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Sojourners Magazine: February/March 2023

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Charismatic leaders such as Jean Vanier can inspire and transform us. But when these leaders commit abuse, how do the movements they ignite pick up the pieces?

Features

A cropped picture of Jean Vanier's eyes, his face fractured with thick red lines. A photo of members of the L'Arche community is superimposed over his forehead.

Charismatic leaders like Jean Vanier can inspire our faith — or make it fall apart.

by
Jenna Barnett
Magazine
Features
A heavily filtered photo of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in chest armor with "PRESS" emblazoned across the front. She is surrounded with illustrations of Arabic text, plants, and a microphone with doves flying out from the mic.

The killing of a renowned Palestinian American journalist shines a light on Israeli military practices in the Occupied Territories.

by
Mae Elise Cannon
An illustration of a black woman with headphones on is closing her eyes with the side of her face to the viewer. Another woman has her back turned with a tattoo of Lauryn Hill on her neck.

If you listen to the album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with an open heart and fresh ears, I believe that you will encounter God in new ways.

by
Moya Harris

Voices

Voices
Mobilizing Hope
An illustration of a father reading a book to his son. Other books are spread across a table in the background with a girl looking at an open book.

Parenting in times of political crisis.

Voices
From The Editors
An illustration of Janes Evans and a German Shepherd over his shoulder, accompanied with a quote: "I want people to think of pet ownership as being as diverse and complex as pets themselves. There is a pet out there for everyone."

Abusive power is not new. But it also does not have the final word.

by The Editors
Voices
Commentary
Faded silhouetted illustrations of people against a gray backdrop, who are walking with children and bags in hand.

While countermeasures will attempt to keep Title 42 in place, we have witnessed the power of advocates to effectively hold our government accountable.

by
Kristin Kumpf
An illustration with a red backdrop of two hands wrapped around a nuclear missile that's been broken in half.

Three ways people of faith can advocate for a nuclear-free world.

by
John C. Wester
Voices
Columns
A 3D cartoon illustration of a Black man points to the sky with a smile as he wears a virtual reality headset. He is surrounded by vibrant shapes.

‘On earth as it is in Wakanda’ can be made flesh in our world today.

by
José Humphreys III
An illustration of a person on a purple backdrop. She wears a tired expression and is surrounded by twisting arrows weaving around her and pointing in all directions.

An unsettled, restless, disquiet mind is as old as humanity — and makes it hard to meet God.

by
Rose Marie Berger
Voices
Eyewitness
A picture of (adorable) beagle puppies pouncing and nibbling on a stick in thick grass.

Animals are not only an important part of creation but also in people's lives. How the church can play a more holistic role in helping animals and pet guardians.

by
D. Rebecca Dinovo

Vision

Vision
Culture
A woman is pictured holding up a fork full of noodles to her smiling mouth while posing for a photo

These movies ‘shish-kebab’ the rich — and whet our appetites for a more inclusive and righteous banquet.

by
Zachary Lee
Uncle Clifford (Nicco Annan), the owner of The Pynk strip club, stands beside Lil' Murda (J. Alphonse Nicholson) as they look off in the distance.

A TV show about a fictional strip club shows us that the presence of God resides in everyone and works everywhere.

by
Da’Shawn Mosley
An 11-foot puppet designed to look like a Syrian child is surrounded by a crowd with signs advocating for relief for refugees.

Little Amal has traversed more than 5,500 miles to share a poignant plea: “Don't forget about us.”

by
Sarah James
Vision
Books
The cover of Kendall Vanderslice's 'By Bread Alone: A Baker’s Reflections on Hunger, Longing, and the Goodness of God' cast against a coral background.

Kendall Vanderslice reminds us in By Bread Alone that the simple act of sharing meals and breaking bread is a profound means to understand God's ways.

by
Olivia Bardo
A son embraces his mother from behind, who lift up their hands together to clap.

Three culture recommendations from our editors.

by
The Editors
The book Grace Can Lead Us Home by Kevin Nye has a cover showing a maze in the shape of a house. The book is floating in the air, cast against a pale yellow background.

Grace Can Lead Us Home argues that a merit-based model for providing housing is the opposite of God's given grace.

by
Karen González
Vision
Poetry

A poem.

by
Linda McCullough Moore
Vision
Living The Word

February reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A

by
Natalie Wigg-Stevenson

March reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A

by
Natalie Wigg-Stevenson
Vision
H'rumphs

Is he singing about Jesus, or ...?

by
Jenna Barnett