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Baby Makes 3: More Unmarried New Moms Cohabiting
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

Nearly three in five births to unmarried women across the United States were to women living with their partner — marking the first time a majority of these births were to women in cohabiting relationships, ac ...

On Scripture: Our Dysfunctional Families
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Before I knew God, I knew Joseph. Before I knew God, I knew Joseph. If you grew up in the 80s, like I did, there’s a decent chance that your earliest knowledge of Joseph’s stor ...

Papa Don't Preach — But Family-Friendly Work Policies Would Be Nice
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

To be sure, growing up in a two-parent family is a child's best hedge against poverty , not only in America but in the other OECD countries as well (even Switzerland). But the reality is that a high perce ...

How To Help Your Child Launch Rockets
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 4:24pm | Type: Press

January 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrew Portwood ...

A Fast for Families
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | 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 ...

Afghan Street Children Beg for Change
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Kabul, Afghanistan, is “home” to hundreds of thousands of children who have no home. Many of them live in squalid refugee camps with families that have been displaced by violence and war. ...

Foster Care Resources
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Resources that help address the modern-day "orphans in distress" in our midst. In ...

Foster Care for a New Millennium
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Juliet Vedral Christians step up for modern-day "orphans in their distress." I WAS 7 years old when ...

The Danger of 'Orphan Theology'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Kathryn Joyce Has the uptick in Christians eager to adopt overseas done ...

Bordering on the Truth
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Maryada Vallet Where the U.S. meets Mexico, rhetoric often gets in the way of the facts. DURING CONGRESS’ cur ...

U.S.-Born Kids Of Deported Parents Struggle As Family Life Is 'Destroyed'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

Thousands of children to parents living in the U.S. without citizenship are abruptly forced to carry on without one or both of their parents, as a record number of people are being deported from the U.S. Accor ...

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 ...

#OccupySunday: Blood-Boiler du Jour
Originally Posted: 10/31/2011 - 6:04am | Type: Blog

In case you missed it... In case you missed it... In an OpEd titled, " What the Costumes Reveal, " New York Times columnist Joe Nocera wrote about a Halloween ...

Women Underrepresented in Big Business: Does it Matter?
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

In a recent post on Forbes, career and executive leadership coach Kathy Caprino points out that only five women made it on Fortune Magazine's recent "40 Under 40" list. ...

Behind the Numbers: We Are Mobilizing!
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Do the numbers 917 billion, 1.5 trillion, 690 billion, 98 billion, and 32 mean anything to you? Do the numbers 917 billion, 1.5 trillion, 690 billion, 98 billion, and 32 mean an ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

Too Poor to Die?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Every time I think I've exhausted my outrage capacity, I see something new to refuel it. Every time I think I've exhausted my outrage capacity, I see something n ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

A Hymn for Somalia
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to inspire churches to further support and pray for famine relief in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.] O God, You Love the Needy ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across barren cracked earth. Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across bar ...

Deaths in Afghanistan: Robbing the World of Human Possibilities
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I hate war. I do not hate it because people die. Death is inescapable. And believers believe that we will meet those we love again in heaven. I hate war. I do not hate it because ...

Mandatory E-Verify: Immoral and Bad Business
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I admit it: A few years back, when I first heard about the E-Verify program, I thought it sounded reasonable. The program was described to me as a way for employers to voluntarily verify the U.S. ...

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only wa ...

Hidden Battles: A Story of Five Former Soldiers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Hidden Battles is a 65-minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat ...

No More Dirty Work! Clean, Green Jobs, Not Tar Sands Oil
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama will decide as early as September whether to light a fuse to the largest carbon bomb in North America. That bomb is the massive tar sands field in Canada's Alberta province. ...

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"God is Watching," reads the headline for a full page ad Sojourners ran in this morning's Politico. "God is Watching," reads the headline for a full pag ...

Walmart's New Urban Strategy Comes With a Lousy Track Record
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Walmart has launched a charm offensive as part of its new urban strategy to impose smaller versions of its big box in inner cities across the country. It has proposed four stores for Washington, D.C. ...

Matthew 25 -- Why We Went to the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt default deadline is fast approaching. Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt d ...

Afghan Exchange Students Flee to Canada
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly blog about issues in Afghanistan to educate our readers about the latest news and developments rel ...

BREAKING: Obama Meets with Faith Leaders on Budget Crisis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, I, alongside other faith leaders, met with President Obama about the critical budget debate. We are grateful and hopeful leaving this meeting. Please pray for us as the conversation continues. ...

10 Ways to Revive a Dying Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

You don't need a ton of proof to know that more and more churches are struggling to survive. It seems churches that are in this predicament have one of two options: revive or die ...

Paid Leave: Why We Need Sabbath Rest for All
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

As I celebrated my freedom on Independence Day, I found myself considering the promise that my country boasts about: "liberty and justice for all." In particular I was struck by the many freedoms uni ...

Should Churches Be Allowed to Meet in Public Schools?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, and the subsequent fallout here in New York, hits close to home for many of us New Yorkers. The ruling, which came down on June 2, allows for the city of New York to rest ...

Michelle Obama and the Women of South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divine meet. Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divi ...

News Flash Paul Ryan: This is Mass Unemployment, Not a Siesta
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the past two years, the social safety net has helped more Americans than any time in a generation. So why are so many people trying to tear it to shreds?</p> In the past ...

Black Men and 'Jumping the Broom'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/22/black-men-and-jumping-the-broom/"></a>In one of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/20/bern ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:53pm | Type: Blog

We are looking for 1,000 pastors to debunk a myth based on the political assertion that government doesn't have any responsibility to poor people. We are looking for 1,000 p ...

10 Problems of a Dying Church (and How to Fix Them)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:48pm | Type: Blog

I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church, asking questions about what to do with so many churches dying. I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

Waking the Church to Just Consumerism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God blesses the earth with enough provision and food for its inhabitants. The Hebrew scriptures recount time and again how God ble ...

An Alternative to Abortion: Imagine the Story We Can Live Out
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After my <a href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/rapture/" target="_blank">recent intense post about the rapture</a> that has come and gone, I thought I'd write ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Democrats Unite. Taliban. The Cost of War.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

A Family Vacation Gone Awry: The Pain of Child Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was on the verge of my tenth year of life. My stepfather rented a big cabin next to Lake Mead and several families joined us for a week of vacation together. I was on the verge ...

Friday Links Round Up: School Lunch. Commencement. Women.
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

School Lunch. Commencement. Women. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Here’s a little round up of links from around the Web ...

Chipotle Firings: One Story of a Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/19/chipotle-firings-one-story-of-a-broken-immigration-system/" target="_self"></a>Just over one month ago, a few dozen fired emplo ...

Rebuilding Haiti With a Passion for Business
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/rebuilding-haiti-with-a-passion-for-business/" target="_self"></a>Evelien de Gier moved to Haiti 28 years ago from the Netherla ...

The Time for Immigration Reform is Now
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Back when President Obama was candidate Obama, one of his favorite mantras on the stump was the need to recapture what Martin Luther King, Jr. Back when President Obama was candid ...

An Undocumented Student's Message to Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">We want actions, not words.</p> We want actions, not words. For nearly two decades I've called the United States of Ame ...