Sojourners Magazine

Sojourners Magazine is a magazine specializing in Religion topics.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 6, June

A Covenant for Civility
OVER THE LAST few months, the political polarization of our society has reached a new and dangerous level. Honest disagreements over policy issues have turned into a growing vitriolic rage against political opponents; threats of violence against lawmakers...
All along the Way
THE NICE VENDOR who sells aromatic oils in front of Speedy Liquor on 14th Street got stabbed the other day. Word on the street is he "got sliced with a machete." My office overlooks his makeshift stand. On warm afternoons he cranks up his boom box...
Almost Heaven? Destroying West Virginia, One Mountain at a Time
Christians battle King Coal to save Appalachia IN APRIL, THE Environmental Protection Agency-announced rules that could significantly reduce mountain top- removal mining in the US. For longtime activists like Allen Johnson, co-founder of the group...
An Earth-Honoring Faith: What Does It Mean That Planet Earth Is Jeopardized by Its Supposed Stewards, Who Fail Even to Wince at Our Species' Cumulative Threats to Life?
WHAT KIND OF Christian faith and ethic is committed to justice and honoring the Earth, with a moral universe encompassing the whole community of life? What kind understands justice as the never-ending project to reach across the whole community of...
Fault Lines in Coal Country; an Interview with Allen Johnson, Co-Founder of Christians for the Mountains
Onleilove Alston: How did your faith journey lead you to Christians for the Mountains? Allen Johnson: In 1968, while I students were protesting the Vietnam War, I went with other students to protest against them and somehow--it was a God thing--I...
Green Surprise: The Bounty of a Small Plot Is Not So Small
CAN SMALL-SCALE organic farms feed the world? Most people would agree that diverse family farms practicing sustainable agriculture are better--better for the environment, better for society--than large, pesticide-drenched monocultures that provide...
Johnny Cash's Final Songs
THE LIFE OF Johnny Cash, the man, ended in 2003, but Johnny Cash, the artist, just had his final moment in February 2010. That's when American VI: Ain't No Grave was released as the last in the series of austere, nakedly honest recordings Cash made...
King Coal Has
KING COAL HAS long ruled in West Virginia and elsewhere in Appalachia. In the wake of the April 5 explosion that killed 29 people in a mine run by Massey Energy, the king's throne has shown signs of tottering. For example, a new group on Facebook,...
Liberating History: Cross-Generational Blogging about Faith and Feminism
AROUND 11 P.M. on April 1,2008, a young woman in Seattle sent an e-mail to an author in Norfolk, Virginia: I was very happy to discover your book All We're Meant to Be. I am writing because I am a 27-year-old in the midst of my own book project,...
'Now the Work Begins': Churches in Dallas Engage in the Hard Work of Transformation in the Wake of Last Year's Justice Revival
THE "JUSTICE REVIVAL" in Dallas last November brought together hundreds of Dallas area churches--many of which had never before collaborated--in a three-day event focused on putting faith into action for justice. The goal of the event, which culminated...
Penny Wise, Pound Foolish: D.C. Catholic Charities Has Taken the Cheap-And Uncharitable-Way Out
FEW PEOPLE EXPECT their workplace benefits to be a casualty of the culture wars, but in Washington, D.C., the battle over same-sex marriage hit local employees of Catholic Charities square in the pocketbook. Last December, the District passed a...
Plan Effective Short-Term Missions
EVERY SUMMER, with bags packed and immunization shots received, thousands of hopeful short-term "missionaries" from the United Sates venture to distant lands with a vision to change the world. But Mike Gable, the mission office director of the Catholic...
Powerless before Demons
1 Kings 19:1-15a; Psalms 42,43; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39 PAUL'S WITNESS IS that, in Christ, we may be freed from all the "disciplinarians" that restrict our lives. Entry into that new life of gospel freedom, through baptism, is like changing...
Tempest in a Teacup: Will Economic Conservatives Join with Social Conservatives-Or Racist Extremists?
ON THE FIRST evening of the Tea Party Nation gathering in Nashville in February, Southern Baptist pastor Rick Scarborough took participants to their knees for a lengthy prayer service, during which he declared the party "a Christian movement." But,...
The Art of Dying: At the End of Life, How Can People of Faith Prepare for a Good Death?
DEATH IS A HUMAN reality that eventually catches up with all of us. Scripture and Christian tradition remind us that we are living with death from the moment we are born. Through the Christian tradition of ars moriendi, or the art of dying, we are...
This Is Frank Luntz. No It's Not
FRANK LUNTZ SEES things differently than the rest of us. As the Talking Points King for the Right, truth is always inconvenient for Frank, which is why he simply ignores it and manufactures his own version. Luntz is the strategist who puts words into...
Violence Resistance
AROUND THE SAME time that the controversial Iraq war bomb-disposal thriller The Hurt Locker was sweeping the Academy Awards, an act of real-world movie violence was taking place elsewhere in California. A cinemagoer at a screening of Martin Scorsese's...
Water, Water, Everywhere
A FEW WEEKS ago The Wall Street Journal reported that at least one sector of the economy is doing well: Sales of filters for home water faucets are soaring. And not just faucets--shower heads, too, since companies are promising "softer skin and hair...
Why Character Matters
CHRISTIANITY PROMISES, by grace and through faith, that believers will spend eternity with God, in paradise. But many of us believers have become so obsessed with who gets into heaven--and who doesn't--and how, that we have missed a central question...
'Your Son Is Alive'
1 Kings 17:17-24; Psalm 146; Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7; 11-17 BIBLICAL FAITH ATTESTS that God, creator of the world, is the giver of life, even in a world of deathliness. While that claim is pervasive in faith, it is rooted in specific, nameable...
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