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3 Things Your Church Can Do to Curb Hunger, Obesity
3 Things Your Church Can Do to Curb Hunger, Obesity

By: Zach Dawes
On numerous fronts, hunger and obesity are reaching alarming numbers, yet the relationship between malnourishment and obesity is complex. Here are 3 things your church can do to combat these trends.

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Global Hunger on the Rise after Decade of Decline
Global Hunger on the Rise after Decade of Decline

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The number of people experiencing hunger rose for the first time in a decade, a U.N. report said. A total of 815 million people experienced hunger last year, an increase of 38 million from 2015.

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U.S. Food Insecurity Declined in 2016, but Millions Still at Risk
U.S. Food Insecurity Declined in 2016, but Millions Still at Risk

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Although food insecurity in the U.S. declined for the fifth straight year, more than 15 million households still had inadequate access to food during 2016, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual report.

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Clean Water, Proper Sanitation Essential to Ending Poverty
Clean Water, Proper Sanitation Essential to Ending Poverty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Expanding access to clean water, along with proper sanitation and hygiene systems, is essential to ending global poverty, but often there is a gap between policy and implementation, a report states.

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What is Your Church Doing for Labor Day Services?
What is Your Church Doing for Labor Day Services?

By: Zach Dawes
To aid local churches and their leaders in preparing for the Labor Day holiday, EthicsDaily.com is running a two-part series this week, starting with this column featuring resources to help plan holiday services.

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Churches' Feeding, Clothing Ministries Are Most Visible
Churches' Feeding, Clothing Ministries Are Most Visible

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Feeding the hungry and clothing the poor are among the most visible local church ministries in the U.S., LifeWay Research says. At least half of all surveyed U.S. adults said they knew those ministries were taking place.

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Faith Community Fights for Payday Lending Reform
Faith Community Fights for Payday Lending Reform

By: Stephen K. Reeves
The faith community has led the calls for reform for the payday and auto title lending industry from the beginning. They've seen the consequences of the excessive interest rates that these businesses charge.

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Report: U.S. Child Well-Being Improved in 11 of 16 Areas
Report: U.S. Child Well-Being Improved in 11 of 16 Areas

By: EthicsDaily Staff
U.S. children have seen improvement over the past five years in 11 of 16 areas that serve as key indicators of well-being, a report said. Overall, children saw gains in economic well-being and health.

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20 Percent of Children in High-Income Nations Live in Poverty
20 Percent of Children in High-Income Nations Live in Poverty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Based on an analysis of 41 nations, a significant number of children in these high-income nations are impoverished and experiencing food insecurity, a new United Nations report says.

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The Danger of Putting Me-First in the Driver's Seat
The Danger of Putting Me-First in the Driver's Seat

By: Zach Dawes
A sense of responsibility for the common good of the world and everyone in it has taken a back seat to immediate progress for the individual person, group or nation. But this me-first mindset isn't sustainable.

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U.S. Faith Groups Respond to Trump's Proposed Budget
U.S. Faith Groups Respond to Trump's Proposed Budget

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The U.S. faith community has reacted to President Trump's budget proposal. Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and Islamic leaders responded primarily with concern and critique.

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Like All Presidents' Budgets, Trump Offers Mixed Bag
Like All Presidents' Budgets, Trump Offers Mixed Bag

By: Zach Dawes
We should praise President Trump's desire to rein in spending and reduce the national deficit, but we should also scrutinize and, when necessary, critique the means by which his administration proposes to do so.

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Report: Food Insecurity Driving Global Migration
Report: Food Insecurity Driving Global Migration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Food insecurity is a complex reality. Not only does it often grow out of armed conflicts, it also contributes to them. Food insecurity and conflict must be considered together, and a U.N. report offers six solutions.

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Why Do You Not Hear More About Rich Privilege?
Why Do You Not Hear More About Rich Privilege?

By: Roger Olson
While white privilege and male privilege are legitimate areas of concern, you hear little about rich privilege. Having wealth, or appearing to have wealth, gives one automatic privileged status.

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What the Poor Taught Me About Faith
What the Poor Taught Me About Faith

By: Rupen Das
Understanding the faith of the poor is intriguing and challenging. What many seek is a God who cares for them in their desperation and destitution, enabling them to live their lives with a semblance of dignity.

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1 in 4 Children Will Have Difficulty Accessing Clean Water
1 in 4 Children Will Have Difficulty Accessing Clean Water

By: EthicsDaily Staff
An estimated 600 million children - that's one in four - will struggle to access potable water by 2040 if current trends continue, a UNICEF report says. Thirty-six nations currently struggle with sufficient access to clean water.

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Handing Out Cash Won't Help People Who Beg - Part 2
Handing Out Cash Won't Help People Who Beg - Part 2

By: Jon Kuhrt
When interacting with people who beg, Christians are often seen as soft touches. While we should help people in need and be as human and kind as possible, Christians need to stop being doormats.

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Handing Out Cash Won't Help People Who Beg - Part 1
Handing Out Cash Won't Help People Who Beg - Part 1

By: Jon Kuhrt
Pope Francis recently said it's "always right" to give money to people who are begging. While helping people in need is always right, it must be done in a way that actually helps them.

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South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration
South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist and Catholic leaders have addressed the United Nations' Feb. 20 formal declaration of famine in South Sudan, noting government complicity in the crises plaguing the African nation.

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UN: Despite Gains, Eradicating Poverty, Hunger Still Illusive
UN: Despite Gains, Eradicating Poverty, Hunger Still Illusive

By: EthicsDaily Staff
While millions still live in extreme poverty and billions remain malnourished, population increases, conflicts and climate change threaten natural resources and food security.

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Love Across Borders: Ministering to Immigrants in Poverty
Love Across Borders: Ministering to Immigrants in Poverty

By: Edgardo Martinez
First Baptist Church of El Paso, Texas, ministers to immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. Moving beyond charitable acts, they are also challenging a system that causes poverty and other injustices.

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What's God's Vision for Just and Fair Economy?
What's God's Vision for Just and Fair Economy?

By: Drew Smith
While Christians can disagree about how to create an economy that is more just and fair, we cannot deny that Jesus was clear about what constituted God's vision of a just and fair economy.

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Operation Inasmuch Packs Food for Hungry
Operation Inasmuch Packs Food for Hungry

By: David Crocker
For two decades, Operation Inasmuch has mobilized congregations in 22 states to minister to people in need. The ministry now offers a new way that churches can help - packaging nutritious meals for distribution.

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U.S. Homelessness Declines; Emergency Food Requests Up
U.S. Homelessness Declines; Emergency Food Requests Up

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Emergency food requests increased in 2016, even as overall homelessness rates continued to decline, a new report said. The leading reasons for the increase? Low wages and high housing costs.

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British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now
British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now

By: Paul Hobson
The leader of the Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined other faith leaders from that nation to urge government leaders to take immediate action to deliver aid to up to 250,000 civilians in Aleppo.

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Report: Hunger, Poverty Down; 'Daunting Challenges' Remain
Report: Hunger, Poverty Down; 'Daunting Challenges' Remain

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Although hunger and poverty are being addressed more effectively than any other time in history, daunting challenges - including global conflict and climate change - pose significant barriers to eradicating them.

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Faith-Based Advisory Council's Anti-Poverty Recommendations
Faith-Based Advisory Council's Anti-Poverty Recommendations

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Ending poverty requires coordinated and sustained efforts between government as well as faith-based and community groups and must involve and empower those facing poverty and inequality, an advisory council said.

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Report: Majority of People in Extreme Poverty Are Under 17
Report: Majority of People in Extreme Poverty Are Under 17

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A total of 767 million people worldwide in extreme poverty, defined as a household living on less than $1.90 per day per person. And 385 million of them, half of them, are 17 years old or younger.

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Report: Extreme Global Poverty Declines, Inequality Remains High
Report: Extreme Global Poverty Declines, Inequality Remains High

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Decades of progress in reducing extreme global poverty have been hindered by a continued high rate of income inequality, a report found, with steps to promote shared prosperity seeing mixed results.

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U.S. Food Insecurity Down, Still Above Prerecession Levels
U.S. Food Insecurity Down, Still Above Prerecession Levels

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A total of 15.8 million homes, or 12.7 percent of U.S. households, suffered from food insecurity in 2015. That's down from a high point of 14.9 percent in 2011, but still above pre-recession levels.

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Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 2
Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 2

By: Rupen Das
While the Bible places responsibility for social justice on society as a whole, the poor need to exercise the rights already given to them and to continue pursuing a more perfect justice.

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Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 1
Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 1

By: Rupen Das
Nowhere in Scripture does God encourage or exhort the poor to seek justice. Throughout the Bible, the responsibility for social justice and care for the poor and those on the margins of life is on society as a whole.

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Microfinance Industry: Predatory Lending Practices?
Microfinance Industry: Predatory Lending Practices?

By: Zach Dawes
Predatory lending practices within the U.S. payday loan industry are becoming more widely recognized as advocates push for reforms. But how widespread is the problem within the microfinance industry?

