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Sojourners Magazine: July-August 2002

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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.

Feature

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
Violence in the anti-corporate-globalization movement
How will the global community develop sustainable social structures for an aging population?

Commentary

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.

Columns

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

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

Departments

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.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, in his annual New Years speech last year, warned that his grandson would "discover a world of shocking inequality..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
In Colorado, ranchers and environmentalists are collaborating in a common cause—protecting water rights and sustainable land use.
The good news that's meant to be tossed! "Slip It and Flip It!" That's right!

Discussion Guide

A Discussion Guide for July-August 2002 Sojourners