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Christian Social Justice

Why Blisters Can Be Good

Rev. Jerry Campbell | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Rev. Jerry Campbell

For someone who sits most of the day, walking 12 miles in temperatures that surpassed the 100-degree mark made for a long journey! But I met some wonderful, dedicated individuals who have been suffering conditions worse than I imagined.

The Scandal Of Publix and The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: A Christian Critique

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Like Rev. Thomas, I'm part of a growing movement of people who realize that there is a moral dimension to capitalism

Big Beasts And Little Prophets: Activists Cooling Down The War Machine With Holy Water

Shane Claiborne | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

What are we doing to interrupt injustice? What are we doing to get in the way of violence and death and war? What are we doing to transform weapons into farm tools?

God Is Missing From The Republican Platform

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.07.2012 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Republicans have made much about the word "God" in the Democratic platform. Like the Pharisees, they stand ostentatiously in the front of the synagogue, congratulating themselves on their righteousness. But I have looked, and I cannot find God in the GOP platform.

A Call To Transform Politics

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

Jesus said the greatest commandment was to "Love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself." In a Democratic Republic, our politics have the power to love, hurt or even oppress our neighbor.

Crossing The Boundaries Of Faith To Fight Poverty

Richard Stearns | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Richard Stearns

We don't always see eye to eye, but there is no reason why people of good will cannot partner with people of good faith.

Poverty: Should The Government Be Responsible For Caring For The Poor?

Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion

HuffPost Live will be taking a comprehensive look at the persistence of poverty in America Aug. 29 and Sept. 5 from 12-4 p.m. EDT and 6-10 p.m. EDT. ...

Christians Should Agree On Health Care -- In Cuba

Timothy Kennel Shenk | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Timothy Kennel Shenk

Christians on both sides of the Straits of Florida should keep up the pressure on our governments to make amends. After half a century of enmity, that might seem unlikely. But we all follow someone who works miracles.

Nunzilla To 'You Go Girl': A Tale Of Sisters

Katherine Marshall | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The LCWR and its members are happy to see their public image shift from a nunzilla model of the stern unbudging nun to the caring teacher, professor, social worker, nurse or hospital administrator.

Reclaiming The Faith Tradition Of Hospitality

Wayne Meisel | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Many of these volunteers represent the best of the next generation. Yet they often arrive at their assigned site knowing little about the community and with little to no local support system.

Celebrating The 100th Birthday Of Clarence Jordan

Kirk Lyman-Barner | Posted 10.12.2012 | Religion
Kirk Lyman-Barner

His Koinonia Farm continues today, striving to be a demonstration plot for the Kingdom of God focusing on farming, food, peacemaking and is seen a model community for the New Monastic Movement.

We Stand With The Nuns

Emilie Haertsch | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Emilie Haertsch

We will put up with a lot from Rome, but when you start disciplining nuns for carrying out the Gospel message, that's where the American Catholic laity draws the line.

Lisa Sharon Harper: 'Paul Ryan's Plan Breaks My Heart' (VIDEO)

Travis Reed | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion
Travis Reed

I'm all for business, I own one, but "the market" is not righteous. No limits, profit-driven activity falls short Kingdom imagination-wise, needing have-nots and under abundance to drive it's model.

Jesus And Medicaid

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Rick Lowery, Ph.D.

Several governors say they'll reject federal money to insure health care for low-income families. Since many of them are very public about their Christian faith, it's appropriate to ask how their decision stacks up to to the morals of Jesus.

Food, Farms And Faith

Genny Rowley | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Genny Rowley

Every five years, the Farm Bill, legislation with enormous ecological and social impact, comes up for reauthorization in Congress. To date, there has been little comment from faith leaders, likely due to lack of awareness about the bill's importance.

Physical Churches: Do They Matter Anymore?

Jeremy John | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

If there are so many churches here, why does America look so unlike the Kingdom of God? Why are we strangers to our neighbors? Why do we have homeless poor among us? Why do sweatshops produce the majority of our goods?

Danger: A Different Kind Of Summer Mission Trip

Jo Kadlecek | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Jo Kadlecek

More than 20 journalists and 36 lawyers have been murdered in the past three years. Yet more than 1 million individuals from across the U.S. travel here each summer on a mission trip. With so much good will happening, why haven't crime rates decreased?

Our Commitment To Justice Requires Letting Go Of Fear

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

The challenge for all Christians today is not to fall into the temptation of always being liked by all. To announce and to denounce is part of the prophetic work of Christ's Church.

Learning To Give During Difficult Times

Eric Simpson | Posted 09.14.2012 | Religion
Eric Simpson

Economic hardship is an opportunity to truly give, not only from our own abundance, but from our own poverty -- even if it's just a gallon of gas, or some attention to someone who needs it.

Will the Real Ms. Middle Class Please Stand Up?

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

While Jesus loves everybody, there is no Christian tradition of teaching God's "preferential option for the middle class." For Christians, it's still about the poorest and most vulnerable, and here is why these tax issues matter to those Jesus called "the least of these."

Affordable Care Act Is Step In Right Direction

Greg Damhorst | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Greg Damhorst

We all know that health care is a complex issue with no easy answer. But I'm concerned that Christians are not asking the right question. The people who stand to benefit from the ACA have been forgotten, ignored and overlooked.

St. Benedict vs. Rugged Individualism

Thomas Worcester | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

For Americans given over to unlimited individualism and a loud, relentless acquisition of material things, St. Benedict may be difficult to accept, but he offers a precious example of a life more fully human.

Health Care And Judgement Day, Revisited

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

The Supreme Court has levied its judgment: States can opt out, but they cannot prevent the nation from offering its citizens the health and care worthy of every human being made in the image of God.

Universal Health Care Is A Moral Imperative

Eric Simpson | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Eric Simpson

To claim that its implementation shouldn't be "coerced" because it takes away the aspect of "charity" is tantamount to saying that coercing slave-owners to free their slaves also impinged on their right to love their slaves and free them of their own volition.

Top 10 Things I Learned From The Wild Goose

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

If I had any doubts about the future of social activism in an so-called age of disenchantment, they were banished by the time the festival drew to a close Sunday night.