June 2006

Cover Story

Roughly 40 percent of Catholics are reliable Republicans, and 40 percent are reliable Democrats. The rest could go either way. That makes Catholics the ultimate swing voters.
If the church causes discomfort only to one political party when both are in need of repentance, it is not being the church.


We pray for God's miraculous intervention. So why are we surprised when it comes?
A Japanese-American internment camp survivor reflects on Guantanamo and the state of the U.S. Constitution.


Neighbourhood preparedness is important, particularly in poorer communities.
The First World becomes a one-way destination point for children from the global South.
Tom Fox's nonviolent witness.


Many pentecostals trace their spiritual heritage to the Azusa Street revival.
Australia is an absolutely beautiful country, and it wasn’t until I got back there (after more than a decade) that I realized how much I missed it.
Human trafficking thrives in the new global economy.
One man's personal quagmire, and it has nothing to do with Iraq.

Culture Watch

Everyone wants to be happy and to fulfill their dreams. For many who live in war zones, prisons, and places of poverty, those dreams aren’t likely to come true.
Author Marilynne Robinson explores the sacredness of the everyday world.
What does it mean to be female, Muslim, and American?
For the next 54 years, Anne Braden was a solid citizen of 'the other America.'


Catechumen is a computer game in the “first-person shooter” genre of Quake and Halo, but with a Christian flavor.
At its best the church is an "innocence project" for ourselves and others.
I wonder if there are not many Sojourners readers who were dismayed with Brian McLaren’s essay in the March 2006 issue (“Found in Translation”)?
According to a recent Pew Research Center Report, when it comes to stemming the flow of people risking the dangerous border crossing between Mexico and the United States, nearly half of Americans s
World Peace. A new Internet service provider, Peacenik.co.uk, will raise money for peacemakers working in conflict zones around the world.
Is there such a thing as the "Catholic vote"? Commonweal writer Maurice Timothy Reidy and Washington Post columnist E.J.
Complete with play money, appliance cards, and transportation passes, the Community Action Poverty Simulation is much like a role play or board game.
[Regarding “Abortion: A Way Forward,” by Amy Sullivan, April 2006], I wish there was a “middle ground” to be found on all issues.
Connecting creativity and spirituality, the Reciprocity Foundation, a Brooklyn, New York-based gift and design organization, steers homeless youth toward careers in the design, media, and fashion i
Hagar Soya, a soy milk company in Cambodia run by Christian development agency Hagar, recently started offering two fortified soya milk drinks for retail purchase.
The April 2006 issue was well-written, especially the articles on abortion and immigration. Janet Parker’s article, “Can These Bones Live?” especially moved me.
Protesters holding an American flag join thousands of people during an immigration rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in April.
If ever you have wakened in the night— the steep blue night, and waited for the tears— then I must tell you—