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Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1, January-February

A Candle on a Hill: Getting Supplies There Was the Easy Part. (Afghanistan)
The late October call from Pakistan to our hotel in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, brought horrible news. Most of the staff of a women's health clinic in Kabul had been wiped out. Dr. Belquis, the pediatrician, Dr. Rahima, the internist, and one of nurses had...
A Dangerous Discipleship
"Whenever people discover that they have rights, they have the responsibility to claim them."--John XXIII, "Pacem in Terris" Up at the top of a Mexican mountain, up beyond miles of rutted road and wet, flowing clay, I toured an Indian village that...
A New Old Glory? Does It Stand for Nationalistic Militarism or Grief-Humbled Unity? (Flagged)
I am proud to be an American the way that I am proud to be a member of my family: With a clear-eyed appraisal of dreams, gifts, failings, sins, and limits. From both country and family I inherited or learned traits, history, language, and perspective,...
Anti-Semitic? (Letters)
SINCE THE TRAGEDY of Sept. 11, I have found myself becoming increasingly uneasy with the tenor of public discourse relating to Judaism and Israel, and--less obviously but more particularly--the anti-Semitic speech roaring through the commercial media....
A Passionate Education: Shrimp Feasts, Rifle Training, and Jail Time: The Peaks and Perils of Growing Up with Activist Parents
Kate Berrigan has a problem. She and a friend have moved into a new apartment and their phone isn't working properly. She e-mails me apologetically. "We can reschedule the interview, or I can go wait by a pay phone for you to call me," she offers....
Connections
Employment Opportunities * Good Samaritan Center for Health and Wholeness, a Christian health center serving a rapidly growing immigrant population in Goshen, Ind., seeks an executive director. Candidate must be bilingual in English and Spanish...
Dateline: Our Nation's Capital. (Humor)
Those of you in the hinterlands--when you're not taking care of your hinter--are probably wondering what life is like now in Washington, D.C., the nation's capital, the most powerful city in the world, or as Pentagon officials have helpfully pointed...
Down on the Farm. (Food)
Seven blocks from the Sojourners office, in a gravel lot by the Metro station, the Columbia Heights farmers market is open for business. It's a frosty morning near the end of the season, the shoppers are wearing parkas, and all the farmers have pumpkins...
Eyes Wide Open: Apocalypse Grabs Us by the Shoulders and Says, `Look at What Matters in Life.' (Soul Searching)
It is tempting to believe that Americans were truly changed after the horror of Sept. 11, that we are now less likely to lose ourselves in the contemplation of either Jennifer Lopez's navel or our own. It is tempting to believe that the deaths of so...
Fiercely Loves Us All. (Music)
Friends, this song is called "I Heard an Owl," and it was written two days after the Sept. 11 tragedy. I was shaken to the core with grief, shock, fear, anger, and bewilderment. I sat down to write about the only solid place my feet could still stand...
Going for Broke: As the Economy Heads South, It's the Poor-As Usual-Who Bear the Brunt. (Poverty)
For some time to come, Americans will be reflecting on how our way of life has been altered by the horrific Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. While more-cumbersome air travel might top the list of life changes for some, the effects on those living in poverty...
Grieving as Sacred Space: How These Anxious and Ambiguous Days Might Offer Up the Most Holy of Gifts. (Soul Searching)
"They sat there on the ground beside him for seven days and seven nights. To Job they never spoke a word, so sad a sight he made." --Job 2:13 In recent studies of initiation rites, which seem to have been strategic for human survival in most...
Hard Questions for Peacemakers: Theologians of Nonviolence Wrestle with How to Resist Terrorism
This has been a very difficult time for Christian peacemakers, for those of us who believe that following Jesus leads us to the path of nonviolence. Despite the great challenges to that commitment since the terrorist attacks. I still identify myself...
HARP-A Time to Sing! (Music: Family Songs)
HARP-A Time to Sing! featuring Holly Near, Ado Guthrie, Ronnie Gilbert, and Pete Seeger. At first, listening to A Time to Sing! and If I Had a Song seemed a bit like stumbling into a wondrous party thrown by Appleseed Recordings for Pete Seeger....
Reading the Tea Leaves. (Legacy)
Since the news of Washington, D.C.-based activist Lisa Sullivan's death last October, she has been eulogized as a mentor, organizer, institution builder, applied intellectual, and servant leader. But the quality that stands out for me now as I reflect...
Remembering Whose We Are. (Bible Study)
The journey from Epiphany to Lent brings us from the brightness of our dawning to the bleakness of our sinfulness. From God manifest as Lord of all to Godly power expressed in emptying itself of power. A baby--weak, unarmed, and wise, in the words...
Report from Ground Zero. (from the Editor)
I just returned from Ground Zero in New York City. Awestruck is the only word that comes to mind after seeing the scope of the devastation at what was once the World Trade Center on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. Thanks to the good graces of the...
Stem Cell Politics. (Trends)
It's a scary thing to find yourself in bed with Orrin Hatch. I've always believed that principles must inform political ideology, and not the other way around, even if that brings you unexpected political bedfellows. But Sen. Hatch? I don't even own...
The Search for Common Ground Film Festival. (Film: Seeing the Other Sides)
The Search for Common Ground Film Festival. www.sfcg.org The term reconciliation carries such a chord of optimism; it conjures images of issues resolved and friendships re-established. But it's usually wrenching work. It can also be painful,...
The Silence of Cain. (Spirituality)
In the nightly news, President Bush describes America as a nation engaged in a "monumental struggle of good vs. evil," while bin Laden accuses us of being sinners who have helped "evil triumph over good." In Kabul, Bush was burned in effigy. In Washington,...
United We Stand: Responding with Kindness and Solidarity
Balbir Singh Sodhi was murdered Sept. 15 in Mesa, Arizona--the first homicide in the country related to the backlash against Arab Americans after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Sodhi was not Muslim and not from the Middle East. He was a Sikh from...
What Words Cannot Capture: Artists Speak the Language of the Heart. (Art)
Almost immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks, several artists proposed creating projected recreations of the World Trade Center, which they called "Towers of Light." This was not intended to be a memorial, one of the artists told The New Yorker. Rather,...
Why `Imagine'? Why Now? (Culture)
Who would have thought that, 30 years later, John Lennon's "Imagine" could be rescued from the dustbin of commercial sentimentality? Sure, it was wheeled out every Dec. 8 to commemorate the anniversary of Lennon's death, but everyone knew the song...
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