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A Godsend to Reproductive Health Clinics

Groups offer compassionate, nonjudgmental counseling for women and their families dealing with abortion.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nothing Says Love Like Great Public Policy

Mother's DayWhile cards and flowers are fine Mother’s Day gifts, public policies that make life better for moms are the best way to honor all they do.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

How Faith Fuels Progressivism

play_alt icon Video A new video from the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative shows how religious groups have played a critical role in many of our nation’s social-justice movements, and continue to fuel many of today’s forward-looking campaigns for justice, mercy, and equality.

By William DeBoer and Jack Jenkins | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

3 Facts About Religion and Violent Extremism

Islamic Society of BostonIn the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, it’s important to keep the facts straight about the complexities of terrorism.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Advocates Continue Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence

Gun-violence preventionIn the wake of last week’s Senate vote against legislation to prevent gun violence, Americans must remember that their efforts to reduce gun violence are a marathon, not a sprint.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Thou Shall Not Kill: Faith Groups and Gun-Violence Prevention

Gun-violence prevention article icon Issue Brief In this brief, we examine the efforts of faith-based groups to prevent deaths caused by firearms through their work as first-responders, advocates, and prophetic voices against the scourge of gun violence.

By Jack Jenkins, with Eleni Towns | Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Is Creativity or Obedience More Important?

Rev. Joel HunterProbing and honest conversation is key to fostering real understanding between people.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Our Tax Dollars Help Faith-Based Groups and the Government Work for the Common Good

On Tax Day, it’s important to remember that the government often works with communities using our tax dollars to better the lives of Americans nationwide.

By Emily Baxter and Eleni Towns | Monday, April 15, 2013

The Ever-Evolving Institution of Marriage

DOMADespite claims by many conservatives and religious leaders, marriage has not always been a union between one man and one woman but over the years has embraced practices that even most strident marriage traditionalists might abhor.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reproductive Justice, Religious Liberty, and Pluralistic Democracy

Sally Steenland talks with Rabbi Dennis Ross, a religious advocate and congregational rabbi, in the third interview in a podcast series discussing the current state of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.

By Sally Steenland | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Dark Side of ‘Bright Young Things’

Victoria's SecretProgressives should speak out about the commercial targeting of youth instead of shying away from a fight about deregulation and the “nanny state.”

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Religious Right Wasn’t Created to Battle Abortion

Antiabortion rallyAs the Supreme Court hears arguments in cases on marriage equality, many fear a decades-long backlash reminiscent of that after Roe v. Wade. It is important, however, to remember the real story behind the formation of the religious conservative movement.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Welcoming the Newcomer: How Faith Groups Are Rallying the Religious Behind Immigration Reform

Immigration reform activistsReligious institutions and faith-based activists continue to be influential forces behind the push for sensible immigration legislation.

By Jack Jenkins | Monday, March 25, 2013

Faith Leaders Calling for an End to Gun Violence

Gun violence preventionVoices in faith communities across America are loudly speaking out about how gun violence affects them and why we need a real solution now.

By Eleni Towns | Thursday, March 21, 2013

‘Girls’ Needs to Glance Away from the Mirror

Cast of Even the created reality of a television show can benefit from a diverse worldview.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 20, 2013