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Shooter at Sikh Temple Left Trail of Hate
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Few can know what goes through the twisted mind of a mass killer, but Wade Michael Page left behind plenty of signs that he was consumed by one thing: hate. OAK CREEK, Wis. — Few ...

Mourning With the Sikh Community
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

We mourn together across the lines that usually separate. We share one another’s grief, no matter how we define divinity. We look for ways to learn from the graciousness, courage, and equanimity of the Sikhs’ ...

Sikh Leader Responds to Wisconsin Shootings
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 8:50am | Type: Blog

Ralph Singh, director of publications and public relations for Gobind Sadan — "God's House Without Walls," a spiritual community rooted in the Sikh tradition with locations in India and the Unit ...

Joplin Mosque Destroyed in Blaze; Second Fire This Summer
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

A Joplin, Mo., mosque has again been the target of a "suspicious" fire, according to the Joplin Globe. The Islamic Society of Joplin reported on Monday the second fire this summer — this one engulfin ...

Muslim Women Olympians: 'This Is Legacy'
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 12:11am | Type: Blog

Dozens of Muslim women are competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London — several of them as the very first female athletes chosen (and allowed) to represent their countries in the Olympic games. These wome ...

Come Together and Listen
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Two Bulls The Lakota people of South Dakota are building bonds with the Taizé brothers from France. The result? Spirituality that ...

Women and the Olympic Gaze
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

hours of primetime footage while women received under 13 – most of that from figure skating. In the 2008 ... volleyball” – all sports in which women wear bathing suits (or the equivalent). Another 13 percent ...

Ramadan Karim: The Poor Will Be Fed
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

In the same way that I waited eagerly for the breaking of the Ramadan fast each night — counting it as something to celebrate — on the day Jesus comes again, we will celebrate. Th ...

Farewell Chick-fil-A
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Sure, I’ve known Chik-fil-A was a Christian-based organization with some values that leaned farther right than my own, but I respected their business model and ethic. Plus, I’m used to having fellow Christians ...

Ramadan Karim: Sojo Staffer Joins Imam for Islam's Monthlong Fast
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Ramadan's first day of fasting began today at dawn. This year, Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing, Lisa Sharon Harper, has chosen to keep the fast during the Muslim holy month alongside our friend, I ...

Muslims, Christians, and Hope for a Peaceful Future
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The world needs peace, and members of the two biggest world religions need to play a major role in defining the future of the world. If we promote war and strife in our lives and teaching, violence and bloodsh ...

Praying, Fasting and…Competing?
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The timing of this year’s Olympics — smack dab in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan and its sunrise-to-sunset fast — has put thousands of participating Muslim athletes in something of a quandary. ...

Leo and the Special Olympics
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

The motto of the Special Olympics is, "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Leo, his mom and his teachers are certainly brave in their attempts. ...

Social Location at the Goose
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

At Wild Goose, I was humbled to be among justice-seeking Christians seeking to follow in the footsteps of Jesus....It’s this voluntary reconsideration of wealth and rediscovery of our Christian justice traditi ...

Heat, Hope, & Hootenanny: The Holy Spirit Gets Cooking At Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

Without a doubt, the blossoming and beckoning of the Wild Goose movement in North America heralds a bright radical future for today’s Jesus followers bringing the kingdom come. On ...

Pool of American Imams Too Small to Meet Demand
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

American-born imams are nearly impossible to find. SHARON, Mass. — The Islamic Center of New England has always been led by imams born outside America. The two-campus mos ...

The REAL Women of Journalism and Writing: Pulitzer Prize Winners, 2011-2012
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

In the last two years, 17 women — journalists, photojournalists, novelists, poets and playwrights — were honored with a Pulitzer Prize for their work. We know from Sandi Villarreal's post, "10 Reason ...

N.C. Black Pastor Treads Carefully on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 7:37pm | Type: Blog

RALEIGH, N.C. -- With only a few days remaining before North Carolinians vote on a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, the Rev. Earl C. Johnson took five minutes on Sunday (April 30) to gi ...

Methodists Uphold Policy Calling Homosexuality 'Incompatible with Christian Teaching'
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 5:50pm | Type: Blog

Despite emotional protests and fierce lobbying from gay rights groups, United Methodists voted on Thursday to maintain their denomination's stance that homosexuals acts are "incompatible with Christi ...

Doing it the Hard Way
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley Gamaliel's Ana Garcia-Ashley is the first woman of color to lead a national community organizing network, faith-based ...

College Students Find Life 'Better Together'
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Gathering people from different faiths to serve others is one way of living out the command of Jesus to offer comfort to the a ...

10 reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained For Ministry
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Regardless where you sit, stand, or wrestle with the issue of women in church leadership, I thought this satirical list was worth sharing for both laughter and even reflection because that’s what good satire f ...

Pentagon Orders Review of Military Training on Islam
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

The Pentagon is investigating whether military officials ignored complaints from senior officers about a course that was found to have inflammatory and inaccurate content about Islam. ...

Anders Behring Breivik and Muslim-Christian Relations
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

When we look closely at our media in the west, at the social and political climate of our times, we have to acknowledge that we are actors in a society wrought with the same kind of fear and distrust for Musli ...

Richard Land Apologizes for Comments on Trayvon Martin Case
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 5:56pm | Type: Blog

Richard Land, who leads the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, wrote to SBC president Bryant Wright to express his “deep regret for any hurt or misunderstanding" his comments may have ca ...

