Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

From the Editors

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

From the Editors

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FOR THOSE OF us committed to principled nonviolence, there is something particularly troubling about a child with a gun. Perhaps it's the implied corruption of innocence, of "little ones" led astray.

But many parents have had the sobering experience of prohibiting their children from having toy guns--only to look out the window and see them "shooting" each other with sticks. In the early days of Sojourners, a child in the community took a wooden cross and used it as a pretend bomber, while his parents likely shook their heads in befuddlement. Where does this violent play come from, and what does it portend?

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Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest who has spent many years helping people better understand the nexus between our inner and our outer lives, between contemplation and action, with a focus on male spirituality and boys-to-men initiation rites. In his cover article, Rohr explores some of the dangerous forces in our culture that, he would argue, mitigate against men being in touch with their inner selves, the consequences of this disengagement, and what society--and the church--can do to begin to address it. …

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