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Five Christian Considerations for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Health-Care Debate Requires the Wisdom of Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Thomas Friedman, learning from an experience on safari in Botswana, gets it right in his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23friedman.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th" target=& ...

Breath: A Poem for Transformational Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently wrote and performed a spoken-word poem for the Transformational Development (TD) Conference at Eastern University, co-sponsored by Eastern and Food for the Hungry. I r ...

Eat That
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Christian Hospitality in Phnom Penh
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/excavator.jpg"></a>A handful of Christians living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, are making use of the age-old nonviolent practice of hospitality t ...

A 'Truth-telling' Ministry for People of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every so often, the issues at stake in the public debate become so clear and compelling, so alarming and disconcerting -- or both at the same time -- that I feel a need to speak out in a more perso ...

With the Health-Care Debate, Let's Begin with Honesty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Has he been pre-authorized? Because if the test hasn't been, it may not be covered and you may be caught with the bill as my husband and I learned." Her jagged words hit me like a political ad. ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

Truth-telling and Responsibility in Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have said that one <a href="../2009/07/02/three-moral-issues-of-healthcare/">important moral principle</a> for the health-care debate is truth-telling. I h ...

Israel Kicks Refugees Out of Their Tents
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/gallery/9000011_7mJL3/1/#598715803_CuAwi-A-LB"></a>In most cases in Occupied Palestine at this point, Palestinian refugees live in U ...

Global Warming Will Mean Migrant Crises
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The planet is warming at an unprecedented rate, and this will have enormous impact: By the middle of this century, an estimated 150 to 200 million people may become permanently displaced due to ris ...

What is Wrong With Me, When Seeing Babies is Depressing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Celebrating the Minimum Wage Increase
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Celebrating Mandela's Birthday and Serving Zimbabwe's Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

An Ever-new Narrative of Good News
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My friend <a href="http://thecorner.typepad.com/">Bob Carlton </a>sent me this link to a <em>Guardian</em> piece by Madeleine Bunting, "<a href="http://www.guardi ...

Kids Need All the Positive Words They Can Get
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently a bunch of people e-mailed me the same <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/opinion/16kristof.html"><em>New York Times</em> column</a>, which cited a variety of ...

Update an Obsolete Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Video: Jim Wallis and Tavis Smiley on Perspective, Prayer, and the President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year, Jim Wallis sat down with Tavis Smiley to talk about his role in public media of raising issues and asking questions that others are not. Earlier this year, Jim ...

Obama in Ghana: The Capacity of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Michael Jackson's Legacy of Social and Environmental Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Though it has been two weeks since Michael Jackson's death, the world continues to mourn and to monitor news sources for the latest developments. Though it has been two weeks ...

Voices of the Poor Lost in Honduras' Power Struggle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | 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 ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

Pope Benedict Gets It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis has provided <a href="../2009/07/09/pope-benedict-on-the-global-economy/">a helpful summary </a>of the Pope's encyclical <a href="http://www.zenit.org/article-2638 ...

In Defense of the 'Nice White Lady'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I really hope no one gets offended I really hope no one gets offended I guess i'm a "nice white I guess i'm a "nice white lady", since I have r ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - <em>Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly ...

A Paradigm Shift
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Our Mobilization to End Poverty this spring brought together nearly 1,200 Christian leaders and grassroots activists from aroun ...

Just One Day ... for Lynne
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I stepped up to the automatic sliding doors, but they didn't open. I knocked. The guard recognized me, waved, and the South Bronx-based special care facility opened arms of welcome. ...

Lazarus and the Iranians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Are Single Moms the New Widows?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, God's people are instructed to care for those who often cannot thrive on their own, most often widows and orphans. Throughout the Bible, God's peop ...

Why Are People Poor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Why are people poor? </em>I remember being asked this question 10 years ago while training for a program I was volunteering with. Why are people poor? I rememb ...

Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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. ...

Green Jobs Take Youth Miles High
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When La'Kyla Byrd cleared trails and tended to trees in Denver's City Park this past year as a member of <a href="http://www.milehighyouthcorps.org/">Mile High Youth Corps</a>, ...

Water of Life: Wee Man Doesn't Take it for Granted (And Neither Should You)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One of the everyday things Vasco has enjoyed most since arriving in Chicago from Malawi five weeks ago is being able to go into the kitchen and pour a cool glass of crystal clear water, from the si ...

IMF Needs a Reality Check, Not a Blank Check
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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. ...

To Hell with Human Trafficking. There, I Said It.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Is it possible that we as Christians just aren't angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Perhaps we've grown too desensitized, domesticated, and docile. ...

Taking the 'Micro' out of Microfinance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Reflecting Eden in 'Nuestro Jard
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For the first time in my life, I have a garden.</p> For the first time in my life, I have a garden. Well, to be clear, my wife and I have one. And our neighbors help ou ...

Blessing of the Bicycles
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/gp_bike1.jpg"></a>Urban biking is not without peril. Many of my parishioners rely almost exclusively on human-powered transportation and do ...

What if the Bible's Ruth Came to America Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Learning from Shavuot and Pentecost: Can we share our harvest? Can we share our talk and tongues? Can we relearn how to share our work and rest?</p> Learning from Shavuot an ...

The Poor Can Lead the Charge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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& ...

Financial Assistance: Is Your Church Ready?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the upcoming weeks and months, desperate people will knock on the doors of almost every church across the nation to ask for emergency financial assistance. In the upcoming week ...

Proximity: Relocation Doesn't Equal Relationship
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One of the principles of the Christian community development movement is "relocation." While the principle has depth to it, more times then not it is lived out as people who choose to move their p ...

Challenging Obama on Abortion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This is a challenge to President Obama and Congress written in light of his commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame. This is a challenge to President Obama and Congres ...

Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The industrialized world's collective failure to both regulate pollution and curb gross overconsumption has put millions and billions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people at increase ...

Sojourners Magazine Awards
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Sojourners</em> magazine received many honors at the joint annual conventions of the <a title="http://www.epassoc.org/" href="http://www.epassoc.org/">Evangelical Pre ...

Are We Offering Grace, or Just Another Program?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 - 8:18am | 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 - 8:18am | 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 ...

The Two Futures Project: Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In light of <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/05/us-afghanistan-civilian-deaths-coalition-bombing">headlines that dozens of kids and families were killed in US bombings of Afgh ...