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by Ed Knudson

1) Iowa Lutherans: Don't Vote for Joni Ernst
2) Wendell Berry and Incarnational Theology
3) Did God Kill Jesus? Moltmann on Anticipated Terror and Joy
4) Stop the Oil Train Bombs
5) The Terrible Self-Righteousness of George Weigel at First Things

Article  by Michael Lerner:  You can accept this invitation from Rabbi Lerner to a gathering on December 14, 2014, in San Francisco. Read this compelling analysis of the 2014 election and politics today.  11/11/2014

Article  by Don Hazen:  Basic life conditions are getting worse and worse for more and more Americans. Things are getting worse and worse. Yet politics is completely failing to see truth, provide options. New leaders needed!  10/27/2014

Article  by Chris Hedges:  Real human beings who are able and willing to look squarely at the facts of life today can decide on a new vocation: to revolt against the corporate state that now controls most of government.  10/21/2014

Article  by Darby Minow Smith:  Berry believes in a God who creates a good world worthy of love. No one has more influenced both the local food and environmental movement than Berry. He is a real treasure.  10/21/2014

Article  by Paul Farmer:  It takes good health systems to deal with Ebola. Spreading fear doesn't help. It takes staff, supplies, space, and training. Read this to understand what's needed.  10/17/2014

Article  by Brendan Fischer:  True the Vote, a Texas-based group that supports voter ID laws and hypes the voter fraud myth, worked with Wisconsin Tea Party groups to pass laws now overturned.  10/17/2014

Article  by Roland Boer:  As we approach the 500 anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation it is good to remember Muntzer, a key leader in the peasant wars for economic justice.  10/16/2014

Article  by Richard Rothstein:  Long before the shooting of Michael Brown, official racial-isolation policies primed Ferguson for this summerís events. Racist housing settlement patterns reveal much and explain vast inequality.  10/16/2014

Article  by William J. Astore:  A new Iraqi army, much-touted and funded to the tune of $25 billion over the 10 years of the American occupation has failed miserably to confront ISIS. Here is the sad story of policy failure.  10/16/2014

Article  by Conn M. Hallinan:  To understand economics you have to look at actual institutional structures, not just 'markets'. The BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are important new structures on the world stage.  10/10/2014

Article  by Lawrence Otis Graham:  Racial hatred is a dark force in American history and explains much about current political and religious conflicts. Here is a story of a father and son coming to terms with white racism.  10/10/2014

Article  by Denise Oliver Velez:  Real Republicans should be outraged that Southern extremists have taken over their party who are anti-equality, anti-public school, anti-governement, and against human rights for all people.  10/2/2014

Article  by Jeff Bryant:  Voters, even regular Republicans, are figuring out what's been true for some years now. Republican candidates want to gut public education even if they won't say so directly.  9/25/2014

Article  by Zuri Linetsky:  It is crucial right now for pastors and laypersons to know Middle East history, Institutional design and maintenance is the key to preventing the resurgence of quasi-states, not military action.  9/24/2014

Article  by William I. Robinson:  Read this outstanding historical interpretation and analysis of what is happening in Israel and Gaza. It is particularly important to take into account these basic facts at this time.  9/23/2014

Article  by Chris Hedges:  Chris Hedges along with Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Kshama Sawant and Sen. Bernie Sanders made remarks at an event before the People's Climate March in NYC.  9/23/2014

Article  by Janet Allon:  Saving the planet from climate change may be cheap, maybe even free, says economist Paul Krugman. Everyone should be marching this Sunday afternoon.  9/19/2014

Article  by Brentin Mock:  Here are practical means to organize local communities taking race and civil rights into account in policy planning for environmental justice and climate change, like a project in Spartanburg, S.C.  9/18/2014

Article  by Chris Hedges:  Israel has made Gaza into an Arab death camp. American political support for Israel is a sign of complete corruption of the political class. Hope is possible in people who decide to revolt.  9/17/2014

Article  by Richard D. Wolff:  Socialists still have the accumulated history, experience, and theoretical means to define a socialism for the 21st century that can rally, mobilize, and unify capitalismís diverse victims and critics  9/17/2014

Article  by Philip Clayton:  Along with Karl Barth and Jurgen Moltmann, Pannenberg was a major figure in contemporary theology, influencing Robert Jenson, John Cobb, Carl Braaten, Stan Grenz, and Ted Peters.  9/16/2014

Article  by Noam Chomsky:  This article could be rewritten from a faith perspective as a theology of current history. That is what the bible is, larger, over-arching historical interpretation.  9/5/2014

Article  by Tom Engelhardt:  Looking back over a couple decades in the Middle East, it appears that the more the U.S. fights terrorists, the more terrorists are created. We do just what terrorists want, using violence  9/2/2014

Article  by Rocky Barker:  Defining just what is meant by the 'wild' has never been easy. Is it what never changes? Does nature have to be managed to stay the same? Climate change is changing wilderness in Idaho.  9/2/2014

Article  by Robert B. Reich:  Thirty years ago, the average gap on SAT-type tests between children of families in the richest 10 percent and bottom 10 percent was about 90 points on an 800-point scale. Today itís 125 points.  9/1/2014

Article  by Rachel M. Cohen:  It could be more cost-effective to just appropriate enough direct funds to public housing and keep it in the public sector, but Congress is not about to do so. Now Obama is willing to privatize it.  9/1/2014

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