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Exclusive: Focus on the Family's Jim Daly on a New Stance on Immigration Reform

One of the most eyebrow-raising names to join a group of evangelical leaders to release an "Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform" was Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family. The group has usually shied away from the issue publicly, saying the organization is not an expert in the area. Last year, Christianity Today published a cover story on how the organization has taken a distinctly different tone and emphasis under Daly than it did under its founder, James Dobson. Previously, we have noted how evangelical groups were hesitant to take a stance on immigration, including Focus on the Family. For instance, the Family Research Council, which was founded by Dobson, does not have a representative on today's list.

Christianity Today on June 12, 2012

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2012 World Food Prize Laureate Promotes Peace Through Science

One of my most riveting memories is of being in the historic Lutheran Cathedral in Oslo in December 2001 during the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize. There, in front of the altar, was Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, speaking to a Christian congregation about his belief that people who could come together and sing together could also live in peace together. It was an extraordinarily powerful moment, given what Wiesel had earlier endured and which he said had long kept him from being able to ever come to a Christian church.

Huffington Post on June 12, 2012

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World Food Prize goes to researcher's work on irrigation

For decades, scientist Daniel Hillel toiled on a radical new way to bring water to crops in dry regions throughout the Middle East and around the world. At first, Hillel garnered little public attention for his work that improved food yields and maximized water use by farmers, but that changed on Tuesday after he was announced as the 2012 recipient of the prestigious World Food Prize.

USA Today on June 12, 2012

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A new evangelical voice on immigration reform

Today evangelical leaders met on Capitol Hill to urge immigration reform. Their joint statement calls for bipartisan action according to the following six criteria:

  • Respects the God-given dignity of every person
  • Protects the unity of the immediate family
  • Respects the rule of law
  • Guarantees secure national borders
  • Ensures fairness to taxpayers
  • Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents

Moral Minority on June 12, 2012

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With new cuts, Congress turns its back on the poor

It's a good thing the Lord hears the cry of the poor, because Congress is barely listening.

Although the federal deficit of approximately $1 trillion and the national debt of more than $15 trillion are important realities that need to be seriously addressed, cutting and eliminating programs that aid the poor is morally unacceptable.

Aid to the poor is not the reason for the nation's high deficit and debt level. Rather, huge military budgets, two major wars, the Wall Street bailouts, large tax cuts for the wealthy, corporate tax loopholes, and the failure of government and companies to create the needed jobs are the causes of our fiscal woes.

National Catholic Reporter on June 11, 2012

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Young Covenant Leaders Part of Weekend Gathering

Five Covenanters have been chosen to be among 70 young faith leaders from around the country who will gather this weekend for a training sponsored by Bread for the World.

The event, which will be held Saturday through Tuesday, includes speakers, workshops, opportunities to network, and a day set aside to lobby members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

The Evangelical Covenant Church on June 7, 2012

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The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates

Both Republicans and Democrats have a religion problem and it has nothing to do with same-sex marriage, abortion or religious liberty. Rather it is budgets, deficits, and debt ceiling deadlines that are their serious stumbling blocks.

Huffington Post Politics on June 7, 2012

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Bread for the World team meets with Iowa State University students

After the recent recommendation by the House of Representatives to cut more than $169 billion from food assistance programs, the local Bread for the World team met with Iowa State University students to share a “hunger meal” at the Lutheran Campus Ministry in Ames on April 22.

Ames Tribune on June 6, 2012

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Poverty Resolutions Launches a 'Likeable' Campaign Through Facebook

Non-profit organization Poverty Resolution developed an innovative fundraising campaign to support the victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010. For every 'Like' they receive on the Poverty Resolutions Facebook page, a generous donor has offered to contribute $1 toward their cause.

PRWeb on June 5, 2012

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Farm Bill Comes to the Senate Floor

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed a motion Tuesday afternoon to proceed with the Senate farm bill, formally known as the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, S. 3240.

Reid said the intention on Wednesday is to proceed with consideration of the bill. A vote to seek that coveted number of 60 senators could come as early as Thursday. If successful, the Senate will then take up full debate of the bill throughout next week.

