July 2014

Cover Story

Public attitudes about mass incarceration are changing. But it will take a much deeper transformation to overturn this 21st century caste system.


Pope Francis is bringing renewed attention to Catholic social teaching—and not only for Catholics.
A testament of irrational fath and quiet, gracious miracles.
You may not recognize Robert Lentz's name, but you probably know the work of his hands.
Three steps for building a transformative movement for justice.
From Orange City, Iowa, to York, Nebraska, and across the Midwest, young organizers are cultivating hope in rural places.


Can a vote outlaw equal protection under the law? The Court seems to think so.
The term "anti-Semitism" hides an ugly history of racialized animus.
When the economic floor drops for everyone, it drops even lower for women.


A lot of problems stem from people lacking the courage to follow their moral core.
And they're using it for themselves.
I wish I could end the war ravaging your country.
In everything he did, Glen sought to bring Christian ethics to public life.

Culture Watch

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. IVP Books.
Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber / Anicent Sufi Invocations and Forgotten Songs from Aleppo by NAWA / Invisible Hands by Corinne Goria / Jacob's Choice by Ervin R. Stutzman  
A conversation with writer and performer Daniel Beaty.
At film festivals, because we're all living together for a few days, people let their guard down.
"See," we tell ourselves, "we were so good once. How bad could we really be?"
From the Psalms to the Cloud: Connecting to the Digital Age. Pilgrim Press.
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. HarperOne.


Reflections from the Common Lectionary, Cycle A
Reading “Did Jesus Pray to Allah?” made me think about the millions of Spanish-speaking Christians who invoke the name of Allah by using the Spanish word ojalá, and Portuguese-speakers who use oxalá
I consider the moonflower: / how the big spent blooms look like / three linen tea towels rinsed and wrung out
As a campus pastor I meet with many students each week.
“Did Jesus Pray to Allah?” (by Ryan McAnnally-Linz and Miroslav Volf, May 2014) was a bit of a stretch in an effort to make a good point. It’s like putting a single bed sheet on a double bed.
I enjoy comparative theology, but I have a hard time with your cover article (“Did Jesus Pray to Allah?”). First off, I think the article was disingenuously titled.
Katerina Friesen, a seminary student, knows the labor of love of land-based ministry.
David Gushee’s “In the Name of Security” (April 2014) is an outstanding article.

Web Extra

Daneil Beaty performs “Knock Knock,” a powerful poem that tells the story of his father’s incarceration.
Catholic social teaching's influence on various organizations.