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Don’t Be an Alibi for Social Justice (by Jim Wallis)

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One of the high points of the recent World Vision Triennial Council meeting in Singapore was a remarkable address by Jan Egeland, former U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator. Egeland has been deeply involved in the resolution […]

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A Surge of Prayers (by Jim Wallis)

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The great fall debate on Iraq has begun. Several much-anticipated reports on the success of the war (or lack thereof) have started to arrive in the nation’s capital, which will be followed by the most contentious of congressional debates. This […]

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American Christendom, RIP (by Diana Butler Bass)

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The Rev. Dr. D. James Kennedy, the Christian Right leader Rolling Stone magazine described as “the most influential evangelical you’ve never heard of,” died yesterday in Florida of complications from a heart attack. His passing, only months after the death […]

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Philip Rizk: Will Na’el Walk On His Own?

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I spent this morning with the Sisters of Charity at their shelter for disabled children in downtown Gaza City. When I first started going to the shelter, a boy called Na’el, with a consistent look of fear in his eyes, […]

Jonathan Mendez: Drop Air, Not Bombs

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Twenty three of the coolest people I’ve ever met geared up by putting on costumes, make-up, and even wigs, for the grueling brawl that ensued as we all tried to wax the stage with one another in an art form […]

Joel Hunter: What the Candidates Forum Could Have Been

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OK. I’ve got to admit it – being a part of the panel to ask candidates for the presidency of the United States about their faith and moral values was just plain surreal. Kudos to Jim Wallis (and Jack Pannell […]

Duane Shank: Lord, Have Mercy

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The daily news from Iraq is mind-numbing, as violence and death continue unabated. And part of that numbing is the danger of seeing the daily body counts as just more numbers. As of yesterday morning, 3,503 Americans have died. So, […]

Jim Wallis: Politics Isn’t Working

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Legislation for comprehensive immigration reform collapsed in the U.S. Senate yesterday as an effort to move to a final vote was defeated, leaving the future in serious doubt. It’s the perfect example of an observation I’ve often made – that […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Colbert Can’t Believe It

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Stephen, I have a “wag of the finger” for you. Wednesday night you opened your show by talking about our recent presidential forum on faith, values, and poverty by saying, "CNN gives the Democratic candidates an hour to talk about […]

Video: Vote Out Poverty March and Rally

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Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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the latest reports on immigration, G-8 aid for Africa and global warming, U.S.-Russia, Iraq, Turkey, CIA secret prisons, Sudan, abortion, presidential forum, and select op-eds

Diana Butler Bass: The Rebirth of Irony

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Monday night I attended Sojourners’ presidential candidates forum on Faith, Values, and Poverty, featuring Democrats John Edwards, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. I expected to hear how their faith informed their policies, but I also longed to hear something of […]

Duane Shank: Daily News Digest (and Candidates Forum Coverage)

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Faith forum. Last evening, Sojourners sponsored a candidate’s forum on Faith, Values, and Poverty. Here are some of the morning news stories: New York Times. Edwards, Clinton and Obama Describe Journeys of Faith “The three leading Democratic presidential hopefuls opened […]

Video: Highlights from Candidates Forum

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Transcript: Presidential Forum on Faith, Values, and Poverty

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Here’s the transcript from last night’s candidates forum with John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Faith Blog Round-up on Candidates Forum

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Several of the faith bloggers did live blogging during our presidential candidates forum last night. I also include a few conservative blogs to be “fair and balanced.” Aaron Krager from Faithfully Liberal:Faith, values, poverty: Sojourner’s Forum – Hillary Clinton Faith, […]

Video: Pentecost 2007 Justice Revival!

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From day one of the Pentecost 2007: Taking the Vision to the Streets conference – Derek Webb, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, and Jim Wallis call a packed sanctuary at National City Christian Church to take God’s concern for the poor seriously […]

Erika Fox: Why I’m at Pentecost

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Over the course of the past year, especially this semester, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to live out justice and to be an activist. I have been trying to figure out where that fits into […]

Brian McLaren: Correcting Media Myopia

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Many people are happily conservative in their religion and politics. For them, the dangers of what could happen for the worse are greater than the injustices of what currently is, so their bias is generally against change and toward preserving […]

