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American Nuns: Grounded Leadership in Conflict
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 8:32pm | Type: Blog

In a situation that could have escalated badly, American sisters rose to the occasion. Last week the Vatican released the final report on its unprecedented investigation of Ro ...

How A Drunk Man Got Home One Christmas Eve
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

I’d never seen a black person in my neighborhood. Many people in my neighborhood wouldn’t have welcomed a black person to their door. This was the 1960s. I was 6 years old, gro ...

Wearing Black in Advent
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

The movement to wear black on December 14 came from several African-American denominations across the nation. Here in Wisconsin, Rev. Scott Anderson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, jo ...

Australia’s #IllRideWithYou — An Advent Expression of Emmanuel
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

“If you don’t feel safe alone, I will ride with you.” “If you don’t feel safe alone, I will ride with you.” These words have so much depth.   When an armed man with unid ...

2014 in Review: An Unsettling Year, with Religion in a Starring Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

For most of recorded history, Isis was an Egyptian goddess, a benevolent type who cared for widows and orphans, cured the sick and even brought the dead back to life. This year, the world met the other ISIS. ...

Clergy and Millennials Pursuing Justice in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Press

December 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Harold Dean Trulear ...

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Cuts Ties with Anti-Abortion Crusader Frank Pavone
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the church’s leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial ...

#DialInForJustice
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 6:35pm | Type: Blog

Renewed democracy requires reworking inherited traditions of social action. To be black in America is to listen to death daily. To hear mothers wailing at unnecessary funerals, ...

Rabbi David Saperstein Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

and confirmed by a 62-35 vote on Dec. 12. Saperstein takes a liberal bent on domestic issues, and all but one ...

Australians Suggest Celibacy Played a Role in Clergy Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

admission Dec. 12 in a report to the government’s Royal Commission, which is examining thousands of cases ... Federico Lombardi, could not be reached for comment Dec. 12. But Maltese Bishop Charles Scicluna, ... was unavailable for comment at the Vatican Dec. 12. The independent Australian council is made up of church ...

Churches and Conversations on Race
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Press

December 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Bob Abernethy ...

'Some Folks Just Woke Up:' Families of Victims of Police Brutality Join 'Justice for All' March in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

“We will march until hell freezes over. And when it does, we will march on the ice." “Excuse my ignorance, I thought I was a  free  black man.” “I’m 11 [years old], I ma ...

Who Wants to Talk About That?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Press

December 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Tom Driver ...

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Press

December 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ... a 12 year-old boy shot dead in Cleveland ; to  a white police officer on video choking a black man ...

Weekly Wrap 12.12.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

1. Read the Torture Report While its 525 pages — and disturbing subject matter — may cause you to opt for the news coverage and analysis, you can actually read the entire Torture Report yourself — even before ...

Are We Missing the Prophetic Connection?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

child, such as 16-year-old Trayvon Martin and 12-year-old Tamir Rice, by the so-called instruments of law ... and chokehold first, ignoring Eric Garner’s 12+ pleas to breathe, then leave unaided for hours without medical ...

New Report Reveals Poor Responses to Sexual Assault at Bob Jones University
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

The school’s teachings on sin, forgiveness, discipline, and justice shaped how Bob Jones University responded to sexual assault, the report argues. An outside watchdog group hire ...

Who Cares About The Cheerleaders?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Our society idolizes and materializes female sexuality by elevating cheerleaders as an idealized position for young girls, and then refuses to decently pay or reward women at the so-called top of the totem pol ...

Number of states challenging Obama on immigration grows to 24
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Press

December 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Kevin Baxter ...

The Untold Story of Hope Unfolding in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Press

December 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

killed in Ferguson, Mo. ; to a 12 year-old boy shot dead in Cleveland ; to a white police officer ... or not? In the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 12 speaks of one body with many members. For just ... together. (RSV) Another version of 1 Corinthians 12:26 translates, “If one part suffers every part ...

Advent as Protest
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Here’s the thing about war: There are only enemies and allies. There is no in-between. At the point of the writing of this article, it has been 124 days since unarmed 18-year-old ...

Making Common Cause with the New Freedom Fighters
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

Our nation stands at a crossroads moment as the simmering crisis around policing and our justice system reaches a boiling point. Recent cases of police violence in Ferguson, Cleveland, and now Staten Island ha ...

A Celebration of Life
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

I am led to think of the joy the families of these dead men and boys must have felt at their birth – a moment of endless possibilities – and I also think of the finality – the end of chances represented by th ...

Jesus Can't Breathe
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

My friend Peter Heltzel, along with a cohort of some 75 faith leaders in New York, have called the lack of police accountability in New York and elsewhere “a spiritual problem.” They’re right, and it’s a probl ...

