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Turning Toward Home
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Angie Schmitt Once an abandoned structure, the Bell Building offers "housing first"—and hope—to Detroit's homeless. ...

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 07/05/2014 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1.  Five Takeaways From the Hobby Lobby Case Five things to know about one of the biggest Supreme Court de ...

'Daddy, why are those people sleeping in the park?'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt How to talk with our children about homelessness. MY 5-YEAR-OLD daughter, Zoe, is in preschoo ...

Revealing an Often Unseen New York City
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

From school to dance class to home, Dasani feels the weight of poverty and an unstable family. “She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside he ...

'One Relationship Can Help Us See the Light'
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

In his book, the stories Jonathan tells about what happens when you open your heart and your life to others is encouraging and inspiring. It all comes down to relationships — and the God who calls us to enter ...

Criminalizing Christ: The Nationwide Targeting of Homeless
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The list of cities targeting the homeless is long, and it’s not just a symptom of conservativism or of the Deep South. This targeting crosses all political lines. The list of 10 Meanest Cities toward the homel ...

When Doing the 'Christian Thing' Isn’t the Right Thing
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

I believe that the problem evangelicalism faces today is that we have forgotten the very example that we claim to follow: the example of a servant, preacher, and prophet who was a friend of those who religious ...

Children of the Street
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Bobbi Buchanan Anonymity. Köhler Books INTRIGUING AND believable characters are part of what makes Janna McMa ...

Hunger Action Day in California
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

More than 300 California residents from all around the state — from the beach towns to the gritty parts of the city — have committed their day, their energy, and their hearts to visiting with their representat ...

From Homeless to Hope: Sydia Simmons
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Sydia knows firsthand the difficulty of being homeless, especially in New York City, and because she has overcome through her faith she wants to give back. In the U.S. there a ...

Christmas Confrontation with a Homeless Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/25/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

Too often fail to recognize the social circumstances in which Jesus was born; our understanding of the nativity narrative is too often left incomplete. When asked to identify c ...

Pastor Wanders Streets in Personal Bid to Understand Homelessness
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

Pastor Dustin Buff traded in his job, his house and his sense of security for a backpack, a Bible, a sleeping bag, one change of clothes, identification, and a cell phone. NORMAN, ...

'You Can Love Them:' A Child's Response to Homelessness
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

My wonderful second graders realized that we are responsible for each other, that love and care means making a way for children and families living in shelters, cars, and hotel rooms to have housing, food, clo ...

'Homeless' Pastor on Mission Arrested in Texas
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith been living on the streets to bring attention to homelessness, but Sunday night the San Antonio pastor spent the night behind bars. From WOAI-TV ...

Wild Goose: A Sacred and Safe Place
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

In many hours of talking to Mike over the past few years, he has told me tales of horrible religious abuse; of being denied food because he had not said the appropriate prayer, of being evicted from the gospel ...

Is Homeless Crackdown a Sign of Compassion Fatigue?
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on ...

Homeless Veteran to President Obama: "Why Are We Sending Money to Pakistan?"
Originally Posted: 01/31/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

During the first-ever all-virtual interview conducted by Americans via Google+'s "hangout" group video chat feature, a young, homeless veteran in Boston asked President Obama why the United Stat ...

Two Years After a Devastating Earthquake: Hope for a New Haiti
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Indeed, we need to plant ourselves at the gates of hope and work toward a just peace, on Earth as it is in heaven. Haiti will always be Haiti. It will never change. That's wh ...

The Morning News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 THE NEW REPUBLIC: Why Are American Politicians Always Switching Religions? If Newton Leroy Gingrich becomes the Republican candidate ...

Must Watch: Hard Times Generation: Families Living in Cars
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

This weekend, 60 Minutes aired a piece that has been commended by many as a shocking... MUST WATCH OF THE WEEK: 60 Minutes: Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars ...

Be A Good Neighbor to a Veteran
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

You might call yourself a pacifist, a just-war theorist, a pragmatist, a dove or a hawk but today (and every day), you should be a good neighbor to a veteran. The other week duri ...

Compassion That Works
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 2:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Toya Richards The Housing First approach to homelessness is more humane -- and cheaper -- than older models. F ...

