The Common Good
March-April 2001 Sojourners

March-April 2001 Sojourners


Through an Artist's Eyes
In Eritrea, an American painter finds friends, suffering, and inspiration.
Paintings and text by Betty LaDuke


The Ministry of Culture
A national study documents what many congregations already knew�that the arts are good for faith, and faith can be good for the arts.
by Linda-Marie Delloff

Just Stop It
Daring to believe in a life without logos. An interview with journalist Naomi Klein.
Interviewed by Julie Polter

Unless the Lord Builds the House
Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church's new building demonstrates how architecture can incarnate the history, strength, and spirit of a people.
by Rose Marie Berger

Late to Bed, Early to Rise, Keep the Faith and ORGANIZE!
Lisa Sullivan has set her heart on politicizing the hip-hop nation.
by Larry Bellinger

Remember This
What we are able to remember is important, but how we remember is even more so. Nowhere is this more true than in the Middle East.
by James W. Aageson

Herding Butterflies
What does it take to create community? A calm and tender manner isn't a bad place to start.
by Catherine Meeks


People Power II
Once again, an outpouring in the streets brings change to the Philippines.
by Karl Gaspar

That Sucking Sound
You can't go home again�there aren't any jobs there anymore.
by Julie Polter

No Longer a Bleeding-Heart Issue
The moratorium movement is changing the politics of death.
by Susannah Hunter

How I Changed My Mind
A conservative Republican makes the case for reparations for African Americans.
by Bob McLalan


Hearts & Minds: The Conscience of the State
Breakfast in the White House can be dangerous to the prophetic vocation.
by Jim Wallis

Macrowave: What Does It Mean to Be Human?
Within the next 20 years, we'll see the evolving convergence of humans and machines.
by David Batstone

The Hungry Spirit: Revenge or Mercy?
The last time Jake saw his mother, he spit on her.
by Nancy Hastings Sehested

Eyes & Ears: The Bottom Line on the Beatles
This collection has no reason to exist, except as a shameless exploitation of the Lennon-McCarney catalog.
by Danny Duncan Collum

H'rumphs: CODE BLUE! (Or is it red?)
I was either having a major cardiac event or was standing in a pool of water being repeatedly struck by lightning.
by Ed Spivey Jr.

Culture Watch

Dear Darwin�Love, God
When science meets religion, who wins?
Book : When Science Meets Religion: Enemies, Strangers, or Partners? by Ian G. Barbour.
Book: God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution by John Haught.
Book: The Religion of Technology: The Divinity of Man and the Spirit of Invention by David F. Noble.
Book: Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition by Wendell Berry.
Reviewed by Joseph Wakelee-Lynch

Answers Blowin' in the Wind
Book: Pentecostalism and the Future of the Christian Churches: Promises, Limitations, Challenges by Richard Shaull and Waldo Cesar.
Reviewed by Aaron McCarroll Gallegos

Beauty out of Ugly Things
Music: All That You Can't Leave Behind by U2.
Reviewed by Kimberly Burge

Caedmon's Calling
Music : Long Line of Leavers by Caedmon's Call.
Reviewed by Jesse J. DeConto

Beyond Shopping and Leather Pants
Music: Corners by David LaMotte.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Newberry

Alone in the Tech Age?
Television: Dark Angel
Reviewed by Teresa Blythe

Volumes of Inspiration
Book: Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines by Richard Foster.
Book: The Church as Counterculture by Michael Budde and Robert Brimlow.
Book: Job: And Death No Dominion by Daniel Berrigan.
Book: Christianity: A Global History by David Chidester.
Book: Exploring Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader by Kenneth Collins.
Book: The Book of Miracles: The Meaning of the Miracle Stories in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam by Kenneth Woodward.
Book: Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light by Joan Chittister.
Book: The Journey Toward God: In the Footsteps of the Great Spiritual Writers by Benedict Groesche CFR.
Book: Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith by Sharon Daloz Parks.
Book: Oscar Romero: Reflections on His Life and Writings by Marie Dennis.
Compiled by Rose Marie Berger and Molly Marsh

Seeing My Better Self
An excerpt from The Friendship of Women: A Spiritual Tradition by Joan Chittister, illustrations by Marcie Bircher

New and Noteworthy
Book: Whitebread Protestantism by Daniel Sack.
Book: Grassroots Journalism by Eesha Williams.
Music: Hungry for Music by Various Artists.
Book: 1& 2 Kings by Walter Bruggeman.
Music: Wandering Strange by Kate Campbell.
Book: Making a Difference - College and Graduate Guide: Outstanding Colleges to Help You Make a Better World by Miriam Weinstein.
Compiled by Molly Marsh and Beth Isaacson


Between the Lines
| Teach Your Children Well | Peace Prize or Gas Chamber | Soldiering on in Bean Town | What do you get for a planet that has everything? | A Crack in the Glass Ceiling | News Bites | A Righteous Light | Cuppa Joy? | Can't Buy Me Love | Let Them Eat Grapes | Building Supplies |

Living the Word: Practicing Resurrection
Only when we know ourselves as broken yet fiercely loved can we share the gift of new life.
by Michaela Bruzzese

Poetry: St. Teresa Puts in a Skylight
by Margaret C. Szumowski

Groundswell: Suffer the Little Children
'When the children are well enough to go home, it is a gift to me.'
by Bette McDevitt

Connections: Bringing people together
Compiled by Beth Isaacson

| God�a Rams Fan? | Keeping It Real? | Softer Sojourners? | Middle East Peace | The Morning After | Yeah, But is It Art? | Racial Reconciliation? | To the Heart | If the Shoe Fits |