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Who Would God Discriminate Against?
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Press

November 7, 2013 Sojo in the News Rachel Laser ...

Subverting the Myth
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 12:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marty Troyer A pastor's experiment in unmasking white privilege. I MET PASTORS Harvey, Alton, Charles, a ...

Mosaix 2013: Growing Multi-Ethnic Congregations That Reflect Unity, Diversity Of God's People
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Press

November 4, 2013 Sojo in the News Melissa Barnhart ...

Representing Christ in the Face of Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

On Oct. 13, Asian Americans United published an open ... On Oct. 13, Asian Americans United published  an open letter  asking the church to reevaluate its ... representation, stereotypes, The Call to Conversion) On Oct. 13, Asian Americans United published an open ...

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Press

October 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

'I Have A Complaint' -- No -- 'I Have A Dream'
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Press

August 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

American Jews Say Others Face More Discrimination
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

y they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, and blacks facing far more. American Jews say they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, ...

After Racial Strife, New Pledge Commits Christians to Unity and Solidarity
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 10:02am | Type: Press

October 24, 2013 Press Releases At the end of a year that exposed the ...

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

The most controversial sentence I ever wrote, considering the response to it, was not about abortion, marriage equality, the wars in Vietnam or Iraq, elections, or anything to do with national or church politi ...

The American Church's Absence of Lament
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

of the Psalms, but in the hymnal for the Churches of Christ, laments make up 13 percent, the Presbyterian hymnal 19 percent, and the Baptist hymnal 13 percent. Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) ...

Religious Leaders Hope New Film Brings Attention To Race Relations
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Press

October 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Herb Scribner ...

The 'S' Word, the 'D' Word, and '12 Years a Slave'
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

We do need racial healing. Our nation needs it desperately. I once spoke to a writing class at a respected evangelical university on the Good Samaritan, a basic message about God’ ...

Waiting for Another MLK
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

Are we waiting for another Dr. King? As I collect my thoughts to write these words, I’m mindful that I don’t honestly know what discrimination is. I have never (consciously) experienced discrimination because ...

'12 Years a Slave' Prompts Call For Racial Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Press

October 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Adelle Banks ...

Slave Mentality
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

Jesus shared the same experience as my ancestors, the enslaved African. My ancestors rescued that story, through faith in a living, breathing God. Crickets chirping, a branch crea ...

How Feeling Each Other’s Pain Changes Everything
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

When we identify with people, we extend our hearts and hands to them. Strange but beautiful things happen when we begin to identify with people who are culturally different. A fe ...

'12 Years a Slave:' A Film of Moral Gravity
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

If millions of Americans flock to the theaters to see 12 Years a Slave as they’re doing for Gravity, then perhaps some of these important conversations can be had — if not in our public media (most of which ar ...

Racism is a Sin Affecting Abuser and Abused
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

The ethos of slavery still runs deep in our national consciousness. Alfre Woodard, a supporting actress in the upcoming movie 12 Years a Slave, hopes that point is taken by all who see it. ...

Diversity Within the Divine
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Genesis describes a creator who loves diversity and thinks that the many, many differences in our world are very, very good. In the story of Noah’s ark, the creator insists on a boat big enough to preserve all ...

'12 Years a Slave' — Could It Happen Again?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

Only as we fight for political, judicial, economic, and educational freedom for all can each of us remain free. I watched  12 Years a Slave  today. The film is based on Solo ...

An Open Letter to the Evangelical Church: I Am Not Your Punch Line
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

When family drama shows up in the church, it grieves me. It riles me up like nothing else does because it is in my identity as a Christian and Jesus-follower where I am all of who God created me to be and has ...

'12 Years a Slave' Creates 'New Space for Antebellum Storytelling'
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave sits within and outside the Hollywood fantasy of antebellum life. Since the production of  The Birth of a Nation , Hollywood has lived with the ...

Myths We Live By? Voter Fraud & Jim Crow Dead And Gone
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:25pm | Type: Press

October 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Paul Louis Metzger ...

Asian-Americans Troubled by Stereotypes from White Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Asian-Americans — about 13 percent of whom are evangelical,  according  to the Pew Research Center — have been ...

The Church's Call in Educating Their Community's Children
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 8:22pm | Type: Blog

are overcrowded and supplies are not available. I think of the parable of the sower, Matthew 13. “…  ... a crop — a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. ” – Matthew 13:3b-8 NRSV I often ...

How Can People of Faith Help Students Achieve Their Potential?
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

Children from all racial and economic backgrounds have God-given potential and are truly “made in [God’s] image and likeness.” If given the opportunities and support, they will achieve. ...

