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The Religious Politics of Abortion Are More Nuanced Than We Think
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

Abortion politics are never very far beneath the surface in American life, but every year around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, handed down Jan. 22, 1973, they take cente ...

WATCH: Rev. William Barber II — Fusion Politics and the Future of Movements
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners’ senior director of mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper interviewed Rev. Dr. William Barber II about his new book, Forward Together, which chronicles the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina. ...

French Jews at a Crossroads: ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

More than 7,000 French Jews have moved to Israel in the last year, and there are clear signs others will follow. Let me tell you about a married couple. They have been together f ...

President Obama's 2015 the State of the Union Remarks
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

180,000 American troops served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, fewer than 15,000 remain. And we salute ... full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions ... warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does — 14 of the 15 warmest years ...

What I Learned from My Time in Solitary
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The cell I was held in is part of an effort by faith groups and other prison reform advocates in Wisconsin to push the state to cut way back on the use of solitary confinement, both in terms of why prisoners a ...

U.S. Churchgoers Still Sit in Segregated Pews, and Most Are OK with That
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

15), just as the civil rights drama “Selma” was nominated for best picture in the Oscar race, one fact ... birthday (Jan. 15), just as the civil rights drama Selma was nominated for best picture in the Oscar ... (Jan. 15), just as the civil rights drama “Selma” was nominated for best picture in the Oscar race, one ...

Pope Francis on Free Speech: ‘You Cannot Insult the Faith of Others’
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Jan. 15 condemned last week’s ... of expression. Pope Francis on Jan. 15 condemned last week’s terrorist attack ... Faith and Politics) Photo courtesy of Valentina Calà via Flickr / RNS Pope Francis on Jan. 15 ...

I Am an Activist Do-Gooder in Recovery
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

My fellow white folks, let’s be real with ourselves. We don’t need to think about race, ever. I went to college thinking political activism was sexy. Living in a large city gav ...

Black Churches Offer Scholarships to Students at Michael Brown’s Alma Mater
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

“This is a young people’s movement,” Bryant said. “We figured the best way to help support that was to educate them.” They filed into the gym Jan. 12 for an assembly about gradua ...

A Complicated World Intrudes Upon an Ideologically Driven Congress
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

The disconnect between what Congress wants to do and what the nation needs done is vast and bizarre. While a new Congress relentlessly pursued its ideological agenda to trim gove ...

Supreme Court Weighs a Church’s Right to Advertise Services
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

 covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion ...

VIDEO: Executive Action Explained
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Video on Obama's Executive Action. Before taking executive action in November, which would e ...

Nigerian Archbishop Calls for Unity Marches Following Boko Haram Massacres
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

based in Nairobi, Kenya. For more than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace ...

France Ponders Its Response to Shootings: Will Xenophobia or Multiculturalism Win?
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

As France emerges from its worst terrorist attack in decades, a biting novel that imagines the country governed by Islamic law is part of a swirling debate about its basic values. ...

Mario Cuomo’s Overlooked Contributions to Bioethics
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Cuomo will likely be remembered for many remarkable political achievements, but the enduring success of the task force he created 30 years ago still remains one of the crown jewels and the standard by which si ...

Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014. Will 2015 Be Worse?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era. From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, ...

Why Christians Should Support the 'Satanic' Statue in Oklahoma
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

It’s well and good to exercise the First Amendment to protect one’s free speech, but if we’re not willing to do the same for others – particularly those with views we don’t agree with – then we don’t really be ...

7 Ways Religious Affiliation Will (and Won’t) Change in the New Congress
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

Republicans will take full control of Capitol Hill when the 114th Congress is sworn in on Jan. 6, but even with a political shift, there will be little change in the overall religious makeup of Congress, accor ...

From the Archives: February 1989
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Pam Solo Common Security  [A] POPULAR consensus is forming around the fact that new world realities demand f ...

'We Were Strangers Once, Too'
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Congressional leaders on both sides must be convinced to put people above party.  IF YOU'VE b ...

10 Resolutions for 2015
Originally Posted: 12/31/2014 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

All three definitions of 'resolution' are wonderfully attractive to me — and timely for this brand new year. Some people don’t like the idea of New Year’s resolutions, ...

Australia’s #IllRideWithYou — An Advent Expression of Emmanuel
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

“If you don’t feel safe alone, I will ride with you.” “If you don’t feel safe alone, I will ride with you.” These words have so much depth.   When an armed man with unid ...

