Sojourners Magazine

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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 10, November

All in the Family: For Three Decades, Washington, D.C.'S 'Family Place' Has Helped-And Welcomed-The Sojourners among Us
IN THE MID-1970S, I spent a year in Mexico doing neurological research at a hospital caring for severely malnourished children. Most of the babies were so sick when they were admitted that they couldn't even cry. At the time, in Mexico and Central...
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A More Excellent Way: Christians Should Resist the Election Season's Attack-Mode Politics of Race
THE DIN OF the election season is getting louder by the minute. Christians should be the first ones living out the "love your neighbor as yourself" gospel--but we'd all do well to lay aside attack-mode politics, which can filter into our thoughts and...
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And the Survey Says ... When It Comes to God and Country, Who Are We? and Who Might We Become?
ESPECIALLY IN AN election year, there's no shortage of people proclaiming who the American people are and why they will vote this way or that. Our ages, family structures, religious affiliations, and incomes are sucked up by campaign pollsters and...
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A Problem of Biblical Proportions
THE SUMMER'S WEATHER can safely be described as biblical, in the sense that newspaper writers generally use the word--that is, loud, scary, and dangerous. Seventeen nations set new all-time temperature records (including a toasty 129 in Pakistan that...
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Celebrate the Peace Parade: Books on Nonviolence, in Theory and in Practice
FEW AMERICANS HAVE done more for establishing the theological framework for Christian pacifism than John Howard Yoder. In 1983 Yoder, a Mennonite, gave 11 lectures to the Polish Ecumenical Council on the history of nonviolence. In Nonviolence--A Brief...
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Cover Your Ears, Thomas Jefferson
AFTER MORE THAN 200 years of constitutional democracy, it may be time to try something completely different. I mention this only because recent events indicate that Congress, and the easily distracted people it represents, can't get anything done....
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God's Reign Cracks into Our World
DURING NOVEMBER WE reach the conclusion of the church year. We remember our dead and ponder the God of life. We begin Advent and the season of alert waiting for the newness that God will give. Between, in American "civil religion" is 'Thanksgiving....
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Hope for Campaign Finance Reform: This Summer's Financial Reform Victory Shows That Money Doesn't Always Win
EVERYONE KNOWS THE story of David and Goliath: Though it at first appears to be a losing battle, the good guy wins, the one with the principled stance. We love the story because, somewhere deep within, we want to believe that might does not equal right....
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Living in the Valley
MY 5-YEAR-OLD granddaughter lost her battle with cancer. We returned from a family vacation, where Ava was her usual playful, exuberant self, and the next day she complained of a headache. Within 24 hours, the neurosurgeon had removed a tangerine-sized...
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Loving the World
"FOR GOD SO loved the world ..." Lately John 3:16 won't leave me alone. It hovers above my shoulder as I read The Washington Post. Really, God? You love this world? The Indus River flooded this summer. Engorged to 40 times its normal size, the raging...
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McCarthyite Mashup
IT HAPPENS EVERY summer. Newsmakers go on vacation, real news gets slow, and novelty stories rush in to fill the vacuum. One summer it's child abductions; the next it's shark attacks. The theme of the 2010 summer news slump seemed to be the triumph...
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One in the Body: Lessons of Solidarity and Hope from the Movement against AIDS
I BELIEVE SOCIAL justice activism is part and parcel of discipleship and living our faith--we must apply lessons learned from previous social movements while also developing new tools and strategies to be effective change agents today. In my life and...
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Stopping the Next Food Crisis: To Prevent Future Food-Price Bubbles, the World Must Stop Gambling on Hunger
IMAGINE A WORLD in which Wall Street decided that vaccines were a good investment--not pharmaceutical companies, but doses of medicine themselves. Speculators might start hoarding a mixed portfolio of polio, tetanus, and swine flu vaccines in a refrigerated...
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The Borderlands of Publishing: Writers Who Want to Let Both Their Faith and Their Creativity Run Free Are Finding a Home in the Christian Literary Underground
KIMBERLY CULBERTSON KNEW God was real and present in the lives of the high school kids she taught in inner-city Chicago--real and present in the midst of equally real poverty, violence, addiction, and sexual activity. She began to write about her experiences...
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The Real Cost of the Iraq War
PRESIDENT OBAMA announced at the end of August that "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended." Watching the speech and listening to the commentary, I was gripped by a deep sadness. Even now, more than seven years after it began, the goal of the...
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The Theology of the Tea Party: Can the Philosophy of "Libertarianism" Be Reconciled with Christian Faith?
THE INSURGENT "TEA PARTY" movement is rising, gaining new strength in the Republican Party. The movement has put forward many confident standard-bearers for the November election and has popular talk-show hosts such as Glenn Beck as its evangelists....
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Together in Imperfection
FOR MORE THAN 15 years, I didn't go to church (except for lots of visits in my professional capacity). When I was in my early 20s, the Episcopal church I attended regularly split. Factions formed, sides were taken, harsh words were spoken. A spiritual...
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Words on the Living Word: 7 Books for Bible Geeks and Other Interested Readers
An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible, by Walter Brueggemann. Old Testament scholar Brueggemann plays out in detail the tension in the Hebrew scriptures between a feral God who wants relationship (but not domestication) and the people of...
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