The Common Good
May-June 2001 Sojourners

May-June 2001 Sojourners


Acting in Good Faith
An interview with John DiIulio, point man for the White House's controversial new 'faith-based' initiative.
by Jim Wallis

The Prophetic Voice
by John DiIulio

Hijacked Faith?
by John DiIulio

Compassion is good, but justice is better
Charitable choice has to be seen as part of a broader effort to strengthen civil society as a whole.
by E.J. Dionne Jr.

FBO Land
A game of faith-based organizations.
Text by Rose Marie Berger and Duane Shank


The Time of Coca
On the Colombian front of the drug war, it's hard to tell who - or what - is the real enemy.
by Rose Marie Berger

Can You Say "Counterinsurgency"?
by Rose Marie Berger

Dr. Strangelove, I Presume?
National missile defense is only the latest version of "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." Our best protection from nuclear war? A global ban on nuclear weapons.
by David Cortright

Who Is That Veiled Woman?
There are now more Muslims in the United States then Presbyterians--and (surprise!) half of them are women.
by Pat McDonnell Twair

To Cover or Not to Cover
The hijab head covering is often the first thing that sets a Muslim woman apart.
by Pat McDonnell Twair

The Quran and Gender Equality
American Palestinian physician Laila al-Marayati believes that the Quran speaks to women and men in a manner that eliminates the gender issue.
by Pat McDonnell Twair


Not Walking the Talk
'Would they defend a brother from the hood in the reverend's same situation?'
by Lisa Y. Sullivan

Who Doesn't Want a Tax Cut?
Bush's plan looks like the 'gimme-mine' generation at it again.
by Rebecca M. Blank

No Shortcuts to Excellence
'Easy' solutions like standardized testing won't solve enduring problems like economic inequality.
by Gregory Fritzberg

The Kids These Days
For many young people, cynicism and activism can be sides of the same coin.
by Stacia M. Brown


Hearts & Minds: Eyes on the Prize
Will witches, cults, and strange religions soon get taxpayers' dollars?
by Jim Wallis

Eyes & Ears: Keeping it 'Real'
Disney's 'urban' experience is cleaned-up, dumbed-down, and smoothed-over.
by Danny Duncan Collum

Macrowave: Bowling Outside the Lines
'If Buddhism helps them, so be it, but maybe they just need to be better Christians or better Jews.'
by David Batstone

The Hungry Spirit: Let My Pharaoh Go!
Just when I become practiced in the art of waving my fist and demanding my rights, I get a divine yank.
by Nancy Hastings Sehested

H'rumphs: Last One in the Gene Pool...
It's no surprise that humans are smarter than roundworms. Well, most humans, anyway.
by Ed Spivey Jr.

Culture Watch

Books of the Year
Reading to provoke, perplex, and please.
The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong.
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert Putnam.
The Bride: Images of the Church by Daniel Berrigan.
A Force More Powerful by Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall.
Civil Rights Since 1787: A Reader on Black Struggle by Jonathan Birnbaum and Clarence Taylor.
God's Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics by Stephen Carter.
Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope: Contested Truth in a Post-Christian World by Walter Brueggemann.
Economic Apartheid in America by Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel.
Edges of the Field: Lessons on the Obligations of Ownership by Joseph William Singer.
Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez by Rudolfo Anaya.
In the Name of Salome by Julia Alvarez.
Leap by Terry Tempest Williams.
Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition by Wendell Berry.
Lying Awake by Mark Salzman.
Mollie's Job: The Story of Life and Work on the Global Assembly Line by William Adler.
My Lord Bag of Rice by Carol Bly.
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover.
Oscar Romero: Memories in Mosaic by Maria Lopez Vigil.
Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit by Garry Wills.
Pentecostalism and the Future of the Christian Churches by Waldo Cesar and Richard Schaull.
Pontius Pilate by Ann Wroe.
Spirit Matters by Michael Lerner.
Who Will Provide? The Changing Role of Religion in American Social Welfare by Mary Jo Bane, Brent Coffin, and Ronald Thiemann.
The Word on the Street by Stanley Saunders and Charles Campbell.
Compiled by the Editors

(Un)Familiar Places
New Music
Who Is Jill Scott? by Jill Scott.
It's Hard To Find A Friend by Pedro the Lion.
Alina by Arvo Part.
Mark Hollis by Mark Hollis.
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You Black Emperor!
Reviewed by Bob Massey

Dylan is How Old?
Music: A Nod to Bob: An Artists' Tribute to Bob Dylan on His 60th Birthday
Reviewed by Kimberly Burge

The View from Mars Hill
Audio: Mars Hill Audio Journal
Reviewed by Molly Marsh


Between the Lines
| Sex in the City (and the suburbs) | Computers are the key to the future. Or not. | Great Scot! | Operator? Get Me Jesus On the Line | Defining Moment | T'cha From the Old School | Eight Pretty Bad Corporations | News Bites | To Sip or Dip? | Alternative Trade Routes | Attitudes and Latitudes | Hemispheric NAFTA-Shocks | Building Supplies |

Living the Word: The Beginning and the End
Our churches have attempted to corner the market on grace, to act as society's sole dispensers of salvation.
by Michaela Bruzzese

Groundswell: Making a Home at Joseph's House
'The hardest question for us is what to do when people get better.'
by Beth Isaacson

Poetry: Possible Answers to Prayer
by Scott Cairns

Connections: Bringing people together
Compiled by Beth Isaacson

| Urgency and Compassion | Beauty in Ugly Things | Evil White Males? | Mean Spirited | The Lord is My Umpire? | Missing Dimension |