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Fired Up About Financial Reform
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> <p>I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore ...

Climate Justice Clips: The Real Conspiracy at Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"This is analogous to the indulgences that the Catholic Church sold in the middle ages. The bishops collected lots of money and the sinners got redemption. Both parties liked that arrangement des ...

I've Done It. I've Reclaimed Christmas.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I refuse to write a blog about how overwhelmed I am by the holiday season. I'm not going to wax eloquent about how the season I loved most as a child has become the source of excruciating stress. ...

Vulture Funds Feed on the Global Poor
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> <p>Liberia is the most recent country to fall into the talons of a "vulture fund. ...

America's Pervasive Pattern of Race-Based Medical Disparities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating African-Americans and other marginalized groups. Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating Afri ...

Governments, a Kingdom Agenda, and Reading Scripture Badly
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A popular argument amongst political conservatives goes like this: while they grant that Scripture requires concern and care for the poor and marginalized, that concern is one to be addressed by in ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 7
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This year alone, <a href="https://suwa.org.au/epyc">EPYC</a> has run nonviolent climate justice workshops with more than 8,000 young people (most with little or no contact with C ...

Fair Trade Christmas Lists and Links
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

So the stores are playing Christmas music and down here in Texas the highs are only the 70s and 80s, so the holiday season must be upon us. So the stores are playing Christmas mus ...

Bedbugs: A Modern-Day Leprosy. Seriously.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Stanley is a dirty old man, and by that I don't just mean he talks about younger women in inappropriate ways. He smells bad, too. Really bad. Stanley is a dirty old man, an ...

Spending Less on Food, Spending More on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As the health-care bill passes through Congress, one wonders about an issue that has been left out of discussions. No, not abortion. Food. As the health-care bill passes through ...

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is a memo Jim Wallis has provided to leaders throughout the nation concerning the ongoing issue of abortion within the health care reform debate and the need to find common ground ...

M2EP Filmmaker Challenge Winner Goes to Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<span><span></span></span></p> Editor's Note: In anticipation of The Mobilization to End Poverty, World Vision and Sojourners spo ...

The Struggle of Our Environmental Neighbors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Marvin Gaye once sang, "Oh, mercy mercy me/Oh, things ain't what they used to be/No, no/Where did all the blue sky go?/Poison is the wind that blows/From the north, east, south, and sea/Oh, mercy m ...

The Plank in Australia's Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"F%*# OFF! WE'RE FULL!" read the bumper sticker I saw this morning, written within the outline of the Australian continent. "F%*# OFF! WE'RE FULL!" r ...

Big Oil, Corporate Greed, and Social Sin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of work and trendy restaurants, I rarely drive these days. As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of wor ...

An Altar Call from Bill and Melinda Gates
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, my wife Joy and I were front and center when Bill and Melinda Gates launched their new Living Proof campaign in Washington, D.C. Last week, my wife Joy and I were front ...

Learning from the 'Lowly'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>I am excited about the Justice Revival because it brings the lowly center stage, and we all can be blessed by them. Romans 12:15-16 te ...

Redemptive Poetry on a Night of Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It is Sunday night, and I am suddenly awake at the crack of too-close gunfire. It is Sunday night, and I am suddenly awake at the crack of too-close gunfire. I creep to the window ...

What's Wrong with a 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Voters in Maine and Washington state are being asked to vote this November on whether they want impose a rigid formula limit on state and local revenues and services. Voters in Ma ...

One Day's Wages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.onedayswages.org/"></a>We are excited to announce the launch of One Day's Wages -- an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme globa ...

In Defense of the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This past week I was walking home from the school drop-off with a newish friend. Swapping stories about the basics of our lives. Marital status, where we grew up, favorite pastimes. ...

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 ...

A Moral Mandate for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

After all the financial turmoil that 2009 has already brought, one would think that it would somehow be logical and practical to bring accountable reforms to the same banking institutions whose re ...

Adam Smith Meets the Rich Young Ruler: Health Care and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wnFEbT1wwhs/StNETZJ93SI/AAAAAAAABEU/z_JR-1l974w/s1600-h/Adam_Smith.jpg"></a>For more than sixty years American presidents have tried to reform ...

The Conservative Bible Project, Jesus, and Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is a conservative project to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/the-gospel-according-to-the-conservative-bible-project/">translate the Bible to reflect a conservative ideology</a ...

