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Results for economic inequality

What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

So is the world better off with or without empires? Is it necessary to have some sort of beneficent overlord to keep us in line, to afford us cultural advances we might not ever achieve, or even to keep us fro ...

Would Jesus Occupy Wall Street?
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Jesus never did march on Rome or speak out against Caesar’s cruel dictatorship. He doesn’t mean for us to get mixed up in social, political or economic activism. Or does he? I am learning to re-examine the cul ...

Ebola Is an Inequality Crisis
Originally Posted: 10/13/2014 - 12:37pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Ebola Is an Inequality Crisis
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

Dr. Kim makes the crucial point here — the current Ebola outbreak is much more than a public health crisis — it is an inequality crisis. In the past few months, the world has witn ...

Economic Equity and Gender Equality for South Africa: A New Agenda for a New Generation
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 8:27am | Type: Blog

I just returned from a remarkable month in South Africa—the country that changed my life. I’ve often said that I learned my theology of hope from South Africa, during the anti-apartheid struggle I was thrust i ...

Occupy Good Pasture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Do you have to get what’s yours and at the same time mess it up for others? The interesting thing about human nature is that even among the oppressed, people will seek supremacy, ...

Time to Stop the Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers of Color
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

These children are our children. These men are our brothers. Are we our brothers’ keepers? As Christians, our answer must be yes. I have a vivid memory of my first visit to Sing S ...

In the Shadow of 'Citizens United'
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 4:50pm | 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 ...

Is Poverty Killing our Kids?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 4:41pm | 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 ...

'Flowers in the Attic' and Women on the Brink
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The statistics are staggering — two-thirds of minimum wage jobs are held by women, yet 40 percent of households with children under 18 have a woman as the sole or primary breadwinner. ...

Pope Francis Is Not a Standard Bearer for the Right or the Left
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

What Francis is doing is prophetic, not political, and we should recognize that he’s playing, to his credit, in a whole different arena. It’s one thing to say  kind words  about ...

How Can People of Faith Help Students Achieve Their Potential?
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

Children from all racial and economic backgrounds have God-given potential and are truly “made in [God’s] image and likeness.” If given the opportunities and support, they will achieve. ...

Inequality Means More than Just Money
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The movie showcases the stories of Americans with various economic standing, highlighting the great gap between those on the bottom and those flying high. Robert Reich pulls up in ...

On Scripture: Shrewd Christians
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

The economic health of the nation has long been a concern to people of faith, because we care for the poor, and poverty has been a persistent problem in rural area and urban centers alike. What’s more, we know ...

Moral Mondays: A Cry for the Old North State
Originally Posted: 07/13/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” Then there’s Samuel Johnson who said, “A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization. ...

Moral Mondays
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

In North Carolina, pastors and civil rights leaders, along with thousands of others, have been living out their personal faith in a very public way. Since late April, dozens of faith leaders and hundreds of ot ...

Brazilians and Football: From Passion to Protest
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Brazilians are beginning to question the price they are paying for their football catharses, emotional releases that don’t solve any problems at all, but merely act like a numbing balm on the symptoms. Tired ...

Economic Inequality: Should We Call It Sin?
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Professor Putnam asked me, as an evangelical, whether evangelical pastors today would be ready to declare today’s great economic inequality of opportunity a sin. That’s a great question. ...

Louisiana Faith Leaders Step Up to Protect Poor, Rebuke Gov. Jindal’s Draconian Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Louisiana faith leaders hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal this morning, denouncing his proposal to increase sales tax by 47 percent as “unjust” and “regressive.” Loui ...

Americans Nearly Unanimous on 'Ideal' Wealth Distribution, But Unaware of Real Levels of Inequality
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

This week's viral video is a must-see. The six-minute "Wealth Inequality in America," released Friday, presents the shocking, true size of the wealth gap in the country. ...

Rethinking Modesty
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

When I was growing up, the only thing that could be said about clothing was that it should be “modest,” and ideally not too “worldly.” “Modesty” was proof-texted from 1 Timothy 2:9: “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not w ...

NYT Magazine Article Misleads on D.C.'s 'Economic Boom'
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

Amid Washington's economic boom, there is also massive economic displacement, increased economic inequality, and higher rates of poverty. Annie Lowrey's recent New Yor ...

Inequality and Recovery
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Growing inequality in the U.S. makes an economic recovery more difficult. Economist Joseph Stiglitz contends that the growing inequality in the U.S. makes an economic recovery ...

Let the Little Children Come: Why Childcare is a Faith Issue
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Editor's Note : This post is part of our monthly newsletter Faith in Action. To sign up for the newsletter, complete with commentary and resources for church leaders and mobilizers, click  HERE .  “At that time the disciples came to J ...

What Is Left Unsaid in This Campaign
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

How can it be that the Holy Bible refers to helping the poor and vulnerable more than 2,000 times, yet two professing Christians running for president of the United States disregard this unholy scourge? ...

A 'Guitarmy' for the Working Class
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Tom Morello's approach to politics is as unique and incisive as his best guitar solos. ...

How To Reclaim A Rigged Economy
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 3:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It by Chuck Collins ...

'You Can Love Them:' A Child's Response to Homelessness
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

My wonderful second graders realized that we are responsible for each other, that love and care means making a way for children and families living in shelters, cars, and hotel rooms to have housing, food, clo ...

Tackling Hunger a Moral, Security, Economic Imperative
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Members of the G8 announced its commitment to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition which will seek to “lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through inclusive and sustained a ...

Occupy the Future
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 9:37am | Type: Magazine Article

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

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb.15, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE/USA TODAY: You've Heard Of Evangelicals, But Who Are They? Evangelicals have been in the news a lot lately, from the Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow and his take-a-knee prayers to the Texas pastor and his wife who spent ...

United We Stand
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 2:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel Hunter The solution must be a partnership among all of us. When I was growing up my grandparents talked ...

What's Next for the Occupiers?
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

I was also struck by their refusal to simply announce a set of demands One of the highlights of the fall for me was undertaking a kind of Occupy Tourism. I was spending most of my ...

#OccupySesameStreet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

occupysesamestreet#OccupyWallStreet (the New York-based protest against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government) has moved to a new loc ...

The Safety Net Frays
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Morally and economically, it's wrong for federal budget makers to go after the poor. ...

President Obama Should Have Fought This One
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

He should have fought this one. The richest 2 percent of the country just got an extension of tax cuts they didn't need at great cost to us all. He should have fought this on ...