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A Wave of Prayer to End Hunger, Protect SNAP

David Beckmann | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
David Beckmann

Christians of the world are calling on our leaders to act. We are not asking for anything more than we know can be done. Join us in prayer at noon on Dec. 10 and together we can create a world in which the lowly are lifted up and the hungry are filled.

The 'S' Word, the 'D' Word and 12 Years a Slave

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

McQueen's unflinching revelation of Northup's struggle to maintain his dignity under the oppressive institution of slavery is a chance for Americans to engage the conversation we so desperately need -- the conversation about the "s" word -- "slavery."

Questioning the Bible: What I Would Have Said to Bill Maher

Derek Flood | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Derek Flood

Now, I'm a big fan of Jim Wallis and I appreciate that he moved the conversation away from Maher's attempted divisiveness and back to caring for the poor and immigration reform in this country. At the same time, I think the question Bill Maher was raising is an important one, too.

Star Trek Demands Path Out Of The Darkness

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

"Star Trek Into Darkness" does what Star Trek has always done best: holds up a mirror to the United States and asks, "Are we the moral people we want to be?"

Jaweed Kaleem

Prominent Christian Leader On Faith's Role In Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- A little over a year ago, during some of the most heated moments of the presidential election, the Rev. Jim Wallis went on a three-month s...

Jimmy Carter vs. The Southern Baptist Convention: A Sea Change?

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The first step toward seeing the objectification, other-ization and suppression of women is recognizing the problem still exists. With persistence and some time, this tide which has begun to turn will be irreversibly altered for the better.

Remembering Gordon Cosby

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

"A deep inner sickness has taken over when we can't feel the suffering of those who are enduring structural violence every hour. We are in the psychol...

God, Cellphones, Quarterly Earnings and the Search for the Common Good

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Arianna Huffington

"Our life together can be better." That's the opening sentence of an important new book by Jim Wallis called On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good. Wallis wrote it while taking a three-month sabbatical last year, in the midst of the 2012 election -- a break that allowed him to get a broader perspective on what was going on in American public life. The book draws inspiration from Abraham Lincoln's famous line: "[M]y concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side..." For Wallis, the key to being on God's side is a focus on the common good. But, as Wallis saw vividly during his sabbatical, that doesn't seem to be the direction things are currently headed in our country. Instead of strengthening our commitment to equality, social justice, and our sense of unity as a nation, our public and political discourse is breaking us apart.

Making New Year's Resolutions Based on Love

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 12.28.2012 | Good News
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Whatever belief system you have in place and whatever word you use for that which is bigger than us -- I hope you'll take the time to bring the true spirit of Hanukkah and Christmas into your New Year.

A US-Europe Free Trade Deal Allows US to Rethink Immigration Policy

Iain Murray | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Iain Murray

Momentum seems to be gaining this week on the idea of a Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA). But if the joint White House-European Union committee exploring the topic is to be of any value, it needs to examine a key corollary to free trade -- labor mobility.

Poll: Voters Want Leader to Prioritize Working Poor Families

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 12.28.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Americans recognize a problem when we see it. But what happens when that problem continues to worsen year after year, and leaders are reluctant to spe...

Q&A: About Those Pro-Muslim Subway Ads

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 10.08.2012 | New York

As announced last week, a series of pro-Muslim advertising campaigns urging religious tolerance are expected to be unveiled in New York City's subway ...

IMAGE: Pro-Muslim Ads Going Up Next To 'Savage' Ads

Posted 12.05.2012 | New York

Two religious groups have produced pro-Muslim advertising campaigns to be unveiled in New York City's subway system. The ads are meant as a response t...

Todd Akin, There's A Christian Seminary That Wants Its Diploma Back

Rose Marie Berger | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Rose Marie Berger

I have a hard time understanding how the son of a Presbyterian minister, who has a Master of Divinity from a prominent Christian seminary, has no qualms about putting his political agenda ahead of the truth and well being of women.

What Is An Evangelical?

Sojourners | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion

Most of my friends knew evangelicalism only through the big, bellicose voices of TV preachers and religio-political activists such as Pat Robertson, t...

Penn State's Massive Moral Failure to Put the Most Vulnerable First Instead of Last

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.15.2012 | Sports
Jim Wallis

Big sports at big colleges are big business for both the schools and the surrounding communities. The control and protection of money in so many of our institutions is a leading cause of institutional moral failure -- and the Penn State scandal is a colossal moral failure.

Deconstructing Harry Jackson: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "The Doctrine of Devils"?

Timothy King | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Timothy King

"I don't think Bishop Jackson is offended by my ideology but by scripture itself. If he wants to toss out what the Bible has to say about wealth and poverty he might as well toss out the whole book..."

An Open Letter to the Occupiers from a Veteran Troublemaker

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

You have awakened the sleeping giant, too long dormant, but ever present, deep in the American democratic spirit. You have given voice and space to the unspoken feelings of countless others about something that has gone terribly wrong in our society.

Praying for Peace and Looking for Jesus at #OccupyWallStreet

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.06.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Here are a few things I know about the Occupy Wall Street protesters: When they stand with the poor, they stand with Jesus. When they stand with the hungry, they stand with Jesus. When they stand for those without a job or a home, they stand with Jesus.

Jaweed Kaleem

What Is God's Role In The Jobs Crisis?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion

DURHAM, N.C. -- As the nation struggles with 9.1 percent unemployment and President Barack Obama pushes a $447 billion job creation bill, a new survey...

Jaweed Kaleem

Prominent Evangelicals Make Appeal Ahead Of 9/11

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion

NEW YORK -- As Americans continue to debate the controversial decision by New York City officials to not include clergy-recited prayers in the Sept. 1...

The Christian Faith Of Senator Mark Hatfield

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

A faithful Baptist who loved the Lord, you could not find a more committed follower of Christ. He spoke often of his faith but was also critical of those who tried to turn faith into something purely political.

Matthew 25: Why We Went To The White House

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.21.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Whenever a new budget or deficit reduction proposal is put forth, somebody should ask how it will impact the poorest and most vulnerable. This is a biblical question, a fair question and a question of justice.

Jaweed Kaleem

Obama Prays With Pastors Who Tell Him To Protect the Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion

As President Barack Obama and members of Congress continue heated negotiations over the debt ceiling and deficit reduction, a coalition of Christian c...

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions, between those who believe in the common good, and those who believe individual good is the only good. It's time our leaders in Washington listen to someone other then themselves.