March 2014

Cover Story

In missionary hands, the gospel was too often a bludgeon used to divide and conquer Native communities. Today, Indigenous theologians are finding redemptive power in that very same gospel.

Feature

Today, Canadian companies account for 75 percent of mining worldwide, and their practices are rife with abuse.
Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should.
The peacemaking bomber pilot (and son of the evangelical church) offers a model political vision for young Christians today.
Early Pentecostal denominations, including the Assemblies of God, opposed war and supported peacemaking. What happened to this peace legacy?
Gold and silver mines in Guatemala are wreaking havoc on local communities. But the people, using nonviolent Christian action, are fighting back.

Commentary

The movement for a fair minimum wage is bubbling up all over.
What works, what doesn’t, and how best to frame the conversation.
Amid the political bombast, it’s easy to forget why we needed health-care reform in the first place.

Columns

What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out?
Pope Francis wants deputies, not darlings.
Okay, so maybe not actually die. Just change. And quickly.
by: Ed Spivey
We are all neighbors now, whether we like it or not.

Culture Watch

The e-book, the next big thing that was supposed to kill off the local bookstore, may have peaked.
Marking the centennial of pacifist poet William Stafford
Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church. IVP Books.
City of God: Faith in the Streets. Jericho Books.
Carol Roth, a staff leader with Native Mennonite Ministries, connects Native Mennonites with the broader Mennonite church.
Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester / Blood Brother by Steve Hoover / The Nonviolent Life by John Dear / Introduction to First Nations Ministry by Cheryl Bear-Barnetson
The Coens realize that sometimes, of course, comedy is bleak. But the point of gargoyles is to remind us that sacred and profane coexist.
U.S. cinema has been an enforcer of our racialized imagination -- but that’s changing.

Departments

What a breath of fresh air! I work for a domestic violence agency, and it is often so hard to combat the societal misnomers that tend to seep into so many pockets of our communities, including churches. Not only did Michelle D.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
I am so thankful for Walter Brueggemann’s words about hope in “Vanquishing the Kingdom of Despair” (December 2013).
Your incredible December 2013 cover photo says everything: Love is always present, offering hope in the midst of haunting, painful, indescribable loss.
Sometimes even we— / pierced with arrow-words, with brassy / cacophonies of slurs—stand in calm.

Web Extra

Carol Roth offers support, resources, and ministry to Native Mennonites and their conferences.
Sojourners' online calendar features an image and prayer from various tribes around North and Central America that reflect an Indigenous understanding of God.
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As the federal minimum wage stagnates at $7.25 an hour, many states have taken the lead to raise wages on their own. Where does your state stand? 
Pope Francis' recently named 19 new cardinals—half of which hail from non-European countries—to serve the Roman Catholic Church.
If you think it’s impossible to change evangelicals’ views on climate change, think again. 
In La Puya, Guatemala, Christian community members are nonviolently standing up against gold and silver mining companies.

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