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Pope Francis: Christianity is Incompatible with Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

In his first official meeting with a Jewish delegation, Pope Francis on Monday reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s condemnation of anti-Semitism and vowed to further deepen Catholic-Jewish relations. ...

Watch the Vote: Supreme Court Effectively Kills Voting Rights Act
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 6:38am | Type: Blog

Blood had to flow from Edmund Pettus Bridge to prompt Congress to craft its original list, which was still largely viable. I fear blood may have to flow again before Congress and the will of the American publi ...

COMMENTARY: The Real Threat to Marriage
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

As I officiate at a family wedding in this charming coastal city, it seems to me the institution of marriage is alive and well — and in serious trouble. As I officiate at a family ...

Jesus and Affirmative Action
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

In a vote of 7-1 on Monday, the Supreme Court sent an affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas, back to the lower court for a re-hearing, while reaffirming the benefits of diversity in institutio ...

D.C. Imam Provides Counseling, Weddings, and Prayer Space for Gay Muslims
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

programs around the world. All the publicity has brought him more work. Over the past 13 years, he said, ...

Exodus International’s Alan Chambers: Bending History’s Arc
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

The arc of history is being shaped before us, and as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., foretold, it is bending toward justice. Not for some, but for all. Thank God. And thank you, Alan Chambers. ...

Britain’s Girl Guides Drop Oath to God
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

For more than 100 years, Britain’s Girl Guides took an oath to “love God and serve the King/Queen.” For more than 100 years, Britain’s Girl Guides took an oath to “love God and se ...

Mother Dolores Hart, from Kissing Elvis to Joining the Convent
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

The way fans reacted to Dolores Hart’s decision to become a cloistered nun, you might have thought the movie star had announced her intention to kill herself. The way fans reacted ...

Online Muslim Forums Foster Tolerance and Fuel Vitriol
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

Amid calls to get more Muslims using the Internet, experts who have studied Muslims online caution that the virtual Islamic community can be a “double-edged sword.” Amid calls to ...

35 Years Later, Some Black Mormons See Lingering Prejudice
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

June 8, 1978, was a sacred, momentous event — a revelation — that catapulted Mormonism into a new era of global growth. June 8, 1978, was a sacred, momentous event — a revelation ...

Lifetree Cafes Offer Space for Tough Topics
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

On a recent Monday evening, a room inside Christ Community Church was transformed into a coffeehouse with fresh-brewed coffee, plenty of popped kettle corn and the thorny subject of racism on the table. ...

Religious Leaders Welcome FBI Hate Crimes Reporting
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

For Raed Jarrar, the FBI’s decision Wednesday to begin tracking hate crimes against Arabs is a battle won in a larger war. For Raed Jarrar, the FBI’s decision Wednesday to begin t ...

Report Draws Attention to Hindu Hate Crimes
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

With the release of their ninth annual report, members of the Hindu American Foundation are pushing policymakers to take action against international human rights violations directed at Hindus. ...

Citing Risk to Adoptions, Missouri Gov. Vetoes Anti-Shariah Bill
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have made his state the seventh in the nation to prohibit judges from considering Shariah, or Islamic law, and other “foreign laws” in their decisions. ...

A Passing of the Baton
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper If Bernice King had been born on time, her daddy's letter might never have been written. ...

Recognizing 'Christian Privilege'
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rabbi Seth Goren How the dominance of Christianity affects interfaith relations. BECAUSE I'M A Jew in Be ...

One Scouts Ban Remains Intact: Atheists
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to accept openly gay Scouts has raised the question: Are atheists and other nonbelievers — the only remaining group BSA still bans — next? ...

Oklahoma Muslims Aid in Tornado Relief in Bid to Build Bridges
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

Oklahoma is probably one of the tougher places to be a Muslim in America, but Muslims have stepped in to help with the cleanup of a massive tornado that killed 24 people. Oklaho ...

Will There Be a ‘Mass Exodus’ of Religious Groups from the Scouts?
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

Now that Boy Scout delegates have taken their long-awaited vote and permitted openly gay Scouts, will there be a mass exodus by religious groups? Now that Boy Scout delegates ha ...

Pentecost and the Crucifixion of Privilege
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

While we continue to live in a society that unjustly rewards some at the expense of others, the Gospel exposes and crucifies such circumstances, and in doing so, we are set free from the lures of privilege and ...

June 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Product

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Pentecost and the Sin of Racism
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ (Acts 2.1-13, NRSV) Within ...

The Voices Project: Offering Perspective to Places of Power
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The Voices Project has become a natural expression of black leaders who often live and work cross culturally. We are not angry; we are not looking for a fight. We are speaking to each other, supporting our dyn ...

