Sojourners Magazine

Sojourners Magazine is a magazine specializing in Religion topics.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 5, September-October

A Litmus Test? (Letters)
ARTHUR WASKOW ("Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace, Anti-Occupation," May-June 2003) red-baits one group that has been successful in organizing huge anti-war demonstrations. He argues that those people who do not speak out in favor of a Jewish state of Israel,...
Blast of the Divine: What a Department of Corrections Shotgun Pellet Taught Me about Centering Prayer
The crazy thing is, I thought I saw it coming. Of course I could not hear it; the shotgun blast had left me momentarily deaf. But I was looking straight at the man who caught the fulltime of the shot, watched him go down, and then saw a cloud of ricocheting...
Bluegrass Gospel
Wondrous Love, by Blue Highway, and White Dove: The Bluegrass Gospel Collection, by various artists. Rounder Records. Offering listeners more impassioned spiritual music in four hours than they might hear in a lifetime of Sunday morning services,...
'Christ-Haunted' Journeys
The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage, by Paul Elie. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. "A pilgrimage is a journey undertaken in the light of a story. A great event has happened; the pilgrim hears the report and goes in search of the...
Class Warfare. (from the Editor)
I did a right-wing talk show the other night on Fox News. Whenever you mention poverty in a venue like that, they scream that you're engaging in class warfare and promptly declare war on you. I've decided that the right wing is correct on this:...
Connections. (Taking Action)
Volunteer Opportunities * Books Through Bars needs Philadelphia-area volunteers to package donated books for individuals in prison. Contact Nicole, voluteer@booksthroughbars.org; (215) 727-8170 ext. 6. * Innisfree Village of Crozet, Va., seeks...
Costly Grace
Bonhoeffer, produced by Martin Doblmeier. Journey Films. "We should not harm any one. But we will not allow anyone to harm us." These are the words of Adolf Hitler, spoken at the beginning of Martin Doblmeier's new documentary film Bonhoeffer, which...
Creating New Wineskins
United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race, by Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, and Karen Chai Kim. Oxford University Press. While many in the U.S. civil rights movement were busy integrating...
Dangerous Religion: George W. Bush's Theology of Empire. Once There Was Rome, the Barbarians, and the Christians. Now There Is a New Rome and Lots of Barbarians. the Big Question Is, What Will the Christians Do?. (Cover Story)
Religion is the most dangerous energy source known to humankind. The moment a person (or government or religion or organization) is convinced that God is either ordering or sanctioning a cause or project, anything goes. The history, worldwide, of religion-fueled...
Defiant Daughters: In a Time of Hardened Hearts, the Story of Exodus Is Relevant Once Again
Last October in Colorado, three Catholic nuns entered a missile site swinging hammers to disarm a nuclear warhead. Then they painted a cross on the silo with their own blood. This November in Miami, thousands are preparing to resist the ministerial...
Faith-Based Discrimination? Religious Organizations and Fair Hiring. (Workplace)
Can religious organizations choose to hire only people who share their beliefs? The issue is heating up again. Last December, President Bush issued an executive order allowing such discretion to faith-based organizations receiving federal funds. Similar...
News Values: What Will It Take for Us to Trust the Press? (Media)
The series of journalistic screw-ups at The New York Times this spring was only the most high-profile ease of reporters and editors run amok. Certainly other newspapers and magazines have suffered the consequences of unethical reporters and lazy editors....
October 12: 'What Will My Father in Heaven Think?' (Living the Word)
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 Mark showed plainly in the previous reading that by applying the rigid letter of the law, many Pharisees were missing its liberating spirit. The rich man in today's account suffers...
October 19: Sharing in the Glory. (Living the Word)
Isaiah 5.3:4-12; Psalm 91:9-16; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45 Jesus' third prediction of the passion, like the first two, reveals the disciples' continued inability (or unwillingness) to comprehend his mission. This time, brothers James and John...
October 26: Let Us See Again! (Living the Word)
Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 7:23-28: Mark 10:46-52 The end of the eight-week cycle brings us back to the beginning. Jeremiah describes the community that God gathered to Israel, "among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those...
October 5: Crowned Equally with Honor. (Living the Word)
Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16 Issues of power continue to surface, not only for communities but also for individuals. Unlike the creation account in Genesis 1:27, the account When presented with the woman, Adam speaks...
