The Common Good

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Questions of Substance at the Compassion Forum
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | 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 - 1:18pm | 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 - 1:18pm | 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 - 1:18pm | 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 - 1:18pm | 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 - 3:38pm | 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 - 1:18pm | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 1:17pm | 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 - 12:55pm | 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 - 1:18pm | 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 - 12:53pm | 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 - 7:32pm | 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 - 1:18pm | 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 - 1:28pm | 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 - 1:28pm | 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 - 3:38pm | 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 - 8:45am | 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 - 3:36pm | 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 - 1:28pm | 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 - 3:38pm | 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 - 1:29pm | 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 - 1:29pm | 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 - 8:43am | Type: Magazine Article

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

Standing Up and Speaking Out
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>MLK said that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." <A href="http://www.nyfaithjustice.org/">New York Faith and Justice</A> believes that poverty anyw ...

Dinner with the Antichrist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Last evening I attended a reception and dinner in Washington for evangelical Christian leaders, which is not an unusual event here. But the topic and, especially, the main speaker would seem ...

'Child Brides: Stolen Lives' on NOW Tonight
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Mamta, a winsome, wide-eyed girl of 12 moves through her daily chores in a poor household in India. Although still a child, her life has little play, and she will too soon be bearing the full ...

Proof of a Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>New York Faith and Justice was inspired into being by Sojourners/Call to Renewal during their annual Pentecost Conference in 2006. New York Faith and Justice was insp ...

Not Just Another PC Peace and Justice Group
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>When I got an invitation to attend the launch of New York Faith &amp; Justice (<a href="http://www.nyfaithjustice.org">www.nyfaithjustice.org</a>), their mission sta ...

Rising Green Tide Could Lift All Boats
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez Promoting "green industry" can foster an ec ...

I Hate It When All You Can Do Is Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<P>I'm not friendly with the white-shirted drug dealers who work the corners near my house yet, but at least they acknowledge me as a neighbor now, instead of looking me over as a prospective buyer ...

Jesus of the Cul-de-Sac
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Valerie Weaver-Zercher In a land of asphalt, malls, and picket fences, how do we serve God and neighbor? In my ...

Picket-Fence Poverty
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Valerie Weaver-Zercher What does it mean to be poor in the 'burbs? The popular equations of "poor eq ...

Perpetuating Poverty
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lindsay Morgan In "Big is Beautiful?" (March 2007), Marie Dennis rightly says that more must be done to help the millions of peo ...

Eating Oranges in the Astrodome
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker talks about Katrina, bubble baths, and the art of remembering. ...

The Poverty Draft
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jorge Mariscal Do military recruiters disproportionately target communities of color and the poor? Recently I ...

Discerning the Spirit of Iraq
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Our children are coming home from the front lines- and they have questions. How are we, as A ...

Tools for Change
Originally Posted: 03/15/2011 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Nelson Ending Poverty in America is an insightful and readable book that contains concise chapters by experts who describe the comple ...

Verse of the Day: Rest and Redistribution
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, so that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the wild anima ...

Jim Wallis: The Ever-Widening Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>This <a href="http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-na-orphans13may13,1,691296.story?coll=la-news-religion&amp;ctrack=3&amp;cset=true">article in Sunday's LA Times&l ...

Verse of the Day: Be Kind to the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full.</p> <p>- Proverbs 19:17</p> </p> Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, ...

Jim Wallis: Two Pieces on Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

There are two pieces on poverty from today's <em>Washington Post</em> that are worth reading and discussing. The first is by one of my favorite columnists, E.J. T ...

Verse of the Day: Mocking the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished.</p> <p>- Proverbs 17:5-5</p> Those who mock the poor insult th ...

All Hands on Deck
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Scripture suggests a clear role for government in ensuring the common good. This month we look at c ...

Poverty Goes Suburban
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez Since the industrial revolution, cities often have be ...

Spare Change and Social Change
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Individual efforts and social responsibility go hand-in-hand. Caring for people who are poor has ...

India on 20 Cents a Day
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aseem Shrivastava How do we ignore the poor? Let me count the ways. The World Bank started making internationa ...

Maximizing the Minimum
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 8:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Dr. Paul Sherry A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it. The 2006 election, in which voters a ...

The Gospel of Bling
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 8:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert M. Franklin If preachers are preoccupied with pursuing the life of conscpicuous consumption and preaching a "prosperity gospel ...

Faith-Based Fraud
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Political manipulation of religion only compounded the crime of political neglect of the poor. Davi ...