Jim Wallis: Billy Graham’s Integrity and Humility

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One of God’s true servants on earth, Billy Graham, was honored yesterday with the opening of a library and museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The facility will hold memorabilia of Graham’s long preaching career, including photos and video footage of […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: More on Immigration and Family Values

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Katie Barge at Faith in Public Life has done a great job of rounding up comments (including GP’s post by Rev. Derrick Harkins) on the religious community’s advocacy on behalf of family reunification in the immigration debate. Her comments: The […]

Becky Garrison: Pete Seeger and the U2charist

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During the Tribeca Film Festival, I happened to catch the world premiere of the documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. I have vague recollections of attending the Newport Folk Festival as a toddler, long before it became commercialized as […]

Voice of the Day: James C. Fenhagen

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The biblical use of the word “righteousness” is the moral equivalent of what we mean when we speak of holiness. It incorporates such concerns as a passion for justice and a concern for truth along with the need to live […]

Verse of the Day: The Righteous and the Wicked

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The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding. – Proverbs 29:7-7 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Jim Wallis: Vote Out Poverty

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

Adam Taylor: Making Good on Our Promises to Africa

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

Jim Rice: Evangelicals and Creation Care

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

Verse of the Day: Rest and Redistribution

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

Voice of the Day: Norman Wirzba

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

Duane Shank: Your Comments on the Daily Digest

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

Diana Butler Bass: A Post-Colonial Pageant

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

Verse of the Day: Lies of False Prophets

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

Brian McLaren: Fact and Friction

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

Bob Francis: A Reluctant Patriot

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

Voice of the Day: on True Compassion

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

Verse of the Day: Righteousness

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

Duane Shank: Dissecting the Daily Digest

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

Rose Marie Berger: James Loney’s Living Forgiveness

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

Katie Van Loo: Food for Thought

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

Gabriel Salguero: Where Do We Go From Here?

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

Verse of the Day: Fear the Lord

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Nelson: Questions from a Community Development Veteran

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

Voice of the Day: Thomas Aquinas

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

The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and …

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

Verse of the Day: Judgement

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

Diana Butler Bass: American Muslims and Religious Freedom

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

Rev. Derrick Harkins: Immigration and Family Values

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

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Conventional Wisdom Catches up with the Prophetic

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

Verse of the Day: Hypocrisy

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

John Dear: The Narrow Path

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

William Cavanaugh: Moral Reasoning or Just Trust the President?

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

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

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

Verse of the Day: Obeying the Lord

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

Audio: Shane Claiborne on NPR’s Speaking of Faith

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

Sarah Osmer: Florida Farmworkers Make Peace with McDonald’s

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

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

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

Jim Rice: Bill Moyers Protests Loss of Independent Voices

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

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

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

Jim Wallis: The Family Research Council vs. Lou Dobbs

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

Rose Marie Berger: The Tehran Two-Step

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

Sue Badeau: A Mom’s Questions

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

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

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

Amy Ard: I’m Harboring an Undocumented Person

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

Jim Wallis: Falwell’s Legacy

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

Verse of the Day: “Rise up, O Lord!”

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

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Falwell Commentary Round-Up

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

Virginia Lohmann Bauman: Women Standing To Save the World

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

Shane Claiborne: Questions for an Empire’s Candidates

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

Verse of the Day: Blessed are the Poor

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

Jim Wallis: The Passing of Rev. Jerry Falwell

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

Elizabeth Palmberg: New Day or Bad Gamble?

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

Video: Jim Wallis Announces Candidates Forum on Larry King

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

Chap Clark: Beyond Crafted Answers to Obvious Questions

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

Voice of the Day: Pat Peterson on Baptism

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

Verse of the Day: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar

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

Jim Wallis: The Ever-Widening Evangelical Agenda

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

Brian McLaren: My Questions for the Democratic Candidates

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

Nancy Chan: Exiled Evangelicals Return to Campus

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

Voice of the Day: Henri J.M. Nouwen

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

Verse of the Day: Being ‘Lawful’

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

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: The Mother’s Day Manifesto

