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Ferguson: A Question of Excessive Force
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

While I was not surprised by the grand jury’s verdict, what I found disappointing in this case and continue to find disappointing in cases like this one, is the failure to discuss the use of “excessive force” ...

No Indictment in Ferguson Shooting
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 10:31pm | Type: Blog

A grand jury has found that no probable cause exists to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, on Aug. 9, said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attor ...

Tamir Rice: Not a boy with a toy in a park, but a black male with a gun
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Press

http://www.theage.com.au/world/tamir-rice-not-a-boy-with-a-toy-in-a-park-but-a-black-male-with-a-gun-20141124-11sjut.html Tamir Rice, 12 ... in the chest. Tamir Rice, 12, was with his sister and a friend in a gazebo ... Justice, Racism) Tamir Rice, 12, was with his sister and a friend in a gazebo in a Cleveland park ...

Evangelical opinion split on Obama's immigration reforms
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Woods ...

Putting People Before Politics
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 2:55pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Immigration Groups Have Won The Battle; Now Comes The War
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Sam Stein ...

Evangelicals Split Over Obama's Executive Action on Immigration
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Leonardo Blair ...

Report: Solutions to Hunger, Poverty Must Focus on Empowering Women
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

This morning, Bread for the World, released the 2015 Hunger Report, When Women Flourish, We Can End Hunger. The comprehensive analysis focuses on the imperative role the empowerment of women and girls plays in ...

Ferguson: Between Jesus and Barabbas
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

All eyes are on the jury, yet many of us who are watching realize that the real power does not reside in Gov. Jay Nixon or the grand jury, but in us. Just as it is the crowd who sways Pilate to crucify Jesus, ...

Churches to Serve as Safe Spaces After Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Local clergy say they hope there won’t be a great need for people to get off the streets when the grand jury decision comes. But churches plan to be there for the community under all circumstances. ...

Obama's Executive Action Isn't Outrageous. It's How Immigration Reform Gets Done.
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Press

November 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Fawn Johnson ...

Becoming a Better America
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Obama is not offering people citizenship, but his address reflected on the meaning of community belonging. “These people” often act like citizens, he seemed to be saying, because they “came to work, and study, ...

Evangelicals a Mixed Bag on Obama’s Immigration Move
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

While Republican leaders blast President Obama for taking executive action on immigration reform, some prominent evangelical leaders are welcoming the president’s plans to keep about 5 million undocumented imm ...

President Obama's Remarks on Immigration Action
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 9:49pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced he is taking action to reform pieces of our broken immigration system. See Sojourners President Jim Wallis' recap here. Below are Pre ...

Putting People Before Politics
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 9:08pm | Type: Blog

For us, the 1,000+ deportations per day means the breakup of families we have come to know and love in our own congregations and communities. Their families are now our families; their kids are our kids. For u ...

Austrian Bill Would Ban Foreign Funding for Mosques
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Austria’s Muslim community is incensed over the government’s plans to amend the country’s century-old law on Islam. Austria’s Muslim community is incensed over the government’s p ...

Pope Francis Laments 'Market Priorities' in Struggle Against Hunger
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

“It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities,’” the pope said. Market speculation and pursuit of profits are hin ...

White House Announcement on Executive Action on Immigration Tonight
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama released a short video providing more information on a much-anticipated executive action announcement on immigration policy. While the details remain unclear on how many of the 11 mi ...

Brittany Maynard Advocates from the Grave
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

a “new army” of volunteers and activists in 12 states, including Pennsylvania state Rep. Mark Rozzi, ...

Welton Gaddy Retires from Interfaith Alliance
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

“A lot of the people in Washington who talk about religion don’t understand religion; it’s more of a subject of theoretical discussion,” said Gaddy, 73, in an interview in his small office near Georgetown. “An ...

Occupy Wall Street Artist Turns Police Brutality Into Art
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

As the nation continues to wait for the grand jury’s decision whether or not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Mike Brown, one artist has connected the violent police acts in Ferguson to a broader nar ...

Reconciling the Faiths: An Interview with Fr. Nabil Haddad
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

“Do not make the religion of Islam the problem,” he said. “Instead use our vibrant witness – that is what is lacking in other societies.” Fr. Nabil Haddad is a passionate and ener ...

Faith and Civil Rights Leaders Appeal to President Obama and Congress to Act Now on Immigration
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 3:27pm | Type: Press

November 18, 2014 Press Releases Coalition of Leaders Calls for End t ...

