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Important Lessons for Social Movement Leaders

posted by Jana Melpolder

A few months back, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced the six winners of its Roadmaps to Health Prize. Although there were many strong candidates, these six communities have gone above and beyond to build healthy neighborhoods and revitalize the […]

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The United Nation’s “International Day of the Girl Child”

posted by Jana Melpolder

This week we mark the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th. The day was created by the United Nations General Assembly to help promote opportunities and equal access for girls everywhere. The UN created it to increase […]

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Minimum Wage

posted by Jana Melpolder

This summer, several fast food workers across America have staged one-day strikes to demand that the current Federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour,  be raised to $15 per hour. 

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Let’s Celebrate Nelson Mandela!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Nelson Mandela, who today turns 95, is a man of honor, courage, and empowerment. His work to end apartheid not only helped South Africans for the past several decades, but will also impact future generations in Africa and around the […]

End Violence Now: Turning Guns Into Garden Tools

posted by Jana Melpolder

Recently I had a chance to speak with well-known community activist Shane Caliborne, a Christian working in Philadelphia to reverse the city’s high gun violence rate. By combining his passion for healthy food access, community involvement, and peace, he is part of […]

Who Will Save Us? Not Politicians

posted by Jana Melpolder

I guess I am confused why it feels like so many Americans think that the government should or even could save us. Share your thoughts!

Household Chores Hold Girls Back

posted by Jana Melpolder

This was originally posted on Open Equal Free Young girls around the world are faced with a very difficult sense of reality. Often when one or both parents are unable to care for the home or family, a daughter will […]

Jim Wallis: Faith and the Election

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, explains that he and many other people of faith will evaluate the candidates for the 2012 election on how they treat “the least of these.” Reprinted from Odyssey Networks

Give Us This Day OUR Daily Bread

posted by Jana Melpolder

I love this video that was just posted on Odyssey Networks. How does a Christian ministry help a Philadelphia community gain access to healthy food? One man in this video points out that The Lord’s prayer says “Give us this […]

Sudanese American Women Are Encouraged to Further Education

posted by Jana Melpolder

I originally posted this on Open Equal Free – check out the site! Women who left the worn-torn country of Sudan were given a clear message at a recent conference: the path to success in the United States is paved […]

My Man Is Now in Kenya

posted by Jana Melpolder

Not only has my boyfriend Matt started an exciting new job as a Project Engineer at Inveneo, but he just left to be on assignment for two weeks in Kenya. The nonprofit Inveneo helps to establish internet connections in some […]

Living Life in Hard Economic Times

posted by Jana Melpolder

Meet one man that struggles to keep above water. His powerful story of faith and living amidst the everyday struggles of our modern economy helps me to be grateful. Watch his story and check out others in the Odyssey Networks’ […]

A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the Empowerment of Women

posted by Jana Melpolder

Meet Leymah Gbowee, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who works to help empower women in her own community. She has been through the difficult struggles alongside women in her native country, and through it all she has shown great faith […]

Martin Luther King Jr. and Occupy Wall Street

posted by Jana Melpolder

What would the incredible MLK think of faith leaders today? I think that he would not have supported certain points of the Occupy Wall Street movement, such as people writing graffiti to get the message across. Civil disobedience has been […]

What’s the Reality of Poverty?

posted by Jana Melpolder

World AIDS Day 2011

posted by Jana Melpolder

I still want to express more than I can about HIV and AIDS. It affects individuals, and it also affects the families and friends of the victims. This isn’t an issue that’s “over there”; HIV and AIDS exist in the […]

The Life of the American Homeless

posted by Jana Melpolder

What’s it like to live in a tent because you’re no longer able to afford your house? This is a harsh reality for many men and women in the United States. Watch how these brave individuals continue on despite their […]

New Video on Occupy Wall Street

posted by Jana Melpolder

A Prayer for the Unemployed

posted by Jana Melpolder

The unemployed may feel lost, depressed, and emotionally exhausted. Whether you or someone you know is without work, here’s a short prayer that can help. Taken from Book of Common Prayer, 1979. Let us pray. For the poor and the […]

The Church’s Involvement in the Immigration Debate

posted by Jana Melpolder

The ever-popular immigration debate is getting some heat, and Alabama’s new immigration law is creating strong reactions on both sides of the debate. What should the Christian community do when it comes to immigration laws? Are we to stand by the government or argue against it? Check […]

Occupy Wall Street Looks Bigger on TV

posted by Jana Melpolder

I just traveled to New York City and was lucky enough to check out Occupy Wall Street. Let me be honest: it wasn’t what I was expecting. I think there were more people crowded around the protestors taking pictures and observing […]

A New Kind of Journey

posted by Jana Melpolder

I have recently joined the American (and) global club of being unemployed. Whew, it’s tough to even write that. Besides my sweet deal here at Beliefnet of being a blogger, I’m looking for new jobs so I can get back into […]

