New Rules on Small Dollar Loans

June 2, 2016 ...

When used responsibly, credit can be a blessing. Banks, credit unions and other financial institutions play a vital role in the efficient functioning of a modern economy, contributing to the common good. The Bible offers these guidelines for honorable lending and borrowing: Don’t take advantage of the vulnerable. Don’t charge excessive interest. Lend generously. Avoid …

Reduce the Threat of Nuclear Catastrophe

May 4, 2016 ...

Nuclear weapons remain a real and urgent threat to humanity and our planet. If there is even a limited nuclear exchange, millions — if not billions — of people could perish, large swaths of the planet could be contaminated, and the global economy could collapse. As President Obama said in his historic April 2009 Prague …

Comments on Faith-based Funding Regulations

October 2, 2015 ...

What began with “charitable choice” in 1996 is now coming into full realization with the near completion of regulations governing federal grant assistance to religious social service providers. The filed comments respond to proposed additions to regulations that have been in force since they were adopted in 2003-2004 as part of President Bush’s faith-based initiative. …

Letter to Congress on Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit

July 10, 2015 ...

Dear Senator, We, the undersigned organizations, which represent faith leaders, charities, civil rights, labor, women’s, and other organizations working to reduce poverty, urge Congress to act this year to save critical provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC) before they expire. Congress also should close a large gap …

God Defined Marriage

June 26, 2015 ...

While commentators, politicians and judges may revise their understanding of marriage in response to shifting societal trends, followers of Jesus should embrace his clear vision of marriage found in Matthew 19:4-6: “Haven’t you read,” Jesus replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his …

Update: Letter to Senators on Torture

June 16, 2015 ...

The measure, which is part of the defense authorization bill, will also need to be conferenced with the U.S. House of Representatives before it becomes law. The measure would not change current practice that bans torture by executive order, but it would prevent a future president from authorizing torture. Senator John McCain read part of Anderson’s …

Letter to Senators on Torture

June 8, 2015 ...

Dear Senator, As you authorize FY16 appropriations for the Department of Defense, please approve language in an amendment to be offered by Senators McCain and Feinstein that would strengthen the prohibition of torture in U.S. law and apply the Army Field Manual interrogation policies and standards to all personnel and facilities operated or controlled by …

Letter to Congress on Protections for Religious Minorities

May 4, 2015 ...

Dear Member of Congress: We write to urge you to ensure that critical protections for persecuted religious minorities are once again included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill. The Lautenberg Amendment, originally enacted as part of the 1990 Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, established a presumption of refugee …