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Sojourners Magazine: December 2015

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"We want to see people that look like us- and understand our bilingual, bicultural realities- leading us and paving the way,” says Elizabeth Ríos in Maria-Pia N. Chin’s December cover story on Latina and Latino leaders in the church. Taking our cue from Ríos and other leaders whose understanding of justice is rooted in a multilingual context, we published our cover story in both Spanish and English- a first for Sojourners. Read more on how these leaders are transforming social justice in the church. 

Cover Story

Bishop Minerva Carcaño
How Latina and Latino Christian leaders are reshaping the church's understanding of social justice. 
Bishop Minerva Carcaño
Cómo es que líderes cristianos latinos están transformando lo que la iglesia entiende sobre la justicia social.


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The God of the Bible often works through "outsider" women. 
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An essay on how we live the lives we choose. 
Illustration by David Gothard
While world leaders drag their feet on meaningful carbon limits, climate activists begin to turn the tide against the fossil fuel industry


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The greatest hope for a peaceful and democratic Syria is its civil society. 
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Alaska Natives offer the gift of "Denali"- and wisdom on how to live well within the land.
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Advent is a season of journeys- dangerous and otherwise. 


What will it take to interrupt the spiral of violence?
Ken Davis
Is 'Poperific' a word? How about 'Popetastic'? 'Popenado'?
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Pope Francis' visit gave us a glimpse of the reign of God 
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I have hope that repentance will lead to the reform of our broken justice system. 

Culture Watch
Messiansim Against Christology: Resistance Movements, Folk Arts, and Empire, by James W. Perkinson. Palgrave.
A Strangeness in My Mind, by Orhan Pamuk. Knopf. 
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White supremacy, black power, and the hard road to justice.
Chosen?: Reading the Bible amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, by Walter Brueggemann, Westminster John Knox Press.
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, by Sherry Turkle, Penguin Press.
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The NFL may have even more power than Big Tobacco once had.
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Four December culture recommendations from our editors. 
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Authentcity is what matters, not how "elite" the work can appear to be.


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Letters to the Editor from Sojourners readers
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Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C.