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Sojourners 2006

  • Special Issue: FOOD and how we get it. The Tao of dumpster diving, The politics of "Our Daily Bread" - a bible study, A farm grows in Brooklyn (and a college grows a farm), What's really in our food?
  • From Slogans to Solutions: Can we move beyond hard-line rhetoric to policies that actually reduce abortions? Plus: Immigration: A Bible study, Undocumented in America.
  • Decoding Jesus: "Kingdom of God" is so last-century. Are there new ways to talk about Jesus' good news? Plus: Punk rockers meet senior citizens, Human rights in Latin America: A progress report, What to do when a president places himself above the law.
  • What Works: Gaining ground against poverty: From Africa, three innovative solutions. Plus: Bonhoeffer's 100th, global Christianity, truth and reconciliation in Greensboro.
  • Taking Back Our Kids: Child rearing, never an easy endeavour, has become in many ways a countercultural activity. Plus: Reza Aslan, the Lord God Bird, community-based investing.

Sojourners 2005

  • Vital Signs: Congregations find passion and purpose by blending ancient traditions and contemporary action. Plus: Nelson Good, Conflict in Matthew, Intelligent Religion.
  • Can You See Me Now? The storms in the Gulf exposed a long-denied side of America. Plus: Wendel Berry, Jars of Clay, banned musicians: A special section on books and music.
  • Why Did the Christian Cross the Road? A look at the perils of being bridge people. Plus: Fighting child prostitution; Peace by degree; Leaving campus behind.
  • Reality Check - Facts on the ground in Israel and Palestine belie politicians' false optimism. Plus: A conversation with an Indigo Girl; The human cost of the war on terror; A 16th century mystic's wisdom.
  • Marriage and the Common Good - Young Christians discover that it takes a village to make a marriage and vice versa. Plus: God wants You to end global poverty; The struggle of the San José Church in Jiñocuao, Nicaragua; The miracle at Accra.
  • Confessions of a Blue State Christian by Donna Britt. Plus: Growing up Evangelical; Freedom's Ship; 'Teach a woman to fish...'
  • Give us this Day - A special issue on health, sustainability, and the spirituality of "enough." Including: Ten (or so) things you can do to lessen your impact on the earth; Sprawl and our future; Why God's abundant life won't fit in a shopping cart.
  • Taxes, Lies and the Least of These - Bush's out-of-balance tax agenda. Also: The Lost Boys of Sudan; The Killing of Jimmy Lee Jackson; Supernatural Chiller Flicks.
  • Catholics at the Crossroads - Can the U.S. church find redemption? by Heidi Schlumpf; Challenge and hope in the global South, by Marie Dennis; The Vatican's management problem, by Richard Rohr. Also: Privatizing Social Security; Tsunami Politics; William Stringfellow's Legacy.
  • God's Politics - Why the Right gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It. An excerpt from the new book by Jim Wallis. Also: Evangelism and Empire: a Dangerous Mix; An Interview with Palestinian Peacemaker Hanan Ashrawi; Arun Ghandi on the Challenge of Faithful Living.
  • In The Face Of War - What's next for Christian peacemaking? Also: Finding Grace on Reality TV; Prospects for Peace After Arafat; Mentoring the Children of Inmates.

Sojourners 2004

  • SPECIAL BOOKS ISSUE - Religion and the book industry, by Phyllis Tickle. Also: Paul Elie on Pilgrimage and the art of deep reading; An original vignette by Edwidge Danticat; The Sprituality of reading, by Nancy M. Malone; What I'm Reading, by Kathleen Norris, Brian D. Maclaren, Phillip Yancey, David James Duncan.
  • HIGH STAKES - What does it mean to confess Christ in the election of 2004? by Jim Wallis. Also: The Politics Of Piety, by Amy Sullivan.
  • FEAR - Richard Rohr, Julie Polter, and Francis MacNutt on the Politics and Spirituality of fear. Also: 10 Things to Do Before The Election; A Miracle in Mississippi; Sacred Music in Southern Maryland.
  • Scared To Talk Politics In Church? - Five principles for pastors during an election - and three things to avoid altogether. Also: Dialogue with a Devil, by Jim Forest (with a little help from C.S. Lewis); Arm in Arm in the Middle East; Liberals Discover a Moral Backbone.
  • Democracy in the Balance: Is "we the people" the political incarnation of a spiritual truth - or a stupendous fraud? Also: Color Lines and Party Lines; Ordinary Virtue: Doing the right thing is about using the power we have, no matter how small our efforts.
  • A conversation with Wendell Berry, the Kentucky farmer and renowned essayist talks about true religion, the myth of progress, and the joy of a hot bath. Also: They're Back! The rebirth of the Religious Right; Holy Warror Nuns! Comic books and spirituality.
  • Progressive and 'Pro-Life'? Why people who believe in the sanctity of life - all life - struggle to find a home in either political party. Also: E.J. Dionne Jr. on moral language in the public sphere; Political power and the hip-hop generation;
  • Pray Globally, Act Locally: It's going to take the whole body of Christ - theologians, businesspeople, artists, laborers, activists - to transform the globalized economy into a force for good.
  • Toward Tax Justice: In the beginning was..Alabama. Seeds for a revolutionary debate about taxes were planted - surprise! - in the middle of the Bible Belt. An interview with Susan Pace Hamill, whose faith transformed a governor. Also, Bush tax policy.
  • Down-to-Earth Theology - Special Issue on the Environment; Sins of Emission; a pastor in hip waders; What Genesis days and doesn't say about caring for creation.
  • Should the Church Split Over Gay and Lesbian Christians? The Presbyterian Church (USA) looks for a better way forward. -- Also: The unlikely pilgrimage of Philip Yancey -- Is nonviolent regime change possible? -- Wal-Mart: always low wages
  • 'America, You Must Be Born Again' - A provocative new book explores Martin Luther King Jr.'s sacred journey from reform to revolution. Also, the WTO after Cancun, The morality of file swapping, A last encounter with Johnny Cash.

