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Unless the Lord Builds the House… /by Elizabeth Palmberg/

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The U.S. has a massive shortage of affordable housing, but there are some glimmers of hope. Check out Faith Fuels Affordable Housing, an informative page put together by the Religion Newswriters Foundation about the housing crisis – and some of […]

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Daily News Digest /by Duane Shank/

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The latest news on Iran, Iraq, subprime mortgages, the GOP presidential race, Sen. Larry Craig, the death penalty, Billy Graham, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

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Verse of the Day: ‘Have regard for your covenant’

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Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs, and an impious people reviles your name. Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild animals; do not forget the life of your poor forever. Have regard for your […]

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Voice of the Day: Peter of Celle on Reading

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Reading is the food, light, lamp, refuge, solace of the soul, the spice of all natural flavors. It feeds the hungry, gives light to the one sitting in darkness, offers bread to the one fleeing shipwreck or war, comforts the […]

Reclaiming Katrina’s Missed Opportunity /by Adam Taylor/

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Yesterday our nation marked the solemn anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with news coverage highlighting the lack of progress made since the winds and water washed away so many hopes and dreams. For many Americans, the images from Katrina may feel […]

A Mother’s Call to Action /by Adam Taylor/

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We are approaching the 11th hour in the fight to expand health care for our nation’s most vulnerable children. During the last year Sojourners has been working with you to move three legislative priorities: immigration reform, the Farm Bill, and […]

Daily News Digest /by Duane Shank/

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the latest news on the Katrina anniversary, child poverty, Iraq, immigration, Iran, Sudan-Darfur, Senator Craig, the death penalty, and select opinion articles + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: ‘Justice and the love of God’

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But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others. – Luke 11:42-42 + […]

Back to School Reading List /by Jim Wallis/

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Many students will groan when I point out these inevitable signs of the times, and an equally inevitable conclusion. August is upon us. Summer is quickly winding down. And this can only mean one thing: school is just around the […]

Daily News Digest /by Duane Shank/

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the latest news on Iraq, Darfur, immigration, Afghanistan and the Korean hostages, Iran, the census report, Israel-Palestine, churches and global warming, education, and select opinion pieces + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: Thich Nhat Hanh

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[Y]ou cannot judge the value of an action based on whether or not it brings success. You have to judge the value of an action in relation to the action itself…. I think we may fail in our attempt to […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Those whose teeth are swords’

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There are those whose teeth are swords, whose teeth are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mortals. – Proverbs 30:14-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via […]

American Christians Should Listen to Christian Arabs /by Ryan Rodrick Beiler/

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Here are some key quotes from a Christianity Today interview with “Beirut-based journalist Rami Khouri, a Palestinian-Jordanian Christian. … An American citizen, he is editor-at-large of The Daily Star, the largest English-language newspaper in the Middle East. He is also […]

Reclaiming Islam’s History and Future /by Rose Marie Berger/

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Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain aired this week on PBS in my viewing area. The film, which looks at the period of “Moorish” rule in European history when religious diversity was accommodated within a social […]

Daily News Digest /by Duane Shank/

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the latest news on poverty, Iran, Canada, Gonzales resignation, Iraq, arms security, South Korean hostages, Afghanistan, Israel-Palestine, Saudi private security, Darfur, and select features and opinion articles + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

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Study is hard work. It is so much easier to find something else to do in its place than to stay at the grind of it. We have excuses aplenty for avoiding the dull, hard, daily attempt to learn. There […]

Verse of the Day: ‘You have heard it was said’

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You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other […]

Gonzales Resignation Reactions /by Duane Shank/

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Here’s a collection of quotes about Gonzales’ resignation from the AP. A few to start with: “Al Gonzales is a man of integrity, decency and principle. … After months of unfair treatment that has created a harmful distraction at the […]

Why Did Elvira Risk Deportation by Leaving Sanctuary? /by Alexia Salvatierra/

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I sat with Elvira Arellano at a press conference last weekend with representatives of our sanctuary families in Los Angeles. Several of the reporters asked her if she believed that she was the Rosa Parks of the immigrant rights movement. […]

Daily News Digest /by Duane Shank/

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the latest news on the resignation of Alberto Gonzales, Darfur, the U.S. military, Iraq, presidential politics, Iran, poverty, and select opinion pieces + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: Peter of Celle

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I consider a room without reading to be a hell without consolation, an instrument of torture without relief, a prison without light, a tomb without ventilation, a ditch swarming with worms, a strangling noose, the empty house of which the […]

