January 2014

Cover Story

Some churches calling themselves Christian continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of God—despite what the Bible says.


Joshua Casteel was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison and later staffed open-air burn pits in Iraq. The experience changed his life—even as it cut it short.
As the country marks Martin Luther King Jr.'s 85th birthday, a veteran activist explains why it would be a mistake to remember King as only a great civil rights leader.
Her pastor told her it was 'against scripture' for females to preach.
A school garden project helps kids learn about plants—and Catholic social teaching about caring for the environment.
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Christians step up for modern-day "orphans in their distress."
The long war has made clear the fantasty of firepower "solutions" to complex political problems.
How liberation theology can inform public health.


Just like that, the pope had gotten to the heart of Islam, my religion.
When racism is tolerated, the reconciling work of Christ on the cross is contradicted.
For years, Charlene's face haunted me and compelled me to action.
Don't make promises you can't keep.

Culture Watch

Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East. North Atlantic Books.
The rabbi recognized poetry as November's calling and inveighed against his betrayal of it.
Sister Churches: American Congregations and Their Partners Abroad by Janel Kragt Bakker / The State of Arizona by Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval / Walking the Disciple's Path: Eight Steps That Will Change Your Life and the World by Linda Perrone Rooney / Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family by Susan Katz Miller
Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together. Herald Press
Will corporations and the courts turn our free and untidy marketplace of ideas into yet another exclusive gated community?
No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State. New York Review Books.
Fifty years ago, a kind of innocence was taken, and a kind of brokenness remains unrepaired.


When reading “Unfinished Business” by Sara Wenger Shenk (November 2013), I was dismayed to learn that John Howard Yoder’s disciplinary process was kept confidential because he “insisted” upon it.
The voices are singing, “All will be well, All will be well.”
I enjoyed Danny Duncan Collum’s article “Passing of a Prophet” (September-October 2013) about my former neighbor, Will Campbell. Our family lived just down the road from Will and his wife in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., in the ’80s and ’90s.
Sr. Jean Lait, an Anglican Franciscan sister based in San Francisco, protests drones and their effects on children
In “Mourning for the Earth” (August 2013), Katharine Preston states that “we are the first generation of people who now know that our children’s grandchildren will indeed not walk the same Earth.” Surely this takes a limited view of h
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A.
Thank you for Ramzi Kysia’s fine article “The Song Remains” (August 2013) about Kathy Kelly. My husband and I have had the privilege of knowing Kathy for a long time and lovingly refer to her as our daughter.
This summer I was privileged to perform a civil union service for two men. Both of their parents gave unqualified approval, with the mothers signing the covenant. Seldom have I experienced any service with so much satisfaction during my pastoral ministry.

Web Extra

Joshua Casteel served as an interrogator in Iraq. Then an encounter with a Jihadist challenged him to truly live out his faith.
Resources that help address the modern-day "orphans in distress" in our midst.
Learn more about the Sojourners Women and Girls (SWAG) work.
Hasidic poet, Yehoshua November, on the mystery of God.