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An Invitation to Disruption: A Call to White Churches
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Here’s a sacred invitation, perhaps even a kairos moment, to make your voices heard in ways that speak to solidarity with suffering. It was July 19, 2013, and we were leaving New ...

When Christians Lack Imagination, They Lack Love
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

When you can’t imagine, you can’t empathize, understand, or relate with the actions, struggles, pain, suffering, persecution, and trials of others — you become apathetic, unmoved, stoic, and inactive. ...

Don't Ignore It: 5 Ways Christians and Churches Must Engage Michael Brown’s Death
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past 11 days in their respective churches – now and in the future. ...

At Church Rally, Community Pours Out Support for Michael Brown’s Family
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton told a packed church on August 17 that the Michael Brown case would mark a defining moment in civil rights history and fundamentally change the way police engage with t ...

Dispatch From Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

We made it back safely to our vehicle and safely out of Ferguson. But democracy didn’t. She took a heavy beating last night. The question is will she recover? Editor's N ...

Eyewitness: 'The Police Force in Ferguson Is Lying, and I Am Bearing Witness' (PHOTOS)
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Violence, anger, and confusion continues in Ferguson, MO. Former Sojourners intern and current Digital and Creative Director for PICO Heather Wilson is reporting from the scene and shared h ...

Tweets v. Tweaks: Financing Seminary Education (Part III)
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

Pastors, denominational leaders, under-employed seminary grads, active laity, Nones, seminary professors, and administrators let’s get moving! Let’s organize a viable movement that challenges Congress to work ...

Imagine it IS Your Family
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

Many of my African-American sisters and brothers are furious. Yet another child has been felled. The challenge is this — if a tree falls in the forest and white folks don’t hear it, does it make a noise? Many ...

ON Scripture: Preaching Reflections on Michael Brown and Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: In light of this week’s events in Ferguson, Missouri, several writers at ON Scripture took a few moments to reflect upon what they would/will be preaching on this Sunday. To continue the co ...

Civil Rights Groups to Feds: Purge Your Anti-Muslim Training Materials
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Civil rights and religious groups say efforts to rid federal agencies of anti-Muslim bias have faltered and prejudice against Muslims persists, particularly in the training of anti-terrorism officers. On Thur ...

After Ferguson Protests, Church Volunteers Pick Up the Pieces
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

On the fourth morning after Michael Brown’s death, residents from different parts of the region came together to pick up the pieces. Some were young, some old. The majority arrived as part of the faithful. Ot ...

Millennials and the Myth of a Post-Racial Generation
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

A study came out recently saying that millennials (a category that I apparently fit into) consider ourselves the “post-racial” generation. By and large, young adults think they are the ones who have moved past ...

When Terror Wears a Badge
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Over the past three weeks there have been four separate incidents that have led to the deaths of four unarmed black men at the hands of police. ... Each incident serves as a reminder that as a black man in Ame ...

Someone Tell the President: Iraqi Christians Are Dying
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results have been deadly. It’s starting to seem as if t ...

US Must 'Destroy' Islamic State, Say Religious Conservatives
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of more than 50 religious leaders, led by mostly conservative Catholic, evangelical, and Jewish activists, is calling on President Obama to sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremis ...

Capitalism v. Democracy: Financing Seminary Education (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Our nation has experienced a continual conservative policy shift for 35 years that has resulted in runaway markets and an ever widening economic gap between the rich and the rest of us ...

Bibles Booted from U.S. Navy Base Guest Rooms
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Navy will no longer allow Bibles and other religious materials in the guest rooms of Navy lodges, a decision that has infuriated some conservative groups, which recently learned about the new policy. ...

Has Humanity Entered a New Depth of Degradation?
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. It seems Isl ...

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: A Public Reflection on the Power of a Picture
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

In response to the death of Michael Brown, many people are using the hastag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown on Twitter to consider the role that images used by the media have on the public's perception of vicitms. ...

Is Ebola a Curse from God? Some African Christian Leaders Think So
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

As Western nations evacuate their citizens from West Africa’s growing Ebola outbreak, some Christian leaders have begun to speak of the virus as a curse from God. As Western natio ...

Weekly Wrap 8.8.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

1. U.S Considers Air Strikes and Air Drops to Help Iraqis Trapped on Mountain by ISIS "The move comes as Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city, was all but abandoned as the jihadist group Islamic ...

Ebola Treatment Prompts Criticism from Ann Coulter, Donald Trump, Ben Carson
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Prominent conservative voices are criticizing the decision to bring two medical missionaries who contracted Ebola back to the United States for treatment. Prominent conservative v ...

Islamic State Accused of Capturing Yazidi Women and Forcing Them to Convert, or Else
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 3:46pm | 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 - 8:57am | 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 - 3:24pm | 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 - 2:41pm | 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 - 10:41am | Type: Press

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

VIDEO: Memphis Teacher Residency
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 1:02pm | 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 - 2:50pm | 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 - 2:24pm | 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 - 2:18pm | 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 - 3:48pm | 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 - 3:55pm | 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 - 3:33pm | 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 - 3:32pm | 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 - 9:07am | 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 - 9:07am | 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 - 9:07am | 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 - 9:07am | 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 - 1:41pm | 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 - 9:24am | 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 - 4:27pm | 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 - 8:40am | 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 - 10:20am | 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 - 9:41am | 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 - 4:18pm | 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 - 4:14pm | 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 - 4:12pm | 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 ...