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Titles by: Christian Iosso

Author: Christian Iosso

Christian Iosso is Coordinator of the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and an ordained minister in the PC (USA). He serves as the Senior Editor of UNBOUND, an online journal of Christian social justice, and has written numerous articles on peacemaking and social justice for The Presbyterian Outlook, Horizons, and Presbyterians Today. Iosso was the coeditor of Prayers for The New Social Awakening, also published by Westminster John Knox Press.

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A Reformed Understanding of  Usury
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A Reformed Understanding of Usury

This essay provides a summary of the official position of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on the issue of usury. It includes a summary of predatory lending practices, the Christian response, and steps that can be taken on an individual and congrega...

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Abortion
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Abortion

This essay summarizes the position held by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on the issue of abortion. It draws on two official documents as its source material: the "Statement on Post-Viability and Late-Term Abortion" and the "Report of the Special ...

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Democracy, Voting Rights, and Electoral Reform
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Democracy, Voting Rights, and Electoral Reform

Based on a paper created by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy and the Advisory Committee on Racial Ethnic Concerns and approved by the General Assembly, this essay outlines the church's official position on voting rights and electoral ...

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Directions Toward Peace in Iraq
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Directions Toward Peace in Iraq

The 2008 General Assembly called for a withdrawal from Iraq and the cooperation of the international community in restoring the country's sovereignty. This essay explains the basis for the church's position and summarizes its suggestions for carryin...

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Environment and Biodiversity
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Environment and Biodiversity

This essay summarizes some of the biggest challenges to our environment and discusses the Christian response to those challenges. It outlines the church's policy position on environmental issues such as protecting wildlife, reducing waste, and overc...

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Five Risks Presbyterians Must Take for Peace
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Five Risks Presbyterians Must Take for Peace

Renewing the Commitment to Peacemaking in the PC(USA)

Believing peacemaking to be an inherent part of discipleship, Presbyterians have taken many valiant stands for peace throughout our history. However, changing global realities, political and military actions, and new weapons of war have made the wor...

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Food Policy
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Food Policy

We Are What We Eat

Based on a report approved by the General Assembly in 2002, this essay summarizes the church's position on matters of food production. It provides an overview of policy for the church concerning ways to promote sustainable and equitable farming rela...

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From Hurricane Katrina to a More Equitable Future
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From Hurricane Katrina to a More Equitable Future

p>This essay is a summary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)'s statement on Hurricane Katrina. It discusses the cultural and political issues surrounding Katrina and focuses on what we have learned from the incident and how to prevent similar occurr...

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Globalization
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Globalization

This essay is a summary of the position held by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) on the issue of globalization. Topics discussed include fair trade, protection for workers, and the equitable use of technology.

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Homelessness
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Homelessness

Creating Just, Sustainable Communities

This essay summarizes the position held by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) on the issue of homelessness. It discusses what the church is doing on a national level as well as what individual congregations can do in their own communities to help bring...

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Immigrants Living and Working in the United States
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Immigrants Living and Working in the United States

A Call for a Comprehensive Legalization Program

The official position of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on immigration calls for the fair and equal treatment of immigrants and for a legalization program for undocumented workers in the U.S. This essay offers a summary of the church's position on...

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Just and Sustainable Human Development
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Just and Sustainable Human Development

This essay summarizes the church's position on sustainable development. It outlines how the church encourages responsible and fair policies that will help to sustain our development in a number of key areas, including environmental sustainability, f...

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The New Social Creed
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The New Social Creed

In 2008, one hundred years after the Social Creed was approved by the General Assembly, an updated creed titled "A Social Creed for the Twenty-First Century" was adopted. This essay reviews the original Social Creed and discusses the contents of the...

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Pay Equity and Just Compensation
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Pay Equity and Just Compensation

This essay offers a summary of "God's Work in Women's Hands," the study that constitutes the church's official position on pay equity and just compensation for women. It includes a discussion of how the church is working to fully understand the caus...

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Prayers for the New Social Awakening
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Prayers for the New Social Awakening

Inspired by the New Social Creed

In honor of the one-hundredth anniversary of the 1908 Social Creed and the development of a Social Creed for the twenty-first century, Chris Iosso and Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty have compiled new prayers from well-known church and community leaders. Thi...

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