February 2017

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The resilient action at Standing Rock offers a model — and a sign of things to come. 
The primary goal of law enforcement in these situations ought to be peacekeeping, not the protection of corporate interests. 


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In the Augsburg Confession, activists see the key to Lutheranism that better reflects the diversity of its people. 
Proclaiming a word from beyond ourselves can set us free from our captivity. 
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation calls for repentance as well as celebration. 


Why would Israel make false accusations against an evangelical humanitarian aid organization?
Protestants turned the world upside down once. Is it time to do it again on climate change?
How to organize civil resistance against democratically elected authoritarian leaders.

Culture Watch

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The Sanctuaries collective creates a new kind of sacred space for art and justice. 
You Want It Darker, by Leonard Cohen. Columbia
Love, Henri: Letters of the Spiritual Life, by Henri J.M. Nouwen; edited by Gabrielle Earnshaw. Convergent Books. 
The Root of War is Fear: Thomas Merton's Advice to Peacemakers, by Jim Forest. Orbis Books. 
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Steve Bannon helped make Breitbart.com, as he later boasted, “the platform for the alt-right.”
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Four February culture recommendations from our editors.
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2016 was a year that emphasized cinematic empathy—crossing lines of difference, even while national politics were keeping people apart.


Letters to the Editor from Sojourners readers 
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
I see you but you do not see me/ I am made invisible by your special powers


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The human heart and the American promise is wider than we ever imagined.
Funny Business by Ed Spivey Jr.
Standing Rock represents a taste of the battles to come to protect creation during the Trump presidency.
Are we American Christians or Christians in America?