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Mandatory Minimums: How Long Does it Take to Learn Your Lesson?
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

Enthusiasm for mandatory-minimum sentencing reform has several factors fueling it. Many faith communities express concern about the impact of excessive sentences on individuals and their families. ...

Who Are the Greatest Social Justice Leaders We've Never Heard Of?
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Help us build a movement by connecting us with a justice leader you believe in! We’re trying something new at Sojourners, and I have to say, I’m excited about it. Like all new thi ...

Moses Rising
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Most people consider the story of Moses a fable, myth, or maybe even ancient history — but not the kind of history capable of repeating itself. Except that it has been repeated. History is rampant with faith-f ...

VIDEO: “ReMoved”
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Follow the gripping story of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care. Every ...

Does Jesus Love African-American Males?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! I recently held a To ...

We Are In a Crisis — a Moral Crisis
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

their prey." Isaiah 10: 1-2 Martin Luther King, Jr. said 46 years ago in one of his last sermons that if you ... Pursue a strong legal strategy; and 12. Resist the “One Moment Mentality” – We are building ...

June 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Product

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COMMENTARY: Is the Hobby Lobby Bible Elective Objective?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

On April 14, the school board in Mustang, Okla., voted to institute an elective Bible course. This is not news. More than a thousand U.S. public schools offer Bible as literature courses. ...

Survey: More Than One in Four Globally Infected with Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

The first ever global study of anti-Semitic attitudes shows that more than a quarter of the world’s population (26 percent) harbors anti-Semitic views. The first ever global study ...

June 2014 Sojourners Magazine
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Faith Leaders Support Hike In Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Press

May 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Bob Allen Associated Baptist Press ...

What The NFL Doesn't Want You To Think About
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Expectation Deficit
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper The civil right of equal opportunity never ensured the human right of equal access. RECENT ...

Coalition of United Methodists Won't Hold Event in Atlanta Due to 'Racially Offensive Practices' of the Atlanta Braves
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of United Methodists has decided not to host an event planned for the summer 2015 in Atlanta due to "racially offensive practices" of the Atlanta Braves. A g ...

Introducing 5 Small Loaves
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

to their heart's content, but afterward the disciples picked up 12 baskets full of leftovers! (See Mark 6:30-44 ... are simply unable to meet the overwhelming needs. But God can. And like the young boy and the 12 disciples, ...

Losing My Religion
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Randall Balmer How U.S. evangelicals rejected one of their own—and helped spawn the "New Atheism." ...

Degrees Without Jobs
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Kara Lofton Why are so many college graduates underemployed? RECENT YEARS HAVE witnessed a deluge of headline ...

Moneyed Speech
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman The Supreme Court continues to dismantle campaign finance reform. IN ITS SEEMINGLY endless ques ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

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 ...

Jesus' Most Basic Command
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Press

May 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Carli ...

What the NFL Doesn’t Want You to Think About
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

“Redskins.” The name of Washington, D.C.’s football team is a racial slur, a racist epithet. The U.S. trademark office agrees; so does the dictionary. “Redskins.” The name of Was ...

Supreme Court Prayer Ruling May Spur New Alliances
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

This week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing sectarian prayers at public meetings dealt a body blow to atheist organizations. This week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing sectarian pray ...

The Impact Of Cafeteria Religion On Political Engagement
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Press

May 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Michael Wear ...

More U.S. Latinos Shift and Drift Outside the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

as Catholic, according to Pew’s report, which uses “Hispanic” and “Latino” interchangeably. But that’s 12 ... This includes 16 percent who call themselves evangelical, up from 12 percent in 2010. The movement out ...

Town Prayers: What Does the Supreme Court Mean By 'Coercion'?
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a city, town, or county could open its regular meetings with a sectarian (that is, Christian) prayer without violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. ...

Report: Internet Hate Speech Can Lead to Acts of Violence
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Anti-Muslim hate speech on the Internet is commonplace and can motivate some people to commit acts of violence against Muslims, according to a report released Tuesday by Muslim Advocates, a legal and advocacy ...

