Sojourners Magazine

Sojourners Magazine is a magazine specializing in Religion topics.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 5, May

A Memory of Paradise: What's the Unique Contribution of Religion to the "Green Economy"?
Rachel Carson--biologist, writer, conservationist, Presbyterian, and founder of the modern U.S. environmental movement-never lost her sense of wonder and awe in the natural world. She instinctively rooted for life and was ferocious in its defense....
Are Books Obsolete? A Rough Economy, Changing Reading Habits, and a Planet in Peril Are Forcing Book Publishers to Retool the Way They Do Business
Although you may have watched your house value decline and your rainy-day fund dry up, there is still the sweet experience of crawling into the pages of a really good book. Reading is one of the best--and cheapest--sources of comfort, entertainment,...
A Step toward the Common Good
Several years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, Sojourners started using the phrase "budgets are moral documents." That phrase has now entered the common lexicon, and it remains one of our fundamental principles. Budgets reflect...
Confessions of a (Reforming) Bookaholic: Books Get a Second Life in a Global Library
It's possible that we finally get it. We live in the land of excess, consuming more than we possibly need. But having confessed our sins, how do we atone for our transgressions? Or simply put, now what do we do with all our stuff? Clothes, shoes,...
Dying a Slow Death: The Future of Appalachia-And the Planet-Depends on Unseating King Coal
By now everyone knows that in the face of global climate change, the United States must do at least two big things. We have to stop burning gasoline for our personal transportation, and we have to stop burning coal to make our electricity. A change...
Green Reads: Books on the Environment, the Economy, and Equity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Whether you're a die-hard "greenie" or someone just trying to keep up with the issues, there's a blizzard of books out there that address the perils our planet is facing. In previous issues, we've highlighted The Green Collar...
Making Places and People Bloom: Whether It's the South Bronx or Rural North Carolina, Visionary Activist Majora Carter Argues That Cleaning Up Our Act Is Good for Us-And the Economy
In 1997, Majora Carter, a native of the South Bronx neighborhood of Hunts Point, moved hack in with her parents to save money after graduating with a Master of Fine Arts from New York University. That's when sire learned about plans by Mayor Rudy Giuliani's...
On the Short List: The Most Powerful Man in the World Sent Me an E-Mail
I hold in my hand a printout of the e-mail I just received from Barack Obama. Yes, I know it's not green to use paper, but how else can I display it on my desk so co-workers can express awe, surprise, and most important, envy? The point is, I received...
Resurrection City: Auto Idolatry and Casino Economics Have Left Detroit Tottering on the Brink. What Will It Take for Motown to Rise Again?
Kitty-corner from my church, St. Peter's Episcopal, stand the remains of Detroit's old Tiger Stadium. A new ballpark named after a bank--part of the run at the casino economy--is located in the new sports and entertainment district closer to downtown....
Sounding the Alarm Bell: The Next Step for the Climate Change Movement
For those of us who live on the back roads of New England, there's something about a bell rope leading up into a steeple. An old rope, that you have to really haul on to get the bells pealing--I've watched my smaller Sunday-school kids get lifted off...
The Green Industrial Revolution: How Green for All Is Building a Nationwide Green-Collar Economy
Throughout Pittsburgh are signs of a city that once pulsed with wealth and prosperity as the steel industry boomed in the early 1900s, only to suffer decline with the fall of American steel in the 1970s. Abandoned factories along the waterfront...
The New Environmental Advocates: Chicago's Wilbur Wright College Helps Workers Turn Blue Collars to Green
Victoria Cooper can rattle off the challenges that green job training programs face as quickly as she can the reasons for excitement. Cooper, who directs environmental technology programs at Chicago's Wilbur Wright College, cautions that there's "no...
Why a Green Economy: Amid Deepening Poverty and a Crashing Ecosystem, We Need a New Way of Doing Business
We find ourselves immersed in simultaneous economic crisis and environmental crisis, with crumbling financial institutions and melting polar ice both making higher ground look mighty mood. While conservation and care for creation often have been treated...