Fulfilling a promise they made during the government shutdown, members of the anti-poverty coalition "Circle of Protection," are delivering 535 "Poverty and Justice" Bibles into the hands of senators and representatives this week.
Over the course of the 16-day-long government shutdown last month, members of the 65 denominations and relief and development agencies composing the coalition, publicly read the nearly 2,100 Bible verses pertaining to poverty and justice and vowed to reinforce the Scripture's messages to their Congressmen and women.
Beau Underwood, the Director for Campaigns and Advocacy at Christian social justice group Sojourners, said that as the government shutdown looked imminent, many of the Circle of Protection's members began discussing how Christians ought to respond to it. more >>
WASHINGTON – President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," nearing its 50th anniversary, has been a failure, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) declared Wednesday, as he called on his fellow conservatives to take the lead in the fight against poverty at an invitation-only event hosted by The Heritage Foundation.
1964 was not the year America began fighting the War on Poverty, Lee argued, it was 1776.
"Upward mobility," he said, "has never been easy. It has always and everywhere required backbreaking work, personal discipline, and at least a little luck. But if upward mobility was not universal in America, it was the norm. From our very Founding, we not only fought a war on poverty - we were winning." more >>
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, the newly elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that the church should follow the example Pope Francis has set on how to effectively reach out to people.
"We need to reach out, not, as the Holy Father said so well, (first) with rules and regulations – which are appropriate if you're going to present a child for baptism – but it should not be the first step. We should be reaching out as the first step," Archbishop Kurtz, 67, said in an interview with Catholic News Service following his election on Tuesday.
He was born in in Mahanoy City, Pa., and brought up in the coal regions of northeastern Pennsylvania, and has spent most of his priesthood as a social worker. He served as a bishop in Knoxville, Tenn., from 1999 to 2007, after which he was appointed archbishop of Louisville. more >>
There are countless Christians of great influence, passion and creativity who serve as CEOs, ministry leaders, nonprofit founders, pastors, evangelists and in other capacities whose works and personal stories have touched and inspired the lives of many. This list is an effort to highlight but a few of these U.S.-based Christians and their work.
The introductory list below includes just five names while the full list, to be expanded on over the next several weeks, runs much longer. Readers are welcomed to submit names in the comment section below for those Christians, still living, who they believe are impacting the church, the greater culture and the world.
Sarah Young - Author, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence more >>
A Kentucky-based Baptist charity that has dealt with legal troubles over its firing of an openly homosexual employee has voted to maintain its employment standards.
Sunrise Children's Service, formerly called Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, voted down a proposal on Friday that was supported by their president to allow hiring of openly gay individuals.
As relief efforts are on the way to help survivors of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, believed to have killed over 10,000 people in the Phillipines, Pope Francis has sent an aid contribution of $150,000 to families and victims pleading to the world for help.
"Deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this storm and its aftermath," read a telegram by Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.
"He is especially mindful of those who mourn the loss of their loved ones and of those who have lost their homes. In praying for all the people of the Philippines, the Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they assist the victims of this storm. He invokes divine blessings of strength and consolation for the Nation." more >>