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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 ...

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 ...

A time for 'Sharing Abundance'
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Press

November 10, 2012 Sojo in the News Alivino Castillo ...

What Do Religious Leaders Want For Obama's Next Four Years?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Press

November 8, 2012 Sojo in the News Adelle M. Banks ...

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, ...

On Scripture: The Value of Chump Change
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The widow we encounter in Mark 12:38-44 provides a case study in poverty and oppression. Unable to confront poverty, we have turned her into something safer – an example of generosity. ...

What Is Left Unsaid in This Campaign
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

How can it be that the Holy Bible refers to helping the poor and vulnerable more than 2,000 times, yet two professing Christians running for president of the United States disregard this unholy scourge? ...

Poll: Voters Want Leader to Prioritize Working Poor Families and #talkpoverty
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Press

October 28, 2012 Sojo in the News Jeffrey Buchanan ...

Poverty, Homelessness Not on Candidates’ Agenda
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Press

October 25, 2012 Sojo in the News Jeremy Reynalds ...

Documentary on Poverty Seeks to Smash Stereotypes, Refocus Election
Originally Posted: 01/11/2013 - 5:43pm | Type: Press

October 4, 2012 Sojo in the News Napp Nazworth ...

Echoes of the Poor People's Campaign
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

What if MLK had lived to lead the Poor People's march? Would the United States be a place where 1 out of 5 children, around 15.5 million, are in poverty and where close to 50 million people are without he ...

The Ethical Opportunity of a Video
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

The recently revealed video of Gov. Mitt Romney at a fundraising event last May is changing the election conversation. I hope it does, but at an even deeper level than the responses so far ...

Poverty Rate Unchanged, But Still Historically High
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2012 Sojo in the News Pam Fessler ...

Churches Call For Action On Poverty
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Press

September 13, 2012 Sojo in the News Jeanie Groh ...

What the presidential candidates say about poverty; Obama, Romney respond to Circle of Protection invitation
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Press

September 13, 2012 Sojo in the News National Council Of Churches ...

We Asked; They Answered: Obama, Romney on Poverty
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

We asked the candidates, what will you do to address the highest numbers of people in poverty in America in almost 50 years—numbers that we learned today are still growing? We believe these messages from the P ...

Poverty Rate Remains at Record Levels
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

2011 poverty report shows rate remains at 15 percent. The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2011 poverty report this morning, reporting that 46.2 million people were living in p ...

Watch 'The Line': The Most Important Film You'll See This Year
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Matthew 25 doesn’t say, “As you have done to the middle class you have done to me." What it records Jesus saying is, “As you have done to the least of these, you have done to me.” ...

The Politics of Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

In my mind, the poor are the ones being hijacked in all of this. Wealthy politicians from both major parties certainly are not arguing or creating policy from the viewpoint of Jesus. In fact, thinly veiled rel ...

Caring for the Poor is Government's Biblical Role
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

I want to suggest that what size the government should be is the wrong question. A more useful discussion would be about the purposes of government and whether ours is fulfilling them. So let's look at wh ...

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 3: Slip-Ups
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

Maybe the serpent in the Garden of Eden story actually was a cute little girl in pigtails. Sure would have been more persuasive than some stupid talking snake. “We should go to a ...

SNAP/ Food Stamp Challenge, Day 1: Broke vs. Poor
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

I’ve been broke before, but I’ve never been what I’d consider to be “poor.” Broke is a short-term condition; poor is an inevitable way of life. “So what are food stamps anyway?” ...

Republican Budget is an Immoral Document
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

To reward the rich even more while actually punishing the poor is a direct offense to all of our religious traditions. Editor's Note: The following remarks were given ...

Class and War
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Chris Hedges has a fascinating piece for Salon on the betrayal of the most vulnerable by war. Chris Hedges has a fascinating piece for Salon on the betrayal of the mos ...

Will the Real Ms. Middle Class Please Stand Up?
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

What if the Jesus followers being disingenuously propped up as middle class demanded that their legislators tell the truth? Back in the day, there was a television show called “To ...

A Catholic Nun, A Teenage Girl, and Climate Justice
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Communities across the globe are being affected by the impacts of climate change, from food insecurity to extreme temperatures, but those with more resources are better able to adapt. Climate change is having ...

