August 1994

Cover Story

The neglected variable in the population and environment equation
Human population growth and reverence for life
The human costs of maldevelopment
A new way of seeing population, consumption, and the environment
Race, class, and the theology of domination


Mrs. S. had lived with progressive emphysema for years. During her last admission, she was brought gasping for breath into the emergency room of a local hospital.
A ghastly holocaust has taken the lives of nearly a half-million people in Rwanda, and the international community has buried its head in the sand.
When trying to make sense of the world population picture, there are lies, damn lies, and there are global statistics.
As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motions of your mind, lose it. Leave it as a sign to mark the false trail, the way


Never have I written on a more difficult subject than the pope’s recent letter on women’s ordination in the Catholic Church.
We recently changed over to a different health insurance company here at Sojourners. The new company is less expensive than our previous insurer, and it covers virtually every pre-existing
The transformation of South Africa is one of the most significant events of our time. It therefore deserves serious reflection.
What can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; is grown in all 50 states; and had a war named after it? The potato of course.
In 1974, my family moved from Great Falls, Montana, to Visalia, California. All moves are difficult, but this one—falling between sixth and seventh grades—was particularly hard.
My dog is a practitioner of nonviolent resistance. I know you don’t believe this, so I will explain.

Culture Watch

The challenge of a historical novel.
Spiritual healing in an age of skepticism.
Bill Miller sings of past and present.
Public relations people hope against hope to have their product hit the word-of-mouth circuit. Why?
Three books recently published by Orbis Books together represent a major breakthrough in African-American women’s theological scholarship.
The blended beauty of Indigo Girls.
Evangelical Christians reach out to "the other."


She folded herself into a small package, legs and feet under her body, words even smaller. She carries a message. In a language
I concur with Jim Wallis’ fine column "Grace Under Pressure" ("Hearts & Minds," May 1994) about Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.
Support for Indo-Chinese farmers
CONGRATULATIONS ON your fine "Pop Culture" issue (June 1994)! The format, including the views and responses of so many writers, was stimulating and informative.
I am a liberal Democrat and therefore very much in agreement with the positions that Sojourners expresses on various political issues.
In the language of "left brain, right brain" constructs, the scriptures for the weeks of August call upon our right-brain gifts.
To sustain is not just to prolong something beyond its time.
Our immediate reaction to Rosemary Hugo’s letter ("Letters," May 1994) was, "How cleverly she has written!" It is the sort of brilliant interpretation that enables crafty lawyers to get gui
Gordon Bonnyman is right to focus on the moral factor in the health care reform debate ("Religious Right: Wrong on Health Care," June 1994), and certainly universal coverage is the central issue
The benefits of community retreats.
David Batstone and Bill Smith's dialogue on pop culture ("What's Faith Got to Do With It?" June 1994), infused Sojourners with the first real sign of life I've seen in months.
MUCH AS I ENJOY Danny Duncan Collum’s essays ("Eyes & Ears") on popular culture, somebody must backstop him on trivial facts.
WHAT ARE YOU FOLKS trying to do? Be relevant to my twentysomething generation? Finally an issue of your magazine with a beat I can dance to!