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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 6, June

A 'Bizarre and Peculiar' Ruling
The Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case didn't actually make corporations into people, but it did undercut the role of actual, live human beings in elections.IF THE FIRST decade of the 21st century began with the Supreme Court's Bush...
A Farm Grows in Motown
Detroiters often use the phoenix rising from the ashes as a metaphor for the city's resilience. Worms might be just as apt a symbol this time around * by KORLA MASTERSTHE CITY OF DETROIT has several thousand vacant houses, but Darryl Howard has at least...
An Assault on Local Democracy
Michigan's "Emergency Manager" law and Detroit's future BILL WYLIE-KELLERMANNA BIG CHANGE came down in Detroit this spring. Under sanction of Michigan's Emergency Manager Law (Public Act 4), on April 4 the city council authorized a "consent agree¬ment"...
Art with a Brutal Heart
DISNEY ANIMATION is often criticized for masking cynical corporate values-Wall-E's profound challenge to over-consumption was accompanied by the telling of toy and game; the company claims to be pro-feminist but only tweaks the fairy tale princess archetype...
Can These Bones Live?
In Guatemala, 44,000 people were "disappeared" during decades of war. Now workers there seek to resurrect a buried history and human dignity. * by EMI LIE TERESA SMITHThe spirit of the Lord set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones....
Chasing the Wild Goose
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, I the world offers itself to your imagination, I calls to you like the wilt! geese, harsh and exciting I over and over announcing your place I in the family of things.-From "Wild Geese"by Mary OliverLATE JUNE. SCHOOL'S...
Chronicling Belief's Strange Wonders
CHRONICLING BELIEF'S STRANGE WONDERSSweet Heaven When I Die: Fa ith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between, by Jeff Sharlet. W.W. Norton.WITHOUT SOME advance warning, you might not know that Jeff Sharlet is a man of God. That's not an insult or backward...
Fairness for Whom?
IT'S A GOOD sign we've entered the election silly season when pundits are arguing against "fair-ness." What's next, apple pie? (Motherhood, of course, is already a battleground of the "mommy wars"-Lord help us!)The Democrats are trying to take the pro-fairness...
From the Hollers to City Streets
FROM THE HOLLERS TO CITY STREETSStream of Conscience, by 2/3 Goat. twothirdsgoat.com.THE VIDEO FOR the title track of 2/3 Goat's EP Stream of Conscience features members of the New York City-based band standing knee-deep in a stream in the mountains...
God's Passionate Vulnerability
ONE OF THE DRAWBACKS intrinsic to liturgical worship is the length of time it takes to adopt expressions that are newly current and potent into the approved forms. Certain forms of language become deeply important to a generation-key words and symbols...
How to Proclaim Restoration
HOW TO PROCLAIM RESTORATIONMissional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform, by AI Tizon. Judson Press.AL TIZON'S Missional Preaching, as one might expect, i de igned for those who proclaim the go pel. The text, moreover, should prove useful to homiletics...
Letters
CITIZENS VS. CITIZENS UNITEDI wish Bill McKibben's '"And God Created... Corporations'" (April 2012) could magically appear in the inbox of each state and federal senator and representative. A corporation is a soulless, incorporeal, supranational, immortal...
New, Improved Terrorists!
EVERYONE CAN USE a fresh start from time to time. When Enco and F.sso oil companies combined in 1973, they came up with the name Exxon-a word that at the time had no meaning or connota¬tion-and then moved forward as a completely new company. Now, of...
Paul's Letter to the 1%
The apostle's attack on elitism in Corinthian church and society speaks a clear message about inequality today * by RETA HALTEMAN FINGEREACH SUNDAY, IN many churches across North America, congregants hear these words preparing them for communion: "The...
Personhood for Profit
Seeing corporations as people, are we making ourselves over in their image?ARE CORPORATIONS "persons"! Legally, they are. They have the right to own property. to enter into contracts, to sue for defamation. Thanks to Citizens United vs. Federal Election...
Preventing an Iranian Bomb
History shows engagement, not attack, dissuades countries from developing nuclear weapons.CALLS FOR THE use of military force aga inst Iran are dangerously misguided. T raeti bombing trike are not capable of destroying Iran's deeply buried and dispersed...
Resurrecting Detroit
Angela Glover Blackwell believes in Detroit's future, and she has a vision for how to get there. Failure is not an option.ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT advocate Angela Glover Blackwell makes no bones about why PolicyLink, the nonprofit she leads, held its 2,500-person...
Rev. Gerald L. Durley
Bio: Pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.Website: providenceatlanta.org1 How did you get involved in envi-ronmental justice? About six years ago, Laura Seydel, Ted Turner's daugh¬ter, invited me to see a movie, The Great...
Stunned and Hopeful
THE CONFLICT between Israelis and Palestinians is often seen as a conflict between Jews and Muslims. But there are also minority communities of evangelical and other Christians who are caught up in the conflict. This includes Jewi h followers of Jesus...
The Boss's Musical Indictment
IN THE GREAT gospel and blues tradition of affirming in the negative, Bruce Springsteen's new album, Wrecking Ball, is simultaneously a ferocious roar of righteous anger at what the captains of Wall Street did to America in 2008 and a riotous celebration...
The Face of Hate
An interview with Rebecca Barrett-Fox, a scholar who finds the appalling, the unexpected, and the human inside Westboro Baptist Church.TOPEKA'S WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH takes in-your-face to a whole new level. The church is nothing if not an equal opportunity...
The Vagina Dialogues
We've come a long way, baby. Or have we?IT'S PROFOUNDLY DISHEARTENING to see people in political leadership and positions of cultural influence whose understanding of women's anatomy-and that it is possessed by human beings, not mythical prototype "whores,"...
Trade Agreements vs. Democracy
Lawsuits help corporations run roughshod over governments and the environment.THE ANONYMOUS DEATH threats phoned to Archbishop Pedro Barreto and other in March told them to top peaking out about the foreign-owned metals melting plant in La Oroya, Peru.Barreto,...
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