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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 3, March

America in Black and White: Does the Obama Era Herald a Post-Racial United States?
Right now we may still be in the euphoria stage. All Americans, even many who voted for John McCain, may be enjoying the moral buzz of having chosen the country's first African-American chief executive. But, sooner or later, tough questions will arise....
An Innocent in the Land of Facebook: Being the Trusting Sort, I Clicked on the Link. Life Is Different Now
It started innocently enough. An acquaintance e-mailed me and, using a new verb with which I was unfamiliar, asked if she could "friend" me. Considering she was already a friend, her request was not readily understood. Is the verb "friend" more intimate...
A Step toward Peace
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, by James W. Douglass. Orbis James W. Douglass, Catholic author and pacifist, has written a compelling and deeply disturbing book about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In his...
A Toxic Battle for Justice: Evangelist Charlotte Keys and the 'Jesus People' She Organized Took on a Global Corporation to Save a Small Town
Organizing for Social Change IN MARCH 1977, an explosion destroyed a chemical factory and released a toxin-laden cloud in the small town of Columbia, Mississippi. In the aftermath, thousands of drums of chemical waste which would later be found...
Breaking Boundaries: Seven Ways to Build a Movement That Includes Poor and Rich
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Jesus movement included everyone from tax collectors to sex workers; it truly was a movement of diversity. In today's world, I am encouraged to see a movement of Christians who want to "preach good news to the poor." But...
Bridging the Great Divide: How Can Christians Counter the Persistent Split between Evangelism and Justice?
I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT THE GOSPEL is good news to the poor. My parents are both Baptist ministers who preached a lot about the "kingdom of God." They didn't mean just a spiritual reality--going to a disembodied heaven when you die--they meant building...
Changing the Channels: Writing for Hollywood-With Jesus in Mind
Scott Teems was just another aspiring writer struggling to survive in New York City when a screenwriting course called One: Writing for Hollywood" changed his life. He was young, newly married, and stuck selling shoes in Queens for $10 an hour when...
Just Forgive: Forgiveness Is an Act of Will. Fake It until You Make It
Lately, I've been wrestling with forgiveness. I suspect that we all reach this point at some stage in our adult spiritual journey. Once we are old enough to start making "adult mistakes," we inevitably wrangle with the flip side: offering and asking...
Save Lives? Yes, You Can. A Few E-Mails Can Help Fight AIDS
I am one of the lucky ones. Every few months I travel to Zambia and meet people who are dealing with AIDS. If that seems contradictory, let me explain: Millions of people in the world's poorest countries now receive drugs that have saved their lives...
The Path to Peace: The End of War in the Middle East Will Only Come with a Paradigm Shift
The recent trend in Middle East wars is that they are short, brutish, and nasty--and they accomplish little of the ostensible goals for either side. Israel's shock-and-awe campaign this winter--aimed at Hamas militants who have been firing missiles...
Time to Come to Washington
The son of a Kenyan student and a woman from Kansas has become president. I honestly never thought this possible. I thought this day would never come in our lifetime, but it did. I'm still pinching myself. On Jan. 20, as President Barack Obama delivered...
Why Stories Matter: The Art Craft of Social Change
I GREW UP IN BAKERSFIELD, California, where my father was a rabbi and my mother was a teacher. I went to Harvard in 1960, in part because it was about as far as I could get from Bakersfield, which was the terminus of the dust bowl migration that John...
'Winning' in Afghanistan: How to Splinter the Taliban and Support Afghans
Few things are certain about the complex insurgencies raging in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but one thing seems clear: A military surge and escalation of the war will make matters worse, not better. The presence of large-scale foreign forces in Afghanistan...
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