Public Life Archives
What We’ve Learned Since 9/11
In order to make our world safer, we need to focus on factual evidence and real threats rather than target entire communities because of their ethnicity or religion.
57,000 Reasons to Restore Early Learning
57,000 children won’t be attending Head Start this month because of sequester cuts.
Where’s the Debate on Immigration Reform?
An overwhelming number of business, labor, faith, and civic groups, as well as a strong majority of the American public, a supermajority in the Senate, and a bipartisan majority in the House, all support immigration reform.
Religious Liberty + Marriage Equality = Harmony, Not Dissension
Despite opposition activists’ rhetoric, support for nondiscrimination laws and religious liberty are positively connected.
Of Strawberries and Stereotypes
While the work of charities is key to helping the poor, government programs can be key in supporting human dignity.
Merging the Blues with the Gospel: Rev. Otis Moss III on Trayvon Martin and Building a More United America
Sally Steenland interviews Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and a leading progressive Christian activist and cultural critic.
Ensuring Health Coverage for All
Issue Brief Faith groups call on their states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
What’s Race Got to Do With It?
After the Zimmerman verdict, it is more obvious than ever that we can no longer ignore the persistence of racial injustice in the United States.
5 Reasons People of Faith Should Care About Student-Loan Debt
As Congress debates whether or not to double student-loan interest rates, people of faith can help make the moral case for a fair student-loan system.
Pulling up Racial Injustice by the Roots
Institutional racism might be harder to detect than individual bigotry, but its impact is more widespread and lasting.
Purity Police Miss the Point
Shortsighted efforts by self-appointed conservative watchdogs are endangering faith-based social-justice programs.
6 Ways Faith Communities Have Helped Prevent Gun Violence Since Newtown
Faith communities are playing an integral role in making communities safer through state gun-violence prevention laws in the wake of the Newtown shooting.
Faith and the Fast-Food Strikes: An Interview with Rev. Liz Muñoz
Jack Jenkins talks with Rev. Liz Muñoz of Chicago, Illinois, about the fast-food strikes happening across the country and what faith groups and faith leaders are doing to help.
God Versus Godless—a False Choice
Extreme views on religious belief—or lack of it—may make for lively theatrics, but they ignore the dynamic complexities of behavior and faith.
Marriage Equality Will Not End LGBT Discrimination
As the Supreme Court decides who can say “I do,” finally passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is something that Congress must do.