Church Partnerships Working to Stop School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

We know that the pipeline is undergirded by Zero Tolerance policies, mass expulsions, unprecedented school arrests, inadequate school funding, and myriad other unjust policies that either criminalize our child ...

When Catholic Schools Fire Gay Teachers, Laity Push Back
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

A recent spate of sackings at Catholic institutions — about eight in the past two years — is wrenching for dioceses and Catholic schools, where some deem these decisions required and righteous, and others see ...

Program Aims To Build New Generation Of African-American Church Leaders
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Press

October 4, 2013 Sojo in the News J Michael Parker ...

Mapping Gandhi's Faith Journey
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel How did a skinny, shy, middle-class Indian come to lead one of history's great liberation struggles? ...

Is Christian-Owned Hobby Lobby Boycotting Hanukkah?
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Hanukkah comes early this year. But it apparently never comes to Hobby Lobby. Hanukkah comes early this year. But it apparently never comes to Hobby Lobby. The national craft s ...

From the Archives: November 1994
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Parker Losing Innocence I GREW UP in rural Mississippi, a black girl who lived “out in the booneys,” ...

I Emailed Pastor Rick Warren and There Is No 'If'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 8:14am | Type: Blog

There is no “if.” I am hurt, upset, offended, and distressed, not just because “an” image was posted, but that Warren posted the image of a Red Guard soldier as a joke, because people pointed out the disconce ...

Assault on Professor Part of Wave of Attacks on Sikhs, Muslims, Others
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

Shortly after teenagers beat up a Columbia University physician Saturday, a Muslim woman was attacked a few blocks away. Shortly after teenagers beat up a Columbia University phys ...

Dear Pastor Rick Warren, I Think You Don’t Get It
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

This photo appeared yesterday on Rick Warren’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Apparently the image captures “the typical attitude of Saddleback Staff as they start work each day.” Hmmm. I didn’t realize Saddl ...

New Comedic Documentary Explores Muslims in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Muslim stand-up comedy is nothing new. But what makes “The Muslims Are Coming” different is that it portrays what happens when a troupe of comedians performs before red state Americans in such places as Tennes ...

Muslim Clerk Wins Hijab Fight Against Abercrombie and Fitch
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

A federal judge ruled Monday that the Abercrombie and Fitch clothing chain violated federal anti-employment discrimination guidelines when it fired a Muslim employee in 2010 for not removing her religious head ...

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Burning Qurans
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Mike Ghouse is bringing his 10th annual “Unity Day USA” to the same Florida town where the pastor has threatened to burn the Qurans. Three years ago, a nobody from nowhere got fa ...

50 Years from Now — Infographic Shows How Far We Have Yet to Go on Racial Equality
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday’s “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony in Washington, D.C., honored the nation's substantial advances in racial equality in the fifty years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his now-iconic “I H ...

Our Stories To Tell
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

I wasn't interested in their stories about her. I was interested in her story about herself.  "We all have a story to tell." These are the words that will greet ...

Diverse But Not Integrated: Religion’s Race Problem
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

The trouble is that, as the color-coded population distributions in the article point out, we’re just as segregated as before, despite living in relatively close proximity to one another. ...

'I Have A Complaint' — No — 'I Have a Dream'
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

There was much to complain about for black Americans, and there is much to complain about today for many in this nation. But King taught us that day our complaints or critiques, or even our dissent will never ...

Crowds Recall the Faith that Animated MLK’s Unfinished Dream
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years to the day after Martin Luther King, Jr., knocked on the nation’s conscience with his dream, religious leaders gathered in a historic church to remind the nation that he was fueled by faith. ...

'Because They Marched:' Obama's Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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WATCH: 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Watch the live stream here. Do Not Display (Barack Obama, Diversity, God's Politics, John ...

Inspiration Is Nice, But We Need Action
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Change starts with the moment we invite the Spirit that inspires and infuses those powerful words to get inside of us. We’ve spent the last few days recalling the anniversary of t ...

On Scripture: Whose Banquet Is It Anyway?
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

the less fortunate – “the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind” (v. 13) – those who cannot return ...

From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Product

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Why I Will Be Marching on Washington and Why You Should Too
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

Thankfully, "separate but equal" is a vestige of the past; Jim Crow segregation is no longer the law of the land; and racial slurs and derogatory remarks are no longer acceptable. However, we must re ...

50 Years Later: The Call to Let Freedom Ring!
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

If there was ever a time in the decades since 1963 that the ones Jesus would deem “the least” needed the whole church body to stand in solidarity, it is now. There were several ma ...