iOS app Android app

Christian Social Justice

Faith And Service: Healing The Great Divorce

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

As service became a defining aspect of growing up in America, the infrastructure moved from the church to the schools and became so secularized that conversations around faith were discouraged -- even taboo.

The Value of Chump Change: Mark 12:38-44

Greg Carey | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

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.

Hope And Love: The New Moral Majority

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

It was a very long, tense election night. But ultimately, hope and love won. Misogyny, racism and homophobia lost. The people of the United States voted, and on sexual justice issues, we are the new moral majority.

Goodbye, Christian America; Hello, True Christianity

Richard Stearns | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Christians can stop worrying about the symbols of the decline of Christian America and get back to the mission Jesus gave us to show the world a different way to live -- a way that demonstrates the great character of God.

George McGovern And The Social Gospel Movement To End Hunger

Chris Herlinger | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

The death of George McGovern -- the son of a Methodist minister and himself briefly a seminary student at a Methodist institution -- is a reminder of the good of that Protestant reform impulse, rooted in the Social Gospel movements of the early and mid-20th century.

FaithStreet: A Company Connecting Communities

Diana Mao | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Diana Mao

FaithStreet is doing something right: connecting people to churches and empowering churches to serve even more people in the community, increasing the common good.

Christ In The Cotton Patch: Clarence Jordan And Koinonia Farm

Casey N. Cep | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Casey N. Cep

This is a Jesus who, like Jordan, would not tolerate segregation. A Christ who, like Clarence, would not abide economic injustice.

Hope From The Killing Fields

Jack Levison | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Jack Levison

At a time of global crisis, when so many children are poor, so many parents hopeless, so many nations teetering on the brink of genocide, perhaps these reflections about my visit to Cambodia will bring a glimmer of hope from the Killing Fields.

Meeting The Demands Of A New Generation Of Christian Leaders

Tim Suttle | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Born out of the traditions of the civil rights movement, the Christian Community Development Association is now engaging a new generation of pastors, prophets and ministers. This next generation of CCDA will naturally look somewhat different from previous generations.

Standing On Holy Ground

World Vision | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion
World Vision

Though he was being bestowed with the high honor of an international peace prize in front of dignitaries and soldiers, he humbly knelt down to ask for mercy. I could think of nothing else to do than to take off my shoes.

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. ED...

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.