July 2008

Cover Story

The dramatic rise in world food prices has pushed millions into poverty. Here's a look at 10 factors--from agrofuel production to rising meat and dairy consumption--that have contributed to this preventable crisis.
Addressing the food crisis is a matter of political and spiritual will.
Progress on food security issues will only come when we begin to ask the right question and challenge the myths that trap us.
Some of the steps toward creating sane food policies and a living democracy will include:
All politics is local--food politics even more so.


A Franciscan priest pens a lament from the Imperial County Jail, where he served time for challenging the "terrible frontier" our country has entered: the use of torture.
An innovative program helps prison inmates make a fresh start--and they're not the only ones who benefit. The Prison Entrepreneurship Program also helps churches rethink the way they view justice, prisoners, and redemption.
In the 1880s, Russian Mennonites trekked to Uzbekistan, where they believed Jesus would inaugurate his kingdom. As modern-day researchers look for traces of this apocalyptic group, they find signs of coexistence with Muslims that are healing and hopeful.


Is it time for a Palestinian Ministry of Nonviolence?
The pope challenges U.S. individualism and materialism.
Real conservation is sidelined by carbon trading's bad math.


It's Ordinary Days, the Miller Time of the liturgical year.
"Being disciples of Jesus means serving him in public as well as private."

Culture Watch

Politics in the United States, especially in an election year, often seems to be a contest of competing special interests.
Ron Hansen’s Exiles delicately displays the conjoining of the literary with the historical, biographical, philosophical, and even the theological.
Filmmaker Katrina Browne talks about the impetus behind Traces of the Trade.
Members of a prominent slave-trading family confront the wounds of the past and present.
An excerpt from Finding Our Way Again.
Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms, by Rolf Jacobson; Renewal: Stories from America's Religious-Environmental Movement; Being Consumed, by William Cavanaugh; and Dare Not Walk Alone, by Jeremy Dean.
The Drive-By Truckers capture "the cruel radiance of what is."


News and images of the world food crisis have been hard to bear these last few months—skyrocketing food prices have provoked desperate rioting in many countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Mexic
She spoke softly, calmly recounting her pain through a furnace of litanies that helped her hold on to the unbelief
Your focus on faith and finances (May 2008 issue) truly inspired me to ensure my finances are supporting just causes through my giving, banking, and investing alike.
The Catholic Worker movement, founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933, celebrated its 75th anniversary on May 1.
An Exxon gas station in Cedar Park, Texas, was taken over by members of HighPoint Fellowship church on April 27 as part of “Faith in Action” Sunday.
I just subscribed to Sojourners, and in my first issue I was thrilled to read the article “Kitchen-Table Giving” (by Julie Polter, April 2008).
Real product Our Plastic Home Don't know what to get for the person who bought a lifetime family membership to the Kentucky-based Creation Museum? Try the "Creation Globe" from David C. Cook.
The first U.S. interfaith loan fund to provide support for long-term domestic disaster recovery was launched in New Orleans on May 15.
“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach.