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What Congress Can Learn from a Town Dump
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

I went to the town dump today, and I found it open, functioning, filled with people doing the right thing in the right way, giving useful advice to a novice, and able to drive in and out without mayhem, all un ...

No 'Pope Francis Effect' on Capitol Hill Gridlock
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? The epitome of its dysfunction may have arrived with last week’s ...

Religious Leaders Petition Congress to Support Immigrant Children
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders urged President Obama and Congress to provide funding for legal assistance to unaccompanied migrant children who are in U.S. custody after fleeing violence, murder, and extortion abroad. ...

Immigration Isn't Dead
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday was one of the craziest days in recent American political history. House Majority leader Eric Cantor fell to Tea Party economics professor David Brat in a primary upset no pundit saw coming. ...

Who Is Pushing For A Legislative Solution On Immigration Reform?
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Press

June 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Vox ...

Attendees: They Came, They Saw, They Said...
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 2:11pm | Type: Press

March 20, 2014 Sojo in the News The Tidings ...

Immigration Rights Activist Arrested Delivering a Letter to Florida Congressman
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

On Friday, Eliseo Medina, a prominent immigration rights activists was arrested after trying to peacefully deliver a letter to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) district office. ...

Catholic, Evangelicals Team Up Against House GOP On Immigration
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 12:22pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Suzanne Gamboa ...

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 ...

What's Right About Obamacare?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Sr. Carol Keehan Amid the political bombast, it’s easy to forget why we needed health-care reform in the first place. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Congress Needs to Show Moral Leadership in Unemployment Insurance Solution
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

In only its second week in session, Congress is already confronted with difficult decisions that impact the lives of millions of people — some of whom are the most vulnerable in our society. ...

A Fast for Families
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper We didn't eat for 22 days, but we did feast. IT WAS LIKE the end of the movie Linco ...

Frank Wolf, Champion of Religious Freedom, Will End Congressional Career
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

Rep. Frank Wolf, one of the loudest and most persistent voices in Congress for the right of people around the globe to practice their religions freely, will not seek an 18th term. ...

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 ...

Immigration Reform: It Ain't Over Until God Says It's Done
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Saying an opening prayer at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service on Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. was both an honor and a blessing for me. The theme of the homily, by my good friend Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, was ...

Congress Should Give the Interim Deal with Iran A Chance
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Before Congress jumps the gun, it needs to take a deep breath and let the diplomatic process continue. After a decades-long standoff, Iran and the West (plus China and Russia) hav ...

Congress, Please.
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

I live in community. What constitutes living in community means different things depending on whom you're talking to. I live in community. What constitutes living in communit ...

We Can Help Stop Rape in the Military
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Congressional leaders this week are considering the Military Justice Improvement Act, which change the way the military decides to prosecute rape cases. By official estimates, 2 ...

Not So Merry Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Sorry, kids, but Santa has some bad news. DESPITE THE heart-felt and hand-written requests from ...

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 ...

When Prayer Is More Powerful Than Politics
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

After the storm comes the promise — the hope of lessons learned and new ways forward together. A few key groups of people have renewed my faith that this is possible. Watching the ...

Here Comes the Sun ... on Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

God used pastors, students, old and young, whites and blacks, D.C. natives and out-of-towners, people in scruffy clothes and well-dressed businessmen giving me the thumbs-up, to give me a greater hope and enth ...

Our Prayer from Capitol Hill Is Trending
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

The #FaithfulFilibuster has taken off across the country through word of mouth and social media — our prayers are trending. Every day, we read 2,000 verses in the Bible, each about how we treat the poor and vu ...

Joining the #FaithfulFilibuster from Des Moines
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

People around the country have taken notice of the #FaithfulFilibuster and want to lend their voices. From Pastor Sarah Trone Garriot in Des Moines, Iowa: "Since we couldn't be in Washington to join ...

Bringing Good News to the Poor
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Our Christian story is one of liberation, new life, abundance, and mercy. It is a story that brings good news to the poor, and I will tell it until I no longer have breath. I coul ...

Reading Scripture Through the Shutdown: A Voice for the Silenced
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

We serve a God who has put passion in the hearts of all of his children. If we silence even one of those voices we are missing out on a precious piece of God’s redemptive plan for this side of Eden. ...

