June 2011

Cover Story

Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen talks with Jim Wallis about ice cream, Oreos -- and how the bloated military budget is destroying our economy and making us all less secure. 


A little Methodist church has a big heart for the left out and the lonley in the shadow of the nation's capital.
With lower-cost heath care, would I be dead?
The secretive, elitist Capitol Hill organization has cozied up to the despots -- and, in my case, done genuine good.


Wisconsin was just the first salvo of an all-out war on working people.
Renewable energy sources aren't just safer than nuclear power -- they're also cheaper.
The Utah Compact has good immigration principles -- but there's still a more excellent way.


Our nation expects bold and innovative leadership. (Kidding.)
A club owner in Chicago can pick up the phone and "mail-order" three girls from Eastern Europe.
Though the fast ended on Easter, it helped to spark a broad and united movement for a moral budget.
Mainstream Muslims detest the infection of radicalization far more than do other people.

Culture Watch

The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. Bloomsbury Press.
Gareth Higgins reviews Batle: Los Angeles, Saving Private Ryan, and Chinatown.
Bio: Founded Empowering and Strengthing Ohio's People (ESOP) to stop predatory lending and home foreclosures. Website: www.esop-cleveland.org.
"A white man's country" became the multiracial, multicultural democracy we now inhabit.
Freedom Journeys: The Tale of Exodus and Wilderness across Millennia, by Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow adn Rabbi Phyllis O. Berman. Jewish Lights Publishing. 
Julie Polter reviews current books and films.
The Better Angels, by John Francis. Horse and Rider/Dualtone.
Poets resist anti-immigration laws with defiance, beauty, and social media.


In Danny Duncan Collum's reflection on the attempted assassination of Rep.
Jesus says, receive the Holy Spirit, whom you cannot control. Diversity is an essential attribute of a Spirit-filled church.
"Taking the Bible Seriously" by Charles E. Gutenson (April 2011) was right on the mark. I often see issue groups take the word of God and twist it to serve their purposes.
<p>I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Ed Spivey Jr.'s article in the March 2011 <i>Sojourners</i> (&quot;Grandfathers Are Our Future&quot;) on being a grandfather
In our city we see them sometimes.
Fracking ("Meet the Frackers," by Tyler Edgar, March 2011) is well-known to people in Colorado, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Texas, and other states for its disastrous use in natural gas extrac
Every gun that is made is, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed.
Reading Joel Hunter's "Civility Is Only a Beginning" (March 2011), I was struck by the contrast between his beautifully stated intention -- "Let's listen so well that we can state others' cases in

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“Jesus Christ transcends all religions! Judaism – Islam – Buddhism – Hinduism… He is greater than all these – including Christianity. Religions are the inventions of men.
Gerard Anderson on Overpaying, Overeating, and Out-of-Control U.S. Medical Costs
Interview with John Francis by Betsy Shirley
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