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Circle of Protection Request Meeting With Clinton, Trump to Discuss Hunger and Poverty
Circle of Protection Request Meeting With Clinton, Trump to Discuss Hunger and Poverty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Circle of Protection seeks a meeting with both presumptive U.S. presidential nominees to discuss their plans to help the poor and hungry.

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Reforms to Payday Loan Industry Deserve Church Support
Reforms to Payday Loan Industry Deserve Church Support

By: Danny Chisholm
Churches with differing doctrines can come together to support reforms to the payday loan industry so poor people aren't forced into financial slavery over loans of less than $1,000.

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Auto Title Loans Often Result in Debt Cycles, Seized Vehicles
Auto Title Loans Often Result in Debt Cycles, Seized Vehicles

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Auto title loan borrowers often find themselves in debt cycles, and many have their vehicles seized due to their inability to repay the loan, says a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report.

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Climate Change Impact on Water Cycles Results in Global Challenges
Climate Change Impact on Water Cycles Results in Global Challenges

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Climate change's impact on water cycle carries negative consequences, such as poor harvests that lead to food shortages.

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Consumer Finance Bureau Notes Online Payday Loans' Hidden Costs
Consumer Finance Bureau Notes Online Payday Loans' Hidden Costs

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Bank penalty fees and account closures are a significant and hidden cost of online payday loans, a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report says.

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Half Million in U.S. Remain Homeless, Report Says
Half Million in U.S. Remain Homeless, Report Says

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Nearly 565,000 people were among the U.S. homeless identified during a one-night count in January 2015, says the National Alliance to End Homelessness' 2016 State of Homelessness report.

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Is There a
Is There a "Christian Economics"? Part 2

By: Roger Olson
Christian thinkers support a variety of economic theories as 'middle axioms' for implementing Kingdom ethics within the world that is not yet the Kingdom of God. Here are four major options.

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Is There a
Is There a "Christian Economics"? Part 1

By: Roger Olson
Whether religious or secular, distributive justice is the determination of how best, if at all, for society to distribute its wealth. It's the place where economics and ethics meet.

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What Role Does Marriage Play in Poverty?
What Role Does Marriage Play in Poverty?

By: Robert Parham
Marriage plays a significant role in the struggle against poverty. And no civic institution is needed more to advocate for marriage and to equip married couples than the church.

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Environmental Conditions Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually
Environmental Conditions Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Nearly 25 percent of annual deaths worldwide are due to unhealthy environmental conditions, a WHO report says. Most deaths from unhealthy environments occur in lower-income nations.

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When the Rich Wash Their Feet in Tears of the Poor
When the Rich Wash Their Feet in Tears of the Poor

By: James Gordon
In a society fixated on individual self-interest, national economic advantage and tectonic shifts in wealth distribution, the poor rarely have life chances. The rich seemingly bathe their feet in the poor's tears.

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How Will the Church Respond to Global Woes?
How Will the Church Respond to Global Woes?

By: Margot Hodson
Religious and political extremism fuel war and tensions in many places. Refugees struggle to survive a freezing winter. Global warming threatens our future. How will the church respond?

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Book: Caring for Poor Aligns with God's Presence
Book: Caring for Poor Aligns with God's Presence

By: Rupen Das
Caring for those who are not part of the mainstreams of society because of their poverty, brokenness and rejection is a prophetic act, says the author of "Compassion and the Mission of God."

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Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar
Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar

By: Joe Nicholson
The Karen Baptist Convention, a network of Baptist churches in Myanmar, is reaching some of the nation's most vulnerable people and helping them to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip
Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip

By: Bob Newell
Born into poverty in 1935, Elvis Presley overcame the odds to become a music legend. Many others around the globe face similar disadvantages. How can we as Christians give them opportunities to prosper?

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Presidential Hopefuls Send Videos on Poverty To Christian Leaders
Presidential Hopefuls Send Videos on Poverty To Christian Leaders

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A Christian organization asked the presidential candidates to provide short videos on their approach to end poverty and hunger. Eleven candidates responded; three did not.

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Churches Bear Gifts, Address Multiple Needs During Christmas
Churches Bear Gifts, Address Multiple Needs During Christmas

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Churches are a pipeline for gift-giving throughout the year. Here are more reports on what local churches are doing to support the common good in their communities during this Christmas season.

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Churches Bear Gifts, Address Multiple Needs During Christmas
Churches Bear Gifts, Address Multiple Needs During Christmas

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Churches are gift-giving institutions during the Christmas season. Here are how a few churches are enhancing their communities and advancing the common good this holiday season.

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Getting to the Root of When Excessive Wealth is Evil
Getting to the Root of When Excessive Wealth is Evil

By: Zach Dawes
It's easy to criticize folks who possess excessive wealth. However, having wealth isn't inherently evil. How we acquire it and what we do with it determines whether or not it is evil.

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Unmitigated Climate Change Will Put 100 Million More in Poverty
Unmitigated Climate Change Will Put 100 Million More in Poverty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Climate change will impoverish an additional 100 million people globally by 2030 if sufficient steps are not taken to mitigate global warming, a World Bank report concludes.

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British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families
British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families

By: Paul Hobson
The British government's welfare reform bill is a dangerous shift that will harm poor families and their children, according to a report from churches representing several faith groups.

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How Will Your Church Stand Against Predatory Lenders?
How Will Your Church Stand Against Predatory Lenders?

By: Danny Chisholm
More than 20,000 payday and car title loan stores operate in our country. Many keep borrowers in a perpetual cycle of crushing debt. How will your church stand against predatory lenders?

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Why Disputes Between Churches, UK Gov't Will Increase
Why Disputes Between Churches, UK Gov't Will Increase

By: Jon Kuhrt
As austerity measures kick in, clashes between the British government and churches will increase. Government wants Christians to pull drowning people out of the river. It doesn't want them to ask who's pushing them in.

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How Should You Respond to People Begging?
How Should You Respond to People Begging?

By: Jon Kuhrt
In most large cities, it's common to cross paths with someone begging for money, but giving money is often "killing with kindness." Here are four things you can do to help instead.

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Why Churches Should Support UN Sustainable Development Goals
Why Churches Should Support UN Sustainable Development Goals

By: Chris Hall
The United Nations will vote on its Sustainable Development Goals to tackle poverty, hunger and other issues over the next 15 years. Here's why your church should support these initiatives.

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Sharing Gospel of Compassion with Louisiana's Poor
Sharing Gospel of Compassion with Louisiana's Poor

By: Mike Massar
Lake Providence in Louisiana is a city of contrasts. The gap between the rich and poor continues to widen. But amid the poverty, Baptist missionaries have dedicated their lives to help those with deep needs.

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UN Poverty Goals Worthy of Christians' Support
UN Poverty Goals Worthy of Christians' Support

By: Gershon Nimbalker
The U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals have been an ambitious undertaking to address many facets of extreme poverty. Christians should be passionate champions of these goals.

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Sowing Justice Through Generosity to the Poor
Sowing Justice Through Generosity to the Poor

By: Molly T. Marshall
It's always easier to blame the poor for their circumstances rather than appraising the systemic realities making upward mobility nearly impossible. We prefer the poor to be invisible, even in our churches.

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Why Microfinance Industry is Under Microscope
Why Microfinance Industry is Under Microscope

By: Hugh Sinclair
The microfinance industry is increasingly under a microscope, challenging the wisdom of indebting poor people en masse. While the scrutiny will yield improvements, here are three challenges that remain.

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Microfinance's Mystical Lure All But Evaporated
Microfinance's Mystical Lure All But Evaporated

By: Hugh Sinclair
Microfinance was once all the rage, the capitalist panacea to eliminate poverty. But its mystical lure has evaporated. How could we believe indebting the poor could help them escape poverty?

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Homelessness Unites Range of Social Issues
Homelessness Unites Range of Social Issues

By: Jon Kuhrt
Homelessness brings together a whole range of social issues - the political issues of material poverty, the moral issues of families and relationships and the personal issues relating to a person's inner identity.

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3 Types of Poverty Often Leading to Homelessness
3 Types of Poverty Often Leading to Homelessness

By: Jon Kuhrt
The number of homeless people living on the streets is a social barometer indicating wider levels of poverty and exclusion. At least three factors lead to someone becoming homeless.

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Global Poverty Reduced, Shortfalls Remain
Global Poverty Reduced, Shortfalls Remain

By: Paul Hobson
The U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals have produced the "most successful anti-poverty movement in history," with the number of people now living in extreme poverty down by more than half.

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Bible Rebukes the Powerful Who Dismiss, Ignore the Hungry
Bible Rebukes the Powerful Who Dismiss, Ignore the Hungry

By: James Gordon
The Bible has a lot to say about food, especially when the powerful, who are well fed, control food distribution and increase the number of poor who go hungry. We have a responsibility to each other.

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Stopping Terrorist Recruitment of Stranded Minority
Stopping Terrorist Recruitment of Stranded Minority

By: Joe LaGuardia
The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are one of the most persecuted minority groups in the world. A reported 6,000 are stranded at sea, and they're prime candidates for terrorist recruitment.

