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Survey: Most Americans Say U.S. Should Shelter, Not Deport, Child Migrants
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

Most Americans say the waves of children crossing into the United States from Central America are refugees fleeing danger at home. And they say the United States should support these children while reviewing t ...

Israel and Palestine: Peace or Pieces?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

To suggest that there simply needs to be another ceasefire in the current conflict, then more negotiations — without acknowledging that past negotiations have unalterably yielded the same result: more missiles ...

Could Loaves and Fishes Change The Immigration Dilemma?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

What might happen if we were to look at the two goods of protection and hospitality not as competing goods in a world of scarcity, but as complimentary goods in a world of abundance? I think we might come up w ...

Rabbi David Saperstein Tapped as First Non-Christian to Serve as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Monday said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. ...

Low Wages, Student Debt, and 'The Call:' Financing Seminary Education
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

The average Master of Divinity student (the degree for pastoral training) graduates with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans — sometimes entering into the six-digit category. According to the U.S. de ...

Holy Eucharist: How We See Jesus in the 'Other'
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

When I see Jews and Arabs, Russians and Ukrainians, Sunnis and Shiites, I see Jesus in his divided, warring brothers, whom he calls me to love as he has loved me. When the Word b ...

Central American Refugee Crisis at the Border—How You Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

The overwhelming concern and support among the faith community for these Central American refugees has been a huge blessing for these children both at the national and local level. If you are wondering how you ...

Deported: A View From the 'Other' Side
Originally Posted: 07/23/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

in a Tijuana shelter that houses men for 12 days after they have been deported from the United States. I ...

Have Corporations Become Modern-day Golems?
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

Corporations are not people — no matter what five Supreme Court justices and a failed presidential candidate may say. Corporations are not people — no matter what five Supreme Cou ...

Political and Religious Leaders Denounce European Anti-Jewish Outbursts Tied to Gaza
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Amid mounting protests in Europe against the Gaza conflict, political and religious leaders in the region have sharply denounced anti-Semitism within their borders. Amid mounting ...

Evangelicals Address Migrant Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Press

July 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Seung Min Kim ...

Southern Baptist and Catholic Leaders Tour Texas Facilities for Migrant Children
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Today leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention will join the Catholic Bishop of Brownsville in Texas to visit ...

IRS Agrees to Monitor Churches for Electioneering
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The Internal Revenue Ser ...

Some Americans Still Monkeying Around on Science Education
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

Colloquially known as the “Monkey Trial,” the Tennessee v. John Scopes trial ended on July 21, 1925, but 89 years later, the American public is still debating on where it stands with religion and science educa ...

Did Obama Finally Thread the Needle on Gay Rights and Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest political calculations in Washington is balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religious freedom. One of the toughest p ...

Why I Choose to Block Detroit's Water Shutoff Trucks
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Water was created by none of us—just like air and earth and fire. It was not made to be enslaved in a market price or bottled into a "good," yielding ownership and power. Water is a commons, a precio ...

COMMENTARY: Islam Is Just the Latest U.S. Scapegoat
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Historians have a term we call the scapegoating concept of history. This is the idea that people tend to look for others to blame — scapegoats — for their condition. They then attack that group even if it had ...

Why Is Pope Francis Spending so Much Time Going after the Mafia?
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-old boy who burned to death in his grandfather’s car in a Mafia ambush in January. It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-o ...

Strength In Numbers: The Power Of Community Organizing
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Press

July 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Ana Garcia-Ashley ...

Why Evangelicals Should Care About 'The Mikado' Controversy If They Care About Reconciliation in the Church
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

to the production. My 12-year-old son recently told me that his friend mocked him by giving him a squinty eyed look (by ...

Why Evangelicals' Love for Jews Is a Case of Unrequited Love
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

According to a new survey, white evangelical Christians feel a lot of warmth toward Jews. According to a new survey, white evangelical Christians feel a lot of warmth toward Jews. ...

Kenya's Catholic Bishops Sued After Canceling Lease for Muslim-run Restaurant
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops is facing a lawsuit over the cancellation of a rental contract for a restaurant operated by a Somali Muslim. The Kenya Conference of Catho ...

Synod: Collaboration Urged For Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:38pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2014 Sojo in the News http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/article ...

Let's Treat Children At The Border As Christ Would
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Frustration With 'Exodus' All-White Lead Cast Turns Into #BoycottExodusMovie
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Press

July 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

A View From the Bus Station
Originally Posted: 07/17/2014 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

“The United States is wonderful,” said one woman, after I helped get her oriented to what buses she would take from Tucson to Florida, gave food and snacks to her and her 8- and 9-year-old sons, and helped her ...

Spotlight on The Summit: World Change Through Faith and Justice 2014: Sara Johnson
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Although nervous to be a founder of a non-profit that hasn’t officially launched yet attending a conference with heavy hitters in the non-profit world, within seconds of walking into the initial Summit gatheri ...

Detained Journalist, Activist Jose Antonio Vargas Has Been Released
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has been detained by border patrol at McAllen-Miller International Airport in Texas after having visited the border town‘s shelter for unaccompanied Centra ...

Pope Francis: End the 'Racist and Xenophobic' Approach to Migrants Along U.S.-Mexico Border
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Tuesday waded into the controversy of the wave of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling for an end to racism against migrants and pushing the U.S. to offer greater pr ...

Occupy Good Pasture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Do you have to get what’s yours and at the same time mess it up for others? The interesting thing about human nature is that even among the oppressed, people will seek supremacy, ...

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Originally Posted: 08/28/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Product

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Three Ways to Maintain Yourself While Maintaining a Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Doing justice is hard and exhausting work. We are compelled to action by the urgency of the suffering and pain and evil that mark life for so many in God’s world. And the work is never done. ...

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 ...