News: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Why Homelessness Is Becoming An Occupy Wall Street Issue Why Homelessness Is Becoming An Occupy Wall Street Issue As anyone knows who has ever had to set up a military encam ...

Kevin Palau answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:32pm | Type: Blog

"Although Portland is hardly the only place where evangelical Christianity is evolving (and making new friends in the process), there is little doubt that evangelicals here are on the front-end of a d ...

Too Poor to Die?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Every time I think I've exhausted my outrage capacity, I see something new to refuel it. Every time I think I've exhausted my outrage capacity, I see something n ...

For LGBT Youth, a Shelter From the Streets of Rejection
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: This post is part of a series over the last few weeks on youth homelessness. [ Editors' note : This post is part of a series over the last few week ...

Life as a Homeless Youth
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, services in the City of Chicago are falling far behind the need. When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, servic ...

Ali Forney Center's Ad Supporting LGBT Homeless Youth
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The first few nights weren't so bad. It was on the fourth night, the night it rained, that it got to me. The first few nights weren't so bad. It was on the fourth night ...

Despite Genocide, I See Hope for Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The events that I saw in my childhood during the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sudan/" target="_blank">war in Sudan</a> are called genocide today. ...

5 Books on the Nitty-Gritty of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the November issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, Rose Marie Berger <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1011&amp;article=celebrate-the-peace-para ...

'Rolling for Jesus'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Marcella Veneziale A New York cabbie offers food, and more, to the city's homeless. Before breakfast on a ...

Free for All
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kate Bowman-Johnston The public library as a place for transformation. When Kevin Barbieux became homeless in ...

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 ...

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 ...

It's Time for a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>"It's time."</p> <p>"Dallas needs this."</p> <p>Those are the two statements Aaron ...

Four Years after Katrina: Hope and Challenge on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>This will be the first year congressional leaders and President Obama won't travel to the Gulf Coast to honor the anniversary ...

Prosecuting the Potluckers: Activists Face Legal Challenges for Feeding the Homeless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis wrote a great post last week entitled "<a href="../2009/03/06/6793/">Potluck Perspective</a>." Unfortunately, sharing food with 'the least of these' is aga ...

Seeing the Full Humanity of Our Homeless Neighbors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, January 27, just a few blocks north of the Sojourners' office on 14th Street in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of our nation's capital, a homeless man was attacked and lay dying on th ...

Welcoming the Stranger: Illegal?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Amy Spaulding In Brookville, Pennsylvania, a dispute over laws has sh ...

And the #1 Threat to America: BEARS!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last week was a busy one, getting the blog switched over from Beliefnet to our own Web site. Sharp-eyed readers have noticed a few bugs, but since we're over the hump I thought a little Friday fu ...

Arrested for Feeding the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Unconscionable: adjective</p> <p>1. not guided by conscience; unscrupulous.</p> <p>2. not in accordance with what is just or reasonable: unconscionable behavior.</p> < ...

Church Parking Lot is Safe Haven
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger June G. Vajda In response to a police crackdown on people living on t ...

On Giving and Receiving
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Todd Billings How can Christian live out the commands of Mathew 25 - without the pity? "I was just at chu ...

News Bites
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger World Peace. A new Internet service provider, Peacenik.co.uk, will raise money for peacemakers working in conflict zone ...

Choosing to Love
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Roth Love binds and builds, heals and hallows, redeems and restores. Love binds and builds, heals and h ...

Good Friday in Manhattan
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Wanda Fries The poor are with you always— The poor are with you always— Curled against a retaining wall ...

The Shipping News
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Where oh where can we put the homeless? Some New York City officials went to the Bahamas last f ...

The Church of Mary Magdalene
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 10:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Tricia Schug When one thinks about homelessness, it's unlikely that the terms "network" or "mentoring" come to m ...

Phew! Praise Jesus!
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Grant Thanks for Ryan Beiler's wrenching humor and truth in "The Aroma of Christ." Thanks ...

The Smell of Remembrance
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Magazine Article

Jeremy Milgrom Thanks, Ryan, for keeping Jésus' memory alive ("The Aroma of Christ") and helping him to continue to serve ...