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The Day She Came Out: Why Rob Bell Is Right and the Church Is Being Left Behind
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

Once again I begin to dread the message that awaits so many Christian kids who desperately want to come out of the closet but can’t for fear of being ostracized by their church. ...

Selma and Our Next Bridge to Cross
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

While demographic change is clear, it does not make positive changes inevitable. It’s possible it could just lead to greater collision and increasing racial tensions and conflicts. Or we could cross the bridge ...

Turning the Tables: A Lenten Sermon on Jesus, the Money Changers, and #Selma50
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 7:44pm | Type: Blog

in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God. - Ephesians 2:13 ...

White Christians Now a Minority in 19 States
Originally Posted: 03/06/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

11. Florida – 42 percent 12. Oregon – 43 percent 13. New Jersey – 43 percent 14. Colorado – ...

Police: From Warriors to Guardians
Originally Posted: 03/06/2015 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

After a detailed and thorough investigation over many months, the devastating report revealed a police force and court system in Ferguson that proves true virtually everything young protestors and local reside ...

Anti-Semitism a Big Problem at U.S. Colleges, Report Says
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

A comprehensive survey of anti-Semitism at American colleges released this week shows that significant hostility is directed at Jews on U.S. campuses. A student group in South Af ...

Is Dark Skin A Sin?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

While the New Jim Crow was coming through the front door and removing black men from our communities, it was going through the back door and quietly removing black women. We are unaware of the impending crisis ...

Black Future Month: Why We Choose to Look Ahead
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 1:06pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2015 Sojo in the News Ebony Adedayo ...

The Oscar Scandal: Sean Penn, Alejandro Iñárritu, and Responding to Racism
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

“Sean Penn’s ‘Green Card’ comment may have ruined the entire Oscars.” That was the headline from the Huffington Post. I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I’m always curious about pop-culture scandals. What could Se ...

Black 'Future' Month
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 3:22pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

A Mandatory Mistake
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Leftovers of the “War on Drugs,” Mandatory Minimum Sentences have been condemned for decades as being unjust, racist, and in violation of the Eighth Amendment’s “cruel and unusual” clause. These laws eliminate ...

WATCH: A Brief History of Overt Racism in Professional Soccer
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Here are six of the most flagrant manifestations of racism in soccer since 2011. When fans barred a black man from boarding a train as they chanted racist lyrics after the Chelsea ...

What the Chapel Hill Murders Reveal About the Place of Muslims in American Society
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha were the very best people. They embodied the core Islamic principle of “ihsan” — doing that which is both beautiful in itself and beautifying to the world. .. ...

LGBT Groups Plan Pilgrimage to See Pope Francis — With Support from Their Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Both New Ways and a similar Catholic LGBT organization in Britain are finding support from the Catholic hierarchy in their efforts to meet the pontiff when they both visit the Vatican on Ash Wednesday, the sta ...

Addressing the Changing Face of Faith
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

While church leaders in the U.S. have expressed united support for the reform of U.S. immigration laws, this is the first time an ecumenical body has gathered to examine together the actual consequences of imm ...

Can Obama Walk the Tightrope of Religious Rhetoric in a Polarized America?
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Alliance, said Feb. 13. In a time of hypersensitivity on all sides, Moline said the White House attempted ...

Black Future Month: Uncovering the Intersections of Injustice
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

will serve time in jail or prison in their lifetime and that 1 in 13 black people cannot vote due ...

Revolutionary Love: Do You Hear the Call?
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Despite the focus on elders and youth, this is an intergenerational movement that requires all of us to answer the communal call. I am encouraged by one of my mentors, Mama Ruby (Sales) who says it is time to ...

Civil Rights Movement 2.0
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13.  Rena Schild / Shutterstock.com ...

Weekly Wrap 2.13.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

The faith of David Carr ... Moving words on growing up American from Chapel Hill shooting victim Yusor Abu-Salha ... NASA goes Jedi ... HAPPY GALENTINE'S DAY ... and more! ...

Parking Spat as Motive for Triple Murder? N.C. Muslims Don’t Buy It
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Preliminary police reports describe a long-simmering dispute over parking as the motive for the killings of three Muslim students at a Chapel Hill condominium Feb. 10. Preliminar ...

Black 'Future' Month
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

During Black History Month we typically look back on all the accomplishments of those who paved the road for generations to come. But this month, we have been inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement to look ...

Black Evangelical Leaders Who Are Changing the World
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 12:34pm | Type: Press

February 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Rev. Mae Elise Cannon ...

Bridging the divide of race – Do we have an obligation to act?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Press

February 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Kenneth Fuller ...

