Gratitude Amid Another U.S. Election Year | Sojourners

Gratitude Amid Another U.S. Election Year

Following Jesus in his joyful mission of liberation for all.
The image shows Elvira Arellano, a hispanic advocate for undocumented immigrants. There are monarch butterflies circling her head.
Elvira Arellano, a Mexican-born advocate for undocumented immigrants to the U.S., gained national recognition in 2006 when she took sanctuary in Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago. She requested asylum in 2014. Her case is still pending. / Illustration by Clarissa Martinez

WELCOME TO ANOTHER U.S. election year. The man atop the Republican elephant charges forward. The incumbent astride the Democrat's donkey stubbornly digs in his heels. We at Sojourners seek to follow Jesus in his joyful mission of liberation for all. We see this in Georgia, through the holy imperfect work of racial reparations, as reported by assistant editor Josina Guess. We see it in California, where former Sojourners fellow Laurel Mathewson finds unexpected intimacy with God through prayer and study of Teresa of Ávila.

Our staff also honors the work of senior editor Jim Rice, who retired in January. In 1981, Rice joined Sojourners Peace Ministry, providing leadership for the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign and other peace efforts. Over the years, he has served as editor and managing editor, training dozens of staff in the art of writing well and editing rigorously and helping hundreds of writers to clarify and strengthen their voices. Rice's political acumen — over 10 national elections — helped us to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). We send him off with our gratitude.

The cover is a collage of a young Black couple on an upside down, blue background. Their clothing is made up of old maps of Athens Georgia
This appears in the April 2024 issue of Sojourners
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