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Results for Poverty

Is Poverty Killing our Kids?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

What if one of the reasons for our strung-out culture was the social, emotional, mental, and physiological outworking of the effects of poverty? Despite all the modern convenience ...

The Pope and the President: What to Look for in the Obama-Francis Summit
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

So what will the two leaders talk about? What issues will they avoid? With Francis, anything is possible, but here are some initial ideas on how the summit could play out. The ne ...

What Kind of World Is This?
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:21am | 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 - 10:02am | 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 ...

'Flowers in the Attic' and Women on the Brink
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

The statistics are staggering — two-thirds of minimum wage jobs are held by women, yet 40 percent of households with children under 18 have a woman as the sole or primary breadwinner. ...

Empowering Women Empowers Us All
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

There is one report that has particularly fascinated me — and many others — as it describes how women have been struggling the most against poverty in the United States. Watching ...

In the War on Poverty, Women Need a Boost
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

A recent report on the needs of women in the economy revealed that one of every three women in America is living in poverty or is on the brink of poverty. Sojourners campaigns ass ...

Want to Win the War on Poverty? For the Sake of the Most Vulnerable, Let's Work Together
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

The only way to win the “war on poverty” is for liberals and conservatives to make peace — for the sake of the poor. The only way to win the “war on poverty” is for liberals and ...

5 Myths About Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Here are five commonly perpetuated myths about minimum wage. Hopefully, their exploration will shed a more accurate light on this contested issue. It’s a new year, and Congress is ...

From the Archives: February 1976
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

John Perkins The Dividing Wall in America IN TERMS, America has tried to heal itself. The Civil War took plac ...

Faith Leaders Come Together For An End To Hunger
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 6:21pm | Type: Press

December 10, 2013 Sojo in the News John McCarthy ...

Sacred Medicine
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Paul Farmer How liberation theology can inform public health. TWO OF MY greatest teachers were Latin American ...

Beyond the Dreamer
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Gar Alperovitz As the country marks Martin Luther King Jr.'s 85th birthday, a veteran activist explains why it would be a mistake to ...

It's Been a Whirlwind of World-Changing Work
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

In these three months, I have witnessed activism for immigration reform, a vigil for those most affected by congressional dysfunction, organizing for climate change, a prophetic stand for racial justice, the l ...

On Thanksgiving Day, Not Everybody Worries About Overeating
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 12:12pm | Type: Press

November 27, 2013 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Pope Francis Lays Out a Blueprint for His Papacy in 'Evangelii Gaudium'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

Laying out a blueprint for the issues that are likely to define his papacy, Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a biting critique of capitalism, calling on world leaders to fight against poverty and for the rich to ...

Two Steps Obama Can Take to Defeat AIDS
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama should be commended for uniting the world behind the goal of creating an AIDS-free generation, but we can achieve this only if we accelerate the provision of antiretrovirals to the poore ...

12 Ways Republicans Keep Screwing Over Poor Americans And Women
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Press

November 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Sasha Abramsky ...

Hope in Troubled Times: A New Vision for Confronting Global Crises
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Press

November 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Goudzwaard ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter A blog by David Hilfiker / Sing to the Moon by Laure Mvula / High Rise Stories:Voices from Chicago Public Houses by Audrey P ...

The Budget and Your Neighbor
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

And today, 47 million low-income Americans will see their food stamps benefits decrease , as stimulus funding ends. In light of this newly named “war on the poor,” I’ve been reflecting on Jesus’ story of the G ...

Saving Faith
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

For many, including myself, the past few weeks have been discouraging, given the state of our politics and culture and what many vulnerable people across the country are experiencing. But despite the frustrati ...

Please Stop Calling Your Relatively Privileged Life 'Crazy' and 'Messy'
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

What do you think about the way people use words like “bipolar,” “crazy,” and “manic” when they really mean “moody,” “energetic,” “quirky” and even “fun?" A few weeks ago, I ...

