The Common Good
July-August 2001 Sojourners

July-August 2001 Sojourners

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God Is My Palm Pilot
Is technology the tool of the devil? The primrose path to a better life? Or something in between?
by David Batstone and Bill Wylie-Kellermann

God is My Palm Pilot
Extended content available only online.
by David Batstone and Bill Wylie-Kellermann

Features

Going Forth From Egypt
A remarkable program for black and Jewish teenagers goes a long way toward busting stereotypes and fostering reconciliation.
Text and photos by Lloyd Wolf

The Virtue of Irrelevance
Commemorating the life of Christian activist, magazine editor, and longtime friend of Sojourners John Alexander.
by Chris Rice

The Texas Two-Step
George W. and Laura Bush's new Crawford, Texas home boasts a stunning array of eco-friendly features--perhaps not what you'd expect from one of the least environmentally friendly administrations since...um, creation.
by Rose Marie Berger

Temporary Measures
How temp agencies use welfare-to-work laws to rack up big profits.
by Josh Greene

On the Ground in Bogota, Colombia
Voices from the Colombian church's human rights community.
by Rose Marie Berger

Commentary

A Victory!
The refundable tax credit will help 500,000 children in poverty.
by Marian Wright Edelman

Noise and Nuance
Left and right, Sudan's finally getting much needed attention.
by Ryan Beiler

Flagging Racial Progress
Mississippi votes to keep the 'Stars and Bars.'
by Danny Duncan Collum

The Mercy Seat
Is rape a war crime, or 'collateral damage'?
by Rose Marie Berger

God is in the D(NA)-tails
Genetic testing and treatment could affect every symptom we experience.
by Emily C. Dossett

Columns

Hearts & Minds: Terms of Engagement
Religious leaders demand (and get) help for working families.
by Jim Wallis

Macrowave: Why Kids Hate Sports
Parental aggression at youth sports events has become commonplace.
by David Batstone

The Hungry Spirit: Columbine, Kudzu, and a Colt .45
'Columbine' used to refer to a mountain wildflower. Now it conjures up a national tragedy of teens killing teens.
by Nancy Hastings Sehested

Eyes & Ears: Southern Bells
Country music has always been cruel to its purest products.
by Danny Duncan Collum

H'rumphs: To Grandmother's House We Go
Why shouldn't kids be allowed to have their fun, for gosh sakes?
by Ed Spivey Jr.

Culture Watch

Catalytic Converters
The Veterans of Hope video series profiles nonviolence activists from around the world.
by Stacia M. Brown

Capital Ambiguities
It's easy to defend the death penalty in the abstract, but much more difficult when you have to participate in death.
Book: Who Owns Death? by Robert Jay Lifton.
by Chris Byrd

Joyful Noise
On Spirit of the Century, the Blind Boys bring their strong and gritty harmonies to traditional gospel tunes as well as rock and roll.
Music: Spirit of the Century by Blind Boys of Alabama. Say Yo' Business by Linda Tillery. Every Tone a Testimony: An African American Aural History
Reviewed by Larry Bellinger

Worth Reading
Book: A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction by Ron Hansen.
Reviewed by Kimberly Burge

Human Resiliency
Book: Red Thread: A Spiritual Journal of Accompaniment, Trauma, and Healing by Jennifer Atlee-Loudon.
Reviewed by William O'Brien

The Stumblings of It All
DiFranco wrestles openly with her choice 'to invite someone into her melodrama.'
Music: Revelling/Reckoning by Ani DiFranco.
Reviewed by Beth Isaacson

Surviving
Book Excerpt: If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me: The African American Sacred Song Tradition by Bernice Johnson Reagan.

Rebel Galileans
Book: The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America by Mark Lewis Taylor.
Reviewed by David Whettstone

New and Noteworthy
by Beth Isaacson and Molly Marsh

Departments

Between the Lines
| Clowns Without Kevlar | As For Me and My Gang, We Shall Serve the Lord | Free Trade for Whom? | Holy Boldness, Batman! | Cleans Up the Blue Streak | A Rabbi, RoundUp, and the All-American Girl | News Bites | Beyond Voter Registration | Nosy Neighbor Campaign | Why Driving Is Too Cheap | Sunday, Bloody Sunday | Building Supplies |

Living the Word: Common Like Bread
We are prone to listen to, but not hear, Jesus' challenging words.
by Michaela Bruzzese

Taking Action: Building a Nonviolent Army
'There is no better legacy we can leave than an effective nonviolent peace force.'
by David Hartsough and Mel Duncan

Connections
Compiled by Beth Isaacson

Poetry: The things they don't tell you about heaven
by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Letters
| Examine the Track Record | Who Was That Masked Woman? | Does Data Have a Soul? | Avant-Garde Models | FBOs and the Constitution | Moral Knowledge | Where the Onus Lies |

Product Detail

Weight: 3.9167 oz.
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