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Why Jews Around the World are Praying for the Victory of the Egyptian Uprising

posted by Michael Lerner

Originally appeared on Tikkun Daily Blog Ever since the victory over the dictator of Tunisia and the subsequent uprising in Egypt, my email has been flooded with messages from Jews around the world hoping and praying for the victory of the Egyptian […]

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American Liberals and Progressive Never Miss an Opportunity to Miss an Opportunity — or Are We ready to Change Directions

posted by Michael Lerner

Progressives have been blessed in the past two years with three significant opportunities to change the fundamentals of American society. We’ve already blown the first and are missing the second and third. The first, of course, was the economic meltdown. […]

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FOX NEWS Funds Research to Discredit Progressive Pastors

posted by Eric Sapp

There is a great post by Burns Strider today on Huffington about how Glenn Beck is using Fox News staff and resources to run his smear campaign against Rev. Jim Wallis.  I’d encourage you to read the entire thing, but […]

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Michael Moore Asks the Question: What Would Jesus Do…About Capitalism?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Roman Catholic Priests are the surprising voices of clarity and conviction in Michael Moore’s new film Capitalism: A Love Story.   The Priests in this documentary, one of whom married Mr. Moore and his wife, aren’t ambivalent – they characterize capitalism […]

TIME Magazine Story Highlights Moral Crisis in Vieques

posted by Eric Sapp

What would you do if you found out that people in your neighborhood had a 30% higher cancer rate, 25% higher infant mortality rate, and 95% higher cirrhosis of the liver rate than the surrounding area?  Then you found out […]

Confession of a Predatory Lender (by Carol Howard Merritt)

posted by guestblogger

Rev. Carol Howard Merritt is the Pastor at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. and the author of Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation. I walk through the shiny car salesroom, down the hall, into my comfortable business manager […]

An Uncharitable Perspective on Vice President Biden

posted by Paul Raushenbush

$1,885.00 out of $269.256.00 equals less that 1% of giving to charity – and that is what Vice President Biden and his wife decided was a good amount in 2008.    This is a pathetic attempt at charity.  It isn’t really an […]

Limbaugh Joins Fight Against Poverty

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I just saw this in my inbox from Sojourners!  Hint – it came yesterday, April 1.  Rush Limbaugh to Speak at Sojourners’ Mobilization to End Poverty Get a free issue ofSojourners In an inspiring display of bipartisan bridge-building, talk radio […]

The Moral Superiority of Vegetarianism

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A vegetarian diet is morally superior to one that includes industrially produced meat.   Now, as someone who really likes meat this is hard to take.  I am vegetarian during Lent but not all the time, I want to be, but I admit […]

Budget and Bible: The Sin of Helping the Rich at the Expense of the Poor

posted by Eric Sapp

[Part 5 of “The Primer on Scripture and the Budget for 2009” being released and discussed at www.faithfuldemocrats.com]   Democrats must not get into the business of throwing stones, but neither should we allow Republicans to continue to portray us as […]

Charity with A Catch: No Religion, No Food.

posted by Paul Raushenbush

There is a church in Indiana which requires people taking advantage of the food kitchen and homeless shelter to also participate in the life of the church.  In short hand – no religion, no food. Just to be clear, the church […]

Scripture on the Budget: What the Bible Says About National Priorities

posted by Eric Sapp

We all know that as soon as we start talking about budget and taxes, the Republicans put away their Bibles and turn to Darwinian social and economic theories to support their policy positions.   The problem is that Democrats and progressives […]

Stephen Colbert gets Religion in Hard Times

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Religous leaders seen on TV during this ecoomic downturn generally make me shudder,with their undercurrent of opportunism, and the selling of crazy snake oil magical Jesus to make things better.   But Father Jim Martin is impressive with Colbert.    The Colbert ReportMon […]

Slumdog Millionaire: An Oscar for Hope in the Face of Hopelessness

posted by guestblogger

Vineet Chander is the Coordinator for Hindu LIfe at Princeton University and communicartions director for ISkCON.  Even as the world celebrates the eight Oscars that “Slumdog Millionaire” took home tonight – including the coveted Best Picture and props to A.R. […]

The Poverty Forum: Deferential Option to the Rich

posted by guestblogger

Peter Laarman is executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting, a network of activist individuals and congregations headquartered in Los Angeles.  The Poverty Forum’s supposedly cross-the-spectrum plan to reduce poverty runs the gamut–from A to B. While it is perpetually depressing […]

12 Steps to Economic Recovery

posted by Brian McLaren

I watched President Obama’s Indiana speech and town hall meeting from my hotel room in San Diego. I was watching on MSNBC, with Chris Matthews hosting and Pat Buchanan commenting. Pat (predictably) panned the speech, saying that people in Elkhart […]

A cry from the political wilderness about stimulus

posted by Eric Sapp

(Cross-posted from FaithfulDemocrats)   When examining the morality of a society or government, most people would probably argue that the most important thing to look at is how it acted.  I would argue, however, that it is at least as […]

