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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. ...

#FaithfulFilibuster — A Vigil for the Poor
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

I’m standing in full view of the Capitol Building with a group of clergy and faith leaders who are here to offer a “Faithful Filibuster” of the government shutdown – and we’re going to keep talking until thing ...

Shutdowns and Shootouts – My New Hometown Normal?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

There are about 40 members of an extremist ideological minority who are ruining the reputation of the place I live and work, and taking the poor down along with them. It's a ...

Federal Workers Deserve A Living Wage
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

As poverty continues to increase unabated, the faith community must raise its voice and speak in unison. President Obama must bring justice to these workers. Morality demands it. ...

Cutting Food Stamp Program Should Be Unimaginable
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Press

September 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Sandy Eisenberg Sasso ...

How House Republicans Are Preaching A False Gospel About Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Press

September 25, 2013 Sojo in the News Jack Jenkins ...

Stepping in When Politicians Step Aside
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

A straggle of kids came up for children’s time at Poland Presbyterian Church, a 211-year-old congregation established on Lot One, in Township One, in Range One of what was once known as the Connecticut Western ...

SNAP Cuts Place Texas Families At Risk, Advocates Insist
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 2:27pm | Type: Press

September 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Ken Camp ...

Smith: How Farm Aid Is Tied To Food Aid
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Press

September 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Rex Smith ...

Christian Leaders Oppose SNAP Cuts
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 12:03pm | Type: Press

September 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

Advocates Speak Out About SNAP
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Press

September 17, 2013 Sojo in the News Dave Lucas ...

New Yorkers “Baffled” By Battle Against Food Aid
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Press

September 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Mark Scheerer ...

Your Christian Hypocrisy Is Showing: On Pope Francis and the U.S. Congress
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The message of Christ is not often so clearly presented in American media as it was yesterday, nor is that message as clearly contradicted in the same news cycle. The message of C ...

House Passes Billions in Cuts to Food Stamps Program
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

The House of Representatives on Thursday evening narrowly passed a plan that cuts about $40 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps program. ...

Just Picking On the Poor: The Facts and the Faces of Cutting SNAP
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Politicians are not willing to go to where the real money is: the Pentagon budget, which everyone knows to be the most wasteful in government, or the myriad subsidies to corporations, including agribusiness su ...

Christian Leaders Ask House to Say ‘No’ to $40 Billion in New SNAP Cuts
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Press

September 18, 2013 Press Releases Christian leaders today urged membe ...

Is SNAP Congress’ New Hunger Games?
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

House leaders are proposing a massive cut to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), America’s frontrunner in combatting hunger. This new proposal consists of a $40 billion reduction in funding, and ...

Criminalizing Christ: The Nationwide Targeting of Homeless
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The list of cities targeting the homeless is long, and it’s not just a symptom of conservativism or of the Deep South. This targeting crosses all political lines. The list of 10 Meanest Cities toward the homel ...

The Shameful Politics of Scorn
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 6:08pm | Type: Blog

The New York Times article itself seemed innocuous, about how foreclosed homes are being scooped up by outside investors and turned into rentals. The accompanying photo, however, was troubling. It showed a you ...

Study: Too Much Religion Can Harm Economy
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Too much religion can harm a society’s economy by undermining the drive for financial success, according to a new study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. ...

The World as God Intends
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Stetzer New data shows that Protestant churches, including evangelicals, are increasingly involved in social action ministries. ...

Afghanistan's Children of War
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

The United Nations issued a report on Wednesday stating that the number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013, with women and children faring the wors ...

When Doing the 'Christian Thing' Isn’t the Right Thing
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

I believe that the problem evangelicalism faces today is that we have forgotten the very example that we claim to follow: the example of a servant, preacher, and prophet who was a friend of those who religious ...

A Simple Fix to Reduce Poverty and Encourage Work
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Jesus calls us to help the poor. That is a point that few would debate. One key indicator of our obedience is how we treat the poor and vulnerable among us. Where we fall into debate is how to do it the most e ...

Letter seeks ‘circle of protection’ for poor
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

Moral Mondays
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

In North Carolina, pastors and civil rights leaders, along with thousands of others, have been living out their personal faith in a very public way. Since late April, dozens of faith leaders and hundreds of ot ...

