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A Minimum of Justice
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Chuck Collins The movement for a fair minimum wage is bubbling up all over. ON NOV. 5, 2013, the people of Se ...

Time to Change the Rules? Examining Our Relationship With Money
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

Jesus was quite clear that our allegiance was to be with the POOR, not the barons of Wall Street. I have a confession to make. I am addicted to office supplies. I grew up in a ...

Is Wealth a Sin?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

What if we need the insanely wealthy to realize a kingdom-inspired vision for our world? A recent report by OXFAM offered some sobering data about both the concentration and f ...

Texts of Terror and Wealth
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C JEREMIAH IS OUR uncomfortable and disco ...

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’ ...

Americans Nearly Unanimous on 'Ideal' Wealth Distribution, But Unaware of Real Levels of Inequality
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

This week's viral video is a must-see. The six-minute "Wealth Inequality in America," released Friday, presents the shocking, true size of the wealth gap in the country. ...

Education and the Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jan Resseger Julie Polter An advocate for public education argues that trying to make ...

'We Have a Long Way to Go'
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Jonathan Kozol Jonathan Kozol, author of Fire in the Ashes, talks about ...

More Bullish Than You Think
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Gar Alperovitz Want some economic good news? Credit unions, employee-owned business, public banks—the "new economy" is breaking ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Lifting Up the Lowly
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:26am | 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 ...

"Hole-y" Bible Gets a Digital Makeover
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:54am | 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 ...

Moving Money: Investing in a New World
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:18am | 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 ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:46pm | 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 ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 4:55am | Type: Blog

On Sept. 30, the NYC General Assembly of #OccupyWallStreet -- organizers of the ongoing demonstrations in New York City's financial district against economic injustice that has spread to other cities acro ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

Jon Stewart on 'the Poors': Fridges & Microwaves & TVs, Oh My!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

WARNING: Sarcasm ahead. WARNING: Sarcasm ahead. Scandalous statistics reveal that nearly every household ( 99.9 percent according to the Heritage Foundation ) classified as ...

What is 'Biblical Politics'?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has always tried to understand and advocate for "biblical politics." But what does that mean now, especially as we approach another major election? Sojourne ...

Poverty: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Census Bureau on Tuesday released the latest data on poverty in the United States, and the news was troubling. The Census Bureau on Tuesday released the latest data on poverty ...

Jim Wallis: Poverty Should Be #1 Issue in 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

More than 15 percent of the U.S. population now lives in poverty -- the highest rate in 18 years, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released this morning. More than 15 perc ...

Could the Riots in England Have Been Averted?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The rioting and rampages that spread across English cities last week have caused severe property destruction and raised public alarm. The rioting and rampages that spread across E ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | 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 ...

Poverty, Treasure Islands, and Global Tax Dodgers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 John Hilliard | more info (via: Wylio)As Christians concerned about poverty, it is time to turn our full attention to the injustices of an "offshore tax system" that enables cor ...

The Debt Ceiling Play: My 'CliffsNotes' Version
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions. It is not, as we have known in recent history, a traditional fight between Republicans and Democrats. It is a conflict between those ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:53pm | Type: Blog

We are looking for 1,000 pastors to debunk a myth based on the political assertion that government doesn't have any responsibility to poor people. We are looking for 1,000 p ...

The First Nonviolent Revolution? The Resurrection.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As Lent ends and the Holy Triduum begins, my mind turns to resurrection. Perhaps a bit too soon as the Good Friday death of Jesus and his descent into darkness is still impending. ...

Oh Lord, Won't You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The gospel according to the movie <em>True Grit</em> (2010) is as follows: "You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. The gospel according to ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "Wh ...

The Ryan Plan: A Declaration of War on the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've been fasting for 15 days in solidarity with the <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/sojo/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=399&amp;autologin=true" ta ...

A Duty to Love in a Time of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When President Obama addressed the American people and the world on the military operations in Libya, he spoke of a responsibility to act. When President Obama addressed the Ameri ...

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

The Economics of Anxiety
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One of the steadfast realities of following the lectionary is the predictable rhythm of its three-year cycle of readings. Preparing a sermon for Baptism of the Lord Sunday in 2011? ...

People of Faith United in Wisconsin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the national uproar over the attempt by Wisconsin Gov. In the midst of the national uproar over the attempt by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to remove most collectiv ...

Budget Cuts and Bad Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/republicans-find-places-to-cut-43-billion/" target="_blank">$43 billion in ...

Immigrant Rights as Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">The issues surrounding immigration are politically complex and emotionally charged, especially at a time when many Americans are experiencing severe economic distre ...

Does the Church Need a Missionary Code of Conduct?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I just recently became aware of a discussion that grew out of the Third Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelism in Cape Town this past October. I just recently became ...

Millions More for Millionaires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I have to admit that the estate tax is one of my favorite things to rant about. I have to admit that the estate tax is one of my favorite things to rant about. The purpose of the ...

President Obama Should Have Fought This One
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

He should have fought this one. The richest 2 percent of the country just got an extension of tax cuts they didn't need at great cost to us all. He should have fought this on ...

Thank God for the Patriot Millionaires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This morning I learned about a website and a letter signed by more than 3 dozen millionaires (folks who have earned over $1 million in a year either now or in the past) asking the President to allo ...

Preparation for the Poor: Why Climate Funding Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The effects of climate change -- coastal flooding, stronger storms, spreading vector-borne diseases like malaria, and changes in rainfall patterns -- are already taking their toll on marginalized p ...

Who Will Speak for Our Nation's Soul?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Abraham Lincoln said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Has America started down this road? Yes. ...

Political Games in Dead-Serious Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Some brief observations on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/elections/" target="_blank">2010 election season</a> which, thankfully, has come to an end:</p> ...

A Hymn for Economic Justice: 'Zacchaeus was a Tax Man'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many people grew up enjoying the song, "Zacchaeus was a wee little man," celebrating this beloved story of Jesus and a tax collector. Many people grew up enjoying the so ...

Holding Evangelism and Social Action in Tandem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> in Cape Town, South Africa has been very clear: There is ...

Political Meltdown
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is very difficult to observe the current political landscape and not conclude that the process has seriously broken down. It is very difficult to observe the current political ...

Standing Up for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Should you not walk in the fear of our God?</p> Should you not walk in the fear of our God? This is the question Nehemiah addresses to the people of Judah when he sees t ...

43.6 Million: Census Declares More Americans are in Poverty than Ever Before
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is the highest number America has ever seen: 43.6 million people are living in poverty in the United States, the wealthiest country in the world. It is the highest number Ameri ...

Abraham, Joseph, and Today's Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Abraham and Sarah left all that was familiar and dear to them to follow the promise of a better future. Abraham and Sarah left all that was familiar and dear to them to follow ...

How Heroes are Made: Remembering Nate Henn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Heroes are not made in the warm hallways of cul-de-sac safety. Nor are they made of black and white print from the critic's air-conditioned desk. Heroes are not made in the w ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Once again, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a> has waded into theological waters beyond his depth. Once again, Glenn Beck has ...