January-February 1996

Cover Story

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


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


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


On May 12, 1982, Thony Green woke about dawn to put on the coffee at the Open Door Community in Atlanta.
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.
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?
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.
Woe to the legislators of infamous laws

Culture Watch

Confession and forgiveness as a pure formality.
Following the paths of justice, love, and reverence.
Theodore Ward's Hope for a Better Racial Future
The perspective of a faithful photojournalist.
The architecture of life in two foreign films.
Sweet Honey's sacred offering.
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.


IT WAS WITH A certain sense of dismay that I read through your November-December 1995 issue.
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...
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. 
THE RECENT ISSUE of Sojourners seemed to me ironically to carry the seeds of its own critique.
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).
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). 
WHAT A JOY to discover among the rich contents of the November-December 1995 issue an item that proclaims a great truth
Call to Renewal Conference
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...
LIKE GRAHAM AND NOLA Daniell of Perth, Australia, and the ancient Israelites, it is my practice to begin reading Sojourners on the back page.