When Decemberism Crucifies Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

One of the dominant dogmas of the season seems to be both loud and clear: Our value as human beings is often dictated by our capacity to contribute toward economic growth. This is what happens when Decemberism ...

How to Build Authentic Community
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Do something to celebrate someone today who might feel like an outsider. And don’t be surprised if later they return the favor and help you feel the love when you might feel like an outsider. ...

When the Gospel Becomes a Product
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these,” John 14:12 ...

An Open Letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Press

November 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Lila Pays It Forward: Helping LGBT Refugees Find a New Home, Life
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

Currently, 78 nations worldwide criminalize same-sex relations; of those, seven may impose the death penalty for consensual same-sex conduct, according to ORAM. In Uganda, for instance, where there has been ca ...

The Grand Jury and the Rorschach Test
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

as Paul calls us to be? (Romans 12:2) In the first church, the sacrament of baptism itself stood ...

Justice … not ‘Just Us’
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

While punitive justice might be one way of thinking about justice, it’s not the dominant or prevailing understanding of justice promoted within most religious tradition of the world. ...

An Open Letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

This is an open letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon urging him to maintain peace and protect those exercising their right to free speech. I encourage you to read the letter and join me and others across the coun ...

Ending Implicit Bias
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, implicit bias, or latent racism, often becomes explicit, or manifest racism. Thus, African Americans are racialized as ‘black’ in a system of representation that represents a white supremacist r ...

A Christian Should Lead Christians
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Not surprisingly, the situation has become one of the latest talking points for Christians invested in the grievance industrial complex. The difference between this and much of the other ax-grinding is that in ...

Pope Francis to Build Showers for Homeless in St. Peter’s Square
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor — and upend the expectations of the papacy — Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. ...

Hashtag Activists Battle Online Anti-Muslim Speech, but #DoesItWork?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

“Not a lot of Americans know Muslims as friends and neighbors, so their understanding of Islam and Muslims is shaped by negative views. That gives a very distorted impression,” Perez said. “To help people have ...

Season of Disruption
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Preaching the Word

Psalms 126:5 Isaiah 40:1-11 Lamentations 1:17 Ro ...

One in the Lord
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Preaching the Word

Maria-Pia Negro A look at three multiracial churches—and how they got that way. ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:54pm | Type: Preaching the Word

a 12-hour training with several other families and with representatives from their own family or community. ... and 12 percent were multiracial or their heritage was unknown, according to the Child Welfare Information ...

Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

“We are not guided by the latest headlines but by the human tragedies that we see every day in our parishes and programs, where families are torn apart by enforcement actions especially,” said Seattle Auxiliar ...

How Will The Region Handle Discomfort?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 5:10pm | Type: Press

November 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Krehmeyer ...

My Sin, Your Sin: The Way to Freedom
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Racism is a very complex issue. The harmful and sinful effects of racism affect millions of people’s lives. The spiritual and religious harms of implicit racism are only part of even more critical, social, emo ...

Gay Debate Challenges Traditional Definitions of ‘Evangelical’
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

Growing cultural acceptance of homosexuality is leading many Christians to reconsider their historic opposition. As intractable as the debate itself can be, American evangelicals nonetheless are experiencing l ...

Treat Them As One of Your Own
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

Our immigration system is broken. It is hard for anyone to say otherwise. But I think our values are broken too. Think about this: why would anyone travel thousands of miles on a ...

#LoveMakesAWay: Jarrod McKenna On Australia's New Freedom Movement
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

One of the main minds behind Love Makes A Way is Perth-based radical Christian leader Jarrod McKenna. With his blond dreadlocks, casual vibe, and jokes about how Christians are “daggy,” he’s hardly the sanctim ...

VIDEO: Not in Our Name
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video giving voice to the misunderstood in the Muslim community.  When facing a new threat, it ...

VIDEO: Our Neighbors in the Pews
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 2:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video giving voice to the homeless of San Francisco.  In her piece “ Compassion in the Stacks ...

VIDEO: Requiem for Mike Brown
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video on the audience reaction of protestors at the St. Louis Symphony.  Rather than taking to ...

STORYMAP: 5 Game-Changing Aid Groups
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett A map depicting five quality aid groups nationally and abroad.  “We volunteer and donate our ti ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Press

November 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

When We Choose to See Them
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

There’s no way to know, just from looking at the sign. Maybe he was a con man, or maybe he was just my brother, genuinely in need of human contact to maintain his dignity. Or maybe he was even more than that. ...