July-August 1996

Cover Story

When the reporter asked, “Why do you believe Sister Dianna’s story?” I replied without hesitation.
Dianna Ortiz's Vigil for Truth.
On Palm Sunday, March 31, 1996, Sister Dianna Ortiz stood in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, and for the first time spoke in public of the most difficult parts of her torture.
Entries from the log kept at the vigil.


Kentucky Abolitionists in the antebellum South.
An interview with author Dennis Covington
A Georgia community provides a place at the welcome table.


Why does the West ignore Africa until crisis strikes?
When President Clinton vetoed a bill this spring that would have banned a specific method of late-term abortion, many people were outraged.
A new moment for Latino politics.
Churches stand against arson attacks.
by: Joe Agne
Beyond the hype of voluntary simplicity.
South Africa grapples with reconciliation.


Life before white sugar probably was pretty good.
It may be the most creative thing that’s ever happened in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.
If the opening campaign ads from the Democrats and Republicans are any indication, it could be a long fall.
Catholic religious congregations these days find themselves in uncharted waters as they increasingly move toward internationalizing their communities.
One day in early May I left Sojourners Neighborhood Center for about an hour to run to the post office and the bank.

Culture Watch

James MacMillan's operas draw on liturgical roots.
Jane Siberry's venture into jazz and rebirth.
Narrative and nonviolence in the biblical story.
Where the immigration debate hits home.
A Palestinian Christian theology.
The joys and limits of freedom.
John Dear's Peace Behind Bars.
For weeks this spring I was obsessed with the (alleged) Unabomber.


Washington, D.C., is a town with more than its share of vigils, marches, and demonstrations.
“Anything worth living for is worth dying for,” Brian Rohatyn told The Washington Post concerning his fast with Pastors for Peace on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
Margarito and Maria Esquino, refugees in Washington, D.C., received death threats this spring that they suspect came from members of El Salvador’s ruling ARENA party.
I WAS DELIGHTED with the special section on creativity and faith in the May-June 1996 issue (“In the Image of God”).
IT WAS WITH great interest that I read the reflections that were part of “In the Image of God.” As an actor I know there is too little that depicts the life of the
Thanks to your recent issue with articles on art and artistic creativity (“In the Image of God,” May-June 1996), I have realized my inner passion for poems and poetry that glorify the Lord. 
by: Ben Lujin
Washington, D.C., is a town with more than its share of vigils, marches, and demonstrations.
I MOSTLY AGREED with Jim Wallis about Waiting to Exhale (“Hearts & Minds,” May-June 1996).
I WAS MOVED by Oliver Thomas’ commentary, “Neutral and Free” (March-April 1996).
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A.
I JUST FINISHED reading online the Sojourners piece, “Dear Judge Wynn...” (March-April 1996) and it literally brought me to tears.
AS BELIEVERS IN justice for those who face discrimination in our society, we applaud the Sojourners mission.
September event will bring together Spirit and action.
I READ WITH interest the article on the people who were arrested for praying in the Capitol Rotunda. I am a Canadian, and we need the same effort in our provincial and feder
In a divided city, the dinner table can be a meeting place.
British Parliament member John Hume received the International Human Rights Award this spring for his nonviolent reconciliation work in Northern Ireland. Awards were also gi
Transitions Abroad. Hear Our Voices. 500 Years of Chicano History.
“SINKING NOAH’S ARK” points to the timely work of “laying out the clear biblical mandate for believers to protect the environment” done by the Evangelical Environmental Network.