Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

From the Editors

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

From the Editors

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THIS SUMMER, THE U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling in two s ame-s ex marriage cases. But what about the institution of marriage itself? With nearly half of all marriages ending in divorce, are we losing the ideal, and practice, of this covenantal commitment?

Our cover features suggest some answers. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite writes of the threats to marriage from economic conditions, domestic violence, and incarceration, as well as the glue of trust, commitment, and equality that holds it together. Leroy Barber offers lessons he and his wife have learned in 28 years of marriage, and Christian Piatt tells of his life as a "pastor s wife" and the responses to that role reversal.

Stories of role reversals are also ? ξ in the news about Pope Francis following his installation this spring. His decision to live in a guesthouse rather than the papal apartment, wear a simple white cassock rather than elaborate vestments, and wash the feet of 12 young people in a youth prison on Maundy Thursday, including women and Muslims, sent a strong message that this was a different, more humble pontiff, as Rose Marie Berger explores in her column. …

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