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The Uncommon Tour
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 7:00pm | Type: Campaign

Bring The Uncommon Tour To You! Testimonials Resources and Links ...

Mandatory Minimums: How Long Does it Take to Learn Your Lesson?
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

Enthusiasm for mandatory-minimum sentencing reform has several factors fueling it. Many faith communities express concern about the impact of excessive sentences on individuals and their families. ...

Moses Rising
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Most people consider the story of Moses a fable, myth, or maybe even ancient history — but not the kind of history capable of repeating itself. Except that it has been repeated. History is rampant with faith-f ...

Does Jesus Love African-American Males?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! I recently held a To ...

Survey: More Than One in Four Globally Infected with Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

nations, where 13 percent hold anti-Semitic attitudes, the survey found. The poll is 11 questions ...

What The NFL Doesn't Want You To Think About
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Coalition of United Methodists Won't Hold Event in Atlanta Due to 'Racially Offensive Practices' of the Atlanta Braves
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of United Methodists has decided not to host an event planned for the summer 2015 in Atlanta due to "racially offensive practices" of the Atlanta Braves. A g ...

Introducing 5 Small Loaves
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

This past decade of living on the Navajo reservation has taught us that our community, the church, our country, even the world is in critical need. But God had also been pounding into our heads, that we, peopl ...

What the NFL Doesn’t Want You to Think About
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

“Redskins.” The name of Washington, D.C.’s football team is a racial slur, a racist epithet. The U.S. trademark office agrees; so does the dictionary. “Redskins.” The name of Was ...

More U.S. Latinos Shift and Drift Outside the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

A new report on the “Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos” reads very much like a biography of Fernando Alcantar. A new report on the “Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos” re ...

Report: Internet Hate Speech Can Lead to Acts of Violence
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Anti-Muslim hate speech on the Internet is commonplace and can motivate some people to commit acts of violence against Muslims, according to a report released Tuesday by Muslim Advocates, a legal and advocacy ...

Open Letter to White People: Why I am Donald Sterling and So Are You
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

We need to take a long, painful look in the mirror. The image we see will make us uncomfortable, but, tragically, it is us. The image staring you back at you is the image of Donald Sterling. ...

Punishing Donald Sterling Is Good, But It Doesn’t Mean Racism Is Dead
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

The ugly racial statements of the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sparked a series of hopefully historic events over the last several days. The ugly racial statements o ...

Donald Sterling: Facade, Fiction, And Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Punishing Donald Sterling Is Good, But It Doesn't Mean Racism Is Dead
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Press

April 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why I Feel Sorry for Donald Sterling
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 7:51pm | Type: Blog

The Donald Sterling I see is a man who has tirelessly sought fulfillment in ways that have not yielded the return he desired. As such, he’s tried to backfill that emptiness by subsidizing his relationships wit ...

5 Reasons the 9/11 Museum Should Drop 'Islamist'
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

On May 21, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York is scheduled to release “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” a seven-minute film telling the story of the attacks. Full disclosure: I have not watched th ...

Donald Sterling: Façade, Fiction, and Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 6:48am | Type: Blog

Sterling does not “support them.” He pays them for work. He does not “give them food.” He gives them a wage for employment. He does not give his players “clothes, and cars, and houses.” The Clippers Corporatio ...

Turning Toward Pentecost: Remembering the Women
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

This Easter Sunday, we must remember the women. The women were there at the foot of Jesus’ cross. The women were there when they laid him in the tomb. The women walked throu ...

Getting Beyond Infighting to a Unified Church
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

The mission of God is reconciliation and the vocation of God’s people, the church. When we spend more time attacking each other rather than attacking the areas of brokenness in our world, we become a reflectio ...

Q&A: World Vision President Rich Stearns on Sponsors, Staff Lost Over Same-Sex Marriage Announcements
Originally Posted: 03/28/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

In an interview with RNS on Thursday, Stearns suggested that the number of sponsors lost was under but around 5,000. Those who sponsor a child pay $35 each month, so the loss could have tallied up to $2.1 mill ...

The Criminality Of Blackness
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Press

March 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Evangelical Giant Changes Policy On Same-Sex Employees, Exposes Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 1:34pm | Type: Press

March 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Elizabeth Drescher ...

World Vision and the State of American Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

In our waywardness, we are willing to withhold our money to make a political point. And we justify it by saying this is an issue of “the Gospel.” But in the words of Brian McLaren, “If the Gospel we preach is ...

