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Seeing the Faith of the Enemy
We began work on this issue in autumn, an especially strange and fearful autumn around our Washington, D.C. home.
Films to watch for
Alcatraz is Not an Island is a powerful documentary (which airs Nov. 7 on PBS)
An Urgent Call
End the Nuclear Danger
Saddam Hussein with nuclear weapons would be a real threat.
The Gathering of Spirits, by Carrie Newcomer.
'Nonviolent resistance isn't about making a point, it's about taking power." Even many people who believe deeply in nonviolence might be taken aback by the bluntness of such a statement.
White Overalls, Black Blocs
A political theory holding all forms of governmental authority to be unnecessary and undesirable and advocating a society based on voluntary cooperation and free association of individuals and groups.
A collection of anarchists that organize together for a particular protest action. Their goals are to give an anarchist critique of issues and to provide solidarity in the face of what they consider repressive police action. Black is the color of anarchism.
A movement of disenfranchised European youth organized against the economics of neo-liberalism. They wear white overalls as a symbol of the invisibility of most of the world's work force and other protective apparel, like foam rubber armor, to ward off police batons.
New & Noteworthy
If I Had A...Crayon
Peace is the World Smiling, from Music for Little People. A collection of peace-filled tunes for the little activists in your life. The Music for Little People choir, with help from a few grown-ups, gives songs from poets, storytellers, and musicians—Pete Seeger, Holly Near, and Sweet Honey in the Rock among them—an earnest, precious twist. www.mflp.com
African Saints: Saints, Martyrs, and Holy People from the Continent of Africa, by Frederick Quinn. An invaluable, chock-full resource that expands—necessarily—our Western-weighted list of saints. Quinn, an Episcopal priest, looks at 90 "holy people" who've had a profound impact on Africa during the last 2,000 years; he also includes African prayers, proverbs, and wise sayings. Crossroad Publishing
A World of Elders
How will the global community develop sustainable social structures for an aging population?
From the Editors
It might seem that "globalization" didn't exist before the widely publicized protests in Seattle during the November 1999 WTO meetings.
At times we've discussed running articles on "pastoring in boom and bust"
Young Christians are pushing the edges of faith. Here's a glimpse into the hearts and dreams of a few of them, in their own words.