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Back from the Brink
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Emily Nielsen Jones When the economic floor drops for everyone, it drops even lower for women. THE PHRASE “PO ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

Walmart's New Urban Strategy Comes With a Lousy Track Record
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | 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. ...

Come Together to Combat Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Duke Divinity School is hosting an inter-faith conference on torture from March 25 to 26, with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), the Duke Human Rights Center, and the North C ...

The Best Part of Wanting to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constant requests wanting to know the future.</p> <p>Why?</p> I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constan ...

U.S. Deficit Problem = U.S. Health Care Cost Problem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. As economist Marcellus Andrews argues in Taming the Beast in the Au ...

Cruise Ships: Dark Secrets Below Deck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While working as an entertainer on a cruise ship, I often sat in one of the many distinguished seats on board that reflected my status. While working as an entertainer on a cruise ...

New York Domestic Workers Call for Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last spring while eating lunch I noticed a <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/workers/">domestic worker</a> poring over piles of Christian books. Last spring ...

King Coal: Ruling Principality and Power in West Virginia
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1006"></a>In this month's Sojourners, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action= ...

'Doing God's Work': A Moral Case for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment and embattled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifies today before a congressional subcommittee, faith-based organizations an ...

'My Prayers Were Heard'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>An immigrant woman's testimony, as told to Juan Daniel Espitia, a pastor in Solana Beach, C ...

Four Steps to Save the Souls of Big Banks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> The biggest banks have an ethical obligation to hel ...

Excitement and Depression in the Potential for Change in Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I have been reluctant to write about health care recently. I have been reluctant to write about health care recently. My 11-month-old son will be going in for major brain surg ...

Green Jobs and the Pink-Collar Ghetto
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

A new report this week tells us that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the stimulus bill), now a year old, so far is responsible for saving or creating roughly <a href="http://www.was ...

'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 ...

Five Steps to Avoid Financial Disaster (Inflated Expectations, Part 2)
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><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/50-years-of-inflated-expectations/ ...

Paul Tells It Like It Is: 'Wake Up Gentlemen'
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> "Wake up, gentlemen." The tall prophe ...

How 'Scroogenomics' Is Saving My Christmas
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> I recently heard a clip on NPR referencing a new ...

Fired Up About Financial Reform
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>I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore ...

Month of Protests Reveals Grocer's True Colors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<script type="text/javascript"></script><p> Young and old, large and small, farmers and pastors, men and women all lined the streets in front of Publix grocery stores in Florida las ...

Neighbors We May Rarely See
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I don't know about you, but I rarely, if ever travel the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. I've heard it's a rough neighborhood -- people get robbed, beaten and left for dead. ...

The Health-Care Roller Coaster Rolls On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We continue the roller coaster ride that we hope will end with universal or near universal coverage for health care in the United States. We continue the roller coaster ride that ...

Put Poor People on the Climate Change Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Last week, a group of senators, many in the leadership of the majority Democratic Party, asked for a meeting with a small group of inte ...

Labor Sunday: What Can We Do to Honor Workers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>To work is to pray.</p> <p>It's a Latin phrase that the Order of St. Benedict adopted as its motto.</p> <p>St. Benedict, the founder of the order, recognized the sacred va ...

Listen!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A just-released study of low-wage workers in the U.S. A just-released study of low-wage workers in the U.S. has found that an appalling 68% were forced to work extra unpaid ...

Eat That
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I went to the grocery store at midnight the other night.</p> <p>Is it just me or are the lights at the grocery story brighter at midnight?</p> I went to the groc ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

My Experience of U.S. Health Care as a Recent Immigrant (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Regular readers will know that in the past year, I embarked on a genuinely life-altering journey. I emigrated to the United States, got married, and now make my home in North Carolina. ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

Demanding Justice for the People that Harvest our Food
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/ciw_kroger"></a>Last weekend I watched the documentary Food, Inc. and it left me inspired in a surprising way ...

Celebrating the Minimum Wage Increase
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases fr ...

Who Should Pay for Our Pollution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Congress is hard at work on historic energy and climate change legislation. The House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill in the next few weeks, with the Senate to follow in early fall.</p> ...

Taking the 'Micro' out of Microfinance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury out of reach. For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury o ...

Money "Creation": Let there be money?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>If the financial crisis shows anything, it's that what's happening on Wall Street matters to Main Street, and that we should never take "it's too complicated for you to understand ...

Stop Starbucks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When Robert Greenwald, founder and president of <a title="http://bravenewfilms.org/" href="http://bravenewfilms.org/" target="_blank">Brave New Films</a> -- an organi ...

Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A standard definition of community development often goes something like this:</p> A standard definition of community development often goes something like this: Commu ...

A Crucial Time in the Fight Against Global Poverty and Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The realities of global poverty are very stark. The realities of global poverty are very stark. About a billion people around the world - one in six - are now considered chronical ...

Counting the Cost of Good and Bad Debt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

While watching President Obama's press conference Tuesday evening, I was struck by a few things that are often forgotten in the criticism of his proposed budget.</p> W ...

Being the Oaks of Righteousness: Domestic Workers United
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 2007, not long after I started to work with <a href="http://www.nyfaithjustice.org/">New York Faith &amp; Justice</a>, I learned of an in-depth Bible study on <a hre ...

Seeking Reconciliation Between Rich and Poor in Immokalee
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When I think of Immokalee, my mind remembers a place where reconciliation has come alive. When I think of Immokalee, my mind remembers a place where reconciliation has come alive. ...

Chicago Sit-in Victory: 'Yes We Can'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> After concluding a six days sit-in at the Republic Window Compan ...