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History Will Judge Today's Christians According To These 4 Questions

Stephen Mattson | Posted 07.14.2016 | Religion
Stephen Mattson

You can look back in history and criticize Christians for failing to follow Jesus during some of the world's darkest moments, but today's Christians will also be judged according to their actions, and here are four moral questions facing today's Christians.

No Accountability. No Trust.

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

While I am no legal expert on the details of the court decision yesterday or whether the charges against him and each of the other officers were carefully made or effectively prosecuted, nor a spiritual expert on the officers' motives, nor an administrative expert on Baltimore police training, one fact continues to remain clear: No one has yet to be held accountable for the death of Freddie Gray who was alive and well before being detained and put into that police wagon. That same fact still applies to almost ALL of the young African-American men and women who have been shot or choked or beaten to death by police or who have died in police custody --despite all the publicity about these police crimes. And that is why there is so little trust in communities of color for the police that are supposed to serve them and keep them safe.

Trump's Brand of Bigotry Isn't Going Away. So Neither Are We.

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I'm not sure Donald Trump has the personal conviction to be a racist. He just sells racism -- and that's worse. Trump's racial, religious, and gender bigotry will lose him many religious Americans, including those whom the media has often called "values voters."

How Daniel Berrigan Helped Save My Faith

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

His critics always accused him of disorderliness, disruption, creating drama, and causing discomfort -- all of which were true. That's because he was not only a priest and a poet -- Daniel Berrigan was a prophet.

Why We Made a Video Making Fun of Patriarchy

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.15.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

In the midst of a sexist and even misogynist conservatism that calls itself "Christian," and a secular left that too often discounts the value of faith in the public sphere, we desperately need women faith leaders.

A Pro-Faith, Pro-Choice Response to Rev. Rob Schenck's Anti-Abortion, Anti-Gun Agenda

Katey Zeh | Posted 04.13.2016 | Religion
Katey Zeh

What does being pro-life mean in a world in which giving birth to new life causes so many women to lose their own?

Video Flips The Script On The Ridiculous Reasons Women 'Should Not Be Pastors'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.06.2016 | Religion

7 Reasons Men Should Not Be PastorsI mean, they could still lead worship on Father's Day ...Posted by Sojourners on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Despi...

First Nighter: Mfoniso Udofia's "Sojourners" Deserves a Welcome Stay

David Finkle | Posted 01.30.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

In Sojourners, the stimulating new Playwrights Realm production at Peter Sharp, the first-generation Nigerian-American author Mfoniso Udofia never directly explains the title, but implicitly she lets us know again and again and again.

The Rationalization of Racial Injustice

Bryan Stevenson | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Bryan Stevenson

From Ferguson, Missouri, to Charleston, South Carolina, communities are suffering the lethal consequences of our collective silence about racial injustice. The church should be a source of truth in a nation that has lost its way. As the dominant religion in the United States, Christianity is directly implicated when we Christians fail to speak more honestly about the legacy of racial inequality.

Solitary Confinement Makes Mass Incarceration More Problematic

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 12.17.2015 | Crime
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

State officials in New York are reforming their policy of keeping people convicted of non-violent offenses in solitary confinement. Some hail the decision; others, including corrections officers, object, saying that solitary confinement is necessary to maintain control, and they say that keeping an individual in solitary confinement is not inhumane.

Faith Leaders Testify In Support Of EPA's Clean Power Plan

Religion News Service | Heather Adams | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than two dozen faith leaders rallied at public hearings hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency to testify in support of t...

Spit or Swallow? A Gay Christian Challenge to Lukewarm Christian Moderates as the Supreme Court Swings Right

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Where education and "dialogue" with lukewarm Christian "allies" continues to be a one-sided effort to which only LGBTQ Christians and a handful of outspoken allies contribute, perhaps it's time to recognize what Jesus taught in the parable of the sower.

Social Justice for Us Today: Sojourners' Summit

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Sojourners, a national Christian organization, is celebrating more than 40 years of faith in action for social justice.

A Wave of Prayer to End Hunger, Protect SNAP

David Beckmann | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
David Beckmann

Christians of the world are calling on our leaders to act. We are not asking for anything more than we know can be done. Join us in prayer at noon on Dec. 10 and together we can create a world in which the lowly are lifted up and the hungry are filled.

The 'S' Word, the 'D' Word and 12 Years a Slave

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

McQueen's unflinching revelation of Northup's struggle to maintain his dignity under the oppressive institution of slavery is a chance for Americans to engage the conversation we so desperately need -- the conversation about the "s" word -- "slavery."

Questioning the Bible: What I Would Have Said to Bill Maher

Derek Flood | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Derek Flood

Now, I'm a big fan of Jim Wallis and I appreciate that he moved the conversation away from Maher's attempted divisiveness and back to caring for the poor and immigration reform in this country. At the same time, I think the question Bill Maher was raising is an important one, too.

Star Trek Demands Path Out Of The Darkness

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

"Star Trek Into Darkness" does what Star Trek has always done best: holds up a mirror to the United States and asks, "Are we the moral people we want to be?"

Jaweed Kaleem

Prominent Christian Leader On Faith's Role In Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- A little over a year ago, during some of the most heated moments of the presidential election, the Rev. Jim Wallis went on a three-month s...

Jimmy Carter vs. The Southern Baptist Convention: A Sea Change?

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The first step toward seeing the objectification, other-ization and suppression of women is recognizing the problem still exists. With persistence and some time, this tide which has begun to turn will be irreversibly altered for the better.

Remembering Gordon Cosby

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

"A deep inner sickness has taken over when we can't feel the suffering of those who are enduring structural violence every hour. We are in the psychol...

God, Cellphones, Quarterly Earnings and the Search for the Common Good

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Arianna Huffington

"Our life together can be better." That's the opening sentence of an important new book by Jim Wallis called On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good. Wallis wrote it while taking a three-month sabbatical last year, in the midst of the 2012 election -- a break that allowed him to get a broader perspective on what was going on in American public life. The book draws inspiration from Abraham Lincoln's famous line: "[M]y concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side..." For Wallis, the key to being on God's side is a focus on the common good. But, as Wallis saw vividly during his sabbatical, that doesn't seem to be the direction things are currently headed in our country. Instead of strengthening our commitment to equality, social justice, and our sense of unity as a nation, our public and political discourse is breaking us apart.

Making New Year's Resolutions Based on Love

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 12.28.2012 | Good News
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Whatever belief system you have in place and whatever word you use for that which is bigger than us -- I hope you'll take the time to bring the true spirit of Hanukkah and Christmas into your New Year.

A US-Europe Free Trade Deal Allows US to Rethink Immigration Policy

Iain Murray | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Iain Murray

Momentum seems to be gaining this week on the idea of a Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA). But if the joint White House-European Union committee exploring the topic is to be of any value, it needs to examine a key corollary to free trade -- labor mobility.

Poll: Voters Want Leader to Prioritize Working Poor Families

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 12.28.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Americans recognize a problem when we see it. But what happens when that problem continues to worsen year after year, and leaders are reluctant to spe...

Q&A: About Those Pro-Muslim Subway Ads

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 10.08.2012 | New York

As announced last week, a series of pro-Muslim advertising campaigns urging religious tolerance are expected to be unveiled in New York City's subway ...