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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 ...

Race Wars and Mustard Seeds
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were cause for jubilee worship in black churches and among other ...

Racism in the Legal System: Beyond the Quick-Fix Approach
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

I believe evangelicals have the possibility of addressing racial injustice in a more creative way that could get more closely to the roots of the problem if we took the time to think creatively. ...

Is 'the Dream' Under Attack?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

The recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court to gut the enforcement section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the decision of the jury in the George Zimmerman trial have left me wondering about the dream, wo ...

What Imams Talk About During Eid
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

Eid, which follows the Muslim fast of Ramadan, is a time when Muslims are supposed to unite, forgive grievances, and contribute to charity. In a sign of their growing numbers, many congregations held two or th ...

Can a Hebrew Charter School Teach the Language but Not the Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

As a public school, Sela can’t ask students about their religion, but Lody estimates that only about 20 percent of the school’s 120 students will be Jewish, and more than half will be African-American. ...

Moving Backward on Racial Progress
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

disappeared. These dramas of adaptation on “the Domain,” as they call Sewanee’s 13,000 acres of mountaintop ...

Overcoming Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/06/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

It is easy to let your stereotypes fly free on Twitter, but it’s just as easy to let them fly around the bar or kitchen table. And it’s easy to let those stereotypes control your behavior. ...

On Scripture: The Social Shape of Divine Generosity
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

It all sounds so… demanding. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. “Be dressed for action." In Luke 9:57-62, Jesus encounters three would-be disciples. And each receives a warning that would vanquis ...

At the Door of the Church
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

This is a challenge to white and black people of faith. [This is adapted from an earlier version of the article "At the Door of the Church," which appeared in the Nove ...

There’s Something in the Air: Grace
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

Rather than a Third Great Awakening I believe we are standing in the threshold of a Great Grace Awakening. It’s a move of the Holy Spirit drawing people away from legalistic and fear-based beliefs to a place s ...

Sikhs Hopeful on Anniversary of Shooting
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

One year after a gunman opened fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., killing six worshippers, Sikhs say they are hopeful about the future and even more determined to be better understood. ...

Muslims Oppose Possible Raymond Kelly Bid for Homeland Security
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Muslim-American groups are mounting a growing campaign to quash the potential nomination of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. ...

By Accident of Birth
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Growing up white in Detroit [This is adapted from an earlier version of the article "By Accident of Birth," which appeared in the June-July 1983 issue of Sojourners ...

Do Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor: The Surfer Boy and the Receptionist
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

What’s sinful is comparing Christianity with other religions in a way that is dishonest, untrue, or misrepresents other religions or the followers of those other religions. In other words, it is a sin to bear ...

Camp Quest Provides Summer Fun for Atheist Kids
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Beneath the shade of a pavilion, a group of children discuss the difference between atheism and agnosticism. Beneath the shade of a pavilion, a group of children discuss the diffe ...

Sojo Stories: Marching Alongside a Civil Rights Hero
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

of outstretched hands. The book releases on Aug. 13, about two weeks before the  50 th  anniversary  of ...

Whose America is It?
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

WHO ARE WE? WHERE ARE WE GOING? And how are we going to get there? We can no longer answer these questions. Indeed, we have stopped asking them. But just as the future of blacks seemed to be in peril when inte ...

WATCH: Jim Wallis Talks Trayvon Martin, Race, and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis sat down after the George Zimmerman verdict earlier this month to give his thoughts on race, faith, and truth. Jim Wallis sat down after the George Zimmerman verdict ...

Racism: America's Original Sin
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

The Legacy of White Racism [This is adapted from an earlier version of the article "America's Original Sin," which appeared in the November 1987 issue of Sojour ...

A Great Story Changes Everyone: 'Fruitvale Station'
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

The only way our stories change is through experience, and since we can’t experience everything, we have to rely on other people to help us along. Telling a story, I remind my students, is a privilege, because ...

Ramadan, a Shared Table, and Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

As I often say, as followers of Jesus, we have no choice but to move toward relationships with those who are marginalized, dehumanized, and in need of love. We don’t compromise our faith by hanging out with pe ...

Ooh! Is That Racism on Your Shoe?
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A straight-shooting white friend once commented that whenever blacks and whites are together it's like there's a "big pile of poop in the middle of the room" that everybody sees and smells ...

Survey: UK Muslims Give More to Charity than Jews and Christians
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

When it comes to donating to charity, Britain’s small but fast-growing Muslim community comes out ahead of other religious groups, a recent survey shows. When it comes to donatin ...

Court: Law Designating ‘Israel’ as Birthplace Unconstitutional
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

birthplace as ‘Israel,’” he wrote. That would be in two years when the boy turns 13, according to Jewish ...

A Jew and a Mormon Find Common Ground Midair
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

I don’t know what John thought of me when he first saw me, after we spoke, or now, a few days later. But as we were exiting our aisle, John and I thanked each other for such civil and rich discourse. ...

