The Common Good
February 2007 Sojourners

February 2007 Sojourners


Building the Grand Alliance
Collaboration between low- and middle-income people is one of the keys to rebuilding the broken American Dream.
by Tamara Draut

Maximizing the Minimum
A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it.
by Paul H. Sherry

Health Care: RX for the System
We know how to create a better system. All we need is the moral outrage.
by Gordon Bonnyman

Career Ladders
Helping people move up in the work force requires coordinated efforts.
by Joan Fitzgerald

Affordable Housing: A Place to Call Home?
Affordable housing is vital for working people- and for the health of our communities.
by Jill Suzanne Shook


Congo's Cautious Hope
Churches play a positive role in the first democratic elections in more than 40 years.
by Tim Shenk

School of Shame
by Laurel Rae Mathewson

Compassion, the Antidote
An interview with 80-year-old Buddhist teacher and pacifist.
by Martin Doblmeier

Stories of Pardon and Release
by Martin Doblmeier


India on 20 Cents a Day
How do we ignore the poor? Let me count the ways.
by Aseem Shrivastava

The Taxman Cometh
Is the IRS unfairly targeting churches?
by Dan Nejfelt

Food First
An uphill battle looms on the farm bill.
by Kimberly Burge

Between the Lines
| Mercenaries on the Rise | Modern Prophets | Touch-Screen Democracy? | Black Church Leaders in Holy Land | Keeping Christians Cool | News Bites | Spoof Products |


Hearts & Minds: A Man of Faith
My dad was always one to deflect attention from himself and give the glory to God.
by Jim Wallis

The Hungry Spirit: What the Heck is 'Social Justice'?
by Rose Marie Berger

Eyes & Ears: 'This Ad is Your Ad'
This message brought to you by anti-capitalist-capitalists.
by Danny Duncan Collum

H'rumphs: 150 Years of Keeping the Faith
Actually, I meant to say 150 columns. Sorry.
by Ed Spivey Jr.


Living the Word: Walking toward Possibility
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C.
by Malinda Elizabeth Berry

Poetry: A Prayer to See with Clarity
by Deb Baker

| Support for Peace | Apology Needed? | Love in Words and Deeds | Restorative Circles |


Knit Local, Act Global
Stitching for Social (and personal) change.
Reviewed by Molly Marsh

A Personal Pandemic
Film: A Closer Walk by Robert Bilheimer.
Reviewed by Dale Hanson Bourke

Forgiveness as Healing
Film: Forgiving Dr. Mengele by Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh.
by Heidi Thompson

Mainline Vitality
Book: Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith by Diana Butler Bass.
by Jason Byassee

New and Noteworthy
Book: Contemplation in Action by Richard Rohr.
Book: Chanting the Psalms by Cynthia Bourgeault.
Film: Breathe by Rob Bell.
Book: Jewish Holidays: A Brief Introduction for Christians by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky and Rabbi Daniel Judson.
Reviewed by Molly Marsh