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Sojourners Magazine: July-August 1999

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Cover Story

What lessons for the future can we learn from Kosovo?
Everyone wants to aid refugees. But humanitarian work in the midst of war raises some hard questions---and carries the risk of unintended consequences.
Contrary to popular belief, the Serbian Orthodox church has a history of resisting ultra-nationalism.
E-mail glimpses of the Balkan war.
10 principles for peacemaking in Kosovo.
Before the war, a vigorous nonviolent movement sought justice for Kosovo. Their call for support from the world went unheeded.
Repentance is lacking on all sides.
I saw it in their empty eyes and hollow cheeks. The ethnic Albanians pouring over the Kosovo border into Albania for refuge have seen the worst.


After James Byrd Jr. was brutally murdered by racists in jasper, Texas, the town did not explode. That wasn't an accident, as black and white churches refused to let hate have the final world.
From almost the beginning to the very end of the Book of Genesis, one theme whirls through many variations: war and peace between brothers (and one pair of sisters).
How can I justify spending time on the things I love - music, gardening, poetry - when the world is so filled with injustice and need?


Excerpt from statement on Kosovo by Sojourners and other religious leaders
"They're poor. They're black. And they have no oil."
Can a peaceful future arise out of the blood and ashes of war?
The not-so-phantom menace of missile defense.
What hospitality teaches us about justice.
Notes from a peace delegation to a ravaged land.
Why we can't ignore gender bias in the classroom.


Just over 18 months ago, my mother was dancing at my wedding. Only a month later, my mom discovered that she had cancer of the abdominal lining.
Congratulations to Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic for winning the United Nations’ prestigious First War Criminal Still In Office award.
With our family's move last year from urban Jackson, Mississippi, to small-town Vermont, I exchanged the blackest state for the whitest and neighborhood drive-bys for wild turkey dive-bys.
Little Calumet Christian Fellowship is the first Mennonite church in North America to intentionally form a Generation X congregation with pastoral leadership from within that generation.

Culture Watch

John Coltrane's quest for freedom.
No easy answers in confronting evil.
Why Lucinda Williams Now? Maybe because it's time.
Sustaining the effort to create change.
David Wilcox's labor of love.
That Howard Thurman is not a household name is a situation that may soon change.
Scholars debate the meaning of Jesus


Mission Year forges friendships, changes lives.
The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) revealed in April an alternative to the U.S. government’s radioactive waste disposal plans.
Nearly 4,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., in May to tell President Clinton and Congress that the U.S. training of Latin American death squads must stop.
Project Censored listed the Multinational Agreement on Investment’s threat to U.S.
Following the story of Jesus’ path to Golgotha, 150 people gathered on Good Friday at the U.S. Capitol for the Economic Way of the Cross.
So much talk was on the Dow breaking 10,000 that hardly anyone noticed the decline in net worth of the average worker.
While reporting in Peru three years ago, American journalist Lori Berenson was convicted of treason and imprisoned after a trial by a hooded judge in a military tribunal.
Reshaping Economic Principles
Continuing their two-year vigil, locked-out Detroit newspaper workers brought their protests in May to the Washington, D.C. area home of Gannett Company CEO John Curley.
Technology, of course, is a mixed blessing. But especially for those working in difficult and far-flung situations, e-mail can be vital for much more than relaying the latest office humor.
Gathering for disarmament in the Nevada desert.
Starting on Sunday, May 16, thousands of people of faith around the United States, Europe, and Yugoslavia have held candlelight prayer vigils on local bridges and overpasses as a witness for peace in Yugoslavia...
---in memory of Denise Levertov, 1923-1997