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy on Non-Predatory Lending

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When you make your neighbor a loan of any kind, … If the person is poor, you shall not sleep in the garment given you as the pledge. You shall give the pledge back by sunset, so that your neighbor […]

Kingdom Commodified: Taking the Bible Seriously, Part II /by Elizabeth Palmberg/

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More Bible passages ignored by the Left Behind books. It’s particularly ironic that the judgment scene in Kingdom Come, the 16th Left Behind book, quotes verbatim from Matthew 25, in which Christ sends those who do not help the hungry, […]

Distorting History /by David Cortright/

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In an attempt to scare off support for a military exit from Iraq, President Bush in a recent speech made the false claim that U.S. disengagement from Vietnam caused the killing fields in Cambodia. The price of American withdrawal, the […]

Daily News Digest /by Duane Shank/

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the latest reports on Darfur, Iraq, Iran, private prisons, young Americans and God, Justice Deptartment resignations, health insurance, and select op-eds and book reviews + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: ‘Lover of justice’

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The Lord is great in Zion; [and] is exalted over all the peoples. Let them praise your great and awesome name. … Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness. – Psalms 99:2-4 […]

Voice of the Day: The Rule of Benedict

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Prayer should be brief and pure, unless it happen to be lengthened by an impulse or inspiration of divine grace. – The Rule of Benedict Quoted in Essential Monastic Wisdom, by Hugh Feiss + Sign up to receive our quote […]

Words, Not War: Building a Bridge to Peace Between the U.S. and Iran /by Jessica Wilbanks/

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Last week’s announcement that the Bush administration is seeking to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization is the latest drumbeat in an intensifying confrontation that could lead to war. In an interview with The New York […]

‘Bourne’ Again? /by Gareth Higgins/

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I wrote here a few weeks ago about the new Die Hard film, and especially how I felt it represented a disturbing advance in the portrayal of heroes as violent men whose main purpose is to uphold materialism. Among other […]

Daily News Digest /by Duane Shank/

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the latest reports on Iraq and Vietnam, vets in Congress, Korean hostages, India and nukes, religious school funding in Canada, global epidemics, aid to Africa, Hurricane Dean, and select opinion pieces + Sign up to receive our daily news summary […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Then who can be saved?’

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Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of […]

Voice of the Day: Morton T. Kelsey

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One cannot go in for silence in a big way, make a pile and then retire. It would be better to settle for a more modest undertaking so that one could stay in business and keep at it. Otherwise the […]

Taking the Bible Seriously /by Elizabeth Palmberg/

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At the close of the 16th and final Left Behind book, which was perched on the best-seller list a couple months ago, Tim LaHaye yet again emphasizes his claim to “tak[e] the Bible literally wherever possible.” I don’t get how […]

Daily News Digest /by Duane Shank/

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the latest reports on Iraq, income, children’s health insurance, CIA, Pakistan, protest, Iran, nuclear weapons, Darfur, North America summit, homelessness, farming, military and religion, and select op-eds + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: ‘The Lord loves justice’

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Depart from evil, and do good; so you shall abide forever. For the Lord loves justice; [God] will not forsake [God’s] faithful ones. The righteous shall be kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. […]

Voice of the Day: Hildegard of Bingen

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Wordiness in the divine office counts for almost nothing before God. – Hildegard of Bingen from “Explanation of the Rule of Benedict.” Quoted in Essential Monastic Wisdom, by Hugh Feiss. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day […]

My Minnesota /by Tony Jones/

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But for three hiatuses for school, I’ve lived my whole life in the Twin Cities, and my heritage and skin tone match the Lake Wobegon image of my city and state. I’m the descendant of German, Norwegian, Welsh, and British […]

Daily News Digest /by Duane Shank/

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the latest reports on Iraq, North America summit, Iran, children’s health insurance, immigration, Medicare, White House in contempt, Darfur, global warming, and China-Africa + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: Naim Ateek

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The Church should proclaim its concept of God, as it has come to know God through Christ, to all people in society, including Muslims and Jews. This should be done unashamedly and uncompromisingly. The Church should insist on what God […]

Verse of the Day: Woe!

