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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 ...

Contraception Opponents Hail D.C. Court Ruling
Originally Posted: 12/20/2012 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

Foes of the federal contraception mandate are cheering a Tuesday appeals court decision requiring the Obama administration to devise exemptions to the new rule for two Christian colleges. ...

VIDEO: Pray for A Budget Deal That Lifts Up the Poor
Originally Posted: 12/18/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners is calling on Congress and Speaker Boehner to consider the repercussions of their actions. Pray with us as we await this important budget deal. In three weeks, automat ...

What We Parents Must Do
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Our deepest question now is whether what happed on Friday — and what has focused the attention of the entire nation — will touch the nation’s soul or just make headlines for a few days. ...

'God Has Called Them All Home:' President's Remarks at Sandy Hook Interfaith Vigil
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Full transcript and video of the President's remarks at Newtown, Conn., prayer vigil. THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Governor.  To all the families, firs ...

McCaskill: House 'Should Be Ashamed' on Violence Against Women Act
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 7:30pm | Type: Blog

The Violence Against Women Act — which usually is reauthorized without question whenever it comes up — is in danger of expiring if the House doesn’t act before the end of session. ...

Dear Christians: Relax. There’s No War on Our Faith
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

We Christians have a long and storied history of playing the martyr, whether there’s actually anyone persecuting us or not. I sat behind a couple of folks on a plane to Seattle th ...

The Missing Figurine in Your Nativity Scene
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

It took me years to realize that there was a character missing from my congregation’s telling of the story. In the church where I grew up, the first Sunday in Advent was dubbed t ...

Both Sides Brace for Supreme Court Battle on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 7:50pm | Type: Blog

and straight couples: procreation. A coalition of 15 states filed a brief in one of the DOMA cases asserting ...

Supreme Court Takes Up Landmark Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

From TPM: The Supreme Court declared Friday that it will take up same sex marriage next year in what’s sure to be a blockbuster case with sweeping implications. Talking Points ...

God and Science
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

Lately, Bill has been in the news cycle because of a video he made about creationism. In this video, Bill argues that the religions that teach stories of creation that oppose a contemporary scientific understa ...

Sharing the Crayons
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

All that we have is given to us — life, love, compassion, our very existence. None of it is earned. Each breath is a freely given gift, each heartbeat a moment of divine grace, each day another opportunity tha ...

Lincoln, Christ, and America's State of Exception
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

Lincoln’s many triumphs as an Oscar-season contender, its lasting effect is its surprisingly mature meditation on wisdom, freedom, and the necessity of employing the former when granted the latter. ...

Court Upholds Indiana’s Ban on Secular Wedding Officiants
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 8:25am | Type: Blog

A federal court in Indiana has rejected atheists' requests to preside at wedding ceremonies, saying only clergy or public officials are licensed to solemnize marriages. A fe ...

Conservatives, Progressives Call for Action on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Today, both progressive and conservative leaders from the business, law enforcement, and faith communities came together in Washington, D.C., during the two-day National Strategy Session to launch a new consen ...

The REAL War on Christmas: Congress’ Budget Negotiations

Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As political leaders engage in negotiations to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” we need them to preserve programs that reduce poverty and keep our families healthy. Unfortunately, House Speaker John Boehner ...

Bibles, Badges, and Business: Forging Consensus on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

It’s quite an accomplishment to get Bibles, Badges and Business together all in one room and agreeing on something this big. This reminds us all that Christmas and the holiday season really is a time for mirac ...

Poll: Most Americans Say Employers Should Cover Contraception
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

A new poll shows that almost two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) believe businesses should be required to provide contraception coverage for free, even if it conflicts with the owner’s religious ethics. ...

Water as a Women’s Issue
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

of death of women of reproductive age (15-44 years old) globally.  “HIV,” Ambassador Verveer said, “has ...

Do Young Voters Need a Business Education, or Are We On the Right Track?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

A number of polls suggest the economy is actually a top priority for most young voters. As it happens, though, young people seem to have very different ideas on how best to handle economic instability than the ...

