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Report from Haiti: Poverty and the Earthquake Collided
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

We landed in Haiti about five hours ago. It has been approximately a week after the major earthquake struck this country. We landed in Haiti about five hours ago. It has been appr ...

Now is the Time for Congressional Courage on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too many of the rest of us do not. The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too ...

Book Tour Diary: Riverside Church and Rock and Roll
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Last night, at the historic Riverside Church, New Y ...

Boomer Blues, Part 2: Have You Saved $1 Million Yet?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/06/boomer-blues-we-dont-learn-from-th ...

Boomer Blues: 'We don't learn from the past, and we don't plan for the future.'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> In this morning's New York Times, columnis ...

Faith, Hope, and the Advent of Health-care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches us to "give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (I Thessalonians 5:18). Biblical wisdom teaches us t ...

An Evangelical Trojan Horse in the Democratic Party?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/11/8/802231/-Does-the-Evangelical-Movement-Belong-in-the-Democratic-Party">A recent Daily Kos post asks this question</a>: Does the Evangel ...

Video: Sen. Lindsey Graham Calls out Conservative Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Sen. Lindsey Graham demonstrated recently what soulful leadership looks like in the Republican Party. Sen. Lindsey Graham demonstrated recently what soulful leadership looks like ...

Put Poor People on the Climate Change Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Last week, a group of senators, many in the leadership of the majority Democratic Party, asked for a meeting with a small group of inte ...

What Does Big Government Have to do with Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"I'm here to stand up for Jesus," said the anti-health reform protester to a CNN correspondent. "Government is getting too big."</p> "I'm ...

Personal and Pragmatic Reasons for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus is a healer -- of body, spirit, and heart. He also called Christians to be peacemakers and healers. Jesus is a healer -- of body, spirit, and heart. He also called Christian ...

Stand for Freedom in Iran: 'Enough is Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is a message delivered at the "Stand for Freedom in Iran" rally that took place yesterday at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, across from the United Nations.</em></p> ...

Obama's Health-Care Speech: Hope Over Fear
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/us/politics/10obama.text.html?ref=politics">speech last evening</a>, President Barack Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition i ...

Kennedy, Health Care, and Imperfection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The first time I met Sen. Edward Kennedy was in the underbelly of the Capitol on the Capitol Subway. The first time I met Sen. Edward Kennedy was in the underbelly of the Capitol ...

The Downstream Media and the Death of Political Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The passing of Sen. The passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy has brought forth many reflections on his ability-regardless of his reputation as the archetypal Massachusetts liberal-to en ...

Remembering Sen. Edward Kennedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I woke up this morning planning an essay for God's Politics about love and fear. It will be another essay in support of health-care reform. This issue has commandeered my pen.</p> ...

Honoring the Greatest Commitment of Sen. Edward Kennedy's Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In the aftermath of the 2004 presidential election, the Democrats were roundly accused of losing the "moral values voters" in America, and of being the party of "secularists" who w ...

Health-Care Reform: Leading with Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Americans are dying for want of health care. Americans are dying for want of health care. Since the 1912 electoral defeat of Republican stalwart Theodore Roosevelt-supporter of un ...

Sotomayor's 'Temperament Problem': Perception and Reality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's approval as a U.S. Judge Sonia Sotomayor's approval as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice may be a forgone conclusion at this point, but her nomination ...

Three Moral Issues of Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Death, disease, and pain did not exi ...

Mark Sanford's Apology: Neither Sin nor Forgiveness Has any Party Affiliations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Over the course of the 2008 election season, I kept hearing from some of my conservative religious friends of the great presidential hopes they had for a smart and ambitious governor from South Car ...

Clean Energy is the 'Space Race' of Our Age
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last Tuesday, as a member of <a href="http://www.catholics-united.org/">Catholics United</a>, I joined countless others in Washington, D.C., to lobby on behalf of the American Clean Energ ...

Direct from Iran, an Unvarnished Assessment of Protests' Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/16/iran-elections-hope-excitement-concern/">The protests rocking Iran</a> are of great significance for the politics and society of a Middle East reg ...

Inspiring Fatherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

More than the primaries, general election, board meetings, or the budget fight on Capitol Hill, this past week was a high-intensity roller coaster for me. It was Little League playoffs. ...

Obama in Cairo: A Just Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Truth. Respect. Security.</p> Truth. Respect. Security. These three elements of just peace theory found their way into President Obama's speech delivered in Cairo ...

Liberty University's New Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Did you read the news of <a title="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_University" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_University" target="_blank">Liberty University ...

A New President and a New Generation Seek a Nuclear Weapons-Free Future
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

An <a title="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050704070.html" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050704070.html&q ...

The Obama Notre Dame Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The University of Notre Dame recently announced that President Barack Obama will be its spring commencement speaker and that he will also be receiving an honorary doctorate of laws degree. ...

The Poverty Forum's Three Points of Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It is the power of relationships that make new things possible. Relationships are the foundation of and the means for creating a culture shift. It is the power of relationships t ...

An Inauguration Pilgrimage: Dreams From My Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We waited for 30 minutes. Standing, awkward, we looked up at the board. When I arrived at Penn Station the board said train #167, enroute to Washington D.C., "25 mins late"... Five minutes l ...

Midwifing a New America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

I think it was sometime early in 2007 that I began to find myself almost possessed by a profound premonitory sense that the next year, this year, 2008, would be filled with a special power. ...

A South African Role Model of Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Since the historic election of Nov. 4, I have been part of discussions with college students and faith-based institutions that have experienced racial tension and intolerance on their campuses. ...

The Big Shift: Latino Evangelical Voters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In 2004, <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=Soj0804" href="../../../index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=Soj0804">Latino evange ...

Seeing the Election Beyond Black and White
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Watching Barack Obama's victory speech and reflecting upon the significance of his election as the next president of the United States left me profoundly moved.</p> Wat ...

We Need Post-Election Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I follow politics, but I don't go crazy. I'm not the kind of person who wears buttons, puts bumper stickers on their cars, and signs on their home lawns. I follow polit ...

My Personal 'Faith Priorities' for this Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In 2004, several conservative Catholic bishops and a few megachurch pastors like Rick Warren issued their list of "non-negotiables," which were intended to be a voter guide for their followers. ...

The Election, Immigration, and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In the months leading up to the election, the topic of immigration reform has disappeared from the presidential candidates' conversations. In the months leading up to the ele ...

Talking to the New Evangelical Voters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

During the final week of the 2000 presidential election, I was in the fall semester of my freshman year in college, feeling incredibly hungry-hungrier than I had ever been before. ...