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November-December 2001 Sojourners

November-December 2001 Sojourners

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Our Gravest Temptation
Politicians have given the president a military blank check. The church, however, cannot write a moral blank check.
by Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Giving Birth to the Unexpected
by John Paul Lederach

A Time for Hard Decisions
by Joan Chittister

A Stark Vision of the World
by David Cortright

In the Chaos Everyone Was Equal
by Marie Dennis

The Silence of God
by Walter Wink

A Word of Hope in the Rubble
by Bill Wylie-Kellermann

The Sukkah and the World Trade Center
by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Visigoths and the City of God
by Rose Marie Berger

Deny Them Their Victory
A religious response to terrorism
By a coalition of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Clergy

Let There Be Light
A September 11 sermon.
by William H. Willimon

Features

SojoFest: Celebrating 30 years

The Aroma of Christ
Ever since I gave Jesus a ride, my car smells like urine.
by Ryan Beiler

Empty Pews, Full Agendas
While Britain's church attendance plummets, the remaining core is engaged in a nationwide tapestry of social altruism. And now the government's getting involved.
by Martin Wroe

The God Whisperer
It's about truth. And listening. An interview with musician David Wilcox.
by Kimberly Burge and Aimee Moiso

Commentary

A Platform for a Movement
We can't sacrifice our deepest convictions for the sake of a false unity.
by David Batstone

The Money Defense Shield
A little political honesty here, please.
by Paul Rogat Loeb

An Allegiance to Profit
With friends like these, the tobacco industry is on the rebound.
by Bob Hulteen

From the Bottom Up
What's wrong with a one-size-fits-all energy policy?
by David Morris

Columns

Hearts & Minds: A Light in the Darkness
by Jim Wallis

The Hungry Spirit: An Advent Meditation
by Rose Marie Berger

Eyes & Ears: Harry Potter Comes Home
by Danny Duncan Collum

H'rumphs: One Down...
by Ed Spivey Jr.

Culture Watch

Self-Interest, Solidarity, and Power
For organizers: Theology 101.
Book: Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing by Dennis Jacobsen.
Reviewed by Bill Wylie-Kellermann

A Few of My Favorite Things
by E. Ethelbert Miller

Fact Through Fiction
Book: Harvest of Cain by Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer.
Reviewed by Renny Golden

Moral History
Book: Carry me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter.
Reviewed by Chris Byrd

Worth Noting...
Book: Elie Wiesel and the Politics of Moral Leadership by Mark Chmiel.
Reviewed by Danny Duncan Collum

War Crimes and Misdemeanors
Book: The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens.
Reviewed by Joe Roos

Yada Yada Yada
Book Excerpt: Watching What We Watch: Prime-Time Television through the Lens of Faith by Walter Davis.

New and Noteworthy
Documentary: The Vatican produced by National Geographic Television
Book: Breaking Free: Bible Studies on the Liberating Call of Jesus by Mark William Olson
Music: Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting with Mahalia Jackson, Mahalia Jackson in Concert, Mahalia Jackson: Recorded Live in Europe During Her Latest Concert Tour. Mahalia Jackson, produced by Sony.
Documentary: War Letter, airs on PBS.
Compiled by Beth Isaacson and Molly Marsh

Departments

Between the Lines
| Small Arms x 500 Million | Yo Quiero Justicia | Barbie Busting | Potent Quotable | Twelve Days of Christmas | Presente! | News Bites | Fun With Facts | West Texas Rock | Where Your Treasure Is | Speaking in Tongues | Resources: Building Supplies |

Living the Word: Wake Up!
by Michaela Bruzzese

Taking Action: The Challenge of Community
by Susannah Hunter

Poetry: For My Son
by Louise Murphy

Connections
Compiled by Beth Isaacson

Letters
| Is Islam the Enemy? | The Vulnerable Opposition | Injustice at Home | Curbed Enthusiasm | The Other Side | Doh! | Everything and Nothing? | Capital Punishment |