April 2014

Cover Story

Nadia Bolz-Weber is a hipster pastor with a medieval soul. And her church—House for All Sinners and Saints—is practicing ancient Christian arts in a post-modern world.


For many Millennials, getting involved in causes is a trendy thing to do. We're called to go deeper than that.
How the U.S. became a torturing nation—and how to make it stop.
Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch. A Bible study.
Christians have a presumption against war—as well as an obligation to help heal those who suffer its consequences.


The Myth of Redemptive Violence
New studies reveal the effects of mountaintop removal mining on the people nearby.
While the battle for immigration reform continues, more than 1,000 people are deported every day.
The growing militarization of Honduran society is fueled by U.S. support.


Changing the world requires the leadership of women.
Counter to the stereotypes, a new study shows that African-American men are exceptional fathers.
An "all of the above" policy is in fact no policy at all.
It's only New Jersey. So fugetaboutit.

Culture Watch

From galleries to the street, artist Nora Howell is unafraid of tough topics.
This Day: New & Collected Sabbath Poems. Counterpoint.
Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation. Herald Press.
Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith. Herald Press.
He didn't just sing for the audience. He got them to sing for themselves.
Just Jesus by Walter Wink with Steven Berry / On "Strangers No Longer" by Paulist Press / Eve by Angélique Kidjo / O Taste and See by Bonnie Thurston
Without conscious resistance, the flattened culture of entertainment globalization is going to continue to dominate.


I was drawn into Brian McLaren’s “Beyond Fire and Brimstone” (February 2014) by the article’s introductory framing of the historical and cultural context of belief in an afterl
Thank you for publishing Professor Michelle Gonzalez’s thoughtful discussion of inclusive theology as your cover story for January 2014.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
First, thanks to Peg Conway, Bob Blackburn, and others who voiced their concern about how I represented the Pharisees in my article on hell. 
Thank you for Gar Alperovitz’s article “Beyond the Dreamer” (January 2014), which informs your readers that Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership was more than the “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington.
There are tour guides who speak / all the human tongues, and we are trampled / for being famous blades / but then are resurrected.
Bravo to Brian Doyle for his piece “Bigger than Politics” (December 2013) about the insanity of the U.S.
While appreciating Brian McLaren’s insightful article on Jesus’ teaching about hell, I am respectfully concerned about his treatment of the Pharisees.
I look forward to every issue of Sojourners and am blown away by the breadth and depth of the people and topics you enable me to visit and see through the eyes of your contributing journalists.
I am so deeply moved by Michelle A. Gonzalez’s article “Breaking the Habits of Machismo” (January 2014). When I saw this month’s cover, I immediately turned to the feature article.

Web Extra

In remembrance of Pete Seeger
The United States maintains 33,400 beds and spends nearly $2 billion a year on the detention of immigrants under the dubious banner of "security."   
For some veterans, PTSD rages on as "the war within."
What does it take to educate and parent African-American children, all while maintaining family values?
Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of the House of All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colo., talks to CNN.
Nadia Bolz-Weber's church, House for All Sinners and Saints, is not your typical Lutheran church. 
A poetry reading from Wendell Berry's "This Day"
Rev. Joy Carroll Wallis, one of the first women ordained in the Church of England, is the real-life vicar of Dibley.