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Why I Work for Immigration Reform (by Patty Kupfer)

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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 […]

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Audio: Jim Wallis on “Value Voters” on The Tavis Smiley Show

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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 […]

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Verse of the Day: ‘peace to the far and the near’

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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 […]

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Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

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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 »

Voice of the Day: Donders on Jesus’ Approach

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Jesus’ approach is always fresh, surprising, new, and unexpected. Consequently, it always provoked a direct reaction…. He shattered firmly formed convictions and beliefs. He often used nonreligious language, avoiding the religious language of his contemporaries, a language that had been […]

God’s Custodians (by Jim Wallis)

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Last week, I wrote about U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon’s speech to a dinner hosted by the National Association of Evangelicals and the Micah Challenge. While the main part of his speech was on the challenge of meeting the Millennium […]

Slowing the Electric Slide Toward Global Warming (by Ginny Vroblesky)

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Perhaps I am dumb, but I had never connected flicking a switch to turn on the lights with increased asthma in children, higher levels of mercury in the Chesapeake Bay (and the need to stay away from eating too much […]

Verse of the Day: The Armor of God

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Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put […]

Voice of the Day: Freire on Knowledge

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Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry [people] pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other. Paulo Freire Pedagogy of the Oppressed + Sign up to receive our quote of […]

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

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The latest news on Children’s health insurance , Turkey , Iraq, Mideast, Israel-Syria, Putin, Immigration, World Bank & Africa, Austrailia election, Sudan, Religious right politics, Churches & Gays and selected Op-Eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via […]

Holy Spirit Sustainability (by Brian McLaren)

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According to the World Wildlife Fund, each of us needs about 2.5 acres of arable land to be sustained with needed food. Then we need to add another two acres or so – enough land to sustain the plants and […]

What is the ‘Right Stuff’? (by Gareth Higgins)

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If you want to find out what it means to be a hero, you could do worse than seeing two current documentaries: In the Shadow of the Moon and The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Shadow consists of […]

Ann Coulter is to Christianity as … (by Becky Garrison)

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Here’s an intriguing SAT-style question. Ann Coulter is to Christianity as … (A) Dr. James Dobson is to Sponge Bob Square Pants(B) The new thought movement is to common sense(C) Marilyn Manson is to Satanism(D) Dick Cheney is to gun […]

Dinner with the Antichrist (by Jim Wallis)

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Last evening I attended a reception and dinner in Washington for evangelical Christian leaders, which is not an unusual event here. But the topic and, especially, the main speaker would seem highly unusual to many. The event, called “A Global […]

‘Child Brides: Stolen Lives’ on NOW Tonight (by Julie Polter)

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Mamta, a winsome, wide-eyed girl of 12 moves through her daily chores in a poor household in India. Although still a child, her life has little play, and she will too soon be bearing the full responsibilities and burdens of […]

A Change of Mind on Tutu (by Allison Johnson)

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Two days after my blog post about the University of St. Thomas’ controversial decision to bar Archbishop Desmond Tutu from a speaking engagement on campus, a letter was sent to students, faculty, and staff on behalf of university president Father […]

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

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the latest news on Turkey, Deaths in custody, Abortion, Iraq Sudan-Darfur, Burma, Russia, Immigration, Illegal weapons, Muslim-Christian common ground, Evangelicals and climate change.

Voice of the Day: Children and Faith

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Children possess naturally the essential elements for having faith. The Kingdom of God is first perceived in the world children know best. Children, therefore, have as much to offer adults as adults have to offer children-perhaps more. – John H. […]

Verse of the Day: ‘I the Lord love justice’

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For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. – Isaiah 61:8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of […]

Campolo’s Letter on CT with Guthrie’s Column (by Ryan Rodrick Beiler)

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Earlier this week we posted an open letter from Tony Campolo in response to a Christianity Today column by Stan Guthrie, “When Red is Blue,” in their November issue that was critical of the Red Letter Christians concept. CT has […]

‘Devils and Dust': How We Learned to Torture (by Brian McLaren)

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In The New York Times story about the administration’s secret authorization of torture, one sentence is particularly chilling: “With virtually no experience in interrogations, the CIA had constructed its program in a few harried months by consulting Egyptian and Saudi […]

Progressive and Evangelical Common Ground (by Jim Wallis)

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As the Religious Right has diminished in influence, many are searching for a new political agenda that doesn’t fit the standard right/left battles of American politics and is more consistent with their deeply held values. That new agenda would be […]

Voice of the Day: ‘render to God the prayer that is owed’

