February 2009

Cover Story

An interview with Muslim leader Daisy Khan.
American Muslim Eboo Patel founded the Interfaith Youth Core to give al Qaeda a run for its money. At stake? The soul of a generation.
MYTH #1: Muslims cannot be good Americans because they are required to be loyal to some abstract Muslim flag or creed somewhere in the world, which is mutually exclusive with Ameri


While Protestants traditionally emphasize the Word and words, many are learning to meet God in quiet contemplation.
Key contemplative spirituality terms.
Biblical faith invites us out of self-destruction toward God's generosity and abundance.
As our economy continues to decline, "common security clubs" are one way people can support each other and take action for a more just future.


How to fight poverty and global warming.
April 2009's "Mobilization to End Poverty" is a chance for real change.
Healing U.S. relations with the Muslim world.


The International Space Station is a cramped scientific laboratory orbiting in an environment where temperatures on a good day top out at minus 273 degrees Celsius.
On Jan. 20, the United States of America inaugurates its first African-American president and first Catholic vice president.
The answer to fundamentalist religion is prophetic religion.

Culture Watch

Our Bright Future, by Tracy Chapman.
Jesuit John Dear and his Persistent Peace.
Oral history: Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, in their own words.
Will President Obama deliver on his promises of media reform?
An excerpt from the book An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith.
Sabbath, by Dan Allender; Fasting, by Scot McKnight; The Church on Dauphine Street, by Ann Hedreen and Rustin Thompson; Engaged Spirituality, by Joe Nangle; and March On! by Christine King Farris.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell, by Gini Reticker and Abigail E. Disney.


Thanks for the work you do. There are plenty of good ministries in the world, for which I am grateful.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for February.
More than 300 religious and political leaders met in New York in September to break bread with an unlikely dinner guest: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
We just adopted two little girls, and I anxiously pored through the TV guide for the time(s) Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood would be on.
I enjoyed Ed Spivey Jr.’s dry sense of humor in his video about the economy (“It’s All His Fault,” December 2008 Web Extras).
In November, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported that John Lennon is officially forgiven for his 1966 quip that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus,&rdquo
Last night in the theology class I teach on peace and justice, I said there were better ways than military intervention to solve the problems in Darfur and
I was deeply disappointed in Sojour­ners’ guidance on voting in regard to abortion (“Principles and Policies for Christian Voters,” December 2008).
Violet, whispered Eve, because saying the names aloud made the act too real. Pansy and woodruff, the flowers so small
Sojourners, thank you, by God’s grace, for what you do! In a God coincidence, many years ago a friend had recycled a copy of your magazine at the local library.
“Thy word is a [USB flash drive] unto my feet” is the good news that the folks over at The Amazing Bible Cross are singing.
In October, the families of crime victims and the families of perpetrators came together for a common cause: Abolish the death penalty in Montana.

Web Extra

Sojourners Art Director and resident humor columnist Ed Spivey Jr. takes on the most recent addition to the International Space Station: a second bathroom.
A conversation about identity, social justice, and the “color line” between Alexis Vaughan and Eboo Patel
Hear Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, talk about the indelible mark the Catholic Worker movement left on him during his college years.
Stefan Andre Waligur is a contemplative musician/composer, peace activist and retreat leader from Buffalo, New York.
Listen in on conversations with two common security club members
In a groundbreaking 2008 book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters, Catholic theologian and nonviolence leader Jim Douglass probes the role of the principalities and po
Stefan Andre Waligur is a contemplative musician/composer, peace activist and retreat leader from Buffalo, New York.
Heather Hallberg Yanda teaches in the English department at Alfred University in the hills of upstate New York.
Walter Brueggemann talks with Sojourners' Assistant Editor Jeannie Choi about the culture of autonomy as the cause of the economic crisis, and the spirit of community that could bring us to true pr
Listen in to Heather Hallberg Yanda's reading of her poem, Wisteria
Sojourners editors Rose Marie Berger and Jeannie Choi demonstrate simple contemplative prayer practices that anyone can adopt into their own worship habits.