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Pope Francis Laments 'Market Priorities' in Struggle Against Hunger
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

“It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities,’” the pope said. Market speculation and pursuit of profits are hin ...

Ask Congressional Candidates: More War or Less Hunger?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Press

September 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Stephen Padre ...

Weekly Wrap 8.1.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/01/2014 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 8.1.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1.  Visualization: Casualities in the Israel-Palestine Conflict Washington Post  is keeping a regularly ...

Cherish Each Moment — Even the Sucky Ones
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 9:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "If communion isn't a little edgy, you may not be doing it right." -- A tribute to Elizabeth Palmberg (1970-2014) ...

Salt and Terror in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Funds have been available for tanks, guns, bullets, helicopters, missiles, weaponized drones, drone surveillance, Joint Special Operations task forces, bases, airstrips, prisons, and truck-delivered supplies f ...

The Gospel According to George McGovern
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert G. Duffett The peacemaking bomber pilot (and son of the evangelical church) offers a model political vision for young Christians t ...

What Kind of World Is This?
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

Fifty years ago the Food Stamp Act was viewed not as charity, but rather as an ingenious utilization of American enterprise in order to help “build a better life for every American.” And it is genius. ...

The Justice of Eating
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Forty-nine million Americans live at risk of hunger. Any policies that create additional poverty among the working poor are reprehensible. It is unacceptable for lawmakers to take vital food stamp benefits awa ...

Faith-Based Hunger Games
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

In Mathew 25, not only does Christ proclaim that those who clothe, house, and feed the “least of these” are engaging in acts equivalent to directly aiding the Lord, he also preaches that those who refuse to ai ...

Cuts to Food Stamps Flout Gospel Message
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

In his first Advent address, Pope Francis directed Christians to be guided by the “Magnificat,” Mary’s song of praise for the coming Christ child. She proclaims that God has “lifted up the lowly and filled the ...

Immigration Advocates Go Without Food, Plea For House To 'Do Its Job'
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Press

November 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Elise Foley ...

Cutting Food Stamps is a Bad Way to Balance the Budget
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Many of us are blessed enough to not know what it is like to be hungry, to regularly miss meals, or to consume a diet void of essential nutrients for a healthy life. But now, millions of our brothers and siste ...

No Turning Away, or Back, After Seeing '12 Years a Slave'
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Before I saw the new film 12 Years A Slave, I knew nothing about Solomon Northrop or his astounding story of courage, forbearance, and faith. I’d never heard of Northrop, an African-American freeman, who was ...

From Numbness to Action: Ending World Hunger
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

My child ate today. Breakfast was pancakes and sausage. I am grateful that I can feed my child every day. My child ate today. Breakfast was pancakes and sausage. Walking to sch ...

How House Republicans Are Preaching A False Gospel About Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 2:45pm | Type: Press

September 25, 2013 Sojo in the News Jack Jenkins ...

Christian Leaders Oppose SNAP Cuts
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Press

September 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

Advocates Speak Out About SNAP
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Press

September 17, 2013 Sojo in the News Dave Lucas ...

Is SNAP Congress’ New Hunger Games?
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

House leaders are proposing a massive cut to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), America’s frontrunner in combatting hunger. This new proposal consists of a $40 billion reduction in funding, and ...

Food and Climate Change: The Perfect Penance
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

The more I read and learned, the more I came to understand the sobering facts about the impacts that our industrial food system has on our society. As a nutrition student in coll ...

In the Richest Country in the World, 1 in 4 Struggle to Afford Food
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

The United States is the richest country in the world, but only three-quarters of Americans have enough to eat. The United States is the richest country in the world, but only thr ...

Anesthetics and Advocates Below the Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

Whether it is through awareness campaigns or other opportunities that come to our attention, may we continue to step up, reach out, and jump into the aches and pains of poverty, so that we may not only reduce ...

The Teaching of Empathy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 8:29am | Type: Blog

I reflected over my five years teaching at this Title I elementary school. "Who am I, what have I done, to become Teacher of the Year?" I asked myself. The announcement ...

The Sequester: Pocket Change?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

This is not responsible governing. This is not even responsible debate. This is a case of policymakers telling blatant falsehoods to disguise the fact that they did nothing to protect programs like WIC and Mea ...

"A Place at the Table": New Documentary Speaks Out on Solving Hunger in America
Originally Posted: 03/01/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

A new documentary from the producers of Food, Inc. premieres today, serving up the critical problem of rising hunger in the United States with a surprising thesis: we’ve already solved it. ...