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

Chris LaTondresse: Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister

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

Jim Wallis: Ask the Candidates

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

Voice of the Day: Jesus and Children

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

Verse of the Day: One Thing Lacking

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

Jim Rice: Justice Delayed

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

Jim Wallis: Jesus and Lou Dobbs, Round Two

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

Hyepin Im: VA Tech and the Model Minority Myth

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

Wes Granberg-Michaelson: Four Lessons from Vietnam

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

Verse of the Day: Deliverance and Blessing

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

Voice of the Day: Howard Thurman

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

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

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

Audio: Dolores Huerta on Justice for Immigrants

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

Verse of the Day: Be Kind to the Poor

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

Voice of the Day: Morton T. Kelsey

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

Video: Jim Wallis on Jesus and Lou Dobbs

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

Jess Hunter-Bowman: Colombia’s Martyrs

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

Bruce Whitfield: Oppose All ‘War-Mongering’

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

Verse of the Day: Loving Your Neighbors

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

Voice of the Day: Madeleine L’Engle

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

Becky Garrison: Christian vs. Atheist Celebrity Death Match

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

Verse of the Day: A Righteous Man/Woman

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

Voice of the Day: Kenneth Gottman

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

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Mugabe Threatens Zimbabwe’s Bishops

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

Jim Wallis: Two Pieces on Poverty

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

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Daily News Digest

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

Julie Clendenin: Notes From a Minivan

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

Voice of the Day: Gordon Cosby

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

Verse of the Day: One Body

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

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

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

Sue Badeau: The Defeat of Victory

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

Voice of the Day: Brother Roger of Taize

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

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

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

Jim Wallis: Feeding the Wolves

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

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

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

Colin Mathewson: Sojourners Magazine Accepts Top Honors

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

Bob Francis: Second Commandment Republicans

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

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

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

Voice of the Day: Robert Llewelyn

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

Verse of the Day: “Ministry to the Saints”

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

Linda Martindale: The Trouble with Quiet Diplomacy

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

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Tell Us the Mission

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

Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

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

Verse of the Day: Unjust Authorities

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

Chuck Gutenson: Is Universal Healthcare Unbiblical?

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The question of universal healthcare is shaping up to be a rather serious focus in this election cycle. With costs out of control and each year seeing more and more of us without access to affordable health insurance or health […]

Soong-Chan Rah: Shame and Anger

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The dust has settled. Most – if not all – of the cameras and the national media have vacated Blacksburg, Virginia. America, and even the Virginia Tech campus, seems to be trying to move on. There’s a presidential race to […]

Voice of the Day: Elizabeth O’Connor

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It is not what happens to us in any day that gives content to our lives, but whether or not we let its experience sink into us. … It is one of the highest powers given to anyone. In reflection […]

Verse of the Day: “The Last Will be First”

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Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, […]

Rev. Gabriel Salguero: My Living Paradox

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After preaching at an evangelical conference for young Latino/a ministers in Florida some time ago, someone asked me, “Gabriel, how would you define yourself?” This question certainly has a myriad of answers but considering the context of my surroundings I […]

Jim Rice: Peggy Noonan on Scaring Our Children

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Peggy Noonan, a special assistant and speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, isn’t exactly my favorite pundit, but she’s right on in her OpinionJournal.com column today on the effect on children of our cultural propensity toward in-your-face violence. […]

Rose Marie Berger: Write to a Soldier?

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I’ve gotten a couple of requests from people wanting to know how to contact soldiers. Manhattanville College in New York has a really good My Soldier Program that matches civilians and active duty soldiers for letter exchanges and support. Manhattanville […]

Jim Wallis: Helpers and Heroes

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When tragedies such as last week’s shooting at Virginia Tech happen, the media pay a lot of attention to the horrible facts, the deaths of so many innocents, the profiles of their lives, and, of course, the suffering of their […]

Bob Francis: Can You Help Me Find the Free and Independent Press?

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Bill Moyers Journal aired a great program Wednesday night called “Buying the War,” a commentary asking how the mainstream press got Iraq and the question about WMDs so wrong in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion. You can click here […]

Verse of the Day: Lukewarm Works

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I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. For […]

Voice of the Day: Water

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Water … has an enormous range of meanings for us as human beings. Our bodies are mostly water, and our thirst reminds us to replenish that water. We are born from the waters of the womb, and something about a […]

Jim Wallis: Taking the Vision to the Streets

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I want to personally invite you to Washington, D.C., on June 3-6 to participate in Pentecost 2007: Taking the Vision to the Streets. I’m asking you to come because this is not just another conference: This will be an important […]

