Sojourners Magazine

Sojourners Magazine is a magazine specializing in Religion topics.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 4, July-August

A Few of My Favorite Things. (Meanderings)
When Sojourners' CultureWatch editor asked me to write about my "favorite things," I gave a quick "Sure!" It's not often that I get to talk about McDonalds' new "Tangy Cajun Chicken Parts" and that delightful way the flavor seems to stick to the...
A Miracle in Mindanao: Christians and Muslims Build Bridges in the Philippines
The Christians of Isulan were out for revenge. A young Muslim had stabbed a Christian youth, and Christian adults were determined that Muslims would pay for the crime. As Christians and Muslims faced each other, raised their guns, and took aim,...
Beyond Crime & Punishment: Male Celibacy Isn't the Problem Here. but for the Catholic Church to Achieve a Healthy System, Things Have to Change
Hearing confessions is a rather dangerous and lethal profession. It creates a kind of patience with sin that is often scandalous to outsiders. But confession is a very good thing about my Catholic tradition that might not be recognized in the midst...
Catholic Scandal, Ecumenical Solution: The Whole Church Must Combat Sexual Misconduct. (Leadership)
While much recent media hype has focused on the Catholic Church's pedophilia scandal, relatively little attention has been given to the high rate of sexual misconduct in the rest of American Christendom. This truly is a crisis that crosses all borders....
Cheek This out ... If You Dare! Big Brother Gets Literary. (Privacy)
Abbie Hoffman was having a bit of fun with the publishing industry's deepest fears when he titled his 1970 work Steal This Book. But maybe Hoffman was on to something. We might be heading toward a time when stealing books is the only way to avoid...
Death Rattle and Roll: The Executioner's Last Songs Sounds a Murderous Note against the Death Penalty. (Music)
Washington, D.C. activist, punk rocker, and subversive knitter Jenny Toomey croons Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets" on The Executioner's Last Songs, a new collection of eerie, gruesome songs from Bloodshot Records. In Toomey's rendition, it's easy...
Foreign Relations: Unlike Mugabe, My Daughter Would Never Hire Armed Thugs to Get Her Way. She Doesn't Have to. (Humor)
Some readers have complained that this column has become too personal, too focused on my being a great father, an award-winning art director, and a god-like figure to the rest of the staff. In response to this concern, I have decided to look beyond...
From Timid to Towering. (Culture Watch)
A Day's Work, A Day's Pay, from Mint Leaf Productions, (212) 952-0121 `Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world," Margaret Mead once said. "In fact, it is the only thing that ever has." Watching the documentary...
Living as God's Beloved: As Individuals We Are Simultaneously Essential and beside the Point. (Bible Study)
Those of us who identify ourselves as activists of various stripes often use our work as a shield against our deepest fears and loneliness. Leery of those who peddle spirituality as self-help and who ignore the "root causes" of injustice and suffering,...
Road Trippin': Are We There Yet? (Spirituality)
Here are answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions about traveling on the Jesus Road. 1. Who else will be going with us? Well, some guy from the IRS signed up. A couple of machinists (one's even non-union). There are some middle-aged...
Round, Round, I Get around. (West Virginia)
`Every once in a while, a truly brilliant idea comes along: the wheel, Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Cannoli ... you get the idea." So say Tom and Ray of NPR's "Car Talk" radio program about the Good News Garages in Vermont and Massachusetts....
Secretary of Woe: What God and the Genius of Capitalism Have in Common. A Bible Study on the Book of Job. and More
Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill, a continuing embarrassment to the Bush administration, was among the first to comment publicly on the Enron debacle, with a sound bite that is likely to endure as a signature statement of the market ideology of...
Stirring the Imagination. (Art)
"The Human Rights Painting Project," sponsored by Amnesty International U.S.A. My son hates social studies. No matter how much I drill him on the subject, he could care less about James Madison, the Bill of Rights, the abolitionist movement,...
Summer Reading
Books to toke with you to the backyard hammock: Walking the Bible: A Journey By Land Through the Five Books of Moses, by Bruce Feller. A young, funny journalist makes a 10,000-mile journey across the Middle East to answer this question: "Is the...
Swinging Back: Violence in the Anti-Corporate-Globalization Movement
Kadd Stephens, 24, longs for "a world free from violence." An anarchist from Washington, D.C., Stephens numbers himself among an increasingly visible group of anti-corporate-globalization activists whose dreams of world peace coexist--critics say...
`The Faith Will Survive': The Institutional Church, on the Other Hand, Is in Serious Trouble. Here's Why
THE QUESTION everywhere is the same these days: What, in the long run, will be the effect of the pedophilia scandal on the Catholic Church? Speculation ranges from predictions of total collapse to speculation about total reconfiguration. Given the...
The Victims Are Just as Guilty. (Letters)
I HAVE A question about Jim Wallis' article ("The Sin of Enron," March-April 2002) and a lot of the other ones of its type on the Enron situation, making this a battle in the "rich-poor" class war. Why is it a sin for the Enron executives to sell...
Thou Shalt Not Nuke: The Church Response (or Lack Thereof) to Bush's Nuclearism. (Disarmament)
The recent agreement to reduce the number of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear warheads from around 6,000 to between 2,200 and 1,700 sounded like good news. But rather than requiring the dismantling of those warheads, it allows them to be kept...
Utopia: No Garden of Eden. (Trends)
Have you ever noticed how much of our political language relies on binary logic? "Binary what?" you say--think the North and South Pole. Here's an axiom that's half a binary pair: Before making an appeal for political action, describe a moment...
What Must Be Done. (from the Editor)
Having a 3-and-a-half-year-old son has made the horrific revelations about the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests even more abhorrent. His innocence and vulnerability have been my daily context as I listen to one awful story after another....
Why Not Attack Iraq? (the Next War)
Bush administration officials are making plans for a major air war and ground invasion of Iraq that could come as early as this fall but more likely will occur in early 2003. The advocates of attacking Iraq say that the military overthrow of Saddam...
Worth Noting ...: Spiritual Lessons from the X-Files. (Culture Watch)
Fox-TV's The X-Files has ended nine years in which a duo of FBI agents investigated unexplained phenomena--killer bees, government conspiracies, freaks-of-the-week, magical children, UFOs, near-death experiences, religious mysteries--and uncovered...