Finding Joy in a Place of Need
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Here, in the midst of the squalor, in a place where people have prayed and waited for rain for years, I was encountered by something sacred. Go  Here  to read the second in this ...

Protest Songs, Revisited: New Campaign from ONE Features Mumford & Sons, U2, and More
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

The ONE Campaign, co-founded by music legend Bono of U2, has launched a new platform to promote global messages of social justice, women’s rights, and putting an end to apartheid, war and poverty — just to nam ...

10 POLITICAL Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn't worry much about stepping on political toes, and the Bible insists that governments be just toward the least of these (the books of the prophets alone make this point very clear). ...

Pope Francis: Wasting Food is Like Stealing from the Poor
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced consumerism and what he called the “culture of waste” of modern economies, especially when it comes to food. Pope Francis on Wednesday denounce ...

'There Should Be No Poor Among You'
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

We seem to have ‘no poor among us’ – we do our best to exclude, ignore, or even ban them when we do see them. There should be no poor among you -  Deuteronomy 15:4 This ...

Half of Americans Below or Near Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

Although the Census Bureau has reported that 15% of Americans live in poverty, when assets and wages are factored in half of Americans are below or near poverty line. Although th ...

Finding Hope and Wholeness in My Son’s Return to Africa
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrhea-related fatalities remain high in Malawi. So does unemployment, particularly among younger workers in urban areas such as Blantyre, where it is approximately 70 percent. But ...

The Problem of Poverty in 'The Great Gatsby'
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Distilled to its core, The Great Gatsby is a story of poorness from the lens of richness, a rags-to-riches story where we only get to see the riches. The Great Gatsby  doesn’ ...

Ending Extreme Poverty in Three Charts
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The Brookings Institute recenlty released a report about the prospects of ending extreme poverty (living on less than $1.25 a day) by 2030. The study found economic progress of a country and income equality as ...

Sojourners president-CEO Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Press

May 6, 2013 Sojo in the News Tavis Smiley ...

Apocalypse Now!?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

It’s true that the Book of Revelation was written almost 2,000 years ago. Those were the days of the Roman Empire – think Ben Hur and Spartacus. For sure, things have changed a lot since then. Yet, the more th ...

Anesthetics and Advocates Below the Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

Whether it is through awareness campaigns or other opportunities that come to our attention, may we continue to step up, reach out, and jump into the aches and pains of poverty, so that we may not only reduce ...

What Would Jesus Do With An Extra $52 Billion?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

Many of today’s evangelical Christians seem to be taking to heart the words traditionally attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” ...

Pope Francis Redirects Employee Bonuses to Charity
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Vatican employees won’t receive the special bonus they are traditionally awarded when a new pope is elected, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday, under orders from Pope Francis to give extra money to charity ins ...

Wealth Inequality in America
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 1:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors An infographic of the racial wealth gap in the U.S. While the rich become even richer, everyone e ...

The Growing Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Otis Moss III The heart of our faith calls us to attack poverty, the "cruel thief of dreams." IN AM ...

To Whom Do They Answer?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

Congress will close its doors and lawmakers will head home to be with their constituents for the Easter recess. If inside reports are to be trusted, they will leave Washington "armed with excuses" th ...

Transcript: Pope Francis' Inaugural Mass Homily
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Pope Francis delivered the following homily at his inaugural Mass on Tuesday, emphasizing the need to protect the poor and the environment. Editor's No ...

Budget Cuts and the Poor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Press

March 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

A Relentless Faith
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Sylvia Yu Steven Kim won't let anything - not even imprisonment - stop him from his mission to care for the people of North Korea. ...

Connecting the Dots
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Onleilove Alston Hurricane Sandy vividly demonstrated the relationship between climate change, poverty, and immigration. ...

Why We Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

It’s been 50 years since several significant events of the civil rights movement of the 1960s occurred, yet our society is still plagued with systemic racism. It’s been almost 150 years since we abolished slav ...

On Scripture: When People You Don’t Much Like Receive God’s Love
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

Our sense of injustice is quite attuned to moments of personal grievance even as we neglect how our actions may harm others. If anything, these moments of rage reveal much more about us than those we think hav ...

The Sequester: Pocket Change?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

This is not responsible governing. This is not even responsible debate. This is a case of policymakers telling blatant falsehoods to disguise the fact that they did nothing to protect programs like WIC and Mea ...