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Lessons Learned from Working with People in Poverty
Lessons Learned from Working with People in Poverty

By: Joel Snider
People who work with those in deeply engrained poverty must balance the need to alleviate desperation versus creating dependency. To understand the struggle of that decision, you must know the people in crisis.

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Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 2
Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 2

By: David Fitch
While programs that alleviate pain and suffering are important, our relationship with the poor is not to be organized as a church program. Instead, out of everyday life, we are to come alongside the poor.

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Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 1
Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 1

By: David Fitch
Churches dedicate whole ministries to do justice and mercy as programs for the poor. While such ministries do alleviate immediate suffering, they inevitably keep the poor at a distance.

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Global Food Insecurity Decreases, Millions Still Undernourished
Global Food Insecurity Decreases, Millions Still Undernourished

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The global population considered food insecure has declined by 167 million since 2005 and by 216 million since 1992, a report says. Reduction of food insecurity has varied greatly from region to region.

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Challenging the Shame of Being Poor
Challenging the Shame of Being Poor

By: Rupen Das
In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus challenges the culture of honor for the rich and shame for the poor. Like the rich man, we cannot exclude the outsider as unworthy of our care.

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World Bank Programs Result in Millions Displaced
World Bank Programs Result in Millions Displaced

By: EthicsDaily Staff
World Bank development programs have caused 3.4 million persons to be displaced, and many bank-funded initiatives have given rise to human rights abuses, according to a series of reports.

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British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable
British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable

By: Fiona Spence
Ed Walker wanted to do something about Britain's homeless so he and his wife bought a house and rented it out to an ex-offender who had been living in a hostel. And Hope into Action was born.

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Restoring Creation Care to Our Theology
Restoring Creation Care to Our Theology

By: Larry Eubanks
Care for the earth is a part of biblical theology, but somehow it doesn't find its way into a lot of Christians' theology. If we are going to get our lives in line with the plans of God, we must recover this emphasis.

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Living Wages: How to Match Ideals to Reality
Living Wages: How to Match Ideals to Reality
By: Zach Dawes
Moving toward a living wage to enable full-time employees to live self-sufficient, food-secure daily lives is a noble goal, but matching ideals to reality will be complicated and costly.
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Faith Leaders to Make Poverty, Hunger a 2016 Election Focus
Faith Leaders to Make Poverty, Hunger a 2016 Election Focus

By: EthicsDaily Staff
An alliance of Christian ministers is urging 2016 presidential hopefuls to call attention to hunger and poverty in their campaigns and present their views on video.

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What the Apostle Paul Says about Economic Justice
What the Apostle Paul Says about Economic Justice

By: Simon Jones
The Apostle Paul lived in a world where an elite few owned almost everything and called the shots. But Paul believed the principles of mutuality and equality were God's blueprint for human society everywhere.

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Why Churches Remain at Heart of Tackling Poverty
Why Churches Remain at Heart of Tackling Poverty
By: Jon Kuhrt
Christians don't have a monopoly on making a difference to those in need, but even the most hard-bitten critics of Christianity have to admit that the church makes a massive contribution in combating poverty. 
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Even When You Face Unbearable Suffering, God's Near
Even When You Face Unbearable Suffering, God's Near
By: Rupen Das
On that first Good Friday, the disciples didn't know that there was going to be an Easter Sunday. That first Saturday after Jesus' death was a time of desolation and mourning. We all must face such Saturdays.
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Mission Workers Help to Keep Mom, Daughter Together
Mission Workers Help to Keep Mom, Daughter Together
By: Vickey Casey
Thiri lives in constant fear that her estranged husband will steal their daughter away to live with his second family. BMS World Mission and one of its partners are helping to keep her family intact.
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The Super Rich and Income Inequality
The Super Rich and Income Inequality

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
We've known that economic inequality is cumulative and hereditary and that the super rich are hijacking democracy. Now, a new book offers the sophisticated statistical analysis to back it up.

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Debt and Britain's Children: Bullying, Anxiety, Going Without
Debt and Britain's Children: Bullying, Anxiety, Going Without

By: Paul Hobson
The findings of a British study show that millions of children in Great Britain are suffering worry and anxiety, bullying and going without essentials as their families are trapped in debt.

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Why Church of England Must Break Ties with Government
Why Church of England Must Break Ties with Government
By: Jon Kuhrt
Having key roles in Britain's national events is seductive, but it is in forsaking them that the Church of England will find greater integrity. Until it does, it can never fully speak truth to power.
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Ministry Provides Hope, Education for Indian Children
Ministry Provides Hope, Education for Indian Children
By: Sarah Stone
More than 50 children left the yellow bus and spent the next few hours singing, playing and laughing. But soon the bus would have to take them back to their impoverished lives on India's streets.
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Lotteries Here to Stay but Still Shameful
Lotteries Here to Stay but Still Shameful

By: Reggie Warren
Promoters must know lotteries prey on the poor and ignorant. Governments ought to be ashamed for promoting gambling just as Christians ought to be ashamed for participating in it.