What Is Meant By the “Politics of Hunger”?

posted by Jana Melpolder

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A Glimpse Inside a Polygamous Marriage

posted by Jana Melpolder

What’s life like for one man, his three wives, and their 24 children? I recently interview Jim Darger and his wives Alina, Vicki, and Valerie to find out! Check out a short video where they take us through daily life […]

Village Life in India

posted by Jana Melpolder

Village life is more complex than what merely meets the eye. At first glance, there’s a small community of people that have spent their entire lives together in close-knit relationships. But look deeper, and you’ll see an amazing array of […]

10 Things to Love About India

posted by Jana Melpolder

Tourists should visit India more often!! Here’s a quick list of reasons why I think India is a beautiful place: 1. The closeness within an Indian family. 2. The spicy food.   3. The respect for elders. 4. The beautiful saris and […]

If They Can Walk, I Can Walk. But I Just Don’t Want to…

posted by Jana Melpolder

I’m not going to lie. I’ve never owned a car and I’m 27 years old. I’ve been a licensed driver for 10 years but never with my own set of wheels. Before you think, “that’s crazy or weird,” let me […]

What One Thing Would YOU Give Up?

posted by Jana Melpolder

What would you give up so that others could have life-giving water and food? Right now over 12 million in the Horn of Africa are in danger of dying simply because there isn’t enough food to go around. Around 30,000 children have […]

Watch What Sponsoring Just One Child Can Do

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Yes, Sadly Slavery Still Exists

posted by Jana Melpolder

Slavery is not only a thing of the past that we read about in school. It’s something that happens every day. It’s something that’s as modern as Twitter and Smartphones. It’s something that’s a harsh reality for many men, women, and children around […]

Social Justice Exhaustion

posted by Jana Melpolder

This featured post was written by my friend Matthew Paul Turner. Check out his Beliefnet Blog “Jesus Needs New PR.”   Can I be honest? I think many of us who are engaged in the blogging world (Christian or otherwise) are suffering from a disease. […]

Video: Watch Arminda’s Story

posted by Jana Melpolder

This is Arminda. She is the little girl in the “Sponsor a Child” banner below. And this is her story.  

A Letter to the Mothers and Fathers of Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

I am happy to say that this post was recently featured on the World Vision blog!   To the incredible mothers and fathers of Bolivia, This journey has been an opportunity to give a voice for the voiceless. To put a […]

So, I Met the ‘It’ Girls of Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

They’re beautiful. They inspire us. Who are they? Celestine – Meet a woman who is a fierce example of what the love of a mother can do. When Celestine’s son was young, he wasn’t able to walk and play like […]

The Domino Effect of Sustainable Development

posted by Jana Melpolder

Bolivia can give a new meaning to the word community. The family structure is very important – and the bonds that people have together can be inspiring to lonely hearts everywhere. Luckily, a whole community can benefit from even one […]

Listening to the Voices of Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

What do Bolivians hope for when it comes to their communities and families? Check out what ideas they’ve shared with me about the future! High-quality health care for their children Stop and reverse child malnutrition in their communities Higher wages for […]

A Deeper Look at Poverty

posted by Jana Melpolder

What is the definition of poverty? What does it mean to be poor in today’s modern world of multi-car families and HD television sets? Does poverty have the same effects all around the world?   Apparently, no. Poverty can be […]

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Slavery Still Exists in the Modern World
Slavery. Human trafficking. Kidnapped victims who are often smuggled or forced to migrate across borders. Slaves in today's world are faced with daily fear and a lack of legal protection, leaving them without a voice when it's needed most. Human trafficking cases have been reported within every sing

posted 1:55:35pm May. 24, 2014 | read full post »

5 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About the Super Bowl
It's time for the Big Game! Americans, including myself, will be all too-happy to indulge in two of the USA's favorite traditions - food and football. Check out this video from Odyssey Networks that gives us surprising facts to the Super Bowl.

posted 3:32:39pm Jan. 31, 2014 | read full post »

A Prayer to Keep Our Neighbors Warm
The Polar Vortex is no joke - North America has recently experienced extremely low temperatures that's made most of the country nearly shutdown. The negative temperatures outside have left many stranded in airports, unable to go to school and work, or just frustrated by the relentless cold. Sadly,

posted 5:12:35pm Jan. 07, 2014 | read full post »

The Most Powerful Moments of 2013
This past year has been one of growth, happiness, and challenges, both for the world and for myself personally. What has 2013 meant to you?

posted 11:04:52am Dec. 30, 2013 | read full post »

Fear on the First Anniversary of Sandy Hook
Tragedy struck the entire nation last year when a gunman killed 26 first-grade students and adults on December 14, 2012. The community has experienced grief beyond what most of us can understand. But with time, the slow and painful process of healing and forgiveness has already began. The Newt

posted 7:14:00pm Dec. 11, 2013 | read full post »

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