The Common Good
August 2008 Sojourners

August 2008 Sojourners

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Heal Thyself?
When it comes to our health-care crisis, some argue for market-based solutions, saying that "consumer-directed care" will give us more freedom to choose the plan that's right for us. But what they really mean is "you're on your own."
by Elizabeth Edwards

Features

An Olive Branch Grows in Africa
A Kenyan peacemaker talks about the power of listening in the midst of violence.
Interview by Tim Shenk

Healing and the Common Good
Six myths about single-payer health care.
by Aaron McCarroll Gallegos

A Justice Revival
A three-day event features prayer, worship, and a call to put faith into action.
by Elizabeth Palmberg

The Great Emergence
Every 500 years or so, the church--and the world--experience huge social, political, economic, and cultural shifts. What does this revolutionary evolution mean for the church?
by Phyllis Tickle

Faithful Transitions
Phyllis Tickle talks with Becky Garrison, senior contributing writer for The Wittenburg Door and author of Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church, about how to deal with the seismic shifts occurring in Christ­ianity.
Interview by Becky Garrison

Commentary

A Matter of Life and Death
Health care for all is a moral imperative.
by Mary Kay Henry

Leaving Sing Sing
Churches and ex-prisoners help each other find the way.
by Hans B. Hallundbaek

Reining in the Loan Sharks
In Ohio, a victory over predatory lending.
by Tom Allio

Columns

Hearts & Minds: A Visit to the ER
Unequal access to medical care has made death a social disease.
by Jim Wallis

The Hungry Spirit: The Busted-Up World Needs Us
Why do we bear the fractured order of love?
by Rose Marie Berger

Eyes & Ears: Fare for the Family
Christian conservatives aim for--and hit--the mainstream sweet spot.
by Danny Duncan Collum

H'rumphs: I Am (dramatic pause) ... Enviro Man
Putting stickers on cars is a different kind of superpower.
by Ed Spivey Jr.

Departments

Letters
| Redefining Church | Spending Our Future | Beyond Apologies | Sound Giving |

Between the Lines
| Something Rotten? | Brother, Where Art Thou? | Ban Cluster Bombs | Real Product: Bobblehead Benedict | Dorothy Stang | Weaving Reconciliation After War |

Poetry: Picasso Used a Pigeon
by Carol Hamilton

Living the Word: Lives and Fishes
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A.
by Laurel A. Dykstra

Culture Watch

Making a New Heaven and Earth
Do it yourself--and also with others.
by Molly Marsh

Harrowing Journeys
Film: Take, directed by Charles Oliver.
Reviewed by Anna Almendrala

Unorthodox Orthodoxy
Book: From Stone to Living Word: Letting the Bible Live Again, by Debbie Blue.
Reviewed by Steve Thorngate

The Breaking of the Body
Book: The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, edited by Robert Ellsberg.
Reviewed by Rosalie G. Riegle

Charging the Darkness
Book Excerpt: Just Courage.
by Gary Haugen

New and Noteworthy
Guidebook: It's My Life! A Guide to Alternatives After High School, by Janine Schwab and the AFSC
Book: Women in Church History, by Joanne Turpin; Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction by Rodney Clapp
Book: Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction by Rodney Clapp
Music: Chant: Music for Paradise by the Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz
Compiled by Molly Marsh

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Weight: 3.9167 oz.
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