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1 Year After the Sandy Hook School Shooting, Dean Gary Hall Calls for Action on Gun Violence Prevention

Sally Steenland and the Very Rev. Gary Hall discuss the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting and why faith leaders are at the forefront of gun control prevention advocacy.

Byby Sally Steenland | Monday, December 9, 2013

Repairing Christianity’s Damaged Brand

Simone CampbellAfter four decades, the Religious Right is losing its grip, and a generous, justice-minded Christianity is gaining public attention and support.

Byby Sally Steenland | Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Real Family Values: Paid Family Leave

article icon Issue Brief Paid family leave upholds the value of caregiving, fights against injustice, and helps build healthier families.

Byby Jack Jenkins | Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Women Senators Prove Collaboration Is Better than Conflict

Sen. Amy KlobucharAs the government shutdown dragged on, female senators broke through the impasse with a compromise plan to put Americans back to work and save the global economy.

Byby Sally Steenland | Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hating Government but Loving Its Programs

Sen. Ted CruzThe conservatives who engineered the government shutdown are complaining about the new lack of programs and services.

Byby Sally Steenland | Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Have They No Shame?

Food assistanceRepublicans who slash essential programs for those in need are modern-day Pharaohs.

Byby Sally Steenland | Wednesday, October 2, 2013

There’s More than One Way to Start a Revolution

Pope FrancisPope Francis’ spiritual humility, intellectual curiosity, and emotional honesty can be a driving force for positive change in the Catholic Church.

Byby Sally Steenland | Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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.

Byby Sally Steenland | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

57,000 Reasons to Restore Early Learning

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan57,000 children won’t be attending Head Start this month because of sequester cuts.

Byby Sally Steenland | Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Where’s the Debate on Immigration Reform?

Prayer demonstrationAn 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.

Byby Sally Steenland | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Religious Liberty + Marriage Equality = Harmony, Not Dissension

Despite opposition activists’ rhetoric, support for nondiscrimination laws and religious liberty are positively connected.

Byby Sally Steenland | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Of Strawberries and Stereotypes

While the work of charities is key to helping the poor, government programs can be key in supporting human dignity.

Byby Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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.

Byby Sally Steenland | Friday, July 19, 2013

Ensuring Health Coverage for All

article icon Issue Brief Faith groups call on their states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Byby Eleni Towns | Thursday, July 18, 2013

What’s Race Got to Do With It?

Trayvon MartinAfter the Zimmerman verdict, it is more obvious than ever that we can no longer ignore the persistence of racial injustice in the United States.

Byby Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 17, 2013