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Celebrating the Minimum Wage Increase
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases fr ...

Wal-Mart's Big Green Claim, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/21/wal-marts-big-green-claim/">[continued from part 1]</a> ... Here is why I am not about to toss my kids into the car and dash out for chea ...

Celebrating Mandela's Birthday and Serving Zimbabwe's Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On July 18<sup>th</sup> many people from different parts of the world celebrated Nelson Mandela's 91<sup>st</sup> birthday! On July 18 th many peop ...

A Prime Minister's Conscience is Pricked
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Only God would open up an opportunity for a Catholic from San Francisco to speak prophetically to the Prime Minister of Australia, at the Anglican Centre in Rome, on behalf of Cambodians about to lose ...

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

<p>I've been following the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/13/new.zealand.brothel.olympics/index.html#soundoff" target="_blank">news story</a> of Ne ...

Obama in Ghana: The Capacity of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this past weekend was described as his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa. The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this ...

Voices of the Poor Lost in Honduras' Power Struggle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV#P-3-15"></a>Two weeks ago Sunday I awoke to my cell phone ringing at 6:45 a.m. In my sleepy delirium I answered it ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy. As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new enc ...

A Necessary Film for Anyone Who Eats Food
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"The industry doesn't want you to know the truth about what you are eating, because if you knew you might not want to eat it " - Food, Inc. </p> ...

Amahoro: An Emerging Conversation in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and the exchange or exploration of ideas. Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and t ...

Lazarus and the Iranians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I spent this week at a clergy conference in Liverpool, England, where the theme was the Justice of God: "Just by God, Just with God, Just for God." One of my presentations focused on Jesus' sto ...

A Sojourner Goes Home: In Memory of a 'Cherished Pastor and Rebellious Saint'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As our nation mourns the untimely death of the King of Pop, I am grieving over the death of a lesser know man: a man whom many will never know, but whose mark on the world is significant. Two weeks ag ...

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 ...

Sick of Drug Companies' Corporate Influence?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

w5fpwem56m w5h2kbxnzs Is the U.S. finally sick and tired of a corporate-dominated trade agenda that is making people around the world sick? w5fpwem56m w5h2kbxnzs Is the U.S. final ...

I Met a White Man and He Couldn't Dance
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

<p>I attended a majority white high school in the late '70s and since that time my life has been one cross-cultural bowl of spaghetti. It tastes good but is really messy, sometimes sauce all over yo ...

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 ...

Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

An interview with a man and his children in an Internally Displaced Person (refugee) camp quickly devolves into a father desperately trying to sell his smallest child to the cameraman. ...

IMF Needs a Reality Check, Not a Blank Check
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier last month, President Obama requested $108 billion in new money for the International Monetary Fund to show the world that we stood up for our commitments to fighting the global recession. ...

Taking the 'Micro' out of Microfinance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury out of reach. For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury o ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.</p> ...

Saving Kansas City, One (Green) Step at a Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, has been dividing rich and poor, black and white, jobless and employed in this city since the days of Jim Crow when it was a legal line of segregation. ...

The Poor Can Lead the Charge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If Hernando de Soto was overestimating <a title="http://ild.org.pe/en/mystery/english" href="http://ild.org.pe/en/mystery/english" target="_blank">how much wealth the world& ...

Are We Offering Grace, or Just Another Program?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I really like Marlena, but that doesn't mean she is a good person. She is smart and easy to talk to, but only if you are talking about her stuff. I really like Marlena, but t ...

The New 'Nones' Aren't Atheist--Just Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Historically, the number of individuals who say they have no religious affiliation in America ranges between 5-10%, but a new poll conducted by Robert Putnam (of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/p ...

Doing Kingdom Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There were some remarkable outcomes to last week's Mobilization to End Poverty, with nearly 50 <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-host-sponsors">sp ...

Are Christians Bad for an Empire's Economy? Should They Be?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Mike recently brought to my attention a <a href="http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/jod/texts/pliny.html" target="_blank">letter written by Pliny the Younger to the Emperor Trajan< ...

Video: Eugene Cho Interviews Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I had the privilege of spending <a title="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/my-official-announcement-to-enter-into-politics/" href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/04/3 ...

M2EP Images: How to Be a Light on the Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As the videos in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/04/30/m2ep-voices-from-capitol-hill/">recent</a> <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/04/30/m2ep-video-mobilize-to-put-into-motio ...

Audio: Earmarked for Kingdom Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem preaches from the book of Proverbs, specifically chapters 10-18, in which there is a contrast made between the righteous person and the wicked person. I ...

Holding Government Accountable on Poverty -- in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The South African elections have eclipsed all news in our region. These went fairly smoothly with isolated incidents. The South African elections have eclipsed all news in our reg ...

Turning the Focus Beyond Gender Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Do you find yourself reluctant to attend women's retreats because they tend to focus on things like fashion, women's emotions, crafts, and new forms of stomach exercises? ...

Travels with Bruce Cockburn: Into the Soul of this World of Wonders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There's roads and there's roads And they call, can't you hear it? Roads of the earth And roads of the spirit . . .</p> <p>- Bruce Cockburn's "Child of the Wind&quo ...

A Spiritual Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday evening the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> will begin. Sunday evening the Mobilization to End Poverty ...

Fighting Poverty with Family and Faith on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>I am a native of Biloxi, Mississippi. To the rest of the world, we are the left behind communities. I thank God on a daily basis th ...

What President Obama's Budget Means for Poor People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

If a budget is a moral document, what should be said about the president's proposed budget for 2010? I focus here on what this budget proposal says about justice for poorer Americans.</p> ...

A Christian Argument for Progressive Taxation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Wednesday morning, at 9 a.m. sharp, I took my tax payment to the local post office. When I handed it to the clerk, she said, "I hate tax day." I replied, "Not me. ...

The Power to Dominate and the Power to Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate on Jesus' teachings, as well as to emulate his deeds. As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate ...

A Good Story: 'I'm Going to Kill You'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I often tell people not to ask me for statistics because in this work all the statistics are bad. Ask me for stories instead, I say, because even in the worst of times I always have a good story. ...

Taxes and Tithes, Contract and Covenant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

We cannot avoid death and taxes. Our own death is an event that we only face once. We cannot avoid death and taxes. Our own death is an event that we only face once. My faith tell ...

Eric Holder, Ted Stevens, and Prosecutorial Misconduct that Doesn't Make Headlines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

No one is saying that Ted Stevens didn't lie about unreported contributions. But the government has to play by the rules even when the defendant is guilty. No one is saying ...

Tax Day Wish: Prophetic Voices on Taxes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15?</p> Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15? In 2001, President Bush ...

Watch and Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, before the budget vote, I talked with several senators on the phone as they were about to cast their vote. The ones I spoke to were friends, and I told them that I was praying for them. ...

The Obama Budget's Promise and Peril
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>I've been asked for a few words about how the recession may affect poverty in the United St ...

A Crucial Time in the Fight Against Global Poverty and Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The realities of global poverty are very stark. The realities of global poverty are very stark. About a billion people around the world - one in six - are now considered chronical ...

Calling a Nation to its Best Values and Priorities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

Compassionate Conservatives Looking to Rebrand and Expand Their Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I've been asked to comment on churches that are more conservative, predominantly evangelical, and how they are coalescing around poverty reduction. I've been asked to co ...

A Vision for the Foreign Aid Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. World Visi ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

Diagnosing Our Economic Illness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

Obama and the G-20
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the largest economies and the European Union, will meet in London. Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the ...