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What Happens When Our Tithe Neglects the Poor?
What Happens When Our Tithe Neglects the Poor?
By: Larry Eubanks
While the Lord is happy when we give generously to support the church, the message of Malachi reminds us that we cannot forget the poor when we give our tithe to the Lord.
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The One Pervasive Addiction Almost All of Us Have
The One Pervasive Addiction Almost All of Us Have
By: Griff Martin
Our greatest addiction is to money and materialism. We're addicted to wanting and needing more, and money is how we get it. This addiction is killing not only our nation, but also our world.
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How
How "The Hunger Games" Society Isn't Far from Our Own
By: Seth Vopat
In "The Hunger Games," the wealthy few make themselves throw up so they can continue to enjoy a lavish feast while the poor starve. With what we waste, are we so different?
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Liberia’s Economy: No Comfort for Oppressed or Oppressors
Liberia’s Economy: No Comfort for Oppressed or Oppressors
By: Richard Wilson
Unemployment in Liberia is about 85 percent. Many seek work day after day. The nation’s economic system provides no comfort for the oppressed as well as their oppressors. 
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British Children in Poverty Face Chilling Reality
British Children in Poverty Face Chilling Reality
By: Baptist Times Staff
More than 3 million families in the United Kingdom are likely to cut back on food so they can pay their energy bills this winter, a survey found. It's a scandal, an archbishop said. 
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Are Charity Shops Becoming Too Pricey for Poor?
Are Charity Shops Becoming Too Pricey for Poor?
By:  James Gordon
Charity shops began as places where people with low incomes could find necessities for knock-down prices compared to the retail market. Are some of them becoming too expensive for the poor?
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The Lord's Prayer Urges Us to Focus on Common Good
The Lord's Prayer Urges Us to Focus on Common Good
Jesus taught us to pray for bread. That prayer is about more than meeting individual needs; it's about all of us. We pray not just for our own needs, but the needs of the world.
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How Love of Money Distorts Perceptions of Human Worth
How Love of Money Distorts Perceptions of Human Worth
When Scripture tells us the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, it's not just a warning about our infatuation with wealthy. We can let the "love of money" usurp God's notion of human dignity.
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Solving Hunger Will Require More Than Charity
Solving Hunger Will Require More Than Charity
Jesus lived in hungry times. The devil suggested he take the struggle out of the provision of bread and be hailed as messiah. But hunger isn't an issue that will be solved by charity.
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Baptist Minister Learns Lesson on Greek Veranda
Baptist Minister Learns Lesson on Greek Veranda
A gentle rain and a simple meal on a veranda are a reminder of how good life is. But for the homeless and poor in the street below, this same rain is not a welcome sight.
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Global Initiative Plans Vigils to End Corruption
Global Initiative Plans Vigils to End Corruption
A global call to action is organizing vigils and seeking a million folks to sign its online petition, calling on governments, financial institutions and churches to act decisively to end corruption.
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Poverty Challenges Power in Pirate Movie
Poverty Challenges Power in Pirate Movie
If you decide to watch "Captain Phillips," a PG-13 film loosely based on a 2009 maritime hijacking, go armed with more than an understanding that the American way is not the global way.
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Giving Away Our Trash in the Name of Generosity
Giving Away Our Trash in the Name of Generosity
For those of us with an abundance, it's easy to give away clothing we don't want to those in need. Instead of such thoughtless giving, we should seek to build genuine relationships.
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As Rich Get Richer, Will Ancient History Repeat Itself?
As Rich Get Richer, Will Ancient History Repeat Itself?
When a nation allows a few to have way too much while many have insufficient resources or barely enough, God's blessing and protection goes away and judgment follows. It's the biblical pattern.
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Rich Presumptuously Expect the Poor to Serve Them
Rich Presumptuously Expect the Poor to Serve Them
As the parable of the rich man and Lazarus reminds us, the rich are so presumptuous they expect the poor to serve them. You don't have to look farther than Congress to know this is still true today.
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British Churches Increasingly Tackle Food Poverty
British Churches Increasingly Tackle Food Poverty
Four out of five churches in the United Kingdom are supporting food banks in one way or another, a new report said. Can more be done to find long-term solutions to food poverty?
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Dealing with Hunger Now and in the Future
Dealing with Hunger Now and in the Future
Whether domestically or overseas, it is more important to decrease hunger in the future than to simply give food to hungry people in the present. Food for the Hungry tackles both.
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Impoverished Village Rich in Authentic Community
Impoverished Village Rich in Authentic Community
Jay is college-educated and from the U.S. He chose to live in an impoverished village in Belize with his wife and son. Despite the village's material poverty, its residents are happy and enjoy true community.
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What Keeps Many of Us from Helping the Poor
What Keeps Many of Us from Helping the Poor
What's our obligation to the poor? It all comes down to community. If we regard them as inside our community, we'll help. If not, we won't. Jesus had some thoughts about who's in our community. Everyone.
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Building Bigger Barns While Ignoring the Hungry
Building Bigger Barns While Ignoring the Hungry
The U.S. House of Representatives, under the guise of cost cutting and fiscal responsibility, passed a farm bill that aids the rich and attacks the poor. It reflects Jesus' parable about a foolish farmer.
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Will Churches Speak Out Against Unequal Medical Coverage?
Will Churches Speak Out Against Unequal Medical Coverage?
About 20 percent of the U.S. has no medical insurance, and many others have inadequate coverage. The U.S. healthcare system has evolved into a giant "shell game." Will the church speak up?
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House's Farm Bill Vote Calls Christians to Speak Up for Vulnerable
House's Farm Bill Vote Calls Christians to Speak Up for Vulnerable
The House GOP passed a farm bill that included no funding for food stamps, placing our most vulnerable at greater risk. Christianity's message is clear – protect the poor.
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From Poverty to Trafficking: How You Can Help
From Poverty to Trafficking: How You Can Help
Eight women – seven ensnared in human trafficking, one migrant worker rape case – have this in common: Poverty drove them there. We can end trafficking, and here's what you can do.
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Fighting Food Poverty: Practical Care + Political Activism
Fighting Food Poverty: Practical Care + Political Activism
British churches are helping the poor who have been hit hard by budget cuts and rising unemployment. But that practical care needs to join with political activism to bring about real change.
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Where Have All the Prophets Gone?
Where Have All the Prophets Gone?
Unless citizens express their opposition, we will soon see the toll on the poor of across-the-board spending cuts and at least 14 states opting out of Medicaid expansion.
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Educating Donors about Where Their Money Goes
Educating Donors about Where Their Money Goes
Sponsorship of children in Third World nations is a near-perfect marketing strategy for raising funds. That's why it persists despite concerns expressed by local people.
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House Members Cite Jesus in Farm Bill Debate; One Favors Food Stamp Cuts, Accepts Farm Subsides
House Members Cite Jesus in Farm Bill Debate; One Favors Food Stamp Cuts, Accepts Farm Subsides
Citing the Bible, a Tennessee congressman justified cutting food stamps to the poor even though he's accepted millions in federal farm subsidies. That's hypocrisy.
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Hunger – The Hidden Cost of Tax Injustice
Hunger – The Hidden Cost of Tax Injustice
Developing nations could eradicate poverty and hunger with lost revenue, a new report says. One reason they don't have the revenue? Corporate tax dodging.
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How You Can Help People Overwhelmed by Life
How You Can Help People Overwhelmed by Life
Faced with an overwhelming process to find the help they need, many people and families feel demoralized. Will churches live up to their calling to help them in any way possible?
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Pain, Grief Remind Us We Need One Another
Pain, Grief Remind Us We Need One Another
Experiencing pain is a part of what it means to be human. It's part of what connects us to other human beings. At the end of the day, we all just want to be loved.
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As Dow Rises, Don't Forget Those Left Behind
As Dow Rises, Don't Forget Those Left Behind
The Dow breaks 15,000, and everyone starts cheering. Or are they? We must not forget the homeless, poor, elderly and children who suffer because of sequestration.
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Albanians Face Personal Odysseys in Greece's Economy
Albanians Face Personal Odysseys in Greece's Economy
The Odyssey, an ancient Greek epic poem, is the tale of one man's frustrated attempt to return home. Today in Greece, many Albanians endure their own personal odysseys.
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Wherever You're From, We All Crave Being Useful
Wherever You're From, We All Crave Being Useful
We will sometimes go to desperate lengths to feel useful. We forget others want to be validated for doing something, and we've got the gifts to help them.
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Skype Interview: Kevin Hagan Discusses Feed the Children
Skype Interview: Kevin Hagan Discusses Feed the Children
Kevin Hagan, president and CEO of Feed the Children, explains how the organization is addressing the underlying causes of hunger in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
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Governments Accountable to God for Poor's Care
Governments Accountable to God for Poor's Care
Throughout Scripture, God pronounces judgment on Israel and her neighbor nations for oppressing the poor. Our government is just as accountable to God for our care of the poor.
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The Invisible Poor in Your Own Back Yard
The Invisible Poor in Your Own Back Yard
The United States is a nation of plenty, yet some of our neighbors live with so little when we have so much. Why are the poor in our own back yards so invisible to us?
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4 Ways Your Church Can Help Health Care Needs
4 Ways Your Church Can Help Health Care Needs
Poverty, lack of education, no health insurance all create barriers for many people who need health care. Here are four ways your church can help meet their needs.
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What Does The Choice of a Pope's Name Mean?
What Does The Choice of a Pope's Name Mean?
A pope's name has strong symbolic significance. For Cardinal Bergoglio, choosing the name Pope Francis reflects a vow of care for human beings and the environment.
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British Churches Support Anti-Poverty Amendments
British Churches Support Anti-Poverty Amendments
British Baptists and other denominations are joining the Archbishop of Canterbury's call to support government measures to prevent up to 200,000 children from plunging into poverty.
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UK Report Busts Comfortable Myths about Poverty
UK Report Busts Comfortable Myths about Poverty
Politicians and the media in Great Britain have misused statistics that reinforce myths that blame the poor for being in poverty, a new report says. The poor deserve the truth.
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The Pros and Cons of Microfinance to Beat Poverty
The Pros and Cons of Microfinance to Beat Poverty
Microfinance institutions can be an effective tool to address poverty when handled ethically by lending organizations and clients. And that's where churches can help.
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1 in 3 Britons Boycotting Tax-Avoiding Companies
1 in 3 Britons Boycotting Tax-Avoiding Companies
A third of Britons are currently boycotting the products or services of companies that do not pay their fair share of taxes in the United Kingdom, a new survey reveals.
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Carnival Cruise Debacle Teaches Ironic Lesson
Carnival Cruise Debacle Teaches Ironic Lesson
The Carnival cruise debacle ended on a generally happy note for all concerned, but don't miss the irony of the wealthy living for a few days in Third World-like conditions.
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British Movement Inspires Young to Tackle Injustice
British Movement Inspires Young to Tackle Injustice
A relief agency has kicked off an initiative to bring young people from across the United Kingdom together to find ways to change the systems that keep people poor.
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Caring for the Poor: It’s Not Just for Christmas
Caring for the Poor: It’s Not Just for Christmas
During Christmas, much emphasis is placed on acts of kindness, including giving to the poor. But we need a system of social justice that operates all year long, not just at Christmas.
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What You Can Learn from Following an Eccentric
What You Can Learn from Following an Eccentric
Some eccentric people may seem to wander aimlessly, but they are actually on a purposeful path. And that eccentricity is good if they're making the world a more human place to live.
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Real Jubilee Can Help World's Debt-Crushed Poor
Real Jubilee Can Help World's Debt-Crushed Poor
Debts need to be canceled when they are out of control, and measures put in place to stop future debt crises. It's biblical and has been done before. Will you join the call for justice?
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Answers Elusive for Refugees in Morocco
Answers Elusive for Refugees in Morocco
Refugees sneak into Morocco on their way to what they hope is a better life in Europe, but they're not welcome and their lives are endangered. Is the church willing to help?
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Candidates Talk About Middle Class, Silent on Poor
Candidates Talk About Middle Class, Silent on Poor
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talk a lot about helping the middle class, but both of these men of faith are silent when it comes to plans to help the poor and disenfranchised.
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True Freedom Will Create Society of Justice
True Freedom Will Create Society of Justice
True freedom is more than showing our patriotism. It involves establishing a society based on equal rights for all, economic justice, compassion and charity.
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Will You Eat Less to Reduce Global Hunger?
Will You Eat Less to Reduce Global Hunger?
Eating less can substantially reduce global hunger, not to mention improve the health of those of us in the U.S., where obesity has become a national epidemic.
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Lebanese Churches: From Actors to Advocates
Lebanese Churches: From Actors to Advocates
As Lebanon's poor and marginalized are endangered by a fractured social safety net, will churches step up to be true advocates for those most at risk?
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How One Person Can Inspire a Child to Read
How One Person Can Inspire a Child to Read
By the time they're in fourth grade, 70 percent of low-income children can't read at a basic level. Sometimes, it only takes one person to inspire a child to read.
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New Source of Mayhem and Death Stalks Illinois
New Source of Mayhem and Death Stalks Illinois
Chicago murders were down in July, and the overall crime rate is down 10 percent. However, a new source of injury, mayhem and death hit Illinois when drastic Medicaid cuts went into effect.
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How Africa Will Lift Itself Out of Poverty
How Africa Will Lift Itself Out of Poverty
Africa will lift itself out of poverty when its leaders embrace God's standards for morality and his call to love your neighbor as yourself, a keynote speaker said.
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Global Campaign to Highlight Poverty, Corruption
Global Campaign to Highlight Poverty, Corruption
A coalition of Christian groups is launching a campaign to highlight global poverty and corruption, which keeps more than 850 million of the poorest of the poor undernourished.
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Ethical Lessons from Everyday Lives of the Poor
Ethical Lessons from Everyday Lives of the Poor
To focus on the daily existence of the marginalized – as mundane as crossing a river with a bundle of banana leaves – is to critically analyze the good and bad that shapes and forms the daily life of the poor.
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Why You Can't Live in the Good Old Days
Why You Can't Live in the Good Old Days
We often yearn for the way things used to be, but those days never existed. As one teacher reminded, the world always changes and is always the same. What matters is how we respond.
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How Should Churches Help Poor? Compassion or Justice?
How Should Churches Help Poor? Compassion or Justice?
When churches provide aid to the needy, are they unwittingly helping governments abdicate their duty to poor citizens? Perhaps more churches ought to be crying out for justice for the poor.
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Could Those Who Make Your Shoes Afford Them?
Could Those Who Make Your Shoes Afford Them?
We enjoy our middle- and upper-class lifestyles because of the poor. Yet we seldom consider the connection between our privilege and their economic disenfranchisement.
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Help the Poor? Many Christians Prefer to Blame Them
Help the Poor? Many Christians Prefer to Blame Them
The myth that the poor get what they deserve has been around since Jesus' day. While too many Christians accept the myth, one group is taking steps to help poor women.
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Churches Can Help Solve Home Foreclosure Crisis
Churches Can Help Solve Home Foreclosure Crisis

