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Getting Serious With the Gospels: Chomsky on the Church

Abel Collins | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Abel Collins

I sat down to discuss a wide range of topics with the idol of my high school days, Noam Chomsky, in early October. This was before the release of Evangelii Gaudium, but after a lot of encouraging words about economic justice from Pope Francis.

The Fight for a Better Health Care System Is Far from Over

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The Affordable Care Act is the end of the beginning of reform. We must not focus solely on ACA implementation while ignoring the corrosive effect many insurance companies have on our health care system.

Farmers Get Last Laugh in Zimbabwe

Drew F. Cohen | Posted 02.03.2014 | World
Drew F. Cohen

In the early 2000s, Zimbabwe's liberation president, Robert Mugabe, encouraged bloody takeovers of large commercial white-owned farms as part of his campaign to redistribute the country's fertile industrial agricultural land to previously disenfranchised blacks.

Was Jesus Homeless?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Artist Timothy Schmalz created a sculpture that was recently praised by Pope Francis I which reminds us that Jesus identifies with the poor.

Pope Francis and Learning to Take Jesus Seriously

Derek Penwell | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Christians claim to believe in a Jesus who spent a great deal of time reaching out to, speaking out for, advocating on behalf of "the least of these." And when his followers don't follow suit... who can blame the onlookers for questioning the whole enterprise?

Too Good to Be True

Emre Celik | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Emre Celik

Does such skepticism further ostracize the 'other' or does it give rise to greater motivation and encouragement for such communities, groups and organizations to be more proactive?

Kony's Surrender, The Hunger Games, Social Justice and Your Teen

Allena Tapia | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Allena Tapia

As a mother and social justice writer, I struggle daily with the balance of wanting to provide my children a healthy cocoon with minimal discomfort, while also preparing them to take on the injustices of the world -- a role I expect them to step up into someday.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

U.S. Catholic Funders: Resist Calls to Abandon Social Justice

Laura Barrett | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Laura Barrett

In the last few years community organizers have learned it's in their self-interest to become astute Vatican watchers. The Catholic Campaign for Human...

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

Getting Our Priorities Straight in Higher Education

John Petillo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
John Petillo

It's tough to get rich saving the world, and graduates committed to social justice have a hard time competing in earned income with their counterparts who study, say, engineering, math and computer science.

Breaking Bread to Build a Movement: Harnessing Philanthropy's Power to Convene

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

As I join families across the country in making preparations for Thanksgiving, I welcome the opportunity to come together with friends and family. To strengthen bonds and buoy spirits, nothing is as powerful as the simple act of breaking bread together.

"The World Would Be a Better Place Without Religion" -- A Sentiment Common on College Campuses

Nick Sexton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Nick Sexton

It's important to remember that even though someone might identify as part of a certain religion, it does not mean that he or she has to accept everything that the religion's figurehead espouses.

Why These Activists Are Fasting Outside The U.S. Capitol

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) As an icy wind whipped the sides of a packed tent, five activists committed themselves Tuesday (Nov. 12) to fast from food and drink ...

Eight Facts You Didn't Know About Child Sex Trafficking

Nathan Harden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nathan Harden

LOVE146--an international charity that provides aftercare and rehabilitation for children rescued from sexual slavery--has collaborated with Nashville-based rock group Band of Love on a new video to increase public awareness on this issue.

Remembering Annie Rawlings: Interfaith Justice Seeker, Beloved Friend

Rev. Chloe Breyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chloe Breyer

Annie Rawlings' work exemplified a kind of "interfaith in the rough" that arises from the compassionate teachings of all the world's great religious traditions.

The Fight for ENDA Has Real Public Health Implications

Paul Kawata | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Kawata

Evidence clearly demonstrates a negative relationship between unemployment and HIV treatment adherence, resulting in poorer health outcomes for unemployed LGBT individuals living with HIV, while also increasing their chances of transmitting the virus to their partners.

Think of SeaTac the Next Time You Fly

Mitch Stewart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mitch Stewart

Exciting things are happening right now in the Seattle-Tacoma area. This Tuesday, voters will decide whether to raise the Seattle-Tacoma minimum wage to $15 per hour, from the current $9.10 per hour mandated in the area

BREAKING: Christians Are Supposed to Love Poor People

Derek Penwell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Christians like me don't care about the poor because we're sentimental or because we're soft on lazy people, but because we're hard-headed and stubborn about taking Jesus at his word.

Can a Movie Help a Nation Confront Its Hidden Past?

Matt Easton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Matt Easton

It's shocking, but that very overreach may be the most effective way to tear down decades of myth-making. You can't defeat propaganda with more propaganda, or even always with the truth, but you can use it against itself.

D.C. Must Plan a Way to Serve Minor Children on Freezing Nights

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 12.16.2013 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

From February to May of 2013, one local youth service provider turned away at least 150 unaccompanied minor children due to lack of emergency shelter space, many of whom also had children of their own.

Don't Miss the Chance to Impact Justice

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren

In my experience as a lawyer in the public interest sector and as a judge working on behalf of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system, I can attest that social reform and progress comes hard, if it comes at all.

Beyond Soccer: Evolving the Game for Social Impact

Santiago Halty | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Santiago Halty

Besides allowing millions of boys and girls across the U.S.A. to make friends, learn new leadership skills and stay healthy, can soccer also be leveraged to tackle some of the current most important social problems?

Faithful Filibuster: Christian Leaders Read Scripture, Exhort Congress To Care For Poor

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 10.10.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Under a cloudy and drizzly sky, across the street from the U.S. Capitol, David Beckmann read passages from the prophet Isaiah. “Comfort, co...

Assessing the Value of a College Degree?

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Now in its second week, Washington is no closer to ending the government shutdown. Prior to the shutdown there had been some heated conversation about...