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The Dilbertization of America

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 01-01-1997
Scott Adams unites the workers of the world.

More Than Cosmetics

Early-teen magazines with a new vision.

Strengthening Bones and Watering Gardens

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 03-01-1995
Volunteer programs cultivate community, service, and simplicity.

Gen X and the Future of the Church

Our faith has to be alive and light fires within our confused and fragile hearts or it is as meaningless as yesterday’s E-mail.

Student Gathering; Citizens Confront Violence; Latin American Workshop

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 11-01-1994

Appalachian Caravan

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 11-01-1994
Meeting the heart and soul of development

Resources for Renewal and Change

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 09-01-1994

Soaring With Eagles and Hawks

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 08-01-1994
Bill Miller sings of past and present.

The Red Road was believed to be the path through this world leading to the Higher Power.
—Bill Miller

It has been said that one of the greatest injustices done to Native Americans today is the attempt to keep them living in the past. White America is alternately fascinated by historical Native American culture and ignorant of, or apathetic toward, contemporary Native American struggles. We’ll stand in line to see Kevin Costner in Dances With Wolves (with a white man playing soldiers and Indians), but few will ever walk down the reservation road Bill Miller invites us to in his most recent release, The Red Road.

This is a story about a journey. It’s about trails and paths. At times it’s about drifting aimlessly; more often it’s about soaring with eagles and hawks. Through it all, Miller, who was raised on the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian reservation in central Wisconsin, never fails to praise God, to honor his Mohican heritage, or, with quiet forcefulness, to hold white America accountable for its actions.

Miller opens his first recording on a major label with "Dreams of Wounded Knee," a stirring requiem that masterfully blends guitar and flute to call forth mourning and wailing. This is followed by "Praises," a spiritual that transcends time and place through a combination of Menominee chants and English lyrics. Joined by the Smokey Town Singers, a group of Pow Wow performers based on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Shawano, Wisconsin, "Praises" opens and closes with "Ma-Nee-Ta-haem" (We feel good in our hearts)/"Wa-Wa-Non" (We thank you)/"Mau-Ne-Ka-Ko-Saw-te-wa" (We have everything) /"Mah-Maw-Koh-Ne-No" (Our father up above), while Miller praises the Creator for all of creation: rivers, mountains, eagles, his children, and his people.

Resources for Renewal and Change

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 08-01-1994

Resources for Renewal and Change

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 07-01-1994

Resources for Renewal and Change

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 06-01-1994

On Behalf of Bosnian Children

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 05-01-1994

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Activists jailed for "Contemptuous" Prayer

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 05-01-1994

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Briefly Noted

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 05-01-1994

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Resources for Renewal and Change

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 05-01-1994

An Officer and a Pastor

Like many U.S. Christians, Garland Robertson had moral concerns about the Persian Gulf war. And like many others, Robertson expressed his concerns in a letter to the local newspaper.

Racketeers for Life?

What’s the difference between a political protest and organized crime?

A "Step Forward" In El Salvador

The forthcoming elections in El Salvador promise to be the freest in the country’s history, according to observers, and a step toward the construction of democracy—despite a campaign of

Resources for Renewal and Change

by Jill Carroll Lafferty 04-01-1994

Briefly Noted

Harper's magazine reported in January that the Miller Brewing Company spends $150,000 each year to endow its Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund