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Elizabeth Palmberg: Free Market Champion’s Worst Enemy: Free Market

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In the wake of today’s news that Rupert Murdoch appears to have won his battle to buy The Wall Street Journal, a former Journal columnist expresses his concern that the paper will lose journalistic integrity: Standards are the lifeblood of […]

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Bob Francis: Bring ‘Em On

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Earlier this month marked four years since President Bush issued the following brazen pronouncement about our presence in Iraq: “There are some who feel like that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring […]

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Jim Wallis: Deep in the Heart of Texas

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A Baptist church rooted deep in the heart of Red-State, Bible-Belt America might not be the place you’d expect to see people of faith rallying behind a Christian social justice agenda. Last week I spoke at Wilshire Baptist Church in […]

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Voice of the Day: Elvia Alvarado

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So you Americans who really want to help the poor have to change your own government first. You Americans who want to see an end to hunger and poverty have to take a stand. You have to fight just like […]

Verse of the Day: Serving the Least Among Us

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I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. – Matthew 25:36 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day […]

Julie Clawson: My Search for the Justice Bra, Part 2

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(Click here to read the first part of this series.) In my search for an ethically made bra, I came face to face with the two distinct worlds of justice issues. There are those who are passionate about caring for […]

Voice of the Day: Frederick Buechner

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When Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, it was not just for our neighbors’ sakes that he commanded it, but for our own sakes as well. Not to help find some way to feed the children who […]

Verse of the Day: Pursue Peace

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Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. – Hebrews 12:14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Gareth Higgins: Ray LaMontagne, Irish Car Bombs, and Business Travelers

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Ray LaMontagne’s recent album “Till the Sun Turns Black” ends with one of the most beautiful songs about peacemaking I’ve ever heard—in which he simply repeats the refrain “War is not the answer, the answer is within you” over the […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Kids Count, Iraq, Faith & Politics, Farm bill, Childrens health insurance, investigations of Congress, AG Gonzales, Afghanistan, US-India nuclear deal, Darfur, Faithworks-UK, and select commentaries. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail […]

Jim Wallis: The Right Thing to Do

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Imagine a popular program that has existed for 10 years with bipartisan support, providing health insurance to about 6 million low-income children. The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is up for reauthorization this year and Congress is debating how […]

Julie Clawson: My Search for the Justice Bra, Part 1

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I realized the other day that I needed a new bra. Usually I would hop in the car, drive to the nearest Victoria’s Secret, and buy some mass-produced, synthetic hot pink thing that claimed to make me sexy. Easy enough. […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on veterans healthcare, Iraq-refugees, abortion, Farm Bill, Iraq-military bases, immigration, nuclear fuel, nuclear weapons, Al Qaeda, PM Brown terror reforms, Israel-Palestine, contempt of Congress, children’s health insurance, adoption and Darfur. + Sign up to receive our daily […]

Verse of the Day: Justice and Christ

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I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing. – Galatians 2:21 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Voice of the Day: Elvia Alvarado

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In a democracy we’re all supposed to be equal before the law, but in Honduras the rich are more equal than the poor. In a democracy if you break the law you’re supposed to get punished, right? But here in […]

Diana Butler Bass: Michael Vick Versus Gregory of Nyssa

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While the rest of the world buried its collective nose in Harry Potter last weekend, I spent my time reading early Christianity. It proved a tough call: The fate of Hogwarts or the Roman Empire? I chose Constantine over Voldemort. […]

Jim Wallis: Benedict on War

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While Pope Benedict XVI has been criticized for some of his recent statements, here’s a short speech he delivered on Sunday before the midday Angelus that is well worth reading. Noting that he is on vacation, he said, “I feel […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the Farm Bill, children’s health insurance, falling wages, immigration, Iran, Iraq and al Qaeda, Pakistan, the Mideast, Africa poll, Darfur, faith and politics, D.C. vote, foreign policy, “theology on tap”, Evangelicals Against Torture, and select commentaries

