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Sojourners Magazine: April 2016

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Though patience may be a virtue, those of us committed to social justice rarely have much to say. We need action to challenge racism, patriarchy, and climate change— just to name a few. But in our cover story, Tobias Winright explores the value of patience— a patience that is "not a naïve assumption that everything will simply turn out for the best," but rather a radical power to move us beyond quick fixes to deep and meaningful change. We can’t wait, but we must also learn to do so.

Cover Story

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A serious injury - being a patient - helped me understand the importance of patience. How does that apply to our work for social justice?


James Haines-Young
Lebanon has taken in more than a million refugees from Syria and Iraq. One group of women has cooked up a way to make them feel at home. 
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A theologian and spirituality writer wrestles with the meaning of Jesus, in our lives and in our world. 
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In Seattle, churches and activists work to dismantle the cradle-to-prison pipeline - one youth jail at a time. 
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LGBTQ Christians talk about why they stay in denominations that are less than affirming. 


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Citing a higher law, churches offer sanctuary to shield from deportation. 
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The worldwide Anglican Communion disciplines the Episcopal Church over same-sex marriage. 
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We're in the midst of the biggest rollback of the rights to vote since Jim Crow. 

Culture Watch

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The graveyard poetry of Kathleen Driskell
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond. Crown. 
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Overplayed: A Parent's Guide to Sanity in the World of Youth Sports, by David King and Margot Starbuck. Herald Press. 
Director Michael Moore in Where to Invade Next
Moore suggests invading other countries to steal their best ideas. 
Four April culture recommendations from our editors. 
The Revenant
The Revenant can't decide if "an eye for an eye" is preferable or merely inevitable. 
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At Home: The Maine Tour, by Noel Paul Stookey. Neworld Multimedia. 


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Letters to the Editor from Sojourners Readers
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Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C. 


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In El Salvador, the health minister said it would be at least 2018 before it would be safe to get pregnant.
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"Our movement needs more than allies, we need accomplices."
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Male dominance was never taught outright, but it was observed like a tenet of the faith.