Our nation has more than 18.5 million vacant houses and nearly 6 million Americans in poverty housing. There's a solution - if churches and their disaster relief agencies want to help.

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"The Rich and the Rest of Us"
"The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto" attempts to bring the issue of poverty to the forefront of American politics and raises questions for how churches should respond.
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Will We Follow God's Command to Care for Poor?
Will We Follow God's Command to Care for Poor?
Whether it's Protestant Reformer John Calvin or Catholic social teaching, we are reminded that Christianity teaches us to care for the poor. Will we listen?
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Public Education Is Lottery Loser
Public Education Is Lottery Loser
Disappointed you didn't win a Mega Millions windfall? Join the club. State lotteries have failed to deliver on repeated assurances that they would be a windfall for public schools.
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How the Poor Teach Us About the Divine
How the Poor Teach Us About the Divine
In a dirt-floor hut in a Mexican village, a poor woman's simple action taught students and their professor more about divinity than all of their textbooks could.
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Those Who Break Boundaries Give Us Courage
Those Who Break Boundaries Give Us Courage
Something innate in the human spirit drives us to reach beyond our boundaries. John Glenn broke one of those boundaries 50 years ago when he orbited the Earth.
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Eating Is Moral Act in World Where Obese Outnumber Hungry
Eating Is Moral Act in World Where Obese Outnumber Hungry
The global community's diet is unbalanced. Millions face daily hunger; millions of others who struggle with obesity are eating themselves to death. How will we respond to this imbalance?
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In Cleveland, a Battle over Unwanted Churches
CLEVELAND (RNS) The Euclid Avenue Church of God and the former Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration sit empty on this city's former Millionaires' Row.
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Missouri Faith Leaders Take On Predatory Lenders
Missouri Faith Leaders Take On Predatory Lenders

A coalition of community and faith groups is supporting an initiative petition to be placed on Missouri's November ballot to cap the rate of predatory lending at 36 percent.

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This Immigrant First-Grader Knows Her Neighbor
This Immigrant First-Grader Knows Her Neighbor
Odds are Paola, an immigrant first-grade student, will suffer from poor nutrition, inadequate health care, an inferior education. But she teaches all of us to love our neighbors.
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Uncovering the Cracks in the Micro-Credit Industry
Uncovering the Cracks in the Micro-Credit Industry

The micro-credit industry was once seen as the magic formula to end poverty. However, we now see that microfinancing isn't helping the poor out of poverty.

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What Happened to Wise Men's Gold? The Long-Awaited Answer
What Happened to Wise Men's Gold? The Long-Awaited Answer
The wise men's gold should have lifted Mary and Joseph out of poverty. So what happened to that wealth? While the Bible doesn't literally give us an answer, it does offer some strong clues.
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As America's Rich Get Richer, Hispanics Suffer
As America's Rich Get Richer, Hispanics Suffer
Even though past generations of Hispanics bought into the American Dream, the economic structures have been – and continue to be – constructed to maintain their disenfranchisement.
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Our Culture Tells Poor Kids: You Have No Value
Our Culture Tells Poor Kids: You Have No Value
Our distorted culture says happiness grows out of buying and consuming things. With more than 15 million children living in poverty, are we sending a message that they have no value?
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Catholic Bishops Stay Mum on Economic Turmoil
BALTIMORE (RNS) Twenty-five years ago, Catholic bishops issued a statement that became the touchstone for religious opposition to “trickle down” economics.
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British Food Banks on Rise as Cuts Hit Poorest
British Food Banks on Rise as Cuts Hit Poorest
As the British government's cutbacks take effect, one charity estimates that the number of people seeking assistance from food banks could swell to a half-million by 2015.
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Poor People's Campaign Needed More Than Ever
Poor People's Campaign Needed More Than Ever

The Poor People's Campaign of 1968 has largely been forgotten. Yet as the gap between the wealthy and the poor continues to widen, the need for a push for economic justice is greater than ever.

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As Population Grows, Conflicts Will Increase
As Population Grows, Conflicts Will Increase
We now have 7 billion people on our planet. And as that number grows, we'll see increased struggles for dwindling resources, such as food, water and oil. How will we respond?
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Faith Groups Target Super Committee
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious communities are holding prayer vigils, phoning politicians and organizing letter campaigns in a bid to protect safety net programs.
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We May Not Feel Rich in the U.S. – But We Are
We May Not Feel Rich in the U.S. – But We Are
With 20 percent of the U.S. population holding 85 percent of the nation's wealth, many of us don't feel rich. Compared to the world's population, however, we're quite wealthy.
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Many in the 99 Percent Are Far From Poverty
Many in the 99 Percent Are Far From Poverty
Those who occupy Wall Street don't have the wealth of the 1 percent. However, as they demand their slice of the economic pie, they're also not in the same league as the truly impoverished.
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Economy Transfers Wealth - From the Bottom Up
Economy Transfers Wealth - From the Bottom Up

Our current economic system transfers wealth from the bottom of society to the top, creating a growing income disparity between the rich and poor, many of whom are disproportionately people of color.

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British Churches Back Robin Hood Tax
British Churches Back Robin Hood Tax
Amounting to a fraction of a percent, a proposed European tax on financial transactions could rake in billions to fight poverty and climate change, but it's meeting resistant from the Britain and the U.S.
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Three Reasons Why Jesus Condemns Rich, Favors Poor
Three Reasons Why Jesus Condemns Rich, Favors Poor

The rhetoric of the rich and their defenders reveals how out of touch they are with Americans struggling to provide for their families. The teachings of Jesus, however, were harsh on the wealthy.

