June 2012

Cover Story

An interview by Joanie Eppinga with Rebecca Barrett-Fox, a scholar who finds the appalling, the unexpected, and the human inside Westboro Baptist Church.


The Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case didn't actually make corporations into people, but it did undercut the role of actual, live human beings in elections.
Michigan's "Emergency Manager" law and Detroit's future.
In Guatemala, 44,000 people were "disappeared" during decades of war. Now workers there seek to resurrect a buried history and human dignity.
Detroiters often use the phoenix rising from the ashes as a metaphor for the city's resilience. Worms might be just as apt a symbol this time around.
The apostle's attack on elitism in Corinthian church and society speaks a clear message about inequality today.
Angela Glover Blackwell believes in Detroit's future, and she has a vision for how to get there. Failure is not an option.


History shows engagement, not attack, dissuades countries from developing nuclear weapons.
Seeing corporations as people, are we making ourselves over in their image?
Lawsuits help corporations run roughshod over governments and the environment.


Fairness matters, especially for people on society’s margins—and that conviction goes far beyond tax equity to every aspect of public policy. For people of the Book, it’s much more important than politics; it’s a matter of faith.
Few people I know believe peace in the Holy Land is really possible—unless it begins with Israeli and Palestinian Christians.
Even al Qaeda can use rebranding.
Scripture teaches that the Spirit of God was in that still, small voice. But every now and again the Spirit arrives with flapping wings and honking, too. Like that old gray goose.

Culture Watch

Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the country in Between by Jeff Sharlet.
Springsteen sings what politicians won't say: We were robbed and the thieves have escaped justice.
Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform, by Al Tizon.
Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption — Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It — When the Drum is Beating — Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World
The best parts of the Disney worldview look like the eschatological images in a Martin Luther King Jr. speech; the worst merely bolster a culture of privilege and exclusion.
We've come a long way, baby. Or have we? Is it too much to ask legislators to speak cogently about women's health?
Stream of Conscience, by 2/3 Goat


Kimberly Burge paints a harrowing portrait of injustice in “The Innocence List” (April 2012). The fact that there are more than 140 people who were released from death row due to a lack of evidence and racial discrimination is alarming.
Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B
You can’t desire to catch the sacred fish / as much as he desires to be caught / & yet / he darts through the dim depths / with tail swerve & swish
Rev. Gerald L. Durley, Pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Gerogia.
Regarding your review of James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree (“Were You There?” by Andrew Wilkes, March 2012): Cone’s point is an important one.
I wish Bill McKibben’s “‘And God Created ... Corporations’” (April 2012) could magically appear in the inbox of each state and federal senator and representative. A corporation is a soulless, incorporeal, supranational, immortal legal device for assembling, managing, and deploying wealth.