Mairead Corrigan Maguire: Nobel Peace Laureate Shot with Israeli Rubber-coated Steel Bullet

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Violence by terrorist groups has caused great suffering for Israelis, and has served as the rationale for many of Israel’s most restrictive policies regarding Palestinians. For that reason, it is all the more important to hear stories of Palestinians and […]

Verse of the Day: “The Lord is Their Refuge”

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

Voice of the Day: Eugene H. Peterson

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Be still and know. Civilization is littered with unsolved problems, baffling impasses. The best minds of the world are at the end of their tether. The most knowledgeable observers of our condition are badly frightened. The most relevant contribution that […]

Diana Butler Bass: ‘Elaborate Lies’

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Two events this week should cause all Christians to stop and consider the relationship between truth and war. Both the congressional hearings in the Tillman/Lynch cases and the Bill Moyers PBS special about the media and Iraq point out one […]

Tony Campolo: Religious Leaders Propose a Way Out of Iraq

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Charles De Gaulle once said that politics is far too serious to be left in the hands of politicians. I agree! The politicians in Washington are painfully divided over what should be done about the war in Iraq. The Republicans […]

Voice of the Day: Frederick D Haynes III

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Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated as the Dreamer. He was more than a dreamer, however; he was a visionary who drum-majored a liberation parade that challenged and changed the status quo. He was not killed for dreaming. He was […]

Verse of the Day: Turning Against the Needy

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Surely one does not turn against the needy, when in disaster they cry for help. Did I not weep for those whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the poor? But when I looked for good, evil […]

Nontando Hadebe: Where is Christ in Zimbabwe’s Crisis?

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The crisis in Zimbabwe has become the crisis of the church. How can we, as Christians and Zimbabweans, be the church in this context? When the apostle Paul describes the church in 1 Corinthians 12, he uses the metaphor of […]

Elizabeth Palmberg: Down on the Farm?

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Don’t think the farm bill (currently up for its 5-year revamp) affects you? As this handy article by Michael Pollan points out, the farm bill is really an eater’s bill, and the current setup is fanning the flames of the […]

Verse of the Day: Good and Bad Fruit

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No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Christianity Today Challenges Dobson’s Hard Line

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Readers of this blog already know about the letter from James Dobson, et al., attacking Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals for his activism on global warming. Bloggers Brian McLaren, Lyndsay Moseley, Bill McKibben, and Randall Balmer all […]

Senator Tim Mathern: Red State Passes Peace Resolution

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I’ve been told that some Americans can’t find North Dakota on the map. We can be considered backward (like some of the folks in the movie Fargo), which is untrue. Our state legislature recently passed North Dakota’s own Peace Resolution […]

Francis Ng’ambi: A Sabbath Year in Africa

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I come from South Africa. I’m working for the Economic Justice Network, which is a network of church organizations in 11 countries. We are working on debt, development, aid, and trade. This year is going to be a special year […]

Verse of the Day: ‘The spoil of the poor’

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The Lord rises to argue his case; he stands to judge the peoples. The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of the people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is […]

Jim Wallis: Abortion – From Symbol to Substance

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In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a congressional ban on the procedure called “partial birth abortion,” the first time a specific abortion procedure has been banned. “Pro-life” forces are claiming a great victory, and “pro-choice” advocates […]

Adam Taylor: For God’s Sake, Save Darfur! End the Politics of Delay

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A recent survey showed that 59 percent of all Americans know “a lot” or “some” about the conflict in Darfur, compared to levels reported in 2004, when only 14 percent said they were familiar with the conflict. This shift has […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Comic Relief

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On Monday, in my homage to Kurt Vonnegut, I affirmed his assertion that: Laughs are exactly as honorable as tears. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion, to the futility of thinking and striving anymore. I myself […]

Verse of the Day: “Speak Out For Those Who Cannot Speak”

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Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. – Proverbs 31:8-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the […]

Jim Wallis: ‘No One Deserves a Tragedy’

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Monday morning in Blacksburg, Virginia, 32 students and staff at Virginia Tech were killed in the largest single shooting in modern American history. The shooter, an angry and disturbed young man, then killed himself. Looking at the profiles of the […]

Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper: Worship in a Time of Catastrophe