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But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe to […]

Audio: Jim Wallis on the BBC

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Jim Wallis on the BBC Radio program “Reporting Religion,” talking on July 30 about faith, politics, and Gordon Brown. + Download mp3 audio

Sanctuary Movement Activist Arrested and Deported /by Patty Kupfer/

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Elvira Arellano, the young mother who sparked the New Sanctuary Movement and appears prominently in the current issue of Sojourners magazine, was arrested Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles and was deported to Tijuana, Mexico, within hours of her arrest. Arellano […]

Verse of the Day: Better Poor but Wise

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Better is a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king, who will no longer take advice. – Ecclesiastes 4:13-13 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Daily News Digest /by Ryan Rodrick Beiler/

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the latest reports on immigration, housing, global warming, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Darfur, Utah mine deaths, torture, election, Peru earthquake, trade, Zimbabwe, and green building + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: Elvia Alvarado

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I used to feel hatred toward the gringo soldiers. Why should they be in our country, with all their guns and all their dollars, making life even more difficult for us? But now I know that these poor gringos are […]

The Undocumented Body of Christ /by Tim Kumfer/

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John Howard Yoder, a Mennonite theologian and significant influence on Sojourners, used to say that the world often helps the church remember what it means to be church. The observations of those outside often serve to return the church to […]

Daily News Digest /by Ryan Rodrick Beiler/

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the latest reports on Korea, the Jose Padilla verdict, climate change, Utah mine deaths, Alberto Gonzales, immigration, Republican politics, New Orleans, the Mideast, Peru’s earthquake, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Iraq, the World Bank, South Africa, and Russia + Sign up to receive […]

Verse of the Day: Peace and Unity

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For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. – Ephesians 2:14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse […]

Voice of the Day: Saint Basil

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If you live alone, whose feet will you wash? – Saint Basil Quoted in How Shall We Live by Joan Chittister, OSB. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

A Legacy of Peace /by Mary Nelson/

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While vacationing in northern Minnesota, we take an early morning walk down a country road. We note changing weather, the sound of birds, an eagle flying high, the beauty of a leaping dear across the field. After just about a […]

Voice of the Day: Amma Syncletica

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In the beginning, there is struggle and a lot of work for those who come near to God. But after that, there is indescribable joy. It is just like building a fire: at first it’s smoky and your eyes water, […]

Daily News Digest by Ryan Rodrick Beiler

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the latest reports on conscientious objection, Israel, evangelism, military suicides, spying, Iraq, Rove resignation, Rumsfeld resignation, terrorism, Iran, Venezuela, Pakistan, food aid, Tibet, Jose Padilla, and Zimbabwe + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: “Lover of Justice”

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Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he! Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. – Psalms 99:3-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse […]

Reactivity and Iraq by Brian McLaren

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In his July 20 commentary, James W. Skillen of the Center for Public Justice struck a non-partisan note of honesty and balance that I wish I heard more often. He summarized the basic narrative of the Iraq War that both […]

Prof Caught Red-Handed Reading Jim Wallis by Randall Balmer

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I guess we suspected it all along, but now we have proof: Jim Wallis is a left-wing, anti-capitalist. That’s the apparent message behind the dismissal of Andrew Paquin from the faculty of Colorado Christian University. Until Monday, Paquin was a […]

Daily News Digest by Ryan Rodrick Beiler

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the latest news on Iraq, North Korea, election – Republicans, death penalty, immigration, Karl Rove, Darfur, Jose Padilla, spying, Iran, Venezuela, Newark shootings, Kenya, Chinese toys, and a special report on Jerusalem + Sign up to receive our daily news […]

Sweet Beginnings: How Work Can Work by Jim Wallis

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Last week I received an interesting package in the mail from Sweet Beginnings LLC, a Chicago-based neighborhood non-profit “committed to training and employing residents who are often locked out of the traditional labor market due to past criminal records and […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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Better just to smell a flower in the garden…than to have an unauthentic experience of a much higher value. Better to honestly enjoy the sunshine or some light reading than to claim to be in contact with something that one […]

‘Vulture Funds’ Circle Zambia by Muyatwa Sitali

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Sojourners’ August issue highlights the problem of the crushing debt burden borne by many poor countries. While the global Jubilee movement has won some significant victories, some of this progress has been threatened by a new trend: “vulture funds,” private […]

Daily News Digest by Ryan Rodrick Beiler

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the latest reports on the Rove resignation, the Newark shootings, immigration, spying, torture, education, Jose Padilla, Obama, Gaza, Iraq, death penalty, Guatemala, Afghanistan/Iran, and Darfur + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: Justice

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You must not distort justice; you must not show partiality; and you must not accept bribes, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. – Deuteronomy 16:19 + […]

“Once” Upon a Time in California by Gareth Higgins

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A little film called Once has been winning the hearts of cinemagoers for a couple of months now, with even Steven Spielberg saying that it has given him “enough inspiration to last the whole year.” I finally saw it earlier […]

