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Jim Wallis: Vote Out Poverty

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We’re in the homestretch for Pentecost 2007: Taking the Vision to the Streets. It promises to be an informative and inspiring event: a Sunday evening justice revival; a presidential candidates forum focusing on faith, values, and poverty; an organizing institute; […]

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Adam Taylor: Making Good on Our Promises to Africa

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On Wednesday President Bush made a second major speech on the crisis of HIV/AIDS announcing a major commitment to double U.S. funding for global prevention and treatment programs around the world to reach a level of $30 billion over another […]

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Jim Rice: Evangelicals and Creation Care

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David Gushee thinks he understands why some conservative evangelicals have opposed “creation care” (i.e., taking care of the environment). He writes: … it seems to me that those who resist creation care sometimes are motivated by a misreading of scripture. […]

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Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the justice department, Africa, presidential politics, AIDS, Iraq, Lebanon, World Bank, G-8, Russia, education, ape extinction threat, Malaysian Christian, Billy Graham Library, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » […]

Verse of the Day: Rest and Redistribution

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For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, so that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the wild […]

Voice of the Day: Norman Wirzba

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Christ is the true philosopher because he embodies in his ministry the welcoming and caring reception of others so that they might more fully be the beings they are meant to be. Indeed, in the Christlike effort to understand, serve, […]

Duane Shank: Your Comments on the Daily Digest

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Thanks to everyone who posted a comment about the Daily Digest. I’ve read them all. I’m pleased that so many of you find the compilation useful. And thanks also for the helpful suggestions. On the news sources I use. Several […]

Diana Butler Bass: A Post-Colonial Pageant

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I have a confession to make: I watched the Miss Universe pageant Monday night. I could make some lame excuse like “nothing else was on television.” But the truth of the matter is that when choosing between elevating my mind […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on AIDS, immigration, Iran, Iraq, pay discrimination, Sudan-Darfur, Mideast, World Bank, Russia, Poll- Bible is God’s Word, peace making, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Immigration. […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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Religious silence is silence that is undertaken as an act of worship. Whether I hear God or not makes no difference. – Thomas Mertonquoted in Alive Now! November/December 1990 + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via […]

Verse of the Day: Lies of False Prophets

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The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, say to it: You are a land that is not cleansed, not rained upon in the day of indignation. Its princes within it are like a roaring lion tearing the prey; […]

Brian McLaren: Fact and Friction

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I confess to being a fan of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. I also confess that when I’m watching “normal” news shows, especially “fair and balanced” cable news, I frequently experience moments of disorientation, during which I can’t tell if […]

Bob Francis: A Reluctant Patriot

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Memorial Day has always been one of the most important holidays for my family. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I am from what can safely be called a military family, with my father, one grandfather, and five […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Sudan-Darfur, Iran, G8-climate change, immigration, Iraq, Iran, nuclear power, Presidential politics, Cindy Sheehan, Billy Graham, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Immigration. Debate still surrounds […]

Voice of the Day: on True Compassion

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Honest, direct confrontation is a true expression of compassion…The illusion of power must be unmasked, idolatry must be undone, oppression and exploitation must be fought, and all who participate in these evils must be confronted. This is compassion. – Donald […]

Verse of the Day: Righteousness

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For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they […]

Duane Shank: Dissecting the Daily Digest

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After nine months, the Daily Digest is now being received by more than 20,000 people. So, I thought I’d solicit some reader opinion. First an explanation. I use the following U.S. newspapers that cover the spectrum: The New York Times, […]

Rose Marie Berger: James Loney’s Living Forgiveness

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“Norman, Harmeet and I have forgiven our captors,” says Jim Loney in yesterday’s op-ed to The Toronto Star. “Our reason is very simple. We’ve had enough with bombs and guns and gallows.” Sojourners and I spent many an anxious moment […]

Katie Van Loo: Food for Thought

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Around the lunch table the other day, a few coworkers and I discussed food, healthy eating, and body image (brought on by an amateur analysis of trans- and partially-hydrogenated fats and their banning in NYC). Yesterday while scanning my iGoogle […]

Gabriel Salguero: Where Do We Go From Here?

