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Helping the Poor

Destroying "Trump's" Freedom Tower of Babel

Jonathan Walton | Posted 12.17.2016 | Home
Jonathan Walton

I will look at my schedule and bring my fear of failure to Jesus and then sacrifice my time for the neighbor in my midst and the wake of the systemic impact of my existence. I will take up my cross and follow Jesus and give Him my all because He gave His all for me.

Presbyterians Don't Have a Pope, But I'm a Fan of Francis

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 09.11.2016 | Home
Henry G. Brinton

Pope Francis is coming to Washington this month, and his visits will range from the White House to a homeless shelter. Although I am a Presbyterian pastor and don't pledge obedience to the pope, I am a fan of Francis.

A Chance Encounter

Nathan Timmel | Posted 08.20.2016 | Home
Nathan Timmel

Kayla wouldn't have normally been shopping at this particular grocery store, because it was known as the "ghetto location." It was nearing the Four...

"I Don't Need Your Help" -- But What if He Really Does?

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 05.27.2016 | Home
Jan DeBlieu

"As a child raised in an alcoholic home," Grace's message began, "I never learned the correct response to certain situations. I would not ask for help, and if offered help would often decline, afraid of the person's motives."

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Home
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

The Value of a "Simple Human Kindness"

Eric Cope | Posted 04.10.2015 | Home
Eric Cope

Smile Squared's nonprofit partners distribute our donated toothbrushes around the world, allowing us to carry out our buy-one, give-one mission and he...

Giving Money to Strangers Changed My Perspective

Mandy Fishburn | Posted 03.30.2015 | Home
Mandy Fishburn

I was caught in a moment of raw humanity. I was not staring into the eyes of a junkie. I was not staring into the eyes of a con man. I was looking into the eyes of a fellow human being who was suffering and who was grateful for my help.

Family Ditches Suburbs To Live In Trailer Park So They Can Help Neighbors In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.14.2015 | Home

Not every family would choose to swap the picture-perfect suburban life to move into a mobile home, but the Dejewskis do things differently. The fa...

Marathon Training: Lessons in Pain and Empathy

Cliff Hsia | Posted 02.28.2015 | Home
Cliff Hsia

A marathon is 26.2 miles in distance and takes the average runner approximately four to five hours to complete. In that amount of time and distance, a runner will shed roughly two pounds of body weight. Running a marathon is hard. Training for a marathon is even harder.

Why One Woman Gave $100 Bills to Strangers

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 12.17.2014 | Home
Jan DeBlieu

Jill Ginsberg didn't know any of the people to whom she handed this money. It simply seemed to her that they needed it -- and that she needed to give it away.

It Really Is THIS Easy to Help the Homeless But Why Do None of Us Do It?

Unwritten | Posted 12.17.2014 | Home

The Philippines -- a place I used to call home. There was no place like it. But that was fourteen years ago. Fourteen years ago, my parents worked hard to pave our way to go abroad. Our new destination: Canada.

Chris Christie's Professed Priorities

Duncan Hosie | Posted 11.29.2014 | Home
Duncan Hosie

In Christie's world, taxpayers cannot afford $7.5 million for women's reproductive health care. But these same taxpayers are on the hook for the $7 million bill of his Bridgegate defense lawyers, who charge $350 an hour.

The Beauty Within: Helping the Poor Often Means Looking Past an Ugly Exterior

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 10.12.2014 | Home
Jan DeBlieu

I've seen the blight and hopelessness. But I've also met people there who are working with the poor -- and in the process creating miracles. This makes me wonder what qualities they have that the rest of us lack.

Why We Need To Reassess Our Notion Of Charity

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 06.23.2014 | Home

It is one of the seven virtues of Christianity. It used to have a central place in Roman ethics and Judaism as well. Today, we remain deeply impressed...

Which Is It, Crude Oil Price, Features Oil Price, or Spot Price of Oil?

Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie | Posted 04.21.2014 | Home
Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie

Why is it that after a long period of unprecedented monetary policy initiative of $85 billion monthly expenditures to buy back government securities -- granted that it is being trimmed down -- we have not witnessed a significant economic growth and still arguing about the direction of job creation?

A Birdbrained Approach to Income Inequities

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 03.23.2014 | Home
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Admittedly, pecking order is a rule of nature, even though our American forefathers promoted the concept that "all men are created equal." That is not so today in our country where the biggest bird not only has the advantage of eating the most seed, but shrieking if the little birds attempt to eat at all.

Baptism, Righteousness and the War on Poverty: A 2014 Epiphany (Matthew 3:13-17)

Roger Nam | Posted 03.08.2014 | Home
Roger Nam

Matthew 3:13-17 calls us to live out righteousness in a much more integrative way than arbitrary handouts or following the tweets of OXFAM. We are to prepare and eat every meal in righteousness.

Honoring the Poor?

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 02.01.2014 | Home
Alisha L. Gordon

I think about this scripture as we begin to celebrate the forthcoming holidays. How have we shifted the way we show honor? Is it true in spirit, bestowed to those who are deserving or have we become misaligned with the hopes of attaining a false sense of belonging?

When Winning or Losing Isn't Enough

Robert Hoch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Robert Hoch

What does a theologian have to say about the current impasse in Washington D.C.? Maybe I would say, "There's a kingdom that breaks bread and there's a kingdom that withholds bread -- our government seems to be the latter."

Where's the Beef? Obama's Valentine to Early Education

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 04.17.2013 | Home
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

As James Heckman says, kids pick up the "soft skills" in preschool that allow them to work with others. "Valuable skills like how to resolve conflicts, how to share, how to negotiate, and how to talk things out."

Another City Considers Criminalizing Homelessness

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 03.12.2013 | Home
Bobbie Ibarra

So once again, both in Miami and throughout the country, there are efforts to pass local ordinances that would make the innocent everyday actions of individuals experiencing homelessness criminal.

It's Time to Ask the World's Poor What They Really Want

Ben Leo | Posted 11.18.2012 | Home
Ben Leo

Groups like ONE are pushing for a What the World Wants Poll, a standardized set of questions that would be answered in both developing and developed countries. The resulting data would give a serious boost of credibility and relevance to the post-2015 framework discussions.

Thou Shalt Not Live By Street Food Alone

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

I NEED ADVICE: 'My Husband And I Can No Longer Support His Mother'

Jim T. Miller | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: What resources can you recommend for locating government assistance programs for seniors? My husband and I have been helping support his mother for the past three years and we can't afford to do it any longer.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Senator Says Few Americans 'Really Need Help' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.19.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON -- One of the Senate GOP's leading budget mavens unveiled Wednesday the party's plan for cutting aid to the poor by $440 billion, saying th...