#FaithfulFilibuster — A Vigil for the Poor
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

I’m standing in full view of the Capitol Building with a group of clergy and faith leaders who are here to offer a “Faithful Filibuster” of the government shutdown – and we’re going to keep talking until thing ...

Shutdowns and Shootouts – My New Hometown Normal?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

There are about 40 members of an extremist ideological minority who are ruining the reputation of the place I live and work, and taking the poor down along with them. It's a ...

Religious Groups Feel the Pinch of Government Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

As the government shutdown enters its second week, some religious groups are starting to feel the pinch, and they’re also finding ways to reach out. As the government shutdown ent ...

Why the Government Shutdown Is Unbiblical
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Whether or not you are a person of faith, you might find it interesting to see what the Bible says about the mess we are now in. One of the most depressing things I heard on the f ...

Who Elected These Clowns?
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

In a world far removed from the tragic cesspool of Washington scheming and maneuvering, real people flocked to Central Park on El Camino Real for this town’s first Bacon & Brew Festival. ...

Faith Leaders Urge Compromise As Government Shuts Down
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The federal government began shutting down overnight, for the first time since 1996, after Congress failed to compromise on how to fund federal agencies — battling instead over implementation of the Affordable ...

Faith Leaders Denounce Brinkmanship as Budget, Debt Ceiling Deadlines Loom
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 6:08pm | Type: Press

September 30, 2013 Press Releases Washington, DC, September 30, 2013 ...

Pope Francis: We Need You in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 09/26/2013 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

How do our politicians learn what their public service role ought to look like? They could listen to Pope Francis: “…. every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves t ...

Stepping in When Politicians Step Aside
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

A straggle of kids came up for children’s time at Poland Presbyterian Church, a 211-year-old congregation established on Lot One, in Township One, in Range One of what was once known as the Connecticut Western ...

Give (The Department of) Peace a Chance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

The time is upon us to recognize that peace is not merely a destination, but a journey, and not merely a noun, but a verb, for we can be people of peace even in the midst of a violent world. Instead of spendin ...

Is SNAP Congress’ New Hunger Games?
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

House leaders are proposing a massive cut to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), America’s frontrunner in combatting hunger. This new proposal consists of a $40 billion reduction in funding, and ...

10 Myths About the Food Stamp Program (That Thing Congress is Trying to Gut)
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that it’s not easy to feed a family of four well — especially without great time and effort — on less than $20 a day. About a year ago, I wrote about my family pa ...

Lessons from August Recess
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) embraced immigration reform and the need to provide a path to legalization for the millions of aspiring Americans who are already major contributors to our communities and our econ ...

The 5 Rules of Recess
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

While many assume Congress has taken an extended vacation this month, nothing could be further from the truth. Recess is just as important now as it was when we were kids, but the rules have changed. ...

Who Is My Enemy?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

I used to blame governments, and churches, and institutions all day long. Now I’ve stuck a piece of tape over my mouth. I’m going to leave it there as a reminder that everything I speak out against has its ori ...

Evangelical Scientists Hold Press Conference to Urge Congress to Act on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Press

July 10, 2013 Press Releases In light of the President’s announcement ...

6 Things Congress Needs To Do in July
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The month of July stands as an important time for Congress as members of the House and Senate attempt to make decisions about six major U.S. issues. The month of July stands as an ...

Senate Passes Immigration Overhaul; Top 10 Reasons It Matters
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

By a 68-32 vote, the Senate just passed S.744, a bipartisan immigration reform bill that people of faith have held up as part of a solution to the United States’ broken immigration system. While it still has t ...

Feds Release First Guidelines for Confronting a Church Shooter
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

For the first time, the federal government has issued written guidelines for houses of worship that are confronted with a homicidal gunman. For the first time, the federal governm ...

White House Pushes Gun Safety
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama is expected to call upon lawmakers and Congress Tuesday as he asks for their support in backing his measures concerning gun safety. President Barack Obama i ...

Evangelicals on Immigration Reform: 'How We Treat the Stranger Is How We Treat Christ'
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 10:19am | Type: Press

May 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Stoyan Zaimov ...