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As announced on CNN last week, we’re hosting a forum of the leading Democratic presidential candidates at our Pentecost 2007 event. We invited several of our bloggers to discuss their questions for the candidates, but we’ve also compiled the best […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on minimum wage, Iraq-Congress, immigration, Iraq-President Bush, North Korea, Iran, ethics and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Immigration. Senate Votes to Keep Plan to Make Immigrants […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

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Why do people think the spiritual life demands withdrawal drom the ordinary? Because they’ve been taught, at least by implication, that the physical is a block to the spiritual. When we assume that the spiritual, unlike the physical, is impervious […]

Verse of the Day: Fear the Lord

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You shall not defraud your neighbor; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a laborer until morning. You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall […]

Elizabeth Palmberg: There They Go Again (And Again…)

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Deputy National Security Advisor Elliot Abrams has allegedly “blessed” an undercover CIA attempt to destabilize the government of Iran. Abrams was, of course, involved in an earlier covert attempt to undermine a foreign government (of Nicaragua) which involved illegally selling […]

The Lord enters into judgment

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The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding […]

Jim Wallis: What’s Acceptable? What’s Possible?

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This column is adapted from a commencement address that Jim delivered at Georgetown University on Sunday, May 20. Each new generation has a chance to alter two very basic definitions of reality in our world – what is acceptable and […]

Mary Nelson: Questions from a Community Development Veteran

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As announced on CNN last week, we’re hosting a forum of the leading Democratic presidential candidates at our Pentecost 2007 event (Mary will also be speaking at the conference). We’ve invited several of our bloggers to discuss their questions for […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on immigration, the justice department, nuclear weapons-Iran, Iraq-Congress, Iraq-war, Iraq-terrorism, Nuclear weapons-U.S., nuclear weapons, Iran, Europe-missiles, Mideast, Darfur, Pope Benedict, and select editorials. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Aquinas

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God acts mercifully not by contradicting his justice but by doing what is over and above it …. Mercy does not displace justice; rather it is the fullness of justice. – Thomas Aquinas + Sign up to receive our quote […]

The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and …

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The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding […]

Verse of the Day: Judgement

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The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding […]

Diana Butler Bass: American Muslims and Religious Freedom

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Driving around yesterday afternoon, I was flipping between the news on two radio stations – a local talk station and BBC World Radio. During the same hour, both stations covered the same story about Islam: the findings of the first-ever […]

Rev. Derrick Harkins: Immigration and Family Values

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The immigration system in America is beyond broken; it is in crisis. Because it is not simply a crisis limited to issues of documentation and border enforcement, but rather one that is tearing at the very fabric of individuals, families, […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Conventional Wisdom Catches up with the Prophetic

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Katie Barge at Faith in Public Life has a great compilation of Falwell legacy coverage that demonstrates that the major media seems to be finally “getting it” that evangelicals really are far more diverse and broad in their political interests […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-Congress, immigration, U.S. Muslims, Iraq-war policy, Iran, immigration, Falwell’s funeral, the Anglican Church, Mideast, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Congress. Democrats capitulate on war […]

Voice of the Day: Naim Ateek

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To keep struggling against hate and to practice forgiveness need not mean abdicating one’s rights or renouncing justice. This should be emphasized over and over again. It is part of loving one’s enemy that Christians must remind the “enemy” of […]

Verse of the Day: Hypocrisy

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Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, “Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you […]

John Dear: The Narrow Path

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Years ago my friend Gerry Straub underwent a spectacular modern-day conversion, from successful Hollywood TV producer and practicing atheist to downwardly mobile disciple of Jesus, following his hero, St. Francis of Assisi. Soon, he founded a Franciscan-based non-profit, the San […]

William Cavanaugh: Moral Reasoning or Just Trust the President?

