The Common Good

Results for Poverty

Poverty and Personal Responsibility (Part 1, by Romal Tune)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

During this election cycle, we have heard candidates talk about ways in which we can work to end poverty. John Edwards has a new initiative to cut poverty in half in 10 years. Dur ...

The Christians of North Korea
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>My great-grandfather was one of the first Christians in a village near Pyongyang. God's grace was poured over his entire family, but they experienced intense persecution because of their faith. ...

Washing Down the Food Crisis with Corporate-Trade Kool-Aid
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's clear that one cause of the current food crisis is that poorer countries have been pressured into dismantling their food policies, leaving peasant farmers and eaters alike to bear all the ri ...

Serve Your Country: Teach
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I grew up in a working-class, African-American neighborhood in Detroit. I was fortunate to have two college-educated parents who knew how to set my brother and me up for success in school. ...

Dalit Converts to Christianity Face Persecution and Violence (Unveiling India's Apartheid, Part 3)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

As you were singing carols, placing the last presents under the tree, and worshiping at a Christmas Eve service this past year, Indian Christians halfway across the world were being victimized by t ...

Faith-Based Initiatives Are Neither Democrat nor Republican
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

It will take creative partnerships between private, religious-based efforts, and public governmental programs (and not an either/or) to have a substantial impact on domestic poverty. ...

Seeds of Liberation (Unveiling India's Apartheid, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

As our motorcade approached the Dalit village of Nayagarh, we could see the bright and brilliant image of 500 Dalit women gathered to welcome us, their saris forming a kaleidoscope of color. ...

Let Them Eat Bubbles
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

"Grain Markets Panic Buying, Export Controls, and Food Riots," trumpets the headline of <a title="http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article4743.html" href="http://www.marketoracle.co.uk ...

Unveiling India's Apartheid (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In the shadow of India's economic miracle lies a people often deemed untouchable, largely impoverished, and seemingly invisible. In the shadow of India's economic miracl ...

Biblical Perspectives on Idolatry, Poverty, Abortion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>Beliefnet invited Jim Wallis to participate in a </em><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/blogalogue/"><em>"blogalogue"</em></a><em> with David ...

Hard-to-Learn Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I won't even try to describe all of the maddening details of finding a HUD apartment for a homeless, no-income family that consists of a mother, five kids under the age of nine, and a nurturing fat ...

Crazy for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

This <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=get_connected.pentecost08&amp;item=pentecost08_main">Training for Change</a> conference was a good experience, one that I did not ex ...

Many Tribes, One Kingdom
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I, like most, have multiple tribes of which I consider myself a part. This weekend I ate with, spoke with, worshiped with, learned from, and was amazed by a new tribe of people. I ...

Sharing Our Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I was in a class where we were trying to frame up the story of ourselves--not just an idealistic fluffy tale--but one that when you told it, others would understand in their gut why you f ...

Get Rich or Die Trying
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

A few years back 50 Cent starred in the movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" about a young drug dealer who leaves his dealing to pursue a career as a rap star. A few year ...

Building the Beloved Community: 40 Years After MLK's Poor People's Campaign
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

As I attended <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=get_connected.pentecost08&amp;item=pentecost08_main">Pentecost 2008</a> I was reminded that Dr. ...

The Bible is Neither Conservative or Liberal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>Beliefnet invited Jim Wallis for a <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/blogalogue/">"blogalogue"</a> with David Klinghoffer, author of </em>How Would God Vote? ...

Training for Understanding and Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I'll be attending <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=get_connected.pentecost08&amp;item=pentecost08_main">Sojourners' Pentecost conference</a> this weekend. Why a ...

Why I'm 'Training for Change'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I feel like I try so hard and I'm not sure what I'm actually doing. I feel like I try so hard and I'm not sure what I'm actually doing. That is one reason why ...

Arrested for Feeding the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Unconscionable: adjective</p> <p>1. not guided by conscience; unscrupulous.</p> <p>2. not in accordance with what is just or reasonable: unconscionable behavior.</p> < ...

Making Their Mark: Interview with Jena Nardella of Blood:Water Mission
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<a title="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Making%20Their%20Mark&amp;blog_id=37" href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Making%20Their%20Mark&a ...

To Give or Not to Give?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Pondering the rights of the poor while in line at Dunkin' Donuts. It’s Sunday morning. ...

In Memory of Maria -- and Millions More
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I don't want to assume that readers automatically know who Steven Curtis Chapman is, but if you've been surfing the Web recently, it's very likely you may have seen the name. Chapman is ...

