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Religion and Values: Archives

How Would Francis Vote?

Pope Francis speakingPope Francis has been a strong proponent of civic engagement during his papacy, calling for his billions of followers—and inspiring other admirers—to consider their faith and values when working to build more just societies.

by Claire Markham | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wise as Serpents but Harmless as Doves

protesterThe Obama administration’s new birth control rules are generous and strategically smart, but some opponents still aren’t happy.

by Sally Steenland | Thursday, September 11, 2014

Infographic: The Ripple Effect of the Hobby Lobby Decision

rippleAllowing corporate religious liberty to trump employees’ religious liberty can lead to a cascade of poor health outcomes for the nation.

by Donna Barry, Laura E. Durso, Chester Hawkins | Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rep. Ryan’s New Poverty Plan Is Not the Answer to the Pope’s Prayers

Rep. Paul Ryan listens during a hearingRep. Ryan needs to look toward Pope Francis’s teachings and the true state of poverty in America in order to effectively address the nation’s poverty crisis.

by Claire Markham | Thursday, August 14, 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

Linking Policy and Life: An Interview on Moral Mondays Protests and Reproductive Justice with Rev. Emma Akpan

Emma AkpanSally Steenland interviews Rev. Emma Akpan of Blueprint North Carolina on the state's Moral Mondays protests.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Called to Be Whole: An Interview with Rev. Lacette Cross on Reproductive Justice and Working with LGBT Communities and Communities of Color

Lacette CrossSally Steenland interviews Rev. Lacette Cross, minister, advocate, youth and sexual health educator, on her reproductive justice work.

by Sally Steenland | Monday, May 19, 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

Real Family Values: Child Care and Early Childhood Education

Child care article icon Issue Brief If we value opportunity, equality, and fairness, we must do more to provide children and working parents with access to high-quality, affordable child care.

by Emily Baxter, with Katie Hamm | Thursday, April 17, 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