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Debt Ceiling 101: Boundaries and Original Sin
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Treasury believes a default could cause another recession far worse than what we experienced in 2008. Of course, this pending crisis is completely manufactured and entirely avoidable. ...

Why the Government Shutdown Is Unbiblical
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Whether or not you are a person of faith, you might find it interesting to see what the Bible says about the mess we are now in. One of the most depressing things I heard on the f ...

On Scripture: How to Survive the Sequester, Syria, and Other Threatening Headlines
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

Current events, like much about our lives, frequently leave us hopeless, fearful, and uncertain. Religious faith isn’t a matter of wishing away these experiences; it involves perceiving God in the midst of our ...

Our Pastoral Letter on the Budget — And My Hope for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the idea of the common good is failing in American politics. The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the ...

Changing Poverty Into Opportunity: A Moral Cause To Bring Us Together
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Fighting poverty must not be a partisan issue. When we look at both the causes and the solutions, this battle should bring both liberals and conservatives together. Overcoming poverty, by creating opportunity, ...

The Choices We Face: A Guide for Faith Leaders to the Federal Budget and Tax Debate
Originally Posted: 01/11/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has teamed up with PICO, one of the nation’s largest community organizing networks, to create and distribute “The Choices We Face: A Guide for Faith Leaders to the Federal Budget and Tax Debate.” ...

Whistling 'Dixie' Off the Fiscal Cliff
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Let the healing begin (maybe next week). SO HOW WAS your fall off the fiscal cliff? Did you dro ...

A New Year
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Don’t forget the time you just had with your children and those family and friends you have spent these last days with. And let’s remember that these closest relationships are so very important. Let this be a ...

The Poor Still Can't Breathe Easy Post–Fiscal Cliff
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

The Nation reports that the fiscal cliff deal is a "mixed bag" for the poor. On the positive side: The biggest takeaway, perhaps, was for the unemployed: they saw a one-year extension in federal unemployment benefits. Another very ...

Fiscal Cliff: Time to Challenge the 'Mighty on Their Thrones'
Originally Posted: 12/21/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

Today, I challenge our political leaders to read the Christmas story of God come to earth and born in a manger as a child of working-class parents, and then reexamine their own budget priorities. ...

VIDEO: Pray for A Budget Deal That Lifts Up the Poor
Originally Posted: 12/18/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners is calling on Congress and Speaker Boehner to consider the repercussions of their actions. Pray with us as we await this important budget deal. In three weeks, automat ...

McCaskill: House 'Should Be Ashamed' on Violence Against Women Act
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 7:30pm | Type: Blog

The Violence Against Women Act — which usually is reauthorized without question whenever it comes up — is in danger of expiring if the House doesn’t act before the end of session. ...

Real people are not fiscal policies
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 4:52pm | Type: Press

December 8, 2012 Sojo in the News Sally Jones Heinz ...

Sharing the Crayons
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

All that we have is given to us — life, love, compassion, our very existence. None of it is earned. Each breath is a freely given gift, each heartbeat a moment of divine grace, each day another opportunity tha ...

Our Fiscal Soul and the Arithmetic of Protecting the Poor
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 4:52pm | Type: Press

December 6, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Our Fiscal Soul and the Arithmetic of Protecting the Poor
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

The discussion we are having about “the fiscal cliff” is really a debate about our fiscal soul. What kind of nation do we want to be? The discussion we are having about “the fisca ...

On Scripture: Who is He? Malachi 3:1-4
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

After a point, our attempts to connect the characters and subject matter of the film Lincoln to current events seem rather forced. Who was Abraham Lincoln? You may get different a ...

Lincoln, Christ, and America's State of Exception
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

Lincoln’s many triumphs as an Oscar-season contender, its lasting effect is its surprisingly mature meditation on wisdom, freedom, and the necessity of employing the former when granted the latter. ...