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When a gun gets loose on a Virginia campus, or a high school rampage occurs in Colorado; when a building blows up in Oklahoma City, or a plane hits a tower in Manhattan – people follow their horror and disbelief […]

Shane Claiborne: When Violence Kills Itself

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I’ve always heard the old adage, “violence is a weapon of the weak.” But after events like the Virginia Tech massacre, it’s easy to think that violence has ultimate power. After all, we’ve learned history through the lens of war. […]

Voice of the Day: Jean McMullan

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Blinding light assaults the darkness;Children wait for guns to cease.In the midst of war’s confusion,Make us instruments of peace. Hungry for your visitation,We are waiting –lost,afraid. You alone,O God,can save us.Heal the wounds that we have made. -Jean McMullanWritten the […]

Verse of the Day: Calling out to God

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Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord, […]

Diana Butler Bass: The Silence of a Murderer’s Mother

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This morning, on my way to Dulles Airport to catch a flight, I was listening to radio coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre. The reporter was talking about shooter Cho Seung Hui, analyzing his personality and background, and trying to […]

Julie Clendenin: Talking to Children About Tragedy

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Monday was a heavy day. That night, my family sat down for our usual routine – some quiet moments before dinner when we sit and pray together. My two younger daughters, ages 9 and 7, were in their places as […]

Voice of the Day: Douglas V. Steere

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Yet, for all this lukewarmness, we hunger. And we know well enough the there is a response. There is an answering back to the Grace of God on your part and on mine that is all-important. We know, too, that […]

Verse of the Day: “Here I Am”

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Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you […]

Brian McLaren: Sorrow Can Make Us Better, Not Bitter

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When tragedies like the Virginia Tech massacre occur, we all share certain questions. Why did this happen? How could this happen? Should anyone be blamed? Should someone be punished? Often these questions lead us to seek a kind of rational […]

Jim Wallis: A Time for Silence and Prayer

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The shooting deaths of 32 students and staff of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, is the latest example of the senseless violence that seems so often to enter our daily lives. In the midst of the […]

Mirabai Starr: God in the Midst of Grief

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While we’re still reeling from the news of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, we offer this excerpted reflection from the November 2004 issue of Sojourners magazine: Soon after Sept. 11, 2001, my 14-year-old daughter, Jenny, was killed in a […]

Alan Storey: An African ‘Palm Sunday’ Sermon

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One terrifying tragedy about the situation in Zimbabwe is the complicit silence of South Africa. In contrast to this, the Palm-Sunday-weeping-and-shouting-and-cleansing Jesus challenges us to speak out for the sake of our neighbor, Zimbabwe. On Palm Sunday we remember Jesus’ […]

Voice of the Day: Fred Rogers on grieving

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Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. […]

Verse of the Day: “The Lord will Comfort”

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For the Lord will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice […]

Video: Tony Campolo on Jesus and Taxes

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Tony Campolo offers some thoughts on “rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” + Watch it + Read more about war tax resistance in the SojoMail archives

Diana Butler Bass: Don Imus, Duke Lacrosse, and Our Pornified Culture

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While most of the media has been consumed by Don Imus’ racial slur against the Rutgers women’s basketball team, I have been thinking about that other case: the case of the Duke lacrosse players. My friends will probably laugh, because, […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Kurt Vonnegut, ‘Christ-Worshipping Agnostic’

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I’m not an evangelical who reads only what affirms my theology, or failing that, tries to pretend that the artists I like somehow conform to my beliefs. (I tire of the endless debates in evangelical circles about whether Bono is […]

Bob Francis: Charity and Justice after Katrina

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Much has been written about Katrina since that devastating storm ravaged the Gulf Coast a year and a half ago. Many organizations, including Sojourners/Call to Renewal, have seized upon this situation to remind us that there are still two Americas […]

Voice of the Day: Rumi

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Enough of phrases and conceits and metaphors!I want burning, burning… Light up a fire of love in thy soul,Burn all thought and expression away! – Jelalludin Rumi + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: The Spirit of the Lord

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A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, […]

Verse of the Day: Righteousness and Justice

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See, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a covert from the tempest, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of […]

Voice of the Day: Henri J. M. Nowen

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Prayer leads you to see new paths and to hear new melodies in the air. Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you freedom to go and stay where you wish and to find the many signs which […]

