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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 11, November

Debt Relief at Last? Hope for the World's Poorest Countries
During the last few months, desperately needed progress has been made on debt relief for the world's poorest countries. In the lead-up to October's World Bank and IMF meetings, the U.S. Treasury floated a plan to cancel 100 percent of the debt owed...
High Stakes for Church and State: For Many People of Faith, the Elections Have Shown That What Is Needed Is Nothing Short of a New Confession of Christ
Almost every day I do interviews with reporters who start the conversation by saying, "I am doing a story about religion and the election." As we suspected many months ago, religion has turned out to be one of the critical factors in this election....
It's Almost over ...: We'll Miss Much about This Election Season. or Not
This has been a tough election season, a grueling, no-holds-barred slugfest filled with rumors, lies, and innuendo. And that was just on Fox News. Thankfully, it's almost time to move beyond the bickering and divisiveness and start thinking about...
Mullahs, Nukes, and the People: Which Way Forward in Iran?
While the Iraq war and the American election have been dominating the news, events this year in a third country, Iran, may point to a new crisis next year. In February, the BBC reported that alienation from Iran's regime of hard-line mullahs was...
Nonviolence in Najaf? Will We Recognize an Islamic Peace Movement When We See It?
The BBC headline caught my eye: "Iraqi cleric in Najaf peace march." It's the kind of story that gets buried in mid-August, especially between the Democratic and Republican national conventions. But I was intrigued. We rarely hear news about Islamic...
Replacing Hatred with Hope
Swanee Hunt, founder of Women Waging Peace, spoke with Sojourners' Rose Marie Berber about her book This Was Not Our War and the ways women are engaged in peace processes in conflict-ridden countries. Sojourners: What got you involved in Bosnia?...
Secret Siblings: Paul's Letters Talk about Jesus' Radical New Vision of Believers as Family. but Some Bible Translations Miss the Point Altogether
"Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother."--Jesus (Mark 3:35) Their first lawgiver [Jesus] persuaded them that they are all brothers and sisters of each other after they have transgressed once for all by denying the Greek...
Seeking the Living God
"When the Guest is being searched for, it is the intensity of the longing for the Guest that does all the work." Fifth-century Indian poet Kabir helps introduce the correct attitude for entering this month, which will see the end of one liturgical...
Shepherds in the Dark Night: Spiritual Leaders Gently Guide Bereaved Souls through the Holy Land of Grief and Loss
Soon after Sept. 11, 2001, my 14-year-old daughter, Jenny, was killed in a car accident. In that moment, the global grief I had been witnessing at a distance became intensely personal for me. I shared the pain of every mother everywhere--American,...
The Boss Plays for Change: Bruce Springsteen as Singer, Guitarist-And Statesman
As the fallout from the presidential campaign of the century is crashing around our heads, this might be a good time to consider the state of America's political culture. For my money, one of the most revealing moments of the season came when Bruce...
The Politics of Piety: When Candidates Claim God as Their Campaign Manager, You Can Be Sure They're Trying to Divert Attention from the Real Question: Do They Walk the Talk?
THE MOST unsettling moment of the Republican National Convention for me came not during Zell Miller's keynote address or Dick Cheney's appearance or even George W. Bush's acceptance speech, but when the other "W."--Michael W. Smith--took the stage...
The Power of Reconciliation
There is probably no more divisive time in America than an election season. So I thought it appropriate to tell a personal story of reconciliation that is very important to me, and one that I have never told before. It is about my relationship with...
The Rest of the Story: Whatever Happened to the 'Public Good'?
We've all seen the annual surveys of public trust in The professions. Every year, journalists, like politicians, slide a little closer to the bottom of the heap. There's no mystery about journalism. Consider the recent story-fabrication scandals of...
Women Building Peace: Worldwide, Women Seek to Reclaim Their Countries from Violence
In October 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security. It was high international recognition following years of work by, women's groups and peace activists on the ground worldwide. "Civilians, particularly...