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SOTU: Time for Common Ground for Common Good
Originally Posted: 02/12/2013 - 11:35pm | Type: Blog

There was truth tonight in the president’s State of the Union message. There was truth tonight in the president’s State of the Union message. There was truth that the rising c ...

Pope Benedict’s American Fan Club Full of Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Not all Catholics appreciated Pope Benedict XVI’s staunch defense of Christian orthodoxy, traditional marriage, and life from conception to natural death. But American evangelicals sure did. ...

An American Pope?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s extraordinary visibility and popularity are being cited as factors that could make him the first American with a realistic shot at being elected pope when the College of Cardinals gath ...

An Open Letter to the President: Avert Climate Catastrophe
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Circumstances have conspired to place you at the presidential helm during a moment of unprecedented global crisis. "Lincoln’s writings speak to me ... that though we may ha ...

Episcopal Bishop Schori Addresses Senate Committee on Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 02/12/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

Episcopal Bishop Schori on preventing gun violence Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, submitted written testimony today to the U.S. Senate ...

From the Archives: March-April 1999
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Jean Casolo 'If Not Us, Who?' IN A CROWDED auditorium [in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch] ...

Pope Benedict XVI Announces Resignation
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI announced today he will step down on Feb. 28, citing his advanced age. Pope Benedict XVI announced today he will step down on Feb. 28, citing his advanced age. T ...

A Grateful Farewell
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

The good news is that this is not a farewell to Joshua for us in the faith community. He will still be part of “us” and is beginning a new project designed to connect faith communities, government, businesses, ...

Catholic Bishops Reject New Contraception Proposals
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

The nation’s Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the Obama administration’s latest proposals to broaden accommodations for religious groups in regulations that require insurance companies or employers to pro ...

DuBois Leaving White House Faith-Based Post
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

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

Stand and Support the Violence Against Women Act
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

The Violence Against Women Act is up for a vote in the Senate next week, and Americans from every corner of the country are calling our policymakers to reauthorize this important legislation. ...

The Second Amendment Can't Heal Trauma
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

How did this gun-owner-since-he-was-eight find himself at a prayer vigil to end gun violence on the steps of the Michigan state capitol? How did this gun-owner-since-he-was-eig ...

President Obama's Faith on Display at National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

Invoking once again the spirits of Lincoln and Dr. King — and reemphasizing his own personal faith — President Barack Obama called for humility and a focus on common ground in his remarks at today’s National P ...

Angry Senators Afraid of Debate
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

It’s time to confirm Chuck Hagel. It’s time to have the debate. It was the biggest story inside the Beltway. Since last Thursday’s hearing, the whole Washington media machine has ...

January 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 4:54pm | Type: Product

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January 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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Chicago is Ground Zero in U.S. Muslim Renaissance
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

is absolutely new.” Chicago may be ground zero of this trend: The city’s 15-year-old IMAN is one of several ... 400,000 Muslims live here, and the 15 new mosques built in the last decade are just one indication ...

Children Conceived Through Rape Open New Front in Abortion Culture Wars
Originally Posted: 02/05/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Christian band , the 31-year-old shares his testimony of being born after his mother was raped at age 15 ... about 10,000 to 15,000 abortions occur annually among women whose pregnancies resulted from rape ...

White House Expands Religious Exemptions to Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 02/04/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration on Friday sought to placate religious groups by broadening religious exemptions and giving faith-based organizations more room to maneuver around its controversial contraception mandat ...

I Hate Loving Mark Driscoll
Originally Posted: 01/25/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

It’s not my job to discern the nature of Mark Driscoll’s character, though I do feel compelled to name destructive, mean-spirited behavior when I see it. But to attack him personally is to, as Paul decries, be ...

A Call for a New Social Covenant
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

We urgently need a new social covenant between citizens, businesses, and government. Contracts have been broken, but a covenant adds a moral dimension to the solution that is now essential. ...

How Abortion Became An Evangelical Issue
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Were America’s evangelical Christians always stalwartly pro-life and opposed to abortion? Sadly, we were not. Evangelicals haven't always been part of the pro-life coalition. ...

Maybe the Fighting is Almost Over
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Watching the prayers, the songs, the speeches, the crowd massed on the Washington Mall, I felt the faith. We don't have to hate each other. We can work together for a future that will be good for our coun ...

Courage for the Common Good: Obama's Second Term
Originally Posted: 01/21/2013 - 7:00pm | Type: Blog

President Obama seemed more confident about action than ever before, and perhaps this is indicative of what we can expect for his second term. We need courage now. I attended the ...

Obama Extols a Biblical Vision of Equality for All in Second Inaugural
Originally Posted: 01/21/2013 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

A presidential inauguration is by tradition the grandest ritual of America’s civil religion, but President Obama took the oath of office on Monday in a ceremony that was explicit in joining theology to the nat ...

