January-February 1998

Cover Story

Where some have found headship, others see equal promise for women and men.


The social benefits of empowered parents.
Church and State in Post-Soviet Russia.
Ted Turner's charity is on his own terms.
Orthodox Christianity is rooted in eternity, a balm for today.
The wrong answer to the right question.
Discipleship is rooted in God's redeeming love


In the trenches, Lutheran-Episcopal communion goes on.
Churches meet to seek peace in Chiapas.
Under Israeli occupation, peace eludes Palestine.
Billy Graham and Martin Luther King: the road not traveled.
A consistent stand against persecution.
Labor activism as an expression of faith?


"The hardest part in this is seeing the pain, not only the pain of those I love, but the pain of everybody involved.
"...and Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; and Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias...."
"From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view....This is from God, who...has given us the ministry of reconciliation."— 2 Corinthians 5:16, 18
Whew! I was afraid it was hereditary, since my grandfather on my mother’s side had a cousin who looked like a pool cue.
Several notes and e-mails commented on the mention of my then wife-to-be in my column last month.

Culture Watch

The child martyrs of the civil rights movement.
Conversations about rock-and-roll music inevitably come up in my life. If the guitars and amp stored in my office don’t start it, the row of recent CDs on our living room bookshelf does.
Ritual markings of lifelong transitions.
Recovering our Jewish roots.
A novel of staying awake to injustice.
The second coming of Salt of the Earth
Did you survive the holidays?


I APPRECIATE Kathy Killian Noe’s "The Story Told Through Our Lives"...
Jim Wallis’ interview of criminologist John DiIulio was commendable ("With Unconditional Love," September-October 1997).
Germantown Mennonite Church, the oldest continuous Mennonite congregation in North America, has been ousted from its regional conference because of its stand on covenanted gay and lesbian couples in membership.
Several people from Sojourners attended the October 1997 Promise Keepers' "Stand in the Gap" gathering here in Washington, D.C.
Although I am not a movie critic, nor can I assume I understand what messages the director and writers wanted to impart in the movie Sling Blade, I believe that Harry Kiely missed the essential point.
Jim Wallis’ interview of criminologist John DiIulio was commendable ("With Unconditional Love," September-October 1997).
The book of the Persian poet covered in red amber promises riches, gold that filters through the cracks...
A chance for a new beginning.
Just Who is Transformed?Psalm 99; Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43
Tufa twists into the sky...
AFTER READING "Life on the Streets" ("Commentary," by Joan Connell, November-December 1997), I was reminded of how much this whole dismantling of the safety net puzzles me.
As a United Methodist minister serving with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in two townships outside of Cape Town, you can well understand my interest and empathy with "Signs & Wonders".
Cardinal John O’Connor of New York announced that he is preparing to propose sainthood for Dorothy Day.
On October 27, longtime activist Philip Berrigan was sentenced to two years in jail for his role in a Plowshares peacemaking action in Maine.
Today I received the November-December 1997 issue of Sojourners with the cover photo of Gordon and Mary Cosby...
EDDIE SOTO’S LETTER ("Letters," November-December 1997), commenting on "Turning the World Upside Down" by Aaron Gallegos, surfaces an issue that is quite relevant to the discussion about the role of liberation theology in the practice of our faith today.
How will your community participate in the second annual "Pentecost to Overcome Poverty"?
YOUR ARTICLE "Can Justice Heal?" ("Groundswell," by Kimberly Burge, September-October 1997) is an excellent report of a model program that should be used all over the country.
A vigil for Mordechai Vanunu.
THANKS FOR providing consistently vital articles and commentary. With limited time for magazine reading, you are my one and only regular subscription.