Verse of the Day: “Put Away Violence”

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Thus says the Lord God: Enough, O princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression, and do what is just and right. Cease your evictions of my people, says the Lord God. – Ezekiel 45:9 + Sign up to receive […]

Voice of the Day: Rigoberta Menchu

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My mother used to say that through her life, through her living testimony, she tried to tell women that they too had to participate, so that when the repression comes and with it a lot of suffering, it’s not only […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: CT on ‘Bush’s Heresy’

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For those who’ll accuse me of Bush-bashing, the headline was Christianity Today‘s. Ted Olsen has an interesting round-up of conservative bloggers, mostly criticizing recent statements by Bush about his theology of foreign policy: And people have said, you know, this […]

Jim Wallis: The Catholic Bishops Respond on Iraq

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A few weeks ago, I wrote that a group of Catholic members of Congress sent a letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, asking to meet with the bishops to discuss mobilizing the church to end the war in […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on the CNN/YouTube debate, minimum wage, VA failing vets, Blair in the Mideast, Iraq, Iran, Darfur, food costs and the poor, religious schools, rainfall, and select commentaries

Verse of the Day: Strength in Weakness

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Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:10 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the […]

Voice of the Day: John Trithemius

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We should pray without ceasing because we cannot complete anything without God’s help. –John Trithemius Quoted in Essential Monastic Wisdom, by Hugh Feiss + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Becky Garrison: A Palestinian Pastor Speaks

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An interview with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, general director, The International Center of Bethlehem; senior pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church; and president, Diyar Consortium. Can you give us a snapshot of what daily life is like for people living in […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on children’s health insurance, Pakistan, Nuclear reactor-Japan, Aid for workers, Prosecuted GIs, diplomacy on hold, Iran, Nuclear weapons-Korea, Canada-Afghanistan, Darfur, Colombia, immigration, Evangelical-Muslim dialogue, house churches, special feature on reporting faith. and select commentaries and editorials. + […]

Verse of the Day: Seeking the Lost

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I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice. […]

Voice of the Day: Dom Helder Camara

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I understood that in view of my decision to give myself unreservedly to God and my neighbor, it would be absolutely necessary for me to devote space and time to prayer. – Dom Helder Camara + Sign up to receive […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Discerning Documentary Dogma

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I’ve seen two powerful documentaries over the past week: Michael Moore’s new film Sicko, and the lesser-known Manufactured Landscapes. Both films are intensely political, but the contrast in their approach is striking. Moore, as usual, is on a crusade. The […]

Gareth Higgins: ‘A Mask That Eats the Face’

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Posh Spice might hope to feel at home in her new life in Los Angeles, but hubris is winding its way into her week as the ratings of her “Welcome to America” pseudo-documentary come in. In the U.K., where I […]

Mary Nelson: Love the Hell Out of Them

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I’ve been thinking a lot about “beloved community” lately, rereading the stories of Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and the civil rights movement (where the phrase gained prominence) and reflecting on my own experience in building community over the last […]

Chris LaTondresse: Conservative Kingmakers at Work

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An interesting and important development in the 2008 race for the White House: conservative evangelical hatchets are out in force, trying to cut down a prominent 2008 presidential hopeful. Hillary Clinton? Barack Obama? John Edwards? Wrong on all three counts. […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on children’s health care, Iraq, urban infrastructure, student aid, Iraq-Senate, Iraq-Administration wants more time, Darfur, Middle East, Dems-poverty, GOP-family values, Canada-healthcare, urban infrastructure, faith builds New Orleans, and select commentaries. + Sign up to receive our daily […]

Verse of the Day: Judgement and Equality

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If I have rejected the cause of my male or female slaves, when they brought a complaint against me; what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him? Did not he […]

Voice of the Day: Frederick Douglass

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I know no class of my fellowmen, however just, enlightened, and humane, which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely with the liberties of any other class. – Frederick Douglass + Sign up to receive our quote of the day […]

