Historic Church Preservation: Clues from the Almost Incommunicable Past

Article by Martin E. Marty

Now I understood that the same road was to bring us together again. Whatever we had missed. we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past. Willa Cather, My Ántonia Those who promote the preservation of historic buildings find houses of worship strategic. Such buildings often represent the most formal and ambitious efforts of those who …

Lottery Losers

Article by William Willimon

A few years ago Alverta Handel, a housekeeper from Portage, was said to be the happiest person in Pennsylvania. She beat 9.6-million-to-one odds and won an $8.2 million share of the record-breaking $115 million lotto jackpot. The biggest winner was said to be the Pennsylvania state treasury, which netted $593 million from ticket sales. Lotteries …

Not in My Backyard!

Article by Ted Peters

In government circles it’s called the "NIMBY problem." Whether the proposal is for AIDS clinics, halfway houses for prison parolees or dumps for toxic and nuclear waste, it is usually met by the opposition of citizens’ groups who shout NIMBY — "not in my backyard!" Yet these components of modern life must exist in somebody’s …

Politics and the Elderly: Toward a Sharing of Resources

Article by Harold E. Fey

Inequities in the distribution of what have come to be called "entitlements" need to receive more attention in American society. The disproportion of public funds paid to the elderly as over against payments and services to children is a scandal, but almost nobody is scandalized. A look at the facts and a little speculation concerning …

Solving the Housing Crisis Pragmatically

Article by Robert Bachelder

America’s Roman Catholic bishops write that the "challenge of today is to move beyond abstract disputes about whether more or less government intervention is needed, to consideration of creative ways of enabling government and private groups to work together effectively’’ (Economic Justice for All) The truth of this declaration is evident in the U.S. housing …

The Bible and Public Policy

Article by Jeffrey S. Siker

Several months ago a friend visited Nicaragua under the auspices of the “Witness for Peace” program. His first sermon upon returning challenged the congregation to write to the president and congressional representatives in protest of the U.S. effort to overthrow the Nicaraguan government and the U.S. support for the oppressive government in El Salvador. The …