The Progressive Farmer on June 5, 2012

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Dr. Jo Anne Lyon Elected to Head The Wesleyan Church

At the 2012 quadrennial General Conference, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon was elected the sole General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church. An ordained Wesleyan minister, Dr. Lyon is the founder of World Hope International, the official relief and development partner of The Wesleyan Church. She serves on several national and international boards, including Hephzibah Ministries, National Association of Evangelicals, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, and Bread for the World.

Christian Newswire on June 5, 2012

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Beyond Food Drives: Advocacy in African-American Community

The dictionary defines advocacy as "pleading the cause of another, siding with, vindicating, recommending publicly." Are you advocating for the African-American community?

Many in the African-American community already give generously to food pantries or share their meals with those who have none. But we need to go beyond giving a can of food—we need to call, write a letter, or even visit our members of Congress.

The Washington Informer on June 5, 2012

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Lyon elected sole general superintendent for The Wesleyan Church

Jo Anne Lyon was elected the sole general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church at the denomination's 2012 quadrennial General Conference on Monday.

The Wesleyan Church is a sister holiness denomination of the Church of the Nazarene. Both are members of the Global Wesleyan Alliance

Nazarene Communications Network on June 5, 2012

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Churches Need Strong Federal Programs to Help the Vulnerable

Our government has a responsibility to address issues that impact people in need. As Christians, the Bible tells us to, “Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, [and] defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9). What this passage means is that God’s grace in Jesus Christ is moving us to help our neighbors—not only through action, but also by using our voices when theirs may not be heard. People of faith are often compelled to help hungry and poor people by contributing to food banks and charities, so the compassion is already there. But food banks alone cannot feed the millions of hungry American families.

Religion and Politics on June 4, 2012

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Fraud focus is really an attempt to demolish

Regarding the May 25 article "Food stamp program targeted": This reminds me of the way the safety-net program of welfare was brought down. From President Ronald Reagan onward, we read and heard stories about "welfare queens," until President Bill Clinton pretty much destroyed the program. It's no accident now that there are stories in major newspapers about food stamp fraud. They will continue until the food stamp program is brought down.

Star Tribune on May 31, 2012

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SuitableLamps.com Releases New Daily Deals & Rewards Program

Those sprucing up their homes for sale, finally getting around to that long dreamt of redecorating project or looking for stunning lighting fixtures which will add a real touch of class and make the Jones’ jealous could have a new favorite online store.

PRWeb on May 31, 2012

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Horticulture must wean off tillage, says leading scientist

New Zealand scientist Dr John Baker has been nominated as a candidate for the World Food Prize this year, which is due to be announced on Jun. 12. His invention, the cross-slot seed drill, helps retain soil health and has mostly been applied to cereal crops such as rice, wheat, maize and barley. He tells www.freshfruitportal.com about the destructive nature of tilling and how horticulture needs to catch up with other agricultural fields, building a more sustainable industry at the core level of microbes and foodstuffs.

Fresh Fruit Portal on May 31, 2012

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Workers’ rights advocate will receive Pacem in Terris Award

A woman who leads an interfaith organization committed to improving wages, benefits and conditions for low-wage workers will be honored with the 2012 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award.

The Catholic Messenger on May 31, 2012

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Is Grandpa Getting Enough to Eat?

Holiday memories, endless wisdom, home cooking—these thoughts may come to mind when you think about your grandparents. They are thoughts I hope my grandson has of my wife and me. But you may not realize how difficult it is for many older Americansto provide that home- cooked meal, even for themselves. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 5.3 million older Americans struggle to put food on the table and another 3.5 million live in poverty.

AFRO on May 30, 2012

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No-till seed drill may win further kudos

A New Zealand scientist and machinery manufacturer has had further international recognition for the unique no-tillage seed drill he developed years ago and now exports to 17 countries.

Dr John Baker from Feilding has been nominated for this year's World Food Prize, which is awarded to people who've made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. The prizewinner will be announced next month.

Radio New Zealand News on May 30, 2012

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