left out of the national debate. 'The Stranger' offers just a few ...

ANALYSIS: Hobby Lobby Beat the Contraception Mandate. Here's Why the Nuns May Not
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

When the Supreme Court on Monday issued a split decision narrowly backing the right of for-profit corporations to deny contraception coverage to their employees for religious reasons, many assumed that faith-b ...

COMMENTARY: On the Fourth, Setting Aside the 'I' for 'Us'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

American democracy, however, isn’t a sluice diverting wealth into a few hands, though the wealthy never stop trying to treat it that way. The New York Knicks have a dilemma: Hold ...

Christians and Social Entrepreneurship
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

The concept of social entrepreneurship, which can be defined as the use of entrepreneurial and innovation principles to promote social change, is not new. It’s been rebranded with a trendy name, but the concep ...

The Cross on Mount Soledad Can Stay — For Now
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

The decades-long battle over a cross erected on public land in California will drag out even longer now that the Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case. The decades-long b ...

Five Takeaways From the Hobby Lobby Case
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the year: Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the ye ...

What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., ruling 5-4 that the arts-and-crafts chain does not have to offer insurance for types of birth control that conflict wit ...

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Closely held corporations cannot be compelled to pay for contraception coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in its highly anticipated Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores case. Clos ...

Forget Republican or Democrat: Americans Divide by Their Values
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

up the public into color zones. Shading toward red: 12 percent: Steadfast Conservatives — ... largely black or Hispanic, highly religious. 12 percent: Next Generation Left — roughly half are under ...

Republicans Woo Evangelical Base in Bid to Recapture the Senate
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

The Republican National Committee on Friday launched its first web-based effort to rally conservative believers behind the party, a sign of how crucial voter turnout will be in this fall’s close-fought midterm ...

Don’t Leave People of African Descent Out of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Many people like to point out that people should just do things the “right way.” While I agree with the premise of this statement, the likelihood of success for many people of color is slim to none. The realit ...

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. WATCH: Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty “A new Verizon ...

Double Victory: 'Winning Over the Cops Who Had to Arrest Us'
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

As nine of us sat in MP Jamie Briggs’ office, we shared our hopes and dreams for the impact of what we were taking part in. Beforehand all agreed, not only did we want to draw attention to children who continu ...

Could Baptizing Children of Gay Couples Become a New Battleground?
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

The default position for most bishops — reiterated in a major Vatican document released on Thursday — is that if the parents pledge to raise the child Catholic, then no girl or boy should be refused baptism. ...

Vatican Confronts Shifting Landscape on Family Issues
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Faced with a cultural landscape that’s shifting faster than the church’s ability to keep up, Catholic bishops are looking for new approaches toward unmarried couples, divorced people, and single parents who ar ...

Is the Black Church Shifting on Gay Marriage?: Q&A with Filmmaker Yoruba Richen
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

Yoruba Richen’s documentary “The New Black” airs this month online and on television through the PBS series “Independent Lens.” Yoruba Richen’s documentary “ The New Black ” ai ...

Detained on Charges of Forgery, Meriam Ibrahim Is Not Yet Free
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

A Sudanese Christian doctor freed from death row on charges of apostasy Monday is not yet free after authorities detained her at a Khartoum airport. A Sudanese Christian doctor fr ...

Study: Interfaith Civic Groups Bridge Diversity with Participatory Prayers
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Just because interfaith, interracial, and varied ethnic groups share a common cause doesn’t mean a diverse coalition can hang together. Just because interfaith, interracial, and v ...

In and Out of the Zoo
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 7:56pm | Type: Blog

I suddenly saw, in a tangible sense, her desperate hunger for companionship, belonging, connection – with anything – anyone. I couldn’t imagine what a horrific vacuum her childhood must have been. ...

United Methodist Pastor Frank Schaefer Reinstated on Appeal
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

to listen.” The decision comes as the world’s 12 million United Methodists appear headed toward a split ...

Deep In My Heart
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the senseless slaughter and lynching of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner during Freedom Summer in Mississippi. They gave their li ...

Ratio Imaginis
Originally Posted: 06/20/2014 - 5:39am | Type: Blog

I wonder how many of us listen to Scripture with a positivist ear, with the hope of being told what to do or how to live. If we do, today's readings might be a hard word, indeed. "Thanks be to God?&q ...

Immigration: The Unforgivable Sin?
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Surely justice requires that, like all other crimes, there be consequences for immigration violations that fit the severity of the crime? When I share the story of how brutal ...

COMMENTARY: More Christian Influence? Be Careful What You Wish For
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence in American political life. Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence i ...

Meet the 'Evangelical' Catholics Who Are Remaking the GOP
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

In today’s Republican Party, a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories. How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bu ...