Poverty IS an Electoral Issue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Four years ago, Call to Renewal conducted a 12-day "Rolling to Overcome Poverty" bus tour to say that poverty was a religious and electoral issue. Four years ago, Call t ...

Small-Time Ministry, Big-Time Dreams
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<P>There are plenty of times I miss running a legitimate ministry organization like Mission Year. There are plenty of times I miss running a legitimate ministry organiza ...

'The Bread You Possess Belongs to the Hungry'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

St. Basil They say: Whom do I wrong by keeping my property? What, tell me, is your property? Where did you find it and brought it to your ...

Questions of Substance at the Compassion Forum
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last evening, I was privileged to be one of the religious leaders asked to participate in the Compassion Forum, sponsored by <a href="http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/">Faith in Public ...

Keeping the Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>For as long as I can remember, I've ended my letters and e-mails with the encouragement "Keep the faith." I must have picked that up from my father, since he's the only person I kn ...

Is King's Complete Message Breaking Through?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, he was trying to move the country to take on the moral issue of economic injustice. When Martin Luther King Jr. was assa ...

Recommended Reading: Taylor Branch on MLK
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Read <A title=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/opinion/06branch.html?_r=1&amp;sq=taylor%20branch&amp;st=nyt&amp;oref=slogin&amp;scp=1&amp;pagewanted=print href="http://www ...

Training for Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>I want to personally invite you to Washington, D.C., on June 13 through 16 to participate in <A href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=get_connected.pentecost08&amp;item=pentecost08_ma ...

Honoring MLK by Changing the Wind
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Friday, April 4, 2008, marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was 39-years-old, yet had already spent 15 years in a grassroots movement that radicall ...

Recapturing MLK's Radical Vision
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>I have become increasingly convinced that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has become the victim of identity theft. I have become increasingly convinced that Dr. Martin Lut ...

Inner-City Smell-O-Vision
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>No words can really communicate the essence of what we are doing here. For that, you'd need Smell-O-Vision.</P> <P>In case you didn't know, Smell-O-Vision was a system d ...

I'm an Idiot
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

<P>Lately I keep wishing I was somebody else. Somebody different. Somebody better than me. </P> Lately I keep wishing I was somebody else. Somebody different. Some ...

The Great Awakening
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Can a 21st-century faith revival change politics? Something is happening. Faith is being applied to ...

MLK's Unfinished Revolution
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Martin Luther King's <A href="http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm">sermon at Riverside Church</A> linked the devastating Vietnam war to the s ...

Goodness Revealed
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Garcia An interview with liberation theologian Jon Sobrino. One Sunday morning an all-too-familiar sc ...

Subsidizing the Rich
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Cay Johnston We now have almost three decades of experience with the idea that markets will solve our problems. ...

Being Poor is a Lot of Work
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Until very recently, I had no idea how hard it is for some of our friends just to find somewhere to lay themselves down to sleep at night. Until very recently, I had ...

Smart, Green Community Development
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>"We have the ability to solve this crisis and avoid the worst of its consequences, if we act boldly, decisively and quickly", said Al Gore in is Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. ...

Poverty and Climate Change Are Clearly Linked
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>The new 2007-2008 <A title=http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/hdr_20072008_en_complete.pdf href="http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/hdr_20072008_en_complete.pdf">UN Human Development report</A& ...

The War in Our Neighborhood
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Suddenly it seems there's a full-scale war going on in our neighborhood, and we and our neighbors here are in a new kind of danger. </P> <P>On their way back to college after ...

From Survival to Prosperity
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Angela Glover Blackwell Taking a regional approach, "equitable development" aims to lift people out of poverty - and into opport ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Poverty 101 Poverty 101 Why are there so many starving people in the world? What is food s ...

I Got Mugged
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>Two months ago, for the first time in my eight years living in Washington, D.C., I was mugged. Two months ago, for the first time in my eight years living in Washingt ...

Canned Compassion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Thanksgiving is the time of year when American generosity is clearly visible. We make donations to our local food banks and homeless shelters and volunteer in soup kitchens. But do we really ...

Race and the Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>New studies managed by the Pew Charitable Trusts show us how far the country still needs to go in achieving economic equality. New studies managed by the Pew Charitab ...

Servants in the Slums
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<em>Part seven in a series of posts by <strong>Bob Massey</strong>, a Los Angeles screenwriter who is currently traveling to India with a team from <a href="http://www.ecclesiahollywo ...

The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian D. McLaren Our 'framing' stories aren't serving us well. But there is an alternative: the good news of Jesus. ...