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Sojourners Magazine: July-August 2002

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The institutional church, on the other hand, is in serious trouble.
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.


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
Violence in the anti-corporate-globalization movement
How will the global community develop sustainable social structures for an aging population?
No, the "Battle for Seattle' wasn't the Yankees-Mariners series.


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.


Unlike Mugabe, my daughter would never hire armed thugs to get her way. She doesn't have to.
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.

Culture Watch

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


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
Worshippers at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, in Glasgow, Scotland, are now sharing pews with Scotland's most avant-garde artists.
The good news that's meant to be tossed! "Slip It and Flip It!" That's right!
First he took off his hat and coat; then his sweater and shirt.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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.

Discussion Guide

A Discussion Guide for July-August 2002 Sojourners