The Stimulus Package: A View from The Pew (by Rev. Donna Schaper)

posted by guestblogger

The Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper is Senior Minister of Judson Memorial Church in New York City and author of GRASS ROOTS GARDENING: RITUALS TO SUSTAIN ACTIVISM. My people are shovel ready: they are ready to shovel the manure out of […]

Faith Based Discrimination?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

David Waters in his Under God blog asks these good questions about President Obama’s decision to defer a final decision on the non-discrimination hiring policy for groups getting federal money though the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood […]

Millard Fuller: Service, Justice and the kingdom of God

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A couple of years ago a group of Princeton students went on a Habitat trip to Mexico. They learned about Mexican culture, relished being away from the pressure of the Princeton bubble and, of course, built houses.  One of the […]

Support President Obama (and support the Stimulus Plan)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Just over three months ago the American people elected Barack Obama as our president because we believed he was uniquely equipped with the vision to lead in this time of economic and global crisis.  America –  let Obama lead.  Our government can and […]

Justice on Wall Street – Capping Executive Pay

posted by Paul Raushenbush

My post God Damn Wall Street stirred up quite a response.  One reader named T wrote: “It’s those on Wall Street who are saying “God damn to everyone else, I’m making sure I’m taken care of because it’s going to […]

The Fight for SCHIP is Won

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Obama signed legislation expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program today that will provide health care coverage for the 9 million uninsured American children.  A faith based community organization coalition called PICO National Network gets much of the credit for moving beyond partisanship and getting […]

Pushing Obama Towards Justice and Peace (by Mark Johnson)

posted by guestblogger

Mark Johnson is the Executive Director of The Fellowship of Reconciliation These are difficult times in which to discern the truth, to know what to believe. The language has shifted, the rhetoric softened; but behavior, actions are still troubling. President Obama and Secretary […]

God Damn Wall Street!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Ok, I had to get a little Jeremiah Wright off my chest because the disgusting behavior of Wall Street while our economy crumbles has made it tough to maintain equanimity.     The rip off disgrace of Bernie Madeoff, the spa adventures of […]

A Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (by Marian Wright Edelman)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Marian Wright Edelman is the Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund. The following is an excerpt from Ms. Edelman’s book: The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small.  This is a long post for Progressive Revival but on […]

The Sideshow — News and Lessons from the Republican Civil War

posted by Burns Strider

Republicans have a problem… they don’t know who they are. Devastated The 2006 and 2008 election cycles were devastating for the GOP. They went from the Roveian-based belief that they had basically won the political war and Democrats would be […]

Barack Obama and the (progressive) Religious Revival

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Barack Obama’s transition team is ringing in the New Year with a series of meetings with religious groups reports Dan Gilgoff at US News.  It is striking that the names that dominate the list are the very ones that some […]

A Christmas Prayer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Creator God,   On this Holy Night, still our frentic pace, and calm our worried minds so that we might experience the miracle and wonder of Christmas.  Send your Holy Spirit to pierce the shadows of these uncertain times, rekindle our hope for the […]

Rick Warren and the Social Gospel

posted by Paul Raushenbush

“Historically evangelicals and mainline protestants were all in one group. Along about the beginning of the 20th century there were some protestant theologians who started using the term social gospel. What they meant by that was you don’t really need […]

November Unemployment Figures: The Suffering of the Most Vulnerable

posted by Paul Raushenbush

NPR’s Market Place host Kai Ryssdal interviewed Nobel Prize-winning economist and Harvard professor Amartya Sen last night.  Prof Sen made this important point:   Uncertainties affect different people very differently. People who are already vulnerable are affected dramatically more than […]

Missionary Giving and Waste

posted by tcampolo

Rick Warren, the most prominent Evangelical pastor of our day, has established a highly successful program arranging teams from his church to help specific villages in Africa. Given the effectiveness of his organizational skills and the extensive direct involvement that […]

Obama’s White House and the Council for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

posted by Paul Raushenbush

As Barack Obama appoints his cabinet there is one area upon which the president-elect and his aids, as well as the media have been largely silent – the President’s Council for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.   In a speech on […]

Progressive Revival Poll

posted by Paul Raushenbush

What is the most pressing moral issue facing the Obama Administration? ( surveys)

The future of Catholic politics?

posted by David Gibson

If and when the bishops do start talking about a new political strategy, they may want to keep in mind the remarkable victory of Tom (“Common Good Catholic”) Perriello over Virgil (Good ol’ Boy) Goode in Virginia’s fifth CD. Wish I […]

Rev. Jim Wallis Shares “My Personal ‘Faith Priorities’ for this Election”

posted by Burns Strider

I was emailing this evening with Jim Wallis. Its always a blessing to hear what’s on Reverend Wallis’ mind. He’s a good friend, great leader, prophetic minister and caring pastor. He mentioned a recent posting of his at God’s Politics. […]

