August 2006

Cover Story

Official rhetoric has helped fuel an escalation of tension between the United States and Iran. Do recent negotiations mark a change in direction, or just a temporary detour from the highway to military attack?
Chapter 11: The Former United States
'Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.' - Isaiah 2:4


The Jesuit Volunteer Corps celebrates 50 years of changing lives through service.
The pursuit of knowledge was his true faith. And in many ways, it remains ours today.
Nane Alejandrez had plenty of opportunities to die. Instead he chose life, and brought generations of Latino youngsters with him.


The 'gospel' of Judas and The Da Vinci Code make Christianity unrecognizable.
Building bridges between pentecostals and the mainline churches.
Dobson's is a fringe position gussied up in mainstream garb.


Covenants always have social and political implications.
For those who run our foreign policy, diplomacy has become a 'weak' word.
Elvis was perhaps our greatest English speaker.

Culture Watch

Neil Young's Living With War reopens the channel between artist and audience.
The Sermon on the Mount is one of the gems of the New Testament, comprised as it is of the spare beauty of the Beatitudes and the solemn pleas of the Lord’s Prayer.
This day is filling up my room, Is coming through my door. Oh, I have not seen this day before.
Is a movement of post-punk, justice-seeking, Jesus-following musicians on the rise?
Like a cluster of traffic cops, insurance adjusters, and whiplash lawyers at a multicar pileup, writers of all sorts are trying to make sense of the dangerous intersection of faith and politics in


The Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., released a report in May that revealed how a small group of wealthy funders are influencing the denomination’s debates on homosexuality in the churc
This summer's tango between the Bush administration and Iran over the Iranian nuclear program provided an object lesson in how not to do diplomacy.
As a Catholic voter, I avidly read the articles about the Catholic vote (“Who Owns the ‘Catholic Vote’?” by Maurice Timothy Reidy, and “A Thorn in Both Their Sides,&rd
After a two-year process, the Greensboro (North Carolina) Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first of its kind in the United States, delivered its final report in May on the events surroundin
Damu Smith, 54, founder of Black Voices for Peace and executive director of the National Black Environmental Justice Network, died of colon cancer on May 6, 2006, in Washington, D.C.
Bring the Biblical Garden by DuneCraft into your home and have weeding chores just like Jesus!
Since 2004, a diverse group of religious leaders, reproductive rights advocates, and medical professionals have met to talk about sex.
It is natural for people of faith to ally with secular organizations and approaches. We may even see the spirit of God in movements that bring life and hope.
Gold Medal. Palestinian Christian Naim Ateek, founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, received an award from the Peace Fellowship of
Wow! Sojourners has an excellent and major article on healing, arguably the focus of Jesus’ ministry (“The Stumbling Block of Healing,” by Dee Dee Risher, June 2006).
More than 270,000 evacuees ended up in shelters after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
I was happy to read your article in the May issue about food and the ethics of wise consumption (“Shopping for Justice,” by Bethany Spicher Schonberg).