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State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Threaten True Religious Liberty

Warwick SabinUnder the guise of protecting religious freedom, states across the country are opening the door to discrimination by enacting misguided laws and policies.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 1, 2015

3 Ways to Celebrate Religious Freedom Day

religious tolerance assemblyIt is important to mark the nation’s progress in achieving religious freedom for all Americans, but the United States must also note the distance it still has to go.

by Sally Steenland | Friday, January 16, 2015

Spirited and Faithful: An Interview with Rev. Marvin Ellison on the Role of Faith Leaders in the Reproductive Justice Movement Steenland interviews Rev. Marvin Ellison, a writer, educator, and advocate for reproductive rights, about his work to organize clergy for reproductive justice.

by Sally Steenland | Thursday, September 25, 2014

Working and Still Poor

minimum wage rally When you try living on $77 a week for food, transportation, and entertainment—the budget of a minimum-wage worker—spending on things that many take for granted requires tough choices and carries significant consequences.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hobby Lobby’s Win Is a Loss for Religious Liberty

Hobby LobbyWhen for-profit corporations get the same privileges that have historically been given to religious groups that feed the hungry and care for the sick, religion itself is cheapened and devalued.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Blueprint for Reclaiming Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

People pray in front of the Supreme Court. book_alt2 icon Report Religious liberty protections must strongly protect both individuals and religious institutions, but must be limited when the exercise imposes costs or burdens on others.

by Donna Barry, Sandhya Bathija, Laura E. Durso, Joshua Field, Carmel Martin, Sally Steenland | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Conquering the Religious-Secular Divide

Sister Simone Campbell walks with a demonstratorSharing common goals in the fight for justice helps narrow gaps in understanding between religious and secular advocates.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Minister and Clinic Escort: An Interview with Rev. Kathleen Green

Kathleen GreenSally Steenland interviews Rev. Kathleen Green of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, New Jersey, about her work in support of reproductive justice and pro-choice health care.

by Sally Steenland | Thursday, May 1, 2014

Turning Trouble into Miracles

In what can only be described as a modern-day miracle, the Nuns on the Bus managed to transform a Vatican sanction into prophetic witness.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Political Pluralism: How Government Can Support Conflicting Religious Beliefs

Christian scholars are exploring what is appropriate religious expression in a diverse society.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reproductive Health Care Is a Human Right: An Interview with Vernita Gutierrez

Sally Steenland interviews Vernita Gutierrez, the director of community engagement for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, San Diego County, about her reproductive justice work.

by Sally Steenland | Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Conservative Fairy Tale About Government

By casting government as the villain, conservatives are ignoring history and denying the facts.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It’s Personal: Reproductive Justice and Religious Liberty with Rev. Angela Herrera

Just before the Supreme Court hears arguments in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, Sally Steenland discusses religious liberty and reproductive justice with Rev. Angela Herrera.

by Sally Steenland | Monday, March 24, 2014

How to Reduce Poverty and Save Taxpayers $4.6 Billion Per Year

Minimum wage protestRaising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour will cut spending on federal assistance programs and strengthen families, the economy, and our nation.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Connecting Maternal Health, Faith, and Reproductive Justice for International Women’s Day: An Interview with Courtney Fowler

Sally Steenland interviews Courtney Fowler, the conference lay leader for the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church, about her work to support maternal and family health.

by Sally Steenland | Thursday, March 6, 2014