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Labor Day, first nationally celebrated in 1894, was established to celebrate not just work, but the accomplishments of trade unions and labor movements. Here’s why Christians should remember it. […] Read More

Many low-wage workers already clock significant hours in jobs with limited security. Increasing work requirements for SNAP and Medicaid will likely create a burden for them, a report says. […] Read More

A majority of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants are employed while receiving assistance but in positions with unstable hours resulting in income volatility, according a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) report released on March 13. The CBPP – a nonpartisan research and policy institute focused on poverty and inequality – reviewed U.S. […] Read More

It’s hard to be a bright-eyed, ambitious college student when everywhere you look, people are shouting that the sky is falling. With constant concern over the unemployment rate and the economy, it seems degrees don’t guarantee the middle-class life that they once could – not even in theology and faith-based majors. At Belmont University in […] Read More

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A white church secretary is suing her former employer, arguing that she was fired for marrying a black man. Debra Dodd, the former secretary at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Tenn., and the Rev. Tim Smith, pastor of the church, agree on one thing: Most of the members of that congregation […] Read More

CLEVELAND (RNS) Northeast Ohio native Suhad Hasan says neither her Muslim faith nor her headscarf should be an issue where she works. But she said they were while she was a sales associate at the Old Navy clothing store in Santa Clara, Calif., three years ago. Hasan said she was assigned to work in the […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday (Oct. 5.) will hear one of most important religion cases in decades, centered on the degree to which religious institutions should be exempt from anti-discrimination laws. The case started at a Lutheran elementary school in Michigan where a teacher claimed she was fired in violation of the Americans […] Read More

BERLIN (RNS) The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday (Sept. 23) that a church organist’s employment rights were ignored when he was fired by a Catholic church for remarrying outside the church. The court said German churches have some latitude in firing staff who violate the faith’s moral tenets, but said it must be […] Read More

(RNS) World Vision, the Christian humanitarian organization, can fire employees who disagree with its theological tenets, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday (Aug. 23). In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that World Vision is a religious corporation and therefore exempt from a federal law that bars faith-based discrimination. […] Read More

First of two parts. Among Christian institutions, experience abounds in recent years of unethical hiring practices and sometimes flagrant violations of accepted protocols and human rights. Faculty recruitment and hiring practices illustrate how little attention is often paid to biblical and theological principles or common behaviors anticipated in Christian communities. Given the economic “bad times” […] Read More