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How to Build Authentic Community
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

Do something to celebrate someone today who might feel like an outsider. And don’t be surprised if later they return the favor and help you feel the love when you might feel like an outsider. ...

Capitalism v. Democracy: Financing Seminary Education (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Our nation has experienced a continual conservative policy shift for 35 years that has resulted in runaway markets and an ever widening economic gap between the rich and the rest of us ...

A More Just Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Our faith teaches us that when prosperity is not shared by all, we all become poor; that when laborers are treated by the powerful as an expendable resource, instead of as co-equal humans with dignity, we have ...

An Open Letter to Publix
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

A few days ago, a group of farmworkers from Immokalee, Fla., set out on the 10-city "Now is the Time" tour to inform people about the Fair Food Campaign. Dear Publix Lea ...

A Valentine's Day Story: $2.13 an Hour
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

There is a group of waged workers that is often overlooked in this debate: tipped workers. They are subject to the “tipped minimum wage” — $2.13 an hour. In fact, it has been 22 years since Congress raised the ...

A Leap of Faith: Confessions from Davos
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

“The transformation of the world, which many of us long to see, requires the changing of frameworks, ethics and, most of all our decisions; and that will not happen without taking risks, a true leap of faith.” ...

WATCH: God's Justice Never Shuts Down — Jim Wallis on #FaithfulFilibuster
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks about the #FaithfulFilibuster outside the Capitol Building and offers a reading of his conversion text, Matthew 25. Jim Wallis talks about the #FaithfulFilibuster ...

#FaithfulFilibuster: A Vigil Under the Dark Clouds of Washington
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

We're hearing lots of babble at the Capitol, but across the street, we're trying to hear the word of God — what God says about the people, families, and children who will suffer the most because of W ...

Income Gap Between Rich and Poor is Largest in Hundred Years
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

The income gap in the U.S. is as wide as it has been in almost 100 years, according to a new study by UC Berkeley, the Paris School of Economics, and Oxford University. The incom ...

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. ...

Welfare for the Wealthy
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

In a New York Times, Op-ed Mark Bittman writes about the hyprocrisy of congressional represenatives who use the Farm Bill to cut SNAP yet also recieves thousands in U.S.D.A farm subsidies and direct payments. ...

Half of Americans Below or Near Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Although the Census Bureau has reported that 15% of Americans live in poverty, when assets and wages are factored in half of Americans are below or near poverty line. Although th ...

Pentecost and the Crucifixion of Privilege
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

While we continue to live in a society that unjustly rewards some at the expense of others, the Gospel exposes and crucifies such circumstances, and in doing so, we are set free from the lures of privilege and ...

Life, Death, Taxes, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

The common good is not only about politics. The common good is about life and how we live it. It is ultimately about how we are all connected. I haven’t written much in the past t ...

How Long Will the Pope’s Honeymoon Last?
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

Since the moment of his election on March 13, Pope Francis has been warmly embraced by his own flock and even the media and the wider public in a way his bookish predecessor, Benedict XVI, was not. ...

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 ...

Justice Starts With Empowering Women in Developing Countries
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

“They took the door off so the hyenas would get her.” “They took the door off so the hyenas would get her.”  Sitting in the darkened room with thousands of others, I liste ...

Mango — A Haiku
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

A haiku prayer for agricultural workers. style="border: 0 ...

The Choices We Face: A Guide for Faith Leaders to the Federal Budget and Tax Debate
Originally Posted: 01/11/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has teamed up with PICO, one of the nation’s largest community organizing networks, to create and distribute “The Choices We Face: A Guide for Faith Leaders to the Federal Budget and Tax Debate.” ...

Income Inequality Has Risen In Nearly Every State Over The Last Three Decades
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Think Progress reports: Income inequality has grown in nearly every state in the country over the last three decades and continues to climb across the nation, according to new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the ...

Church and State for the Homeless
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Christianity Today writes about the homeless. Christianity Today reports: When Kimberly Banks unexpectedly lost her job in 2006 and her job search stretched from we ...

Serving Joyfully
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

How could he do something as mundane as washing dishes and do it with joy? Washing dishes. This is how I remember Momadu. Washing dishes is a chore, you know. In the pre-dishwa ...

Five Examples of Civil Disobedience to Remember
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

Five examples of civil disobedience to remember Ever since the global financial cabal drove the world's economies into a ditch, popular movements have been rising up to fight ...

Candidates Silent on Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Earl Ofari Hutchinson examines the impact of poverty on American economy. Earl Ofari Hutchinson writes for The Huffington Post : The devastating impact of poverty ...

MAP: Employee-Owned Businesses in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Did you know that there are more than 10 million Americans involved in worker-owned companies? Take a look. ...

Introducing Quick Read: Social. Justice. News.
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

For all of you who are unlucky enough to be chained to a computer, Blackberry (does anyone still use these?) smart-phone or are otherwise more electronically connected then you would like to be—we’ve got a spe ...

Wallis, McLaren, Schaeffer, Harper and Others on #OccupyTheology (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Our friends at #OccupyTheology caught up with Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis, Brian McLaren, Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper and others at the Wild Goose Festival to talk about the Occupy ...

