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Sojourners Magazine: July 2006

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Cover Story

Behind every 'undocumented immigrant' or 'illegal alien' is a real human story. This is one of them.
Myth: Immigrants don’t pay taxes. Immigrants pay taxes, in the form of income tax, property tax, sales tax, and other taxes at the federal and state level.
'Jesus himself was a child immigrant.'


To wade in the water is to be immersed in our Lord's perverse ethic of gain through loss.
He seems relatively amused when people quote lines from the most famous song he’s ever recorded, but this day he was pretty serious.
Healing Waters quenches thirst and builds bridges in the Dominican Republic.
Ten years after the formal dismantling of apartheid, economic injustice, HIV/AIDS, and poverty stand in the way of real reconciliation - and present daunting challenges for the South African church.


The growing threat from nuclear power.
'Remember you were once foreigners...'
The tragic cost of child marriage.


'That's war,' he said, 'and that's why I hate it.'
Soon the first stars will move tentatively into the field of sky.
The archbishop is making global warming a personal challenge.
Anyone in this country illegally should leave. But first...

Culture Watch

I was visiting a church at which pentecostal practices were gaining traction, bringing no small controversy with them.
Hollywood's humanitarian helpers direct more attention to global hot spots. But does it help?
As newspapers die a slow death, can cable, radio, and the Web really provide serious, independent news?
Members and associates of Holy Family Catholic Church in Natchez, the first African-American parish in Mississippi, played an integral role in the civil rights movement.
Bob Ekblad has been reading the Bible with people who live on the margins—Chicano gang members, prison inmates, and undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States, among others


When I received the May issue on “food and how we get it,” I confess I was skeptical as to its value.
The city council of Maywood, California, declared the town a refuge for undocumented residents in January.
Congratulations to Sojourners! Again you are setting the agenda for believing and acting Christians.
• Olive Branch. In April, 120 former Israel Defense Force soldiers and Palestinian militants publicly launched “Combatants for Peace,” a partnership of former enem
Thanks for “Found in Translation” (by Brian McLaren, March 2006). It was very thought-provoking, and the metaphors are creative and life-giving.
The federal minimum wage was last raised in 1997 to its current level of $5.15 an hour. There are now 20 states that have raised the minimum wage above the federal level.
Your letter through the slot slid to the floor and lay quite still all day, until returning home from work I seized and tore it open.
Amid increased violence in Sri Lanka, Nonviolent Peaceforce members are providing unarmed accompaniment to those delivering aid, as well as applying nonviolent strategies to prote
Thank you for your articles on welcoming the stranger (“A House for All Peoples?” by Ched Myers, and “Looking for Welcome,” by Helene Slessarev-Jamir, April 2006).
In an arid valley of northwestern Afghanistan, diets used to consist of little more than tea and bread, and women remained in the home.
David Cortright’s commentary “Denuking Iran” (April 2006) is right on the ball.
A refugee camp popped up last April on the sports field of Lennox Middle School, right next to Los Angeles International Airport.
As with most of our articles, the words in this issue developed out of relationships - connections that are decades-long as well as some more recently established.
The Merritt Ministry asked a simple question: “How do you create a hot air balloon that is both authentic and reverent in its mission of [representing] Jesus, the Son of God
These five weeks of passages extol the depth, breadth, and living power of shalom—the biblical peace for humanity and all that lives.