James W. Douglass is a Catholic peace activist, theologian, and author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters

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Talking Peace With a Nuclear War Planner

An interview with 'The Post' whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg.

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in The Post, a film about the publication of the Pentagon Papers leaked by Daniel Ellsberg.

Daniel Ellsberg was an analyst for the Rand Corporation when, in 1971, he leaked top-secret Defense Department documents about the Vietnam War to The New York Times and other media outlets. The publication of what became known as the Pentagon Papers demonstrated, according to the Times, that the government had “systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress” about U.S. actions in Vietnam and escalations of the war into Laos and Cambodia. Ellsberg’s release of the Pentagon Papers is a central focus of the Steven Spielberg film The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, scheduled for wide release in early January.

The Right Question?

Letter to the Editors

Letter to the Editors

Sanctions & Iraq

"HONEST, UNFLINCHING, Prophetic"? Those are the words you use on your back cover to describe Sojourners.

Who Was Lazarus?

by James W. Douglass 03-01-1997
Overcoming death and the power of empire.

Transformation at the Cross

Reflections of the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A

How shall we live as disciples of Jesus the Christ? The readings for these winding-down weeks of the year all address that question. These scriptures raise painful inner and outer questions of nonviolence. Many of them deal with gospel economics, the economics of the heart and the economics of the purse. The gospel is neither solely personal nor solely political. It embraces and transforms both—at the cross.

This is our sixth and final "Living the Word." We again alternate Sundays, this time with Jim doing the first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth, and Shelley the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth.

Everyday Miracles

by James W. Douglass 07-01-1996
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A.

Receive the Holy Spirit

Reflections on the revised common lectionary, cycle A.

The Cross of Forgiveness

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Gospel Mayhem

by James W. Douglass 03-01-1996
Twenty years of the Atlantic Life Community.

Ordinary Encounters

These reflections actually began with Christmas, the incomprehensible feast celebrating the unbelievable fact: God with us, God loving us (see "Living the Word," November-December 1995).


The End and the Beginning

Reflections on the revised common lectionary (November 5 - December 24)

Blood and Water in Sarajevo

by James W. Douglass 05-01-1994

Jim Douglass traveled to Bosnia to continue his work of building support for a peace pilgrimage of world religious leaders to Sarajevo.

Tracking the White Train

by James W. Douglass 02-01-1984

People of faith resist the rolling threat

A Leaven in the Leaven

by James W. Douglass 05-01-1983

Civil disobedience: a forum

Patriarchy And The Pentagon Make Abortion Inevitable

by James W. Douglass 11-01-1980

Not long ago I met a man who has dedicated much of his time and energy to a pro-life group. He was discouraged at the results of that work.