The Common Good
May-June 2003 Sojourners

May-June 2003 Sojourners


The War at Home
Our jails overflow with nonviolent drug offenders. Have we reached the point where the drug war causes more harm than the drugs themselves?
by Sanho Tree

'They Do it Because They Make Money'
A conservative Republican asks: What would happen if there were no profit in drugs?
Edited excerpt of Rep. Dan Barton's testimony on Dec. 12, 2002

Equal Justice?
Drugs, race, and some pretty skewed numbers.
by Sanho Tree

Beyond 'Just Say No'
Over the years, churches have had a lot to say about alcohol and drug policy. Some of it has been helpful.
by Eric E. Sterling


The University of Social Justice
Beyond community service, colleges educate for social change.
by Melissa Snarr

USF: The Common Good
Exploring social change on the stage, street, and classroom.
by Elizabeth Palmberg

Berea College: 'We Are the Source of Hope'
Local culture meets global issues.
by Elizabeth Palmberg

Eastern University: The City as Text
Preparing Christian agents of urban change.
by Kate Bowman

Goshen College: Teaching Peace
Integrating justice in all fields of study.
by Celeste Kennel-Shank

North Park University: The World is a Stage
Building international and cross-cultural knowledge.
by Christa Mazzone

Through a Glass, Brightly
by Rose Marie Berger

Dangerous Art
Sometimes the best art isn't at all beautiful.
by Virginia Maksymowicz

Suffering Servants
The persecuted peacemakers of the Colombian churches.
Text and photos by Ryan Beiler


Christian Churches Together
A powerful new tool for strengthening the mission of the church.
by Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace, Anti-Occupation
Is there anti-Semitism in the anti-war movement?
by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Seeing Green
Why the penal system isn't colorblind.
by Elizabeth Palmberg

The Devil's in the Details
Will the AIDS initiative make a difference?
by Adam Taylor

Between the Lines
| Reggae to Rachmaninoff | In the Line of Duty | Women Empowered to Fight AIDS | Every Child a Soldier? | Wonder-Working Power | Best Practices: Ambassadors of Art | News Bites | No Offense | Terrorist Training Camp? | Real Product: Got the Cube? | The Working World | Defending Life, Rights | Resources |


Hearts & Minds: The Lessons of War
by Jim Wallis

Macrowave: Change, One Call at a Time
Working Assets colors outside the lines.
by David Batstone

The Hungry Spirit: My House, At Last, Grown Still
Into the formless void comes the "night of the spirit."
by Rose Marie Berger

Eyes & Ears: Marching Toward Jerusalem
The Mekons: Part of the chain of holy warriors.
by Danny Duncan Collum

H'rumphs: It's Up to You, New York, New... ouch!
What would Jesus do? Turn the police horses into bunnies.
by Ed Spivey Jr.


Living the Word: Peace Be With You
by Michaela Bruzzese

Taking Action: Veggies for Jesus
by Bethany Spicher

Poetry: Reading Gilgamesh on the Day 500,000 Protesters Marched Against George W. Bush and Lockheed Martin's War on Iraq
by Rose Marie Berger

Compiled by Elizabeth Palmberg

| A Common Family | The Publick Expence | Us and Them | Jesus for President | Seeing Beyond War |


Lament, Dissent, and Dancing
The movement needs a good mix tape.
by Julie Polter

No Place at the Table
Book: Growing Up Empty: The Hunger Epidemic in America by Loretta Schwartz-Nobel
Reviewed by Shawnda Hines Eibl

Worth Noting...
Film: Investigation of a Flame: A Documentary Portrait of the Catonsville Nine by Lynne Sachs
Reviewed by Molly Marsh

Coercion vs. Cooperation
Book: The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, an the Will of the People by Jonathan Schell
Reviewed by Richard Deats

When Is It Okay to Joke?
Book Excerpt: Joking With God in a Fragile World by Wendy Doniger

One Citizen's Shining Light
Magazine Article: "A Citizen's Response to the National Security Strategy of the United States of America" by Wendell Barry
Magazine Article: "In the Presence of Fear" by Wendell Barry
Magazine Article: "Patriotism and the American Land" by Richard Nelson, Barry Lopez, and Terry Tempest Williams
Reviewed by Rose Marie Berger

Saving Grace
Book: Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights by Rosetta E. Ross
Book: This Far By Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience by Juan Williams and Quinton Dixie
Reviewed by Helena R. Henderson

New and Noteworthy
Book: Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light by Philip Harnden
Music: The Women Gather by Sweet Honey in the Rock
Book: The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Music: Ancient Echoes by the San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble
Compiled by Molly Marsh