Church and State

Logan Isaac 11-11-2009
Nobody today will be able to celebrate our many veterans without the memory of Fort Hood
Ryan Beiler 10-16-2009

I had invited one of our regular bloggers to comment on the "desert cross" controversy--a Supreme Court case deciding the appropriateness of a cross erected on Mojave National Preserve to honor World War I dead.

Diana Butler Bass 10-02-2009
This week, a friend sent me a link to a video from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas titled "Taking the Hill." I thought it
Aaron Taylor 06-10-2009
The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic speech to the Muslim world. In mainstream U.S.
Jim Wallis 06-01-2009

On ominous red-on-black lettering, a recent Newsweek cover carried the headline, “The Decline and Fall of Christian America.” The magazine’s cover story by editor Jon Mea

Jim Wallis 04-07-2009
Jim Wallis, Eboo Patel, and Rabbi David Saperstein discuss the role of President Obama's Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Diana Butler Bass 02-10-2009
In this week's town hall meetings, President Obama demonstrated an important aspect of his office: Pastor-in-Chief.
Jim Wallis 12-05-2008
I have long supported effective partnerships between government and faith-based organizations.
Jim Wallis 11-07-2008
Dear President-elect Obama,
Julie Polter 04-01-2007
Individual efforts and social responsibility go hand-in-hand.
Rose Marie Berger 04-01-2007
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WHEN DISASTER STRIKES, churches—from the conservative Southern Baptist Convention to the liberal United Church of Christ—are among the first to respond. However, as Katrina so painfully revealed, churches and charities—no matter how much they give—can't build levees (though neither, apparently, can the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).

Many faith-based disaster relief agencies are using 9/11 and Katrina as stark comparisons of how government should—and shouldn't—respond to disasters. A May 2006 Urban League report highlighted the differences: "The state response was strong after September 11, and the nonprofit sector tried to work alongside the government as well as fill in the gaps the government left behind, both short and long term. With Katrina, in contrast, the immediate state response was weak, and the nonprofit sector had neither the organizational structure nor the resources to meet immediate needs."

In disaster relief, efficient, well-organized faith-based organizations work best as an adjunct to a strong, responsive, and accountable state.

Jim Wallis 11-01-2006
George Bush's sense of religion makes him alarmingly self-righteous.
Julie Polter 08-01-2006

Like a cluster of traffic cops, insurance adjusters, and whiplash lawyers at a multicar pileup, writers of all sorts are trying to make sense of the dangerous intersection of faith and politics in

Michael Lerner 04-01-2006
There is little that is "neutral" or "value-free."

The nonprofit status of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, is being challenged by the Internal Revenue Service because of a sermon in which parishioners were asked to imagine a

Jim Wallis 11-01-2004

For many people of faith, the elections have shown that what is needed is nothing short of a new confession of Christ.

Rose Marie Berger 08-01-2004
What is hiding behind the flag of 'moral decency'?
Jim Wallis 03-01-2001

Breakfast in the White House can be dangerous to the prophetic vocation.

Amy Sullivan 01-01-2001

In the Old Testament lesson at my church one Sunday, we read, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem...

Glen H. Stassen 11-01-2000
How the church became entangled in death—and the way out.

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