Bob Sabath is a founding member of Sojourners—one of the seminarians at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School that began the magazine with Jim Wallis in 1971. Over the years, Bob has provided expertise in database construction and other computer skills to the Sojourners community as well as contributing spiritual insights through many articles in the magazine. Bob lives with his wife Jackie in Mt. Rainier, MD.
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As individuals, we have to slow down to find our spiritual center. But that doesn't make a very good business plan.
Poorer, Poorer. Slower, Slower. Smaller, Smaller.
"Be anything you want. Be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form. But at all costs avoid one thing: success."
- Thomas Merton
As my extended family gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table before the market crash in 2008, conversation with cousins flowed about friends making big money with technology start-ups: "more, more; faster, faster; bigger, bigger."
A hail of laughter greeted me when I quietly muttered that my ambition was, "poorer, poorer; slower, slower; smaller, smaller."
When Sojourners started in 1970, I was 23 years old. Seven young seminary students pooled $100 each and used an old typesetter that we rented for $25 a night above a noisy bar to print 20,000 copies of the first Post-American.
We took the bundles in our trucks and cars to student unions in college campuses across the country, and began collecting subscriptions in a shoebox kept in one of our rooms.
For more than a decade we lived with a common economic pot and allowed ourselves $5 a month for personal spending. The highest-paid staff person was a young woman from a neighborhood family who wanted an evening cleaning job.
Is it REALLY the end of Men?
More Resources on Intentional Community
For more on building Christian community, Bob Sabath and Sondra Shepley suggest the following resources (but Bob cautions, “Books a community doth not make!”).
Community That Transforms
An intergenerational conversation on why we need Christian community, and where to find it.
From the Archives: February-March 1974
Cyberfaith, Politics, and Culture
Last year I participated in an intensive, nine-month workshop called "Working From the Heart." I wanted to integrate two seemingly divergent eras in my life.
A hazard of community life
Father Is Still Learning What's Best
When I walk down 13th or Euclid Streets carrying my son Peter in his frayed, blue backpack, he is greeted by people leaning from fourth-floor windows, by children playing in the yards, and by old men sitting on their porches.
Hearing Heart to Heart
A theological conference on prayer.
Guided By the Spirit - And A Few Books
Resources for community building.
Crucible of Community
A dialogue on Sojourners' shaping.
The Community of Celebration and Its Renewal Ministry
A brightly colored bus turned the corner into a narrow one-way street in a congested residential area of Washington D.C.
Creating Christian Family
An Interview with Graham Pulkingham
Community with the Poor in Washington DC
From our office window, just three blocks down Vermont Avenue, the White House is clearly visible -- a symbol of the most powerful nation on earth.
The Continental Walk
“We believe that disarmament is the greatest and most urgent challenge facing humanity.”
Fear Only God
Paul's View of the State
The Bible and the Poor