Bringing Back The Religious Left
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:26pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Gene Veith ...

The Political Future Of Religious Progressives
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Thomas Reese ...

Sojourners: Faith In Action For Social Justice
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Press

May 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Center for Children and Theology ...

Pastors Gather, Asking God to Resurrect Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

When more than 250 pastors descended upon Washington, D.C., the event made one message abundantly clear: if immigration reform is going to happen, God is going to be the one who is going to get it done. ...

Supreme Court Approves Sectarian Prayer at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court Monday declared that the Constitution not only allows for prayer at government meetings, but religious prayer. The Supreme Court Monday declared that the Constit ...

Open Letter to White People: Why I am Donald Sterling and So Are You
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

We need to take a long, painful look in the mirror. The image we see will make us uncomfortable, but, tragically, it is us. The image staring you back at you is the image of Donald Sterling. ...

Punishing Donald Sterling Is Good, But It Doesn’t Mean Racism Is Dead
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

The ugly racial statements of the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sparked a series of hopefully historic events over the last several days. The ugly racial statements o ...

Donald Sterling: Facade, Fiction, And Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Punishing Donald Sterling Is Good, But It Doesn't Mean Racism Is Dead
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Anti-Poverty Efforts Need A Biblical Answer, But It's Not Socialism, Says AEI Panel
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:38am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Michael Gryboski ...

Sarah Palin’s Dying Breed of Christianity
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

Most people in their right minds consider Sarah Palin’s statement about using waterboarding to “baptize” terrorists as insensitive at the very least. It further reinforces the notion that she will say or do ne ...

One More Time, Evangelicals Head to Hill on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Trying yet again with new voices, more than 250 evangelical pastors came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to push for immigration reform. WASHINGTON — Trying yet again with new voices, ...

Argument Over Pope Francis' 'Inequality' Tweet Misses the Point
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

But this latest interchange, happening of course between Catholics in the global “North,” misses the real point. The latest dust-up about the unscripted words of Pope Francis came ...

Why I Feel Sorry for Donald Sterling
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 7:51pm | Type: Blog

The Donald Sterling I see is a man who has tirelessly sought fulfillment in ways that have not yielded the return he desired. As such, he’s tried to backfill that emptiness by subsidizing his relationships wit ...

Survey: Most Americans Say Fighting Global Poverty Is Futile
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Despite progress in defeating extreme global poverty, most Americans see no end in sight, according to a survey sponsored by Compassion International. Despite progress in defeatin ...

5 Reasons the 9/11 Museum Should Drop 'Islamist'
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

On May 21, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York is scheduled to release “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” a seven-minute film telling the story of the attacks. Full disclosure: I have not watched th ...

Donald Sterling: Façade, Fiction, and Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 6:48am | Type: Blog

Sterling does not “support them.” He pays them for work. He does not “give them food.” He gives them a wage for employment. He does not give his players “clothes, and cars, and houses.” The Clippers Corporatio ...

Sarah Palin and the Beauty of Baptism
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin used baptism as a metaphor for waterboarding terrorists . Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin u ...

The Religious Left Is Struggling. Can The Cause Of Economic Justice Help It Rise Again?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Press

April 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Michelle Boorstein ...

President Obama Pens Pope Francis Piece for Time's 100 Most Influential List
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Time magazine has released its annual 100 Most Influential people list, and, to no one's surprise, Pope Francis is featured. What may be surprising is who the magazine chose to write about the pontiff — P ...

Can There Be a Rational Compromise on the Pledge of Allegiance?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Yet another Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit has been filed, this time with New Jersey humanists challenging the requirement that each school day begin with recitation of the pledge describing the United States as ...

Army Approves 'Humanist' As Religious Preference
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

effective April 12 for all members of the Army. In practical terms, the change means that humanists could ...

Commandment Against Stealing Has Roots In Injunction Against Kidnapping
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Press

April 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Rob Wilson-Black ...

Values & Capitalism On Campus: Gordon College
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Press

April 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Values and Capitalism ...