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If you are at your manual labor in your room and it comes time to pray, do not say: “I will use up my supply of branches or finish weaving the little basket, and then I will rise.” But rise […]

Verse of the Day: ‘keep an eye on those who cause dissensions’

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I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep an eye on those who cause dissensions and offenses, in opposition to the teaching that you have learned; avoid them. For such people do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own […]

Reality Check, Please (by Elizabeth Palmberg)

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Normally I’m a big fan of science fiction, but I nearly swallowed my teeth when I heard America Abroad’s recent program on the World Bank on my local NPR affiliate, WAMU, last Sunday. My choppers would have been a lot […]

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

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the latest news on Common ground, immigration, Burma, Turkey, Iraq, Africa, Us Army, Darfur, Armenia, Ontario election, Gulf Coast, LA homeless, Medical Care. Oral Roberts U, Religious Right for Romney, and commentary Sign up to receive our daily news summary […]

Who Has Betrayed Us? (by Brian McLaren)

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I remember about eight years ago when then presidential candidate George W. Bush repeatedly claimed that he would restore honor to the presidency, soiled as it had been by our previous president’s infamous affair. I remember hoping he would succeed. […]

Criminal, Ignorant, and Potentially Murderous Folly (by Jim Wallis)

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, recently returned from a visit to Armenia, Syria, and Lebanon. While there, he met with politicians, Christian and Muslim leaders, and visited with Palestinian and Iraqi refugees. In an interview with BBC radio, Williams […]

A Christian Voice of ‘Laughter, Love, and Peace’ Murdered in Gaza (by Philip Rizk)

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The last time I saw Rami, we were at the beach near Gaza City. A group of us were in the water and I was trying to force Rami underwater. Rami was a big man, weighing at least twice what […]

Verse of the Day: Seek Peace

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Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. – Psalm 34:14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Voice of the Day: Hannay on Evil Words

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The mouth is not a door through which any evil enters. The ears are such doors as are the eyes. The mouth is a door only for exit. – James O. Hannay The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers + Sign […]

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

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the latest news on Iraq, immigration, Turkey, US Army, Darfur, India, Iran, Israeli air strike, GOP debate, Ontario elections, Death penalty and selected op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

‘Bush Has Given Christ a Bad Name’ Says Pastor in India (by Jim Wallis)

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In two recent posts, The Global Church and America’s War, and Iraq and Christian Identity, I talked about the difference between the perceptions of U.S. Christians and our sisters and brothers around the world. I recently received a powerful e-mail […]

Verse of the Day: Forgive Others

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For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; – Matthew 6:14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Stan Guthrie’s Red Letter Blues (by Tony Campolo)

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In response to Stan Guthrie’s article in the October 2007 Christianity Today, “When Red Is Blue: Why I Am Not A Red Letter Christian,” Tony Campolo wrote the following open letter as a response. Dear Stan, I have to say, […]

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

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The latest reports on Values voters, UK troops in Iraq, Budget cuts, Iran, Darfur, Mideast, wiretapping, and select op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: On Living a Perfect Day

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You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who cannot repay you. – Ruth Smeltzer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Turning Down Tutu? (by Allison Johnson)

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I received an e-mail today from a progressive Jewish organization titled “Let Desmond Tutu Speak at a Minnesota University.” It referred to my alma mater, the University of St. Thomas, where administrators recently snubbed the archbishop by refusing to allow […]

Voice of the Day: St. John Chrysostom on Searching the Scriptures

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Christ, in sending the [people] to the scriptures, sent them, not merely to read them, but carefully to search and ponder them. And did he not say, “Read the scriptures,” but “Search the scriptures.” … Their meaning is not expressed […]

Verse of the Day: ‘You must not distort 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 + […]

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

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the latest news on SCHIP, Iran, Katrina, Burma, Blackwater, Darfur, immigration, military recruitment, Christian education, AIDS, UK politics, and select op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Agnes, AIDS, Bush, and Bono (by Jim Wallis)

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Bono was in town the other night and had a small thank-you party for friends and allies to celebrate some successes in Africa with regard to poverty, AIDS, and other pandemic diseases. Joy and I went along, and it was […]

Voice of the Day: Weil on Humility

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Humility is attentive patience. -Simone Weil + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: ‘God of peace will be with you’

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Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:9-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the […]

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

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the latest news on the Religious Right, Darfur, Iraq, Burma, SCHIP, Canada, Climate Change, Health Care and Sen. Larry Craig Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Bush’s SCHIP Veto Is Morally Unacceptable (by Jim Wallis)

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As expected, President Bush yesterday vetoed legislation that would expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). At our religious leaders’ news conference on Tuesday, I spoke of the issues at stake here. Jesus made healing a principal sign of […]

‘We’re Going to Kill Them All’ (by Gareth Higgins)

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The Kingdom opens with a striking historical montage, depicting the roots of Saudi Arabia and why this country means so much to the U.S. We’re soon plunged into a horrific attack, viewing the killing of whole American families and the […]

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

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the latest news on Darfur, SCHIP, Burma, North Korea, Iran, Torture, Israel-Palestine, Israelis, Colombia, Canada, Giuliani & religious conservatives and the Episcopal church Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: ‘The time is ripe.’

