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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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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
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November 2012 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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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 ...

Ethiopia: How Foreign Aid Has Helped a Generation
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 6:41pm | Type: Blog

LALIBELA, Ethiopia -- You know the images you have in your mind of Ethiopia from 27 years ago? The ones from the nightly news reports on TV about the famine in the Horn of Africa as the death toll mounted and ...

What Americans Think About U.S. Foreign Aid Might Surprise You
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 8:23am | Type: Blog

It might come as a surprise to learn that less than one percent of the U.S. budget is spent on foreign assistance. It might even be shocking to discover that, despite this relatively small amount, these funds ...

Watch the Vote: Is the Voting Rights Act Still Needed?
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

African Americans. The 13 th Amendment abolished slavery. The 14 th Amendment granted citizenship ...

Serving Joyfully
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

How could he do something as mundane as washing dishes and do it with joy? Washing dishes. This is how I remember Momadu. Washing dishes is a chore, you know. In the pre-dishwa ...

Death Penalty for Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ doesn’t come up very often in discussions about wrongful convictions in America, but as California voters prepare to go to the polls to vote on Proposition 34 which would ban th ...

Standing Up for the Vulnerable: A Community Response to 'The Line'
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

On a conference call with people from across the nation who held screenings of The Line, you could hear frustrations mounting from people struggling with the challenge of reducing poverty in America. ...

Educating Girls Reduces Poverty.
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 7:04pm | Type: Blog

One of the surest ways to reduce poverty is to provide an education for girls. It’s been said before, but it’s worth saying again. One of the surest ways to reduce poverty is to p ...

Meeting the Demands of a New Generation of Christian Leaders
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 8:30pm | Type: Blog

Part of the theology was there already for the CCDA. A deep faith in the lordship of Jesus Christ coupled with a desire to love one's neighbor — especially the vulnerable — has long drawn people to work w ...

Ethiopia: Motherhood is Powerful, Precious
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

Sunday afternoon, after us ONE Moms dropped our luggage at the hotel, piled into our chartered bus, and drove to the outskirts of the city to the Mary Joy Aid Through Development Association, I met my Ethiopia ...

To Free a Mockingbird
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view," says Harper Lee through Atticus, "until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." ...

Ethiopia: God Is Even Bigger Than We Think
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:39pm | Type: Blog

My flight's about to board for Ethiopia. I'm not looking for anything or anyone. I'm going with an open hand and heart. And I know — more than I ever could express in words — that God is even bi ...

BREAKING: Jobless Rate Falls
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

Unemployment falls to 7.8 percent. The U.S. jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, the lowest since January 2009, President Obama’s first month in office. The Associated ...

Documentary on Poverty Seeks to Smash Stereotypes, Refocus Election
Originally Posted: 01/11/2013 - 5:43pm | Type: Press

October 4, 2012 Sojo in the News Napp Nazworth ...

Priorities of the First Presidential Debate: Q & A with Marianne Williamson
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 7:29pm | Type: Blog

Marianne Williamson, a bestselling author and convener of the upcoming Sister Giant conference on women and politics, has called on President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney to address “a meaningful arra ...

BREAKING: Pa. Voter ID Law Blocked
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

PA Voter ID law blocked from being enforced. A Commonwealth judge this morning blocked a Pennsylvania law requiring a photo ID to vote from being enforced in the upcoming election ...

Let's Talk Poverty in the Debate
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 10:06pm | Type: Blog

In Wednesday's debate, how will the words that are said and the positions that are staked out affect the 46 million people in our country living in poverty? Tomorrow night is ...

On the Incalculable Power of the People
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

While speech is free, the influence of common people connected through community is beyond calculation, and such a movement is needed to ensure our government is truly of the people, by the people, and for the ...