Injustice Has Many Names
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Every name of a life lost is an image of God. When we lost them, we lost a little piece of God’s image in the world. There is power in a name. One of the things happening in o ...

Bright Morning Star A-Rising
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

at www.eewc.com/RetasReflections. [January 4]  Who Recieves the Blessing?  Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalms 147:12 ... singing “aloud on the height of Zion” (31:12). He even remembers “the blind and the lame, those with child ... of God” (12). From now on, having the right genealogy won’t cut it. When it comes to spiritual ...

Four Questions for Beth Katz
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés Jenna Barnett A brief interview with the founder of Project Interfaith  ...

An End to the Fossil-Fuel Era?
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben Now that the Rockefellers have divested, what excuse does anyone else have?  THE MOOD ALONG Cen ...

An Education in Implicit Bias
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper We are not racists, but we accept a system that acts in racist ways.  2014 WAS NOTHING if ...

Retreats Aim to Help LGBT Youth Recapture Some of Their Broken Spirituality
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

“Most LGBT adults have left their childhood religion because of rejection they’ve experienced,” Ryan said. “So many have a lack of rootedness and connectedness. (Reciprocity’s) approach is helping to restore a ...

Can The Privileged Imagine Injustice?
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Imagination is defined as, "The faculty of imagining or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses." For privileged Christians who have lived the majority of ...

From the Archives: January 1981
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Hanks Why People are Poor.  IF A POLL WERE to be taken in North American churches concerning the causes ...

'Tis the Season
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rachel Marie Stone Some Walmart practices show gross disregard for the well-being of workers.  THE CONSIDERAB ...

You Don’t Want To Be A Prophet
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

The prophet’s road is lonely not because she escapes the hubbub of everyday life in order to retreat and draw near to God. No, the prophet’s road is lonely because she is called to the most troubled corners of ...

It’s high time white Christians listen to our Black brothers and sisters
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 11:52am | Type: Press

http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/12/05/eric-garner-black-christians-react-anger/ Perhaps this isn’t the time ...

Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Our mission was, is, and always will be centered in Jesus Christ.  ORTHODOXY AND orthopraxy—strang ...

After Ferguson and Eric Garner decisions, white Christians say it’s time to stand with blacks
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 5:36pm | Type: Press

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/12/04/ferguson-eric-garner-decisions-white-christians-say-time-stand-blacks/ White Christians, including ...

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 5:33pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

What Good Is Christian Faith to Contemporary Protesters?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

How can we continue to cultivate a Christianity that does not abandon the body to cultivate the soul, but neither abandons the soul to improve the body? And how can we put into practice such a non-dualistic fa ...

White Christians Say It’s Time to Stand with Blacks
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

“It’s time for us in Christian churches to not just talk about the gospel but live out the gospel by tearing down these dividing walls not only by learning and listening to one another but also by standing up ...

Public Schools Can Avoid the ‘War on Christmas’ Tussle
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

What we certainly do not need is a purity police criticizing efforts to respect and negotiate religious diversity in the public schools by fabricating baseless charges of a War on Christmas. ...

The Most Affirming Sanctuary of My Life (So Far)
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

It was a Galatians 3 kind of room — a reminder that in Jesus there is no longer “Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female.” Gay or straight. “For all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” ...

No Justice, No Christmas? Why Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s Deaths Make Advent Matter
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

This year many of us will experience Christmas not as the shepherds, but as the wise men. If we have the courage to peer through the darkness, we’ll see love as a twinkle in the distant sky. We’ll pack up life ...

Are We Ready to Listen?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

What is it like to have people look at you every day and decide that because of one physical feature, you must be a bad person? A dangerous person? A worthless person? A person to be watched closely? ...

Listen and Learn
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

I wasn’t always aware of the vastly different realities for people of color living in this country. My conversion was slow. Not the Damascus Road type of experience where I was blind for three days and then in ...

D.C. Protesters Confront Police, Christmas Season in March for Racial Justice
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

"How dare we as Christians celebrate the birth of our Christ, the birth of our leader, the birth of our savior, if we cannot help and stand together and save our fellow brother? If we cannot do what he to ...

Bill Hybels Speaks Out on Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 6:32pm | Type: Blog

Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor for Willow Creek Community Church, spoke out last week on the ongoing Ferguson protests. In the video, shared this week by Willow Creek Church-affiliated artist group The Tungsten Co ...

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

As I listened, I realized America would be converted by these young people’s honest and earnest conversation — they would win the national debate about our criminal justice system’s response to young people of ...

#BlackLivesMatter: Why We Need to Stop Replying ALL LIVES MATTER
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

There’s this microaggression happening online, offline, and all around that has a nice sentiment, but really needs to stop. Can we call for a week-long moratorium on decrying “ALL LIVES MATTER?” ...