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Christian Leaders Ask House to Say ‘No’ to $40 Billion in New SNAP Cuts
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Press

September 18, 2013 Press Releases Christian leaders today urged membe ...

Catholics Differ at 'War on Poverty' Hearing
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Sister Simone Campbell, the face of the famous “Nuns on the Bus” tours, and Rep. Paul Ryan, the brains behind the House Republicans’ budget-cutting plans, have for more than a year represented diametrically op ...

Letter seeks ‘circle of protection’ for poor
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

'Bring Our War Dollars Home'
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Candice Quinn Local governments push for Pentagon spending cuts. YEAR AFTER YEAR, more than 50 percent of the ...

Life, Death, Taxes, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

The common good is not only about politics. The common good is about life and how we live it. It is ultimately about how we are all connected. I haven’t written much in the past t ...

The Budget Battles are Back
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

As they review Obama's budget proposal, only time will tell if Republicans are willing to engage the president in a serious way to find common ground on deficit reduction instead of letting dysfunction co ...

Jim Wallis on the release of the President’s new budget proposal
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 12:48pm | Type: Press

April 10, 2013 Press Releases President Obama’s budget proposal is a ...

GOP budget fails moral standard
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 2:30pm | Type: Press

April 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Sequester Cuts Hit Communities
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

The effects of funding cuts in 100 communities. The effects of the federal funding sequester are beginning to hit, and it’s not a pretty picture. Amanda Terkel and Sam Stein at ...

Balancing our Budget through Humility, Shared Sacrifice, and Hope
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

In the midst of an exasperating and polarized political debate around the U.S. budget, our national and political leaders can learn valuable lessons from Holy Week. This week   ...

To Whom Do They Answer?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

Congress will close its doors and lawmakers will head home to be with their constituents for the Easter recess. If inside reports are to be trusted, they will leave Washington "armed with excuses" th ...

Budget Cuts and the Poor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Press

March 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Sequester: Pocket Change?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

This is not responsible governing. This is not even responsible debate. This is a case of policymakers telling blatant falsehoods to disguise the fact that they did nothing to protect programs like WIC and Mea ...

Rev. David Beckmann on impact of looming sequestration health care cuts: ‘Those cuts kill’
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 5:24pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2013 Sojo in the News Current TV ...

Christian Leaders Ask Political Leaders to End Brinkmanship as Sequester Looms
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 1:40pm | Type: Press

that today more than one in seven Americans (46.2 million people) – and one in five children – are living ... that 46.2 million of us are already living on the brink. This is not acceptable to us, nor is it acceptable ...

Our Pastoral Letter on the Budget — And My Hope for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the idea of the common good is failing in American politics. The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the ...

Extending the Debt Ceiling.
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

New reports this afternoon are that House Republicans have agreed to vote next week on extending the debt ceiling for about three months, giving time for passage of a budget. New ...

The Choices We Face: A Guide for Faith Leaders to the Federal Budget and Tax Debate
Originally Posted: 01/11/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has teamed up with PICO, one of the nation’s largest community organizing networks, to create and distribute “The Choices We Face: A Guide for Faith Leaders to the Federal Budget and Tax Debate.” ...

Whistling 'Dixie' Off the Fiscal Cliff
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Let the healing begin (maybe next week). SO HOW WAS your fall off the fiscal cliff? Did you dro ...

Fiscal Cliff: Time to Challenge the 'Mighty on Their Thrones'
Originally Posted: 12/21/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

Today, I challenge our political leaders to read the Christmas story of God come to earth and born in a manger as a child of working-class parents, and then reexamine their own budget priorities. ...

Our Fiscal Soul and the Arithmetic of Protecting the Poor
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

The discussion we are having about “the fiscal cliff” is really a debate about our fiscal soul. What kind of nation do we want to be? The discussion we are having about “the fisca ...

The REAL War on Christmas: Congress’ Budget Negotiations

Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As political leaders engage in negotiations to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” we need them to preserve programs that reduce poverty and keep our families healthy. Unfortunately, House Speaker John Boehner ...

Grover’s Gofers: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Here’s the irony: Republicans claim to hate deficits, but the facts are clear. If extended indefinitely, the Bush-era tax cuts will account for nearly half of America’s budget deficit by the year 2019. ...

Falling off the Fiscal Cliff: 5 Things You Need to Know
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

As the country braces for another fiscal showdown in the nation’s capitol, here’s five things you need to know on the issue likely to dominate the news over the next several months. ...

On Scripture: After the Chaos Ends
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

No politician wants to look weak – even before a god. According to Jeremiah, the leaders of Judah have prioritized – not the building of an ethical community – but their own comfort and position. ...