Sojourners 2003

  • Spy Games - Two forme CIA analysts on how the case for the Iraq war was built on a stack of lies (and other tales of intrigue from inside The Company). Also, The Food Project, and Witness for Peace.
  • George W. Bush's Theology of Empire; Also, Weapons of mass deception - truth, lies, and the Iraq war, What to do about Liberia, The 'revolutionary kindness' of Anita Roddick, and Pharoah's daughter - The women of Exodus
  • Apocalypse Soon?: Why Christian Zionism is blocking peace in the Middle East - and putting the world at risk; Also: Michelle Shocked on why her cup runneth over; Men with guns: vigilantes on border patrol; Bob Dylan's born-again music is born again
  • Drugs: The Other War; Also: Lessons of the Iraq War; The University of Social Justice: 5 schools that dig deeper; Dangerous Art; Christians in Colombia: Caught in the Middle
  • Saving the Corporate Soul: Making a buck without selling out; The Iraq War: A call for noncooperation; Phil Berrigan's journey toward freedom; Why radio stinks; Thomas Cahill on the call of the prophets; An evangelical discovers beauty
  • God, Country and the Duty of Dissent: Christian Conscience in Time of War; Plus: Jerry Falwell smears Islam; Lessons from a life well-lived; Bill Gates: Tax the rich!

Sojourners 2002

  • Got Nukes? What can be done about the rising nuclear threat; Plus: Jim Wallis on how to disarm Iraq… without war; Holiday book list; Nonviolent resistance in Columbia
  • How to topple Saddam Hussein—without war: Why 22 million Iraqis are better suited to bring democracy to their country than the U.S. military; Plus: '40 acres and a mortgage'—home ownership and economic freedom; Bill McKibben on Bush and the environment
  • A Few Bad Men? How to reform a medieval church, by Joan Chittister; and Is celibacy obsolete?, by Richard Rohr; Plus: The coming war in Iraq; Ashcroft watches what you read; Death rattle and roll: music to die for; and Walter Brueggemann on Enron.
  • From Conquistadors to Corporations: How the globalizers took over the world; Plus: Martha Stewartship; An interview with Ani DiFranco; Sex, Lies, and the Catholic Church; Crossing the Nuclear Threshhold; Preaching God's Green Gospel.
  • Fundamentalism and the modern world, with Karen Armstrong, Susannah Heschel, Feisal Abdul Rauf, and Jim Wallis; Plus: 18 young Christians who are changing the world; Jesus visits the Hamptons; Studs Terkel on how to live forever; the sin of Enron.
  • Soul Searching: How Sept. 11 blew away our certainties and opened the door to transformation, with Richard Rohr, Kathleen Norris, and Jim Wallis; Plus: Growing up with activist parents; And Joan Chittister on the dangers of Christian discipleship.

Sojourners 2001

  • A Light Shines in the Darkness: Reflections on Sept. 11 and beyond. Plus: SojoFest 2001; Meeting Jesus on the street; Britain's empty pews, but full agendas; And an interview with singer-songwriter David Wilcox.
  • Against Impossible Odds: The struggle for peace in Israel-Palestine. Plus: Celebrating 30 years of Sojourners; A study on Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well; The legacy of Sojourner Truth; and Who's behind the <I>Left Behind</I> books?
  • God is My Palm Pilot: Is technology the tool of the devil? The primrose path to a better life? Or something in between? Plus: Black and Jewish teens take the bus from 'them' to 'us'; I'm O.K., You're Temporary; and On the Ground in Colombia
  • FBO Land: How will faith-based organizations navigate the chutes and ladders of the church-state game? Also: On the Colombian front of the drug war, it's hard to tell who or what is the real enemy; David Cortright on missle defense; women and Islam.
  • Faith and the Arts: An American painter uses her eyes, hands, and heart to portray the grief and hope she sees in Eritrea. Plus: living our lives without being "branded"; the potential of the hip-hop nation; recalling Middle East history.
  • Does God care about sports? Why the sports stadium has replaced the church sancturary as the dominant arena of piety for many American men. Also: the media get religion, a profile of the Responsible Wealth Campaign, and an interview with Karl Gaspar

Sojourners 2000

  • Should Joe Lieberman (and the rest) keep his religion to himself? The real question is not whether religious values should help shape politics, but how.
  • The Internet has made hate groups highly visible, completely anonymous, and available to a potentially limitless audience. Who are these groups, what are their strategies, and what can we do to fight back?
  • The Fight for the Living: AIDS in Africa
  • What do the Pope, Bono, and Arianna Huffington have in common?