June 2013

Cover Story

Social, political, and economic forces can either undermine the institution of marriage–or foster a society where it thrives.


"I never imagined humanity could be stripped from a person like that."
When Mexican emigration and U.S. slavery intertwine.
The stats say that women in the workplace – from seminaries to the boardroom – have become the norm, but being a stay-at-home dad is still considered a countercultural act (even in Portland).
Cincinnati's faith leaders cross denominational lines to standup to a corporate bully.
The roles that Jesus plays in John's gospel echo those of women in first-century Palestine.
8 ways to stand against human trafficking.
Five principles for a lasting marriage.


How do we sustain our climate activism? It can't be about fear.
Local governments push for Pentagon spending cuts.
Where the U.S. meets Mexico, rhetoric often gets in the way of the facts.


To have the "poor one" at the center of the Catholic faith is right and just.
Thanks be to God for the life of Gordon Cosby.
Bridges don't fall from the sky; people build them.
When wedding bells ring, don't forget the jello.
How small my world gets when I'm not paying attention.

Culture Watch

Trethewey focuses her keen verbal gifts on the most sensitive nerve in American life.
The beginning of wisdom proposed in the best documentaries is simply this: telling the truth, to ourselves and others, as best as we can.
Laughter is Sacred Space: The Not-So-Typical Journey of a Mennonite Actor. Herald Press
When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Suprising Places, Even the Church. Jericho Books
Then Sings My Soul: The Culture of Southern Gospel Music. University of Illinois Press
Who knew the Amish would become such a center of pop-cultural attention?
Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission by Amy Simpson
A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern / Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration by Kristin E. Heyer / Skipping Stones / In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking


Mass in Las Choapas, Mexico
In regard to the debate about same-sex relationships (“Breaking the Impasse”), can we please call the relationship in question same-gender marriage?
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Raised in a family of farmers, my experience of living in rural America is diametrically opposite to Danny Duncan Collum’s experience described in “Guns, Culture, and Sanity” (April 2013).
Bravo to Bill McKibben for his response (“Top-Notch Theology [or Not],” March 2013) to Rev.  Fischer and Dr. Beisner’s statements that not burning fossil fuels hurts God’s feelings.
Our May 2013 issue misidentified Dr. Janel Curry, quoted in “For God So Loved the World.” She is provost at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. Our apologies for the error.
Thank you to Eboo Patel and Claire Albert for pointing out in “The Inaugural Prayer We Didn’t Hear” (April 2013) that we have never had the opportunity to listen to a Muslim clergyperson at a president
In the April 2013 issue, it was disconcerting to see the juxtaposition of Wesley Granberg-Michaelson’s well-intentioned but tepid “Breaking the Impasse” with the two articles on Martin Luther King Jr.

Web Extra

Three of the Pentagon's most wasteful programs.
The Anna Louise Inn first opened in 1909. Built on the Taft family’s front yard, the Inn provided safe and affordable housing for women in Cincinnati. Since then, the Inn has become a revered Cincinnati institution. Click on the gallery below to view some images of the Inn’s history.
As Sojourners editorial assistant Dawn Araujo recounts in “No Room at the Inn,” from the June 2013 issue, Christians in Cincinnati have stood up to a corporate giant trying to bully the Anna Louise Inn—a small
Resources to help you raise awareness about--and liberate--the slaves among us.
Share your thoughts on what it takes to have a lasting marriage.