Take Action: Holiday Thanks and Letters in Solidarity
Originally Posted: 11/22/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

This Thanksgiving, as your family holds hands and give thanks and as your church packs Thanksgiving dinner baskets, and this Christmas season churches prepare gift baskets for those Jesus called “The Least of ...

Dear Congress, This Holiday Season, Don’t Make the Poor Poorer
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

This week, the Circle of Protection, released an open letter to the president and Congress with a simple message: during the holidays, please “advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them p ...

Jim Wallis Meets With President Obama, Other Officials, to Discuss Fiscal Cliff
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, met with President Barack Obama and other key officials at the White House on Friday to discuss the fiscal cliff, and urge a fair budget deal that does not harm the ...

Catholic Bishops Warn Congress Not to Throw Poor Off ‘Fiscal Cliff’
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

As Congress embarks on high-stakes budget negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are warning elected officials not to target programs for the poor and inst ...

The Road to Recovery
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Heather Boushey We know how policymakers can fight unemployment. They're just not doing it. ONE OF THE b ...

Just the Facts Ma’am: Economic Analysis from the Congressional Research Service
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

When we listen to political debates about which public policies will strengthen the economy, it is easy to get lost in a statistical maze. When we listen to political debates abou ...

Planning for Poverty: The SNAP Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Families receive $4 a day per family member to cover food costs, so the SNAP challenge is pretty simple (in theory, at least): Live on the same amount with your family for a week. ...

Sister Simone Campbell Visits Bill O'Reilly, Talks Budget
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

Sister Simone Campbell sat down with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly to discuss her organization's push for a faithful budget. Sister Simone Campbell sat down with Fox News ...

Rally to Restore Balance to the Budget Debate
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, members of the House spoke out against the House Agriculture Committee’s vote to cut SNAP benefits to working class Americans. On Wednesday, Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) rallied on the Senate-side to r ...

Will the Real Ms. Middle Class Please Stand Up?
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: SojoMail

July 12, 2012   GUEST COMMENTARY by Lisa Sharon Harper Will ...

Faithful Alternatives to the Sequester
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

Today the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN) presented a forum for congressional representatives to talk about a more faithful response to the pending sequester this upcoming January.   Sequestration as we know it was meant to ...

The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 1:31pm | Type: SojoMail

June 7, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "We are looking at a gro ...

The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Press

June 7, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

I'm a Fraud (and So Are You)
Originally Posted: 05/27/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

I’m coming to terms with the realization that I’m a big, fat fake. But at least I’m in good company. I’m coming to terms with the realization that I’m a big, fat fake. But at lea ...

Paul Ryan to 'Preempt Austerity'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

House budget chairman Paul Ryan and Senate assistant majority leader Dick Durbin discuss debt challenges and austerity on "Meet The Press" over the weekend. According to Ryan: "The whole premis ...

Why the Economy Is Where It Is
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

Why are advanced economies so seemingly immune to correct diagnosis and prescription?   Jared Bernstein  of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities takes a look at the e ...

Colbert Catholics: Father Thomas Reese on Ryan's "Deeply Christian" Budget
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Georgetown University's Father Thomas Reese finds discrepancies between Catholic doctrine and Paul Ryan's fiscal ministry. "As Jesus said, 'Tough love your ...

Plowshares into Swords
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee cut $33 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps). Under a mandate from the budget resolution pa ...

Ryan Budget is a Present-Day 'Hunger Games'
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

The Catholic Bishops have now come out with their concerns about the Ryan budget and how it abandons the poor and the hungry. Melissa Boteach of Half-in-Ten —the campaign to cu ...

Book Review: Fixing the Moral Deficit
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago President Barack Obama announced his FY2013 Budget. Within a few weeks, Ryan will submit his FY2013 budget plan for review. Dr. Ronald J. Sider’s new book, Fixing the Moral Deficit (February 20 ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 22, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Religion And Politics Don't Mix, Major Religious Groups Tell Presidential Candidates On Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and the Interfaith Alliance released a "s ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: The Surprising Faith Of 8 American Presidents (OPINION) Presidential religious lives are, for the most part, rather unremarkable--just like the majority of Americans they represent. Learn more HERE THE ASSOCIATED PR ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb.15, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE/USA TODAY: You've Heard Of Evangelicals, But Who Are They? Evangelicals have been in the news a lot lately, from the Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow and his take-a-knee prayers to the Texas pastor and his wife who spent ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 14, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Four Ways To Slice Obama’s 2013 Budget Proposal (INFOGRAPHIC) Explore every nook and cranny of President Obama's federal budget proposal. Learn more HERE THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK): Britain Being Overtaken By  ...

Coming to a Computer Near You: It's Tea Party Jesus!
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 12:37am | Type: Blog

The "Tea Party Jesus" video will be a satirical take of the Sermon on the Mount with various quotes, signs and policy positions of the Tea Party. I can’t say I ever expe ...