2014 in Review: An Unsettling Year, with Religion in a Starring Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Controversial megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll resigned from his church Oct. 15. Photo via Mars Hill Church / RNS ...

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Cuts Ties with Anti-Abortion Crusader Frank Pavone
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

intends to do now. In a statement emailed to Religion News Service on Dec. 15, the Staten Island-based Priests for Life rebuffed Dolan’s criticisms, contending that the group has had “clean” audits for 15 ...

Australians Suggest Celibacy Played a Role in Clergy Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

The Roman Catholic Church in Australia acknowledged that “obligatory celibacy” may have contributed to decades of clerical sexual abuse of children in what may be the first such admission by church officials a ...

Bright Morning Star A-Rising
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

ambiguously, “Let it be so now, for it is proper in this way to fulfill all righteousness” (Mathew 3:15). Luke ... news; Jesus announces the arrival of God’s reign on earth (Mark 1:15). But this also demands repentance ...

Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Our mission was, is, and always will be centered in Jesus Christ.  ORTHODOXY AND orthopraxy—strang ...

Public Schools Can Avoid the ‘War on Christmas’ Tussle
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

What we certainly do not need is a purity police criticizing efforts to respect and negotiate religious diversity in the public schools by fabricating baseless charges of a War on Christmas. ...

Elevating the Issues: Mass Incarceration
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 2:16pm | Type: Product

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Supreme Court Seems Increasingly Wary on Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Now, on top of drug protocols, developmental disabilities and attorneys’ mistakes, the court must decide in Panetti’s case whether mental illness should be another reason to keep prisoners alive. ...

Austrian Bill Would Ban Foreign Funding for Mosques
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Austria’s Muslim community is incensed over the government’s plans to amend the country’s century-old law on Islam. Austria’s Muslim community is incensed over the government’s p ...

Pope Francis Laments 'Market Priorities' in Struggle Against Hunger
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

“It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities,’” the pope said. Market speculation and pursuit of profits are hin ...

Brittany Maynard Advocates from the Grave
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

In the video, Maynard concludes: “If there’s one message to come away from everything that I’ve been through, it is no matter what life kind of presents you with, is never be afraid to use your own voice. And ...

Welton Gaddy Retires from Interfaith Alliance
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

“A lot of the people in Washington who talk about religion don’t understand religion; it’s more of a subject of theoretical discussion,” said Gaddy, 73, in an interview in his small office near Georgetown. “An ...

Justice … not ‘Just Us’
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

that if companies like Wal-Mart are forced to give employees a minimum wage of $15 an hour, it will force ...

Pope Francis to Build Showers for Homeless in St. Peter’s Square
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor — and upend the expectations of the papacy — Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. ...

Hashtag Activists Battle Online Anti-Muslim Speech, but #DoesItWork?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

“Not a lot of Americans know Muslims as friends and neighbors, so their understanding of Islam and Muslims is shaped by negative views. That gives a very distorted impression,” Perez said. “To help people have ...

Season of Disruption
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Preaching the Word

Psalms 126:5 Isaiah 40:1-11 Lamentations 1:17 Ro ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Preaching the Word

2013, the number of children in state care was 13,500. That number has since swelled to 15 ...

Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

“We are not guided by the latest headlines but by the human tragedies that we see every day in our parishes and programs, where families are torn apart by enforcement actions especially,” said Seattle Auxiliar ...

VIDEO: Not in Our Name
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video giving voice to the misunderstood in the Muslim community.  When facing a new threat, it ...

VIDEO: Requiem for Mike Brown
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video on the audience reaction of protestors at the St. Louis Symphony.  Rather than taking to ...

STORYMAP: 5 Game-Changing Aid Groups
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett A map depicting five quality aid groups nationally and abroad.  “We volunteer and donate our ti ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Press

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

December 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Product

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A Call to Transform Politics
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 1:57pm | Type: Press

November 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Gay Marriage Hits Major Bump in Federal Appeals Court
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation’s circuit courts that virtually guarantees re ...

Looking for God on Election Day
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes when I read the vitriol from either side, I find myself empathizing with the 78 percent of my age group who didn't bother to vote on Tuesday. I think many of us just end up feeling disgusted wit ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

The campaign wasn’t about the most important issues facing the country. Here’s what we should be talking about. In Tuesday’s elections, most voters didn’t see their candidates as ...

Conservative Christians Packed an Electoral Punch, but Can They Do It Again in 2016?
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

of millennials identify as white, evangelical Protestants, compared to 15 percent of those 30 to 49, and 23 ...