Class & Religion


“Hagar Spoke to God”
A sermon on domestic work for Rosh HaShana by Rabbi Ellen Lippman

“Social Class and Religion”
by Stephanie Y. Mitchem from Cross Currents Magazine, Fall 2005

“The Impact of The American Dream On Evangelical Ethics”
by Wyndy Corbin from Cross Currents Magazine, Fall 2005

Class Matters: Evangelicals and Soldiers
from the NY Times series, Class Matters

“Don’t be charitable to the poor … Arrange it so that they have power”
An interview with Michael Zweig by Jane Slaughter from The Witness, a magazine of the Episcopal Church In Spanish.

An “Ethnic Anglican” considers classism
by Ian T. Douglas

Articles on Religion and Social Movements

Spirituality and Movement Building
by Grace Lee Boggs

Organizational Links

Call to Renewal/Sojourners
A faith-based movement to overcome poverty

Education for Solidarity
The rich Catholic tradition of economic justice

Interfaith Worker Justice
National organization with chapters all over the country supporting the struggles of workers 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. 4th Floor Chicago, IL. 60660 (773) 728-8400

Network of Spiritual Progressives
A new network for economic and social justice

Tikkun Magazine and Community
Leading Jewish organization working on economic justice

UU Class Conversations
UU Class Conversations helps members of congregations and UU organizations explore class and classism through a Unitarian Universalist lens.

Books on Religion, Class, Politics and Economic Justice

Adams, Maurianne, editor, et. al. Reading for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Sexism, Anti-Semitism, Heterosexism, Classism, and Ableism. Routledge, 2000.

Adams, Maurianne, editor, et. al. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice. Routledge, 1997.

Campbell, Will. Brother to a Dragonfly. Continuum Publishing, 2000. (Originally published in 1975)

A moving memoir about ministering to the white working class members of the KKK during the civil rights movement and confronting issues of classism.

Kammer, Fred, S.J. Doing Faith Justice: An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought. New York: Paulist Press, 1991.

(Revised, 2004)

Lerner, Michael. The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right. Harper Collins, 2006.

Myers, Ched. The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics. Washington D.C.: Church of the Savior, 2001.

Rogers, Mary Beth. Cold Anger: A Story of Faith and Power Politics. University of North Texas Press, 1990.

Thandeka. Learning to Be White: Money, Race and God in America. Continuum Publishing International, 2000.

Examines issues of race and neglected issue of class within religious life in the U.S. by an African-American theologian.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Economic Justice for All. Washington D.C. United States Catholic Conference, Tenth Anniversary Edition, 1996.

Wallis, Jim.Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2005.