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History does not tend to be kind to Christian theologians who demand war. Peter Steinfels recently called attention to a contemporary history lesson drawn in an ongoing debate between Catholic neo-cons who have supported the Iraq war and the popes […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on climate change, Iran, Lebanon, immigration, Iraq, Richardson’s announcement, faith and politics, Darfur, Colombia, and select editorials. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Immigration. Strife over immigration bill as […]

Voice of the Day: Rabbi Jack Riemer on Prayer and Action

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We cannot merely pray to You, O God to end war:For we know You made the world in a wayThat we must find our own path of peaceWithin ourselves and with our neighbor. We cannot merely pray to You, O […]

Verse of the Day: Obeying the Lord

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Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I tell you? – Luke 6:46 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Audio: Shane Claiborne on NPR’s Speaking of Faith

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Here’s the summary that Speaking of Faith posted about Krista Tippett’s conversation with Red Letter Christian Shane Claiborne: Shane Claiborne is an original voice, a creative spirit, in a gathering movement of young people known as the “new monastics.” With […]

Sarah Osmer: Florida Farmworkers Make Peace with McDonald’s

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A glimmer of Isaiah’s vision of the peaceable kingdom (Isaiah 11:6-9) – a vision of peace, reconciliation, and justice – is realized in the partnership recently formed between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the McDonald’s corporation. The CIW, […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on faith and politics, Iraq-policy, immigration, Mideast, Iraq-war, Iraq-Carter v. Bush, Europe, wealth gap, political parties online, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Faith & politics. […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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I have the immense joy of being [human], a member of a race in which God became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if […]

Verse of the Day: “Go, Sell your Possessions”

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Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this word, he […]

Jim Rice: Bill Moyers Protests Loss of Independent Voices

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Publishing an independent niche magazine has always been a risky business. Many excellent-but-small periodicals in the faith and justice genre have fallen off the cliff of financial precariousness – Christianity & Crisis and The Other Side are two late-and-lamented notables […]

Video: Larry King, Jim Wallis, and Others on Faith in Politics

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We posted video of CNN’s announcement of our presidential forum at Pentecost 2007 from this show earlier this week, but now we thank our friends at Faith in Public Life for posting video of the entire show, which included Rev. […]

Jim Wallis: The Family Research Council vs. Lou Dobbs

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In the midst of my “conversation” with Lou Dobbs, an unlikely organization has spoken out on the behalf of myself and other religious leaders of the Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Give the Family Research Council credit for making a […]

Rose Marie Berger: The Tehran Two-Step

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While the Iranian government plays a complicated game of international roulette regarding its nuclear power and weapons capacity, its role in stabilizing (or de-stabilizing Iraq), and its work to stem the flow of drugs through the Middle East, one thing […]

Sue Badeau: A Mom’s Questions

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It’s the week after Mother’s Day, and after being feted with handmade cards, sticky kisses, and a delicious meal I did not have to cook (or clean up after) I am back at work – surrounded by evidence that neither […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on immigration, World Bank, Gordon Brown-PM, Bush and Blair, Iraq, Gaza, Colombia, promise keepers, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Immigration. Accord on Immigration Reached – […]

Verse of the Day: Facing Christ among the Least of These

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If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, or have eaten my morsel alone, and the orphan has not eaten from it … if I have seen anyone perish […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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I believe the basis for valid political action can only be the recognition that the true solution to our problems is not accessible to any one isolated party or nation but that all must arrive at it by working together. […]

Amy Ard: I’m Harboring an Undocumented Person

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It’ll feel good to get this off my chest: I’m harboring an undocumented person. Growing at the rate of half a pound each week, somewhere between my rib cage and my bladder, this interloper is preparing to make his/her grand […]

Jim Wallis: Falwell’s Legacy

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I watched much of the cable television coverage of Jerry Falwell’s death and legacy. And I did a lot of grimacing, in response to both the uncritical adulations of his allies (who just passed over the divisive character of much […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-Congress, Passing-Yolanda King, the budget, Iraq-military, Iran, the World Bank, immigration, U.S. minority populations, Palestine, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Congress. Symbolic Measure to […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

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We are not disembodied spirits. God apparently values the material enough to endow it with the spiritual. That’s what the Incarnation is all about. We’ve come at this whole notion of the exaltation of the spirit by losing respect for […]

Verse of the Day: “Rise up, O Lord!”

