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There is “little public safety rationale” behind the imprisonment of 39 percent (576,000) of U.S. inmates, according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. “Many of the laws and policies that increased time served are not based on evidence showing that longer stays behind bars enhanced […] Read More

The World Association for Christian Communication-Europe (WACC Europe) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) launched a project on Dec. 1 to assess media portrayal of refugees and address inaccuracies. There are three focal points of the yearlong project: 1. Assess media portrayal and representation of refugees in at least five European countries, […] Read More

Human Rights Day is observed on Dec. 10, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is encouraging its members to participate in the annual observance on Dec. 10 (for congregations worshipping that day) or Dec. 11 (for those that worship on Sunday). “Baptists are encouraged to ‘stand […] Read More

The U.S. State Department expressed increasing concern that the ongoing conflict in South Sudan could become genocide in light of the recent violence in the Equatoria region. “Ethnically motivated hate speech, the targeting of civilians and sexual violence is becoming widespread,” said deputy spokesperson Mark Toner on Dec. 5. “It is a dire situation of […] Read More

Substance abuse is “a major public health challenge,” according to “The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health.” Substance abuse or misuse is “the use of alcohol or drugs in a manner, situation, amount or frequency that could cause harm to the user or to those around them.” Key findings in the report include: […] Read More

Hunger and poverty are being addressed more effectively than any other time in history. Poverty has declined from 37.1 percent of the global population in 1990 to 9.6 percent in 2015, according to Bread for the World’s 2017 Hunger Report. Over the same period, global hunger has declined from 23.3 percent to 12.9 percent. Yet, […] Read More

Calls for unity and civility, as well as prayers for elected leaders, were voiced by faith leaders following a contentious U.S. presidential election. Responses from Baptist leadership included: “It’s time we come together with winners showing humility and losers showing more of the same. Won’t get anywhere without it,” tweeted Doug Dortch, pastor of Mountain […] Read More

Poverty is not inevitable, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and a nation should be assessed by how it helps citizens with the greatest needs. These were focal points in a report from the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships released last week. Ending poverty requires coordinated and sustained efforts between government, […] Read More

The military and scientists top the list in a Pew Research Center survey about U.S. public trust, while religious leader trust lags behind. “One-third of the public (33 percent) has a great deal of confidence in the military and an additional 46 percent say they have a fair amount of confidence,” Pew found. By comparison, […] Read More

The companion book to the feature-length documentary film, “The Disturbances,” is now available as an e-book.’s latest documentary shares an untold story about Christian missionaries and Nigerian pastors intervening to save lives in Nigeria amid tribal genocide there in 1966. The companion book to the film, written by documentary co-producer and executive editor […] Read More