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Hunger and poverty are being addressed more effectively than any other time in history. Poverty has declined from 37.1 percent of the global population in 1990 to 9.6 percent in 2015, according to Bread for the World’s 2017 Hunger Report. Over the same period, global hunger has declined from 23.3 percent to 12.9 percent. Yet, […] Read More

Calls for unity and civility, as well as prayers for elected leaders, were voiced by faith leaders following a contentious U.S. presidential election. Responses from Baptist leadership included: “It’s time we come together with winners showing humility and losers showing more of the same. Won’t get anywhere without it,” tweeted Doug Dortch, pastor of Mountain […] Read More

Numerous important ballot issues were largely unnoticed in the media’s coverage of Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election. Voters across the country offered their take on legislative ideas, particularly affirming marijuana usage, enacting stricter gun laws and increasing the minimum wage. Marijuana had a good night. Voters in four states – Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota […] Read More

Hundreds of churches across the country will attempt to focus on a more important commitment, as millions of Americans cast their votes next Tuesday. While ballots are being counted and pundits jump to conclusions, Christians across the denominational spectrum will gather for communion. An initiative known as Election Day Communion urges churches to hold a […] Read More

Poverty is not inevitable, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and a nation should be assessed by how it helps citizens with the greatest needs. These were focal points in a report from the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships released last week. Ending poverty requires coordinated and sustained efforts between government, […] Read More

Welcoming refugees is a traditional act of hospitality for the nation of Jordan. An estimated 1.4 million Syrians fled south to Jordan over the past few years, a number equivalent to about 20 percent of Jordan’s population. Only Turkey and Lebanon currently host more Syrian refugees. But for Jordan, the current refugee stream from Syria […] Read More

The military and scientists top the list in a Pew Research Center survey about U.S. public trust, while religious leader trust lags behind. “One-third of the public (33 percent) has a great deal of confidence in the military and an additional 46 percent say they have a fair amount of confidence,” Pew found. By comparison, […] Read More

The companion book to the feature-length documentary film, “The Disturbances,” is now available as an e-book.’s latest documentary shares an untold story about Christian missionaries and Nigerian pastors intervening to save lives in Nigeria amid tribal genocide there in 1966. The companion book to the film, written by documentary co-producer and executive editor […] Read More

There are 767 million people worldwide in extreme poverty, defined as a household living on less than $1.90 per day per person. Of these, 385 million are children and youth ages 17 or younger – 122 million (ages 0-4); 118 (ages 5-9); 99 million (ages 10-14); and 46 million (ages 15-17). By comparison, 337 million […] Read More

Decades of progress in reducing extreme global poverty have been hindered by a continued high rate of income inequality, according to a World Bank report. “The world had almost 1.1 billion fewer poor in 2013 than in 1990, a period in which the world population grew by almost 1.9 billion people,” the report stated. Yet, […] Read More