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"Circle of Protection" Differs Morally from "Christians for a Sustainable Economy"
The Circle of Protection says budget cuts shouldn't be made on the poor's backs. Christians for a Sustainable Economy says our focus should be on the economy. Which one reflects the authentic Christian message?
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Cutting Kids' Programs – The New Corporal Punishment
Cutting Kids' Programs – The New Corporal Punishment
While attitudes change toward corporal punishment in the U.S., politicians who push for cuts in programs that benefit poor children practice another form of corporal punishment.
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Super Rich View Poor as Mere Collateral Casualties
Super Rich View Poor as Mere Collateral Casualties
While budget-panicked governments in the U.S. and Europe take out their fears on the urban poor and lower-middle class with cutbacks to services, the super rich get away with tax evasion on a huge scale.
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"The Conscience of Alabama" Calls Out Injustice
For nearly 40 years, Wayne Flynt has confronted the racism and accompanying poverty in Alabama with a courageous and informed passion. Yet he remains an unassuming and soulful individual.
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Religious Leaders Battle Alabama Immigration Law
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Alabama religious leaders say that a new immigration law would interfere with the practice of their religion.
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Religion and Taxes – Speaking Up for the Common Good
Religion and Taxes – Speaking Up for the Common Good
Countering the voice of the anti-tax, anti-government crowd, those who believe government has a role in providing society's safety net think it is essential to give a hand to those whom society counts least.
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How You Can Be Greedy Without Being Rich
How You Can Be Greedy Without Being Rich
Scripture is clear that greed is not only sin because we put wealth and possessions in place of God, but also – and perhaps an even greater sin – because it prevents us from sharing with others in need.
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How Will We Respond to Africa's Starving Families?
How Will We Respond to Africa's Starving Families?
As parents and children starve in a drought-ravaged region of Africa, what will it take for those of us blessed with plenty to abandon our complacency and respond with compassion and sacrifice?
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How to Live the Real Political Message of Jesus
How to Live the Real Political Message of Jesus
Many Christians in the United States ignore the political nature of Jesus' message. Like Israel's prophets, Jesus confronted leaders about their injustices. And the one he spoke the most about? Poverty.
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British Churches Support Poverty-Reduction Goals
British Churches Support Poverty-Reduction Goals
Jesus said the poor would always be with us, but it wasn't a call to inaction. British churches are doing their part by supporting the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals, targeting poverty, malnutrition and education.
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Pastors Lobby for Poor in Heated Deficit Talks
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 4,000 pastors told Congress that churches would not be able to fill the gap facing social service providers if deep cuts are made.
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Wresting With a Just Response to National Debt, Taxes
Wresting With a Just Response to National Debt, Taxes
What's the Christian response to the national debt? How do the debt and our weak economy affect the poor? Participants viewing the EthicsDaily.com documentary on faith and taxes wrestled with these questions.
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In the Games of the Rich, the Poor Lose
In the Games of the Rich, the Poor Lose
As dire warnings continue about the slowing down of global economic growth, few ask who bears the cost for such growth. As the rich play games with the economy, the world's poor suffer.
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"Let the Churches Do It" Is a Deceptive Myth
The idea that churches can tackle national poverty, take care of those who are ill, and rebuild communities after natural disasters requires a spoonful of bad moral theology and a cup of dishonesty.
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The Shakertown Pledge: Nine Ways to Make a Difference
The Shakertown Pledge: Nine Ways to Make a Difference
The Shakertown Pledge, a response to the unequal distribution of global wealth and resources, was written 38 years ago. What impact would these nine declarations have if you followed them?
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Almost 25 Percent of U.S. Children in Poverty
Almost 25 Percent of U.S. Children in Poverty
About 16 million children in the United States live in poverty – an increase of 2 million in the last two years and "the fastest fall for the middle class since the government started counting 51 years ago," a news report said.
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Three Reasons Why One Pastor Advocates for Poor
Three Reasons Why One Pastor Advocates for Poor
God has a bias toward the poor. With the cards of social resources stacked against the weak and the vulnerable, God tries to balance the scales by being on the side of the most vulnerable – the biblical widow and orphan.
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Widow's Mite Condemns Culture of Religious Greed
Widow's Mite Condemns Culture of Religious Greed
The story of the widow's mite is generally idealized as an example of Christian behavior for the poor. Instead, Jesus is denouncing a religious social structure that cons the widow out of what little she has.
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World's Poor Lose Evangelical Help on Two Fronts
World's Poor Lose Evangelical Help on Two Fronts
Evangelicals don't really care about the world's impoverished. They want the federal government to cut back on economic assistance to the poor, and their churches don't give two cents about the world's hungry.
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Budget Cuts Target the Poor, Faith Groups Say
(RNS) Get ready for more undernourished infants, dangerously cold homes and disease-stricken communities in developing countries.
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British Baptist Mission Responds to Climate Change Summit
British Baptist Mission Responds to Climate Change Summit
The latest round of talks by world leaders at a United Nations' climate change summit was encouraging, British Baptist leaders said. The establishment of a climate fund will protect poor nations against climate impacts.
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Bulgarian Priests Join Union over Late Paychecks
SOFIA, Bulgaria (RNS/ENInews) The decision by Bulgarian Orthodox priests to join a trade union has angered at least one church hierarch.
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Will the Faithful Ignore in Tax Debate the Biblical Imperative to Protect the Poor?
Will the Faithful Ignore in Tax Debate the Biblical Imperative to Protect the Poor?
The biblical testimony has a clear word in favor of the poor. But too many people of faith negotiate away the biblical imperative to protect the poor in favor of the materialistic imperative to protect the rich.
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Hunger Group Hopes for Progress in 2011 on Global Malnutrition
WASHINGTON (RNS) Significant progress on global malnutrition can be made in 2011, the ecumenical anti-hunger group Bread for the World said.
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Fair Trade Repels Attack by Free Trade Think-Tank
Fair Trade Repels Attack by Free Trade Think-Tank
A free-market think-tank issued a scathing report against the fair trade movement, which works to help the world's poorest regions. Great Britain's BMS World Mission, which supports the movement, hit back.
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U.S. Hunger Stats Stable, but Still at Record High
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of Americans struggling with hunger remained stable in 2009 despite the economic downturn, but remained at the highest recorded level.
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Can Do-It-Yourselfers Provide Better Aid Relief?
Can Do-It-Yourselfers Provide Better Aid Relief?
Despite the view of the New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, there's no evidence that do-it-yourself aid projects, in which amateurs circumvent large aid agencies to implement their own programs, do a better job.
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Blessed Are The Poor? Jesus Can't Be Serious
Blessed Are The Poor? Jesus Can't Be Serious
Some believe the needs of the poor are draining away our meager resources and that people are poor because of bad choices or sinful lives. So why does Jesus tell us that the poor are blessed?
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Discover How You Can Help Eliminate Hunger
Discover How You Can Help Eliminate Hunger
More than 1 billion people in the world are hungry, most of them in underdeveloped nations. And we don't have to look far to realize people closer to home struggle with hunger. With so many in need, what can we do?
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Understanding the Lost Politics of Jesus
Understanding the Lost Politics of Jesus
One of the great losses to Christianity over the past few decades is an adequate understanding of Jesus' politics. Jesus wanted his followers to have an identity based on the values of God's kingdom rather than Caesar's empire.
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Can We Help the Poor if We Don't Listen to Them?
Can We Help the Poor if We Don't Listen to Them?
While many well-meaning influential people are spending time and resources to determine the best ways to help the world's poorest people, they're leaving someone out of the dialogue. The poor.
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Save the Date, Change the World on 10.10.10
Save the Date, Change the World on 10.10.10
Will you and your church be part of 100 million Christians praying on Oct. 10, 2010, for a "fresh vision" that will result in freeing a half-billion people from extreme poverty? It's part of the vision of the Micah Challenge.
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Keeping Possessions from Possessing Us
Keeping Possessions from Possessing Us
If we take Jesus' words and actions seriously, it's clear he championed the cause of the poor. While most of us aren't wealthy by U.S. standards, we are rich by global standards. That makes us complicit to the inequity.
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Report Finds Spike in U.S. Poverty Levels
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of people in poverty in America increased to its highest recorded point last year.
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British Christians Promise to Reduce World's Poverty
British Christians Promise to Reduce World's Poverty
A church-inspired global anti-poverty organization seeks to sign up millions to make personal pledges to fight extreme poverty. And they're urging churches around the world to unite in prayer on Oct. 10.
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Will We Take Action to Help Those with No Homes?
Will We Take Action to Help Those with No Homes?
Thousands turn out for housing voucher applications in Atlanta. Hundreds seek shelter in the tunnels under the Las Vegas strip. When will Americans re-evaluate our commitment to society's most vulnerable?
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One Woman's Mission to India's Poor
One Woman's Mission to India's Poor
Lepers. Orphans. HIV patients. Prisoners. The elderly. Marginalized youth. They are among the poorest of the poor in India. And Leena Lavanya forges her own path to minister to all of them.
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Health-Care Reform – A Pro-Life Victory
Health-Care Reform – A Pro-Life Victory
Being pro-life is more than being anti-abortion. We must value life enough to devalue any issue that undermines it. And health-care reform supports the rights of children to live and to flourish.
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Economic Recovery on the Poor's Backs
Economic Recovery on the Poor's Backs
How is the nation redeeming itself after years of reckless economic growth? Rather than drawing on the abundance among us, we're forcing the poorest among us to endure the suffering for the rest of us.
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Supporting Haiti in Aftermath of Earthquake
Supporting Haiti in Aftermath of Earthquake
Haiti, one of the most impoverished countries in the world, was rocked by a magnitude-7 earthquake, on Jan. 12. The time to live out the words of Jesus has come upon us again. Will we respond?
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Alabama Nonprofit Advocates for Poor
Alabama Nonprofit Advocates for Poor
What does it mean to do justice? Ask a nonprofit group like Alabama Arise. Its annual list of issues affecting the state's poor, coupled with strategies to address them, is a reflection on how to do justice.
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Correcting an Out-Of-Balance Tax System in Arkansas
Correcting an Out-Of-Balance Tax System in Arkansas
Taxes often hit working families with low and middle incomes the hardest. And with Arkansas' unbalanced tax system, it's time for that state's citizens to fight for a fair and responsible tax system.
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Seasonal Charity: A Doorway to Biblical Justice
Seasonal Charity: A Doorway to Biblical Justice
Poverty won't yield to charity alone. There aren't enough soup kitchens and shelters in the whole country to begin to make a dent in America's poverty. To make a difference, we need a commitment to justice.
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Forgetting We're Not So Different from Those in Need
Forgetting We're Not So Different from Those in Need
At what point do we forget the Golden Rule? With so many people in need, we should remember that it's only a very thin line that separates most of the haves from the have-nots. And many cross it.
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Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Through the Micah Network, global Baptists have offered sound theological reflection about earth care and a clarion call for action to protect the poor. If only U.S. Baptists would follow suit.
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Reckless Generosity
I think that you and I can be this kind of person. It will not be easy in our culture and will require help. You’ll need people who inspire and encourage you, like this widow did Jesus. This church is one place you will find people like this. Come join us on our journey of faith.
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Dearly Departed: The Separation of Church and Jesus
Dearly Departed: The Separation of Church and Jesus
Minorities in church. Rushing to war. Alleviating poverty. For some Christians, certain areas of life are simply too important to run the risk of Jesus meddling with them.
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Can We Help Jobless People Up Without Hand-Outs?
Can We Help Jobless People Up Without Hand-Outs?
The mark of a civilized society is that it will work to limit poverty. Is it possible to make sure that everyone has enough to live on without removing the incentive for people to work?
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Tax-Reform Advocate Running for State Office
Tax-Reform Advocate Running for State Office
A nationally known tax expert who has made headlines, and enemies, for her tax-reform suggestions, which advocated shifting more tax burdens away from the poor, is running for office in Alabama.
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Maybe the Church Needs to Lose Power
Maybe the Church Needs to Lose Power
Jesus’ encounter with a hemorrhaging woman is a lesson for the church. If we haven’t felt a power loss, do we deserve to be called the Body of Christ?
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 Independence Day: When Poverty Loosened Grip on Family
Independence Day: When Poverty Loosened Grip on Family