Jim Wallis: The Timetable Begins Now

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In the few weeks of the defense authorization debate in the Senate, Republican senators began falling like dominoes—Chuck Hagel (NE), Susan Collins (ME), Richard Lugar (IN), George Voinovich (OH), Pete Domenici (NM), Olympia Snowe (ME), and even John Warner (VA) […]

Diana Butler Bass: Loving George W. Bush

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Recently, I was talking with someone who serves in Congress, a Democratic representative from a liberal constituency out west. My friend reported that people in the home district—especially those who make up the base—were furious with Congress. “Over what?” I […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on the presidential campaign, illegal drugs, the Iraq war and policy, Japan’s nuclear accident, Iran, Darfur, the Mideast, human rights, Pakistan, and a bit of satire + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail […]

Voice of the Day: Mary John Mananzan

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In the early Christian communities, the character of the Jesus movement found expression in the abolition of social distinctions of class, religion, race, and gender. – Mary John Mananzan Quoted in Cry Freedom, by Charles Ringma + Sign up to […]

Verse of the Day: Justice and Righteousness

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The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. – Jeremiah 23:5-5 + […]

Jim Wallis: A New Gilded Age

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The New York Times ran two pieces this week that tell us a great deal about where our country is economically. On Sunday’s front page, “The Richest of the Rich, Proud of a New Gilded Age” told the story of […]

Laurel Mathewson: Harry Potter Takes on Lord Waldemart

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When you think of labor unions, do you think of men in coveralls, meeting in dingy buildings late at night, trying to get the public’s attention through strikes or maybe a small newspaper clipping? (I’ll admit it, I kind of […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on terrorism, Iraq policy, nuclear energy, the Mideast peace, Gaza, the Vatican, North Korea, Dick Cheney, and Habitat for Humanity. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Brian McLaren: What Really Sucks

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A friend recently brought to my attention the July 8, 2007, column by Rod Dreher in the Dallas Morning News. Dreher, famous as a “Crunchy Con”—a conservative who cares deeply about the environment—provides another excellent example of the important shift […]

Verse of the Day: By God’s Loving Kindness

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But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the […]

Voice of the Day: Sage Bennett

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You cannot love others and harbor resentments toward them at the same time. The love we are speaking of is not romantic love, but a spiritual love that views another through the eyes of compassion. Love produces a quality of […]

Jim Wallis: Rural Poverty on the Political Map

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I heard this report on NPR this morning while getting ready for work and was inspired. I’m not only encouraged that poverty is finally getting on the national agenda; I also found this particular report to be almost poetic. At […]

Janna Hunter-Bowman: Good News About Colombia?

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Last Wednesday, over 40 internally displaced people gathered in a local Mennonite church to reflect on congressional movement regarding U.S. policy toward Colombia. According to the latest U.N. reports, Colombia now contains the second highest number of internally displaced people […]

Jim Rice: A Nuclear Warning

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A 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook Japan on Monday. The quake caused a leak of radioactive water at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant—and that should shake the rest of the world. According to a report from the Associated Press (“Japan Quake […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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Iraq-Senate, Iraq-military, Iran, Middle East, North Korea, Canada-Colombia, Senate, pverty tour, death penalty stay, divorce, Darfur, Canada-Cree nationhood, Church and sex abuse. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: Elvia Alvarado

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We campesinos are used to planting seeds and waiting to see if the seeds bear fruit. We’re used to working on harsh soil. And when our crops don’t grow, we’re used to planting again and again until they take hold. […]

Verse of the Day: Perseverance

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But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act they will be blessed in their doing. -James 1:25 + Sign up to receive our social justice […]

Rose Marie Berger: Quis Latin Missa Opes Volo (What the Latin Mass Means to Me)

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I’m not surprised that Pope Benedict decided last week to allow the reintroduction of the Latin Mass (see also “U.S. Catholic Bishops Approve New Mass Translation”) in Catholic churches under special circumstances. It is consistent with his privileging of pre-Vatican […]

