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Welfare for the Wealthy
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 2:52pm | 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. ...

On Scripture: Women, Work, and the Word
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

A recent Pew poll revealed a significant shift in American families. Four in 10 of this country’s households now rely primarily on the income of women. This is both good news and bad. ...

My Pilgrimage with Warehouse Workers
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Helene Slessarev-Jamir Immigration reform must include protection of workers' rights. EVERY TIME I fly i ...

Young Adults Reluctant to Enroll in the Affordable Care Act
Originally Posted: 06/03/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

California is the facing a new challenge: getting young adults to enroll in the Affordable Care Act. California is the facing a new challenge: getting young adults to enroll in t ...

Review: 'Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father — And How We Can Fix It'
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

I was so ready to read a book that would solve America's health-care crisis. This week the company my husband works for unveiled the health-insurance plans available to us b ...

'There Should Be No Poor Among You'
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

and by extension he – should invite to a banquet (Luke 14:12-14). But we seem to have ‘no poor among us’ – we do ... 30:14-15 Morf Morford  considers himself a free-range Christian who is convinced that God ...

Half of Americans Below or Near Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 2:06pm | 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 ...

In the Richest Country in the World, 1 in 4 Struggle to Afford Food
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

The United States is the richest country in the world, but only three-quarters of Americans have enough to eat. The United States is the richest country in the world, but only thr ...

Casting the First Stone in the Senate
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Sen. David Vitter proposed an amendment that blocks any person who had ever committed a violent crime from receiving SNAP benefits for life. The Farm Bill might not sound like the ...

Hunger Action Day in California
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

More than 300 California residents from all around the state — from the beach towns to the gritty parts of the city — have committed their day, their energy, and their hearts to visiting with their representat ...

Money: The God of This World
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

We fight wars to keep it and to gain more of it. We damage the earth, deny social services to the poor, and pay ever smaller wages for ever longer hours, because to do otherwise would be bad for business. We d ...

How Do You Love Your Neighbors When They're 'Bad' People?
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

How do you love your neighbor when your neighbors sell drugs and exploit young women? I’m serious — this is a legitimate question that I am asking myself a lot lately and I am not sure I have the answer. ...

A Spiritual Glossary of Debt
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

It is economically sensible to have debt. It is not economically sensible to throw debtors in jail, psychologically, spiritually, or actually. The goal of the following glossary is to get the question of debt ...

U.S. Unemployment Claims at Highest Level in 6 Weeks
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

A week after reaching a five year low, Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose by 32,000. A week after reaching a five-year low, Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose ...

Senate Committee Passes $500 Billion Farm Bill
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Tuesday the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a new five-year farm bill. The bill cuts subsidy payments and the food stamp program while expanding crop insurance. Tuesday the S ...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Racial Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Recent studies from both the Urban Institute and the Pew Forum tell the story of America's growing racial wealth gap. In the May issue of Sojourners magazine, Otis Moss III talked about the unjust trend. ...

Mothers, Families Tell Struggles of Living on Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Jane works at a homeless shelter in Atlanta, which pays a little more than her previous minimum wage job. Her lights have been turned off four times in the past year, and she has had to rely on friends and a s ...

Ending Extreme Poverty in Three Charts
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The Brookings Institute recenlty released a report about the prospects of ending extreme poverty (living on less than $1.25 a day) by 2030. The study found economic progress of a country and income equality as ...

New Farm Bill Leans on Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

A new farm bill proposed by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas would save billions over the next ten years but also cut funding to food stamps. House Agriculture Com ...

John Nichols: Sequester pain cuts deeper than flight delays
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 4:53pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2013 Sojo in the News John Nichols ...

The Art of Marketing Social Justice
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

The television flashes images of a skeletal little girl whose ribs seem to be popping out of her ballooning stomach as she sits in a pile of mud and stares at the camera with large pleading eyes. A “1-800” num ...

Sojo Stories: Immunizing 250 Million Children By 2015
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

The GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership aimed at increasing worldwide access to immunizations, has a goal of reaching 250 million children by 2015. Dr. Mercy Ahun, GAVI special representative in Geneva ...

Public Education for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

In early April, advocates for public education traveled to Washington D.C. for Occupy the Department of Education (Occupy the DOE). Students, parents, educators, and community members came together to protest ...

On Scripture: A Sinkhole of Debt
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

Student debt recently passed the $1 trillion dollar mark. According to the Pew Research Center, while student loan debt has grown for everyone, the debt falls heaviest on the poor, with those in the lowest qui ...

