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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 »

The Power of Nonviolence (by Jim Wallis)

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The news this afternoon from Myanmar/Burma is not good. A recent AP story said that Soldiers clubbed and dragged away activists while firing tear gas and warning shots to break up demonstrations Friday before they could grow, and the government […]

Not Just Another PC Peace and Justice Group (by Becky Garrison)

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When I got an invitation to attend the launch of New York Faith & Justice (www.nyfaithjustice.org), their mission statement caught my eye. Simply stated, their goals are: Following Christ, uniting the church, and ending poverty in New York through spiritual […]

NYT: ‘A Pro-Lynching Movie That Even Liberals Can Love’? (by Gareth Higgins)

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It’s intriguing how many current films address questions of revenge and justice. Like all cinematic epidemics, this is a mixed bag, from Quentin Tarantino’s alternately boring and horrifying car-crash fest Death Proof, just released on DVD, to the slasher-style terror […]

What Happened to You, Mr. President? (by Jim Wallis)

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Dear Mr. President, When I first heard that you were vowing to veto a bipartisan bill to expand child health care, my immediate thought was more personal than political: What has happened to you? I vividly remember a call at […]

Karl Barth Is Going Back to Prison! (by Kevin Lum)

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To everyone who took action and emailed the Bureau of Prisons, thank you! On Sept. 14, Sojourners helped break the story that the federal government had created a list of acceptable religious books and purged all other books from the […]

A Teachable Moment (by Jim Wallis)

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Before it began, many evangelicals were strong supporters of a war with Iraq. As the death and destruction have continued, some are rethinking that view and coming to oppose the war. David Gushee, professor at Mercer University, has an important […]

Cynicism, Hope, Discipleship, and Democracy (by Tim Nafziger)

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How do we live out God’s call to prophetic witness in an apathetic and disempowered society? How can we learn from others who have remained faithful to Jesus’ radical call in the midst of failure?These don’t sound like the questions […]

Laugh at Ahmadinejad, Don’t Bomb His Country (by Jim Wallis)

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Columbia University students got it right. When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s bombastic president, told the packed university auditorium that there were no homosexuals in Iran, the student crowd burst into laughter. Humor and satire have always been good weapons against political […]

Karl Barth Still Belongs in Prison (by Kevin Lum)

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I recently posted about the purging of religious books from prison libraries across the country. Since that post and a follow-up action alert, there has been a groundswell of outrage from across the religious and political spectrum against the government’s […]

Irresponsible Democrats (by Jim Wallis)

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In his Saturday radio address, The Washington Post reports that President Bush again called Democrats “irresponsible” for pushing an expansion he opposes to a children’s health insurance program. “Democrats in Congress have decided to pass a bill they know will […]

Save Souls or Feed the Poor? (by Jim Wallis)

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In honor of the publication 100 years ago of Christianity and the Social Crisis, the classic book by social gospel founder Walter Rauschenbusch, his great-grandson Paul Raushenbush published Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st century, the text of […]

Turn the Other Cheek (by Diana Butler Bass)

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About a decade ago, I wrote a newspaper column offering a theological critique of Promise Keepers, the then-massive Christian men’s movement. Within a few days, negative mail (remember letters?) swamped my office. One missive proved especially memorable: “Dear Diana, Promise […]

Jesus Loves Kathy Griffin Anyway (by Gareth Higgins)

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After a year of scandals in which celebrities such as Mel Gibson, Don Imus, and Isaiah Washington have reminded us that fame does not cancel out bigotry, Kathy Griffin last week became the latest public figure to make such headlines […]

Christians in the Crossfire (by Jim Wallis)

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I wrote earlier this week about the importance of Christian identity in sorting out questions of war and peace. I suggested that our membership in the body of Christ should be more determinative of our position on the wars of […]

Yes, Jena is America (by Jim Wallis)

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Lydia Bean’s post today, Jena is America, is a strong statement — and a truthful one. I’m always fascinated by frequent comments that racism is now much more subtle in America today. Well, one place racism is definitely not subtle […]

Jena is America (by Lydia Bean)

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Today, Sept. 20, over 10,000 people will converge on Jena, Louisiana, to call for justice for the “Jena 6.” Thousands more will hold vigils in cities across America. As reported previously on this blog, it all started on Sept. 1, […]

I’m Going Back to School (by Jim Wallis)

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This fall, for the fifth year, I’m teaching a course at Harvard. I spent Monday, the first day of the semester, in Cambridge. This year’s course, based at the divinity school, is titled “Faith and Politics: Should They Mix and […]

The Leadership Gap on Global Warming (by Bill McKibben)

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Here’s the word from the physical world: On Sept. 10, scientists studying satellite images of the Arctic reported that sea ice covered 4.32 million square kilometers of the north. The old record, set two years before: 5.34 million square kilometers. […]

Iraq and Christian Identity (by Jim Wallis)

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I got a LOT of responses to my post at the end of last week, in which I said the war in Iraq presents the American churches with an issue of Christian identity. Nobody really denied the fact that the […]

Returning to a Green Orthodoxy (by Logan Laituri)

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In an encouraging shift away from the status quo, many Christian groups are taking a more focused look at stewarding God’s creation. A few notable references to biblical environmentalism have been popping up in the news lately. On the recently […]

Best Debate on Iraq So Far (by Jim Wallis)

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One of the best debates I have seen about the events of last week and the future of American policy in Iraq was Sunday’s Meet the Press debate between senators John Kerry and John McCain, two Vietnam veterans who, although […]

