Sojourners Magazine

Sojourners Magazine is a magazine specializing in Religion topics.

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, January

A Kindling of Hope: Bridging Gaps in the Middle East
Every so often in the tense and troubled lands of Israel and Palestine, glimmers of hope appear. For a week in mid-November, the glimmers flickered a little more brightly. Amir Peretz displaced Shimon Peres as leader of the Labor Party, giving new...
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Falsehoods and the Iraq War
Two political conservatives recently had a lot to say about Iraq. The first was Rep. John Murtha, a conservative Democrat and decorated Vietnam War Marine veteran who has served on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for three decades. He...
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Flu Season Greetings: This Christmas, Avoid the Partridge in the Pear Tree. If It Sneezes
Advent is a season of hope and expectation, a time of waiting: for the Christ child, for prophecy to be fulfilled, for severe muscle aches and a temperature of 104. This year, depending on your religious beliefs, Santa Claus may or may not be coming...
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From Charity to Investment: How Community-Based Investing Transforms Individuals-And Religious Institutions
THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH of Burlington, Vermont, sits between two worlds. In front of it is Church Street, a pedestrian mall lined with upscale brand-name stores and boutiques. In back is the Old North End, a low-income neighborhood whose ethnic...
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Losing Our Souls: Torture Damages All Involved-So Why Would Our Government Defend It?
Imagine you are on your way home from vacation, making an airline connection. As you board your flight, you are detained by officials. After a few days of questioning, without charges or access to counsel, you are loaded onto a plane and taken to ......
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Making a Movement
In Kashmir, Niger, Honduras, and parts of every U.S. city, the situation is urgent. Thankfully, so is God's persistent love. It can be found in movements for positive social transformation-seen and unseen-throughout the world. This month, words...
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Reporting through the Grapevines: What Do We Believe When All Social Restraints Are Off?
We all know that truth is the first casualty of war. And during the flooding of New Orleans in late August and early September, we often heard descriptions of the Crescent City as a war zone. So, as the murky waters from Hurricane Katrina recede, we...
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Spinning Wal-Mart
Nearly two years have passed since the release of Saving the Corporate Soul. In my book I made a strong critique of Wal-Mart, particularly the way it mistreats its employees. At the time, Wal-Mart employees in 28 states were waging legal battle, accusing...
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Taking Back Our Kids: Child Rearing, Never an Easy Endeavor, Has Become in Many Ways a Countercultural Activity
"I never thought it would be this hard," Polly said one night, standing by the kitchen counter on the verge of tears. "I thought when I had children, I would have this great thing in common with everyone else. When my first child was born, I went out...
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'The Islamic Reformation Has Begun': Reza Aslan, a Tehran-Born Muslim, Joined His High School's Young Life Group to Become a Christian, Then Got Kicked out. Now He's One of the Top Spokespersons for Progressive Islam in America
A DECADE AGO, author Reza Aslan had a dinner conversation that helped set him on a path that makes him one of the hottest new voices on Islam At the table, a man argued "Muslims are violent and irrational. They're all terrorist." His dinner companion?...
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The Second Coming of the Lord God Bird: An Eschatology of Desire
My sister was the first in our family of birdwatchers to hear the news. Up at 5 o'clock to get ready for work, she awoke to the National Public Radio broadcast that broke the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker's return. "It could be pregnancy hormones...
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Would Jesus Drive a Mercedes? the Untapped Potential of Biodiesel
In 2002, the Evangelical Environmental Network launched a campaign asking '"What would Jesus drive?" Though my Amish ancestors would be pleased if I answered "a horse and buggy"--or maybe a bicycle--I've come to depend on a car for running errands,...
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Young Revivalists: A String Band Reclaims Country Music
Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union, I'm sticking to the union, I'm sticking to the union. Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union, I'm sticking to the union 'til the day I die. The crowd yelling Woody Guthrie's defiant words...
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