January-February 1998

Cover Story

Where some have found headship, others see equal promise for women and men.

Feature

Orthodox Christianity is rooted in eternity, a balm for today.
Church and State in Post-Soviet Russia.
Ted Turner's charity is on his own terms.
The wrong answer to the right question.
The social benefits of empowered parents.
Discipleship is rooted in God's redeeming love

Commentary

Churches meet to seek peace in Chiapas.
Under Israeli occupation, peace eludes Palestine.
Billy Graham and Martin Luther King: the road not traveled.
A consistent stand against persecution.
by: Ron Dart
Labor activism as an expression of faith?
In the trenches, Lutheran-Episcopal communion goes on.
by: Bob Holum

Columns

Several notes and e-mails commented on the mention of my then wife-to-be in my column last month.
"The hardest part in this is seeing the pain, not only the pain of those I love, but the pain of everybody involved.
"...and Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; and Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias...."
Whew! I was afraid it was hereditary, since my grandfather on my mother’s side had a cousin who looked like a pool cue.
by: Ed Spivey
"From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view....This is from God, who...has given us the ministry of reconciliation."— 2 Corinthians 5:16, 18

Culture Watch

The second coming of Salt of the Earth
Recovering our Jewish roots.
Ritual markings of lifelong transitions.
Conversations about rock-and-roll music inevitably come up in my life. If the guitars and amp stored in my office don’t start it, the row of recent CDs on our living room bookshelf does.
A novel of staying awake to injustice.
The child martyrs of the civil rights movement.
Did you survive the holidays?
Hollywood visits China.
A "New Age" St. Paul explains.

Departments

Just Who is Transformed?Psalm 99; Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43
by: Jim Rice
A vigil for Mordechai Vanunu.
Tufa twists into the sky...
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Jim Wallis’ interview of criminologist John DiIulio was commendable ("With Unconditional Love," September-October 1997).
by: Lou Torok
THANKS FOR providing consistently vital articles and commentary. With limited time for magazine reading, you are my one and only regular subscription.
I APPRECIATE Kathy Killian Noe’s "The Story Told Through Our Lives"...
by: Suzi Yu
Several people from Sojourners attended the October 1997 Promise Keepers' "Stand in the Gap" gathering here in Washington, D.C.
A chance for a new beginning.
Today I received the November-December 1997 issue of Sojourners with the cover photo of Gordon and Mary Cosby...
Germantown Mennonite Church, the oldest continuous Mennonite congregation in North America, has been ousted from its regional conference because of its stand on covenanted gay and lesbian couples in membership.
On October 27, longtime activist Philip Berrigan was sentenced to two years in jail for his role in a Plowshares peacemaking action in Maine.
How will your community participate in the second annual "Pentecost to Overcome Poverty"?
YOUR ARTICLE "Can Justice Heal?" ("Groundswell," by Kimberly Burge, September-October 1997) is an excellent report of a model program that should be used all over the country.
The book of the Persian poet covered in red amber promises riches, gold that filters through the cracks...
Jim Wallis’ interview of criminologist John DiIulio was commendable ("With Unconditional Love," September-October 1997).
Although I am not a movie critic, nor can I assume I understand what messages the director and writers wanted to impart in the movie Sling Blade, I believe that Harry Kiely missed the essential point.
Cardinal John O’Connor of New York announced that he is preparing to propose sainthood for Dorothy Day.
EDDIE SOTO’S LETTER ("Letters," November-December 1997), commenting on "Turning the World Upside Down" by Aaron Gallegos, surfaces an issue that is quite relevant to the discussion about the role of liberation theology in the practice of our faith today.
As a United Methodist minister serving with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in two townships outside of Cape Town, you can well understand my interest and empathy with "Signs & Wonders".
AFTER READING "Life on the Streets" ("Commentary," by Joan Connell, November-December 1997), I was reminded of how much this whole dismantling of the safety net puzzles me.

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