March 2005

Cover Story

Challenges to the church in the global South.
Sex abuse scandal, priest shortages, celibacy, ordaining women: The issues roiling the Catholic Church offer challenges - and hope? - for the future.
The vatican's management problem.


The timeless and timely vision of William Stringfellow
Anunciation House reaches out to the undocumented with faith and hospitality.
With fierce faith, Julia Bonds works to save the land and people of West Virginia.


If a lie is repeated often enough, it becomes accepted wisdom.
The Micah Challenge calls evangelicals to get serious about bringing good news to the poor.
Dim visions of a redeemed military


If the war in Iraq is the 'practical' expression of George Bush's theology of liberty and freedom, the world is in serious trouble.
Fortunately, social structures are well established. If you're cool.

Culture Watch

A review of Gilead, by Marilyn Robinson
A review of Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, by Ann Lamott
Sources of StrengthLet the Church Say Amen tells the story of a tiny storefront church in Washington,Sources of Strength
A review of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2


I applaud Larry Rasmussen'I applaud Larry Rasmussen’s efforts to find the middle ground between the positions of just war theory and Christian
The resurrection makes hope a permanent and immovable feature of the new creature in which we now dwell.
The earth is eating all the little birds. It feasts, grows fat. Their eyes are stones, black jewels we rattle in our pockets. Mouths are blurred
The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids,The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Michigan, decided to
The Church of the Brethren Service Center in Maryland,The Church of the Brethren Service Center in Maryland, site of
West Virginia activist Julia Bonds has been interviewed many times, especially after winning the 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize.
Guard llamas Micah (Guard llamas Micah (front) and Naomi are the newest additions to Jonah House, a community of Christian resistance whose
I was afraid to read David Batstone'I was afraid to read David Batstone’s column ("School Without a Prayer," January 2005) - more public