Tony Jones: Caught Between the Apostle Peter and a Hard Place

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I feel for the pope. I really do. On the one hand, whenever he travels, he’s expected to make nice with everyone in his host country. To that end, he meets with Protestants and Orthodox, Jews and Muslims. They exchange […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on children’s health insurance, Iraq-Senate, campaign spending, death penalty, a new Gilded Age, Iraq bombing, Iraq, antiwar movement, Darfur, Iran, North Korea, election- African Americans, Barack Obama, climate change, education, vatican, Lady Bird Johnson, and select commentaries. […]

Verse of the Day: Reconciliation

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All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the […]

Voice of the Day: Frederick Buechner

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We hunger to be known and understood. We hunger to be loved. We hunger to be at peace inside our own skins. We hunger not just to be fed these things but, often without realizing it, we hunger to feed […]

Gareth Higgins: Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Theology’

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Sinead O’Connor’s not angry anymore; or at least not angry in the same way. Her tearing up of a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live 15 years ago, combined with what we think we know about […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Turning a Robber onto Wine

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This story in today’s Washington Post made my day. As a pacifist Mennonite, I can’t count the number of times someone has posed “The Question”: If someone had a gun to your loved one’s head, and you could use lethal […]

Eda Uca: Testifying of the Nonviolent Jesus

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We don’t need another election. We need an exorcism. It is this that leads me from vigil to vigil and I burned with it on the evening of March 16, when I participated in nonviolent civil resistance and was arrested […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The lastest news on Iraq-White House report, housing, US-UK, Canada-Afghanistan, US military, Edwards-poverty, Dem debate-NAACP, health care, America’s children report, Darfur, Iran, Pakistan, Canada-Jordan, and select editorials. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: Freely Give

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Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. – Matthew 10:8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Voice of the Day: Arturo Paoli

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The ones to trust are the ones who give not just their money, but their person, those who give their lives for their neighbor. – Arturo Paoli + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Logan Laituri: Vatican to Venerate Conscientious Objector

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Many conscientious service members have been speaking out despite an often oppressive and unforgiving atmosphere. Some of us have even been persecuted and attacked while exercising our civic duty of speaking truth to power in times of moral crises. The […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-Senate, working mothers, Katrina, Iraq benchmark report, Al Qaeda, Iraq Study Group, Lebanon, Darfur, student loans, and GOP candidates. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: Judgement Upon the Wicked and the Righteous

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Moreover I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, wickedness was there, and in the place of righteousness, wickedness was there as well. I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for […]

Voice of the Day: Thich Nhat Hanh

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To me, practicing mindfulness in the act of consuming is the basic act of social justice. – Thich Nhat Hanh Interview by Catherine Ingram, In the Footsteps of Ghandi. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Reality Check

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Reading about the Republican Party’s crumbling support for the Iraq war (a few years late and many billion dollars short), two quotes jumped out at me: “I fully understand that when you watch the violence on TV every night, people […]

Jesse Holcomb: If a Glacier Falls and No One Hears It…

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If a glacier falls into the ocean, and no one is there to record it, did it really happen? Perhaps anticipating the question, artist Katie Paterson has created an art installation in which the sounds of Iceland glaciers are recorded […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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McCain campaign, Iran, pensions, Iraq-Congress, Pakistan, Al Qaeda, GI Bill for Guard/Reserves, Ugandan peacemaker, death penalty, Muslims and Evangelicals, Benedict on the Church and select commentaries. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: Humility

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“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you […]

Voice of the Day: Jean Mabillon

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The spirit in which Scriptures should be read: search first to know God and the mysteries of our religion, and to know oneself; and to understand the ways to travel to God, and how to make good use of creatures. […]

Alexia Salvatierra: Sanctuary Breaks An Unjust Law

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Why would a congregation risk prosecution to provide sanctuary to an immigrant family? Why would a pastor decide that people who have broken laws deserve protection, support, and advocacy? When I was doing missionary work in Southeast Asia, I attended […]

