Sojourners Magazine

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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 4, July-August

A Deafening Silence: In Israel, Is It Now Okay to Kill Americans? (Peacemaking)
The death of International Solidarity Movement volunteer Rachel Corrie beneath an Israeli military bulldozer in March sent shock waves through the activist community. In the midst of grief, however, many also hoped that the murder of an unarmed American...
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Altar Call: Bob Dylan's Songs Are Born Again. (Music)
In 1979, Bob Dylan encountered Jesus and ticked off a generation. For this modern-day secular prophet to find his own answers in organized religion--in something so conventional as Christianity--felt to many like betrayal, or the ultimate lunacy. The...
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Can't Take Her Joy: An Interview with Music-Maker, Activist, and Passionate Believer Michelle Shocked
Michelle Shocked--musician and activist extraordinaire--was in Washington, D.C., this winter to take part in Sojourners' roundtable on faith, art, and social activism and to participate in a CodePink peace rally on International Women's Day. She spent...
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'Dirty Wars,' 21st-Century Style: Latin American Churches Tackle 'Free' Trade. (Trade)
In the 1980s, when governments waged dirty wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua that they claimed would make the world safe for democracy, the churches said no. Today, churches in the Americas are organizing once again for justice. This time, their target...
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'Do Not Cling to Me': Following Jesus Assures Us of Many Things, but Not That We're Always Right
IN THE RESURRECTION story told in the gospel of John, Mary Magdalene wants Jesus back as she remembers him; failing that, she wants his corpse in a definite place, she wants a grave she can tend. Jesus appears to her--in one of the most devastatingly...
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Getting Our Gaze Back. (Spirituality)
My office widow faces East. Our neighbor unfriendly planted a peach tree in the tiny green space between her building and ours. My window frames the tree and the bright yellow spikes of winter cabbage gone to flower. Someone has dangled a plastic great...
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Goooood Morning, Iraq! (Humor)
It's morning in Iraq, or, depending on your time zone, afternoon. Then again, it could be late at night, and you're wondering where the day went. But back to our metaphor: A new day is dawning in the Middle East. Totalitarianism is over in Iraq, and...
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How Christian Is Zionism? What the Bible Says about "Israel" and the Things That Make for Peace
"Lord," the disciples asked the risen Jesus, "is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?" His answer was: "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority." --Acts 1:6-7 The question...
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It Came from Hollywood. (Culture)
Let's face it--we live in a country where filmmaker Michael Moore's anti-war outburst at the Oscars got more public attention than did several million Europeans (and a million or so of us) marching in the streets for the same cause. It's sad, but...
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It Has to Point Somewhere
Don't Talk About Love, Vol. 2 and The Great American Novel, by Martyn Joseph.Pipe Records. Gathered from various concert performances over the past decade, Don't Talk About Love--a 16-track album that spans a decade of Martyn Joseph's work--plays...
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Men with Guns: Churches, Human Rights Groups, Border Crossers, and Civilian Militias Are Mixing It Up on the U.S.-Mexico Border
In the southeastern corner of Arizona, Cochise County rides the Mexican border. And there's a burr under its saddle. Armed civilian groups are patrolling the international boundary, scouting the rolling grasslands and rough hills for people who...
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Radical Hospitality: How Kitchen-Table Lessons in Welcome and Respect Helped Sustain the Black Freedom Movement
HOSPITALITY HAS BEEN a central model for activism in my life. Starting before my children were born, I have been what some people would call an activist--working in political campaigns; organizing alternative schools; training, mobilizing, and reconciling...
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Road Map or Dead End? (Middle East)
Chilean folksinger Victor Jara once sang about "working at the beginning of a story without knowing the end." It aptly describes the proposed "Performance-Based Roadmap to a Permanent Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"--the "road...
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Short Fuse to Apocalypse? Some in the Religious Right Call Middle East Peace Efforts "Satanic Heresy." A Look at the Political Roots of Christian Zionism-And Why It Puts the World at Risk
"The Bible Belt is Israel's safety net in the United States." --Jerry Falwell on CBS' 60 Minutes, October 6, 2002 JERRY FALWELL told CBS' 60 Minutes last October that Prophet Mohammad was "a terrorist" and a "violent man of war." This blasphemous...
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Tennesseans Moving Mountains. (Appalachia)
The Bush administration has launched an attack on laws and regulations protecting the environment that has most environmental watchdogs on the defensive. One grassroots organization in Tennessee, true to its nature, is anything but. While administration...
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The Things That Make for Peace
As [Jesus] came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!" --Luke 19:41 The war with Iraq was justified mainly on the basis of fear. Trappist monk Thomas...
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What's Eating You? (Trends)
The Seven Deadly Sins of classic moral theology still today get their fair share of attention from the Sunday pulpit. Bar one, that is. When was the last time you heard a sermon on gluttony and the peril it brings the soul? If we ever did, we'd probably...
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Who Controls the Spigot? Private Companies Are Slurping Up Public Water at an Alarming Rate. (Water)
I don't know a thing about publicly traded commodities. I could barely point out the difference between a stock option and a stockade. But I hear things. And what I've been hearing about is water. Just before Christmas, thousands of Detroit residents...
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Worth Noting
At the Sojourners National Roundtable on Faith, Art, and Social Activism--held in Washington, D. C., in March--Quique Aviles spoke about the role of the artist in bringing about a more just society. Aviles works with Sol & Soul, a D.C.-based arts...
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