Bob Sabath

Director of Web and Digital Technology

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 at the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Community near Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

 

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In Pursuit of Wholeness

by Bob Sabath, by Cynthia Bourgeault 01-05-2014

Cynthia Bourgeault explains how we can both seek social justice and do justice to our souls.

Rethinking Success

by Bob Sabath 11-02-2012

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.

by Bob Sabath 02-16-2012
Bob Sabath at Sojourners, 1976

Bob Sabath at Sojourners, 1976

"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?

by Bob Sabath 09-29-2010

Community That Transforms

by Sondra Haaga, by Bob Sabath, by Amy Barger 07-01-2010

An intergenerational conversation on why we need Christian community, and where to find it.

More Resources on Intentional Community

by Bob Sabath, by Sondra Haaga 07-01-2010

For more on building Christian community, Bob Sabath and Sondra Shepley suggest the following resources (but Bob cautions, “Books a community doth not make!”).

From the Archives: February-March 1974

by Bob Sabath 02-01-2010
The Bible and the Poor

Cyberfaith, Politics, and Culture

by Bob Sabath 07-01-1998
A tour of Sojourners Online.

Community.Com

by Bob Sabath 09-01-1995

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.

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