Daily News Digest by Ryan Rodrick Beiler

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the latest reports on Rove’s resignation, Brazil’s rainforests, hostages in Afghanistan, refugees, human rights, Republican election politics, Iraq, Darfur, Gaza, Iran, Israel-Palestine, and healthcare + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

My Encounter with [Insert Scary Music] … Socialized Medicine! by Jim Wallis

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My foot had been sore for a couple of weeks and it wasn’t getting better. I usually would ignore that, but we were about to leave on a two week vacation with my wife Joy’s parents to celebrate both of […]

I Hate It When All You Can Do Is Pray by Bart Campolo

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I’m not friendly with the white-shirted drug dealers who work the corners near my house yet, but at least they acknowledge me as a neighbor now, instead of looking me over as a prospective buyer or an undercover cop. It’s […]

Ugly, Sad, and Tough | by Duane Shank

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Issues related to immigration are in the news this week. A new study finds that immigrants from Mexico and Central America are now “living under a dramatically increased sense of siege.” A poll reported in the study found that “More […]

Pro-Prosperity, Anti-CAFTA in Costa Rica by Elizabeth Palmberg

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The questioner from a D.C. think tank was confused. Costa Rican politician Ottón Solís had just told an audience of D.C. journalists and policy thinkers how his homeland has a 120-year tradition of democracy, strong respect for human rights, and […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news from Iraq, budget & economy, South Africa, Presidential primaries, immigration, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Darfur, and select Op-Eds. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: Visions of the Kingdom

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When the oppressor is no more, and destruction has ceased, and marauders have vanished from the land, then a throne shall be established in steadfast love in the tent of David, and on it shall sit in faithfulness a ruler […]

Voice of the Day: Bede Bede

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We have a consoler, our Lord Jesus Christ. Although we cannot see him with bodily eyes, we keep in written form in the Gospels the things he did and taught while he was bodily among us. If we take care […]

A Coalition of Conscience by Jim Wallis

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I am in the U.K. for a family holiday. We’re celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of my wife Joy’s parents, and our 10th anniversary, in her home country. Everyone here is quite impressed with Gordon Brown’s first few weeks in […]

Franz Jagerstatter and Nagasaki by Bill Wylie-Kellermann

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Franz Jagerstatter, Austrian peasant and church janitor, is honored on August 9, the day he was executed in 1943 for his refusal to fight in Hitler’s army. As a Roman Catholic he has been declared a “martyr of the faith” […]

An American Military Observer in Darfur interview by Becky Garrison

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An interview with Brian Steidle, a former American military observer in Darfur and the subject of the documentary film and book The Devil Came on Horseback. Briefly explain why you were in Darfur. I had been in Sudan for seven […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on immigration, Presidential election, veto on children’s health insurance, cut corporate taxes, state budgets, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Korea. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: Wanye Muller

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At our best, we become Sabbath for one another. We are the emptiness, the day of rest. We become space, that our loved ones, the lost and sorrowful, may find rest in us. –Wayne Muller From “Sabbath” quoted in How […]

Verse of the Day:

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For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peacable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits without a […]

The Conversion of the Atomic Bombers’ Chaplain | interview with Fr. George Zabelka

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In August, 1945, Fr. George Zabelka, a Catholic chaplain with the U.S. Army Air Forces, was stationed on Tinian Island in the South Pacific. He served as priest and pastor for the airmen who dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-war, immigration, early childhood education, Iraq-politics, Darfur, Israel, Asian poverty, Kenyan women, Dem debate, Giuliani, Evangelicals and global warming, and select editorials and op-eds. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: Peace

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If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. – Matthew 10:13 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Voice of the Day: Esther De Waal

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There is to be acceptance of people who come from very different places (using this metaphorically as well as literally). There is to be willingness to hear “reasonable criticisms or observations” and to learn from the example of others…. In […]

‘The Green Gospels’ and Ancient History by Ginny Vroblesky

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Like Joel Hunter, I was skeptical of the meeting on the “Green Gospels.” “Oh, no. Another group that believes all you have to do is convince Christians that the Bible says to care for creation, and they will do it.” […]

Fasting for Jubilee on Capitol Hill by David Duncombe

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From September 6 – October 15, individuals and congregations will commit to fasting for a day or more in order to call for debt cancellation for desperately poor nations, joining Jubilee USA in supporting the Jubilee Act, H.R. 2634. (See […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on Iraq-politics, Homeless veterans, young adults and church, Israel-Palestine, Iran, immigration, infrastructure spreading, and select op-eds. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: Frederick Buechner on Repentance

