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Survey: UK Muslims Give More to Charity than Jews and Christians
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

When it comes to donating to charity, Britain’s small but fast-growing Muslim community comes out ahead of other religious groups, a recent survey shows. When it comes to donatin ...

'There Should Be No Poor Among You'
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

We seem to have ‘no poor among us’ – we do our best to exclude, ignore, or even ban them when we do see them. There should be no poor among you -  Deuteronomy 15:4 This ...

Pope Francis Redirects Employee Bonuses to Charity
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Vatican employees won’t receive the special bonus they are traditionally awarded when a new pope is elected, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday, under orders from Pope Francis to give extra money to charity ins ...

How Will I Know I Have Given Enough?
Originally Posted: 04/12/2013 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I am advocating that individual Christians and church communities stop thinking of serving others as a line in a budget of many competing priorities, and begin to think about emulating God’s grace as central t ...

Starting the 'Christmas Tithe'
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Press

November 29, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Dear Congress: This Holiday Season, Don't Make the Poor Poorer
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Press

November 21, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Donations to Religious Institutions Decline for Second Straight Year
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Post-recession America is beginning to open its wallet to charities again, but is not giving as generously to religious institutions. WASHINGTON — Post-recession America is begin ...

A Faith-Based Aid Revolution in the Muslim World?
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

Every year, somewhere between US$200 billion and $1 trillion are spent in “mandatory” alms and voluntary charity across the Muslim world, Islamic financial analysts estimate.   At the low end of the estimate, this is 15 times more than  global h ...

Justin Bieber Thanks His Mother for Faith, Strength (and Helps Single Moms While He's At It)
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

You might not be a fan of Justin Bieber, but I'm willing to bet there's at least one young person in your life who is. And while it may be hard for us adults to believe, young Bieber, the Canadian po ...

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 ...

'Homeless Hotspots' a Controversial New Charity
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

A new charity project debuting at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, is sparking controversy. BBH Labs, a non-profit in New York, has started a campaign called “Homeless Hotspots,” in whi ...

We Take Requests: Bono's Address to the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 03/10/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

You asked for it. So here it is — an oldie but a goodie: Bono's keynote address at the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast. You asked for it. So here it is — an oldie but a go ...

40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

40 Ideas for Keeping a Holy Lent from House for All Sinners and Saints church in Colorado, that God's Politics contributor Nadia Bolz-Weber serves. 40 Ideas for Keeping a H ...

Nonprofits Oppose Obama's Charitable Deduction Changes
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

For the fourth year in a row, President Obama is proposing lower tax deductions for the wealthy on donations to churches and other nonprofit organizations. And for the fourth year in a row, nonprofit groups sa ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Exegeting Ebenezer Scrooge
Originally Posted: 12/28/2011 - 8:57pm | Type: Blog

A Christmas Carol, I would argue, is not ultimately about Christmas, but conversion. Christmas as Ebenezer “Marley was dead, to begin with.” So begins the classic ta ...

A Charitable Disconnect?
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

The most generous country in the world shouldn’t abide half of its citizens living in poverty. Something’s wrong here: The United States is the most charitable nation in the world ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, December 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 7:47pm | Type: Blog

Occupy igloos ... and rooftops. Buy a gun for the one you love ... or a walk-on role on True Blood (for charity!) Theological wisdom from the mouths of (muppet) otters and stand-up comedians. And you never kno ...

The Faith Community and the Wisconsin State Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus never said anything about collective bargaining. He never called for the continuation of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. Jesus never said anything about ...

I Am Fasting So People Don't Go Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the tradition of the church, the season of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/lent/" target="_blank">Lent</a> was observed through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. ...

Which Corporations are Buying Your Candidates?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100907-congress-tshirts.jpg"></a>The midterm election season is upon us, the first since the <a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/supc ...

On Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Rally (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100901-restoringhonor1.jpg"></a>Glenn Beck is wrong on so much: wrong on social justice and liberation theology. His logic is often flawed. ...

'Rolling for Jesus'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Marcella Veneziale A New York cabbie offers food, and more, to the city's homeless. Before breakfast on a ...

Why Do Americans Emphasize Charity Over Justice?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Recently I came across <a href="http://www.catechism.org/lent/Walking-inthe-Footsteps-of-Jesus-Act-Reflect-Transform-essay.pdf" target="_blank">Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus: Cath ...

Hot, Humid, and Green Summer Ideas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"So what are you up to this summer?" seems to be the question du jour. With the calendar about to flip into June everyone seems antsy for a summer plan. "So what ...

Pope Benedict: Greatest Persecution is from Sin Within the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On the papal plane, <em>Shepherd One</em>, en route to Portugal to visit the <a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/portugal/fatima-shrine-of-our-lady-of-fatima" target="_bla ...

Mother's Day Challenges
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Mother's Day is a challenge. While advertisements evoke misty eyed memories and quaint appreciation for mothers, the truth is that Mother's Day began as a call to action by Julia Ward Howe. ...

From the Archives: May 1982
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joyce Hollyday Justice and Charity For a long time I’ve had a particular loathing for charity. Yet the scriptu ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

A World Water Week Warning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I grew up in the water world. My dad worked for the water department in Dallas and served as director of Austin water and wastewater. I grew up in the water world. My dad worke ...

Vatican II 101: Social Justice is Part of Catholic Identity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Writer James Carroll, in his recent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547336268?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;cre ...

Rebuilding Hope by Hiring Haitians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It was just over a month ago that the earthquake devastated Haiti, an impoverished place ill equipped to deal with the disaster. Since then emergency crews, including hundreds of doctors, nurses, and ...

Consuming Our Way to Compassion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>"Help us raise $10 million for Haiti!!!"</p> <p>My friend Lau ...

Prophets and Profits
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Without a doubt, the collective American experience ...

Book Tour Diary: Changing the Script with Jon Stewart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Last night I was on The Daily Show again ...

'Who Cares?' -- A Visual Guide to Americans' Charitable Giving
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>This is a fascinating graph and analysis of "giving" from Mint. If you ha ...

Nashville's New Groove
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana A growing number of Nashville-based Christian musicians are discovering that their faith compels them to play and work for so ...

Kitchen-Table Giving
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Who needs a charity ball when you can have a potluck? Philanthropy in the news usually involves ...