The Common Good

Results for Poverty

Must Watch: Richard Wilkinson's TED Talk
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart ...

I Continue to Fail “The Poor”
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, it feels like this work is hardly making a dent in the poverty juggernaut we’re fighting against. So sometimes it’s just easier to keep it at arms-length and focus on “the poor.” That may help ...

The Agricultural 99 Percent
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

It was a record year for U.S. farmers in 2011, with farm income topping $100 billion. This includes sales of $22 billion in fruits and nuts and $21 billion in vegetables and melons — crops that rely on immigra ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

NPR: Evangelical Leaders Struggle To Crown A Candidate Rick Santorum was fresh off his surprise showing in the Iowa caucuses and fielding questions on a radio program, when a caller challenged the Republican presidential candidate on his overt rel ...

The needy and afflicted not to be forgotten nor lose hope
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Press

January 6, 2012 Sojo in the News Joel Mlay ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Lifting Up the Lowly
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 5:26am | Type: Blog

The fact that the manger was “lowly,” was no mistake. Swaddling clothes were not meant for new born king’s, and yet they were the perfect garment for the situation. An unwed virgin carrying God incarnate is no ...

Advent or Government Shutdown, Which Matters More?
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

There is, once again, a threat of a government shutdown. Congress, once again, can’t get along. Even the most basic decision making has stalled as each party postures for their base. But, it’s almost Christma ...

Righteous Indignation: Half of America is Poor
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, the television news program 60 Minutes told the story of homeless American families who live in their cars and vans. This is structural violence. This is a sin and a shame. ...

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Census Shows 1 In 2 People Are Poor Or Low-Income Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of America ...

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 CNN: Obama And The Politics Of Disappointment All politicians disappoint their supporters. It is a relentless truth in D.C. They ...

Catholic Bishops: Unemployment Benefits are Pro-Life
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a letter to Congress on Monday concerning unemployment benefits. Bishop Leonard Blaire of Toledo, Ohio, the letter's signatory, makes the argument ...

A Poem for Advent: "Living Sacrifices"
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

Empty stomachs moan. The .000258 percent hedge their bets against the common good. Living Sacrifices By Lisa Sharon Harper   The 99 percent offers work and wealth ...

A Life of Spiritual Adventure
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 3:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie Riegle Dorothy Day's deep love of God and her unwavering ability to see God in those the world shuns. ...

"Lord, when did we see you hungry?": The 2012 Hunger Report
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Bread for the World has many recommendations in the 2012 Hunger Report, but I’d like to highlight just one for now: “Farm policies should lean more towards the production of healthy foods.” ...

The Morning News: Thursday November 17, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. HUFFIINGTON POST: As Injured Vets Return Home, Churches Reach Out ...

Raise Your Voice: Crucial Votes on Foreign Aid in Senate Begin Wednesday
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 6:49pm | Type: Blog

This week, the Senate will vote on H.R. 2354, an appropriation bill that will determine the amount of funds we allocate for poverty-related development assistance. Look: bi-partis ...

The Afternoon News: Friday Nov. 11, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

An afternoon round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojouners commitments to ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday Nov. 10, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

A (usually) twice-daily round up of top news related to Sojourners' commitments to social justice and the poor. A (usually) twice-daily round up of top news related to Sojo ...

The Morning News: Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

A morning round up of news related to the Sojourners' commitments to social justice. NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Conference: Human Trafficking, Sex Slavery Thriving In U.S., Abroad. ...

Join a Circle of Protection on Nov. 16: Standing For and With the Poor
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

The New York City Human Circle will be replicated throughout across the nation, when faith leaders host Human Circles as members of the Sojourners National Mobilizing Circle, which is bringing together faith a ...

Not All Budget Cuts Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Less than one percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. Our spending on development and foreign assistance is not -- by any stretch of the facts or imagination -- our national debt. ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

News: Morning Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Occupy Wall Street, False Idols And A Moral Economy NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Occupy Wall Street, False Idols And A Moral Economy Even as so ...

Jim Wallis and Richard Land: Join the Great Conversation
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Last night, at the National Press Club here in Washington D.C., the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Sojourners co-sponsored a conversation between Richard L ...