Workers Die in Building Collapse
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

More than 400 workers die in Bangladesh building collapse. Last Tuesday, a building in Dhaka, Bangladesh that housed five garment factories collapsed, resulting in more than 400 ...

More Than 100 Million Women Lead Migrant Workers Worldwide
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

If migrants worldwide were their own country, it would be the fifth most populous in the world today. More than 100 million are women. If migrants and refugees worldwide were thei ...

An Invocation for May Day
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

The following is the text of an invocation being given at the May Day Rally in Madison, Wis. Editor's Note : The following is the text of an invocation being given a ...

Obama Administration Simplifies Health Care Form
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

The first draft of form was confusing and complex so the Obama administration has created a simplified application for healthcare. The first draft of form was confusing and compl ...

USDA Expands SNAP Access at Farmers Markets
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Today a $4 million plan was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The plan will increase the use of federal food credits at farmers markets by allowing retailers to use wireless technology to connec ...

Apocalypse Now!?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

It’s true that the Book of Revelation was written almost 2,000 years ago. Those were the days of the Roman Empire – think Ben Hur and Spartacus. For sure, things have changed a lot since then. Yet, the more th ...

Wealth Gap Among Races Widened Since Recession
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Annie Lowrey reporter for the New York Times, writes about a new study released by the Urban Institute. Annie Lowrey reporter for the New York Time s, writes about a new study ...

The Church Defends Amazon Environment, Threatened by Market Interests
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

The Church of 12 Latin American countries met in Ecuador to discuss environmental issues in Amazonia. The Ecclesial Network for the Amazon, a Catholic church network representing ...

Anesthetics and Advocates Below the Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

as an Advocate who accompanies humankind throughout struggles and sorrow (John 14:16). So one could argue ... As roughly 1.4 billion people around the world currently attempt survival on such limited resources, those ... that supports a particular cause, or from a biblical perspective (John 14:16), one that pleads the case ...

May 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 12:05pm | Type: Product

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Pope Francis Redirects Employee Bonuses to Charity
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Vatican employees won’t receive the special bonus they are traditionally awarded when a new pope is elected, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday, under orders from Pope Francis to give extra money to charity ins ...

'Cambodia: Losing Ground' — Stories of Land Grabbing
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

The images tell the particular stories of Cambodians directly affected by land grabbing, the buying or leasing of large pieces of land in developing countries, by domestic and transnational companies, governme ...

Is the West's Reckless Lifestyle Killing Our Poorer Neighbors?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

Why are international companies so aggressively promoting foods and cigarettes and drugs that will shorten people's lives and even kill them? Why is nobody stopping them? I s ...

Life, Death, Taxes, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

whether the FY14 budget cuts Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits matters. That is why ...

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 ...

The Budget Battles are Back
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

As they review Obama's budget proposal, only time will tell if Republicans are willing to engage the president in a serious way to find common ground on deficit reduction instead of letting dysfunction co ...

Wealth Inequality in America
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 1:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors An infographic of the racial wealth gap in the U.S. While the rich become even richer, everyone e ...

GOP budget fails moral standard
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 2:30pm | Type: Press

April 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Sequester Cuts Hit Communities
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

The effects of funding cuts in 100 communities. The effects of the federal funding sequester are beginning to hit, and it’s not a pretty picture. Amanda Terkel and Sam Stein at ...

The Growing Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Otis Moss III The heart of our faith calls us to attack poverty, the "cruel thief of dreams." IN AM ...

Pope Francis Shuns Papal Apartment in Favor of Smaller Guesthouse
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 7:57am | Type: Blog

Shunning the spacious papal apartment used by his predecessors, Pope Francis has chosen to continue living in the Vatican guesthouse where he has been staying since the beginning of the conclave. ...

To Whom Do They Answer?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

is slashed  14 percent  below 2010, nothing will be spared save the entitlement programs and tax ...

Don't Let Dysfunctional Politics Override the Christian Call for Justice
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Press

March 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Ron Sider ...

A Lenten Reflection on 'The Least of These'
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 7:49am | Type: Blog

When you hear the term mental illness, what is your honest, initial, gut reaction? For many, the initial response to mental illnesses is fear. As a seminary graduate and a Masters ...

April 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 7:35pm | Type: Product

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Economic Inequality: Should We Call It Sin?
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:37pm | 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. ...