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Sojourners Magazine: June 2022

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While some Christians are leading culture-war skirmishes over sex education in schools, others work for a comprehensive approach that goes beyond silence or shame.

Features

Illustration of two ropes tearing a book with the title "The Battle Over Sex Ed" in half

When sex education becomes a spiritual issue.

by
Bekah McNeel
Magazine
Features

An Indigenous solar energy project combats fossil fuels and paves the way for a financially vibrant economy. 

by
Iris M. Crawford
An illustration of a gold picture frame laying atop a field of flowers. The frame contains individual photos of the Mother Emanuel Nine.

On the seventh anniversary of the martyrdom of the Mother Emanuel Nine, we still need to heed the text they were studying that evening.

by
James A. Forbes Jr.

Voices

Voices
Grain of Salt
Illustration of many fish swimming one way with an Ichthys or "Jesus Fish" swimming the other way

Moral analysis does not wait for the correct, acceptable, poll-tested moment.

by Jim Rice
Voices
From The Editor
Illustration of Layli Long Soldier with her quote "People are poems, in themselves."

The Mother Emanuel 9 were studying the parable of the sower on the night of the tragic shooting. Seven years later, we have more to learn from this passage.

by Jim Rice
Voices
Contributing

"Instead of reporting on communities, I report with and for them."

by Liz Bierly
Voices
Commentary
Illustration of sunflowers growing out of gun barrels surrounded by blue and yellow

Ordinary people are displaying extraordinary courage using various forms of nonviolent direct action. 

by
Maria J. Stephan
Illustration of a person sitting on a pew with a cloud around their head with Q and other conspiracy symbols

“We’re not to be the ones spreading fear and division and anger.”

by
R. Khari Brown, Ronald E. Brown
Voices
Columns
The shadow of a military aircraft falls over parched, cracked land

Despite all the ways we have neglected and terrorized the land, she still loves us and rises up to care for us.

by
Liuan Huska
Post-it note that says "To-Do: Laundry, Groceries, Save Planet"

What is the tragic and hideous war in Ukraine but the result of changes left too long?

by
Bill McKibben
Voices
Eyewitness
Joyful Black people of all ages gather outdoors in Juneteenth Celebrate! t-shirts

The birthplace of Juneteenth is making sure the history of the holiday lives on.

by
Sharon Batiste Gillins

Vision

Vision
Culture
Illustration of a terrified, large red panda towering over surprised humans

Turning Red's fuzzy transfiguration is a relatable reminder that everyone's lives contain emotional (and sometimes embarrassing) balancing acts.

by
Abby Olcese
Lorde, wearing yellow, sings to the camera as she lays on a blanket on the sand

Strange bedfellows though they are, there’s something compelling about Solar Power and The Power of the Dog sitting side by side. 

by
Faith-Marie Zamblé
Aline Mello stares seriously at the camera wearing a multicolored skirt and a t-shirt that says "Immigrant"

She pours into verse her life as an undocumented woman wrestling with race, faith after disillusionment, and the in-between existence of an immigrant.

by
Liuan Huska
Vision
Books

The new novel Brown Girls explores the ways we return — in flesh, in memory, and in spirit — to the places and people who made us.

by
Elinam Agbo

All the White Friends I Couldn't Keep teaches readers language, strategies, and habits of nonviolent, anti-racist resistance.

by
JR. Forasteros
A confederate monument stands before a lightening storm

Three culture recommendations from our editors.

by
The Editors
Vision
Poetry

A poem.

by
Devon Balwit
Vision
Living The Word

June reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C.

by
T. Denise Anderson
Vision
H'rumphs

When I needed you most, why were you snacking on Flamin' Hot Cheetos?

by
Jenna Barnett