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From Homeless to Hope: Sydia Simmons
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

in NYC every night: 3,800.  -Shelter of Peace At 14 years old, Sydia Simmons was kicked out ...

The Poor Still Can't Breathe Easy Post–Fiscal Cliff
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

The Nation reports that the fiscal cliff deal is a "mixed bag" for the poor. On the positive side: The biggest takeaway, perhaps, was for the unemployed: they saw a one-year extension in federal unemployment benefits. Another very ...

Climbing Into Their Skin
Originally Posted: 12/26/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Have you ever read a book you wish you'd written? I'm reading one now. It's The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams by Darcy Frey. Have you ever read a book ...

Christmas Confrontation with a Homeless Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/25/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

Too often fail to recognize the social circumstances in which Jesus was born; our understanding of the nativity narrative is too often left incomplete. When asked to identify c ...

CIRCLE OF PROTECTION: ANY BUDGET DEAL MUST PROTECT THE POOR
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 3:38pm | Type: Press

December 18, 2012 Press Releases Sojourners ...

Minister Ejected From Florida Supermarket for Support of Farmworker Justice
Originally Posted: 12/18/2012 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Throughout the holiday season we will gather at tables to enjoy the company of those we love and the food of our hearts. I encourage you to take a moment and give thanks for those hands who struggle day in and ...

Film Documents Families In Poverty Across U.S.
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 4:53pm | Type: Press

enough food to eat each year. We have a poverty rate of about 14%, and our child poverty rate is about ...

'The Line' Documentary Shows Families in Poverty Across U.S.
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 4:13pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2012 Sojo in the News KPBS ...

Woe To Those Who Make Unjust Laws
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

The right-to-work legislation that was passed by the House and the Senate in Michigan just this month is designed to break unions. It is designed to prevent workers from organizing. And we must oppose it as fi ...

Kids Say the Profoundest Things
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

The week of Christmas had always been an exciting time for my friends, my brothers, and me. We knew we would wake up on Christmas morning and find video games, toys, basketballs, clothes, and all of the things ...

Homeless Rate Remains Steady
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Sluggish economy to blame for efforts to house homeless. The Huffington Post reports: A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggis ...

An Advent Reflection: The Pregnant Church
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Faith-rooted mobilizing draws from the roots of people’s faith and determines both the outcome and the means of change. F I had a conversation with a young woman I met at a confer ...

Finding God's Presence in the Midst of Hardship
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

It’s interesting that in the midst of overwhelming need and crisis, Jesus first prayed before offering provision. Joey Ekburg, Executive Director of the North Park Friendship Cent ...

Faith Groups Take On Payday Lenders
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 6:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Religious groups are giving the payday lending industry a run for their money. Think your relat ...

Sacred Space: A Black Friday Reflection
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 6:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephanie Kimec Across the country, Walmart’s own workers are rising up to challenge the behemoth corporation for its poor working conditions and abysmal wages. As Danny Duncan C ...

Our Fiscal Soul and the Arithmetic of Protecting the Poor
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

The discussion we are having about “the fiscal cliff” is really a debate about our fiscal soul. What kind of nation do we want to be? The discussion we are having about “the fisca ...

Commission Suggests Ways to Keep Closer Eye on Lavish Ministries
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

A special commission created by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has called for clearer IRS guidance and greater involvement among donors to address “outliers” among congregations and other ...

Effective Sweat-Equity Rural Housing at Risk
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Self-Help Housing, a sweat-equity program that helps groups of low-income people build their own homes, is praised by both sides of the aisle. So why are they planning to slash its funds? ...

The $588 Million I (Thankfully) Didn’t Win
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Even though their effective taxes are lower than they were during the Reagan years and far lower than during the great prosperity of the post-World War II era, the wealthy are lobbying fiercely to pay even les ...

Bishops, Families, and Advocates Meet with Congressman to Protect Poor
Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, three West Virginia bishops joined by families and advocates pressed the state's politicians to protect poor and working families — or, in other words, the “least of these” — during budget batt ...

December 2012 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Product

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December 2012 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 2:23pm | Type: Product

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The Case for Fair Taxes
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Susan Pace Hamill, a Professor at the University of Alabama’s School of Law has recently argued for tax reform based on Judeo-Christian ethics after exposing the unjust tax structure that exploits and oppresse ...

