April 2013

Cover Story

Christianity is a call to a relationship that changes all our other relationships.

Feature

Bible, Gender, Sexuality calls us to a more honest dialogue about scripture's meaning for us today.
Church leaders respond, 50 years later, to King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
In today's environment, there's little difference between farm labor organizing and immigration reform.
King's "living letter" from Birmingham jail still speaks to us all.
It's time to reframe the church's conversation around same-sex relationships.
Farm labor organizer Baldemar Velasquez on making it real in the here and now.
Steven Kim won't let anything - not even imprisonment - stop him from his mission to care for the people of North Korea.
by: Sylvia Yu

Commentary

Hurricane Sandy vividly demonstrated the relationship between climate change, poverty, and immigration.
Austerity budgets in hard economic times are bad economics - and questionable theology.
A prayer for the new pope to fulfill, in fresh ways, the promise of Vatican II.

Columns

An inaugural prayer should connect the particularities of one's own faith tradition with the pluralism of the nation.
We're seeing a slow but sustainable transformation of cultural attitudes toward gender and sex.
I felt the same way. When I was 9.
by: Ed Spivey
The need for the common good has never seemed so timely.
Baptism means we are imprinted on Christ.

Culture Watch

The Economy for Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World. Baker Academic
Making Friends Among the Taliban: A Peacemaker's Journey in Afghanistan. Herald Press
Haiti's once and future cathedral is a place of healing and memory.
Not everything that's fun is a consitutionally protected right.
From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism. Ave Maria Press
Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim / Thank You, Sisters: Stories of Women Religious and How They Enrich Our Lives edited by John Feister / Shadows then Light by Steve Pavey / Liberty to the Captives: Our Call to Minister in a Captive World by Raymond Rivera
There is an overwhelming need for publicly compelling conversation about violence, guns, and the role of entertainment media.

Departments

Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
"What Comes After the Grief?" (by Jim Wallis, February 2013) was a nice editorial, but not specific enough.
I just read "Why We (Still) Can't Wait" (by Rose Marie Berger) in the February issue of Sojourners. Thank you!
After reading David P. Gushee's excellent article ("The U.S.
Blindfolded and gagged, tossed in the back / of a car -- it's how they gather up young men /
Rick Love argues in "A Heart for Peace" (February 2013) that peace must begin in the heart of individuals. After making peace with God and ourselves, we can then move out into the rest of the world.

Web Extra

Three years after the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti, the impoverished island nation is still struggling to rebuild. The ruins include Notre Dame de l’Assomption, Port-au-Prince’s renowned cathedral.
On Good Friday 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. led a nonviolent march through the streets of Birmingham, Ala., to draw attention to the injustices of segregation.
A half a century after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. penned “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” King’s prophetic words continue to reverberate.
Be a part of the movement to redefine the public's perception of North Korea.
As Onleilove Alston reveals in “Connecting the Dots,” in the April 2013 issue of Sojourners magazine, Hurricane Sandy vividly demonstrated the relationship between climate change, poverty, and immigration.

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