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Winning and Whining Are Insufferable
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Venture capitalist Tom Perkins took a beating by his former employer for likening today’s class warfare to the Holocaust, with the mega-wealthy 1 percent as victims of “Nazi” repression. ...

A Leap of Faith: Confessions from Davos
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

“The transformation of the world, which many of us long to see, requires the changing of frameworks, ethics and, most of all our decisions; and that will not happen without taking risks, a true leap of faith.” ...

In the Shadow of 'Citizens United'
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 5:50pm | 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 ...

Half the Sky
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 5:36pm | Type: Product

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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 ...

Is Poverty Killing our Kids?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

What if one of the reasons for our strung-out culture was the social, emotional, mental, and physiological outworking of the effects of poverty? Despite all the modern convenience ...

Watching Super Bowl Ads with the Little Prince: From Delusion to Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Our convoluted logic about desire leads us to falsely conclude that if our desires are not our own then that must mean we are inauthentic at the core of our being, more like puppets rather than independent, se ...

What Kind of World Is This?
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Fifty years ago the Food Stamp Act was viewed not as charity, but rather as an ingenious utilization of American enterprise in order to help “build a better life for every American.” And it is genius. ...

Faith-Based Hunger Games
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

In Mathew 25, not only does Christ proclaim that those who clothe, house, and feed the “least of these” are engaging in acts equivalent to directly aiding the Lord, he also preaches that those who refuse to ai ...

Want to Win the War on Poverty? For the Sake of the Most Vulnerable, Let's Work Together
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

The only way to win the “war on poverty” is for liberals and conservatives to make peace — for the sake of the poor. The only way to win the “war on poverty” is for liberals and ...

5 Myths About Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Here are five commonly perpetuated myths about minimum wage. Hopefully, their exploration will shed a more accurate light on this contested issue. It’s a new year, and Congress is ...

Unemployment, the Vote, and Hope
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 8:38pm | Type: Blog

Today’s Senate vote on unemployment benefits brings hope to 1.3 million people who dare to hope every day. It is right and good that we stand with the least — ones who have fallen on hard times — in their time ...

February 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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In Thailand, US Evangelicals Work to End Prostitution
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A small delicate silver cross hangs around Mint’s neck, a charm she reaches for nervously from time to time as she speaks. A small delicate silver cross hangs around Mint’s neck, ...

Pope Francis -- Moral Leadership for the Economy
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis brings his deepest values to his understanding of the economy. The economy is meant to serve men and women, to provide a means for them to flourish in the world. Men and women were not created to ...

Afghan Street Children Beg for Change
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Kabul, Afghanistan, is “home” to hundreds of thousands of children who have no home. Many of them live in squalid refugee camps with families that have been displaced by violence and war. ...

PHOTO: Short-term budget fixes and shutdown fears loom once more
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 4:05pm | Type: Press

December 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Michael Sean Winters ...

Showing Deference to the Rich: 'Affluenza' and 'The House I Live In'
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

punished after being ticketed by a police officer for being drunk in a car with a naked and unconscious 14 ...

Koch Brothers’ Donation to Catholic University Stirs Protests
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Dozens of Catholic leaders are protesting the decision by the Catholic University of America to accept a large donation from the foundation of Charles Koch, a billionaire industrialist who is an influential su ...

January 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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On Scripture: #firstcenturyproblems (Matthew 1:18-25)
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The angel tells Joseph that his son will be the fulfillment of the prophecy from Isaiah (7:14) “‘Look, ...

'This Little Light of Mine': A Simple Sunday School Song and A Civil Rights Anthem
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

I hadn't known "This Little Light of Mine" was an anthem of the civil rights movement. I hadn't known this little light might shine through simple acts of justice: sitting on a bus, orderin ...

Cuts to Food Stamps Flout Gospel Message
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

In his first Advent address, Pope Francis directed Christians to be guided by the “Magnificat,” Mary’s song of praise for the coming Christ child. She proclaims that God has “lifted up the lowly and filled the ...

