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Sojourners Magazine: December 2005

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Cover Story

Congregations find passion and purpose by blending ancient traditions and contemporary action.
New Community Covenant Church, Chicago.
Southside Presbyterian Church, Tucson.
Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.


Why blessed uncertainty is the language of Advent.
Struggle and longing in the book of Matthew.
Whether founding schools or fixing toilets, Nelson good embodied community and faithful living.


Are science and faith really incompatible?
The U.N. World Summit comes up short.
Overcoming the mythology of AIDS.


We are stuck with half-baked measures to contain runaway medical costs.
The arrest slip identified my 'property' as a Bible, a set of keys, and shoelaces.
I had mostly experienced an American Christianity without Christ.
FEMA has announced a bold new initiative: Third Responders.

Culture Watch

New and NoteworthyPeople of the Books
Ron Hansen talks about stories, faith, and being a 'Christian writer.'
Participating in the DivineRace relations used to be a pertinent and profitable topic in Hollywood’s movies.
Seeking Mystery TogetherUsing the translated texts of sacred mystical poetry, David Wilcox and his wife, Nance Pettit, have created a recording of spare and intimate beauty, a product of evenings s
Can democracy survive without an adversarial press?


Airing the FutureTelevision history was made in the Middle East during the summer when a documentary exploring solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was aired in Hebrew and Arabic on Israeli and Pa
Don Wagner responds: Palestinians with West Bank (blue) and Gaza (white) license plates are routinely prevented from traveling on the network of roads built by Israel to bypass Palestinian population cente
A Plumpy’nut ChristmasIn this space we usually poke fun at religious kitsch, but occasionally we give a shout-out when someone makes a really great product—such as Plumpy’nut, made by Nutriset.
For many of us, Nelson Good the subject of our incarnation focus in this issue was a fellow parishioner and community member, an indefatigable scheduler of retreats at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in
The Child Jesus Speaks my mother bleeds for me in a barn she gives birth in a tree as the flood waters rise she is a refugee
Peace, salvation, and the reign of God arrive with beauty and song.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind?Ark-Type: In September, evangelical and Jewish scientists, ethicists, and environmentalists launched the “Noah Alliance” to protect and strengthen the Endangered S
Principled Immigration ReformIn the past decade, more than 2,000 people have died crossing the Mexican-U.S. border, according to the Tucson-based No More Deaths coalition.
Trouble Spots[In “Should Churches Divest?” August 2005], Don Wagner refers to “bypass roads available only to Israeli settlers.” There are no such roads.
Troops Come Home NowReligious leaders—including UCC pastor Diane Baker, theologian Cornel West, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Father Paul Mayer, and pentecostal pastor Osagyefo Sekou—were among the 370 people, incl
Out of Sight, Out of Mind?Atlanta’s city council passed a controversial bill in August banning panhandling within a “tourist triangle” that covers most of the central business district.
Mind the GapTwo recent reports examining global economic inequality emphasize the need for substantive economic policy changes.
Keep Measured Tones Thanks for the wonderfully inspiring and challenging piece by Brian McLaren (“A Bridge Far Enough?” September-October 2005).