What Are You Singing: Good King Wenceslas
Originally Posted: 12/17/2012 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

There is a season for researching, debating, and discussing ways to end poverty and hunger once and for all. But this is not that season. When I go home for Christmas, I always en ...

Finding God's Presence in the Midst of Hardship
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

It’s interesting that in the midst of overwhelming need and crisis, Jesus first prayed before offering provision. Joey Ekburg, Executive Director of the North Park Friendship Cent ...

Values of a Public Faith (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

In this year of presidential elections, I have decided to summarize key values that guide me as I decide for whom to cast my vote. Editor's Note:  This is part two of a ...

A Lesson in Selflessness
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Here, I had come to bring God to my African friends. Instead, God came to me in this African woman and her child. Peacemaking happens in many forms. Sometimes peace is offered to ...

Food Assistance: A Helping Hand or a Poker Chip?
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

Food assistance programs have been helping millions of people get through the recession. With poverty remaining at record high levels, we should be grateful that these resources are available to protect famili ...

Hungry in America
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Annual hunger report shows 17.9 million households without enough food. It’s the time of year when various government agencies release their reports for the previous year, in this ...

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 4: Piatt FAIL
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

I don’t mind failing as much as I do admitting I’ve failed. And technically, we haven’t blown the SNAP Challenge just yet, but I know for a fact we will by the end of the week. I ...

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 2: The Shelf
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

No organics. No lentils. No vegetable broth. I started feeling frustrated by the number of things I wanted that weren’t there. I was going to have to make another trip if I was going to complete my list. ...

Bread From Heaven
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B THE MOTTO OF RADICAL FAITH always is “now—or ne ...

40-Hour Famine: Eyes Wide Open (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

Every day, millions of children go hungry. But it doesn't have to be that way. Hunger is the world's No. 1 health risk, causing more deaths annually worldwide than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. (Source: World Food ...

Cutting Assistance Programs Undermines the Church's Work
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

If we ignore the needy in our midst by getting rid of one huge way to address that need, we are not following Jesus’ example. On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee failed ...

Gifts with Conscience for Dads and Grads
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Looking for a last-minute gift for Fathers Day or a graduate? Here's a few suggestions of unique gifts that keep on giving. Looking for a last-minute gift for Fathers Day or ...

Bono to the G8: Transparency, 'We Won't Have Food Security Without It'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

"Crops need sunlight. So does resource extraction. Both need sunlight’s disinfecting glare," Bono told the G8 symposium on food security and agriculture. "Isn’t transparency the vaccine to preve ...

The Kingdom of God Belongs to Them
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The kingdom is where a banquet will be spread for all people (Isaiah 25:6-8), where there will never again be an infant that lives but a few days (Isaiah 65:20). Two-thousand ...

Fifty Years of USAID: There is Hope Ahead
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

But one thing that remains is USAID. 2012 marks the agency’s 50th anniversary, and its commitment to global political, economic and social development has been sustained since its foundation in 1961. USAID ha ...

Righteous Indignation: Half of America is Poor
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, the television news program 60 Minutes told the story of homeless American families who live in their cars and vans. This is structural violence. This is a sin and a shame. ...

The Morning News: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: Policy-Making Billionaires OVER the past 30 years, as the gap between wealthy and poor grew ever wider, total phi ...

The Gift of Goat
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

I look back on my selfishness as a teen and see how blind I was to the idea of grace — to the beauty and significance of my aunt and uncle’s gift. Some 15 years ago, my aunt and ...

Time to Rebuild Our Foundations
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

Work and dignity are Christian values for the common good, and it is time for both political parties to support them. So let’s talk about jobs, jobs, jobs. Here is what I thou ...

Not All Budget Cuts Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Less than one percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. Our spending on development and foreign assistance is not -- by any stretch of the facts or imagination -- our national debt. ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

THE NATION: Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They're Not Going Away THE NATION : Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They& ...

Faith Without Borders
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Whose responsibility was it to feed the 30,000 hungry children in the Horn of Africa who have starved to death in the last three months? Who should be ensuring that no child in this world dies before his or h ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

Too Poor to Die?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

Awakening Creativity in Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Each moment is pregnant with new possibilities waiting to be born, alive with new beginnings, God's secrets not yet heard, God's dreams not yet fulfilled. Each moment is ...

Liberate Eden: A Digital Meditation on the Contemporary Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"The man who can articulate the movements of his inner life," the late Christian apologist and author Henri Nouwen said, "need no longer be a victim of himself, but is able slowly and consiste ...