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Will We Listen to God's Call and Baltimore's Cry?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

We gaze at each other’s pain and lament, but we don’t really see in a way that will shift our vision, clarify our perspective. Here we are, again. The cycle of police violence ...

First Diplomat for LGBT Rights Speaks Out
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Randy Berry, 50, is the U.S. special envoy for the human rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people, the first such post ever created by a nation, according to the State Department. ...

LGBT Kenyans Gain the Right to Organize
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

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

Syrian Catholic Leader Pleads with U.S. Christians Not to Forget His Threatened Church
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart fears that the ensuing chaos — like that in Libya and Iraq — may sound the death knell for a Christian community that predates even the conversion of the Apostle Paul. ...

Grace in the Media
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 10:17am | Type: Press

April 28, 2015 Sojo in the News Martin Marty ...

On Justice, Reconciliation, Faith and Philanthropy: Rev. Wilson of Deaconess Foundation Talks about a Model for Addressing Racial Justice
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Press

April 28, 2015 Sojo in the News Rick Cohen ...

How Ferguson and Now Baltimore Are Altering Our Perception of Law Enforcement
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

Has this brutality been the dark side of police work all along? I enjoy cop shows on television. My favorite is Blue Bloods , following the “Reagan” family from terrorist th ...

Considering Nonviolence in Baltimore
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Recent protests in Baltimore are raising the question of (non)violence anew. Recent protests in Baltimore are raising the question of (non)violence anew. Should violent protester ...

WATCH: What You Didn't See — Clergy March in Baltimore
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

As thousands took to the streets in Baltimore on Monday night to protest the death of Freddie Gray, nearly 100 clergy joined the protesters. As thousands took to the streets in Ba ...

Genocides and Holocausts: Never Again
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

its Armenian citizens. Over the next several years, it is estimated that as many as 1.5 million ...

David Trobisch Lends Green Family’s Bible Museum a Scholarly Edge
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

In 2006, New Testament scholar David Trobisch abandoned such lofty outlets as Oxford Press and the Journal of Papyrology and Epigraphy for a more mainstream venue: Free Inquiry. In that feisty secular humanist journal, Trobisch identified the likely ...

Legislating Love in the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Isn’t it time we stop putting people into categories and denying their identity? One of the hot button topics in America today is same-sex marriage. This issue has been in the new ...

Weekly Wrap 4.24.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Loretta Lynch finally confirmed ... #InfertilityAwarenessWeek ... Ranking the World's Happiness ... Starbucks Sending Baristas to College ... and more, in the Weekly Wrap! ...

Faith Leaders Call for Religious Protections Ahead of Gay Marriage Hearing
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

Arguments over how or whether believers must accommodate gay people have become a flashpoint in the culture wars and a source of political and legislative debates. As the U.S. Sup ...

What the Polish President Could Have Said About His Country’s Holocaust Complicity
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

President Bronislaw Komorowski castigated Comey for his “ignorance, lack of historical knowledge, and possibly large personal aversion” toward Poles. The director of the FBI stepp ...

Activists Demand Obama Appoint Envoy for Persecuted Middle Eastern Christians
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national ...

Gay Marriage Fight Centers on What’s Best for the Kids
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

It is perhaps the most controversial component of the national debate over same-sex marriage: Who should raise children? It is perhaps the most controversial component of the nati ...

Who Are the Best Justice Leaders We Need to Know?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

We need to you to nominate the best leaders that no one has heard of to attend The Summit . Last summer, Sojourners hosted The Summit: World Change Through Faith & Justice ...

World Bank Launches Interfaith Push to Eliminate Extreme Poverty
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

leaders in a 15-year effort to end extreme poverty by 2030. The World Bank is teaming up with global religious leaders in a 15-year effort to end extreme poverty by 2030. About 35 ... that with enough support, that figure could be eliminated in another 15 years. But Kim said that in order ...

Pope Francis to Visit Cuba Before U.S. Trip
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in September, the Vatican said April 22. Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in Se ...

Crystal Cathedral Founder’s Memorial Covered by Crowdfunding Campaign
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

The GoFundMe appeal seeks $30,000 to establish a website, an archive of Robert Schuller’s work, and a broadcast of the funeral. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the “Hour of Power” re ...

Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question His Views on Gays
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

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

Poll: Americans Say There’s No Turning Back on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a landmark case on gay marriage, but most Americans already have made up their minds. The Supreme Court will hear arguments next ...

5 Lessons from the Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Until Finn, no American bishop had ever been forced from office (despite the terse Vatican announcement that he “resigned”) for covering up for a predator priest. When Pope Franci ...

Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn for Failing to Report Abuse
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an American bishop who was found guilty of failing to tell police about a suspected pedophile priest. Pope Francis has accepted the r ...

Al-Shabab Militants Create Chaos, Pain for Somalis
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Airlines, Ali Bashir sipped coffee and chewed khat, an African herb, as he recounted 15 years of anarchy ...

