December 2014

Cover Story

Vincent Harding and the struggle to build a more democratic America. 

Feature

How an act of hatred brought together two unlikely allies in the struggles for peace. 
The San Francisco Public Library reaches out to homeless patrons through an innovative social work program. 
Long-term unemployment can mean losing not only income, but your sense of purpose. Faith and advocacy groups can help—but will it be enough in a shifting economy? 
MANY CAREER COACHES and job market experts offer this advice: Don’t use online job boards as your main job search strategy. Networking and finding supportive organizations often are the game-changers for the long-term unemployed. Here are a few suggestions and resources:

Commentary

The only way to defeat the epidemic is to strengthen health-care systems. 
Advent is a time to answer the question, "Which side are you on?" 
Across the country, police departments act more like an occupying army than keepers of the peace. 

Columns

We cannot undermine or defeat a group that we do not understand. 
The people have spoken, usually during dinnertime.  
Would his first taste of Islamaphobia come at the age of 5 during show-and-tell. 

Culture Watch

I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations With Truth and Love. IVP Books. 
A Path Appears. Knopf Publishing. 
Our culture has managed to turn children's sports into an expensive "gated community" for the elite. 
Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest. Cascade Books. 
Radical Spirituality: Repentance, Resistance, Revoluton by Jason Storbakken / Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty / Rich Hill directed and produced by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo  / Black Bear by Andrew Belle   
American artist Parker Millsap spreads his "Truck Stop Gospel."
They think that what they're doing is changing the world for the better, but that's doubtful. 

Departments

Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B. 
I appreciated Julie Polter’s piece “The Rich Get Richer” (August 2014) on the growing wage inequality between the CEOs of major corporations and their average workers.

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Wizards! Caspar! Melchior! Balthasar! Why fly straight to Fox Herod? Through Unbounded night—! Bringing only news Ripe for bloodletting. How black a star You follow. Herod knows. How bizarre A kingly claim. Will he oppose? Muse
Ryan Rodrick Beiler’s photo (“Enemy Trees?” August 2014) dramatically captures the destruction of more than 1,500 mature fruit trees and grapevines bulldozed by the Israeli military. The deed itself and the meaning it symbolizes are heartbreaking!
I loved the way Bob Smietana’s “Agents of Grit and Grace” dovetailed with Danny Duncan Collum’s “A Teacha

Web Extra

A video giving voice to the homeless of San Francisco. 
A video on the audience reaction of protestors at the St. Louis Symphony. 
Vincent Gordon Harding and Rosemarie Freeney Harding: A Biographical Timeline. 
A video performance by musical artist Parker Millsap. 
A video giving voice to the misunderstood in the Muslim community. 
A map depicting five quality aid groups nationally and abroad. 

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