June 2014

Cover Story

Churches in the "127 Movement" are opening their hearts, homes, and families to welcome children in the foster care system.


How to talk with our children about homelessness.
As we put creation's author to the test—with projects like the Keystone XL pipeline—there will be consequences.
How U.S. evangelicals rejected one of their own—and helped spawn the "New Atheism."


After long delays in relief operations, rebuilding in the Philippines slowly continues.
The Supreme Court continues to dismantle campaign finance reform.
Why are so many college graduates underemployed?


Christ's upside-down kingdom offers a different and subversive message: Lose your life and you'll find it.
The civil right of equal opportunity never ensured the human right of equal access.
...although maybe we should have kept a little for ourselves.
We need to show that the zeitgeist is changing, and that there's a steep price for fooling us.
"If communion isn't a little edgy, you may not be doing it right." -- A tribute to Elizabeth Palmberg (1970-2014)

Culture Watch

Music as Prayer: The Theology and Practice of Church Music, by Thomas H. Troeger
To build a new world, sometimes you have to tear the old one down.
The Earth Manifesto: Saving Nature with Engaged Ecology, by David Tracey A Political Theology of Climate Change, by Michael S. Northcott
Excerpt from God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines, Convergent Books
Her Next Chapter by Chicago Review Press / A Shimmer of Something by Liturgical Press / The New Parish by IVP Books / A Permeable Life by Available Light
A conversation with novelist and activist Denise Giardina.
The problem is not with the ark, but with the ark mentality it represents.


Through the slippery spirit's incomprehensible means / A perfect surrender.
Reading Jim Wallis’ column (“What I Learned by Marrying a Priest,” April 2014), I’m reminded of what the Roman Catholic Church is missing by refusing to ordain female priests.
As a Vietnam veteran, I thank you for publishing Gregg Brekke’s article (“Wounded Souls,” April 2014) about veterans’ troubles, especially on the emotional and spiritual level.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
Back in 1964 when I entered Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, one of my professors was Rachel Henderlite, the first woman ordained in the then-Southern Presbyterian Church.

Web Extra

A slideshow of the rebuilding efforts in Tacloban City, Philippines, in the wake of Haiyan.
Musician Nicole C. Mullen and theologian Ellen F. Davis articulate the goodness of God in their own unique ways.
Matthew Vines sits down with Sojourners to discuss his first book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.
Select works by our dear friend and colleague Elizabeth Palmberg. 
A map of the proposed route for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Follow the gripping story of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care.