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Five Benefits of Common Security Clubs' Economic Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 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. ...

Poverty: Looking at Why Instead of Who
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 7:18am | 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 - 12:47pm | 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 - 12:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

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

Crux of the Health-Care Debate: The Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm not sure I completely understand the health-care debate. But I'm going to take a shot and put down my thoughts and would love additional education, feedback, and thoughts as well.</p> ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>In the August 2009 issue of</em> Harper's Magazine<em>, Brooklyn-based writer Rachel Aviv penned an article titled "Like I was Jesus: How to Bring a 9-Year-Old to Christ." ...

What is Wrong With Me, When Seeing Babies is Depressing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I've heard from many of you who liked <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/17/kids-need-all-the-positive-words-they-can-get/">last month's post</a>, or were at least relieved b ...

Celebrating Mandela's Birthday and Serving Zimbabwe's Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On July 18<sup>th</sup> many people from different parts of the world celebrated Nelson Mandela's 91<sup>st</sup> birthday! On July 18 th many peop ...

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 ...

Are Single Moms the New Widows?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, God's people are instructed to care for those who often cannot thrive on their own, most often widows and orphans. Throughout the Bible, God's peop ...

Why Are People Poor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Why are people poor? </em>I remember being asked this question 10 years ago while training for a program I was volunteering with. Why are people poor? I rememb ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

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 Father's Day Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away.</p> On the day my father died I was 1,200 miles away. I had gone to the hospital the morning before in San Diego to vis ...

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>. ...

Education in Color
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Raising one half-African son and one of mixed European descent posed both ordinary and unique parenting challenges for my husband and me. Raising one half-African son and one of m ...

Evangelical Leaders Overlook Minorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In a <a title="http://www.nae.net/index.cfm?FUSEACTION=editor.page&amp;pageID=569&amp;idCategory=1" rel="#someid0" href="http://www.nae.net/index.cfm?FUSEACTION=editor.page& ...

My Mama in Congo
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mounta ...

On Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Many in the Republican Party and some noteworthy Christian leaders have come together to call Judge Sotomayor a racist. Many in the Republican Party and some noteworthy Christian ...

Native American Theology(ies)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"It's a problem of being heard," says Randy Woodley, a Native American theologian. "I feel like 500 years ago, maybe God did bring the white man over. "It ...

Dick Cheney's Contempt for Americans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dick Cheney is a strange creature. For public consumption he is the cool, principled champion of the American people willing to take hard public stands on their behalf. Dick Chene ...

The New 'Nones' Aren't Atheist--Just Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Historically, the number of individuals who say they have no religious affiliation in America ranges between 5-10%, but a new poll conducted by Robert Putnam (of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/p ...

I Do Not Want to Be Tolerated or Included
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Interestingly enough, people sometimes get surprised and/or offended when they hear me say that I do not want to be tolerated or included. Interestingly enough, people sometime ...

Mother's Peace Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water or of tears! Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water o ...

The New Environmental Advocates
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 12:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Celeste Kennel-Shank Chicago's Wilbur Wright College helps workers turn blue collars to green. Victoria C ...

A Spiritual Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday evening the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> will begin. Sunday evening the Mobilization to End Poverty ...

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> ...

The Other March Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Well, March Madness is now over. Well, March Madness is now over. Every year around this time, there's a disturbing report or two highlighting the low graduation rates of Afr ...

Rwanda's Hopes and Challenges 15 Years After the Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Today the world is remembering Rwanda and the genocide that started there 15 years ago. Today the world is remembering Rwanda and the genocide that started there 15 years ago. As ...

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 ...

A Crucial Time in the Fight Against Global Poverty and Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The realities of global poverty are very stark. The realities of global poverty are very stark. About a billion people around the world - one in six - are now considered chronical ...

Calling a Nation to its Best Values and Priorities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

Compassionate Conservatives Looking to Rebrand and Expand Their Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I've been asked to comment on churches that are more conservative, predominantly evangelical, and how they are coalescing around poverty reduction. I've been asked to co ...

A Vision for the Foreign Aid Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. World Visi ...

Afghanistan's Anti-Woman Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely restricts the rights of women. Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely rest ...

Pentecostalism's Forgotten Nonviolent Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this post, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Eugene, Oregon waiting for the Society for Pentecostal Studies conference to start. It's nice to have a day to myself. ...

John Hope Franklin: Scholar, Activist, Truth-teller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>John Hope Franklin lived through most of the twentieth century. He was a gentle man, a scholar, an activist, and a truth-teller. He studied history and he helped to make it.</p> ...

Counting the Cost of Good and Bad Debt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

While watching President Obama's press conference Tuesday evening, I was struck by a few things that are often forgotten in the criticism of his proposed budget.</p> W ...

Examining Paul's Perspective on 'Authority'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Ev ...