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Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa died yesterday. I don't know much about her life, so you can <a href="http://en.wikip ...

Ken Burns' National Parks: An Unnatural Wilderness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week Ken Burns unleashed his new series on America's national parks, subtitled "America's Best Idea." The cinematography is incredible and Ken Burns is known as a progressive thinker. ...

Listening to Poor People 'Offstage'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to explain much of what he sees on the news or reads about in the local paper. I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to ...

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 ...

We've Crashed Our Cars into the Living Room of the World's Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Proverbs 31:8 says "Speak out for those who cannot speak [for themselves]."</p> Proverbs 31:8 says "Speak out for those who cannot speak [for themselves].&quo ...

Proclaiming Jubilee in the Midst of Foreclosures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. He and I were both guilty of trespassing, but a passerby would ...

Modern Slavery, Modern Abolitionists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Two hundred years after slavery was declared illegal in Great Britain, and 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States, an estimated 27 million people remain enslaved around ...

Global Warming's Six Americas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Climate Week is upon us, and as world leaders gather at the UN and the G-20 to nibble away at the problem of international cooperation to address the issue, popular American responses seem to veer ...

G-20: The Global South Is Too Big To Fail
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As pundits and politicians wield fighting words over the domestic health-care crisis, another group is getting ready to combat a different crisis -- one which, unless it's resolved quickly, will ca ...

Integrity and the Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The economic crisis that started last fall and was remembered last week brought to light a lot of things: the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/business/14spiral.html">vulnerability< ...

When Grace Backfires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In 1958 the Teddy Bears released the song "To know him is to love him," which might as well have been called "To know, know, know, him is to love, love, love, him," since that's the wa ...

Faith is about Redemption: The Life of Ted Kennedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have never really trusted those who are intolerant and condemning of other people's shortcomings. It makes me suspect they are likely hiding their own. I have never really ...

Responding to Six Confusing Claims: A Doctor Makes Sense of the Health-Care Debate, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/01/a-doctor-makes-sense-of-the-health-care-reform-debate">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from part ...

A Doctor Makes Sense of the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As the debate over health-care reform heats up, conflicting claims from both sides make it increasingly difficult to sort out the issues and choose a position for which to advocate. ...

Republicans Want Health-Care Reform Too!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a registered Republican. I didn't vote for Obama. I believe in free-market enterprise. I like smaller government. There, I said it. It's out!</p> I&# ...

Honduran Coup Government Showing Sensitivity to U.S. Pressure -- More is Needed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

While the United States remains focused on health-care reform and back-to-school activities, the impact of the Honduras coup in June continues, much out of the popular media. Whil ...

More Health Scare Tactics: Debunking the 'Death Book'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

These days wisdom seems in short supply in the health-care debate. To wit: the Aug. These days wisdom seems in short supply in the health-care debate. To wit: the Aug. 18 Wall S ...

Broken Hearts and Deep Concern for Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

They were a very diverse group -- students, a lawyer, Sisters of Mercy and Notre Dame, a union organizer, a teacher, survivors of the brutal 1980s in Honduras. They were a very di ...

Crux of the Health-Care Debate: The Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm not sure I completely understand the health-care debate. But I'm going to take a shot and put down my thoughts and would love additional education, feedback, and thoughts as well.</p> ...

Five Christian Considerations for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I approach the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/11/an-open-letter-to-conservative-christians-in-the-us-on-health-care/">discussion about health-care reform</a> from the perspective o ...

Three Responses to a Conservative Critic on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just received this:</p> Just received this: I am one of the conservative Christians you refer to in your letter. I did not and still do not support President Obama alt ...

Eat That
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I went to the grocery store at midnight the other night.</p> <p>Is it just me or are the lights at the grocery story brighter at midnight?</p> I went to the groc ...

Letter to Congress on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<h3 style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2009/08/what-most-of-us-want-to-say-to-congress.html"> D ...

The Struggle Continues in South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have been home in South Africa for two months as of August 6. I am grateful that my family and I are home in the land of our beginnings. I have been home in South Africa for tw ...

What is Wrong With Me, When Seeing Babies is Depressing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I've heard from many of you who liked <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/17/kids-need-all-the-positive-words-they-can-get/">last month's post</a>, or were at least relieved b ...