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Emergency food requests increased in 2016, even as overall homelessness rates continued to decline, according to The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Report on Hunger and Homelessness. “Forty-one percent of survey cities reported that the number of requests for emergency food assistance increased over the past year,” the report noted. “Across the survey cities, emergency food […] Read More

An estimated 75 million of displaced children are “in desperate need of educational support,” according to UNICEF. “For children fleeing from the horrors of war and struggling with the disorientation and marginalization concomitant with sudden displacement, education provides an essential lifeline in restoring structure and a sense of normalcy,” Nabil Costa, executive director of the […] Read More

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

Baptist Union of Great Britain General Secretary Lynn Green has joined other faith leaders in urging the United Kingdom’s government to take immediate action to deliver aid to civilians in besieged Aleppo. The plea comes as humanitarian organizations warn that supplies of food and medicine are running out in eastern Aleppo. The besieged area of […] 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