Weathering The Storm On Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 3:18pm | Type: Press

October 17, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Our Prayer From Capitol Hill Is Trending
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 3:16pm | Type: Press

October 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why The Government Shutdown Is Unbiblical
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 3:11pm | Type: Press

October 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Just Picking On The Poor: The Facts And The Faces Of Cutting SNAP
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Press

September 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

On Scripture: Halloween and All the Saints
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

While fewer elderly persons live in poverty than do other adults, in 2012 alone extreme poverty among elderly women shot up by 18 percent — that is, in just one year 133,000 elderly women moved into the catego ...

Kathy Saile, Gary Cook, Jim Wallis, Carole Busroe
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Press

October 16, 2013 Sojo in the News The Associated Press ...

PHOTO: Epic Political Bout Leaves Plenty of Winners, Losers
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Press

October 17, 2013 Sojo in the News Getty Images ...

Photo Slideshow: Sunrise Prayer Service To End The Government Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:19pm | Type: Press

October 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Sally Morrow ...

PHOTO: Ending The Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Press

October 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Doug Mills ...

'Faithful Filibuster': Religious Leaders Address Government Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Press

October 13, 2013 Sojo in the News General Board of Church and Socie ...

Weekly Roundup: In Which We Try To Not Talk About The Government Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Press

October 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Kira Dault ...

The Economic And Moral Dimensions In Debt-Ceiling Debate
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:23pm | Type: Press

October 13, 2013 Sojo in the News Catholic News Service ...

"Faithful Filibuster' Invokes Biblical Mandate To Care For Poor
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Annysa Johnson ...

Chaplains Back On Job, Leaders Decry Shutdown And Rumors Are Debunked: Religion Roundup
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Tom Feran ...

Religious Groups Feel The Pinch Of Government Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:30pm | Type: Press

October 8, 2013 Sojo in the News Kevin Eckstrom ...

'Faithful Filibuster' Protest Asks Politicians To Focus On Poor, Vulnerable In Shutdown Fight
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:27pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2013 Sojo in the News Napp Nazworth ...

Our Prayer from Capitol Hill Is Trending
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

The #FaithfulFilibuster has taken off across the country through word of mouth and social media — our prayers are trending. Every day, we read 2,000 verses in the Bible, each about how we treat the poor and vu ...

Christian Group Petitions For Immediate End To Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Rob Manch ...

Letters from a School Near MLK Street
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Read Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the laborers in the field. But in place of American blue-collar workers dealing with the loss of manufacturing, or Hispanic day-laborers waiting to be hired throughout the ...

Education as an Exercise in Dominion
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Poorer communities — mostly black and Latino — have schools without books and fewer qualified teachers while richer communities — mostly white — have Olympic-sized swimming pools, AP and college-credit course ...

Broomfield Enterprise Letter To The Editor: Ayn Rand And The Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Press

October 13, 2013 Sojo in the News Loren Richmond Jr ...

Reading Scripture Through the Shutdown: A Voice for the Silenced
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

We serve a God who has put passion in the hearts of all of his children. If we silence even one of those voices we are missing out on a precious piece of God’s redemptive plan for this side of Eden. ...

How Can People of Faith Help Students Achieve Their Potential?
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

Children from all racial and economic backgrounds have God-given potential and are truly “made in [God’s] image and likeness.” If given the opportunities and support, they will achieve. ...

WATCH: God's Justice Never Shuts Down — Jim Wallis on #FaithfulFilibuster
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks about the #FaithfulFilibuster outside the Capitol Building and offers a reading of his conversion text, Matthew 25. Jim Wallis talks about the #FaithfulFilibuster ...

#FaithfulFilibuster: A Vigil Under the Dark Clouds of Washington
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

We're hearing lots of babble at the Capitol, but across the street, we're trying to hear the word of God — what God says about the people, families, and children who will suffer the most because of W ...

Faithful Filibuster: Christian Leaders Read Scripture, Exhort Congress To Care
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Katherine Burgess ...

Join the Chorus: #FaithfulFilibuster's Message to Congress
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Faith leaders are asking people of faith to reach out to Congressional leadership. Join along with them to Tweet at those members of Congress with your message to them and hashtag #FaithfulFilibuster. ...