Indentured Servitude: Why Student Loans Won’t Go Away
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

I joke sometimes that my dream is to pay off my student loans before I retire, but to be honest, that probably won’t happen. It wouldn’t surprise me if I have them with me the rest of my life. ...

Senator Calls Seniors Concerned About Social Security Cuts 'Greedy Geezers'
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

If there’s a contest for the title “greedy geezer,” a Social Security recipient living on $14K/year probably isn’t in the top ten… "…former Sen. Alan Simpson recently referred to a group of seniors concerned about cuts to Social Security as “ ...

Is Income Inequality to Blame for the Faltering Economic Recovery?
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

According to CAP, there is a striking correlation between the decline of infrastructure and the rise of inequality over the past four decades. In a thought-provoking piece for  ...

Occupy Wall Street Lives!
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

In Lower Manhattan Tuesday evening, there were people everywhere -- mainly white folks, but still diverse; lots of young people but with a significant number of non-young people. And there was a spirit of hope ...

How Soon Can We Come Up with a Healthcare Plan that Makes Sense?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:00pm | 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 ...

A New Hymn for World Water Day
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

This Thursday, March 22nd, is World Water Day. The April 2012 issue of Sojourners includes Ched Myers’ 'Everything Will Live Where the River Goes', a Bible study on water, God, and redemption. See a ...

Jubilee and Beyond
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaine Storkey The Bible-inspired movement set the standard -- and the inspiration -- for future campaigns for change. ...

What's Next for Jubilee USA?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eric LeCompte The Bible speaks of a "year of the Lord's favor" -- the year of Jubilee. We need it now more than ever. ...

Obama Says Faith Mandates Him to Care for The Poor
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

President Obama connected his faith with his policies toward the poor at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday (2/2/12), a subtle but sharp contrast to remarks made by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney the ...

Transforming Lives, One Cup of Coffee at a Time
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Fight global poverty, invest in agriculture. ~ Growers First As the winter winds bite at our collars, a hot cup of coffee is a perfect antidote for healing. But what you might not consider when you sip a mug ...

Coming to a Computer Near You: It's Tea Party Jesus!
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 11:37pm | Type: Blog

The "Tea Party Jesus" video will be a satirical take of the Sermon on the Mount with various quotes, signs and policy positions of the Tea Party. I can’t say I ever expe ...

Soundtrack for the #Occupation Grows
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

It's always encouraging to see musicians using their unique platform to inspire social change. When it comes to an indie supergroup such as  New Party Sysytems — compirsed of members from TV on the Radio, Notekillers, and Liturgy — disparate ...

Advent or Government Shutdown, Which Matters More?
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

There is, once again, a threat of a government shutdown. Congress, once again, can’t get along. Even the most basic decision making has stalled as each party postures for their base. But, it’s almost Christma ...

Follow the Golden Calf: Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

Members of Catholics United, along with faith leaders and residents of Occupy DC, marched with the Golden Calf from McPherson Square to the Capitol on Thursday to deliver a petition in support of a bill that ...

Poverty and the LGBT Community
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

Contrary to many stereotypes, children living in LGBT households are 50 percent more likely to live in poverty than those living in heterosexual households. Failure to provide equ ...

The Disappearance of the Compassionate Conservatives
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

The compassionate conservative space is vital to the health of the nation and the future of the poor, and therefore preserving it is essential. I would never have been mistaken a ...

A Poem for Advent: "Living Sacrifices"
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

Empty stomachs moan. The .000258 percent hedge their bets against the common good. Living Sacrifices By Lisa Sharon Harper   The 99 percent offers work and wealth ...

Prayers of the People: For the Victims of the Texas Welfare Office Shooting
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 6:32pm | Type: Blog

Early this morning at a welfare office in Laredo, Texas, a mother, desperate after months of being denied food stamps for her family, pulled a gun and shot her two young children before killing herself. ...

Black Friday: The Anti-Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Even if Black Friday were not so terrible for working families, and even if it did not threaten to steamroll Thanksgiving under the weight of Christmas-season merchandising, I would still be opposed to it. Bla ...

The Morning SoJo: Of Supercommittees and Such
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Rather than the opinions of individual pundits, here’s a roundup of what the editors of some of the nation’s largest newspapers had to say this week about the failure of the “Supercommittee.” Some blame Republ ...

Supercommittee's Failure is a Moral Failure
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The failure of the Congressional Supercommittee to put forth any kind of plan for addressing our nation’s long term deficits is a sign of how dysfunctional our political system has become. ...

"Lord, when did we see you hungry?": The 2012 Hunger Report
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Bread for the World has many recommendations in the 2012 Hunger Report, but I’d like to highlight just one for now: “Farm policies should lean more towards the production of healthy foods.” ...

The Epic Capitol Hill Fail You Didn’t Hear About
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

As the finger-pointing begins over the supercommittee debacle, another epic Capitol Hill fail flew under the radar last week. As the finger-pointing begins over the supercommit ...