July-August 1998

Cover Story

Big Money's assault on democracy is even worse than you think.


The church in China is finding new openness--but only when the state says so.
The biblical vision of Sabbath economics.
Rita Dove balances creative solitude with a public vocation.


Unholy alliance pushes more than religious freedom.
The death penalty is nothing more than revenge.
'Star Wars' just won't go away.
The post-Cold War dream of a world free from nuclear weapons had a rude awakening this May.


Some days ago I received an unexpected call from Lima, Peru. A brother Franciscan there told me that Olga Valencia had died and, knowing of my friendship with her, he had attended the funeral.
Jury duty is one of those responsibilities of citizenship that reminds us that the American justice system is the best in the world.
Young people are the keystones of any culture. Youthful energy is needed to get work done in society.
When we made the decision to take our older two children out of public school, my husband and I felt it was the only real choice we had.
Once upon a time, I lived on a farm in the mountains of western North Carolina. I had a garden...of sorts.

Culture Watch

Billy Graham's walk with the Lord.
Greenbelt is no melting pot; rather, more than a rich stew, it is a smorgasbord of spiritual, cultural, and personal experiences.
Michael Moore's irreverent tour of American industry.
When he died, Dr. Benjamin Spock had been a household name for more than 50 years. His book Baby and Child Care, first published in 1946, coincided with the first swell of the baby boom.
Lorrena McKennitt's musical and spiritual guidance.
Within the Christian tradition, rarely is a concept more misunderstood than prophecy. Unfortunately, this misinterpretation wreaks havoc on our society in the form of doomsday soothsayers, apocalyptic dreamers, and militant revolutionaries.
New visions of the body of Christ.
Bernardin's journey of faith.


When generations stand together, a movement is strengthened.
WHEN ROME EMBRACED Christianity under the emperor Constantine, Rome didn’t change—it remained "the Empire." However, the church did change. It lost its prophetic voice.
I READ IN the recent issue of the death of Maurice ("Mac") McCrackin. Your words and memories sparked my own ("Hearts & Minds," by Jim Wallis, March-April 1998).
A group of Native Americans appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to argue that "Redskins," the name of Washington, D.C.’s football team, is racist and not deserving of federa
Just as the long legacy of violence in Guatemala was changing, that country lost another voice for truth.
WE ARE DEEPLY troubled by the implications of your editorial ("What to Do About Iraq?" by David Cortwright and George A.
Faithfulness. For the unnamed "young girl" in the story of Naaman, it meant trusting in God’s healing power. For Amos, it was speaking truth when it would have been safer to keep quiet.
WITH REGARD TO the demon of racism ("Exorcising an American Demon," by Bill Wylie-Kellermann, March-April 1998), we need to look at the criminal justice and prison systems.
This issue has the final "Signs & Wonders" column from contributing editor Joyce Hollyday.
What is a Call to Renewal Roundtable?
THANK YOU FOR your ongoing Christian coverage of such a broad range of issues. I have benefited greatly from reading Sojourners over the years.
"HOW DO YOU contain Saddam Hussein without either bombing or starving the kids in his country?"
SOJOURNERS IS ALWAYS well worth reading but I thought "The Changing Face of America," by Timothy Tseng and David Yoo (March-April 1998), was outstanding.
In an awesome display of people power, 70,000 demonstrators linked arms to "break the chains of debt" at the recent G8 summit of world economic leaders in Birmingham, England.