Open Letter to Dennis Kucinich: A Political Realignment in This Country Isn't Possible until We Heal the Cultural Breach That Afflicts Us. (Culture)
Dear Rep. Kucinich: I'm writing to you as an individual who hopes to support your campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. I've followed your career since I was at college student and you were the mayor of Cleveland. I've been...
Opposition Radio: The Alternative Voice of Pacifica's KPFK. (Media)
Clear Channel, Viacom, AOL Time Warner, Disney--the march of corporate titans toward further media consolidation is scarily steady. And, with the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to loosen its rules regarding how many media outlets...
Rescuing Ourselves: When Desperate Victims in Distant Conflicts Plead for Help, Can America Do More Than Save Its Own?
"It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which are accountable.--Moliere, actor and playwright (1622-1673) IMAGINE TIlE EUPHORIA that must have swept through the national football arena in Monrovia, Laberia, on June 13. Thousands...
Rites of Fall. (Humor)
Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap. And neither do they drive their daughter back to college in the fall. So I'm thinking the ravens got off easy. --Luke 12:22ish RSVP Like death and tax breaks for the rich, autumn brings its...
Say Goodbye to the U.N.? We Cannot Give Up on the U.N., despite Its Inadequacies. (Trends)
Is the United Nations dead in the water? That's a common opinion in global leadership circles. In mid-summer 2003, I took part in a workshop in Sweden that brought together highly influential leaders--executive officers of major corporations, government...
September 14: Like Rock and like Flint. (Living the Word)
Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 116:1-9; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38 It is commonly assumed that Peter is referred to as "the rock" because of the strength of his faith, a belief that is certainly supported by scriptural accounts. However, it may have also...
September 21: Wisdom from above. (Living the Word)
Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 54; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8; Mark 9:30-37 James' letter is so focused on ethical conduct that it is considered more of an exhortation, whose form and content echoes the tradition of Jewish wisdom literature. Here, the focus...
September 28: For or against? (Living the Word)
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 From the Israelites in the desert to the disciples, the people of God have a history of losing perspective and dwelling on their own well-being instead of God's kingdom. The...
September 7: A New Table for All. (Living the Word)
Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalm 146; James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 7:24-37 "The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down .... The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow..." (Psalm 146:8-9). The psalmist beautifully and passionately...
Sharper Than a Sword. (Bible Study)
"We must re-vision Christian faith as a combative, argumentative, and emancipatory" practice that seeks "the well-being of all." Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza's words, in But She Said, only sound new because they have been forgotten; as Paul reminds...
The First Cup Is for the Guest. (Spirituality)
Let me tell you a story about two cups of coffee. A few years ago in Cusco, Peru--capital of the 15th century Inca empire--I spent an entire morning searching for Edilberto Merida. Merida's clay crosses with an Inca Jesus writhing in agony defined...
The Project for a New American Empire: Who Are These Guys? and Why Do They Think They Can Rule the World? (Cover Story)
A British magazine called them "the weird men behind George W. Bush's war." Their Project has led to countless conspiracy theories. Their principles are now the governing foreign and military policy of the Bush administration--a plan combining U.S....
'This Will Not Stand': A Struggle for the Soul of the City. (Housing)
Two of my colleagues--highly respected in the nonprofit community--recently had their homes and offices raided by the FBI. Their names were smeared in the newspaper and false accusations brought against them through the efforts of forces opposing their...
Toward a Revolutionary Kindness: An Interview with the Body Shop Founder Anita Roddick
ANITA RODDICK was the founder and chief executive officer of The Body Shop, which sells environmentally and socially sensitive skin care products. Now free from management responsibilities--though she remains a major shareholder and board director--Roddick...
Treating Systems, Not Symptoms. (Honduras)
The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.--Isaiah 41:17 Every Honduran in the capital city of Tegucigalpa and its...
Weapons of Mass Deception: High Crimes and Misdemeanors? (Deceit)
The failure to discover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has exposed the lie at the heart of the Bush administration's case for war. It is part of a much deeper web of deceit that underlies U.S. policy in Iraq. Prior to the war the president...
Worth Noting
Image and Spirit: Finding Meaning in Visual Art, by Karen Stone. Augsburg Fortress. In Image and Spirit, author and artist Karen Stone recounts comments she overheard in a modern art museum one November day: "I don't get it." "My 3-year-old...
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