Art Director
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Ed Spivey Jr. was working as art director of the Chicago Sun-Times Sunday Magazine in 1972 when God called him to join the fledgling Sojourners community and work for its publication, then called the Post-American. The fact that Ed has not heard from God SINCE is not what's important here, because Ed figures God had other things to do, what with making the world a more peaceful place. Why the world is still NOT a more peaceful place is none of Ed's business and he would never think to criticize God for slacking off since, who knows, God could have been sick or something.

But, 36 years later, Ed is still with Sojourners, still the art director, still happy with his life-long dream of working hard for very little money. The only down side is that Ed is beginning to feel his childhood plans of being either a cowboy or an astronaut may not be realized in his lifetime. But such are the sacrifices one makes when one responds to the call of the Lord, even if immediately after that the Lord apparently changed His phone number.

Of a more biographic note, Ed holds an Associate in Arts degree from Vincennes University. He was denied a Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University because of a disagreement with his psychology professor who did not appreciate Ed's refusal to complete his rat experiment. Apparently, Ed's was the only laboratory rat that bit, so Ed insisted on wearing huge motorcycle gloves when handling the animal, which, the professor insisted, skewed the rat's response to stimuli. Ed told the professor what he could do with his stimuli, which unfortunately did not put the professor in the mood to accept Ed's alternative suggestion, which was to study the response of rats being loudly cursed at while simultaneously being flushed down university toilets.

Since his college days he has made a bit of a name for himself, and not just “You, There,” which is the name his mother calls him when she forgets. Ed has won numerous awards for his design of Sojourners Magazine, and his monthly humor column consistently garners top honors from both religious and secular media associations. His recent book, A Hamster is Missing in Washington, D.C. won the top prize in humor at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York City. (Due to scheduling conflicts, Ed was unable to attend the gala tribute and banquet, but had he gone he would have ordered the fish.) Now in its second printing, Ed’s book is available at and at on-line booksellers near you.

Ed is married and has two daughters, all of whom refuse to walk in public with him, on account of the little whoop-whoop sound he makes when he sees a fire truck.

Posts By This Author

M2EP Live: Final Day of the Conference (and There's Free Coffee!!)

by Ed Spivey Jr. 04-29-2009
Vincent Harding gave a powerful reflection this morning on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

M2EP LIVE: Just Back From Capitol Hill

by Ed Spivey Jr. 04-28-2009
Dateline: Our Nation's Capitol --

M2EP LIVE: Taking on the Powers (kind of)

by Ed Spivey Jr. 04-28-2009
This is the day. The day that the entrenched powers on Capitol Hill come face to face with the horde of advocates from the Mobilization Against Poverty.

M2EP LIVE: Meeting Sojo Supporters

by Ed Spivey Jr. 04-27-2009
I had lunch with several long-time readers and supporters of Sojourners, people who in their own lives have been living out the gospel for decades.

M2EP Live: We're on the Inside

by Ed Spivey Jr. 04-27-2009
This is the first event in Sojourners history where the White House has had a role, any role, aside from the one where they call the local police and ask them to remove us from the sidewalks.

M2EP Live: First blog

by Ed Spivey Jr. 04-27-2009
This is my first blog, so bear with me if I get it wrong. With a blog you only have 140 characters to convey your message and ... no ... that's a twitter, I think, from people who twit.

Ed Spivey Jr.'s H'rumphs Video

by Ed Spivey Jr., by Matthew Hildreth 04-01-2009

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It's the Simple Things

by Ed Spivey Jr. 04-01-2009

With the nation facing fiscal uncertainty (actually, complete and absolute certainty—just like the in­evi­table wedgie I got every day in junior-high gym class), maybe it&rsq

An Innocent in the Land of Facebook

by Ed Spivey Jr. 03-01-2009
Being the trusting sort, I clicked on the link. Life is different now.

Ed Spivey Jr.'s Latest H'rumphs Video

by Ed Spivey Jr. 03-01-2009

Ed Spivey Jr.'s latest H'rumphs video chronicles his misadventures on the latest social networking craze, Facebook. Listen in to the hilarity that ensues after Ed finally "becomes a friend."

Ed Spivey Jr.'s latest H'rumphs video

by Ed Spivey Jr. 02-01-2009

Sojourners Art Director and resident humor columnist Ed Spivey Jr. takes on the most recent addition to the International Space Station: a second bathroom.

Space, the Final Cost Overrun

by Ed Spivey Jr. 02-01-2009

The International Space Station is a cramped scientific laboratory orbiting in an environment where temperatures on a good day top out at minus 273 degrees Celsius.

This Is Not About the Economy

by Ed Spivey Jr. 01-01-2009

Made you look. Anyway, the world economy continues to spin downward despite my previous column on the subject, which was intended to bring needed comic relief to struggling world markets.

Ed Spivey Jr. takes on the economic crisis,former Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld, and muffins.

by Ed Spivey Jr. 01-01-2009

Sojourners' Art Director and resident humor columnist Ed Spivey Jr. takes on the economic crisis, former Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld, and muffins in this month's H'rumphs.

It's All His Fault

by Ed Spivey Jr. 12-01-2008

The following is an excerpt from economic philosopher Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations treatise, one of the driving intellectual forces behind contemporary market theory.

Ed Spivey Jr. brings H'rumphs to life

by Ed Spivey Jr. 12-01-2008

Decision 2008

by Ed Spivey Jr. 11-01-2008
A few minor deletions for the sake of a nonpartisan column

Editor’s Note: Okay, Ed, the lawyer has finished looking through your column to make sure it’s totally nonpartisan and that it doesn’t favor or oppose either candidate. With a few minor deletions, he says it’s good to go.

As Election Day approaches, more Americans are anxious about the nnnn future. With the world economy in nnnn—for example, Afghanistan’s opium crop is down by almost 19 percent—America’s nnnnn has never been more needed. And yet, after a grueling nominating process, no nnn candidate has emerged that could reassure the world that Washington, D.C., can be anything more than a big nnn pile of scheming nnnn.

But enough about Dick Cheney’s small group.

On the nnnnnnnn side, the candidate is nnnn nnnn, except for the fact that he’s nnnn and was born in Indonesia, or possibly Illinois, and that he fathered two children with a woman in Chicago. His campaign is promising a quick, bipartisan nnnn to every nnnn problem facing this nation, except for the problem of creating false expectations for bipartisan nnnn.

And let’s be honest, he’s a little more nnnnnn than the rest of us.

Let the Games Begin [wheeze]

by Ed Spivey Jr. 09-01-2008

Are you an Olympian?

I Am (dramatic pause) ... Enviro Man

by Ed Spivey Jr. 08-01-2008
Putting stickers on cars is a different kind of superpower.

A Calendar to Set Your Clock By

by Ed Spivey Jr. 07-01-2008
It's Ordinary Days, the Miller Time of the liturgical year.