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Sojourners Magazine: January 2018

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In this issue, Howard University Divinity School professor Kenyatta R. Gilbert offers new insight—and difficult questions—as he revists Walter Brueggemann's seminal work, The Prophetic Imagination. Though the book celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, Brueggemann's sharp analysis of American empire has retained its relevance. Equally important, however, is his understanding of prophecy as an imaginative creative force, a way of "dream[ing] of a genuinely new world," a radical proclamation of life and hope, even in the midst of despair.

Cover Story

Kenyatta Gilbert talks with Walter Brueggemann about the prophetic call in 2018
Prophetic imagination in a time of despair.
Five Christian leaders on the influence of Walter Brueggemann’s classic book in their life and ministry.


I was emotionally and spiritually more open; I experienced God’s grace.  
Amid all that dementia takes away, how do we nurture the spirituality that endures?
State by state, juvenile-justice advocate are building more compassionate--and more effective--models for children who break the law.
An interview with 'The Post' whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg.
Practical ways to welcome those with dementia--and their caregivers--into our church communities.


Are we in a collective state of post-traumatic stress?
In St. Louis, a Jewish congregation stands against police brutality.
Students are leading efforts to reframe the conversation around gender-based violence.

Culture Watch

Mylar blankets turn a Dutch church into a meditation on migration.
From an essay by Soong-Chan Rah in Still Evangelical? Ten Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning
Pope Francis maintains that "a work of art is the strongest evidence that incarnation is possible."
Four January cultural recommendations from our editors.
We aren’t here just to be entertained, but to change how we live.
The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth, by Christopher L. Heuertz. Zondervan.
You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Wendigo, by Penny and Sparrow. Single Lock Records.


Letters to the editor from Sojourners readers
The core of the prophetic vocation isn’t merely to rebuke unjust systems.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B


Prejudice does internal damage to identity that is hard to see.
Funny business by Ed Spivey Jr.
What does the coming of Christ mean for us today?  
What does it mean to call "Love" the force that moves the universe?
I would like a white people intervention.