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Rich-Poor Gap

Our economic system is fundamentally unjust and unjustifiable, allowing the wealthy to accumulate even more while many others struggle to meet the basic needs of life. Can we reimagine a more just economics? […] Read More

Nearly 20 years. That’s the difference in life expectancy between richer and poorer economies, a World Health Organization report found. And in low-income economies, one out of every 41 women dies from maternal causes. […] Read More

I heard Jim Wallis of Sojourners Magazine say years ago that one out of every seven verses in the Bible spoke to the proper use of money. If one-seventh of the Bible tells us how to dispose of our wealth, why then does the church that claims priority of Scripture so rarely proclaim these texts? […] Read More

Just as First World conditions exist among the elite in the Third World, Third World conditions exist in the First World. According to data released from the Internal Revenue Service, the share of U.S. income in 2005 that went to the top 1 percent of Americans (average income of $1.1 million a year) was the […] Read More

We have reached the halfway point of the program to halve global poverty by 2015. Members of the United Nations, including Australia, agreed to this target at the Millennium Summit in 2000. The halftime score is not looking good. While some regions are on track to achieve some of the targets, sub-Saharan Africa is behind […] Read More

How Rich is Rich?

For many Americans the measuring stick for “how rich is rich” increases as pay increases, according to a new survey. Though median income for four-person households is $50,000 a year, the majority responded $63,000 is needed to live comfortably and $155,000 is “rich,” according to a Roper Starch Worldwide Inc. survey commissioned by Hearst Magazines. […] Read More