This Month's Cover

Sojourners Magazine: July-August 2002

Subscribe to Sojourners for as little as $3.95!

Cover Story

Will the pedophilia scandal affect the role of women in the church?
Male celibacy isn't the problem here. But for the Catholic Church to achieve a healthy system, things have to change.
The institutional church, on the other hand, is in serious trouble.


No, the "Battle for Seattle' wasn't the Yankees-Mariners series.
Christians and Muslims build bridges in the Philippines.
What God and the genius of capitalism have in common: a Bible study on the book of Job
How will the global community develop sustainable social structures for an aging population?
Violence in the anti-corporate-globalization movement


The whole church must combat sexual misconduct.
The church response (or lack thereof) to Bush's nuclearism
There are viable alternatives to war, but only if we organize and speak out.


The real problem in the Catholic Church is a lack of accountability.
I'm suspicious of any language rooted in utopia rather than that of lived relations.
Unlike Mugabe, my daughter would never hire armed thugs to get her way. She doesn't have to.

Culture Watch

Four July-August 2002 culture recommendations from our editors
"The Executioner's Last Songs" sounds a murderous note against the death penalty.
In country music, the greatest sins are pretense and snobbery.
Four books on power and freedom
Spiritual Lessons from The X-Files
Books to talk about over the barbecue grill or to take with you to the backyard hammock
"The Human Right Painting Project," sponsored by Amnesty International U.S.A.
Ed Spivey's culture favorites
"A Day's Work, A Day's Pay" from Mint Leaf Productions


One average American uses 17 gallons of water daily in the shower. South African women together walk the equivalent of a round trip to the moon 16 times a day to get water.
It's the perfect Jackson & Perkins rose for fresh-cut arrangements—velvety bright true red petals on the outside, hardy and disease-resistant on the inside.
New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams is turning Hollywood inside out by challenging the film industry's harmful depictions of women and girls...
Taking Action: West Virginia car donation
Worshippers at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, in Glasgow, Scotland, are now sharing pews with Scotland's most avant-garde artists.
International relief organizations in Kabul are employing 3,500 women bakers to ensure that more than a quarter of a million Afghan school children are fed during the school year.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
The good news that's meant to be tossed! "Slip It and Flip It!" That's right!
Silence Please. A Catholic priest in Spain has installed a state-of-the-art electronic jamming system in the church to silence the ringers on cellular phones.
First he took off his hat and coat; then his sweater and shirt.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, in his annual New Years speech last year, warned that his grandson would "discover a world of shocking inequality..."
In Colorado, ranchers and environmentalists are collaborating in a common cause—protecting water rights and sustainable land use.
The Christian Coalition of Georgia, along with Peace State Methodist and Baptist churches, are in a pitched battle to close down the state's video poker machines.
Clergy, labor, and civil rights groups protested with employees outside a Miami nursing home after the management filed objections with the National Labor Relations Board...
Tapping the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil—which Congress forestalled—would hardly make a dent in the 8-million-barrel-a-day foreign oil addiction of the United States.

Discussion Guide

A Discussion Guide for July-August 2002 Sojourners