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In the Shadow of 'Citizens United'
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

Several voices in the faith community have spoken out against the influence of money in American politics. As people of faith, we can identify multiple reasons why unlimited corporate political spending should ...

Why the Debt Ceiling Matters
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood These manufactured crises show how much our politics could use a dose of moral sanity. AS FIGH ...

Jim Wallis Talks Food Stamps Recipients on Ed Show: 'You Must Not Know Them'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

Last night, Jim Wallis appeared on "The Ed Show" to discuss why it's imperative to avoid cutting social programs like food stamps that feed millions of poor and hungry in our country. ...

Falling off the Fiscal Cliff: 5 Things You Need to Know
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

As the country braces for another fiscal showdown in the nation’s capitol, here’s five things you need to know on the issue likely to dominate the news over the next several months. ...

Borrowing Increases Dramatically
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Andrew Leonard examines the latest consumer borrowing figures for Salon.   Andrew Leonard  examines the latest consumer borrowing figures for  Salon : "Consu ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew modestly over th ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across barren cracked earth. Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across bar ...

Why is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes. When ...

The Moral Default
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken, but corrupt. The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As the time shortens for Congress and President Obama to agree to the contours of legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, I am reminded of the story of King Solomon and his judgment regarding ...

BREAKING: Obama Meets with Faith Leaders on Budget Crisis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, I, alongside other faith leaders, met with President Obama about the critical budget debate. We are grateful and hopeful leaving this meeting. Please pray for us as the conversation continues. ...

Are Books a Thing of the Past?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 Zhao ! | more info (via: Wylio)Sales of printed books are down 9 percent this year, supplanted in part by digital versions on Kindles, Nooks, and even iPhone apps. ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama to Bring 33,000 Troops Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

What Would Jonathan Edwards Say About Twitter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As I play with my young son, walk to the grocery store, or wait for a subway, I feel the presence of emails I haven't answered, Facebook invites I haven't responded to, tweets I haven't sent. ...

Waking the Church to Just Consumerism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God blesses the earth with enough provision and food for its inhabitants. The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God ble ...

Debt Showdown Reveals an Out-of-Touch Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

God only knows what alternative universe the United States Congress occupies. On May 31, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a bill to raise the debt limit of the United States. ...

Why We Need Renewable Energy Sources That are Cheaper and Safer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan has caused considerable concern among Wall Street types, many of whom had already voted with their wallets against the financial feasibility of nuclear power by ...

Christians Must Call For This War to End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is no more room or time for excuses. There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in American history -- no longer has any justif ...

Leaders Create Alliance to Defend Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Piercing through the bitter, partisan bickering regarding the nation's budget, an unprecedented and diverse group of Christian leaders announced today the forming of a Circle of Protection agains ...

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day as a Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for your congregation, small group, or family.<em></em></p> Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for y ...

An Open Letter to Speaker Boehner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. Speaker,</p> Dear Mr. Speaker, This past Sunday, you gave a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters annual conference and said that cutting spending is th ...

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/10/budget-cuts-and-bad-faith/" target="_blank">What Would Jesus Cut?</a>" campaign, launched by Jim Wallis and the good peop ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Civilian Casualties. Drones. Solutions.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest ne ...

This Thanksgiving, Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The political ads are finally off the air. (We can all give thanks for that!) But now there is a new wave of advertisements hitting all of us. Each one will give us a different reason to consume. ...

The Poverty Measure: Why It's Outdated, and Why It's Important
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> "The poor quality of our official poverty statistics should be a matter of pressing national concern. America deserves bett ...

Missouri's Health-Care Dilemma
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/08/04/tuesday.primaries/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn">by a 3-to-1 margin</a>, Missouri voters passed <a href="http://ballo ...

Stark Inequality, Bad Economic Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As is pretty universally agreed by economists and (these days) ignored by many politicians -- who seem determined to run on a Herbert Hoover platform -- in the short term, the government must and ...

10 Good Things Vegetarianism Can do for You (and the World)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Having just read <a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2010/05/review-of-eating-animals-jonathan.html">Jonathan Safran Foer's <em>Eating Animals</em></a>, I'm in ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...

Afghanistan: War is Still Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. As the U.S. death toll in Afghanistan nears 1,000, and as civilian casualties continue to mount during the latest offensive, it's hard to know how to offer fresh ...

If the Tea Party movement were consistent, it would tackle defense spending.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

On the one hand, as a new <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/meet-the-tea-partiers-male-rich-and-college-educated.php" target="_blank">CNN poll</a> shows, 11 pe ...

Green Jobs and the Pink-Collar Ghetto
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

A new report this week tells us that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the stimulus bill), now a year old, so far is responsible for saving or creating roughly <a href="http://www.was ...

MLK and the Supreme Court: Why Campaign Finance Reform is a Civil Rights Issue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663712345_UfZ3C"></a>This week started off by honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and is ending with a ...

Campaign Finance Outrage: Democracy for the Highest Bidder
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663714046_sJ4m9"></a>Yesterday's <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/politic ...

Five Steps to Avoid Financial Disaster (Inflated Expectations, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/50-years-of-inflated-expectations/ ...

If They Are Too Big To Fail, Let's Make Them Smaller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>We're off and running. I am headed for the airport to go to Detroit for the fi ...

Spending Less on Food, Spending More on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As the health-care bill passes through Congress, one wonders about an issue that has been left out of discussions. No, not abortion. Food. As the health-care bill passes through ...

Reduce the Danger of Nuclear War and Help Feed Hungry Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Nowadays <em>everyone's</em> talking about nuclear disarmament. Nowadays everyone's talking about nuclear disarmament. The Queen of England , Geo ...

A Tale of Two Hospitals: How Sugar Water Helps Make Christmas Sad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen. This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen. The bills for our ...

Calling Big Banks to Account
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Thousands of protesters <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091027/ts_alt_afp/uspoliticsfinanceprotest">converged on Chicago</a> last week to demand banking reform, challenging bankers ...

What's Wrong with a 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Voters in Maine and Washington state are being asked to vote this November on whether they want impose a rigid formula limit on state and local revenues and services. Voters in Ma ...

Happy Anniversary, Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On October 7, the U.S. On October 7, the U.S. Senate said " Happy Anniversary " one day early to the war in Afghanistan with a defense spending bill that puts the cost ...

Recycling Rumors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Nowadays if you slap the word "green" across any event, industry, or article of clothing it is rumored this will boost sales and recognition. Nowadays if you slap the wo ...

Shopping Green Without Spending in the Red
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Organic strawberries were $5.99 the other day at our local grocer. $5.99! Their more toxic twins, the non-organic variety, were on ...

More Health Scare Tactics: Debunking the 'Death Book'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

These days wisdom seems in short supply in the health-care debate. To wit: the Aug. These days wisdom seems in short supply in the health-care debate. To wit: the Aug. 18 Wall S ...

The Truth about Immigrants and Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-against-healthcare-reform/" href="../2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-ag ...

Tempted by an Apple
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Adam Hamilton ’Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free, ’Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ours ...

Health Care and Structural Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory recognizes that there is more than one kind of violence. Just peace theory recognizes that there is more than one kind of violence. There is subjective violence ...

Update an Obsolete Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...