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An Open Letter to Parents Who Owe Child Support
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The legal definition of Child Support is "periodic monetary payments by the non-custodial parent for the care of his or her minor child." In our country, non-custodial parents are usually obligat ...

Planting Trees on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After a hard winter in the Eastern United States, spring offers a resurrection. Particularly here in the Appalachian Bible Belt, we're looking toward Easter.</p> After ...

A Six-Point Summary of What the New Health-Care Law Should Accomplish Now (and Some Other Details)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the most comprehensive health reform legislation in decades. On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law th ...

The Sin of Usury
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Recently, on the <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog">Call &amp; Response blog</a>, <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog/02-22-2010/dan-rhodes-congreg ...

A Million Christians for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential.</p> Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential. For more than a year, Sojourners has been discu ...

'My Prayers Were Heard'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>An immigrant woman's testimony, as told to Juan Daniel Espitia, a pastor in Solana Beach, C ...

Family Values Without Borders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Norma comes from a small town in Nicaragua, where she had to end ...

Pastors: Your Kids Are Listening to You on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

The data is in. The data is in. Kids these days trust the news media as a source for information on global climate change only slightly more than they trust Sarah " I'm ...

I'm also an 'Illegal'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>"Look at those illegals," my friend laughed, pointing at two Latino immigrants leaning ...

We Sentence Innocent People to their Deaths
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/"></a>It is <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/participate-in-death-penalty-awareness-week/page.do?id=1641094&quo ...

Prosperity Pedagogy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum My oldest child is applying to colleges, so there’s been a lot of talk around my house this year about the underlying ...

Real Life on Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I am a single mom living alone with my 3-year-old little boy in southwest Florida. I am a single mom living alone with my 3-year-old little boy in southwest Florida. I have work ...

My Education in Wake County Jail
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I got locked up once when I was in seminary. I got locked up once when I was in seminary. It was the dead of winter, and for some months a group of Christian peacemakers in North ...

Sadness and Hope in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Debates about immigration policies and reform continue to rage. Consequently, op-ed pieces, books, and reports on this contentious topic appear daily. Debates about immigration po ...

Cut the Deficit--Cut Military Spending
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to Congress this week, totals $3.8 trillion and projects a deficit of $1.6 trillion. President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to ...

The School of Second Chances
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi In an innovative move, Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, recently began a two-year pilot project offering colle ...

Blurred Lines Between Military and Humanitarian Efforts in Afghanistan Raise More Questions than Answers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Reported in a recent <a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7003724.ece">Times article</a>, leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs), specul ...

The State of the Union: Unfinished Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

After one tumultuous year in office, President Barack Obama used his first <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-state-union-address">State of the Union address& ...

Listening for the Call to Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>After college I completed a year of service with <a href="http://www.publicallies.org/site/c.liKUL3PNLvF/b.3158921/k.D04A/New_York.htm">Public Allies New York,</a> an <a href= ...

Report from Haiti: Poverty and the Earthquake Collided
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | 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 ...

Health-Care Magic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While talking with George Stephanopolous on <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/"><em>Good Morning America</em></a> yesterday, Republican National Committee chair Michael Steel ...

Five Steps to Avoid Financial Disaster (Inflated Expectations, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | 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/2010/01/19/50-years-of-inflated-expectations/ ...

50 Years of Inflated Expectations
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>Over my working life, I have seen investments inflate. I have also seen prices infl ...

When Money Gets Messy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I've been thinking a lot about money, specific ...

Trail of Dreams: Undocumented Students March from Miami to DC
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While many college students slept off their New Year's festivities, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/02/us/02immig.html">Gaby Pacheco, Juan Rodriguez, Felipe Matos, and Carlos Roa&l ...

Live from New York: It's the New Conversation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | 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, Jim Wa ...

The Advent Yearning of Families Separated by a Broken System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

This Advent, the Church's cry of deep longing and anticipation for her bridegroom strikes a chord straight through my own life. This Advent, the Church's cry of deep lon ...

My Hometown Makes the Front Page of The Washington Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>At a recent holiday party, I tried to describe my hometown of Warren, Ohio.</p&g ...

Vulture Funds Feed on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>Liberia is the most recent country to fall into the talons of a "vulture fund. ...

Why Poverty Persists in a World of Wealth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The forthcoming documentary <em><a href="http://www.theendofpoverty.com">The End of Poverty?</a></em> opens with the question "Why does poverty persist in a world of grow ...

World AIDS Day and Rosa Parks' Civil Disobedience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the day that Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat on a bus in Montgomery. December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the d ...

Why Big D Needs a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Residents of the Lone Star state are known as proud folk, but there are a few startling facts that should make everyone -- not just ...

Remembering Native Americans -- Beyond November
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In November we first think of Thanksgiving, and as we Native Americans say, Thanksgiving is a time when we once again reflect upon all we have and the genocide it took to get it. ...

What's Wrong with a 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Voters in Maine and Washington state are being asked to vote this November on whether they want impose a rigid formula limit on state and local revenues and services. Voters in Ma ...

Justice Revival is Coming
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>Earlier this month, I was in Dallas for the official launch of Sojourners' next <a href="http://www.justicerevival.org/&q ...

Teaching Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My first job after college forever changed the way I prayed. Before I started it, I prayed that God would show me how to best serve him after receiving my diploma. My first job a ...

Five Benefits of Common Security Clubs' Economic Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year, I wrote <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=we-re-in-this-together">an article in <em>Sojourners</em ...

The Financial Barriers to Legal Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The <em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immig24-2009sep24,0,1871688.story">Los Angeles Times</a></em> reported last week that the United States Citizenship an ...

Wisdom of a 5th-Grade Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Ms. Baker, why are you teaching <em>here</em>?" one student, whom I'll call Solomon, inquired during one of our after school tutoring sessions. "You went to college," he ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

One Nation, Underprivileged: Analyzing the Game Instead of the Players
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If life were a game, it could be said that we like to analyze the players (the winners and the losers) of the game, rather than the game itself. If life were a game, it could be s ...

Labor Day Weekend Ironies: What Do Child Labor and S'mores Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Monday, our family, like millions of other Americans, sat in holiday weekend traffic to get back home after an extra day away. Last Monday, our family, like millions of other ...

New Poverty Numbers, Old Poverty Definitions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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. ...

Poverty: Looking at Why Instead of Who
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For many Americans, our current housing crisis, banking meltdown, and global recession are increasing the risk of falling into poverty. For many Americans, our current housing cri ...

A Stupid Made-for-TV Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Cable news and the blogosphere heated up with a new controversy in the lead-up to a noon-time address that President Obama gave as a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchool ...

Did Anyone Freak Out in '91 When George H.W. Bush Asked School Children to 'Help Us Achieve Our Goals'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I blame the media for much of this manufactured controversy. I blame the media for much of this manufactured controversy. Just because a conservative fringe now feels entitled to ...

Obama's School Speech Outcry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Most folks who've read my blog over some time should know that while I very much respect President Obama, I don't go ga-ga and drool over this man. Most folks who'v ...

Does President Obama Want to Brainwash Our Kids?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I suppose I'm asking for trouble by going here, but could someone explain to me the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/04school.html?_r=1&amp;hp" target="_blank">c ...

Repairers of the Breach
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie G. Riegle A program that educates Iraqi students in the U.S. is helping to rebuild Iraq, one student at a time. ...

Seminary 2.0
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kaitlin Barker Retooling seminaries for the world of today -- and tomorrow. What does it mean to prepare for G ...