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Poverty, Treasure Islands, and Global Tax Dodgers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 John Hilliard | more info (via: Wylio)As Christians concerned about poverty, it is time to turn our full attention to the injustices of an "offshore tax system" that enables cor ...

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The way you think and feel about the world is shaped by what you see when you get out of bed in the morning. I remember hearing this from civil rights activists. The way you think ...

Listen to Your Pastors: 4,000 of Them Want a Moral Budget
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

As the federal debt ceiling standoff threatens to cause an economic catastrophe for our nation, more than 4,000 pastors across the country are opposing proposed immoral budget cuts that harm the most vulnerabl ...

Paid Leave: Why We Need Sabbath Rest for All
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

As I celebrated my freedom on Independence Day, I found myself considering the promise that my country boasts about: "liberty and justice for all." In particular I was struck by the many freedoms uni ...

The Debt Ceiling Play: My 'CliffsNotes' Version
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions. It is not, as we have known in recent history, a traditional fight between Republicans and Democrats. It is a conflict between those ...

What Does it Mean to 'Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors?'
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:50am | Type: Blog

Smack dab in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer, obscured by old translations and otherworldly assumptions, is a radical cry for Jubilee justice “And forgive us our debts, as we al ...

From Your Gas Tank to World Hunger: The Dangers of Speculative Futures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Wall Street may seem far away, but it's actually as near as your gas tank -- and as widespread as global hunger. Wall Street may seem far away, but it's actually as near ...

The Infuriating, Scary, and Ironic Inside Job
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Matt Damon's closing words in the Academy Award winning film, <em><a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/" target="_blank">Inside Job</a>, </em>are as f ...

News Flash Paul Ryan: This is Mass Unemployment, Not a Siesta
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the past two years, the social safety net has helped more Americans than any time in a generation. So why are so many people trying to tear it to shreds?</p> In the past ...

Thank God That I am a Man and Not a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's likely that some of you will take offense at the title of this post. But if you read through the post, it'll certainly make more sense in the larger context. It ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:53pm | Type: Blog

We are looking for 1,000 pastors to debunk a myth based on the political assertion that government doesn't have any responsibility to poor people. We are looking for 1,000 p ...

The Faith Community and the Wisconsin State Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus never said anything about collective bargaining. He never called for the continuation of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. Jesus never said anything about ...

Waking the Church to Just Consumerism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God blesses the earth with enough provision and food for its inhabitants. The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God ble ...

Why Did Two Wild Goose Contributors Spend the Night in Jail?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

North Carolina, host state for the inaugural <a href="http://wildgoosefestival.org/" target="_blank">Wild Goose Festival</a>, has many things going for it. ...

More Financial Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here is part two of my thoughts on the financial situation that the United States faces. Our nation needs a jobs bill. The country needs a second stimulus bill. Here is part two o ...

Debt Showdown Reveals an Out-of-Touch Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

God only knows what alternative universe the United States Congress occupies. On May 31, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a bill to raise the debt limit of the United States. ...

Why We Need Renewable Energy Sources That are Cheaper and Safer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan has caused considerable concern among Wall Street types, many of whom had already voted with their wallets against the financial feasibility of nuclear power by ...

The Real Crisis in Ohio: Senate Bill 5
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This has been a difficult year in Ohio. This has been a difficult year in Ohio. For a state that lives and dies with the Ohio State Buckeye football team, the allegations surround ...

Let Them Eat Tanks: My Interview with Ben and Jerry's Co-Founder, Ben Cohen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/let-them-eat-tanks-my-interview-with-ben-and-jerrys-co-founder-ben-cohen/" target="_self"></a>I had the opportunity to intervie ...

Rebuilding Haiti With a Passion for Business
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/rebuilding-haiti-with-a-passion-for-business/" target="_self"></a>Evelien de Gier moved to Haiti 28 years ago from the Netherla ...

Financial Crash Amnesia in the House
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As unemployment brought on by the recession still hovers around 9 percent, most ordinary folk in the U.S. As unemployment brought on by the recession still hovers around 9 percent ...

President Obama and the Economic and Moral Imperatives of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The world around us is teaming with meaning. Words are lush with meaning. One word can point to many different ideas, emotions, expectations. The world around us is teaming with m ...

Good News to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Years ago, the member communions of the National Council of Churches declared that a budget is a moral document. Years ago, the member communions of the National Council of Church ...

African-American Clergy on Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On April 4th, the global community commemorated the life and legacy of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Dr. On ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

Leaders Create Alliance to Defend Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Piercing through the bitter, partisan bickering regarding the nation's budget, an unprecedented and diverse group of Christian leaders announced today the forming of a Circle of Protection agains ...

Success in the Immigration Reform Movement After SB 1070
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sb-1070/" target="_blank">SB 1070 in Arizona</a>, the controversial bill that mobili ...

UPDATED: The Hunger Fast Resource Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/the-hunger-fast-resource-post-updated/" target="_self"></a></p> <p>Tuesday, April 26</p> ...

Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up. ...

Rediscovering Values For Lent: Risky Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

America's National Humiliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started fasting, calling people of faith and conscience to do the same.</p> Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started f ...

Oh Lord, Won't You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The gospel according to the movie <em>True Grit</em> (2010) is as follows: "You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. The gospel according to ...

Homeless Men and Women Donate $1,000 to the Hunger Fast Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/15/homeless-men-and-women-donate-1000-to-the-hunger-fast-movement/" target="_self"></a>A quilt hangs in the dining and fellowship ...

Woe to You, Legislators!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It is <a href="http://nymag.com/print/?/news/politics/70282/index1.html" target="_blank">reported</a> that Congressman Paul Ryan makes every member of his staff read philosopher ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "Wh ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Mind of Christ
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

The Ryan Plan: A Declaration of War on the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I've been fasting for 15 days in solidarity with the <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/sojo/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=399&amp;autologin=true" ta ...

My Letter to the IRS: 'I Reserve the Right Not to Kill'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning act of grace and enemy-love in human history -- Jesus' death and resurrection. As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning a ...

Friday Links Round Up: The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here� ...

I Am Fasting So People Don't Go Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the tradition of the church, the season of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/lent/" target="_blank">Lent</a> was observed through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. ...

The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced at the National Press Club that the budget debate had become a moral crisis. The hunger f ...

In the Midst of Fasting, I am so Grateful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On day three of my prayer fast, I woke up with the hymn, "I Am So Grateful," which the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ Children's Choir sang beautifully yesterday, running throug ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Power of Grief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

Why I am Fasting (Again)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 1993 -- nearly 20 years ago -- I went on a water only fast to protest the lack of conscience of the U.S. Congress towards hungry people.</p> In 1993 -- nearly 20 years ag ...

Faith That Creates Jobs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As the old saying goes, 'In God we trust -- all others pay cash.' As our economy shows promising signs of recovery, the cash is not translating into jobs. As the old say ...

Fasting in Unity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! "How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Exposing Darkness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

Day Two of Fasting Against 'Selectively Cruel' Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, Tony Hall, David Beckmann, Ritu Sharma, and I began a water fast because of what I call "selectively cruel" <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/budget-cuts/" target=&quo ...

Faith Leaders Announce Fasting, Prayer, and Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/28/faith-leaders-announce-fasting-prayer-and-action/" target="_self"></a>Facing scribbling reporters and flashing cameras at a pac ...

Why I am Beginning a Fast Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<ol> <li>Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "&l ...