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 ...

Does the budget need a dose of morals?
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Press

June 16, 2012 Sojo in the News Pasadena Sun ...

Why I Hate the Middle Class But Love Working Americans
Originally Posted: 06/15/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

The Left is putting all its political capital into convincing Republicans to allow 98 percent of the Bush tax cuts to be extended, while arguing that people who make nearly 10 times as much as the average Amer ...

David Barton: You’re Poor Because You Don’t Read the Bible
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

David Barton is known for his “out there” claims, but his most recent is a keeper. Those who wish the see the wall of separation between church and state burned down have a rather ...

Illinois Bill Allows for Free Hospital Care for State's Poorest
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

CBS  reported yesterday: Illinois hospitals would be required to provide free surgeries and other inpatient care to many uninsured poor people under a bill the Legislature passed Tuesday, a mandate already on the books in eight other states. ...

Tackling Hunger a Moral, Security, Economic Imperative
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Members of the G8 announced its commitment to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition which will seek to “lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through inclusive and sustained a ...

Poverty 101: A Poem
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

A note from the poet: Two years ago, our church opened its doors and began serving meals to our community. The immense and overwhelming feelings I felt scared me and so I penned them in this poem. Working with ...

Can Rich Folks Go to Heaven?
Originally Posted: 03/23/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Jesus said it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle that you used to stitch that Noah’s Ark for your child’s bedroom — than for a rich guy to get to heaven. Let. That. Sink. In. ...

I Continue to Fail “The Poor”
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, it feels like this work is hardly making a dent in the poverty juggernaut we’re fighting against. So sometimes it’s just easier to keep it at arms-length and focus on “the poor.” That may help ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Lifting Up the Lowly
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:26am | Type: Blog

The fact that the manger was “lowly,” was no mistake. Swaddling clothes were not meant for new born king’s, and yet they were the perfect garment for the situation. An unwed virgin carrying God incarnate is no ...

The Immigrant Days of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Unaccounted for in the empire, baby Jesus’ first movement in this world was a government-evading trek through the desert by night. I noticed this Christmas season, for the first t ...

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It? No one seriously disputes the fact that students from disadvantaged househ ...

Poverty and the LGBT Community
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 6:39pm | Type: Blog

Contrary to many stereotypes, children living in LGBT households are 50 percent more likely to live in poverty than those living in heterosexual households. Failure to provide equ ...

New Poll: Majority of White Evangelicals Oppose Cutting Federal Programs that help the Poor
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

A new poll released this morning by Public Religion Research Institute shows that a majority of white evangelicals are opposed to cutting federal anti-poverty programs for the poor and nearly three-quarters of ...

Join a Circle of Protection on Nov. 16: Standing For and With the Poor
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

The New York City Human Circle will be replicated throughout across the nation, when faith leaders host Human Circles as members of the Sojourners National Mobilizing Circle, which is bringing together faith a ...

Chris Hedges' Occupy Wall Street Statement
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:30am | Type: Blog

Christ Hedges' statement on Occupy Wall Street. Editor's Note: Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges made this statement in New York City's Zuccotti Park on Thurs ...

Is The American Dream God's Dream?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Nearly 50 million Americans are currently living below the poverty line (that is $22,000 for a household of four) and half of them are working full time jobs. Edit ...

One Reason the U.S. Must Continue Funding Foreign Aid
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Because Bill Gates says so. Because Bill Gates says so. Bill Gates traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week to tell members of congress not to cut foreign aid funding f ...

"Hole-y" Bible Gets a Digital Makeover
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

This morning, as I caught up on what had been going on in the world over the weekend, I stumbled across a very interesting resource -- a website that compares the frequency with which words appear in ...

#OccupySunday: Blood-Boiler du Jour
Originally Posted: 10/31/2011 - 7:04am | Type: Blog

In case you missed it... In case you missed it... In an OpEd titled, " What the Costumes Reveal, " New York Times columnist Joe Nocera wrote about a Halloween ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | 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& ...

Moving Money: Investing in a New World
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away $10,000 outside the Stock Exchange. Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away ...

Five Facts You Need to Know about Poverty in America
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

What you don't know about poverty can hurt you, and the nation's poor. What you don't know about poverty can hurt you, and the nation's poor. I'm guessing ...