Weaving a Hopeful Future
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

In the West, machines do most of the commercial weaving, not people. In Ethiopia, and elsewhere in the developing world, handloom weaving is most often an occupation for men and one that isn't usually her ...

Standing Up to Goliath
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The Walmart workforce has begun to publicly rattle its chains. THE MEDIA UNIVERSE has bee ...

Loan Stars
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry The new Louisville Loan Club is a way to protect people from the shark pool of payday lenders. ...

Getting Started
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:07pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry Your congregation—large or small—has more to invest than you might expect. WANT TO PUT money to ...

Multiplying Loaves
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:07pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry A small congregation in Kentucky demonstrates how your church may have more money—and power—than you think. ...

#GivingTuesday Aims to Boost Charities
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- In the days following Thanksgiving, there's already Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday shopping season. Now, a group of charities and corp ...

Take Action: Holiday Thanks and Letters in Solidarity
Originally Posted: 11/22/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

This Thanksgiving, as your family holds hands and give thanks and as your church packs Thanksgiving dinner baskets, and this Christmas season churches prepare gift baskets for those Jesus called “The Least of ...

On Scripture: A Different Kind of King
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

and truth” (John 1: 14). No, that couldn’t be! That was jarring – a dissonant sound. Eternal Word clashed ...

Jim Wallis Meets With President Obama, Other Officials, to Discuss Fiscal Cliff
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, met with President Barack Obama and other key officials at the White House on Friday to discuss the fiscal cliff, and urge a fair budget deal that does not harm the ...

Income Inequality Has Risen In Nearly Every State Over The Last Three Decades
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 5:48pm | 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 ...

Catholic Bishops Warn Congress Not to Throw Poor Off ‘Fiscal Cliff’
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

to agree on a broader and more authoritative 14-page statement on economic suffering from the recession. ...

Catholic Bishops Fail to Agree on Statement on the Economy
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

The document was long, coming in at 14 pages, and many said it was dominated by spiritual terminology ...

Church and State for the Homeless
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:12pm | 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 ...

Bono Preaches the Gospel of Social Justice at Georgetown
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

"It changed him," Bono said of St. Ignatius and his conversion experience. "It forced him out of bed and into the world. And that's what I'm hoping happens here in Georgetown with you. ...

Politicians Ignore the Working Poor at Their Peril
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Politicians are ignoring the poor. Eric Sapp writes for The Huffington Post: In recent years, there has been a trend in politics away from any mention of the po ...

Pastor Wanders Streets in Personal Bid to Understand Homelessness
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

Pastor Dustin Buff traded in his job, his house and his sense of security for a backpack, a Bible, a sleeping bag, one change of clothes, identification, and a cell phone. NORMAN, ...

On Scripture: The Value of Chump Change
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The widow we encounter in Mark 12:38-44 provides a case study in poverty and oppression. Unable to confront poverty, we have turned her into something safer – an example of generosity. ...

The Money Map
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The US map according to outside electoral money. We’re all accustomed to the electoral maps of the United States – blue states on both coasts and the upper Midwest, everywhere els ...

Incarceration Nation
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Putting Americans behind bars is becoming an increasingly lucrative business. THE UNITED STATES h ...

From the Archives: December 1974
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Samuel Escobar Spiritualized Poverty WHY IS the message of a poor Galilean preacher “good news for the poor”? ...

The Road to Recovery
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Heather Boushey We know how policymakers can fight unemployment. They're just not doing it. ONE OF THE b ...

November 2012 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Product

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November 2012 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 2:24pm | Type: Product

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If I Had a Million Dollars ...
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help stimulate the economy, what would you do? What would I do? Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help st ...

What Is Left Unsaid in This Campaign
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

How can it be that the Holy Bible refers to helping the poor and vulnerable more than 2,000 times, yet two professing Christians running for president of the United States disregard this unholy scourge? ...

Nurturing An Inner Voice
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice," the old saying goes. I believe it and practice it in my classroom. During my first year as a second-grade te ...

'The Line,' the 47 Percent, and the Food Stamp Professor
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Maybe my story makes me a part of the 47 percent that has grown dependent on government. When I was a 17-year-old senior in high school, I was in several Advanced Placement cours ...