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 11:24am | Type: Press

February 6, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

I want to introduce you to Rev. Darren Ferguson, a pastor who first found his faith while in prison for attempted murder. ... Darren has become an ally, partner, brother, and dear friend. And I want you to hea ...

The Unfinished Business of Selma
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

The film should remind viewers that the march toward equality for all citizens did not end at Selma — there is still much road to be covered. The journey to end systems of injusti ...

The Faces of a Movement
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

was one of the original 13 freedom riders and his voter registration efforts helped lead to the Selma ...

Widows, Orphans, and #BlackLivesMatter
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

becomes more problematic when we consider that nearly 1/3 of all black households are headed by  single ...

Why I got arrested in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 2:49pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: 'Defy Hollywood, See Selma'
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:58am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Christopher Rosen ...

Jim Wallis: 'Ferguson is a parable about how black men are treated'
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:45am | Type: Press

January 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

Davos identifies the next major global theme: Include the Excluded – or else
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:16am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Alec Hogg ...

To the Women: #MarchOn! — An Interview with 'Selma's Niecy Nash
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:07am | Type: Press

January 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Reverend Jim Wallis On Ferguson: 'We Need More Than A Commission, We Need A Movement'
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Press

January 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Paige Lavender ...

#ReclaimMLK Protests Call For A 'Year of Resistance’
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The protests were part a broader national movement motivated by organizations like Ferguson Action andBlackLivesMatter, dubbed the “Year of Resistance and Resilience.” Over Mart ...

The Wrong Messenger and the Smell of a Neck Bone
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Being the wrong messenger means that God will call you from the places where you feel you belong and teach you that if you find your dignity in God, you belong everywhere. I am th ...

Explaining 'Black Lives Matter'
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

It is difficult to understand why people, particularly Christians, view a statement as patently obvious as “Black Lives Matter” as a subject for controversy. However, sometimes the most obvious things still ne ...

In Times of Dire Distress
Originally Posted: 01/20/2015 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

Living with, wrestling with injustice day in and day out is a bit like a kettle of water just about to hit boiling. At some point, the water boils, the steam is released. Maybe I ...

Why We Must #ReclaimMLK
Originally Posted: 01/19/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

We want unity under the American identity, but are not willing to do the hard work to create an environment that makes unity possible. “Radical simply means grasping things at t ...

LGBTQ Christians: Hope for the Unseen
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

As long as we LGBTQ Christians are shoved into the shadows of this faith community, no evangelical parent with a closeted child is going to know of another way until it’s too late to take it. No LGBTQ child is ...

Je Suis … [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris
Originally Posted: 01/15/2015 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

While the tenet of freedom of speech has been invoked throughout the media coverage of the attacks, the religious implications here run much deeper. They are about how we in the faith community should respond ...

Singing in the Rain to Support Our LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

Twenty years ago, I stepped away from the hateful speech thinking I was taking a step away from God and the faith in which I had been nurtured. But on Saturday, it was a clear act of faith and commitment to th ...

To the Women: #MarchOn! — An Interview with 'Selma's Niecy Nash
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

As I consider the roles of the women of the civil rights movement and look at the prominent place of women in today’s #blacklivesmatter movement, I am struck. The hashtag #blacklivesmatter, which helped galvan ...

A Challenge to My White Brothers and Sisters — Acknowledge Your Defensiveness and Learn to Listen
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Resist control. A conversation is the easiest form of releasing power. If you can’t do that, you will have little success doing so in systems, structures, and interpersonal relationships ...

Selma: We Are, Because You Were
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 12:39pm | Type: Press

January 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

A Christian Mother’s Response to Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

My beautiful child, may you always know love for who you are. If you can’t count on that from the world, know what you can at least count on that from me. My Darling Daughter: ...

'Selma's David Oyelowo on Playing MLK and What It Means to Be a Christian
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

“I always knew that in order to play Dr. King, I had to have God flow through me because when you see Dr. King giving those speeches, you see that he is moving in his anointing,” Oyelowo said. ...

‘Selma:' We Are, Because They Were
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

Selma is an amazing film, but as I watch the Civil Rights movement unfold before my eyes, it's not the past that haunts me. It's the present. In the first moments of  ...

FBI Investigating Explosion Near NAACP Yesterday; Twitter Protests Lack of News Coverage
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

A makeshift bomb placed outside a local chapter of the NAACP in Colorado went off yesterday, releasing smoke but failing to ignite a gasoline can placed beside it,  Newsweek reports . There were no injuries. The FBI has declared the bombing ...