The Common Good

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Census Shows 1 In 2 People Are Poor Or Low-Income
Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.
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THE BAPTIST STANDARD: Evangelical Group Links Climate Change And Poverty
The National Association of Evangelicals released a document Dec. 14 about changes to the environment and how they affect the poor.
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POLITICO: Rick Perry Stresses Values On Iowa Bus Tour Kick-Off
Rick Perry began his campaign for redemption by stressing his appeal to Iowa’s evangelical Christians.
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CNN: Occupy 2.0? Church Leaders Join Movement
A group of African-American church leaders announced Wednesday their intention to join ranks with the Occupy movement in the nation's capital, bolstering what some consider a mutual message of condemning income inequality and social injustice.
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THE ATLANTIC: The Looming Death Of The Death Penalty
The year-end report by the folks at the Death Penalty Information Center tell more and more Americans what they already know in their hearts to be true: The death penalty experiment is failing yet again.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Christ and Consumerism: 'Priceless' At What Price? (OPINION)
But as people of faith, alive with the Spirit, we are called to live out of our conscience into a new consciousness. This is the coming of a new reality that some may call the kingdom of God, some may call social responsibility and some may call an empathic evolution of humanity. God's presence is called forth by our rejection of the status quo, and our desire for new way of being. In this Advent season, let us be occupied by a forward foretaste of hope.
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