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There are lots of different people saying lots of different things, and some of them put us off with their craziness and there are lots of points to argue with them about, but at their best they seem to be […]

Verse of the Day: ‘those who counsel peace have joy’

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Deceit is in the mind of those who plan evil, but those who counsel peace have joy. – Proverbs 12:20-20 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

What Happened to Compassionate Conservatism? (By Jim Wallis)

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This article also appeared today at Time.com When I first heard that President Bush was vowing to veto a bipartisan bill to expand child healthcare, my immediate thought was more personal than political. What has happened to him?, I wondered. […]

Video: Overriding Bush’s Veto Is Our Next Faith-Based Initiative (by Jim Wallis)

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Yesterday Jim stood with a group of religious leaders to challenge President Bush’s promised veto of a bill to expand health coverage for children. He told some of the story of Bush’s early days in office that he told here […]

Iran’s Lame Duck, Our Lame Political Script (by Elizabeth Palmberg)

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With all the fuss around Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent visit to New York, you’d think that he had political power, command of the military, or at least strong popular support in his homeland. Actually, he has none of the above, as […]

Verse of the Day: The Kingdom of God

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For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. – Romans 14:17-17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Voice of the Day: Nussbaum on Trust and Community

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But the life that no longer trust another human being and no longer forms ties to the political community is not a human life any longer. – Martha Nussbaum O Magazine, November 2003

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

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The latest news on SCHIP, Blackwater, Troops in Iraq, North Korea, Dafur, Burma, Evangelicals and Republicans, Abortion and Executions Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

What Will Dobson Do? (by Diana Butler Bass)

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With James Dobson and major conservative evangelical leaders threatening to bolt the Republican Party if Rudy Giuliani is nominated for president, conventional wisdom about God and politics has been turned on its head. For the last 25 years, conservative evangelicals […]

Voice of the Day: ‘Put your brokenness under the blessing’

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The great mystery of God’s love is that we are not asked to live as if we are not hurting, as if we are not broken. In fact, we are invited to recognize our brokenness as a brokenness in which […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Maintain justice, and do what is right’

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Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. – Isaiah 56:1-1 + 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 Blackwater, Iraq, Immigration, Election, Secrecy, Darfur, Korea, Iran, Fair Trade, Burma/Myanmar, Nuclear weapons, Africa, Israel, Arms sales Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Sanctions Can Work in Burma (by David Cortright)

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International solidarity and support for the Burmese democracy movement is growing, as evidenced in the imposition of new economic sanctions against the military regime. The European Union and the U.S. government have announced additional measures to isolate the dictators. The […]

Obscuring the Moral Issue (by Jim Wallis)

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Over the weekend, conservative Republican leaders began to “spin” President Bush’s expected veto of children’s heath insurance (SCHIP). They said it would cover children in families with incomes up to $83,000 per year. A Washington Post op-ed points out that […]

Upheaval in Burma (by Richard Deats)

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Suddenly the media was reporting that thousands of protesters were marching in Rangoon, Burma (or Yangon, Myanmar, as it is officially called since the governing military junta renamed it in 1990). And the front ranks were led by Buddhist monks […]

Proof of a Movement (by Aaron Graham)

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New York Faith and Justice was inspired into being by Sojourners/Call to Renewal during their annual Pentecost Conference in 2006. It started with just a handful of committed Christians in New York who were focused on discovering how God was […]

Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)

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The latest news on Darfur, Congress, Burma, Iran, Iraq-Senate, Iraq Christians, Death penalty, Arms sales, Nuclear weapons, and Presidential politics-Republican Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Voice of the Day: Sayers on Diversity

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In modern memoirs written by real people about another real person we would expect just that sort of diversity which we find in the Gospels. If it surprises us there, it is perhaps because we have fallen out of the […]

Verse of the Day: ‘May grace and peace be yours’

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May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. – 2 Peter 3:14-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

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