August 2013

Cover Story

Is faith healing a sign that the Spirit is moving—or a response to economic pressure and a broken health-care system?
Memphis' Congregational Health Network has become a model for how hospitals and faith communities can work together.

Feature

In Matthew's gospel, the "littlest ones" are key to the upside-down kingdom.
To confront climate change, we may need to first deal with our grief.
As demographics shift and migration brings global Christianity to the church down the street, how will U.S. congregations respond?
After more than two decades of defiant work for peace, Kathy Kelly continues to move others to love and action.

Commentary

What Catholic social teaching says about those who make our clothes.
Guantanamo reminds us of the fragility of constitutional democracy.
Mandatory minimum sentences are both irrational and unjust.

Columns

Laments engage "the most unbearable questions of faith."
I felt the horror of a kid caught in a grade school coolness competition.
Sorry. Disasters aren't budgeted this year.
by: Ed Spivey
"Control is an illusion that we all pursue."
We need to hear more about the people committed to peace.

Culture Watch

The Evangelicals You Don't Know: Introducing the Next Generation of Christians. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
If beauty heals the world, and the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better, who's up for demanding a better cinema experience?
Reimagining the geographies of the city—a place where the story of our salvation is played out.
Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change at a Community Called Glide. HarperOne
Conversations in Transition: Leading South African Voices. David Philip Publishers
Live Simply by Franciscan Media / Who is Dayani Crystal? by Pulse Films / Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice by Christine Valers / Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk by Heather Kopp
Bobby McFerrin's "don't worry" optimism sets up some serious cognitive dissonance with the spirituals.

Departments

I was moved to silent tears of joy after reading Jim Wallis’ reflection “Loving Like Christ” (June 2013) about the pervasive and private influence Gordon Cosby had on so many lives.
At its best, Sojourners calls out with the prophetic voice of the gospel, demanding justice in Christ’s name. At its worst, it reflexively subjects us to nonsense from the anti-artists’ rights crowd.
I was so taken by Jim Wallis’ editorial “A Global Call for a New Social Covenant” (May 2013) that I immediately printed copies of the corresponding covenant and sent them to my five adult children and
Thank you for printing the excerpt “‘This Doesn’t Go Away’” (June 2013) from Troubled Minds, by Amy Simpson.
I, too, am disgusted by the pornification of American cultural life described by Valerie Weaver Zercher in “It’s Hip to be Plain” (June 2013). It is indeed not amusing.
Sojourners published another great article on human trafficking: “Enslaved at the Border” (June 2013), by Curt Devine. However, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was not mentioned.
Early morningbefore he unlocks the church gatethe rector kneels beforethe gridiron fence surrounding the Cathedral,
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C.

Web Extra

The Global Fund has a plan to win the fight against the three major diseases of poverty—and it's working.
As Ramzi Kysia writes in "The Song Remains" (Sojourners, August 2013), after decades of work, Kathy Kelly’s commitment to peace and nonviolence remains strong.
Marvel at the beautiful stories to tell in U.S. cities
As climate change takes its toll on the Earth, many people are paralyzed by inaction—perhaps not out of fear or guilt, but because of despair. To confront climate change, we may need to first deal with our sense of grief, argues Katharine M.
Preview Ronit Avni's inspiring films about nonviolence in the Holy Land.

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