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Muslim Inmate Takes His Case for a Beard to the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

It’s not every day that a coalition of legal minds is rooting for a violent inmate convicted of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck. It’s not every day that a coalition of legal m ...

Southern Baptist Leaders Cut Ties with California LGBT-Affirming Church
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee voted unanimously Sept. 23 to break ties with New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., after determining it was condoning “homosexual behavior.” ...

Atheist Coalition Wants You to Know They Are ‘Openly Secular’
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

A new coalition of atheists, humanists and other nonreligious groups is taking a page from the gay rights movement and encouraging people to admit they are “openly secular.” A new ...

Barbie as the Virgin Mary? Ken as Jesus? Italian Catholics Are Not Amused
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Barbie has had a number of careers in her 55 years — flight attendant, veterinarian, astronaut, even president. Her latest role, however, is raising eyebrows. Barbie has had a num ...

11 Miles Backward?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Today the grand jury in Ohio announced there will be no indictment of the officers. The Wal-Mart surveillance video is now public, and it reveals how quickly Crawford’s life was taken. ... So another black li ...

Episcopal Church’s Katharine Jefferts Schori Will Not Seek Re-Election
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman elected to head a national branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, announced Sept. 23 that she will not seek a second nine-year ...

Major Christian Denomination Joins Campaign to Change Redskins Name
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Press

June 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Jack Jenkins ...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Draws Criticism from Fellow Atheists at Yale
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to speak Sept. 15. ...

A Nonviolent Uprising
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

As we listen to Ferguson, we can learn from Ferguson – just as we learn from Montgomery and from South Africa. Many of the worst pits of oppression have later become the brightest beacons of hope. ...

What Faith Leaders Can Do To Help End the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

The school-to-prison pipeline is a moral and racial justice crisis. Solving the problem will require an all-hands-on-deck solution. September is often associated with the celebrat ...

Cradle-to-Prison vs. Kindergarten-to-Graduation
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

It’s tough to ignore the glaring racial disparities at the center of America’s prison industrial complex. As an African-American woman, Christian, and mother, it breaks my heart and, at times, even tests the l ...

The Image of God vs. The School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

Implicit bias does not ask why. It only takes surface observation and draws lines of quick logic: These circumstances are reserved for criminals. Therefore, these people are criminals. ...

The Blood Did It: Why Michael Brown's Death Was Different
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

Why has the death of Michael Brown caused the outrage that has awakened us from our collective stupor marked by years of desensitization to the moral decay that permeates the atmosphere of America? ...

Why the Body of Christ is Not White
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Contrary to the common cliché often given in response to these difficult topics, when it comes to white American people, the facts reveal that "some of our best friends" simply are not black. ...

Christian Group Denied Recognition at Two Dozen College Campuses
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

A well-established international Christian student group is being denied recognition at almost two dozen California college campuses because it requires leaders to adhere to Christian beliefs, effectively closing its leadership ranks to non-Christians a ...

Are Catholic Conservatives Turning on Cardinal Timothy Dolan?
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s positive reaction to this week’s decision by organizers of New York’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade  to allow gay groups  to march under their own banners initially drew charitable responses in many Catholic Church circles. ...

Hispanic Christians Launch Initiative to Bolster Minority Student Achievement
Originally Posted: 09/04/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

With minority students now making up a majority of public school enrollments, a national group of Hispanic evangelicals is calling for strong ties between churches and schools to encourage better academic resu ...

The Problem With Systemic Racism...
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

They say a watched pot never boils. But that's not entirely true. Of course a watched pot boils—it's just that intently watching a pot of water reach 212 degrees Fahrenheit is not an incredibly excit ...

Ferguson and America’s Love Affair with Violence
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the “bad guys,” unless of course you are profiled as that “bad guy.” This is otherizing, and it’s effect is to dehumanize. ...

Harlem's Influence on Bonhoeffer Underestimated in 'Strange Glory'
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

Bonhoeffer’s relationship with Harlem is somewhat ambiguous for the Bonhoeffer that Marsh constructs. Instead, he emphasizes Bonhoeffer’s travels through the Jim Crow South, positioning the south (or, southern ...

Michael Brown's Funeral Echoes with Cries for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

ST. LOUIS — Justice was a recurring theme as thousands of mourners packed the mammoth Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the funeral of Michael Brown, a black teen whose fatal shooting fol ...

In Ferguson, Nation of Islam Members Push for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

All acknowledge that the Nation of Islam has been a key player since the very beginning of the Ferguson protests. FERGUSON, Mo. — Ever since Michael Brown, a young, unarmed Africa ...