How Financial Guru Dave Ramsey Missed the Mark
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

A comparison of habits of poor people with those of rich is blind to the inherent privilege linked to the habits, as if all people had equal access to such practices and resources. ...

Faith Leaders Come Together For An End To Hunger
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 6:21pm | Type: Press

December 10, 2013 Sojo in the News John McCarthy ...

Revealing an Often Unseen New York City
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

From school to dance class to home, Dasani feels the weight of poverty and an unstable family. “She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside he ...

Beyond the Dreamer
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Gar Alperovitz As the country marks Martin Luther King Jr.'s 85th birthday, a veteran activist explains why it would be a mistake to ...

My Journey Through Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Fear, anxiety, and secrecy marked the roughly year and a half I received federal food stamps. I tried never to let those around me see me using the food stamp card, and certainly wouldn’t have ever told my ext ...

A New Look at Giving Tuesday: More Give to Religion Than Realize It
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 7:20pm | Type: Blog

participate in traditional Jewish philanthropic institutions.  The 2013-14 edition of the “Slingshot Guide” ...

Remembering The Martyr Of Black Friday (Why I Will Not Shop Today)
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Press

November 29, 2013 Sojo in the News Eric Folkerth ...

On Thanksgiving Day, Not Everybody Worries About Overeating
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 12:12pm | Type: Press

November 27, 2013 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Pope Francis Lays Out a Blueprint for His Papacy in 'Evangelii Gaudium'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

Laying out a blueprint for the issues that are likely to define his papacy, Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a biting critique of capitalism, calling on world leaders to fight against poverty and for the rich to ...

Shop Early, Shop Often
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 2:47pm | Type: Press

November 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Rod Anderson ...

American Bible Society Sends 525 'Poverty and Justice' Bibles to Congress Following Government Shutdown
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 11:27am | Type: Press

November 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

5 Ways to Engage Global Poverty
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

In the age of the internet, we have access to a vast quantity of information beyond our dreams even twenty years ago. In the age of the internet, we have access to a vast quantity ...

12 Ways Republicans Keep Screwing Over Poor Americans And Women
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Press

November 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Sasha Abramsky Sacramento News and Review ...

US Congress members sent 'Poverty and Justice Bible'
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 11:08am | Type: Press

November 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Presbyterian News Service ...

Vulture Funds Are Immoral Profit Makers
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

Predatory hedge funds, known as vulture funds, intentionally target the debt of financially distressed nations. Calling for tighter financial oversight of the international econom ...

Catholic Bishops Challenged to Adapt to Pope Francis’ Priorities
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. Catholic bishops began their annual fall meeting on Monday, they were directly challenged by Pope Francis’ personal representative to be pastors and not ideologues — the first step of what could be ...

Hope in Troubled Times: A New Vision for Confronting Global Crises
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Press

November 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Goudzwaard ...

On Scripture: Jesus, Poor Veterans, and the Grass That Suffers (Luke 21: 5-19)
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13  And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 ...

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The Budget and Your Neighbor
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

And today, 47 million low-income Americans will see their food stamps benefits decrease , as stimulus funding ends. In light of this newly named “war on the poor,” I’ve been reflecting on Jesus’ story of the G ...

Cutting Food Stamps is a Bad Way to Balance the Budget
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Many of us are blessed enough to not know what it is like to be hungry, to regularly miss meals, or to consume a diet void of essential nutrients for a healthy life. But now, millions of our brothers and siste ...

'American Promise' Film Documents Two Black Families Navigating Education in America
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

The documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class, and opportunity. American Promise  spans 13 years as Joe Brewste ...

Infographic on Mass Incarceration
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

The Criminal Justice Degree Hub released an infographic on mass incarceration in the U.S. titled "Locked Up In America." According to the extensive graphic, the U.S. has 5% of the world's popula ...

The Gods of the Market
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Could it be that the ground has so shifted under our feet that we have failed to recognize that a new religious system has supplanted the old Christendom, uniting the whole Western world in its powerful mythol ...