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Sojourners Magazine: December 2021

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Cole Arthur Riley's social media space @BlackLiturgies gives voice to a spirituality born of the movement for Black lives.

Features

Cole Arthur Riley, a Black woman wearing glasses and a white sweater, stands before tall grasses

Cole Arthur Riley's viral social media account reframes what “liturgical” language sounds like.

by
Jeania Ree V. Moore
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Features
Illustration of human hands touching various layered types of maps

Cartographer Molly Burhans is leveraging GIS technology to transform the Catholic Church's land use.

by
Élan Young

We are proof that science and God are not in competition. 

by
Deborah Haarsma

Voices

Voices
From The Editors
Illustration of Chanda Prescod-Weinstein and her quote, "Access to a dark night sky - to see and be inspired by the universe as it really is - should be a human right, not a luxury for the chosen few."

Cole Arthur Riley's @BlackLiturgies offers ‘food for hungry souls.’

by Jim Rice
Voices
Commentary
Illustration of a blue hand holding a farmland scene in its palm

Coercing communities to embrace industrial farming through AGRA is not a solution to poverty. 

by
Francesca de Gasparis, Gabriel Manyangadze
Illustration of a suit jacket where the scales of justice, containing the church and the figures of an adult and child, hang off the shoulders
As the church tries to avoid responsibility for residential schools, attorneys have an ethical duty to push back.
by
Charlotte Dalwood
Illustration of an advent wreath where the candles are doors that are ajar and open to the sky

Advent reminds us that even the God of the universe sought asylum in the wake of violent oppression.

by
Marlena Graves
Voices
Columns
Illustration of a person walking on water away from an oil rig

Christians are among those asking (if, for some, belatedly): 'What can I do?'

by
Jim Rice
A semi-circle of open books casts the shadow of the profile of a human face

To change our future, we must reckon with our past. 

by
Jeania Ree V. Moore
An illustration of open theater curtains with a globe pattern on them

Our generation has fallen short on climate action, but there's still time to change our legacy. 

by
Bill McKibben
Voices
Eyewitness
Afghan men stand before a concrete wall topped with barbed wire and a U.S. soldier

Vengeance is a formula for a vicious cycle of violence. 

by
David Cortright

Vision

Vision
Culture
Jumaane Williams walks in front of a group of masked Black people crossing the Brooklyn Bridge

Through Theater of War, Brooklyn's Jumaane Williams helps audiences process tragedy.

by
Andrea M. Couture
Two similar-looking small girls carry a raft together through a woody path

Grief, relationship, and sacred space in Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman

by
Abby Olcese
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands with her back to the camera, displaying a ball gown that says "Tax the Rich."

What the Met Gala reveals about media manipulation.

by
Faith-Marie Zamblé
Vision
Books
A black and white photo of two women wearing 1920s era outfits and carrying flowers

Three culture recommendations from our editors. 

by
The Editors

Clint Smith's How the Word Is Passed shows how different places tell, or do not tell, the truth.

by
Ryan Stewart

Melissa Florer-Bixler's new book makes the biblical case for emboldened anger against injustice.

by
Myles Werntz
Vision
Poetry

A poem. 

by
D.S. Martin
Vision
Living The Word

December reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C. 

by
Isaac S. Villegas
Vision
H'rumphs

I kissed dating goodbye and started washing people's feet with my hair. 

by
Jenna Barnett