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Doing the Best We Can in Hard Times - A Corporate Example

Scanning the headlines recently, the following caught my attention: "Walgreens giving free care to jobless and uninsured." I read the article to find the hidden catch, but to my delight, I found only a company trying to use its resources in a way that promotes the common good of society. "NEW YORK
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What Makes Liberals and Conservatives Angry? Abortion Reduction

When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to something.
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Obama and the G-20

Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the largest economies and the European Union, will meet in London.
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3rd Sunday of Lent: Unpredictable Hope

Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2: 13-22
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A Fairness Issue

"Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?"
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Our Moral Audit of the Budget

Four years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, Sojourners coined a phase, "budgets are moral documents." That phrase has now entered the common lexicon, but it remains our fundam
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Obama's Call to Rebuild

This wasn't really a budget speech, or even a State of the Union. It was a call to rebuild a country -- from its infrastructure, to its economy, to its values.
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Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia.
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SCHIP: Finally, a Victory for Children's Healthcare

The 111th Congress is turning out to be a bit more exciting than the 110th, with members tackling tough issues with a vigor that was in short supply in 2008.
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Books on Grace, Power, and Faith

Getting time to read is always a challenge, but here are the top 10 books I read this year:
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Davos: How Will This Crisis Change Us?

In a plenary session titled "The Values behind Market Capitalism" yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, I started with this observation:
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Inauguration Journal: Scattered Thoughts Over Four Days of History

It's a better country than I thought it was. I honestly wouldn't have thought this possible. I guess I would have agreed with the older generation of African Americans in my neighborhood: This day would never come in our lifetimes-but here it is.
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Video and Transcript: Rick Warren's Inaugural Invocation

Here's the video and the transcript of Rick Warren's prayer at the inaugural ceremony, for your reference and comment:
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Inaugural Week Meditation: So Happy

I'm 52, and I've had a great first half-century of life (and am looking forward to the next). But this inaugural week I feel an extraordinary happiness. Younger people can understand it to a great degree, but I think many folks my age and older
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Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president.
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Obama's Ethic of Responsibility

In a recent interview with Barbara Walters, President-elect Obama said,
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Building the Capacity for Neighbors to Help Neighbors

This election galvanized millions of people who yearned to take back our country. People want to contribute their talents, strengthen communities, take pride in what we give and accomplish.
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President Obama: Honor Your Call to the Common Good

While my friend, Christine, sent me iPhone photos of the thousands of ecstatic Chicagoans she partied with last night in Grant Park, I pondered what I would write to you this morning.
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My Prayer for Election Day

On the eve of this historic election, let us pause for a moment of thanks.
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Jesus is not an Essene nor a Herodian

If you care about peace, justice, the common good, poor people, the environment, genocide, war, peoples' health, human life or general wellbeing, come hell or high water, you are going to vote on N
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James Dobson's 'Letter From 2012 in Obama's America'

James Dobson, you owe America an apology.
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Joe the Pastor

A new figure has entered the 2008 election campaign. His name is "Joe the plumber," and his concerns about his future have now entered the message of this political year.
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