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Sojourners Magazine: June 2010

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Some Christians in the region see such callous disregard by coal companies for human health and safety, as well as a record of ravaging the Appalachian environment, as spiritual and moral issues. In our cover story, Allen Johnson, co-founder of the group Christians for the Mountains, explains why he sees the coal companies as “principalities [that] want to be worshipped and looked up to as saviors,” and tells what the faith-based group is doing out of its love for the land and the people on the long journey toward environmental and economic justice in coal country.

Read an extended interview with Allen Johnson, co-founder of Christians For The Mountains.

Study resources on the intersection of faith and feminism.

Find a list of resources on Christians and the environment.

Listen to an audio reading and interview with poet Richard Schiffman.

Find resources on death and dying from Lisa Sowle Cahill.

Cover Story

What does it mean that planet Earth is jeopardized by its supposed stewards, who fail even to wince at our species' cumulative threats to life?
Christians battle King Coal to save Appalachia.


At the end of life, how can people of faith prepare for a good death?
Churches in Dallas engage in the hard work of transformation in the wake of last year's Justice Revival.


Will economic conservatives join with social conservatives -- or racist extremists?
The bounty of a small plot is not so small.
D.C. Catholic Charities has taken the cheap -- and uncharitable -- way out.


Virtue is the road map for answering the question, How are we to live?
If there is one commodity we should think about collectively, it's water.
We need to behave differently, for the sake of our spiritual integrity and the health of our democracy.
Frank Luntz sees things differently than the rest of us.
The nice vendor who sells aromatic oils in front of Speedy Liquor on 14th Street got stabbed the other day. Word on the street is he “got sliced with a machete.”

Culture Watch

The man in black shows us how to die.
Cross-generational blogging about faith and feminism.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander. The New Press.
The multiplex stabbing is the consequence of a dehumanized culture that defaults to sarcasm and nurtures angry condemnation.
The Future of Faith, by Harvey Cox. HarperOne.
The Virtual and the Divine


In “God’s Two Books” (February 2010), Joel Hunter says: “Remind me again: Why are we afraid of the facts of evolution, instead of drawn to the picture God paints with them?&
In March more than 70 organizations, including churches, labor unions, and civil society groups, met for the first European conference on work-free Sundays.
Every summer, with bags packed and immunization shots received, thousands of hopeful short-term “missionaries” from the United Sates venture to distant lands with a vision to change the
“Time to Move Your Money?” combines a pastoral heart with prophetic passion.
A denominationally and politically diverse group of more than 100 U.S.
Younger generations are less concerned and preoccupied by global warming than older generations, according to a new study by American, Yale, and George Mason universities.
I very much appreciate Jim Wallis commentary ("Time to Move Your Money?" March 2010).
Just months after a 9,000-pound atomic bomb known as “Fat Man” exploded over Nagasaki, Japan, the city’s current Catholic archbishop was born.
Somebody noticed this quaking purplish spray hung incongruous on late-winter's bough, and tied a festive bow of multicolored yarns to cheer the anomalous blossoms,
When Handel’s Messiah was first performed in London in 1743, it is said that King George II leapt to his feet when the “Hallelujah” chorus began.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C

Web Extra

Here is a list of resources from Sojourners that will help further develop an understanding of Christian ethics and the environment. Articles:
These resources on the intersection of faith and feminism were compiled by Kimberly B.
Richard Schiffman is a poet and writer who splits his time between New York City and New Mexico. In the audio below he reads and shares about his poem, Flimsy Ribbon.