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Christian Social Justice

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.

PHOTOS: Wild Goose Festival 2012

Lauren Pond | Posted 08.28.2012 | Religion
Lauren Pond

More than 2,200 people flocked to the rolling hills of Pittsboro, N.C., last week for second annual Wild Goose Festival. The event brought together activists, artists and believers for four days of creativity, social justice and theological discussion.

The March Against Torture, Guantanamo And Indefinite Detention

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

As a Presbyterian minister and as a leader in the interfaith effort to end torture forever, I look forward to the day when observances of Torture Awareness Month can speak of U.S.-sponsored torture as a relic of the past.

Challenging The Church To Stop AIDS

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

For many years, my friend and colleague Don E. Messer has challenged the Church to break the conspiracy of silence about the global AIDS crisis. As we approach the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., I am particularly grateful

Thou Shalt Not Live By Street Food Alone

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Just like Jesus, you and I know what it's like to be tempted. We know what it's like to have a hunger for something we want, something that others might say we need, but that we know will serve only to distract or derail us.

The Superhero Summit: G8 Leaders’ Chance To Change The World For Good

Richard Stearns | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Will the G8 leaders at Camp David be able to overcome their own internal disputes and the ongoing challenges of the global economy in order to partner with African governments to save the 1 billion people in the world suffering from hunger?

Caring For Poor People: Should The Church Do It Alone?

David Beckmann | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
David Beckmann

It's time for members of Congress to say they're going to do their part and support legislation that creates a circle of protection around programs that are vital to hungry and poor people.

10 Ways To Care For The Needy

Lorie Newman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Lorie Newman

Whether it's across the street, across the church pew or across the world, all of us have the power to reach just one needy person.

My Neighbor's Faith: The Value of a Peso

Miguel De La Torre, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2012 | Religion
Miguel De La Torre, Ph.D.

When those who have so little do their faith by providing for those who have even less; those of us privileged by class should be profoundly humbled. It is the privileged who see the oppressed and do nothing that are the ones that do not know God.

Faith In Action DC: Msgr. John Enzler Of Catholic Charities of Washington

Jack Gordon | Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion
Jack Gordon

The President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington explains how we see the face of Christ through serving "the least of these."

God Has Not Forgotten Sarajevo

Tihomir Kukolja | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Tihomir Kukolja

I wonder if Jesus walks the streets of an imprisoned and wounded Sarajevo? I cannot help but love those dedicated volunteers of Adventist Development and Relief Agency. No doubt they are fulfilling Jesus' commission.

Remembering The LA Riots With Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray Of F.A.M.E

Varun Soni | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Varun Soni

During the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, the Rev. Dr. Cecil "Chip" Murray became a household name as the city's most visible and effective peacemaker. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with him to discuss the impact and legacy of the riots for South Los Angeles.

Q Conference To Present Different Face Of Evangelical Activism

Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion

By Yonat Shimron Religion News Service (RNS) Gabe Lyons thinks Christian culture warriors are on the wrong path. His sixth annual Q Conferen...

When The NAACP Came To Lunch

Franklin Graham | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Franklin Graham

Recently, I hosted 20 representatives of the NAACP for lunch at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C. I came away with a better understanding of our differences and a commitment to work together on important challenges in our country.