December 2012 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Product

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Court Says Catholic Businessman Can Fight Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

A federal appeals court on Wednesday temporarily blocked the enforcement of the Obama administration's contraception mandate while a Catholic business owner appeals a lower court's ruling that tossed ...

Grover’s Gofers: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

compromised. Last year they cut $1.5 trillion in discretionary funding, including international programs ...

Jewish and Christian Leaders Try to Revive At-Risk Interfaith Group
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 6:18pm | Type: Blog

As a coalition of mostly Christian groups gathered here Thursday to support church leaders who have publicly questioned U.S. aid to Israel, those same church leaders signaled that they want to reconcile with t ...

Catholic Intensity Fades as Evangelical Devotion Surges
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

After November’s presidential vote, Catholics could cite ample evidence for their renewed political relevance while dispirited evangelicals were left wondering if they are destined to be yesterday’s election n ...

Secession Theology Runs Deep in American Religious, Political History
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

and running with it. Radio host Alex Jones , whose show airs in 60 markets, alleged on Nov. 15 ... dissolved into 15 separate states two decades ago. In his view, petitioning the federal government ...

Falling off the Fiscal Cliff: 5 Things You Need to Know
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

As the country braces for another fiscal showdown in the nation’s capitol, here’s five things you need to know on the issue likely to dominate the news over the next several months. ...

Starting the 'Christmas Tithe'
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Let’s start “A Christmas Tithe.” Let’s spread the idea to our kids, our families, our friends and neighbors, and to the members of our congregations. Religion is far too judgmenta ...

On Scripture: After the Chaos Ends
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

No politician wants to look weak – even before a god. According to Jeremiah, the leaders of Judah have prioritized – not the building of an ethical community – but their own comfort and position. ...

Church of England Faces Backlash Over Rejecting Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

When the Church of England scuttled plans to allow women bishops on Nov. 20, incoming Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called it “a very grim day for women and their supporters.” ...

Church Power!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kendall Clark Baker Building community and clout through congregation-based organizing. In any genuine comm ...

Who Speaks for Catholics?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Before the election, several bishops went so far as to threaten their parishioners with eternal damnation if they voted for Obam ...

The Seeds of Epiphany
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper May God cause us to cry out to those mountains of injustice, "Oh freedom!" In th ...

PACs Gone Wild
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman Big Money's corrupting influence on the elections is way out of hand. Here's how to fix it. ...

Dear Congress, This Holiday Season, Don’t Make the Poor Poorer
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

This week, the Circle of Protection, released an open letter to the president and Congress with a simple message: during the holidays, please “advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them p ...

I Have Seen the Problem, And It Is Us
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

When the storms of life hit, some call themselves “makers” and dismiss the “takers” as lazy. NEW YORK — It's a short walk from Ground Zero to the Staten Island Ferry terminal ...

George Harrison: From 'Taxman' to 'I Me Mine'
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

In the mid-60s, songs like “Taxman” and “Think for Yourself” show Harrison as a fierce individualist. But by the end of the Beatles in 1969 George had undergone a spiritual transformation that made him perhaps ...

New Congress More Religiously Diverse, Less Protestant
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

in Congress remains the same, at about 3 percent, or 15 seats overall. Roman Catholics appear to be the big ...

Progressive Christians Enter the Age of Relevancy
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

The Huffington Post reports: It's been a sobering few decades for Christians who work alongside the poor, claim their feminism, respect scientific discovery, care for the earth, and yearn for marriage equality. We felt like the voice ...

White Christian Voters No Longer Hold Keys to the White House
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

President Obama won last week with a voter coalition that was far more racially and religiously diverse than Mitt Romney’s – a phenomenon both predicted in the days before the election and confirmed in the day ...

Atheists Sue IRS for Failure to Monitor Church Politicking
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

A First Amendment watchdog group is suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to challenge the tax-exempt status of churches whose pastors engage in partisan politicking from the pulpit. ...

The New Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Evangelical can no longer be accurately used to mean “white evangelical.” The day after the election, Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler said , “I think thi ...