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For the needy shall not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor perish forever. Rise up, O Lord! Do not let mortals prevail; let the nations be judged before you. Put them in fear, O Lord; let the […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Falwell Commentary Round-Up

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Since Tuesday’s news of the sudden passing of Rev. Jerry Falwell, there has been no shortage of commentaries on his life and legacy. Here are a few examples from across the political spectrum that I’ve found interesting and helpful as […]

Virginia Lohmann Bauman: Women Standing To Save the World

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For many of us, Mother’s Day is now a check mark on the “to-do” list, an “x” on the calendar, a card tucked into a drawer or scrapbook. But before the flowers wilt, I wanted to share the power and […]

Shane Claiborne: Questions for an Empire’s Candidates

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As announced on CNN last night, we’re hosting a forum of the leading Democratic presidential candidates at our Pentecost 2007 event (Shane will also be speaking at the conference). We’ve invited several of our bloggers to discuss their questions for […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on immigration, the World Bank, Iraq, Jerry Falwell, Russia, Iran, Republican debate, Colombia, food stamps, Brazil, and select commentaries. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Jerry Falwell. Rev. Jerry […]

Voice of the Day: Richard Foster

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We fear so deeply what we think other people see in us, so we talk in order to straighten out their understanding. … One of the fruits of silence is the freedom to let our justification rest entirely with God. […]

Verse of the Day: Blessed are the Poor

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Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people […]

Jim Wallis: The Passing of Rev. Jerry Falwell

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I was saddened to learn that Rev. Jerry Falwell passed away this morning at age 73. Rev. Falwell and I met many times over the years, as the media often paired us as debate partners on issues of faith and […]

Elizabeth Palmberg: New Day or Bad Gamble?

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Why is it so ironic that, last Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that congressional leaders had reached a compromise with the Bush administration to make proposed trade agreements with Peru and Panama somewhat less terrible, and would now encourage […]

Video: Jim Wallis Announces Candidates Forum on Larry King

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Watch it: This forum will be taking place at our Pentecost 2007 conference – click here to register to be there. We’re also asking our readers to submit their questions for the candidates, and will let YOU vote on the […]

Chap Clark: Beyond Crafted Answers to Obvious Questions

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As Jim Wallis announced last week, we’re pleased to be hosting a forum of the leading Democratic presidential candidates at our Pentecost 2007 conference (and hoping to do a Republican candidates forum later this year). We’ve invited several of our […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iran, Colombia, the Justice Department, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, abortion, G-8, World Bank, Republican candidates, immigration, Colombia, and Brazil. BREAKING NEWS: Rev. Jerry Falwell has died at age 73. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via […]

Voice of the Day: Pat Peterson on Baptism

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I have glimpsed intimations of baptism being fulfilled in a multitude of unexpected reminders: laughing with the inner-city children I taught as we spashed in the gushing water of a fire hydrant on a sweltering afternoon. Washing dishes at the […]

Verse of the Day: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar

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While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the […]

Jim Wallis: The Ever-Widening Evangelical Agenda

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This article in Sunday’s LA Times caught my attention: Evangelical leader Rick Warren came to the heart of the religious right movement last week to criticize a narrow focus on abortion, homosexuality and pornography as un-Christian. Strikingly, top Christian conservatives […]

Brian McLaren: My Questions for the Democratic Candidates

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As Jim Wallis announced last week, we’re pleased to be hosting a forum of the leading Democratic presidential candidates at our Pentecost 2007 conference (and hoping to do a Republican candidates forum later this year). We’ve invited several of our […]

