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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 ...

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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