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Sojourners Magazine: January 2020

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“What I thought was beautification was actually a form of erasing myself—replacing my dark brown hair, my brown skin, my brown eyes, and my flat nose with white features. Over time, I recognized that this was both a theological and an ethical issue: valuing whiteness over brownness where God meant for us to see ourselves as equals.”

Features

My theology says brown skin is beautiful, but my Pinterest page said otherwise.

by
Maika Llaneza
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Features

Jesus is that great voice of otherwise, who saw the contradictions of the gospel to the Roman Empire and who acted out an alternative.

by
Walter Brueggemann

"If Jesus were here today, he'd probably be shutting off a pipeline," said one activist.

by
Stephen Quirke

Voices

Voices
Mobilizing Hope

In times of great polarization, we must look to moral visions that unite Americans around a bigger story of us.

Executive Director
Voices
From The Editors

To expand the use of fossil fuels in the context of the climate crisis is an immoral and even criminal act.

by Jim Rice
Voices
Commentary

Sponsorship programs for asylum seekers fight back against the Trump administration's violent and inhumane policies.

by
Heather Cronk

At the synod in Rome, Indigenous communities challenged the Catholic Church to confront the mechanisms of destruction.

by
Emilie Teresa Smith

Record-breaking profits roll in from weapons "drenched in innocent blood."

by
Art Laffin
Voices
Columns

“My most potent times of worship have happened while locked arm in arm with Jesus followers.”

by
Lisa Sharon Harper

What message is the U.S. sending by defying the basic principle of supporting those who face serious persecution based on their faith?

by
Najeeba Syeed

Paradigm shifts begin with a daring political act.

by
Rose Marie Berger
Voices
Eyewitness

As told to Sojourners.

by
Rev. Roslyn Bouier

Vision

Vision
Culture

Three culture recommendations from our editors.

by
The Editors

Living Undocumented follows people whose greatest crime was to believe in the American dream.

by
Danny Duncan Collum

HBO's Gentleman Jack focuses on Lister's desire to find a wife and marry her in the eyes of God.

by
Kimberly Winston

The emotions of The Farewell may be universal but the specific cultural scripts belong to each of us.

by
Chris Karnadi
Vision
Books

A review of Bending the Arch: Poems, by Rose Marie Berger.

by
Steven Charleston

A review of I Was Hungry: Cultivating Common Ground to End an American Crisis, by Jeremy K. Everett.

by
Jon Little

An excerpt from I Bring the Voices of My People.

by
Chanequa Walker-Barnes
Vision
Poetry

A poem.

by
Kristin Berkey-Abbott
Vision
Living The Word

Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A.

by
M. Daniel Carroll R.
Vision
H'rumphs

Funny business by Ed Spivey Jr.

by
Ed Spivey Jr.