Grills will smoke and fireworks will pop as Americans celebrate Independence Day this weekend. Ten years ago, a poor family from Mexico celebrated a different kind of independence day.

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Haiti Must Work Together to Rebuild, University President Says
Haiti Must Work Together to Rebuild, University President Says
Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. If the nation wants a future, it will require the united work of the Haitian people, not foreigners, according to the president of the Christian University of Northern Haiti.
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After Obama's Election, Much Work Awaits Us to Fulfill King's Dream
After Obama's Election, Much Work Awaits Us to Fulfill King's Dream
The euphoria of the inauguration of Barack Obama has passed. Will we open our eyes to the unfinished business that lies ahead of us? Now is the time to be counted among those who will help President Obama pursue a more just and equitable society.
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Can We Rekindle Our Love for Society's Less Fortunate?
Can We Rekindle Our Love for Society's Less Fortunate?
Our nation's divorce rate shows it's not easy for married people to stay in love. But what about those outside our immediate circle of love and care? It's easy to divorce ourselves from society's less fortunate when times were good.
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Report to the Faith Community from Three Days with Al Gore
Report to the Faith Community from Three Days with Al Gore
The message from the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was clear: The poorest everywhere are the ones most at risk to the impacts of climate change. Will Christians be part of the solution?
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Economic Policies That Help Poor Should Be Pro-Life Priority
Economic Policies That Help Poor Should Be Pro-Life Priority
A federal agency's report revealed that teens' abortion rates increased from 2001-05, reversing the decline of more than a decade and covering most of Bush's first term. When economic policies treat the poor unjustly, pro-life concerns take a big hit.
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Politicians Leave Poor to be Devoured by Economic 'Wolves'
Politicians Leave Poor to be Devoured by Economic 'Wolves'
Like the hired hands of Jesus' day who ran for safety instead of protecting the sheep from wolves, many politicians lack the courage to protect the growing number of people who are suffering.
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Couple Address Medical Needs of Banjara People in India
Couple Address Medical Needs of Banjara People in India
Macarena and Eddie Aldape hold medical camps twice a month across northern India, helping people whose socio-economic status limits their access to healthcare, education and jobs with decent wages.
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Environmental Groups, Churches Explore Ways to Team Up
Environmental Groups, Churches Explore Ways to Team Up
Environmental organizations, such as the National Wildlife Federation, the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, are reaching out to churches and faith-based organizations for partnerships on issues of environmental stewardship.
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Missouri Shouldn't Balance Budget on Backs of Poor
Missouri Shouldn't Balance Budget on Backs of Poor
The Missouri House has cut funding for social and mental health services. While all major faith traditions have a concern for the poor and vulnerable, we can't do it alone. We need the government to provide essential services.
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G20's Solutions Don't Solve Greed-Driven Global Crisis
G20's Solutions Don't Solve Greed-Driven Global Crisis
The economic crisis we are in was created by our greed – an addiction to always wanting more. This system has now come crashing down, and the world's poorest suffer most from the consequences.
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We Lost the Ideal of Collective Responsibility
We Lost the Ideal of Collective Responsibility
So long as we persist in holding on to the idea that government is some sort of alien power, is in fact our adversary, we will live as a nation divided against itself.
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Pittmans Minister to Poor Miami Neighborhood
Pittmans Minister to Poor Miami Neighborhood
ATLANTA -- When many wouldn’t, Angel and Jason Pittman believe—in their neighbors, in the community, and in what God can do. After years of living that message in Overtown, the poorest neighborhood in Miami, the local community is starting to believe, too.
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Develop ‘Muscle Memory’ for Compassion
Develop ‘Muscle Memory’ for Compassion
Jan Chapman asks, "I'm wondering today if it's possible to develop a muscle memory for our compassion response."
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CBF Couple Fights Poverty in Rural Alabama
CBF Couple Fights Poverty in Rural Alabama
ATLANTA -- Last summer Matt and Melanie Storie moved to rural Perry County, Ala. Statistics say it’s one of the nation’s poorest counties, but these Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel believe it is a place where hope and the presence of Christ are bringing about change.
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God, the Globe and Greed
God, the Globe and Greed
This is the primal message, or should be, of all religious traditions: We humans are interconnected. We are all hardwired to a Source, and in the end our allegiance to this Source is measured by how we care for each other in our human family.
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CBF of North Carolina Pursues Luke 4 in Missions
CBF of North Carolina Pursues Luke 4 in Missions
Missions abroad are worthwhile, Larry Hovis said, but he feared that too much emphasis farther away could mean that CBFNC was neglecting an important part of the CBF mission of serving “the most marginalized, the most neglected, the least evangelized.” There were plenty of people in North Carolina who fit that description, he believed.
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Watching ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
Watching ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
Even with all that is unfamiliar to many Americans--the sprawling and filthy slums, the abject poverty, the strict caste system, the religious violence between Hindus and Muslims, the Indian music, names and scenery--there is much that we recognize besides the rags-to-riches narrative.
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What $206 Million Buys
What $206 Million Buys
Our priorities are determined, most clearly, by what we spend our time and our money on. What does that Super Bowl broadcast say about us?
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CBF Outreach Brings Christmas to the Poor in Arkansas Delta
The Mohawk haircut on the shepherd gave it away. This wasn�t going to be a typical Christmas nativity depiction.
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Roaches and Rats: A Nativity Reflection
I must have been about three years old when this image was burned into my mind, and probably it will be the last thing I recall when I lay on my death bed as an old man.
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Hard Times Reveal the Depth of Our Roots
Shallow roots will not yield authentic community with poor and suffering people. I can only offer what I have first received. The watching world needs to see deeply rooted faith.
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I Was Just Quoting Jesus
I recently wrote a column suggesting that as Christians we could do a better job finding ways to collectively provide assistance to the least of these among us. The responses were swift and angry. I was accused of distorting the Bible in order to advance a liberal socialist agenda. I thought I was just quoting Jesus.
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Seasonal Mood Swings
Why only at the apex of our material pursuits do we suddenly notice our struggling neighbors? Could it be that our temporary bouts of charity are really efforts to atone for a life of meaningless consumption?
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Baptists: Governments Must Keep Promise to Poor
Two Oklahoma Baptist leaders are calling for Baptists to take action to assure that governments keep their financial commitments to poorer countries even in the midst of a global financial downturn.
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Baptist Relief Agency Labels World Hunger Crisis a 'Daily Disaster'
While Baptist World Aid observes World Hunger Month during October, the world's hunger crisis is a daily disaster. This year's awareness campaign seeks to drive home that point with the worldwide Baptist community under the theme, "Hunger Crisis: A Daily Disaster."
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New Zealand Church Leaders Urge Leaders to Fight Poverty
Church leaders in New Zealand have issued an open letter calling on all politicians to make reducing poverty a high priority during an election year.
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City Councilman Faults 'Sorry Churches' for Not Fighting Social Ills
Taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for social programs because there are too many "sorry churches" that aren't doing what they're supposed to do, according to a city official in Jacksonville, Fla.
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An Olympic-Sized Problem
Like many Americans, my attention recently was on the Olympic Games. I heard a report that more workers were coming to work too tired to be productive, because they have been staying up late watching the events.
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A Candle for Those Oppressed
This Friday, the attention of the world will turn to Olympics. Extensive media coverage will be given to exceptional athletes--the talented swimmers, gifted gymnasts, Dream Teams and so many others.
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Christian Aid Group Blames Food Crisis on Trade Policies That Hurt the Poor
"Ruinous" agricultural policies forced upon poor countries by donor governments and financial institutions are to blame for the food crisis that threatens 100 million people with hunger, according to the international anti-poverty group Christian Aid.
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What Will We Do about Hunger When Bread Prices Are Linked to Oil Prices?
Two statements about global hunger appeared a month apart. The latter statement will test the depth of commitment of the former.
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The Dream Hospital
Hospitals might be the only place where life is seen in its extremes. Happiness and sadness coexist in hospitals. Deaths and births happen simultaneously. Helena, Ark., is also a place where death and birth happen on nearly a daily basis. And while physical deaths and births happen here, I'm focusing more on the death and birth of dreams.
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Speaker Encourages Churches to Advocate for Just Tax Laws
Churches have often misused and misunderstood the Bible verse that says "render unto Caesar" as an excuse for tolerating unjust taxes that oppress the poor, a speaker at a Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon said Thursday.
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CBF Coordinating Council Endorses Micah Call
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinating Council on Wednesday endorsed a global Christian campaign to deepen engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities and challenge international leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to cut poverty in half by 2015.
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No Free Lunch
I'm sitting at my desk eating a free lunch and trying to catch up on the news from an international food summit currently taking place in Rome. It is being sponsored by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
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Buckner Reaching Out Across the Border
Try to imagine visiting the second largest city in the world with 28 million residents. Then think about that city in terms of a two-and-a-half hour flight from Dallas.
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Payday Lenders Prey on Working Poor, Let's Pray Christians Work To End Predatory Lenders