Anti-Shariah Movement Changes Tactics, Gains Success
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

The new bills are more vague and mention only foreign laws, with no references to Shariah or Islam. They also make specific exceptions for international trade. All of that makes them harder to challenge as a v ...

From Diversity to Pluralism
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Bridges don't fall from the sky; people build them. THE TERM “DIVERSITY” in professional and ...

Julian 'J-Kwest' DeShazier on Rhymes & Reasons: The Stories of Hip-Hop
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

For nearly a decade, the ministry of Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier has been an exploration in the relationship between music and faith. As artist, this Chicago native has used his unique rhythm to tell stories of ...

50 Years Later, Recalling the Young ‘Foot Soldiers’ of the Civil Rights Struggle
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

In May 1963, thousands of Birmingham school children faced police dogs, fire hoses, and possible arrest to demonstrate against segregation. Now, 50 years later, those who were part of what became known as the ...

Poll: U.S. Muslims More Moderate Than Muslims Worldwide
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Muslims in America are much less inclined to support suicide bombing than other Muslims abroad, and are more likely to believe that people of other faiths can attain eternal life in heaven, according to a new ...

As Holocaust Museum Turns 20, Ranks of Survivors Dwindle
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum marks its 20th anniversary today (April 29) with more than 750 survivors, museum officials are calling it one the last large gatherings of those who managed to escape Hitl ...

Radical Theology: The New 'White' Religion?
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

While we’re busy navel-gazing and discussing the meaning of Nietzsche’s “death of God,” non-Anglo religious leaders were busy dealing with real-world problems right in front of them. ...

Our Most Segregated Hour: Church, Black Theology & René Girard
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

The Theology and Peace Conference this year offers not just the space for such a dialogue … framed through the extraordinary arguments of René Girard, scholars, theologians, ministers, and laypeople from aroun ...

Muslim Leaders: We Stand Against Terrorism
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

As the manhunt intensified in and around Boston, Muslim leaders convened a press conference Friday to denounce the attacks and to urge the media not to link their faith with violent extremism. ...

An Incarceration of Silence
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

One out of three African-American men will serve some sort of time under present law enforcement practices and the current criminal justice system. In Washington, D.C., that number jumps to an estimated three ...

U.S. Muslims Mobilize to Prevent Boston Backlash
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

It’s a familiar race against time for Muslim groups. Almost as soon as the smoke cleared around Copley Square, they knew from long experience that some would immediately point the finger of blame in their dire ...

Fifty Years Later, Church Leaders Respond to King’s 'Birmingham Jail' Letter
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged white church leaders to confront racism, an ecumenical network has responded to his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” F ...

Cohabitation Before Marriage Becoming Ubiquitous
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

percent. 22 months is the median duration of first cohabitation, up from 20 months in 2002 and 13 months ...

Jimmy Carter vs. the Southern Baptist Convention: A Sea Change?
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Press

April 5, 2013 The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com ...

A Caution in Pursuing the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

As an African-American woman I enter the Common Good conversation cautiously because I know that in our society we have a habit of taking what is good for Western hegemony and making it the standard for everyo ...

Lego Says Its Jabba the Hutt Set Isn’t Anti-Muslim
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Lego is defending its “Star Wars”-based Jabba the Hutt toy set after a Turkish cultural group said it promulgates negative stereotypes of Muslims. Lego is defending its “Star Wa ...

Richard Twiss, Speaking Plain Truth, and Promoting Diversity at Christian Conferences
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

If I was able to ask Richard today how best to honor him, I know that — after talking about his concern for his wife, kids, and grandkids — he would expect me to use my voice to speak truth. ...

Christians, Muslims, and the Common Good: Loving Your Neighbor in the 21st Century (PDF)
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February 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 4:54pm | Type: Product

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Reading the Bible as a Trickster, Feminist, Patriarchal Dad
Originally Posted: 02/04/2013 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

What if I read Scripture looking for “salvation, freedom, and liberation” for my two daughters? To know that God created them in God’s own image. That they, like each one of us, will strive to construct meanin ...

An Alternative to American Apartheid
Originally Posted: 02/01/2013 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

In remembrance of Douglas’ critique surrounding his 19th century “white countrymen,” and in recognition of our annual celebration of Black History Month, we in the U.S. continue to mourn the deep divisions tha ...

Chapel Service
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Event

Lisa Sharon Harper January 21, 2013 - 9:30am - 10:30am ...

Chapel Service
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Event

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An Inconvenient Truth: I Am Black
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

I am much more likely to live in an impoverished neighborhood, receive an inferior education in a neighborhood school, and not graduate from high school than white students my age. Those are inconvenient truth ...

A Convenient Truth: I Am White
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

There are countless factors one could cite for the current levels of race-based inequality in the U.S., and many opinions exist surrounding potential solutions, yet there are three points of emphasis that need ...