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10 Myths About the Food Stamp Program (That Thing Congress is Trying to Gut)
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that it’s not easy to feed a family of four well — especially without great time and effort — on less than $20 a day. About a year ago, I wrote about my family pa ...

Lessons from August Recess
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) embraced immigration reform and the need to provide a path to legalization for the millions of aspiring Americans who are already major contributors to our communities and our econ ...

The 5 Rules of Recess
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

While many assume Congress has taken an extended vacation this month, nothing could be further from the truth. Recess is just as important now as it was when we were kids, but the rules have changed. ...

Who Is My Enemy?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

I used to blame governments, and churches, and institutions all day long. Now I’ve stuck a piece of tape over my mouth. I’m going to leave it there as a reminder that everything I speak out against has its ori ...

Evangelical Scientists Hold Press Conference to Urge Congress to Act on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Press

July 10, 2013 Press Releases In light of the President’s announcement ...

6 Things Congress Needs To Do in July
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The month of July stands as an important time for Congress as members of the House and Senate attempt to make decisions about six major U.S. issues. The month of July stands as an ...

Senate Passes Immigration Overhaul; Top 10 Reasons It Matters
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

By a 68-32 vote, the Senate just passed S.744, a bipartisan immigration reform bill that people of faith have held up as part of a solution to the United States’ broken immigration system. While it still has t ...

Feds Release First Guidelines for Confronting a Church Shooter
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

For the first time, the federal government has issued written guidelines for houses of worship that are confronted with a homicidal gunman. For the first time, the federal governm ...

White House Pushes Gun Safety
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama is expected to call upon lawmakers and Congress Tuesday as he asks for their support in backing his measures concerning gun safety. President Barack Obama i ...

Evangelicals on Immigration Reform: 'How We Treat the Stranger Is How We Treat Christ'
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 10:19am | Type: Press

May 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Stoyan Zaimov ...

General Motors Calls on Washington to Work Together on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

General Motors signs the Climate Declaration. General Motors signed the Climate Declaration. The statement is part of a new initiative by businesses for greater action on global w ...

President Obama Sides With His Guantanamo Bay Protesters
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Tuesday, President Obama repeated his belief that Guantanamo Bay needs to be closed. President Obama broke his silence to comment on the current hunger strike of over 90 men at Gu ...

Gun control falls in first attempt since Newtown; supporters re-up their resolve
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 2:01pm | Type: Press

April 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Brian Roewe ...

All Eyes On Washington
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Rabbi Mark Sameth ...

Our Nation's Graveyard: Clergy Demand Gun Control at National Mall
Originally Posted: 04/12/2013 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Clergy from California to Connecticut created a makeshift graveyard symbolizing victims of gun violence on the National Mall on Thursday as they exhorted Congress to pass legislation to limit access to firearm ...

Immigration reform gets personal for evangelicals
Originally Posted: 04/12/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Adelle M. Banks ...

More Than 3,300 Gun Deaths Since Newtown; Faith Leaders Say 'Enough'
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Today, on the National Mall, I stood with fellow faith leaders, including clergy from Newtown, to remember lives lost at Sandy Hook elementary school and the 3,364 gun deaths that have happened since. ...

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 ...

Faith Leaders Speak Out to Reduce Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Driven by our moral call to protect each member of our society, people of faith have been outspoken about the need to craft meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence. This week, Mayors Against Illegal Gun ...

COMMENTARY: Leaders Who Can Act like Grown Ups
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Government by the immature is proving to be a disaster. ... Immature leaders put off important decisions and get lost in small concerns. They take sides like schoolchildren rather than seeing the needs of the ...

Immigration Reform News 2013: Obama Meets With Religious Leaders, Calls for Reform Bill Within 60 Days
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Press

March 8, 2013 Sojo in the News I-Hsien Sherwood ...

Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Mel Fabrikant ...

Catholics unite for new gun control measures
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:27pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Joshua J. McElwee ...

Jewish Leaders Push Plans To End Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Press

January 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jewish Telegraphic Agency ...

Faith Communities Step Up Against Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Press

January 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Sally Steenland ...

Evangelical Christians prepare for ‘largest ever grassroots push on immigration’
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Press

January 12, 2013 Sojo in the News Dan Merica ...

Conflict Resolution 101
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Conflict happens everywhere, from Congress to congregations, from boardrooms to bedrooms. The dysfunction of Congress is just a highly public instance of a typical conflict scenario. ...

Faith Leaders Want Americans to Pray for Collegiality
Originally Posted: 01/04/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

At a time when the ideals of compromise and collegiality seem like a distant dream in the nation’s capital, an unusually diverse coalition of religious leaders is asking Americans to pray for civility. ...

Jeb Bush Jr. and conservatives lead push for immigration overhaul
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2012 Sojo in the News William E. Gibson ...

GOP should rally around immigration reform, Utah A.G. says
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2012 Sojo in the News Matt Canham ...

Bibles, Badges, Businesses Call for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2012 Sojo in the News Stephanie Czekalinski ...

Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Should Protect Programs for the Poor, Religious Leaders Say
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Press

November 20, 2012 Sojo in the News Napp Nazworth ...

Dear Congress: This Holiday Season, Don't Make the Poor Poorer
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

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 ...

New Congress More Religiously Diverse, Less Protestant
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Three Buddhists, a Hindu, and a “none” will walk into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country. ...

Evangelical leaders urge Obama, Congress to reform immigration
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:52pm | Type: Press

November 15, 2012 Sojo in the News Tom Strode ...

President Obama, Congressional Leadership Get Down to Business
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:46pm | Type: Press

November 16, 2012 Sojo in the News Christina Bellantoni ...

Love Is in the Air, and Not Just at the CIA
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Press

November 13, 2012 Sojo in the News Douglas Kmiec ...

The Fiscal Cliff: Mommas Said Knock You Out
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Under sequestration, the U.S. foreign aid that has made such a tremendous difference in Ethiopia and in the lives of countless millions of desperately poor Africans (and others) is in grave jeopardy. ...

Buddhist, Hindu Make History in New Congress
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:09pm | Type: Blog

Congress will become a shade more religiously diverse this January, after Tuesday’s election of the first Hindu representative and first Buddhist senator. Tulsi Gabbard , a Democrat from Hawaii, will become the first Hindu-American congresswoman, ...

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 ...

Respecting the Indigenous Hosts of This Land
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

In December, I will be hosting a public reading of the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. I am doing so because page 45 of this 67 page document contains ...

Why Religious Leaders Have Condemned The Ryan-Romney Budget
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Press

August 13, 2012 Sojo in the News Sally Steenland ...

Republican Budget is an Immoral Document
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

To reward the rich even more while actually punishing the poor is a direct offense to all of our religious traditions. Editor's Note: The following remarks were given ...

Health Care and Judgement Day, Revisited
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Press

July 5, 2012 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

BREAKING: Attorney General Voted in Contempt of Congress
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

Congressional committee votes Attorney General in contempt of Congress for refusing to provide documents. Breaking news this afternoon – "A House panel voted Wednesd ...

Congress Stops Subsidizing the Utility Industry with Children’s Health
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

In a full vote Wednesday morning the Senate rejected a measure intended to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency's implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), a rule that would ...

Which Way Will Hispanic Evangelicals Turn in November?
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Press

June 15, 2012 Sojo in the News Doris Nhan ...

About this ad Evangelicals unveil immigration reform plan
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Press

June 13, 2012 Sojo in the News Matthew Brown ...

An Obama-Evangelical Alliance On Immigration
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:21pm | Type: Press

June 15, 2012 Sojo in the News Andrew Sullivan ...