The Common Good
September/October 2012 Sojourners Magazine

September/October 2012 Sojourners Magazine

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COVER

What About Me?
Why people of faith should care about public education (and what they can do about it)

Education and the Wealth Gap
Can we fix schools if we ignore poverty? An interview with public education advocate Jan Resseger.

Plus: The toll of high-stakes testing by Jan Resseger

Beyond 'Superman'
Four traits of successful public school reform.
By Nicole Baker Fulgham

What Can Churches Do?
Supporting public education -- while respecting the church-state divide.
By Romal J. Tune


FEATURES

Mission: Transformed
The Street Psalms community pursues theology from below.
By Michelle Garcia

Behold, the Dreamer Cometh?
Sen. Paul Wellstone, who died 10 years ago, still inspires hope.

Eye on the Sparrow
Writer and mystic Howard Thurman's environmental theology.
By Beth Norcross

The Lamb and the Beast
Revelations abound when refugess study the Bible's last book.
By Ron Browning

 


CULTURE WATCH

Kentucky's Agape Theatre Troupe
Review: Ashamed No More
Interview: T.M. Luhrmann

Eyes & Ears: Roots of the Common Good
By Danny Duncan Collum

On Film: Becoming Who We Are
By Gareth Higgins


COMMENTARY

Ending the Death Penalty
A California measure would fight crime -- and deficits -- by repealing capital punishment.
By Eric DeBode

A Healthy Step in the Right Direction
Faith groups celebrate the Supreme Court's health-care decision -- and then get back to work.
By Cynthia Johnson-Oliver

The Deadly Misnomer of 'Fossil Fuels'
Just because you can set something on fire doesn't mean you should.
By Calvin B. DeWitt


COLUMNS

Hearts & Minds: How to Change Politics
By Jim Wallis

Global Engagement: Gathering Around the Peace Table
By Lynne Hybels

Bridges: The Vocation of Presence
By Eboo Patel

The Hungry Spirit: The Presumption of Equality
By Rose Marie Berger

H'rumphs: An Author's Cry for Help
By Ed Spivey Jr.


DEPARTMENTS

Letters
| Mujerista Legacy | Hate Exposed | Deadly 'Defense' |

Poetry: Reading Ayn Rand at the Hospital
By Mark Hiskes

Living the Word: Romancing the Word
By Martin Smith