Why Jesus Wouldn’t Be a Democrat or a Republican (Luke 14:1, 7-14)

By Billy Honor. If you just listened to the current presidential candidates talk, you’d think the United States is a nation comprised of only rich and middle class individuals. Almost nothing in their speeches, party platforms, and interviews would tell you that approximately 47 million citizens live in poverty in what is clearly the richest nation in the world.The reason for this political hush mouth about poverty (which, by the way, is defined as the state of being extremely p … [Read more...]

Black Friday: Can’t Buy Love (Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36)

By Karyn L. Wiseman.Since 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has marked the start of the holiday shopping season.  Now “Black Friday” is an American phenomenon where shoppers wait in line for hours, some for days, to get their hands on holiday gifts at bargain prices.  Retailers lure shoppers with steep door-buster discounts, limited quantities,  and by opening early and closing late. Black Friday sales have been advertised for weeks now it seems. Doorstoppers, insane discounts, buy 1-get … [Read more...]

Beijing +20 and Michelle Obama: What Is Women’s Work? (Ruth 1:1-18)

By Lisa Davison.Sumter Faith Clinic is a free clinic to treat the uninsured and underinsured.Recognizing the incredible gap (between those with health insurance and those without it) in the health care system in their area, Nurse Practitioners Mary Wysochansky and Anna Stinchcum decided to do something to address the program.  These two women founded and opened the Sumter Faith Clinic in Americus, GA. The clinic serves the uninsured and the underinsured in Sumter County, GA.  Funded p … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Visits U.S.: Greed Is Your Fatal Flaw (Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22)

By Amy Erickson.We asked people what they thought about Pope Francis. During his visit to Bolivia in July, the pope addressed an audience of farmers, trash-pickers, craftspeople, and un-unionized workers. He expressed his compassion for the poor and the marginalized and advocated passionately for them, but he did not stop there. As he did in his encyclical on climate change, the pope identified and condemned the systemic and structural causes of their suffering: the global idolization of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis on Climate Change: Hearing the Cries of Earth and the Poor (2 Corinthians 8:7-15)

By Keith Anderson.Facts about climate change and poverty. Last week Pope Francis issued a blockbuster papal encyclical on the environment called “Praised Be.” It is the pope’s clarion call to address what he describes as an urgent global environmental crisis. Sweeping in scope, it addresses the many dimensions of environmental degradation and the devastating toll it is taking on people, communities, and nations.  He writes, “It is my hope that this Encyclical Letter…can help us to acknow … [Read more...]

Sell All Your Possessions! (Acts 4:32-35)

By Eric D. Barreto.Teresa Ghilarducci talks about economic inequality, the power of a living wage, and why this is a faith issue.Inequality is a relentless blight. The hopelessness too often engendered when a lack of resources aligns with insufficient educational access, the easy prejudice of one's neighbors, and the ubiquity of oppression is dehumanizing and crushing.In recent days, much of our political discourse has focused—at least in words—on economic inequality. From the left … [Read more...]