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Reconciling the Faiths: An Interview with Fr. Nabil Haddad
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 3:18pm | 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 ...

An Open Letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 2:19pm | 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 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

their daughter’s family in Rostov. In 1992, when Sam and Michael were 20 and 13, the Katzes received permission ...

The Grand Jury and the Rorschach Test
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

By presenting all the evidence to laypeople, reportedly without legal interpretation, McCulloch is basically raising a proverbial Rorschach to the grand jury and saying, “see what you see.” That is not a passi ...

An Open Letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 12:39pm | 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 - 4:28pm | 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 - 4:06pm | 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 ...

One in the Lord
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Preaching the Word

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

How Will The Region Handle Discomfort?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

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

My Sin, Your Sin: The Way to Freedom
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 1:59pm | 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 - 9:27am | 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 ...

Getting to Uncomfortable
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Press

November 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Krehmeyer ...

Elevating Our Cultural Competency: A Q&A with NPR’s Maria Hinojosa
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

"Having a diverse staff means that we want to elevate our level of cultural competency. It isn't just about being representative. It really is about cultural competency." ...

Jim Wallis: Want to change America? Then change Huntsville, change Alabama
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Press

November 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Kay Campbell ...

Black-ish: Reimagining Blackness on Television
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 11:28am | Type: Press

October 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

The Disunion of the Church
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Right now when I see the lived reality of the church in our world, it seems we are more in a state of dis-union than communion. One of the greatest sermons I ever heard on the sub ...

'Black-ish:' Reimagining Blackness on Television
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Each episode presents a universal situation that pushes a particular issue of culture within the African-American community. Ultimately, the situation presses the question: “What does it means to be black?” ...

Rabbi David Saperstein, nominated as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom, joins IMS conference in Huntsville
Originally Posted: 10/27/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Press

October 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Kay Campbell ...

WATCH: The Gun Conversation We Need to Have
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 12:42pm | Type: Press

October 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

'Forgive Us'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 1:28pm | Type: Press

October 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

What does it mean to act like white people?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Press

October 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Evangelical Institutions Lag Far Behind General Marketplace in Leadership Roles for Women
Originally Posted: 10/22/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Looking at more than 1,400 evangelical organizations, researchers for the Women in Leadership National Study found that women held 21 percent of board positions, 19 percent of top-paid leadership roles and 16 ...

Rev. Jim Wallis to White Christians: ‘You Can’t Say You’re Not a Racist if You Accept and Support Systems That Clearly Are’
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

October 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Taylor Gordon ...

The role faith leaders play in national crises like Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 2:12pm | Type: Press

October 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelsey Dallas ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: White Christians Must Repent for Tolerating Racialized Policing
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Press

October 17, 2014 Sojo in the News April Taylor ...

Forgive Us
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

I’ve been struck by the way that Forgive Us is a clarion call to not be conformed to the patters of this world. Chapter by chapter the authors demonstrate the dastardly consequences of complicity. ...

It’s Time for Whites to Accept Responsibility for Racist Systems
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

Coming to Ferguson was about Michael Brown. But Ferguson has also become a parable for our nation. Jesus often told parables. A parable is just a story, but often one with a simple but important point. ...

Arrested in Ferguson in an Act of Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

It’s Time for Whites to Accept Responsibility for Racist Systems
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Leaders Hope Faith can help Heal in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Schultz ...

Clergy Arrested During 'Ferguson October' Protests Asked Police To 'Repent'
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

October 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Carol Kuruvilla ...

Clergy-led protest raises questions over nature of repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Press

October 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Rev. Jim Wallis On Ferguson Protests LIVE
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:11pm | Type: Press

October 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Alyona Minkovski ...

Houston Subpoenas Pastors’ Sermons in Gay Rights Ordinance Case
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Evangelical leaders are angry after city officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose an equal rights ordinance that provides protections to the LGBT community. ...

Engaging Ferguson's Youth with Humility and Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Since the tragic death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, the authentic leadership of the moment has emerged from young people of color. The question is, will we adopt a spirit of arrogance by crowding ou ...

Arrested in Ferguson in Act of Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Thousands of people from around the country came to Ferguson, Mo., for a “weekend of resistance.” But for faith leaders it was a weekend of repentance. Twenty of us were arrested in Ferguson yesterday for an a ...

Activists tally FergusonOctober's strengths, weaknesses
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Press

October 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Paul Hampel St. Louis Post-Dispatch ...

Vatican Shifts to Tone of Greater Openness Toward Gays and Lesbians
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

The world’s Catholic bishops on Oct. 13 signaled ... on Oct. 13 signaled a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians, an about-face so unexpected ... bishops on Oct. 13 signaled a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians, an about-face so ...

Jim Wallis: White Christians in America Need to Act More Christian Than White
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Press

October 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Stephanie Samuel ...

Clergy To Gather In Ferguson For 'Weekend Of Resistance'
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Antonia Blumberg ...

Q&A with the Rev. Jim Wallis, speaking at Ferguson interfaith event Sunday
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Jim Wallis on Ferguson: Repentance has not happened there yet
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Lilly Fowler ...

Police brace for weekend of protests across St. Louis
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 1:46pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Christine Byers ...

Organizers invite nation to St. Louis to protest and strategize for Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Press

the country will converge on Ferguson for a Weekend of Resistance, October 10-13, to demand justice ... for a Weekend of Resistance, October 10-13, to demand justice for Michael Brown. Ferguson Police Officer Darren ... will converge on Ferguson for a Weekend of Resistance, October 10-13, to demand justice for Michael ...

Islam and the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas: The Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck Debate
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

I agree with Bill Maher and Sam Harris that we have to criticize bad ideas. But the “mother lode of bad ideas” doesn’t come from Islam. That’s an arrogant claim that will only kindle the spirit of violence and ...

Can American courts be color, income-blind?
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Press

October 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Kay Campbell ...

Justice Roberts Asks If The Case of The Muslim Prisoner’s Beard Is Too Easy
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

In some ways, the case of the Muslim prisoner who wants to grow a beard seems easy. When it comes to a prisoner’s religious rights, federal laws favors accommodation when possible. ...

'God Loves Gays' Billboard Project Doubles Fundraising Goal
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

: “Billboards and rainbows do not change: God hates fags! Romans 9:13.” This isn’t the first time ...

What Happens Next in the 20 States That Still Ban Gay Marriage?
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court’s decision to sit out the legal battle over same-sex marriage will — for now, at least — leave the future of laws prohibiting gays and lesbians from marrying in the hands of lower state and f ...

Methodists Resolve Gay Marriage Complaint Against 36 Pastors Without a Trial
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

United Methodists in Pennsylvania have agreed to resolve a complaint filed against three dozen clergy who blessed a gay wedding without taking the case to trial. A complaint was filed against 36 United Methodist pastors who officiated at a Nov. 9, 20 ...