Sojourners Magazine

Sojourners Magazine is a magazine specializing in Religion topics.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, January-February

A Few of My Favorite Things. (Meanderings)
What are my favorite things for listening to, watching, and perusing? Well ... My wife. Great body, great soul, great spirit ... Brenda, of 21 years. Because she still has that rich warm voice of wisdom and grace that made me fall in love with her...
An Enticing Elixir. (Books)
Chris Hedges has spent 15 years as a foreign correspondent, 10 of them with The New York Times, covering conflicts in Central America, the Middle East, and the Balkans. He spoke recently with Sojourners' Molly Marsh about his new book War Is a Force...
Divine Manifestations. (Bible Study)
Epiphany: It's one of the most "religious" words there is. The Bible gives us Paul's epiphany, the startling vision on the road to Damascus; and then there are those special things that super-spiritual people always seem to experience--epiphanies,...
Fighting a Cultural Battle. (Culture)
As this is written, rescue workers are still separating the bodies from the bamboo after the terrorist bombing of a nightclub in Bali. A couple of weeks ago, some Kuwaitis found a way onto a super-secure Persian Gulf island and started shooting at...
From Torture to Truth. (Excerpt)
Sister Dianna Ortiz was kidnapped and tortured by Guatemalan security forces in November 1989 while serving as a missionary there. She has spent the ensuing years trying to recover from the experience as well as get answers from the U.S. and Guatemalan...
In the Shadow of Self-Delusion. (Humor)
As our nation prepares for war against--depending on the mood of the president--al Qaeda, Iraq, or unnecessarily big words (such as "civil liberties"), it is a sober time in America, and that's a good thing. Serious times make for serious people, and...
Not a Just or Moral War: The Churches' Pre-Emptive Response to Bush's Iraq Plans
On Oct. 7, just hours before President Bush in a Cincinnati speech outlined his case for the "urgent duty" of the United States to launch a pre-emptive military strike against Saddam Hussein and Iraq, some two dozen United Methodists from eight Michigan...
Not in My Name: Is It Anti-Semitic to Criticize Israel? (Middle East)
The small but growing movement of university students and faculty across the United States calling for divestment from Israel has prompted several Jewish organizations to label the campaign part of a creeping tide of anti-Semitism on campus. Such statements...
Osama and Me: What Falwell and Bin Laden Have in Common. (Demagoguery)
Rev. Jerry Falwell's highly publicized declaration on 60 Minutes in October that "Muhammad was a terrorist" was hateful, ignorant, arrogant, irresponsible, and destructive. Once again, the self-appointed spokesman for Christianity was so far out of...
`Patriotism Is Not Enough'; Christian Conscience in Time of War
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love,...
Prophetic Leadership. (from the Editor)
Whatever Christians decide about war with Iraq, they must do it on the basis of Christian theology. Liking and trusting President George W. Bush, as many conservatives do, or hating him, as many liberals do, is just not relevant here. Patriotism means...
`Rollin' like a Semi'. (Music)
Whole 'Nother Deal, by Don Chaffer & Waterdeep. Hey Ruth Inc. The first time I played Waterdeep's new album for my housemates, they were up and dancing within seconds. Midway through an exuberant Temptations-meets-Michael-Stipe-meets-former-Deadhead...
Shaking Up the Drug Industry. (Trends)
Zachary Bentley says he's no Ralph Nader. The business manager and corporate officer of a drug infusion service, Ven-A-Care, based in Key West, Florida, is shaking up the pharmaceutical industry all the same. It's true; Bentley never planned to...
Speaking a Holy Word: As Christians, How Do We Live in Times like These? (the Times)
Do you suffer from post-millennial jitters? Sex, death, taxes, or impending overthrow of the status quo got you down? Peeking over the edge of 2003, the world looks as scary as ever. Nuclear fissile material (that could kill thousands and give the...
Stopping by a Red Light on a Weekday Evening. (Spirituality)
At the corner of 14th and Euclid Streets NW in Washington, D.C., many evenings at sunset, the Domino's deliveryman kneels down to pray. About 50 years old, he wears dark pants, white high-top sneakers, and the pizza company's bright red shirt. In...
Taking Aim. (Film)
Bowling for Columbine, directed by Michael Moore. www.bowlingforcolumbine.com Filmmaker Michael Moore loves to pick at the sores of America's self-delusions, and he's really good at it. This wonderfully unsettling gift makes him one of our best...
The Cold Reaches of Heaven: Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Bill Phillips Talks about His Faith
William Phillips, 54, a research physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is friendly and casual--with a beard, jeans, running shoes, and a ready smile. He walks quickly, talks quickly, and by all evidence...
The Duty of Delight ... and Other Lessons from a Life Well-Lived
Chuck Matthei was an innovative thinker who helped pioneer community land trusts and other alternative economic models and a longtime friend and supporter of Sojourners. From his earliest activism for civil rights and against the Vietnam War to his...
We Pledge Allegiance ... (Loyalty)
In a time of crisis, uncertainty, and policy debate, one would think that Christians in the United States would agree: When in doubt, we should support our leader and remain loyal to our nation. Our leader, of course, is Jesus Christ. Our nation,...
Who Owns Your Water? Private Companies Are Turning Water into a For-Profit Commodity-Let the Drinker Beware!
Around the world publicly owned, government-run water utilities are being sold off to for-profit companies. Water privatization often leads to rate increases--which leads many people to collect water from untreated sources, increasing the number of...
Why Does the Father of the World's Richest Man Think We Should Tax the Rich? the American Experiment Is Rooted in a Suspicion of Concentrated Wealth and in the Rejection of Aristocracy
William Gates Sr.--whose son is Microsoft founder Bill Gates--joins with co-author Chuck Collins to argue that the wealthiest among us have an obligation to pay their fair share. In the last several years, Congress has debated whether to eliminate...
With `Friends' like These. (Cleveland)
Women's Re-entry Network in Cleveland is like many nonprofits--it is financially pinched and has a big-hearted but overworked staff that struggles to meet the needs of its clients. Founded in 1994 and sponsored by Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries,...
Worth Noting
Shaman, by Carlos Santana. Arista. More than 30 years into his career, nine Grammys, and dozens of tours, 55-year-old Carlos Santana's music continues to evolve, and he's bringing another generation along for the ride. But how do you do better than...
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