July-August 2003

Cover Story

Some in the Religious Right call Middle East Peace efforts "Satanic heresy." A look at the political and theological roots of Christian Zionism - and why it puts the world at risk.
An end-times glossary.
Many U.S. evangelicals seek an 'even-handed' Middle East policy.


Following Jesus assures us of many things, but not that we're always right.
Churches, human rights groups, border crossers, and civilian militias are mixing it up on the U.S.-Mexico border.
How kitchen-table lessons in welcome and respect helped sustain the black freedom movement.
An interview with music-maker, activist, and passionate believer Michelle Shocked.
The Motor City may never lack for drama, but until the Mosaic Youth Theatre came along there were few opportunities for young people to express themselves on stage.


'What we need is not another feel-good plan, but a serious effort to seek peace.'
Latin American churches tackle 'free' trade.
In Israel, is it now okay to kill Americans?
Private companies are slurping up public water at an alarming rate.


As [Jesus] came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!" —Luke 19:41
Gluttony takes a toll on the interior life.
It's morning in Iraq, or, depending on your time zone, afternoon. Then again, it could be late at night, and you're wondering where the day went.
Is daydreaming a dose of self-medication in a data-processed world?

Culture Watch

Is the Catholic Church heading toward irreversible decline or is it on the verge of transformation?
There's been a resurgence of entertaining protest - or, at least, protesting entertainers.
Gathered from various concert performances over the past decade, Don't Talk About Love—a 16-track album that spans a decade of Martyn Joseph's work—plays like
Justice-focused economists understand that the dominant world financial system is based on con- stant replenishment, and those who are unable for whatever reason to contribute
The New World, by George Evans. In times like these I savor poetry that is prophecy, that moves nimbly between denunciation and annunciation.
At the Sojourners National Roundtable on Faith, Art, and Social Activism, Quique Avilés spoke about the role of the artist in bringing about a more just society.
You start to get an idea of how Wally Lamb, the editor of Couldn't Keep It to Myself, feels about the authors in his anthology of incarcerated female writers...
I avoid movies with car chases and wish more television heroes were not both handsome and single. In my reading, however, I tend to be more open-minded.
Bob Dylan's songs are born again.


As if there weren't enough reasons to get rid of your cell phone, a new study from the Worldwatch Institute reports that coltan—the mineral that keeps cell phones and other electronic eq
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Several religious bodies recently testified before the U.N. Commission on Human Rights about religious intolerance and discrimination in Pakistan. "
"That's when I want you—you knower of my emptiness, you unspeaking partner to my sorrow. That's when I need you, God, like food," wrote Rainer Maria Rilke in his Book of Hours.
Calling herself "Aly," the Episcopal bishop of Rhode Island, Geralyn Wolf, spent the month of January on the streets, befriending the homeless and sleeping and eating in shelters.
Lance Corporal Stephen Eagle Funk, 20, (second from left) turns himself in at his Marine Corps reserve unit after refusing to serve in the Iraq war.
In early March Sojourners hosted a daylong roundtable on faith, art, and activism.
WHILE ARTHUR WASKOW makes a few valid points about the anti-war movement and anti-Semitism therein, I am not comfortable being pigeonholed into some particular category of his choosing.
Interest in conscientious objection is on the rise among members of the U.S. military, according to several indicators.
A coalition of Latino religious leaders from 17 states is fighting for amnesty for thousands of undocumented workers in the United States.
PETER GOMES, as usual, stops short of the whole counsel of scripture ("Patriotism is Not Enough," January-February 2003).
The Bush administration has launched an attack on laws and regulations protecting the environment that has most environmental watchdogs on the defensive.
THANK YOU, Don Michael Hudson, for an intelligent, well-thought-through article on the arts and the Christian's freedom toward them
Following a two-year organizing drive by students and faculty at the University of New Mexico, the university became the first in the United States to adopt a policy against investment in World Bank bonds.
Tom Ciola, creator of the Bible Bar and a host of spiritual snack foods at Logia Foods, just released his newest treat: Bible Granola.
Arguing that "character counts," the United Church of Christ is pressuring all 50 state public utility commissioners to investigate WorldCom and revoke its local licenses...
A Jesuit priest in southern India, along with local Jesuit school students, has launched an AIDS-awareness campaign conducted mostly by children orphaned by the disease.

Discussion Guide

A Discussion Guide for July-August 2003 Sojourners