December 2013

Feature

A movement is underway to free people of faith from the yoke of Christmas consumerism.
Are churches helping to stop domestic violence—or enabling it?
What your church can do to address abusive behaviors.
by: Tony Lapp
A pastor's experiment in unmasking white privilege.
In India, a church initiative helps promote sustainability and connect farmers with the dignity of their vocation.

Commentary

Diplomatic talks with Iran could end the nuclear standoff—and more.
More and more African-American women are called to ministry—yet still excluded from the pulpit.
Decades ago, Christians and Muslims mingled at Youth for Christ events in Peshawar. What happened?

Columns

Sorry, kids, but Santa has some bad news.
by: Ed Spivey
To feel the pain of the world is to participate in the very heart of God.
The people of a land are given spiritual authority and responsibility to steward the land.
This kind of neutrality is like defending the right of poor and rich alike to sleep beneath bridges.

Culture Watch

Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty. Liturgical Press.
The Fatherless series (book one and two). FaithWords.
Bury the Dead: Stories of Death and Dying, Resistance and Discipleship, edited by Laurel Dykstra
Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic. Knopf.
A blog by David Hilfiker / Sing to the Moon by Laure Mvula / High Rise Stories:Voices from Chicago Public Houses by Audrey Petty / Walk with Me by Tanisha Christie and Ellie Walton   
Books that can be interesting, grounding, and inspiring companions for a complicated time of year.
The Post's credible voice for corporate centrism is a large part of what Bezos wants for his $250 million.
About Time is funny, beguiling, and even profound.

Departments

I appreciated Mary Priniski’s sobering article “Life, Dignity, and the Tragedy in Bangladesh” (August 2013) regarding the plight of garment workers in Bangladesh.
As an advocate for stricter gun laws, I have appreciated your publishing each month the number of gun deaths since Newtown. That number would be even more compelling if you also published gun deaths in the U.K., Germany, Australia, and/or Canada for the comparable period.
by: John Will
The September-October 2013 issue is quite amazing. From Pope Francis to renewed seminaries, the editorial selection of authors and articles are focused on justice and poverty.
Thank you for “Mourning for the Earth” (August 2013), in which Katharine Preston asks, “Could our breaking hearts be part of the reason we are immobilized [about climate change]?” then offers the process of grieving as
What Jim Wallis said in “My Unexpected Diagnosis” (August 2013) was very helpful to me, since I also need prostate surgery.
If Advent is a time / of waiting, of joyful anticipation, why are we / so often troubled?
As I was reading “My Unexpected Diagnosis,” I was both thankful for the medical care Jim Wallis is receiving here in the U.S.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A

Web Extra

Father Michael Doyle's poetry captures a city of despair and hope.
Invest in the transformation of lives by trying some of these fair trade, eco-friendly gift ideas or charities.
Check out these resources to help you and your faith community address the sin of domestic violence.
An interview with Mike Martin, founder of RAWTools.
Racism continues to plague our nation. It doesn't have to be this way.
A choral piece dedicated to “all who grieve and in memory of the children and adults of Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

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