Politics Pushes Uneven Policies (by Jim Wallis)

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This latest contribution to The Washington Post/Newsweek On Faith online discussion responds to the question: To what extent are problems in the Middle East about religion, and to what extent are they about politics? Does it matter? Well that’s complicated. […]

Seeking Liberation from Modern Slavery (by Jeremy Scott)

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Ask anyone — slavery is illegal. Every country has passed laws stating that it is unlawful to own another human being and to exercise total control over that person’s life, work, and family. Therefore, it is shocking to discover that […]

Anita Roddick: ‘I Don’t Want to Die Rich’ (by Rose Marie Berger)

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Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop chain and supporter of fair trade, died on Sept. 10 at age 64 after a major brain hemorrhage brought on by complications of hepatitis C. Roddick, who was raised Catholic but had deep […]

Karl Barth Belongs in Prison (by Kevin Lum)

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Before coming to Sojourners to serve as the congregational coordinator, I had the unique opportunity to teach Protestant faith formation classes at Leavenworth federal prison in Kansas. Leavenworth was experimenting with a program called Life Connections that allowed Muslims, Christians, […]

The Global Church and America’s War (by Jim Wallis)

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From my blogs this week, readers can rightly conclude that I believe Gen. Petraeus’ claims of modest security gains in certain sectors of Iraq do not justify extending the U.S occupation, especially when four years of occupation of Iraq have […]

The War as They Saw It (by Duane Shank)

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Nearly a month ago, seven active-duty U.S. Army soldiers in Iraq wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times titled, “The War as We Saw It.” Their conclusions were starkly different from those we’ve heard this week. Viewed from […]

The Spanish Debate (by Gabriel Salguero)

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On Sunday evening, Univision, the nation’s largest Spanish-language network, aired what I believe is the first Spanish-language presidential candidates’ debate. The University of Miami became the locale for this historic event that has many political implications. The courting of Latino […]

Hagel to Petraeus: ‘For What?’ (by Jim Wallis)

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Gen. Petraeus faced much tougher questions in the U.S. Senate on his second day of testimony, Tuesday, than he did before the House committees on Monday. The senators, many quite experienced in foreign policy matters, were far less impressed by […]

Pick-and-Choose Theology (by Daoud Kuttab)

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Recent discussion on Jews and Israel reminds me of a joke we used to hear as youngsters. The joke begins with a person, who, looking for direction in life, decides to go to the Bible. Opening the New Testament and […]

How I Celebrated ‘Patriot Day’ (by Shane Claiborne)

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A few weeks ago we looked at the calendar and saw that Sept. 11 is now officially titled “Patriot Day.” We started thinking of what would be an appropriate way to celebrate and remember this day, especially for those of […]

And the Killing Will Go On (by Jim Wallis)

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It was a big day for a general on Capitol Hill yesterday, as Gen. David Petraeus made his long-awaited “progress report” to a joint House committee. But one congressman remembered the last time a general’s testimony drew such public attention. […]

Six Found Guilty Of Trying to See Their Senator (by John Dear)

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On Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, six of us were found guilty in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by a federal judge for trying to visit the office of our senator. We will be sentenced in a few weeks. It […]

A Nuclear Plank in the Eye /by Brian McLaren/

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I couldn’t sleep after watching last month’s Republican presidential forum on August 5. I was especially disturbed by the intersection of two statements made by Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo. Perhaps because he is not in the top tier of Republican […]

Voice of the Day: Angelus Silsius

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See what no eye can see, go where no foot can go, choose that which is no choice–then you may hear what makes no sound–God’s voice. – Angelus SilsiusQuoted in How Shall We Live by Joan Chittister, OSB

Verse of the Day: ‘He clothed himself with cursing’

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For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted to their death. He loved to curse; let curses come on him. He did not like blessing; may it be far from him. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 »

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 […]

‘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 »

“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 »

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 »

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, […]

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 »

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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

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

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Another Colbert Retort

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That Stephen Colbert is dishing it out again… Because many of my friends know I’m a dumpster diver, or “freegan,” I heard from multiple sources that Colbert was making fun of my ilk on his show this week, saying, “I’m […]

Michael Sherrard: A Missed Opportunity for Labor Fairness

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Too often, unions are portrayed in our culture as products of a bygone era, better suited for the days of nine-to-five industrial jobs than the more complicated global economic realities of the 21st century. It’s certainly true that organized labor […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on the Supreme Court, immigration, the GOP and Bush, Democrats debate, Iraq, Brown’s cabinet, executive privilege, Iran, nuclear weapons, Colombia, death penalty, Baptists, and select op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Mary Nelson: Faith-Based Initiative Survives Supreme Court Case

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The most recent challenge to Bush’s Faith-Based and Community Initiatives was rejected by the Supreme Court (5-4) this week, not on the basis of merit, but on the basis that the Freedom from Religion Foundation didn’t have standing to sue […]

Patty Kupfer: Immigration Reform Bill Dies

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Sadly, the Senate Immigration Bill failed a cloture vote yesterday morning (46/53—it needed 60 votes) and is now dead. This means the House will not be taking up the legislation and it isn’t likely to come back until at least […]

Jim Wallis: Someone You Should Know

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I want to introduce you to someone. His name is Gordon Brown, and he just became Britain’s new Prime Minister. You have probably been hearing and reading the news about the transition from Tony Blair to Brown. Among other things, […]

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