August 1994

Cover Story

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


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
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.
by: Jim Rice


My dog is a practitioner of nonviolent resistance. I know you don’t believe this, so I will explain.
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
by: Ed Spivey
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.
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.
Never have I written on a more difficult subject than the pope’s recent letter on women’s ordination in the Catholic Church.
The transformation of South Africa is one of the most significant events of our time. It therefore deserves serious reflection.

Culture Watch

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.
Bill Miller sings of past and present.
Evangelical Christians reach out to "the other."
The challenge of a historical novel.
The blended beauty of Indigo Girls.
Spiritual healing in an age of skepticism.


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
by: Karl Hess
The benefits of community retreats.
She folded herself into a small package, legs and feet under her body, words even smaller. She carries a message. In a language
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.
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
I am a liberal Democrat and therefore very much in agreement with the positions that Sojourners expresses on various political issues.
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!
In the language of "left brain, right brain" constructs, the scriptures for the weeks of August call upon our right-brain gifts.
CONGRATULATIONS ON your fine "Pop Culture" issue (June 1994)! The format, including the views and responses of so many writers, was stimulating and informative.
MUCH AS I ENJOY Danny Duncan Collum’s essays ("Eyes & Ears") on popular culture, somebody must backstop him on trivial facts.
Support for Indo-Chinese farmers
I concur with Jim Wallis’ fine column "Grace Under Pressure" ("Hearts & Minds," May 1994) about Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.