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Will Corporations Serve—or Exploit—the Human Family?

  August 2011 (original, 2003) by John B. Cobb Jr. and Progressive Christians Uniting   This article is an abridged version of the essay that appears in the book by the Reflection Committee of Progressive Christians Uniting, Progressive Christians Speak:

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A New Old Way: Reforming Church in Light of Solidarity

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The Book of Acts paints a beautiful picture of the intensely radical vision and practice of the early church: a place where all were of one heart and spirit, and everyone shared what they had voluntarily. The rich sold their land and gave the proceeds to the common purse, the


The Road Out of the Wilderness

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Some wandered in desert wastelands,
 finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to


More For Me is More For You

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Even before I began to follow Jesus, I viewed radical material simplicity as a mark of holiness. For many years, when I thought about what my ideal life would be, I imagined an existence almost entirely detached from our world’s economic system. I dreamed of shedding all my possessions, living


Does the Church Need to Build Alternative Economies?

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“For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.” -Luke 12:34 “Unfortunately, that is the cost of doing business in our world.” -A clergy colleague’s response to the church divesting from Wall Street In all my years in the Reformed church, I have been fascinated by our unexamined

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The Divine Economy & A Theology of Debt

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  September 22, 2011 by Rev. Dr. James A. Noel, San Francisco Theological Seminary/GTU   The following speech, now article, was presented at “Conference: Debits, Deficits and Doing the Right Thing” at Shiloh Church, 3295 School Street, Oakland, CA. View article in PDF (optimal for printing) “Render unto Caesar what

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The American Covenant and the American Dream: Can We Restore Our Sense of Community?

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  July 2011 by John Winfrey View arti­cle in PDF (opti­mal for printing) [wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””] For generations we Americans have pursued a vision of a community in which all members respect each others’ rights. This vision features a free-market economy augmented by a well-functioning democracy. The vision includes

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