December 2011


A vibrant spirituality for our troubled times grows out of a centuries-old tradition.
Historically, traditional marriage was based on a subordinate view of women. An egalitarian model of mutual respect promises healthier relationships and a more just society.
A study on the Bible's "two religions."
An Arab Christian works -- person by person and block by block -- to bring Muslims and Christians together in Jordan.
Despite foreclosures and rising poverty, there are models -- lots of them -- to help put decent housing within reach.


Advent loops past the second coming to the first -- and to us, stuck waiting in the mud of existence.
U.S. troops will finally withdraw from Iraq -- but what about the contractors?
The U.S. should put publicly funded medicines in reach of the world's poor.


No one could stop Troy Davis' execution -- despite his apparent innocence.
Tarantulas are not insects. They're arachnids. Really big ones.
The real work has been done for years by indigenous leaders on both sides of the border.
The solution must be a partnership among all of us.
Nonviolence is not just a critical tactic but a necessary commitment.

Culture Watch

Clooney's new movie, The Ides of March, serves as a thoughtful and entertaining mirror for next year's presidential election.
'Does the bullet know Christian from Muslim? Does the bullet choose?'
What is valued in God's economy?
Joking for Jesus, The Courage to Love, Body Meets Soul, Rethinking War.
Finding connections between the past, present, and future at Occupy Wall Street.
Dorothy Day's deep love of God and her unwavering ability to see God in those the world shuns.
How blind commitment to 'free trade' throws working people under the bus.


Your excellent article on the good work being done by ECHO (“Ending the Hunger Season,” by Fred Bahnson, August 2011) was marred by its stringent [implied] criticism of the millions of small family farmers who feed the world, of whom I am one.
Even while Occupy Wall Street and the worldwide movement it has helped ignite captured the public’s attention this fall, some observers claimed not to understand what the protests were all about.
Your article on Heartsong Church and the Memphis Islamic Center (“Peace Be Upon Them,” by Bob Smietana, September-October 2011) reminded me of the power and the responsibilities of those raised in the common Abrahamic traditions. Thank you for repeating the uplifting story.
Father Jacek Orzechowski’s name was misspelled in our November 2011 issue. We apologize for the error.
Reflections on the Common Lectionary.
The amaryllis bulb, dumb as dirt, inert, how can anything spring from this clod, this stone, the pit of some subtropical, atypical, likely inedible fruit?