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When a City Can't Afford an Election
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Apart from the state of public discourse and apathy concerns of the weary voter, another issue is creeping up that could pose a problem for potential turnout—money. If the GOP pr ...

Wendell Berry Earns Highest Humanities Award, Lectures on Economy and Imagination
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

On Monday evening, Wendell Berry delivered the 41 st annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment of the Humanities, at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. According to the NEH, this is “the most prestigio ...

Grace on Wall Street
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the myriad reasons to be anxious in the morning, we recognize that we are alive for a reason – thanks to mercy and grace – and that the path we are to walk each day is one that serves a higher purpose. ...

Plowshares into Swords
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee cut $33 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps). Under a mandate from the budget resolution pa ...

Catholic Bishops Say Ryan Budget Fails Moral Test
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

A week after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan claimed his Catholic faith inspired the Republicans' cost-cutting budget plan, the nation’s Catholic bishops reiterated their demand that the federal ...

Ryan Budget is a Present-Day 'Hunger Games'
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

The Catholic Bishops have now come out with their concerns about the Ryan budget and how it abandons the poor and the hungry. Melissa Boteach of Half-in-Ten —the campaign to cu ...

Bless These Shrimps: Faith, Fishing and Gulf Coast Restoration
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

For many years, communities of faith have provided a safety net to fisher families impacted by bad seasons or disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the BP spill. They have also seen firsthand the vital connecti ...

Emancipation Day
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

One-hundred and fifty years ago, April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Emancipation Act, freeing more than 3,000 slaves within its borders. Tod ...

Lobbyists Spend A Lot of Money to Make Your Taxes Confusing
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

I finished up my taxes last night. I didn’t think much of the hour I spent on the phone with my dad making sure I filed correctly. Taxes are always complicated, right? Well, maybe that’s because the folks at Intuit (the publishers of TurboTax) want t ...

Catholic Leaders Say Rep. Paul Ryan Distorting Church Teaching
Originally Posted: 04/13/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

In response to Rep. Paul Ryan’s recent comments justifying the Republican budget plan on Catholic grounds, 60 prominent Catholic leaders today released a statement saying his claims “profoundly distort” Cathol ...

WATER: Clear Gold in the Desert
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

How much water have you used today? You probably took a shower, used your toilet, brushed your teeth, maybe boiled some for a cup of tea of coffee, not to mention being well on the way to the 64 ounces of wat ...

Where Do Our Tax Dollars Go?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

If you’re finishing your income tax return this week, here’s some food for thought. If you’re finishing your income tax return this week, here’s some food for thought.  The ...

Obama on Republican Budget: 'Social Darwinism'
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

In a lunchtime speech today before hundreds of reporters and editors attending  the annual meeting of the Associated Press, President Obama launched an attack on the House Republican budget passed last week.  “Disguised as a deficit reduction plan, ...

A Mile in Your Shoes
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel C. Hunter We need to build understanding as well as skills to break the cycle of poverty, because our obligation as Christians is no ...

Banking For the Rest of Us
Originally Posted: 04/10/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

and 2007, the number of banks in the U.S. fell from about 14,000 to 7,000, as smaller banks were bought up, ...

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How Soon Can We Come Up with a Healthcare Plan that Makes Sense?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Maybe the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and maybe it's not. If it turns out to be constitutional, maybe it's good legislation and maybe it's not. In any case, it's looking increasin ...

SCOTUS: Voices form the Healthcare Debate
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

People lined the steps of the Supreme Court once again today, asking for their voices to be heard on the ongoing healthcare debate. People lined the steps of the Supreme Court onc ...

Poverty 101: A Poem
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

A note from the poet: Two years ago, our church opened its doors and began serving meals to our community. The immense and overwhelming feelings I felt scared me and so I penned them in this poem. Working with ...

Walking a Mile with a Meth Head
Originally Posted: 03/24/2012 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

Emmanuel shows up on our front porch about once a week. His name means “God with us,” but if there’s anyone on the planet who appears to have been forgotten by the Divine, It’s him. He stands at about 5’4″ and ...

Shane Claiborne: Barriers to Compassion in the City of Love
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Here is our response: On March 14, 2012 Mayor Michael Nutter announced a plan to ban “outdoor ...

The Ryan Budget and Moral Cowardice
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Remember Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2011 budget, The Path to Prosperity? Well, it’s baaa-aaack and this time the path is smoother and wider and offers a quicker trip to judgment. Remember R ...

The American Way of Eating--Everyone Wants to Eat Well
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

In The American Way of Eating, Tracie McMillan goes undercover in farm fields, in the Wal-Mart produce department, and at Applebee’s to explore common assumptions that food-movement types make about the way ma ...

Same Budget Problems, New Budget Year
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

This morning, Congressman Paul Ryan (R- WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, released a proposal for an FY 2013 budget. Similar to last year, the plan places an undue burden of deficit reduction on low ...

