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Giving Health Reform a Chance to Work

Increasing Access to Health and Wellness While most of the recent coverage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” has been negative, these news stories fail to tell a complete story. There is no doubt

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Following the Call of the Prophets

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On the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed

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Self Development in the City

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When I was small, my grandfather used to tell me that the shortest verse in the Bible is “Jesus wept.” It made a strong impression on me, perhaps because it was the only verse I can remember him quoting. It was powerful to think of Jesus, the Son of God,

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Congregation-Based Community Organizing

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Building Vibrant Congregations and Just Communities “And what does God require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8 “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’

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The Unity of the Gospel and our Common Need for God’s Compassion Urban ministry is often typified by a focus on those who live in depressed socioeconomic conditions. This type of ministry is almost always associated with conditions of poverty and Jesus’ preferential option for the poor. In reality, however,

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Seek the Welfare of the City Where I Have Sent You

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In 2010, I decided to embark on a major life transition. I left my comfortable, full-time job, gave up my car, and moved. Why, you might be wondering? What adventure could I have possibly signed up for? Where would I be going? Someplace exotic and exciting, right? Well, sort of.

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Cardboard and Concrete

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My experience with street ministry in San Francisco’s Tenderloin Neighborhood did not save anyone. It did not fix anyone’s problems or end homelessness. But I believe that it made a difference in an important way that continues to ripple out into the world; it has done so in my life. My

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Settling In, Putting Down Roots

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Moving to a new city is no easy feat. I’ve done it twice in my life thus far, and I wouldn’t wish the difficulty of moving and getting settled in a new city on anyone! Many people find themselves moving to a new city because of happy, exciting changes in their

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