Is The American Dream God's Dream?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

Nearly 50 million Americans are currently living below the poverty line (that is $22,000 for a household of four) and half of them are working full time jobs. Edit ...

One Reason the U.S. Must Continue Funding Foreign Aid
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Because Bill Gates says so. Because Bill Gates says so. Bill Gates traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week to tell members of congress not to cut foreign aid funding f ...

"Hole-y" Bible Gets a Digital Makeover
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 7:54am | Type: Blog

This morning, as I caught up on what had been going on in the world over the weekend, I stumbled across a very interesting resource -- a website that compares the frequency with which words appear in ...

News: Morning Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

DAILY KOS: Social Justice Index: USA Number 27 Of 31 OECD Members Social justice index: USA No. 27 of 31. Democrats in Congress attempt to eat on $4.50 a day to protest potential ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

THE NATION: Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They're Not Going Away THE NATION : Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They& ...

What We Need to Do to Cut Poverty in Half in 10 Years
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Top 10 Findings from Half in Ten's Inaugural Report Tracking Our Progress Reducing Poverty: Where We Are Today and What We Need to Do to Cut Poverty in Half in 10 Years T ...

Moving Money: Investing in a New World
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away $10,000 outside the Stock Exchange. Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away ...

Five Facts You Need to Know about Poverty in America
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

What you don't know about poverty can hurt you, and the nation's poor. What you don't know about poverty can hurt you, and the nation's poor. I'm guessing ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

We Are All Occupiers Now: The Mainstreaming of OWS We Are All Occupiers Now: The Mainstreaming of OWS What a difference a few short weeks can make. The early word on Occupy ...

Cutting Foreign Aid: Not The America I Love
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post . I watched the Republican debates from my hotel ...

Fighting Poverty with the Food Stamp Challenge
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What would it be like to eat on a budget of $4.50 a day, the average daily allotment for the 45 million Americans who use food stamps? What would it be like to eat on a budget of ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Vatican Meets OWS: 'The Economy Needs Ethics' Vatican Meets OWS: 'The Economy Needs Ethics' The Vatican today elaborated on Pope Benedict XVI's ...

Faith Without Borders
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Whose responsibility was it to feed the 30,000 hungry children in the Horn of Africa who have starved to death in the last three months? Who should be ensuring that no child in this world dies before his or h ...

Behind the Numbers: We Are Mobilizing!
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Do the numbers 917 billion, 1.5 trillion, 690 billion, 98 billion, and 32 mean anything to you? Do the numbers 917 billion, 1.5 trillion, 690 billion, 98 billion, and 32 mean an ...

News: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Side Effects Of Fast-Tracking Deportations The Side Effects Of Fast-Tracking Deportations Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security released its deportation statist ...

Deconstructing Harry: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "the Doctrine of Devils"?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

"[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian "[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian Glad to see you on this, Tim. Glad to see you on this, Tim. Jackso ...

Welcome to the Poverty Thunderdome
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, professional loudhailer Bill O'Reilly welcomed -- well, welcomed might be a bit generous -- radio and TV host Tavis Smiley and Princeton University professor Cornel West to his Fox ...

Of Traffic and Tee Times: The Grace of Unexpected Community
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

The things you do for your children. Or rather, the things you unwittingly do for yourself. It was an early autumn Thursday afternoon, four days after the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 4:25 p.m. If ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Playing with Fire and Corraling the Golden Calf
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

"The Lord said to Moses, 'Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Generation Finds Its Voice
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Like many of my contemporaries, I found the non-violent protests in Egypt that led to regime change earlier this year terribly inspiring. But, also like many in my generation, I never thought such a movement ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

For those about to rock-upy, Ben & Jerry salute you! For those about to rock-upy, Ben & Jerry salute you! Although they haven't introduced a new ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have put together ...

An Oldie but a Goodie
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 5:17am | Type: Blog

This poster originally appeared in the inaugural issue of The Post-American magazine in the fall of 1971. The Post-American was the original name of Sojourners Magazine. ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

In an interview earlier this week with MSNBC's Martin Bashir, economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out some of the issues tackled in his latest book, The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue an ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...