As the federal government in the USA considers comprehensive reform of the health care system, faith groups, civic organisations and labour unions are mobilising for change. They want to see an end to the massive health divisions.
Urging support for decent funding for international aid programmes, 59 of the 65 synod bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have signed a letter calling on members of the US Congress to act.
A Christian denomination and a major migration service in the US have expressed deep concern over the damage to communities and families by recent immigration raids, detention and other enforcement actions. They want action for justice.
More than 1,200 faith-based and antipoverty activists took part in the recent Mobilization to End Poverty event in the USA, which aimed to consolidate broad-based support for fresh policies on social justice and deprivation.
Lutherans and other churches have been urging a US House of Representatives Committee to expedite the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2007 (TVPRA), to help identify and protect child victims of trafficking.
On the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, a small bank owned by 330,000 members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania's Northern District is improving the lives of poor people, while still managing to make a profit.