Nancy Chan: Exiled Evangelicals Return to Campus

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Nine months ago, shortly before the school year began, six evangelical Protestant groups were abruptly de-recognized by Georgetown University and were informed by the Office of Campus Ministry that they would “no longer be allowed to hold any activity or […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the religious right, youth voters, Benedict in Brazil, adoption, Afghanistan, Iraq, religious earmarks, Bush at St. Vincent, general speaks on Iraq, national guard, military recruiting, climate change, Republican presidential candidates, immigration, and select op-eds.Sign up to […]

Voice of the Day: Henri J.M. Nouwen

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In our chatty world, in which the word has lost its power to communicate, silence helps us to keep our mind and heart anchored in the future world and allows us to speak from there a creative and recreative word […]

Verse of the Day: Being ‘Lawful’

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One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: The Mother’s Day Manifesto

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As we have in various ways over the years, it is incumbent upon us here at Sojourners/Call to Renewal to remind our readers of the history behind the Mother’s Day holiday. For while honoring one’s mother is important – see […]

Chris LaTondresse: Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister

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The resignation of British Prime Minister Tony Blair comes as no real surprise for those watching the soap opera of British politics over the past two years. Most thought it would come much sooner. This occasion provides an opportunity to […]

Jim Wallis: Ask the Candidates

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In the 2004 presidential campaign, solutions to the persistent poverty in our country and around the world were almost never discussed. But this year, we have a chance to change that. On Monday, June 4, the leading Democratic presidential contenders […]

Voice of the Day: Jesus and Children

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Jesus chose to be around small children a number of times in his ministry, often over the objections of his disciples. Sometimes he seems to have done this in order to hold children up as examples of the childlike qualitites […]

Verse of the Day: One Thing Lacking

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A certain ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not commit […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on Iraq and Congress, Gordon Brown’s PM bid, Blair’s legacy, Iran, immigration, Darfur, Republican candidates, the World Bank, and select op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Congress. House […]

Jim Rice: Justice Delayed

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The New York Times reported today that an indictment was issued on Wednesday in a 40-year-old murder case that helped inspire the Selma-to-Montgomery march in 1965. Jimmy Lee Jackson was killed by Alabama state troopers, and retired trooper James Fowler […]

Jim Wallis: Jesus and Lou Dobbs, Round Two

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At our press conference on Monday announcing the formation of Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, I remarked, “If given the choice on this issue between Jesus and Lou Dobbs, I choose my lord and savior, Jesus Christ.” As you might […]

Hyepin Im: VA Tech and the Model Minority Myth

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Virginia Tech … although most of the nation has moved on to other headlines, Virginia Tech has not faded from my memory. As each day passes, I can’t help but feel the same mixed emotions I had during the 1992 […]

Wes Granberg-Michaelson: Four Lessons from Vietnam

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The showdown between Congress and the president this month around the funding for the Iraq war isn’t the first of its kind. We’ve been here before, and we need not walk blindly down rhetorical dead ends. In 1970, well into […]

Verse of the Day: Deliverance and Blessing

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When the ear heard, it commended me, and when the eye saw, it approved; because I delivered the poor who cried, and the orphan who had no helper. The blessing of the wretched came upon me, and I caused the […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Blair stepping down, Darfur, immigration, Iraq-Republicans warn Bush, Iraq-military, Afghan civilians, abortion-giuliani, abortion-Benedict XVI, education, Iran, G-8, internet and politics, and select commentaries. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news […]

Voice of the Day: Howard Thurman

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All travelers, somewhere along the way, find it necessary to check their course, to see how they are doing. We wait until we are sick, or shocked into stillness, before we do the commonplace thing of getting our bearings. And […]

Jim Wallis: Sam Brownback Says ‘The Poor Will Save Our Souls’

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Sen. Sam Brownback and I don’t see eye-to-eye on every issue or policy, but he’s been a faithful ally in our efforts to forge a grand alliance of conservatives and liberals to fight poverty – something he and I agree […]

Audio: Dolores Huerta on Justice for Immigrants

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At age 75, Dolores Huerta—the mother of the United Farm Workers movement—serves as president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which educates on public policy issues affecting immigrants, women, and youth. As an advocate for immigrant workers rights, Dolores has been […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-Congress, Pope in Brazil, New Sanctuary Movement, Iraq-Military, Iraq-Christians, national guard, terror plot, immigration legislation, Giuliani-abortion, fuel deficiency, Iran, AIDS drugs, Herod’s tomb, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail […]