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Inauguration Speech
Originally Posted: 01/21/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks following his swearing in during Monday's Inauguration ceremony. Editor's ...

King, Clowns, and the Third Way
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice," proclaimed the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It may bend towards justice, but it does not bend gently. ...

The NRA's Dangerous Theology
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

NRA's Wayne LaPierre's statement is at the heart of the problem of gun violence in America today — not just because it is factually flawed, which of course it is, but also because it is morally mista ...

Obama’s Use of Scripture Has Elements of Lincoln, King
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

President Obama will publicly take the oath of office on two Bibles once owned by his political heroes, Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. One Bible was well read, but cited cautiously, the ot ...

Obama, Biden Announce Gun Violence Reduction Plan
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

gun dealers to run background checks, and over the last 14 years that’s kept 1.5 million of the wrong ...

Something to Celebrate on Religious Freedom Day
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

Celebrate because our government does not use our tax dollars to propagate religion, something Jefferson found “sinful and tyrannical.” Today is Religious Freedom Day — a day t ...

Obama to Use Lincoln, King Bibles for Swearing-In
Originally Posted: 01/11/2013 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

President Obama will take the oath of office with two Bibles that once belonged to a pair of civil rights icons: Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. WASHINGTON — President ...

Pastor Pulls Out of Inauguration Over Anti-Gay Sermon
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will ...

On Scripture: Waiting on the Messiah and Presidential Expectations
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

reflects the event known as the baptism of Jesus as described in Luke 3:15-17 and 21-22 . Initially ... The unnamed “men” wonder in their hearts if “whether perhaps he was the Christ” (Luke 3:15 RSV). John, ...

Free MLK Graphic
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors "Justice too long delayed is justice denied." As our nation kicks off the new year by h ...

Conflict Resolution 101
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Conflict happens everywhere, from Congress to congregations, from boardrooms to bedrooms. The dysfunction of Congress is just a highly public instance of a typical conflict scenario. ...

Activists Mobilize Around White House’s Catholic ‘Hate Group’ Petition
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

Now there is a petition to designate the Roman Catholic Church as a hate group for its opposition to gay rights, and it may wind up generating almost as many press releases as signatures. ...

Storytelling and Social Change
Originally Posted: 01/25/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel The stories we tell today are simply the next chapter in an overarching narrative of hope, justice, and pluralism. ...

Love, Faith ... Action!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

It wasn’t until I started getting into politics that I really began examining just how strange some of the more vocal positions of the conservative right might look to a person who has never sat in a pew. ...

In 113th Congress: First Hindu, first Buddhist in Senate, and (maybe) first ‘none’
Originally Posted: 01/04/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

The 113th Congress is the most diverse in U.S. history. New members include the first Hindu, first Buddhist, and the first "none." The Washington Post reports: The new, 113th Congress includes the first Buddhist to serve in the Se ...

Faith Leaders Want Americans to Pray for Collegiality
Originally Posted: 01/04/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

their motives.” Lauren Markoe  covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 ...

A New Year
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Don’t forget the time you just had with your children and those family and friends you have spent these last days with. And let’s remember that these closest relationships are so very important. Let this be a ...

The Rise of a New Religious America
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

In November, Americans elected the first Hindu and Buddhist representatives to Congress. They represent a growing number of religious minorities who are becoming more and more visible. ...

Baby Boomer Nuns Help Revolutionize Health Care
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Since Vatican II American Nuns have worked to fill in the gaps of the American health care system. A new documentary chronicles how these nuns changed the Catholic Church's social justice movement. ...

Ten Defining Phrases of 2012
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 1:14am | Type: Blog

Here are my selections for the ten most defining phrases that will stay with us from the past year. Generally, we only know how history will be remembered once it is in the rearvi ...

Episcopal Bishop Jane Dixon Dies at 75
Originally Posted: 12/28/2012 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

Bishop Jane Dixon, 75, died in her sleep on Christmas Day, according to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Dixon was the second woman consecrated as bishop in the Episcopal Church and the thurd in Anglican C ...

Top 10 Stories of 2012
Originally Posted: 12/26/2012 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

From the nuns to the “nones,” religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in the presidential race, and moral and ethical questions surrounded budget debates, mass killings, ...

Seek the Peace of the City: If Not Now, When?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

With or without guns, violence can, does, and will occur. No one is disputing that. But if we can do something to stop the mass murder of children in elementary schools happening again, won’t we even try? ...

Fiscal Cliff: Time to Challenge the 'Mighty on Their Thrones'
Originally Posted: 12/21/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

push 1.5 million Americans — and 800,000 children — in working families into poverty. And, ...

Violence : It Isn't Just About the Guns
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

All week I have been amassing numbers and arranging them in rows and columns, trying to shed light on the question: Why are some nations violent while others are not? This is not ...