Presbyterian Group Appoints First Openly Transgender Director of Mainline Protestant Organization
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

More Light Presbyterians, a network of congregations and individuals in the Presbyterian Church (USA) that advocates for LGBT inclusion, today announced Alex McNeill as their new executive director. McNeill is ...

Reflections on Race, Faith, and Gingrich
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

The current reality is that a large portion of the Body is hurting and there’s another substantial part of the Body that’s completely numb to our pain. In light of the Zi ...

The Color of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

America, we have a problem with race. And with guns. Oddly, I wasn't there the night George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. I wasn't in the jury box either. Some commenta ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting Gun Violence and Racism
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a pastor who is a foster mother to a four year-old African American boy, wrote this hymn after George Zimmerman was found not guilty for his shooting of Trayvon Martin. ...

A History of Discrimination Earns President Obama a Right to Speak
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

Many other American groups also have their prisms of understanding aligned in part by histories of discrimination, some more current than others. And outsiders can’t really know fully what they feel, either. ...

Memorial Events for Trayvon Martin, Sunday July 21
Originally Posted: 07/20/2013 - 9:00pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners and PICO are pleased to help highlight events in memory of Trayvon Martin around the country this Sunday, July 21. Sojourners and PICO are pleased to  help highlight ...

A Time to Mourn
Originally Posted: 07/21/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

A corporate injustice has occurred and the last thing we should do as people of privilege is to try to shut down the voices that have experienced genuine suffering and are speaking to the reality of an ongoing ...

President Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago’
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

President Obama addressed the nation today regarding the George Zimmerman trial, giving his thoughts on the nation's response to the verdict and the state of racism in our society. ...

The Neighborhood Watch: The Story of the Blind Samaritan
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

If Sanford, FL, wasn’t so nervous about the growing black population, which spurred the creation of their Watch program in 2011, maybe they’d see that all those black folk moving in were not invaders but neigh ...

Mandela, Martin, and Ubuntu
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

What better way to honor Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday today than to reflect on his concept of Ubuntu? Ubuntu, a word from the Bantu languages of southern Africa — roughly translated “I am because we are ...

The Zimmerman Verdict and the Resurrection of the Old Jim Crow
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

law says “Thou shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13), and Jesus says, “Whoever welcomes one such child ...

'Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)'
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

If the Church is going to survive we can no longer talk around the issue of racism. We can’t pray around it, and we can’t Holy Ghost dance around it. We truly have to deal with it. ...

Beautiful Brown Boy: A Poem
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

Aas God is my witness, sweet boy, you will never be forgotten   Beautiful brown boy On the ground Eyes open Not seeing the rain Pouring into them Jaw slack  ...

What One Businessman Learned About Success from Trappist Monks
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Driving through the Spanish moss-draped gates of the Mepkin Abbey Trappist monastery in Moncks Corner, S.C., businessman August Turak felt as if he had just lost a whole lot of weight. ...

Why Grieve for Trayvon?
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 6:32pm | Type: Blog

I began to think that tragedies like these cause us to slow down, and even come to a stop. They cause us to open our eyes for a moment and see that our actions have consequences. But on the other side of these ...

'Why Are White People So Mean?'
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

At last, she raises her voice and asks: “Why are white people so mean?” Boom! The electricity of America’s third rail crackles through the train. Faces fold in like origami or turn blank like a screensaver. ...

An American Story
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

The story of Trayvon Martin is a story that must be lamented if we are to write a story of justice in the weeks, months, and even years ahead. So my first response this week is lament and deep sadness. ...

Lament From a White Father
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Press

July 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Thousands of Athletes to Compete in “Jewish Olympics”
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

More than 1,100 American Jewish athletes will be competing in the Maccabiah Games, known as the “Jewish Olympics” and held in Israel once every four years. More than 1,100 America ...

Raising Black Boys in America: An Interview With Leroy Barber
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Hate is useless. Don’t let hate sink into your soul, because hate will destroy you. And respond with love even if it’s hard. I try to teach my boys that, and raise them that way. Editor’s Note: On Saturday, July 13 th , a jury ...

Christians in Sudan Face Increased Hostility
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Despite a promise by the Sudanese government to grant its minority Christian population religious freedom, church leaders there said they are beset by increased restrictions and hostility in the wake of the So ...

Progressive Faith Leader Jim Wallis Issues Harsh Rebuke of Zimmerman Acquittal: ‘Racial Profiling Is a Sin in the Eyes of God’
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Press

July 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

The Truth About Religious Freedom in the Military
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

Serving in the armed forces is one of the most honorable professions one can choose in our society. And putting one’s life on the line in defense of freedom is a sacrifice the rest of us can never repay. ...

Lament from a White Father
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

Racial profiling is a sin in the eyes of God. It should also be a crime in the eyes of our society, and the laws we enact to protect each other and our common good. It’s time fo ...