The Common Good

Results for legislation

Immigration Reform: Change Takes Courage and Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530254746_CFpJb"></a>The window is closing on comprehensive immigration ref ...

The Cost of Doing Nothing About Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

After nearly a year of our work for health-care reform, the debate seems to be reaching the end. After nearly a year of our work for health-care reform, the debate seems to be rea ...

Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694003830_DapYT"></a>Yesterday, the Senate <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.co ...

Health-Care Polls, Good Will, and the Golden Rule
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#693960076_qjZLW"></a>Good will is a primary element of moral conduct. This is an importa ...

The Pope vs. Climate Change Deniers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon that paralyzed the nation's capital is a classic case of putting ideology and politics before scien ...

Obama's Attempt at a Bipartisan Health-Care Summit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694000869_TQx7a"></a>President Obama has scheduled a bipartisan meeting on health-care r ...

One More Gun Death Too Many -- and Three Things You Can Do About It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://jamiemoffett.com"></a>At about midnight we heard the shots ring out. My friend ran to the door and I heard him yell, "Shane, a kid has been shot, come down.& ...

Family Research Council: Homosexual Behavior Should Be Criminalized in America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The debate rages on--in the military as well as the church. What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The deb ...

Obama's Call for Civility Amid Prayer Breakfast Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-national-prayer-breakfast">spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast</a> this morning, with a plea for c ...

The State of the Union: Unfinished Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | 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& ...

Can Compassion for Haitians Extend to Other Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred many Americans to action -- through donations, public service, humanitarian aid, etc. While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred man ...

Now is the Time for Congressional Courage on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too many of the rest of us do not. The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too ...

Immigration: Drama and First Drafts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

"Why do you have to be so dramatic?" I thought as I rolled my eyes. "Why do you have to be so dramatic?" I thought as I rolled my eyes. The speaker was tellin ...

Cold Hands, Expectant Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

There is an old saying that can be quite appropriate at this time of the year: Cold hands, warm heart. There is an old saying that can be quite appropriate at this time of the yea ...

Advent and Advocacy: A Year of Activism in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Advent is with us again, calling us to reflect and review, and the Sojourners policy team wants to thank you for walking with us in 2009. Advent is with us again, calling us to re ...

Faith, Hope, and the Advent of Health-care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches us to "give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (I Thessalonians 5:18). Biblical wisdom teaches us t ...

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill: A Betrayal of Christ's Teachings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

There are times in the "culture wars" when a very diverse group of religious leaders can come together across the political spectrum in a common cause. There are times i ...

A Ray of Light in the Foreclosure Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> In the midst of slow-moving recovery plans, the Fed ...

What Do Health-Care Reform, the 40-Hour Work Week, Unemployment Insurance, the Minimum Wage, etc., Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Well, they were all brought to you be political progressives, they were all opposed by political conservatives, and they all are now viewed as fundamental presuppositions of a healthy society by vi ...

Low-Hanging Fruit in the Fight Against World Hunger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The World Summit on Food Security ended today in Rome, with words about cutting hunger, but no real progress on one of hunger's key causes: <a href="http://stopgamblingonhunger.com/?cat=17"&g ...

Freedom from Fear in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There comes a moment when we can say a word or speak a concept so often that it loses meaning and simply becomes sound. The concept becomes exhausted, thin, one-dimensional. Ther ...

Ending AIDS' Stigma
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

President Obama and his administration were busy this past Friday. President Obama and his administration were busy this past Friday. The president signed into legislation The Rya ...

National Association of Evangelicals Provides Moral Model on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

After nearly two years of collective scripture study, discernment, and dialogue, on Oct. After nearly two years of collective scripture study, discernment, and dialogue, on Oct. 8 ...

Faith Leaders Urge Obama on Gulf Coast Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/New-Orleans-After-Katrina/9719058_xD68E#658306044_ysCST"></a>President Obama arrived in New Orleans last week for his first vis ...

Paying Attention to Climate Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Unlike the health-care debate, which touches each and every person in our country on the basic prem ...

Put Poor People on the Climate Change Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Last week, a group of senators, many in the leadership of the majority Democratic Party, asked for a meeting with a small group of inte ...

Critics on Our Left, Meet the Critics on Our Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Every now and then someone to our right or left posts an article excoriating Sojourners or Jim Wallis for not being _____ enough, infuriated that we still claim to be _____ even though we're really ...

Running the Green Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

For the past week, I've been inspired as I've watched (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/DOESolarDecathlon">online</a>) houses being erected along the National Mall. The U.S. ...

A Faith Declaration for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Over the course of the health-care debate, voices of faith have been raised about the moral values at stake beneath the policy discussions. Over the course of the health-care deba ...

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 ...

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of our Country
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

With an issue like health, deeply personal, but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debat ...

Discrimination in Services -- No. Protection of Faith Identity -- Yes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>This post responds to the following question posed on <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/2009/09/should_religious_charities_dis/all.html">The Washington Post's & ...

Video: Fake Newspaper Prints Real News on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Monday, millions of people received a "special edition" of The New York Post that told the truth: <a href="http://nypost-se.com/todays-paper/">"We're Screwed< ...

Pray for Glenn Beck
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc"></a><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc"> ...

Four Years after Katrina: Hope and Challenge on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

Video: Health-Care Hermeneutics with Jon Stewart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I need to find something to do until Sept. 13 or thereabouts. The Daily Show is on a three-week vacation until then. (Anyone have a good home remedy for the Stewart Shakes?) I kid.</p> ...

40 Days for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If you watch enough cable news you would think the fight over health-care reform has been reduced to protestors screaming about socialism, "death panels," and the evils of government. ...

Join Today's National Teleconference on Health-Care Reform with President Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Tonight Sojourners, along with 40 other faith groups, will host a national teleconference with President Obama about health care. Tonight Sojourners, along with 40 other faith gro ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

'Jose Illegal' is a Lie
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's an e-mail to make your blood boil.</p> It's an e-mail to make your blood boil. A recent e-mail forward contrasts the lives and lifestyles of hypothetical ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In recent days, it seems that the Religious Right is trying everything they can to derail the health-care reform our country so desperately needs. In recent days, it seems that th ...

Health Care and Structural Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory recognizes that there is more than one kind of violence. Just peace theory recognizes that there is more than one kind of violence. There is subjective violence ...

How to Win a Culture War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one. The soul of our nation has been marred from a perpetual state of culture war. Want to know how to win a culture war? ...

Update an Obsolete Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a <a href="http://www.cbpp.org/files/7-6-09pov.pdf">study</a> analyzing the effectiveness of our country's safety net pr ...

Three Moral Issues of Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Death, disease, and pain did not exi ...

Immigration Reform This Year: Let's Get to Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama met with key legislators to discuss the details of moving comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year. Yesterday, President Obama met with ke ...

A Call to Serve and Preserve Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I just returned to the United States from a clergy conference I was invited to address by Rev. James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool. I just returned to the United States from a clergy ...

Eco-Justice: Getting There from Here
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As I look at where we need to get, pronto -- 350 parts per million or less carbon in the atmosphere, sustainable use of planetary resources, and a world economy consistent with those things -- and ...

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 ...