August 2011

Cover Story

In the new South Africa, the future is speaking in the voices of the girls.


How humor can help sustain the work of social justice.
Around the world, religious freedom is under threat -- but people of faith continue to reach across divides.
How a Florida nonprofit is nurturing the abundant life, one rooftop at a time.
Koinonia Farm has seen a renewal of community life -- and a new, sustainable approach to the land.


Walmart's new urban strategy comes with a lousy track record.
Hiroshima and Fukushima remind us that civilian and military nuclear technology go hand in hand.
The B Corporation model puts social and environmental responsibility into companies' legal DNA.


It's a consistent storyline in the media, involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and religion: Men behave with utter disregard for the dignity and humanity of women -- using and abusing them at will, and acting as if they believe that they are entitled to do so.
My "life plan" -- at age 23 -- was to own little and to move where the Spirit led.
The fate of the 21st century will be decided by civic leader-to-civic leader relations in a global context.
So now we know why over the past few years our Internet service would sometimes slow to a crawl: Osama bin Laden was tying up the circuits Googling himself. Repeatedly.

Culture Watch

The award for most surprisingly profound film of 2011 might go to Bridesmaids. This story of a woman trying to figure out her path in the midst of witness
One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow, by Scot McKnight. Zondervan.
How strange sightings, the Cold War, and the national security state add up to a truth we'll never know.
How do we find ourselves and God in the midst of media overload?
Director Greg Barker on the making of 'Koran by Heart.'


During Ordinary time, the season after Pentecost, it might appear that not much is going on, ecclesially speaking.
In "The Gospel According to the Tea Party" (November 2010), Jim Wallis overlooked points.
David Cortright's "Finding the Way Out" (March 2011), about why it's time to end the war in Afghanistan, was excellent and timely with one exception -- his appeal to the just war doctrine.
(for Daniel Berrigan on his ninetieth birthday)
Re: Carolyn McKinstry's "From Mourning to Gladness" (May 2011): Birmingham Sunday spurred many African Americans and European Americans to get involved in the civil rights movement.
Regarding Elizabeth Palmberg's article on healthcare costs ("Sky High and Rising," June 2011): I've been under the impression that a lot of our high medical costs are related to the restricted number of doctors.
Mohandas Gandhi was keenly aware of the root causes of hunger, and he knew that the problem was not a lack of resources on God’s good earth.