5 Arguments to Watch as the Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

State bans on same-sex marriage have been justified based on judicial precedent, states’ rights, regulating procreation, optimal child-rearing, and centuries-old tradition. State ...

Half of U.S. States Consider Right-To-Die Legislation
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

More than a dozen states, plus the District of Columbia, are considering controversial medically assisted death legislation this year. More than a dozen states, plus the District ...

Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Tale Provides Cover for U.S.-Led Wars in the Muslim World
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

So long as the Americans expand their detrimental call for war in Muslim nations, Hirsi Ali’s place as an “informed” voice on Islam is secure. Controversial American author Ayaan ...

Loretta Lynch Supporters Hold ‘Pray-In’ on Capitol Hill to Urge a Vote on Her Confirmation
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

and political leaders in a “pray-in” on April 15 to call on Republicans to quit delaying the confirmation ... joined other women and political leaders in a “pray-in” on April 15 to call on Republicans to quit ... African-American women of faith joined other women and political leaders in a “pray-in” on April 15 to call ...

Vatican Ends Controversial Investigation of U.S. Nuns with Olive Branch
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Both sides also reaffirmed a commitment to maintaining unity and keeping the faith and spiritual practices of the Catholic Church at the heart of their common mission. The Vatican ...

Canadian Supreme Court Rules Against Prayer at City Council Meetings
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

ruling April 15, Canada’s highest court ruled that the town of Saguenay can no longer publicly recite ...

Next Up at Liberty University: Jeb Bush
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

Jeb Bush will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University on May 9, becoming the second GOP presidential contender to speak at the Christian school this year. Jeb Bush ...

Panel Offers Pastors Advice on Becoming ‘Ministers of Reconciliation’ in African-American Communities
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:16pm | Type: Blog

Christian ministers should establish relationships with law enforcement, seek ways to become moral authorities in their communities, and listen. Christian ministers should establ ...

Report Counts Sharp Spike in Global Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:18pm | Type: Blog

15 by researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel. The report found there were 766 recorded ... of Israel commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, which began April 15 at sundown. The attacks were ...

Pope Francis Throws the Weight of His Office Behind Tackling Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ...

Oklahoma Satanist Church Wants Permission to Distribute Books in Elementary School
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Adam Daniels, the church’s leader, said he wanted to give students a copy of “Ahrimani Enlightenment,” a primer and workbook normally given to new members of the church. Less than ...

Coercion or Persuasion? On Religious Liberty and LGBT Rights
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

The present tension between religious liberty and LGBT rights is unsustainable, but it is not insurmountable. The limiting of religious freedom is a perpetually contested question ...

Children of Holocaust Survivors More Anxious About Iran Nuclear Threat
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Memorial Day on April 15, a study by researchers at Bar-Ilan University has found that the adult ...

Lonely Widower Takes Lead in Landmark Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Since the justices agreed in January to consider the case, his life has become a whirlwind of media interviews and speaking engagements. Jim Obergefell and John Arthur spent more ...

NJ Catholic School Teacher Reinstated After Anti-Gay Facebook Posts
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

Patricia Jannuzzi, the veteran Catholic high school teacher from New Jersey suspended for her anti-gay Facebook posts, will be reinstated immediately. Patricia Jannuzzi, the veter ...

5 Things to Watch as the 2016 Campaign Gets Underway
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

As presidential candidacies multiply and campaigning accelerates, we can expect much tawdriness to occur. These are difficult times in American democracy. Money will pour into negative campaigning and ideological posturing. Lies will become the norm. ...

U.S. Catholic Bishops Back Obama on Iran, Warn Congress Against Meddling
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Catholic bishops have welcomed the Obama administration’s tentative agreement aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The U.S. Catholic bishops have welcomed the Obam ...

Five Faith Facts About Marco Rubio: ‘Once a Catholic Always a Catholic’
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national ...

More Than the Eye Can See
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

What we see in life is more than what the eye beholds. A person or circumstances right in front of us can be merely the surface of someone or something more profound. "We do ...

5 Faith Facts about Hillary Clinton, Social Gospel Methodist to the Core
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

She was, is, and likely always will be a social-justice-focused Methodist. As she embarks Sunday on her 2016 presidential campaign, one facet of Hillary Clinton, 67, is unchanged ...

The Long History of Sexual Baiting in America’s Effort to Extend Civil Rights
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

We cannot understand the new religious freedom law in Indiana and others like it apart from the highly sexualized backlash against America’s first two Reconstructions. From Ava Du ...

Army Chaplains Need Training to Help Suicidal Soldiers
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Chaplains who are part of the Army’s first line of defense against suicide say they need more training in how to prevent soldiers from killing themselves. Chaplains who are part o ...

Obama Backs Efforts to End Ex-Gay Therapy for LGBT Teens
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

President Obama is lending support to efforts to end “conversion therapy” that seeks to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian, and transgender youth. President Obama is l ...

Update: Open Letter to Franklin Graham
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

One month later, the open letter’s original team of writers, along with the Sojourners community, has been deeply encouraged by the broad support the letter has garnered. Thousands of faith leaders across the ...