Jim Wallis: ‘Peace Cannot Simply Exist as an Ideal’

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Last week, in a little-noticed story, a group of Catholic members of Congress sent a letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, asking the bishops to help mobilize the church toward ending the war in Iraq. The letter was […]

Gareth Higgins: Live Free, or Watch ‘Die Hard’

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Great helicopters and explosions abound, the witticisms are barbed, and the cinematography is silver-grey in Die Hard 4.0 (or Live Free or Die Hard, depending on which empire you see it in). I was tired to start with, but the […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-Congress, Iran, Canada-northern security, poll-record opposition to war, Iraq-President, Iraq-on the ground, Iraq-resources, executive privilege claim, Canada-northern security, Palestine-Jordan, Darfur, Colombia, Iran, NAACP, prayer and politics. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail […]

Verse of the Day: Forgiveness

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Forgive the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have pardoned this people, from Egypt even until now. – Numbers 14:19 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the […]

Voice of the Day: Responding with Loving Humility

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At some thoughts one stands perplexed, above all at the sight of human sin, and wonders whether to combat it by force or by humble love. Always decide ‘I will combat it by humble love.’ If you resolve on that […]

Valerie Weaver-Zercher: Suburban Spirituality

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The critics of the suburbs say that you and I live narrow lives. I agree. My life is narrow. From one perspective or another, all our lives are narrow. Only when lives are placed side by side do they seem […]

Jill Rauh: A Fox in the Hen House

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Putting Robert Zoellick in charge of the World Bank, as that anti-poverty organization’s board recently did at the U.S.’s behest, is a bit like making a power company lobbyist the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality – […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-Congress, immigration, children’s health insurance, Iran, Israel, White House-congress and courts, immigration, faith and politics, faith and business, Live Earth- climate change, and a feature essay on ‘God and Country’, select editorials and commentaries. Sign up […]

Verse of the Day: Refuge for the Poor

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Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon the Lord? There they shall be in great terror, for God is with the company of the righteous. You […]

Voice of the Day: Segundo Galilea

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We have all known persons who have lost everything and have not lost the joy of living; persons who are imprisoned unjustly and do not lose their peace and tranquility; persons who live in misery and take in orphans; persons […]

Duane Shank: Reality vs. Rhetoric on Gaza

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Mark Tooley of the Institute on Religion and Democracy is so eager to attack Sojourners that he rarely pays attention to the facts. And, we usually ignore his smear tactics. But there are occasions when he steps over the line. […]

Stephen Robishaw: A Family Thing

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Among the many important causes Sojourners lends its energies to, I have come to understand that “family values” hovers at the top of the list. I must confess that it took me a long while to figure this out. The […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on climate change, Afghanistan, Iraq-politics, Gaza, Iraq-another GOP Senator rebels, Iraq-oil, health insurance, Darfur, Colombia, religion-Joel Osteen in UK, and select commentaries. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Janna Hunter-Bowman: Congress Speaks Out on Justapaz Break-In

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Rep. Langevin (RI) is now circulating a letter to Colombian President Uribe that highlights the Justapaz break-in within the pattern of politically-motivated attacks against peace and human rights organizations in Colombia. Click here to read the letter. As you may […]

Verse of the Day: Trust and Wealth

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If I have made gold my trust, or called fine gold my confidence; if I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, or because my hand had gotten much … this also would be an iniquity to be punished by […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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Prayer and meditation have an important part to play in opening up new ways and new horizons. If your prayer is the expression of a deep and grace-inspired desire for newness of life—and not the mere blind attachment to what […]

Jim Wallis: American Ideals

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I spent the week of the Fourth of July speaking about religion and public life at the Aspen Ideas Festival. On Independence Day, there was a panel called “What Does America Stand for Today?” Various panelists extolled the American virtues […]