Ten Practical Ways White Christians Can Respond to Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Please try a few or all of these pathways, and add some of your own, and let’s stand up and be counted in this moment of great pain and anxiety for our nation. It is time, as Bill Hybels continually admonishes ...

Ferguson Letter from Black Clergy Becomes Interracial Call for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

As the Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner collected signatures for a statement by leaders of African-American church groups about the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, she found more people wanted to ...

The Need for Ferguson to Continue
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday I preached to my church on race, current affairs and how to process — in a biblically loving way — what has been happening to brothers and sisters in Ferguson. This wee ...

#BlackLivesMatter: Gathering for Solidarity in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Last night, D.C. residents young and old gathered in Columbia Heights to protest the shooting of Michael Brown. Last night, Washington, D.C., residents young and old gathered in t ...

Not As Helpless As We Think: 3 Ways to Stand In Solidarity With Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

I’ve heard from many of my white friends and readers who say they aren’t sure how to respond to the anger and grief they are watching on TV or hearing from their black friends. They want to be part of the solu ...

War on Drugs. War on Terror. War on Us?
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

It is past time for an organized, persistent response to this over-militarization, and the lack of community input into police policy and practices. The overt abuse and outright murdering of innocents must sto ...

Housing, Homogeny, and Hostility
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

If we affirm the shared value and distribution of basic human rights among all citizens, then every member of humankind – regardless of skin color – is supposed to share a common dignity. The result is a conne ...

Three Barriers Hijacking Christians' Ability to Love Our 'Enemies'
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Rather than rally together as a family navigating a season of trauma, we have used this moment to divide, stir hatred and misunderstanding, point fingers, and more than anything, view those on the opposite sid ...

An Invitation to Disruption: A Call to White Churches
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Here’s a sacred invitation, perhaps even a kairos moment, to make your voices heard in ways that speak to solidarity with suffering. It was July 19, 2013, and we were leaving New ...

When Christians Lack Imagination, They Lack Love
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

When you can’t imagine, you can’t empathize, understand, or relate with the actions, struggles, pain, suffering, persecution, and trials of others — you become apathetic, unmoved, stoic, and inactive. ...

Don't Ignore It: 5 Ways Christians and Churches Must Engage Michael Brown’s Death
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past 11 days in their respective churches – now and in the future. ...

At Church Rally, Community Pours Out Support for Michael Brown’s Family
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

husband and 13-year-old daughter. “I just want to be a part of making a difference,” Hodges said. Nothing ...

Dispatch From Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

We made it back safely to our vehicle and safely out of Ferguson. But democracy didn’t. She took a heavy beating last night. The question is will she recover? Editor's N ...

Eyewitness: 'The Police Force in Ferguson Is Lying, and I Am Bearing Witness' (PHOTOS)
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Violence, anger, and confusion continues in Ferguson, MO. Former Sojourners intern and current Digital and Creative Director for PICO Heather Wilson is reporting from the scene and shared h ...

Imagine it IS Your Family
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

Many of my African-American sisters and brothers are furious. Yet another child has been felled. The challenge is this — if a tree falls in the forest and white folks don’t hear it, does it make a noise? Many ...

ON Scripture: Preaching Reflections on Michael Brown and Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: In light of this week’s events in Ferguson, Missouri, several writers at ON Scripture took a few moments to reflect upon what they would/will be preaching on this Sunday. To continue the co ...

Civil Rights Groups to Feds: Purge Your Anti-Muslim Training Materials
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Civil rights and religious groups say efforts to rid federal agencies of anti-Muslim bias have faltered and prejudice against Muslims persists, particularly in the training of anti-terrorism officers. On Thur ...

After Ferguson Protests, Church Volunteers Pick Up the Pieces
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

On the fourth morning after Michael Brown’s death, residents from different parts of the region came together to pick up the pieces. Some were young, some old. The majority arrived as part of the faithful. Ot ...

Millennials and the Myth of a Post-Racial Generation
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

A study came out recently saying that millennials (a category that I apparently fit into) consider ourselves the “post-racial” generation. By and large, young adults think they are the ones who have moved past ...

When Terror Wears a Badge
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Over the past three weeks there have been four separate incidents that have led to the deaths of four unarmed black men at the hands of police. ... Each incident serves as a reminder that as a black man in Ame ...

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: A Public Reflection on the Power of a Picture
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

In response to the death of Michael Brown, many people are using the hastag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown on Twitter to consider the role that images used by the media have on the public's perception of vicitms. ...

Time to End 'Separate and Unequal' Schools
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Melissa Krull Where is the resolve among us to make lasting change for all children? SIXTY YEARS AGO, Brown v ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Evangelicals ought to learn from the current controversy surrounding 'The Mikado' in Seattle if they care about reconciliation within the church. In my pastoral counseli ...

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 ...

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 ...