BEING CATHOLIC: BEYOND PARTISANSHIP AND LABELS

posted by Alexia Kelley

Catholics are the quintessential swing voters in this presidential election. Whoever wins the Catholic vote in key battleground states is likely to be sworn in as our 44th president in January.     Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is challenging […]

Jesus Christ: Do you REALLY know him?

posted by David Gibson

Seriously. His entire track record is hearsay. The four accounts we have of his life contradict each other and they’re probably not historically reliable. Besides, he was born in Palestine, for crying out loud. You all have to ask these hard questions. The MSM […]

Gambling with Politics

posted by Eric Sapp

Tabitha Knerr at Faithfuldemocrats.com just posted a great piece on all the many ties between Republicans and the gambling industry that are starting to pop up in races around the country.  I commented recently on the effect Sheldon Adelson–the GOP […]

“Where Your Trasure Is”: Part II

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross-posted on faithfuldemocrats.com)   Talk about politics making strange bedfellows.  Who would have thought that liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans would join forces to defeat one of the strongest legislative pushes I’ve seen in recent years, one backed by the […]

Catholic Bishops offer a Five-Point Bailout Plan

posted by David Gibson

A strong statement from the head of the U.S. bishops domestic justice committee offers five conditions to guide any rescue/bailout package. In the Sept. 26 statement (it didn’t get much press; I just found it now via ZENIT), Bishop William […]

Just Say “No” to Any Immediate Bailout-Don’t try band-aids to keep the Tower of Babel Standing

posted by Michael Lerner

Rabbis of antiquity interpreted the attempt by humanity to build a Tower of Babel that would allow people to storm heaven as a symbol of human hubris and technological power gone crazy. It was globalization for the sake of power, […]

Vatican newspaper: “New economy” is a “sham”

posted by David Gibson

Looking for a Catholic–some would say traditionally Christian–point of view on the economic meltdown? The  church has long-standing teachings and resources that I think could be useful–and an antidote to some of the idolatry and fatalism of unfettered free-marketeering. (“Hey, stuff […]

“Where Your Treasure Is”: The Economy and Values

posted by Eric Sapp

As we contemplate the fact that Republicans are arguing for the largest U.S. government interference in the free markets in our nation’s history–a bailout just shy of being equal to the entire US debt when Ronald Reagan became President–Democrats MUST […]

Hunger Advocate and Former Congressman Tony Hall Connects Faith to Economic Woes

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Beginning next week, the Matthew 25 Network will run a new ad on Christian radio stationsin Ohio connecting the Christian mandate to care for the least among uswith the economic crisis in Ohio and around the country.  FormerCongressman Tony Hall, […]

Christian-omics?

posted by David Gibson

The turmoil on Wall Street is continuing, and even though it is closer to me than even Russia is to Alaska, I understand less than little about economics. And yet the human toll of the crashes and crises is poignantly clear, and is spreading.  […]

Politically Speaking, Everything is a Value for a Values Voter… Like the Economy

posted by Burns Strider

How is it that many, from left to right, who believe and argue that “values” and religion play a primary role in driving voting choices don’t equate “economic” issues and concerns as values-driven?   How is it that those who are […]

Palin cut funding for pregnant moms in need

posted by David Gibson

The Washington Post has the story here, and a facsimile of the bill on which Palin herself wrote out how much to cut and where: ST. PAUL — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that […]

Beyond Roe? New study shows abortion rates lowered by public policy

posted by David Gibson

In a new study that could recast the seemingly endless debates over abortion and Roe v. Wade, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good yesterday released a new study that, according to the news release, is the first study of its kind to look at the […]

The Struggle for Common Ideals

THE STRUGGLE FOR COMMON IDEALS As many of the present blogs indicate, religious leaders from every tradition, both Christian and not, are beginning to gather together–as distinct from the usual denominational gatherings of religious leaders common to most election seasons […]

McCain and the Eye of a Needle

posted by Paul Raushenbush

  We have heard a lot in the past years about Evangelicals being more concerned about issues such as climate change, AIDS, and, especially, poverty.  So it was jarring that there was so little concern from Evangelicals about Senator McCain’s […]

Barack Obama and the (surprise!) Mainline Vote

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A new poll by the Barna group finds that Obama is leading in 18 of 19 different religious faith communities defined by the survey’s strict standards. McCain leads in only one–evangelicals. This is good news for Senator Obama and should […]

America’s Mortal Sin: Class Bias. A Solution: Parochial Schools.

posted by Ray Flynn

In my last  post, I asked how one decided which is the most important political issue and who he/she should vote for for president.   I learned from my readings of the Bible to “Love thy neighbor” and that “I am my brother’s keeper.”  […]

Daily Kos’s Criticism of Progressive Revival

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The current criticism of Progressive Revival by Street Prophets at Daily Kos highlights the tension in both religion and politics over who is “progressive enough” in this campaign season. They write that the Revivalists are not “an expression of the […]

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