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Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address

After weeks of controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate as this year's commencement speaker, we have seen both the American democratic tra
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Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea
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Justice for Vieques

For more than sixty years
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Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth

The industrialized world's collective failure to both regulate pollution and curb gross overconsumption has put millions and billions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people at increase
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For the Record: Still Not the Religious Left

Before our Mobilization to End Poverty, a member of our staff sent an e-mail to some members of the media in which he mistakenly referred to it as "the first big mobilization of the Religious Left
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Doing Kingdom Work

There were some remarkable outcomes to last week's Mobilization to End Poverty, with nearly 50 sponsors an
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Jack Kemp: Bleeding-Heart Conservative

In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League switched its All-Star game from New Orleans to Houston.
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The First 100 Days

Wednesday marked the 100th day of President Obama's administration and the final day of Sojourners'
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Help is on the Way

Social movements built from the streets of our country and open doors in the halls of power is the formula for deep and lasting social change.
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Sunday Night at the Mobilization

Last night, the Mobilization to End Poverty began with the over 1,100 faith leaders and activists gathered together from across the country.
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A Spiritual Struggle

Sunday evening the Mobilization to End Poverty will begin.
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A Christian Mistake

In ominous red and black, last week's Newsweek cover carried the headline, "The Decline and Fall of Christian America." The magazine's cover sto
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Making a Difference in Darfur

In an op-ed piece in Monday's Wall Street Journal, on
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A Good Friday Appeal to Abolish the Death Penalty

Ten years ago on Good Friday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement and call to action: "On this
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Watch and Pray

Last week, before the budget vote, I talked with several senators on the phone as they were about to cast their vote. The ones I spoke to were friends, and I told them that I was praying for them.
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Apologies of the Powerful

"I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address,"
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Video: Jim Wallis on CNN Discussing Obama's Faith Council

Jim Wallis, Eboo Patel, and Rabbi David Saperstein discuss the role of President Obama's Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
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Persistent Efforts to Counter a Persistent Nuclear Threat

A generation has now come of age now for which "Fall Out Shelter" signs are nothing but rusty remnants of a time long past.
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$296 Billion, 22 Months

$296 billion is a lot of money. Twenty-two months is a long time. But that's not the cost of the most recent bailout and 22 months isn't a prediction of how long our economic crisis will last.
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