The $588 Million I (Thankfully) Didn’t Win
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Even though their effective taxes are lower than they were during the Reagan years and far lower than during the great prosperity of the post-World War II era, the wealthy are lobbying fiercely to pay even les ...

The REAL War on Christmas: Congress’ Budget Negotiations

Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As political leaders engage in negotiations to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” we need them to preserve programs that reduce poverty and keep our families healthy. Unfortunately, House Speaker John Boehner ...

Bishops, Families, and Advocates Meet with Congressman to Protect Poor
Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, three West Virginia bishops joined by families and advocates pressed the state's politicians to protect poor and working families — or, in other words, the “least of these” — during budget batt ...

Grover’s Gofers: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Here’s the irony: Republicans claim to hate deficits, but the facts are clear. If extended indefinitely, the Bush-era tax cuts will account for nearly half of America’s budget deficit by the year 2019. ...

Falling off the Fiscal Cliff: 5 Things You Need to Know
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

As the country braces for another fiscal showdown in the nation’s capitol, here’s five things you need to know on the issue likely to dominate the news over the next several months. ...

On Scripture: After the Chaos Ends
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

No politician wants to look weak – even before a god. According to Jeremiah, the leaders of Judah have prioritized – not the building of an ethical community – but their own comfort and position. ...

The Case for Fair Taxes
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Susan Pace Hamill, a Professor at the University of Alabama’s School of Law has recently argued for tax reform based on Judeo-Christian ethics after exposing the unjust tax structure that exploits and oppresse ...

Dear Congress: This Holiday Season, Don't Make the Poor Poorer
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Take Action: Holiday Thanks and Letters in Solidarity
Originally Posted: 11/22/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

This Thanksgiving, as your family holds hands and give thanks and as your church packs Thanksgiving dinner baskets, and this Christmas season churches prepare gift baskets for those Jesus called “The Least of ...

Dear Congress, This Holiday Season, Don’t Make the Poor Poorer
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

This week, the Circle of Protection, released an open letter to the president and Congress with a simple message: during the holidays, please “advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them p ...

I Have Seen the Problem, And It Is Us
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

When the storms of life hit, some call themselves “makers” and dismiss the “takers” as lazy. NEW YORK — It's a short walk from Ground Zero to the Staten Island Ferry terminal ...

George Harrison: From 'Taxman' to 'I Me Mine'
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

In the mid-60s, songs like “Taxman” and “Think for Yourself” show Harrison as a fierce individualist. But by the end of the Beatles in 1969 George had undergone a spiritual transformation that made him perhaps ...

Jim Wallis Meets With President Obama, Other Officials, to Discuss Fiscal Cliff
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, met with President Barack Obama and other key officials at the White House on Friday to discuss the fiscal cliff, and urge a fair budget deal that does not harm the ...

Mandate for the Middle Class
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Press

November 16, 2012 Sojo in the News MSNBC ...

Obama to meet with civic leaders after Hill huddle
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Press

November 15, 2012 Sojo in the News Jennifer Epstein ...

Catholic Bishops Warn Congress Not to Throw Poor Off ‘Fiscal Cliff’
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

As Congress embarks on high-stakes budget negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are warning elected officials not to target programs for the poor and inst ...

Catholic Bishops Fail to Agree on Statement on the Economy
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

A divided Catholic hierarchy on Tuesday failed to agree on a statement about the economy after a debate that revealed sharp differences over the kind of social justice issues that were once a hallmark of the b ...

The Fiscal Cliff: Mommas Said Knock You Out
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Under sequestration, the U.S. foreign aid that has made such a tremendous difference in Ethiopia and in the lives of countless millions of desperately poor Africans (and others) is in grave jeopardy. ...

The Road to Recovery
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Heather Boushey We know how policymakers can fight unemployment. They're just not doing it. ONE OF THE b ...

Just the Facts Ma’am: Economic Analysis from the Congressional Research Service
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

When we listen to political debates about which public policies will strengthen the economy, it is easy to get lost in a statistical maze. When we listen to political debates abou ...