The Common Good
September-October 2001

September-October 2001


Against Impossible Odds
You wouldn't know it from media reports, but there's a hopeful movement being born in the Middle East--interfaith, rooted in nonviolence, and containing the seeds of a just peace. A visit to the Holy Land in turmoil.
by Jim Wallis

Getting in the Way of Aggression
On the front lines with Christian Peacemaker Teams.
by Susannah Hunter

Israel Holds the Cards
Rabbis for Human Rights.
by Molly Marsh

Violence with a Brooklyn Accent
American Jews in Israel.
by Jeremy Milgrom

Based on Our Jewish Values
Jewish Unity for a Just Peace.
by Rebecca Lillian

Pilgrims' Regress
Why 'Holy Land Tours' miss the real story.
by Tom Getman

Unmasking False Religion
Following Jesus in occupied territory.
by Naim Ateek

Inside Israeli Apartheid
An interview with Palestinian Christian Jonathan Kuttab.
by Jim Wallis


A Brief History of Sojourners
By Sojourners Editors

Who is Tim LaHaye?
And how did he become the 'most influential Christian' in the country?
by Tom Sine

Getting the Story Right
When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, he was talking to us.
by Kari Jo Verhulst

A Soul on Fire
2001 marked the 150th anniversary of Sojourner Truth's famous "Arn't I A Woman?" speech. What does this preacher, agitator, theologian, and ex-slave have to say to us today?
by Yvonne V. Delk

Slave Ways No More
How Isabella Baumfree became Sojourner Truth.
by Rose Marie Berger


Will This Be on the Test?
What does standardized testing have to do with education?
by David Shapiro

Just Desserts
The consequence for war crimes? It depends.
by Duane Shank

Scared Crooked
Are in-your-face visits to prison the best we can do for 'troubled' teens?
by Larry Bellinger

The United States of Ronald Reagan
Don't know much about history. Obviously.
by Ed Spivey Jr.


Hearts & Minds: Courage Among Friends
by Jim Wallis

Macrowave: Lost (and Found) in Space
Millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito's joy ride was sheer hubris; talk about placing yourself at the center of the universe! by David Batstone

The Hungry Spirit: A Devout Meditation in Memory of Timothy McVeigh
We killed McVeigh to make it clear that he was not like us.
by Rose Marie Berger

Eyes & Ears: Rock's Little Secret
Rock has done the most to break down social conventions and cultural norms. So where are the gay rock stars?
by Danny Duncan Collum

H'rumphs: I'm Okay, You're Not...
It's not a matter of who's wrong or right, unless Santa somehow gets involved.
by Ed Spivey Jr.

Culture Watch

Don't Have a Sacred Cow, Man!
The Simpsons' love-hate relationship with religion.
by Ryan Beiler

The Gospel According to the Simpsons
Book Excerpt: The Gospel According to the Simpsons by Mark I. Pinsky.

A Few of My Favorite Things
An author, biblical scholar, and itinerant teacher tells what sounds, sights, and words he's enjoying these days.
by Ched Myers

Beyond Tears and Mascara
Book: Son of a Preacher Man by Jay Bakker.
Reviewed by Bob Massey

A Lone Wolf in Africa
Book: The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski.
Reviewed by Aaron McCarroll Gallegos

Film: Bread and Roses by Ken Loach.
Reviewed by Julienne Gage

City Songs
Spoken Word: Sketches of My Culture by Cornel West.
Book: Urban Souls by Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou.
Reviewed by Larry Bellinger

Developing Holy Envy
Film: Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith by Gerald Krell and Myer Odze.
Reviewed by Molly Marsh

Worth Noting
Book: Song of the World Becoming: New and Collected Poems (1981-2001) by Pattiann Rogers.
Reviewed by Rose Marie Berger

New and Noteworthy
VHS: America's New Religious Landscape from the producers of PBS's Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly.
Book: Witness to Genocide: The Children of Rwanda edited by Richard Salem.
Music: Wait for Me by Jubilant Sykes.
Book: Affluenza by John de Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. Naylor.
by Beth Isaacson and Molly Marsh


Between the Lines
| Voices, Not Victims | Won't Study War No More | Speaking Truth to Police Power | Yearning to Be Free | Turning the Tables on Hate | News Bites | Holy Resistance | Temples, Shrines, Mosques, and Churches | Raising the Roof | Building Supplies |

Living the Word: You Are What You Worship
We are reminded that the commitment to the gospel is an absolute one. Reflections on the revised common lectionary, Cycle C.
by Michaela Bruzzese

Taking Action: Turning the Church Toward Peace
Are we doomed to descend ever-deeper into rage on the road, revenge in the workplace, and ruin in the home?
by John K. Stoner

Poetry: My Work
by Ann Floreen Niedringhaus

Compiled by Beth Isaacson

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