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Biblically speaking, to repent doesn’t mean to feel sorry about, to regret. It means to turn, to turn around 180 degrees. It means to undergo a complete change of mind, heart, direction. Turn away from madness, cruelty, shallowness, blindness. Turn […]

Verse of the Day: Pursuing Peace

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Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. – Romans 14:19 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Daoud Kuttab: Good News for Palestinian Christians

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I first heard about the letter of the evangelical leaders through an e-mail from Professor Ron Sider, who used to teach at Messiah College, where I graduated. It was a gift from heaven after so many bad statements by evangelicals […]

Ginny Earnest: Hiroshima: ‘There Will Be a Man on a Streetcar’

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This sermon was preached by Ginny Earnest at a Hiroshima-Nagasaki Memorial Service hosted by Sojourners Community on August 6, 1987. For Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorial service resources, please go to Faithful Security (National Religious Partnership on the Nuclear Weapons Danger). Most Americans […]

Deanna Murshed: Evangelicals and Israel

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I’ve gotta admit, it hasn’t been easy being a Christian Arab-American, much less in the evangelical church. How many times can you explain that Jesus wasn’t baptized in the Rio Grande, that there are tens of thousands of indigenous Palestinian […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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The latest news on immigration, Iraq-missing weapons, Darfur, Hiroshima, wire-tapping, republicans, congress, democrats, and the passing of Oliver W. Hill. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: Dwight Vogel

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When Martin Luther got up in the morning and put water on his face, he would say, “I am baptized!” It was a way of reminding himself that living out his baptism was a key to discipleship … For us […]

Verse of the Day: Filled with the Spirit of the Lord

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But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. Hear this, you rulers of the house of Jacob […]

Justin Alexander: Stating the Odious

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When Saddam Hussein’s regime executed someone, it required the victim’s family to pay for the bullets used. An appalling practice – but one which, Iraqis in the Jubilee Iraq campaign say, bears all too much resemblance to present-day demands that […]

Gareth Higgins: Antonioni and Bergman’s Films and Spiritual Activism

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Film buffs began this week greeting the news that two of our greatest artists had died. Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni lived to be 89 and 94, respectively, and were still making films until a couple of years ago. Their […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on the bridge collapse, South Asian flooding, spying, the election, politics, immigration, Iraq, the Mideast, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and commentary on Darfur + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: Speak Truth to One Another

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These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace, do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

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The function of prayer is not to establish a routine; it is to establish a relationship with God who is in relationship with us always…. The function of prayer is to bring us into touch with ourselves, as well. To […]

Adam Taylor: A Victory for Children’s Health

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Our voices are being heard! Yesterday the House passed a bill to enlarge the State Children’s Health Insurance Program by $47 billion over five years to extend coverage to an additional 5 million children. The Senate will be debating a […]

Mitsuyoshi Toge: ‘How Could I Ever Forget That Flash’

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Mitsuyoshi Toge, born in Hiroshima in 1917, was a Catholic and a poet. He was in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city on August 6, 1945, when he was 24 years old. Toge died at the […]

Adam Taylor: The Farm Bill and the Common Good

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Last Friday the House passed a 741-page Farm Bill, largely keeping intact the existing system of subsidies for commercial farmers while adding billions of dollars for conservation, nutrition, and new agricultural sectors. While Democratic leaders will call this a success, […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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The contemplative life should liberate and purify the imagination which passively absorbs all kinds of things without our realizing it; liberate and purify it from the influence of so much violence done by the bombardment of social images…. The training […]

Verse of the Day: Preserving Integrity

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May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. – Psalms 25:21 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on healthcare, spying, Colombia, media, Iraq, the UN, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, the Mideast, the election, Alberto Gonzales, faith-based initiatives, and commentary on Darfur + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Joel Hunter: Suspicious of the Green Gospel?

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Highly suspicious. That’s what I was. I was invited to a meeting whose participants were considering proposing something along the line of “Green Gospels.” After all, I am an evangelical, and being involved in anything that has to do with […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on Rupert Murdoch’s big deal, Darfur, surveillance, Iraq, Afghanistan, Obama on Pakistan, the Mideast, and Cambodia + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Verse of the Day: Patience

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And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. – 1 Thessalonians 5:14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Voice of the Day: Peter of Celle

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What lies dead and deformed in the letter on the dead parchment comes to life when what is read is put into practice. –Peter of Celle Quoted in Essential Monastic Wisdom, by Hugh Feiss + Sign up to receive our […]

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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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