Verse of the Day: Be Kind to the Poor

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Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full. – Proverbs 19:17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Voice of the Day: Morton T. Kelsey

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Silence, for many people, allows the soul to grow and develop in its spiritual dimension. In fact, the more one finds the reality of silence, the more significant it becomes. While this in itself is a danger, the same is […]

Video: Jim Wallis on Jesus and Lou Dobbs

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At a press conference announcing Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Jim talked about “welcoming the stranger” and “the least of these.” Watch it: See Jim and others respond to questions about the breadth of the campaign here. You can watch […]

Jess Hunter-Bowman: Colombia’s Martyrs

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Too often, those of us immersed in Colombia get lost in the sheer magnitude of the horrors of the five-decade-old armed conflict: over 31,000 civilians murdered in just the last 10 years; almost 3 million people driven out of their […]

Bruce Whitfield: Oppose All ‘War-Mongering’

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I have often felt that the U.S. has been duped into making Muslims the enemy du jour. It’s clear that the business with the Shah of Iran effected a major change in U.S.-Muslim relations. Before that they were our fierce […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on World Bank, Darfur, Turkey-Kurds, Immigration, Iraq-Congress, nuclear terrorism, civil rights, child mortality, and trade. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Immigration. New Coalition of Christians Seeks Changes at […]

Verse of the Day: Loving Your Neighbors

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When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were […]

Voice of the Day: Madeleine L’Engle

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If our usual response to an annoying situation is a curse, we’re likely to meet emergencies with a curse. In the little events of daily living we have the opportunity to condition our reflexes, which are built up out of […]

Becky Garrison: Christian vs. Atheist Celebrity Death Match

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On Saturday, May 5, I attended the taping for the first-ever Nightline Face Off. In this premiere episode, taped at Calvary Baptist Church in New York City, The Way of the Master co-hosts Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort debated the […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on France, Zimbabwe, Iraq, immigration, Israel, Virgina Tech shootings, Catholicism, poverty, faith and politics, and eco-chic Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq. Iraq War Strain Leads Troops to […]

Verse of the Day: A Righteous Man/Woman

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If a man is righteous and does what is lawful and right … does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, […]

Voice of the Day: Kenneth Gottman

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The rhythm of life for a kingdom dweller puts chronos in service of kairos, the cyclical in service of the directional, the calendar in service of the kingdom. … As we submit our anarchy to a rhythm, in a sort […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Mugabe Threatens Zimbabwe’s Bishops

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Covering the Daily Digest while Duane Shank is taking a much-deserved long weekend, I read this chilling report of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s threats against the Catholic bishops in his country: Once [the bishops] turn political, we regard them as […]

Jim Wallis: Two Pieces on Poverty

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There are two pieces on poverty from today’s Washington Post that are worth reading and discussing. The first is by one of my favorite columnists, E.J. Dionne Jr., If Democrats Want to Help the Poor. . . : Republicans once […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Daily News Digest

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the latest news and opinion on the Republican debate, Zimbabwe, global warming, Iran, Israel-Palestine, Darfur, civil rights, Northern Ireland, and poverty Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Republican debate. ’08 Republicans Differ […]

Julie Clendenin: Notes From a Minivan

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Sitting in the carpool line, I’m surrounded by a crowd of high-occupancy vehicles. Almost all of them are hued in the peaceful colors of a seascape – navy blue, metallic blue, blue-green, silver, and shimmering beige. There’s not a lot […]

Voice of the Day: Gordon Cosby

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Therefore, somehow, we have to learn to get our satisfaction and our joy in faithfulness and in our intimate relationship with Christ. Then the question of effectiveness and success, in the usual sense of those terms is not the issue. […]

Verse of the Day: One Body

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For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body- […]

Jim Rice: Cal Thomas on the ‘End of the Religious Right’