'I'm on Food Stamps. Don't Hate Me For It."
Originally Posted: 03/20/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

I am on food stamps. This will surprise almost everyone who knows me. I have hidden it from friends, from family, from classmates. I am on food stamps. This will surprise almost e ...

When a System Demands Our Allegiance Away from Christ
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 11:12pm | Type: Blog

When I am faced with dishonesty and fraud on a systemic scale, I ask my questions of God. But I am continually directed back to humanity itself to find the origins of injustice. So what can we do to end injust ...

Exec to Goldman Sachs (via the New York Times): 'I Quit.'
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

A long-term employee of Goldman Sachs today resigned in the most public of places — The New York Times. Greg Smith, an executive at the banking giant wrote that he was leaving because the interests of the clie ...

Ending Poverty in Our Time
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Now it is down to 21,000. That means that in a generation we cut that number in half. 1.4 billion ...

LifeBuilders: Help Rebuild Lives (and Souls) in Detroit with the Click of a Mouse
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

"It's an exciting thing to grow spiritually, emotionally and physically here in the community," Larry Johnson says. "We're committed to showing the love and power of Jesus Christ and w ...

NFL Salary Increase Ten Times the Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Two things to consider: 1) On Sunday, the NFL announced that it had increased the salary cap for athletes by $225,000. Last year, players could make $120.375 million dollars per year; this year they can make $120.6 million. 2) The income requireme ...

Book Review: Fixing the Moral Deficit
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago President Barack Obama announced his FY2013 Budget. Within a few weeks, Ryan will submit his FY2013 budget plan for review. Dr. Ronald J. Sider’s new book, Fixing the Moral Deficit (February 20 ...

Words, Inspired by ...
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Product

Sheila Edwards-Howard This inspirational book co ...

The Key Missing Feature in the New iPad3
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

With the innovation of the iPad 3, comes some critical missing features — including conflict free minerals from eastern Congo. To date, Apple has been a leader on this issue, but I know they can do more. ...

The Donald Trumps the Bible on Financial Advice
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

According to a survey conducted in February by two biblically oriented nonprofits, 50 percent of Americans would choose Donald Trump as their financial adviser, despite his history of filing for bankruptcy, an ...

Occupy the Future
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Occupy has already succeeded, its legacy already established: It has changed the conversation. Ten y ...

Down and Outraged
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:39am | Type: Magazine Article

Shefa Siegel A dispatch from the shrinking middle class. FOR A PERSON from the educated middle class who is g ...

Why I Love Credit Unions
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The bigger the financial corporation, the quicker your dollar exits your community. I final ...

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Police Evict Occupy London Protesters from St. Paul's Cathedral
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 6:55am | Type: Blog

LONDON — Police on Tuesday evicted scores of demonstrators from a makeshift tent city they had erected outside historic St. Paul's Cathedral more than four months ago as part of a global protest against c ...

Foreclosure Resistance: A Prayer
Originally Posted: 02/23/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread?" - Psalm 14 For Freddie Mac, Bertina's ... James 2:14-26 New King James Version (NKJV) Faith Without Works Is Dead 14 What does it profit, ... of action. James 2:14-26 New King James Version (NKJV) Faith Without Works Is Dead 14 What does it profit, my ...

The Kingdom of God Belongs to Them
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The kingdom is where a banquet will be spread for all people (Isaiah 25:6-8), where there will never again be an infant that lives but a few days (Isaiah 65:20). Two-thousand ...

BOOM: David Brooks, Charles Murray, and the Reign of Mammon
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

on the Friends of Justice website, "Money, Morals, and Mass Incarceration," posted February 14 ...

The Red Balloon of Social Justice: Wisconsin One Year Later
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

For many months last spring, a solitary red heart balloon floated just under the dome of the Capitol. It became a gentle symbol of this powerful people’s uprising. It was on Valen ...

The War on Religion is Bad for Religion
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Continuing the talking point of a “war on religion” might be good for political fundraising, but it is bad religion. I’m not a fan of calling things wars that aren’t really wars. ...

How Can You Get Health Insurance if You're American with a Pre-existing Condition? Live Long Enough.
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 7:57pm | Type: Blog

expenses for one family member would consume nearly 1/4 of that family's income, before taxes (and ...

Hershey's Fair Trade Announcement is Bliss
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We missed this announcement last week, but it’s good news and so it’s worth going back a few days for! There was good news for ethical chocolate lovers last week when Hershey’s announced a number of measures t ...

H.R. 1956…Shameless (Period)
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

In the name of “fiscal responsibility,” the Tea Party-led House GOP passed H.R. 1956, a bill that takes cash from the hands of America’s poorest working families in order to protect the richest of the rich. ...

When It Comes to Welfare Reform, Britain is Not So Great
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

My hope is that, thanks to courage and action from the church and others in the UK, the government will realize that there is more to governing that simply balancing the books. Ga ...