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The Biblical Case for Limiting Money in Politics
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

It is in the context of gross, growing inequality of income and political power that we must wrestle with our question of whether allowing unlimited political donations is morally desirable or unacceptable. ...

Christmas in America: Belief in the Virgin Birth and Visits from Santa
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Nearly one in three Americans, including many with no little children at home and those with no religious identity, say they pretend Santa will visit their house on Christmas Eve. ...

Give Like God -- or More Like Santa?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

Giving is an attitude, a spirit. There’s never any judgment about who is worthy and who is not. This is how God gives to us. So, how do we give? Have you ever given someone a gif ...

#GivingTuesday -- A Day to Give Back
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

“Gray” Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday — and Giving Tuesday? For the second year in a row, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals are coming together to create a national day of ...

12 Unique Gifts With a Positive Impact
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Invest in the transformation of lives by trying some of these fair trade, eco-friendly gift ideas or charities. ...

Church Giving Reaches Depression-Era Record Lows
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — Collection plates are growing even lighter as Protestant church member giving reached new lows in 2011, and tithing probably will not recover from the recession, according to a new report by Empty ...

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 ...

Drinking Deeply
Originally Posted: 01/04/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

What would it mean to the world if this year — and well into the future — we passed it a bottle of Wild Irish Rose, if we gave it the things that mean most to us? Let's try it! ...

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

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

Starting the 'Christmas Tithe'
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Let’s start “A Christmas Tithe.” Let’s spread the idea to our kids, our families, our friends and neighbors, and to the members of our congregations. Religion is far too judgmenta ...

An Offering of Self
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Maybe the path to civility and peace can be found somewhere along the path from my house to a Malinki village. This morning, Madu walked the one kilometer path from his village to ...

My Morning Prayer
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

Faithful God, help us find you in those who seem to be the smallest and most forgotten ones around us, for you said you would be here with us in them. Help us have faith. Dear God ...

Romney Says Tax Returns Would Publicize Private Mormon Tithing
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney says in a new interview that one of the reasons he’s distressed about disclosing his tax returns is that everyone sees how much money he and his wife, Ann, have donated to his Mormon church, and th ...

Atheists, Believers Both Do Good But for Different Reasons, Studies Say
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 5:44pm | Type: Blog

Atheists and others who don’t adhere to a religion often say they can be good without God. Now, three new studies appear to back them up. BERKELEY, Calif. — Atheists and others w ...

You Don't Have to Win the Mega Millions to Be Mega-Generous
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Does it take $640 million to make a difference? This past weekend, millions of Americans crossed their fingers and tuned into the Mega Millions drawing, hoping that they would bea ...

Tithing: No Buts About It
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: SojoMail

March 15, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “A huge problem is that the ...

Minnesota Church Finds the High Price of Supporting Gays
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 8:05pm | Type: Blog

A small Minnesota church is finding out the high cost of standing up for same-sex equality — as well as an unexpected lifeline from the very people it decided to support. A small ...

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 Morning News: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: Policy-Making Billionaires OVER the past 30 years, as the gap between wealthy and poor grew ever wider, total phi ...

News: Morning Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Occupy Wall Street, False Idols And A Moral Economy NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Occupy Wall Street, False Idols And A Moral Economy Even as so ...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

My son Jack was born just days before the war in Iraq began. So, for these last eight and a half years, it's been very easy for me to remember how long this horrible conflict has been going on. ...

Three Cups of Truth on the Greg Mortenson Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

I just watched a 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea and co-founder of the nonprofit the Central Asia Institute. Watching I just watched a 60 M ...

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. ...

Terry Jones, Burning a Quran, and Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:15am | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/05/terry-jones-burning-a-quran-and-evangelicalism/" target="_self"></a>It isn't as if the Middle East needed another complica ...

Anonymous Generosity: Go Into the Closet and Do in Secret
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I recall a discussion once with a friend about the different kinds of needs that existed within our own community. I recall a discussion once with a friend about the different kin ...

Don't Give Anything Up for Lent -- Give Yourself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Are you giving something up for Lent? What and why?</p> Are you giving something up for Lent? What and why? Lent is the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Holy Satu ...

Lent Isn't About Denial -- It's About Transformation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The point of Lent is not denial.</p> The point of Lent is not denial. But for a long time I thought it was. Everything I heard about Lent revolved around acts of self-de ...

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 ...