Rachel is Weeping: Ending Racial Profiling in America
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

as the New Jersey Turnpike. The study found that blacks made up 13.5 percent of the Turnpike’s “population” ...

Fellowship with Black Suffering: We are Trayvon Martin
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

To become black goes beyond a checkbox in a census data column. To become black is to enter into the experience of black pain – to enter a social, historical, yet living experience of a people group who were u ...

In the Name of Love
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

This weeks marks the 44th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the continuing lack of criminal charges against the man who shot and killed Tra ...

Women Wear Hijabs in Support of Slain Iraqi Woman
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 8:49pm | Type: Blog

Non-Muslim women are posting photos of themselves wearing a headscarf on Facebook Page “One Million Hijabs for Shaima Alawadi,” in support of the slain mother of five. Jean Younis ...

After Trayvon Martin Case, Churches Say ‘Stereotypes Cost Lives’
Originally Posted: 03/30/2012 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

An umbrella group of Christian denominations committed to combating racism is urging churches to use the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin as a "teachable moment" to speak out against racial stere ...

Crossing the Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 03/29/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: SojoMail

March 29, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "We still give food to ...

Is Lamb to the Slaughter the Best We've Got?
Originally Posted: 03/29/2012 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

My greatest fear for my children is the cautious regret I see on the many faces that can’t help but leave open the possibility there may be some justification for the Trayvon Martin tragedy. ...

Muslims Call New Religious Freedom Appointee a ‘Puppet’ for Islam Foes
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 5:44pm | Type: Blog

One of two new members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has Muslim civil rights groups crying foul. WASHINGTON — One of two new members of the U.S. Commis ...

Hoodie Sunday, Trayvon Martin, and the Confessions of a Nation
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

“Forgive us," the unnamed gentleman pleaded. "George Zimmerman was Latino. The horrible atrocity that has rocked our nation was committed by a Latino man. I am Latino. I ask for your forgiveness on ...

Guns Don't Kill People. Hoodies Kill People.
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

If a white man wears a bow tie, he looks like a nerdy professor. If a black man wears the same tie, it’s assumed that he’s a member of the Nation of Islam. Does anyone honestly think that banning hoodies will ...

Pastors and Congregants Wear Hoodies to Church
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

Christians and other people of good faith nationwide stood in solidarity with Trayvon Martin this weekend by wearing hooded sweartshirts — aka "hoodies"— to church. Monday marks the one-month anni ...

Never Again: Shaima Alawadi and Islamophobia in America
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

On Saturday, doctors took Shaima Alawadi, 32, an Iraqi mother of five, off life support, three days after her 17-year-old daughter, Fatima Al Himidi, found her brutally beaten and unconscious in the dining roo ...

Hate Crimes Law Used to Prosecute Amish Beard Attacks
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

A pair of scissors transported across state lines has emerged as a controversial element in Ohio's first case under a landmark 2009 federal law that expanded government powers to prosecute hate crimes. ...

Lament for Trayvon Martin and Black Boys EVERYwhere
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

Trayvon Martin didn’t “belong” in the gated community where he was killed because he was black. He was BEING while black. That’s all. It’s about to rain. A rolling explosion of th ...

Is the Church Saving Souls but Losing Students?
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

A student can choose to walk down the aisle on Sunday morning, willing to give their life over to God and then Monday morning decide to walk out of schools because they have given up on their education. ...

Atheists’ Slavery Billboard Raises Tempers in Pennsylvania
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

A billboard erected in one of the city's most racially diverse neighborhoods featured an African slave with the biblical quote, "Slaves, obey your masters." It lasted less than a day before some ...

TED Talk for International Women's Day
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

As part of International Women’s Day , take a moment and watch author Sheryl WuDunn’s TED Talk: Our Century’s Greatest Injustice. Her best-selling book Half the Sky has touched and inspired millions across the globe, and here’s the 10 minu ...

FBI Says Muslims’ Trust is Broken by NYPD Spying
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

As friction over the New York Police Department's spying on New Jersey Muslims continues to grow, the state's top FBI officer said the uproar is damaging his agency's ability to gather important ...

Israeli Postmen Refuse to Deliver Hebrew-language Bibles
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 8:18pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Israeli postal workers outside Tel Aviv are refusing to deliver thousands of copies of the New Testament and other Hebrew-language Christian materials. JERUSALEM — Is ...

FIFA Agrees to Test Special Hijab for Female Soccer Players
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Muslim female soccer players are celebrating a decision by the International Football Association Board to allow them to test specially designed head coverings for four months. Mu ...

Muslims Launch Campaign to Explain Shariah
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Against a backdrop of heartland fears that U.S. Muslims seek to impose Islamic law on American courts, a leading Muslim group will launch a campaign Monday to dispel what it called misconceptions about Shariah ...

A Different Kind of Atheism
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Chris Stedman's "faitheism" doesn't hate God, it loves people. There is a mome ...

Verizon Dropping Muslim TV Network
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Verizon, the national cable television operator, has decided to drop Bridges TV, a pioneering television network that seeks to challenge stereotypes of Muslims and create understanding between Muslims and non- ...

Piper's Tweets About Gays: Dude, Where Is the Love?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you".” ... the difference is whether the act is done in accordance with the One New Commandment (John 13:34).  I don't ...

NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Extended Well Beyond New York
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

NEWARK, N.J. — The report was stamped top secret. Inside was a confidential dossier compiled by the New York Police Department documenting "locations of concern" in Newark -- the city's 44 mosqu ...