Payday lenders are like McDonald's and dry cleaners--good businesses that want good locations to provide ready accessibility to customers who need good financial services. Payday lenders offer a popular product in economically tough times for which customers express overwhelming satisfaction. Only a few complain, according to a payday lending spokesperson.

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CBF Announces Partnership With Micah Challenge
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship recently announced a two-year partnership with Micah Challenge USA, part of a global campaign to mobilize Christians against poverty.
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Hear Our June 19 Luncheon Speaker, Who Said Fair Taxation Is Pro-Life Issue
Don't miss the Baptist Center for Ethics' luncheon in Memphis on Thursday, June 19, at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering. You will hear a Methodist law-school professor who rocked Alabama's faith community out of its moral lethargy about an unfair tax structure; encouraged a Republican governor, who sought justice for the least of those in his state; and grabbed the attention of the Wall Street Journal. She has the moral vision of a biblical prophetess and the analytical carefulness of a tax expert.
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Starfish, Lotteries and Taxes
The Alabama Senate is considering a bill that will, among other things, remove the state portion of tax on food. I'm hopeful the bill will pass and have encouraged others to do what I have done--call their senator to encourage support for the bill.
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World Bank Official Warns Rising Food Costs Could Push 100 Million Into Poverty
Surging food prices could push 100 million deeper into poverty, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Sunday at the close of the International Money Fund-World Bank spring meetings in Washington.
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Will Prosperity Theology Bring Peace between Christianity and Islam?
The "Atlantic" magazine has a cover title of "Which Religion Will Win" with an artistic question mark designed out of a crescent moon intersecting with a crucifix atop a globe. One of the issue's major articles examines the competition between Christianity and Islam for adherents in Nigeria, "God's Country," Africa's most populous country.
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BCE Luncheon to Explore Morality of Fair Taxation
An Alabama law professor who argues that fair taxation is a moral issue will present her case June 19 at a luncheon meeting sponsored by the Baptist Center for Ethics. The gathering is in conjunction with the 18th General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, scheduled June 19-20 in Memphis, Tenn.
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Poverty and Justice Bible 'Megaphones' God's Concern for the Poor
A British Bible society is launching the first-ever study Bible highlighting more than 2,000 verses that emphasize God's concern about injustice and the poor.
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A New Voice for the Faithful
The expression, "there at the beginning," took on special meaning for me this past week. I was witness to the birth of a new movement in Alabama, a movement which has the potential to redefine the way faith communities confront social concerns in our state. The movement has a name: the Alabama Faith Council.
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Where Do Payday Lenders Go to Church?

Do a Google search for the words "Baptists" and "payday." You will be surprised by what you find and disappointed by what is missing. You will find abundant references to the Baptist preacher R. G. Lee, who preached over 1,200 times the same sermon--"Payday Someday." You will find little evidence that Baptists care enough about predatory lenders to take reformatory initiatives.

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Payday Lenders Boom Where Conservative Christians Exercise Political Power

The predatory practice of payday lenders flourishes in the Bible Belt, the very place where one would think that the piety and morality of church goers would oppose such ventures that charge the poor exorbitant interest rates exceeding those of "the old mafia loan sharking syndicates." That is not the case, according to a new study that maps the correlation of payday lenders and conservative Christians.

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Baptists Must See Crisscrossing of Race, Poverty and the Environment
Goodwill Baptists in North America are having feverish public and private conversations about next steps. Of course, trying to get Baptists heading in the same direction is like herding cats, a near impossibility.
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Death in the Congo
Last week the International Rescue Committee released its latest mortality survey for the Democratic Republic of Congo. They do a survey every 2-3 years; the methodology is as sound as it can be given the circumstances, and these surveys are widely acknowledged as the best estimate of how many people have died as a result of Congo's wars.
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Help Wanted: Black Friend
The great modern-day theologian--Steven Colbert of the popular Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report"--recently began accepting applications for the position of his very own "black friend."
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A Position Opposing Abortion Does Not Make One Pro-Life
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down one of its most memorable decisions in the Roe v. Wade case. That decision viewed laws that banned abortion as violations of constitutional rights to privacy and gave women the right to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Since that decision, the issue of abortion has been center stage in each election campaign for president, and the debates that have raged have divided the United States along entrenched partisan lines to the point where both sides feel so passionate about their views that they have mischaracterized the other side's position.
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Looking Into the Eyes Of Jesus
During the Christmas holidays, several news outlets carried an article about Rudy Giuliani reading the Christmas story at a children's home in Harlem. The heart-warming headline was followed by a story explaining that he is following up on a 14-year tradition. Every December Giuliani goes to the children's home to read "Twas the Night before Christmas."
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Seasonal Charity and Biblical Justice
The holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas is the most intensely charitable time of the whole year. Church and civic groups gather clothes, food, and toys for needy families. Volunteers make their way to homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Busy shoppers dutifully drop their change into Salvation Army buckets.
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Transforming Poverty by Reconsidering Our Citizenship
The power of our communities lies in the ideals of our common humanity. To continue to live in separate villages whose cohesiveness is ephemeral at best, or in gated communities of homogeneity, will only enhance everyone's poverty.
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Baptist Preacher Urges Wal-Mart to 'Be a Better Neighbor' in TV Spot
A faculty member at Baptist-related McAfee School of Theology appears in a new television ad critical of Wal-Mart.
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Avoiding Advent Boycotts
EthicsDaily.com recently carried a Religion News Service story about a new church movement called the "Advent Conspiracy."
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U.S. Senator Requests Donation Information of TV Evangelists
Back in the 16th century, the Dominican monk Tetzel, to fulfill the pope's demands, preached from village to village how the faithful could shorten the time of their loved ones in purgatory with a few shekels. According to Roland Bainton's classic life of Martin Luther, Tetzel would say to the villagers:
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God's Economics: Choosing Who Gets What
Economics is like a game of musical chairs. There are not enough chairs in the world for everyone to have as many as they would like. But rather than play music and race to the nearest chair, we have an auction, and those with the most money buy their chairs while those without are left standing.
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New Book Examines Jonah Story from the Underside of Oppression
The Old Testament story of Jonah is more than a fairy tale about a man being swallowed by a whale, and even more than an evangelical call to preach the gospel to those in foreign lands, but instead a model for reconciliation between the haves and the have-nots, says a new book.
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White House Seeks to Reduce Program Providing Energy Assistance to the Poor
Two weeks after President Bush vetoed a children's health insurance bill claiming he wants to put poor children first, the White House is threatening to veto legislation to boost funding for a program that helps low-income families pay their heating bills.
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Poor Children Victims of Multiple Marginalization
In September 2006, I was asked to lead a Bible study on children and poverty for the all-staff gathering of National Ministries (American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.) The purpose of the study was to help staff explore the biblical mandates related to the Children in Poverty Initiative, which was adopted in 2005 as denomination-wide issue of concern.
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Fair Taxation a Pro-Life Issue, Professor Says at 'Golden Rule Politics' Screening
Abortion is an important moral issue, but not for the reason many pro-life Christians believe, says a University of Alabama law professor and seminary graduate who has spent five years on the sawdust trail preaching the gospel of tax reform.
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