December 2012

Cover Story

As individuals, we have to slow down to find our spiritual center. But that doesn't make a very good business plan.


Ex-offenders confront the for-profit prison industry.
In New York City, an activist group of homeless and formerly homeless people challenges the powers that be.
Why it's time for a conversation about Slow Church.
Putting Americans behind bars is becoming an increasingly lucrative business.


Advent marinates us as we prepare to taste Christ's arrival.
Canadian churches repent for running Indian Residential Schools.
We know how policymakers can fight unemployment. They're just not doing it.


It's frustrating to be constantly represented by violent thugs and to be asked to explain their actions.
With a warm hen under my arm, I remembered Jesus' plea over another empire-ridden city.
Get used to the idea of a married Jesus.
Take heart! A new generation is ready to lead.

Culture Watch

Caroline Herring makes truth-telling a mission in her music.
Excerpt from A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age, by Glen H. Stassen
Should America reconsider our open market in bigoted ideas?
Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War. Palgrave Macmillan.
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron / Silver and Gold by Sufjan Stevens / Star of Wonder by Mary Lee Wile / The Food and Feasts of Jesus: Inside the World of First-Century Fare, with Menus and Recipes by Douglas E. Neel and Joel A. Pugh
It's a mark of the moral complexity of The Master that it can critique the damage done by demonic religion while honoring the best hopes of its angelic shades.


You wait a long time for Christmas morningdrifting asleep even as the ebony slate of skyshatters in clarion silenceGlory, Hallelujah!and shepherds in the hills cast down their rodslook up at angels and find themselvesno longer huddled in darkness
Jan Resseger was on the mark about the problem with U.S.
Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Concerning “The Presumption of Equality,” by Rose Marie Berger (September-October 2012): Only when we understand that our God is so much bigger than we can begin to imagine, and that God is able to use women as w
Paul Wellstone had it right (“Behold, The Dreamer Cometh,” by Korla Masters, Doug Mork, Duane Shank, and Peggy Flanagan, September-October 2012).

Web Extra

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December 2012 photo of the month.
"The social justice singer-songwriter of her generation."