Gareth Higgins: Gordon Brown’s Challenges

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Jim Wallis’ words last week about new U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown were an encouragement to see him as a politician with a conscience—a man genuinely committed to addressing questions of injustice. I hope that Brown is able to follow […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest news on the freed BBC correspondent, Canadian casualties in Afghanistan, war tax resistance, Iraq, Gaza, Gordon Brown, Iran, missile defense, oil in Africa, nutrition education, polio, and select commentaries Sign up to receive our daily news summary via […]

Voice of the Day: Jon Sobrino

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The closer this kingdom is and the more its coming is God’s doing, the more human beings must conform to it by a radical change in their way of life. -Jon Sobrino + Sign up to receive our quote of […]

Tim Kumfer: A Declaration of Interdependence

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As many in the United States are gathering to celebrate Independence Day, an event I attended last week has me thinking a lot more about the necessity of interdependence… Last week four other Sojourners staff members and I journeyed to […]

Brian McLaren: Our Neighborhood Parade

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I live in a little town called “Scaggsville.” I know what you’re thinking. But really, it’s a great town, nestled in the Patuxent Valley—in the last sliver of green between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md. Our little neighborhood has put […]

Verse of the Day: “Called to Freedom”

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For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You […]

Voice of the Day: Declaration of Independence

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But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new […]

Gabriel Salguero: Do We Still Need Affirmative Action?

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Reasonable people can disagree about affirmative action. But it is important that we do not lose the sense of history, the compassion and largeness of vision that defined the best of the civil-rights era, which has given rise to so […]

Lydia Bean: Racial Injustice in Louisiana

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The Hebrew prophets warn us that when we don’t hold our laws to God’s standard of peace and justice, powerful people will use the law as a weapon to crush the poor and advance their own interests. I work with […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Libby sentence commuted, Iran accused, Bush-Putin, British bombing attempts, Iran accused, McCain campaign, U.S.-Latin America, Japan nuclear bombing, immigration, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: Frederick Douglass

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Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may […]

Verse of the Day: Oppresssion

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You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. – Exodus 23:9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Logan Laituri: A Veteran’s Letter to the Candidates

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To my fellow Americans running for the office of the presidency: I was an attendant of the recent Sojourners conference in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, before the forum could take place, I was called to Rome on behalf of Iraq Veterans […]

Philip Rizk: Christians in Gaza

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During Hamas’ military takeover of Gaza in recent weeks, one of their biggest Fatah targets lay just behind a Greek Orthodox school in Gaza City. A friend of mine who lives near the school, himself a Christian and a Fatah […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Israel-Palestine, Iran, Anti-poverty efforts in Africa, Massachusetts heath insurance, immigration, Supreme Court analysis, poll of policiatl independents, President Bush, and select commentaries. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: Seeing and Believing

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When the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ ” Jesus had just then cured […]

Voice of the Day: Saint Elizabeth the New Martyr

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It is easier for a feeble straw to resist a mighty fire than for the nature of sin to resist the power of love. We must cultivate this love in our souls, that we may take our place with all […]

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Why I Work for Immigration Reform (by Patty Kupfer)
When I tell people that I work on immigration reform, they usually laugh or say, "way to pick an easy topic." Everyday it feels like there is more fear, more hate. Raids are picking up in Nevada, California, and New York. A number of senators ...

posted 12:30:52pm Oct. 16, 2007 | read full post »

Audio: Jim Wallis on "Value Voters" on The Tavis Smiley Show
Last week Jim was on The Tavis Smiley Show and talked about how the changing political landscape will affect the upcoming '08 election. Jim and Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state, debated and discussed both the impact of "value ...

posted 10:11:56am Oct. 16, 2007 | read full post »

Verse of the Day: 'peace to the far and the near'
I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will lead them and repay them with comfort, creating for their mourners the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them. But the wicked are like ...

posted 9:35:01am Oct. 16, 2007 | read full post »

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)
the latest news on Mideast, Iran, Romney-Religious right, Blog action day, Turkey, SCHIP, Iran, Aids-Africa, India, Budget, Brownback-slavery apology, Canada, and selected op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Blog ...

posted 9:31:25am Oct. 16, 2007 | read full post »

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