7 Lessons About Peace From My Time in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

There is no place on earth that has exploited human story and experience for the sake of a tourist “experience” more than in the Holy Land. Having just gotten home from guiding an ...

VIDEO: "American Promise"
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors What does it take to educate and parent African-American children, all while maintaining family values? ...

A Lenten Commitment to Homeland Insecurity
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

While the need for protection from harm is both natural and commendable, we are forced to consider whether protection itself can eventually become harmful, unnatural, and even condemnable. ...

Time To Stop The Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers Of Color
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Press

March 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Time to Stop the Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers of Color
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

These children are our children. These men are our brothers. Are we our brothers’ keepers? As Christians, our answer must be yes. I have a vivid memory of my first visit to Sing S ...

Dillard Brings Brain Food To The Masses With Renowned HBCU Lecture Series
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Press

January 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Jarrett Carter ...

Enduring Family Values
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Counter to the stereotypes, a new study shows that African-American men are exceptional fathers. ...

A Faith, Broken: When Inclusion Evokes Christian Ire
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

For those of us who see the dissolution of imperialist Christianity as both a matter of justice and an opportunity for Christianity’s empire-shaking, subversive potential to be more fully realized, this is, in ...

Citizen Action Making a Vital Difference in South Africa
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Changes require a more broadly palliative and increasingly active new generation —inspired by a Mandela-type cultural magnanimity that loves justice and spurns vengeful spirits — to join with the emerging forc ...

To Young Christians Speaking Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination: Thank You
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 5:19pm | Type: Press

February 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Pastors, Christian Leaders Blast Michael Dunn Verdict And Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 1:27pm | Type: Press

February 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

Why Arizona’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Was Religious But Not Christian
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Christianity, and any religion that emphasizes the unity of humanity over our differences, is therefore not a religion like other religions. Christianity is therefore more radical than most of its adherents re ...

To Young Christians Speaking Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination: Thank You
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

“Never in my life has my very faith been called into question like this.” That’s what young evangelical writer Jonathan Merritt told me this week. His statement followed a media firestorm, ignited when both he ...

Just ‘Love the Sinner.’ Period.
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

I hate the phrase because I think it’s a totally screwed-up, backwards, un-Christlike, and unbiblical way to approach ministry and the world in general. I hate the phrase, “Love t ...

New Cardinals Look More Like Jesus, Less Like Rome
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

The life — and future — of the Catholic church is in the Global South. And where the church is thoroughly inculturated — such as the Asian Bishops Conference — it looks radically more like Jesus and markedly l ...

You Brought Me a Beer — and Took My Picture
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Is it any wonder why so many people throw up their hands and run away from what sometimes gets passed off as religion? Isn't it interesting that those who describe themselves as non-religious often grasp ...

The Michael Dunn Trial Verdict Sparks Renewed Debate Over Racial Injustice
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Scott Alessi ...

Transcript For Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons And Lucas Johnson On Deromanticizing The Civil Rights Movement And Rediscovering Its Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Krista Tippett ...

The Black Presence in the Bible: Uncovering the Hidden Ones
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The Bible is a multicultural book. This statement may sound controversial but archeology, history, and the text prove it to be true. “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia ...

'If I Were White, I'd Be Better Off'
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

When a 9-year-old boy can see the sad reality of white privilege and understand that the color of your skin is what defines you in our society, we have a serious problem. &quo ...

Stand Your Ground Has No Moral Ground
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

with Stand Your Ground laws. In Romans 13, the apostle Paul describes the role of government as a positive ...

Faithful Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

My life is not my own. I am the product of sacrifice. I am here because of those who saw beyond themselves and thought personal sacrifice was worth giving up to allow justice to take hold. I am here because Je ...

Dialogues with Harlem Heritage: A Church’s Prophetic Voice in the Context of Diversity
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

potlucks.” Pulpits across our country were faced with a similar dialogue on July 13 after the George ...

Marked with Ashes and Bearing the Cross
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 12:03am | Type: Blog

The Lenten mark of the cross, in tangible form, brings the church into solidarity with Jesus’ forty-day struggle in the wilderness — the place of desolation, the place of waiting and wandering, temptation, and ...

How a Gay Football Player Could Help Redeem the Church
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Michael Sam is the right person to be in the spotlight not just for promoting gay rights, but because, when it comes to a sense of identity, he is a good model for the church to follow. ...

VIDEO: Proud To Be
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Indigenous American leaders speak out against the Washington NFL team’s mascot. "Proud To Be ...