December 2010

Cover Story

Why is it such a fight to have a 'natural' childbirth?
Discovering the call to 'mother the mothers.'
How a resurgent movement is taking birth back from the medical establishment.
A reluctant uncle witnesses the home birth of his nephew.


An interview with Walter Wink and June Keener Wink.
What's it like to be almost human? Reflections on Jeremiah 18.


Why tax cuts for the super-rich are costly and immoral.
A growing movement of veterans promotes selective conscientious objection.
The season's real message isn't pretty, but it is powerful.


When the forces of intolerance rear their ugly heads, the forces of inclusion go into action.
This fall we saw a disturbing rise in religious intolerance in the U.S.
In February 2009, I attended a conference in Egypt taught by Arab Christians from throughout the Middle East.
Having successfully survived a mid-life crisis -- mainly by living past mid-life -- I felt it was finally time to sell my Harley, the vehicle I procured a few years back to counter the feelings of insecurity that come with aging.

Culture Watch

For a while it looked like the battle for "Net neutrality" was won when President Obama appointed his own chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Say God: Songs and Poems of Daniel Higgs. Thrill Jockey.
In an age of 'eco-awakenings,' the vision of 'more with less' abides.
The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church by John L. Allen Jr. Doubleday.
Film director Julia Bacha talks about the making of Budrus
The most significant DVD release of 2010 is America Lost and Found, packaging seven films produced between 1968 and 1972, including Easy Rider and The Last Picture Show.
Bio: Youth pastor and organizer with Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix, Arizona Website:


Advent and Christmas are seasons for mismatches.
I read with relish Walter Brueggemann ("'Come, Rejoice with Me,'" September-October 2010) on new life and healing.
Bach wrote his solo cello suites as études, not for performance./ Imagine, the arpeggios of the first prelude, forever private, /
I was surprised and disappointed when I saw the cover and read "Why Glenn Beck Hates Community Organizers" (by Danny Duncan Collum, September-October 2010).
"We have to listen and observe," notes Jennifer Hope Kottler, when writing about energy issues ("Two Ears, Two Eyes, One Voice," August 2010).

Web Extra

There are civilian peacemakers in Israel and Palestine that the international media never covers.
Books and Articles Published in Sojourners
Listen and Download 'Hoofprints on the Ceiling of Your Mind'