Rose Marie Berger: Beauty and the Ugly American

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If a world famous violinist plays his 1713 Stradivarius at the entrance of a subway in downtown Washington, D.C., will anyone listen? Watch the video clips as Joshua Bell busks at L’Enfant Plaza metro stop while 1,097 people pass by. […]

Voice of the Day: Rufus Jones

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God’s life and our lives are bound together, as a vine with branches as a body with members. So corporate are we that no one can give a cup of cold water to the least person in the world without […]

Verse of the Day: Offering Out of Abundance

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[Jesus] looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all […]

Bob Francis: Repairers of the Breach

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I have always felt a bit disconnected from Hurricane Katrina – I was on vacation a half a world away when the storm devastated the Gulf Coast. Cut off from television and the internet, I was not saturated with the […]

Francis Ng’ambi: Jubilee vs. the IMF

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The International Monetary Fund, whose board will meet this weekend in Washington, D.C., continues to use its role as a gatekeeper for rich country aid to impose questionable, and often downright harmful, conditions onto poor countries. For example, the IMF […]

Jim Wallis: ‘We Need to Be Liberated Again’

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On April 9, 2003, Saddam Hussein’s government collapsed as the U.S. military swept into Baghdad. The next day, President Bush delivered a triumphant “message to the Iraqi people.” In it, he said: The goals of our coalition are clear and […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Puls

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Where are the gentle spirits and the prayerful souls among our leaders? When will we trust the qualifications of credible lifestyle and courageous witness as much as articulation of programs and financial expertise? When will we die to the styles […]

Verse of the Day: Mocking the Poor

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Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished. – Proverbs 17:5-5 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Janna Hunter-Bowman: Colombia’s ‘Fragile Unreality’

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The 50-year Colombian armed conflict pits government armed forces and right-wing paramilitary groups against leftist guerrillas. Church people, part of the unarmed civilian population struggling to stay outside the conflict, are caught in the cross-fire. Since 2000, the United States […]

Nontando Hadebe: ‘The Passion of the Christ’ in Zimbabwe’s Context

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Last week I watched The Passion of the Christ – it was my third time watching the film. Each time I watch the film a different facet of the suffering of Christ is revealed to me. This time I watched […]

Verse of the Day: Favoritism

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My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in […]

Jim Wallis: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Sixty-two years ago today, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged at the Nazi concentration camp in Flossenburg, Germany, for his role in the anti-Hitler resistance. His books – Life Together, Ethics, The Cost of Discipleship, Letters and Papers From Prison, and others […]

Video: Jim Wallis (and Others) on Biblical Justice

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From a video by Christian Aid: Christian leaders, including Jim Wallis (Sojourners), John Bell (Iona Community) and the Bishop of Durham (England), reflect on the biblical call for justice. This film was produced by the video team at Christian Aid, […]

Brian McLaren: Which Holy War?

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On Good Friday, 2007, a friend drew my attention to a fascinating editorial by CNN contributor Roland Martin. It expressed in both intellectual content and emotional intensity what many of us think and feel about the state of the Christian […]

Voice of the Day: St. Maximos the Confessor

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Without faith, hope, and love nothing sinful is totally abolished, nor is anything good fully attained. – St. Maximus the Confessor + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: Praise the Lord

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You who fear the Lord, praise him! … For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him. From you comes my praise […]

Jim Wallis : The Victory (Part 3)

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I am on spring break with my family this week. As we approach Good Friday and Easter, I wanted to share with you the concluding chapter to my book, The Call to Conversion. It’s a reflection on the cross and […]

Duane Shank: Remembering the Past

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Philosopher George Santayana is credited with the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Over on The Huffington Post this morning, there is an excellent example of the truth of that statement. Robert F. Kennedy, […]

Verse of the Day: Boast in the Lord

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Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast boast in this, that […]

Diana Butler Bass: Believing the Resurrection

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In the early 90s, I lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., and attended a dynamic, renewing, spiritually vital liberal congregation, Trinity Episcopal Church. There, I was fortunate enough to meet the Rt. Rev. Daniel Corrigan, an aged Episcopal bishop who was […]

Jim Wallis: The Victory (Part 2)

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I am on spring break with my family this week. As we approach Good Friday and Easter, I wanted to share with you the concluding chapter to my book, The Call to Conversion. It’s a reflection on the cross and […]

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