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A Theology of Ecology
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Today is <a href="http://www.blogactionday.org/">Blog Action Day 2009</a>, an ...

Surprises in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, such as availability of basic foodstuffs instead of empty shelves in supermarkets. My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, ...

Smashing Economic Idols
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

So I've been having a few interesting conversations about my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830836284?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp= ...

How Our Health-Care System Wrecks People Who Play by the Rules
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. This course was set due to illness w ...

Listening to Poor People 'Offstage'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to explain much of what he sees on the news or reads about in the local paper. I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to ...

Recycling Rumors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Nowadays if you slap the word "green" across any event, industry, or article of clothing it is rumored this will boost sales and recognition. Nowadays if you slap the wo ...

We've Crashed Our Cars into the Living Room of the World's Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Proverbs 31:8 says "Speak out for those who cannot speak [for themselves]."</p> Proverbs 31:8 says "Speak out for those who cannot speak [for themselves].&quo ...

The Yes Men: Corporate Pranksters on a Mission
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Fans of gonzo political activism may remember the Yes Men's infamous stunt in which Andy Bichlbaum posed as a Dow Chemical spokesperson named Jude (patron saint of the impossible) Finisterra (ear ...

Integrity and the Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The economic crisis that started last fall and was remembered last week brought to light a lot of things: the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/business/14spiral.html">vulnerability< ...

Health-Care Bankruptcies Hurt All of Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A bankruptcy office was not on my dream list of places to work after college. The legal realm seemed opaque and impersonal. A bankruptcy office was not on my dream list of places ...

New Poverty Numbers, Old Poverty Definitions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Numbers released today from the U.S. Census Bureau confirmed what has become widely apparent: more people are living in poverty because of the economic recession. It's tragic but obvious. ...

Shopping Green Without Spending in the Red
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Organic strawberries were $5.99 the other day at our local grocer. $5.99! Their more toxic twins, the non-organic variety, were on ...

Responding to Six Confusing Claims: A Doctor Makes Sense of the Health-Care Debate, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/01/a-doctor-makes-sense-of-the-health-care-reform-debate">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from part ...

Health-Care Debate Requires the Wisdom of Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Thomas Friedman, learning from an experience on safari in Botswana, gets it right in his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23friedman.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th" target=& ...

Desire, Incorporated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Well, glory be Well, glory be My first reaction (to quote My first reaction (to quote George Will) was "Well". An article that compares pornography to McDonal ...

Global Warming Will Mean Migrant Crises
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The planet is warming at an unprecedented rate, and this will have enormous impact: By the middle of this century, an estimated 150 to 200 million people may become permanently displaced due to ris ...

Celebrating the Minimum Wage Increase
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases fr ...

Four Lessons from the Religious Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009506344_religiousright21m.html" target="_blank">This <em>Seattle Times</em> article </a>on the current st ...

Obama in Ghana: The Capacity of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this past weekend was described as his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa. The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this ...

Pope Benedict Gets It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis has provided <a href="../2009/07/09/pope-benedict-on-the-global-economy/">a helpful summary </a>of the Pope's encyclical <a href="http://www.zenit.org/article-2638 ...

Clean Energy and Security Act: If Everyone's Unhappy, It Must Be a Good Compromise
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I rode my bike to work today. Despite the summer heat, it is not a bad trip I rode my bike to work today. Despite the summer heat, it is not a bad trip "As far as ...

Immigration Reform This Year: Let's Get to Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama met with key legislators to discuss the details of moving comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year. Yesterday, President Obama met with ke ...

Eco-Justice: Getting There from Here
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As I look at where we need to get, pronto -- 350 parts per million or less carbon in the atmosphere, sustainable use of planetary resources, and a world economy consistent with those things -- and ...

Green Jobs Take Youth Miles High
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When La'Kyla Byrd cleared trails and tended to trees in Denver's City Park this past year as a member of <a href="http://www.milehighyouthcorps.org/">Mile High Youth Corps</a>, ...

A Phoenix Rising From GM's Ashes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Imagine America's 'Rust Belt' transformed into a green belt of clean energy manufacturing. Imagine the factories of Detroit making wind turbines and solar panels to power America. ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

Money Creation and Idolatry: How did we let this happen?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/28/money-creation-let-there-be-money/">In our recent blog</a>, we described how money "creation" meets the needs of a gradually expanding e ...

Money "Creation": Let there be money?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>If the financial crisis shows anything, it's that what's happening on Wall Street matters to Main Street, and that we should never take "it's too complicated for you to understand ...

Saving Kansas City, One (Green) Step at a Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, has been dividing rich and poor, black and white, jobless and employed in this city since the days of Jim Crow when it was a legal line of segregation. ...

The Consensus Problem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The folks at NPR's Planet Money podcast have already sort of repented for verbally badgering Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor and high government official who happens to be female, in <a title ...

Are Christians Bad for an Empire's Economy? Should They Be?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Mike recently brought to my attention a <a href="http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/jod/texts/pliny.html" target="_blank">letter written by Pliny the Younger to the Emperor Trajan< ...

The Hole in Our Gospel: Interview with World Vision's Richard Stearns
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.urbanfaith.com/images/HoleinGospelCover121x178.jpg"></a> <p>As the pastor of a church with a deep desire to love others as Christ would, I've recently been ...

What President Obama's Budget Means for Poor People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

If a budget is a moral document, what should be said about the president's proposed budget for 2010? I focus here on what this budget proposal says about justice for poorer Americans.</p> ...

Tax Day Wish: Prophetic Voices on Taxes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15?</p> Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15? In 2001, President Bush ...

Wendell Berry's Whitefoot
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1582434328?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1582434328">&l ...

The Obama Budget's Promise and Peril
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>I've been asked for a few words about how the recession may affect poverty in the United St ...