January-February 1999

Cover Story

Gen. George Lee Butler, former commander of the nation's nuclear forces, became a proponent of nuclear abolition.
A new movement emerges to abolish nuclear weapons.
The end of the Cold War presents an unparalleled opportunity to abolish nuclear weapons--once and for all.


"You have not come to hear a detached, scholarly lecture about the two powerful figures who are on our program. I am deeply and unavoidably attached. Fully engaged.
It's all too easy to make fun of the extreme examples of prophecy belief that we encounter on bumper stickers and best-seller lists.
Getting to Disagreement. Dialogue that has an impact.
From beginning to end, Matthew's gospel intends to awaken minds, hearts, and bodies left for dead by the powers of domination and violence.


The brutal and tragic killing of Matthew Shepard last fall makes it clear that Christians need a more mature response to the issue of homosexuality in general, and gay-bashing in particular.
Orthodox reformers forge path of peace.
Remembering Elizabeth O'Connor.
Taking back the airwaves for free speech and local issues.
Real disaster relief requires more then 'Good Samaritan' acts.
The corporatization of higher education.


It is often assumed that younger people have no respect for their elders and even less reverence for history.
The global economy is in shambles, the presidency is in crisis, and Americans are struggling under the weight of a broken health care system. But hey, I've got my own problems.
Early in the 1980s, I served a parish in Woburn, Massachusetts. This suburban city, some 12 miles north of Boston, had boasted of tanneries for 300 years.
In November, once again, Iraq responded to a military threat and signaled that it would allow U.N. weapons inspectors to resume their work. This was heartening news.
It is a clear fall day in 1986 and I am walking the block home from the bus stop. It is my second month of high school; I am 13, a freshman, an artist.

Culture Watch

John Lewis and the civil rights movement.
Moving beyond pacifism and just war.
Contemporary Christian music and its accent on celebrity
By now you've probably heard the news. The greatest rock-and-roll record of 1998 featured 50-year-old songs by a guy who's 10 years deader than Elvis.
Peter Campbell's retrospective offers strength for the journey.
Johann Arnold's gentle, troubling witness.
Is a 'good' woman a sacrificing one?


Well, not that kind of Irish bishop.
New beginnings, on the Web and in the world.
MY HUSBAND AND I first heard of Sojourners when we lived in Silver Spring, Maryland, while I was in the Army working at Walter Reed Medical Hospital.
Shortly after World Food Day (October 16, 1998), Congress finally (by unanimous consent) passed the Africa: Seeds of Hope Act. 
I REALLY COULDN'T believe what I read in "Big Labor and Big Business" ("Letters," November-December 1998) which included the statement "...the AFL-CIO doesn't care about people any more than doesn't care about people any more than does Lee lacooca.
Christ House, a residential medical facility for homeless men in northwest Washington, D.C., has yearlong, full-time volunteer opportuni
THE QUESTION "Is Islam the Enemy?" (by Charles Kimball, No- vember-December 1998) is so clearly repudiated in your current issue.
I WAS GLAD to see your excellent issue on the church and labor ("Good Works," September-October 1998).
The Environmental Working Group resigned last October from a presidential advisory panel created to bring together farm and environmental interests on the issue of pesticides.
GIL DAWES' CRITIQUE of the PBS Frontline documentary The Farmer's Wife ("The Face and Fate of Family Farms," September-October 1998) was excellent and, for the most part, I agreed with it.
DANNY DUNCAN COLLUM'S article "Diagnosis Determines Cure", as a critique of The Communist Manifesto, offered some fine insights into that 19th-century publication.
IN HIS ARTICLE "Is Islam the Enemy?" Charles Kimball states that "Muslims worship the same God as Christians and Jews." 
In our November-December 1998 issue, the caption for the photo on page 31 was incorrect.
Iraq isn't the only country to turn away bomb inspectors.
Nuclear abolition on the cover of Sojourners? Isn't that awfully retro, a flashback to the same-old same-old? A high-ranking military officer in full uniform on the cover of Sojourners?
United Methodist Bishop Joseph Sprague filed a formal complaint in October against the Rev.
A historic gathering on the churches and welfare reform.
I READ THE commentary by Robert Jewett ("The Abandonment of Trust," November-December 1998), and while I agree that by his "campaign of lies" President Clinton has damaged public trust in our political institutions
IT WAS WITH great interest that I read Judith Gundry-Volf's response to the Southern Baptist Convention's statement regarding the duty of wives to submit to their husbands.
Top officials from the National Council of Churches and the NAACP came to the U.S. Supreme Court in October to testify that the court should hire more minorities as law clerks.
More than 2,300 people marched onto the grounds of the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) at Ft. Benning, Georgia, on November 22, demanding that the "school of assassins" be closed.
BRAVO ON YOUR special issue on the church and labor ("Good Works," September-October 1998). One omission was any mention of the Labor Party, an alternative to the twin parties of big business.
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