January-February 1996

Cover Story

A call to address the black church leadership crisis.
It's time for a new conversation on race in America.
Pilgrims on the Mall.
A black woman's perspective on the Million Man March.


How language reflects our understanding of God.
Latinos' culture of healing draws on Christian and indigenous traditions.


The future of health care is on the chopping block.
Mixed motives and good fruit.
by: Jim Rice
When cultural diversity clashes with human rights.
After the 1992 riots following the first Rodney King verdict, I joined a delegation of international church leaders to Los Angeles.
The prospects for progress after Rabin.
Budget cuts should make us weep--and rage.


Tiesha became nervous as Ann and I took her trick or treating through Columbia Heights. "I hope they don't shoot you two!" she said.
Sojourners has invaded cyberspace. Or perhaps it's the other way around.
Talk about basic ingredients. Look at a package of pasta sometime: flour. You can't get much simpler than that.
Oops. Actually our 25th anniversary issue is coming up later this fall. I just forgot. I've been forgetting a lot lately since I'm getting older and...what was I saying?
by: Ed Spivey
Woe to the legislators of infamous laws
On May 12, 1982, Thony Green woke about dawn to put on the coffee at the Open Door Community in Atlanta.

Culture Watch

The architecture of life in two foreign films.
Following the paths of justice, love, and reverence.
I confess to being a year behind the curve on this whole ER thing. I know it's supposed to be the bright hope of network drama-dom.
The perspective of a faithful photojournalist.
Confession and forgiveness as a pure formality.
Jesus provides the way of faith.
Theodore Ward's Hope for a Better Racial Future
Sweet Honey's sacred offering.


LIKE GRAHAM AND NOLA Daniell of Perth, Australia, and the ancient Israelites, it is my practice to begin reading Sojourners on the back page.
These reflections actually began with Christmas, the incomprehensible feast celebrating the unbelievable fact: God with us, God loving us (see "Living the Word," November-December 1995). 
I AM A PASTOR of a congregation in a rural community and many of our members are farmers, so I have appreciated the attention you have given over the years to rural issues and sustainable agriculture...
THE AUTHORS OF OUR cover article, "Can We Talk?," Andrea Ayvazian and Beverly Daniel Tatum, have worked together as anti-racism trainers and consultants since 1988...
I could swim in this sea, this sea of Black helix hair and fleecy locks, waves of caramel,honey,Blue Black,Red brown chocolate faces...
ALTHOUGH I HAVE NOT found the new online relationships that Bob Sabath has, I do find that my e-mail exchanges with existing friends have greatly enhanced our relationships and assisted us in keeping in touch. 
Call to Renewal Conference
IT WAS WITH A certain sense of dismay that I read through your November-December 1995 issue.
Calling corporations and unions to their true vocations in the Detroit newspaper strike.
I WAS GLANCING at a back issue of Sojourners last night. Jim Wallis recounted the wretched events that took place in Chicago this summer ("Hearts & Minds," September-October 1995).
THE RECENT ISSUE of Sojourners seemed to me ironically to carry the seeds of its own critique.
WHAT A JOY to discover among the rich contents of the November-December 1995 issue an item that proclaims a great truth