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Top 12 Award-Winning Articles from This Month's Associated Church Press Awards

by The Editors 05-19-2015
Image via Tashatuvango/shutterstock.com

Image via Tashatuvango/shutterstock.com

Earlier in May, Sojourners attended the Associated Church Press awards ceremony in Toronto and took home 20 awards, including first place prizes for Best National and International Magazine, Best Department (Culture Watch), and Best Column (Hearts & Minds).

Read (or reread) some of the award winning articles below. 

Divest!

by The Editors 05-07-2015
Various campaigns have adopted the tactic of divestment to compel action toward a safer, more just, and more sustainable world. Does it work? 

This is an introduction to five-part series in Sojourner's June 2015 issue about divestment; to read the rest, click here.

IT WASN'T A HUGE surprise last year when Union Seminary announced that it would become the first seminary in the world to divest from fossil fuels. Union, after all, has long been a leader in progressive causes, and President Serene Jones said that “divestment of our endowment from fossil-fuel companies is one small step” toward stopping the catastrophic threat—the “sin”—of climate change.

But a few months later, the divestment movement reached an altogether different level when the Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced that it was moving its money from fossil fuels, starting with the worst carbon polluters, coal and tar sands. The Rockefeller money, of course, came from oil—patriarch John D. Rockefeller was the co-founder of Standard Oil—and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund controls $860 million in assets. All in all, 180 institutions have pledged to divest more than $50 billion to defund climate change—and, as they say, with billions in assets moved, pretty soon you’re talking real money.

New & Noteworthy

by The Editors 05-07-2015
Four June 2015 culture recommendations from our editors
Contemporary History

The duo Ibeyi are Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, 19-year-old French-Cuban twins with Yoruba roots—a West African culture transplanted to Cuba during slavery. Ibeyi’s self-titled album begins and ends in prayer; in between is a fusion of English and Yoruba, minimalist piano and percussion, jazz and hip hop. XL Recordings

Pocket Poetry: What We're Reading for National Poetry Month

by The Editors 04-21-2015
In recognition of National Poetry Month’s “Poetry in Our Pocket Day,” and in celebration of Sojourners’ historical love of poetry, our staff selected some favorite poems below.

In recognition of National Poetry Month’s “Poetry in Our Pocket Day,” and in celebration of Sojourners’ historical love of poetry, our staff selected some favorite poems. 

New & Noteworthy

by The Editors 04-01-2015
Four May 2015 culture recommendations from our editors
A Good Neighbor

Children’s television host (and Presbyterian minister) Fred Rogers was known for his gentle, soft-spoken manner. Michael G. Long argues in Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers that Rogers was also a radical, imbuing his show with nonviolence and care for creation. Westminster John Knox Press

VIDEO: Nashville Sit-Ins

by The Editors 02-11-2015
A video depicting the social responses to boycotts during the civil rights

A video depicting the social responses to boycotts during the civil rights

New and Noteworthy

by The Editors 02-10-2015
Four March 2015 culture recommendations from our editors
Soulful Protest

R&B singer D’Angelo ends a 14-year hiatus with the album Black Messiah, on which he sings of prayer, love lost, climate change, race, and violence. He asks, “In a world where we all circle the fiery sun / with a need for love / what have we become?” RCA

PHOTOS: Three Part Harmony Farm

by The Editors 02-03-2015
Photos depicting Gail Taylor's urban farming project at Three Part Harmony Farm

Photos depicting Gail Taylor's urban farming project at Three Part Harmony Farm

RESOURCES: Pope Francis Interviews

by The Editors 01-14-2015

Links to Elisabetta Piqué’s interviews with Pope Francis. 

VIDEO: Water Everlasting?

by The Editors 01-14-2015
A trailer for "Water Everlasting?"

In 2014, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) premiered Water Everlasting? The Battle to Secure Haiti’s Most Essential Resource, a documentary film addressing concerns about Haiti’s public water system.

Government agencies and charitable organizations have spent decades attempting to provide clean water to Haiti, but administrative weaknesses often impede these efforts. The 2010 earthquake exacerbated the problem. Suddenly, millions of people lacked access to safe drinking water, and waterborne diseases reached epic proportions.

Yet, despite the many instances of lack, there is good being done in Haiti in various capacities. Read “On a Firm Foundation” to learn of the many positive accomplishments of Haitians working in their own neighborhoods. 

VIDEO: Executive Action Explained

by The Editors 01-12-2015

Video on Obama's Executive Action.

New and Noteworthy

by The Editors 01-06-2015
Four February 2015 culture recommendations from our editors
Living God's Reign

In Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics, and Wisdom, edited by Maria Clara Bingemer and Peter Casarella, international scholars write on many aspects of Christian witness, including martyrdom (especially Catholic martyrs in El Salvador), personal narrative, the interlocking realities of God’s beauty and justice, and intercultural dialogue. Orbis

VIDEO: RavelUnravel

by The Editors 12-15-2014
Videos of people of several religious backgrounds expressing their faith

Videos of people of several religious backgrounds expressing their faith. 

VIDEO: We Are Not An Issue

by The Editors 12-15-2014
A video depicting the church

A video depicting the church

VIDEO: Not in Our Name

by The Editors 11-10-2014
A video giving voice to the misunderstood in the Muslim community

A video giving voice to the misunderstood in the Muslim community

VIDEO: Our Neighbors in the Pews

by The Editors 11-10-2014
A video giving voice to the homeless of San Francisco

A video giving voice to the homeless of San Francisco

VIDEO: Requiem for Mike Brown

by The Editors 11-10-2014
A video on the audience reaction of protesters at the St. Louis Symphony

A video on the audience reaction of protesters at the St. Louis Symphony

VIDEO: Parker Millsap Performance

by The Editors 11-10-2014
A video performance by musical artist Parker Millsap

A video performance by musical artist Parker Millsap

VIDEO: Do Trees Communicate?

by The Editors 10-17-2014

A video on the way trees and plants communicate. 

VIDEO: "Prairie Roots"

by The Editors 08-07-2014
The deep roots of the land need deep roots of stewardship.

The deep roots of the land need deep roots of stewardship.