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Cal Thomas’ essay “The Beginning of the End of the Religious Right?” uses the occasion of the closing of one of the Coral Ridge Ministries of D. James Kennedy to argue that: Christians must first understand that the issues they […]

Sue Badeau: The Defeat of Victory

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In the cacophony of words and voices swirling around the president’s veto of the Iraq bill this week, two words stood out to me – “victory” and “defeat.” Opponents of the bill call it a timetable for defeat and urge […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the Iraq Summit, Head Start, Afghanistan, Iraq-Congress, immigration, Darfur, Iran, and Israel. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Iraq-Congress. Democrats Regroup After Veto, Seeking Unity on Iraq Plan […]

Voice of the Day: Brother Roger of Taize

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Living God, you want us to have hearts that are completely simple, to the point that the complicated things in life do not bring us to a halt. Through the Holy Spirit, the spirit of the Risen Christ, you come […]

Verse of the Day: “Having Nothing, and Yet Possessing Everything”

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We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as […]

Jim Wallis: Feeding the Wolves

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This past weekend, my wife Joy Carroll Wallis was the commencement speaker at Goshen College in Indiana. She began with a story: My hope today is to equip you with a warning and commission that might be helpful as you […]

Janna Hunter-Bowman: ‘None of Us Knows Enough to Be Cynical’

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How can U.S. policymakers and taxpayers know the truth if Colombia’s victims aren’t allowed to speak to them? Dany is a 28-year-old husband, father, and banana vendor from San Onofre, a poor, rural municipality along the Caribbean coast. In the […]

Colin Mathewson: Sojourners Magazine Accepts Top Honors

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Sojourners magazine was honored with 17 awards last week in Chicago at the annual convention of the Associated Church Press, North America’s oldest interdenominational religious press association. The “best of the Christian press” awards presented to Sojourners included Best in […]

Bob Francis: Second Commandment Republicans

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Time‘s Joe Klein makes some interesting observations about Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (“a political inconvenience, a destroyer of stereotypes”), asking whether or not “compassionate conservatism” is dead, and if poverty has a place on the Republican […]

Alexia Salvatierra: La Alabanza es Medicina para el Alma (Praise is Medicine for the Soul)

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When elements of the recent Pew study on Hispanic religiosity were first published last summer, a number of my colleagues in movements for social justice were surprised. Many were also worried. According to the study (conducted by the Pew Hispanic […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on the presidential veto, Darfur, religion, Iraq war, immigration rallies, Israeli PM, Venezuela, and select commentaries. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Full news summary: Presidential veto. Bush Keeps Vow to Veto […]

Voice of the Day: Robert Llewelyn

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True silence which is creative silence is the most demanding activity God asks of any of us. Here it is that heart and mind and will, memory, and imagination are gathered up and collected in God. – Robert Llewelynfrom Love […]

Verse of the Day: “Ministry to the Saints”

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At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem in a ministry to the saints; for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to share their resources with the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. They were pleased to do this, and […]

Linda Martindale: The Trouble with Quiet Diplomacy

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Having spent the first ten years of my life in Zimbabwe, and still feeling a somewhat deep sense of loyalty to the country of my birth, my ears prick up when the news turns to our troubled closest neighbor. Understanding […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Tell Us the Mission

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Four years after George W. Bush landed on an aircraft carrier and declared victory in Iraq in front of a banner that said, “Mission Accomplished,” spoken word artist Steven Connell asks what has and hasn’t been accomplished. Steven has teamed […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Israeli PM accused of war failure, Iraq-casualties, Immigration, Iraq-President V. Congress, US military and oil, missiles in Europe, Fred Thompson, administration investigation, Venezuela, and select commentaries. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

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If I cannot listen to all of life, then any part that I do hear will be only partial or distorted. If I am listening only in chapel, if I am listening only to my peers, if I am listening […]

Verse of the Day: Unjust Authorities

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Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be your spoil, and that you may make the […]

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Audio: Jim Wallis on "Value Voters" on The Tavis Smiley Show
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