March 2007

Cover Story

The modern global slave trade and those who fight it.

Feature

Through faith and business savvy, the Hagar Project gives new life to freed slaves in Cambodia.
The 18th and 19th century movement to abolish slavery, with its many Christian leaders, has much to teach us.
A new wave of Catholic women answers the call to ordination priesthood - an act of ecclesial disobedience.

Commentary

The World Bank's top-down approach.
'Blood diamonds' still fuel conflict.
Muslim women seek the renewal of Islam.

Columns

Which sounds better, President Newt or President Mitt?
by: Ed Spivey
Some years ago on a trip to the U.K., I walked through the historic Holy Trinity Church on Clapham Common in South London.

Culture Watch

More Peas, Please
Everday low prices are part of our American birthright. Right?
Something is bound to go terribly wrong when so many Christians see the planet as an unimportant holding place where we await salvation; or when preachers and teachers of the faith place too much e
Common Life, Robert Cording's fifth poetry collection, is informed by religious faith and enacts it.
Why do Americans want to live so large?
Historical reflections on war often lead to the conclusion that the past is prologue, that the same ones are fought again and again, from the Peloponnesus to Afghanistan, from Vietnam to Iraq.

Departments

Legal Aid. Dionisio Díaz García, a Christian labor lawyer for the Association for a More Just Society in Honduras, was assassinated in December on his way to court.
The management of the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina—where 25,000 to 32,000 hogs are slaughtered each day—and the lawyers of a local Catholic parish
In "Big is Beautiful?" (March 2007) Marie Dennis rightfully observes that more must be done to help the millions of people living in poverty around the world.
Cliff Kindy, a Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) member, stands outside Alliant Techsystems/Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket City, West Virginia, where radioactive depleted uranium is added to
Three hundred Christian and Muslim religious leaders from 20 Arab countries met in Cairo to launch the region's first faith-based network focused on HIV/AIDS.
There's no better way to prevent boredom than playing paddleball, and there's no better paddleball to remind you of your status with the Lord than the Inspirational Paddleball Game.
Three Christian Peacemaker Teams members who were held captive for 118 days in Iraq met in Britain last December—after police asked them to testify in the trial of their alleged captors&mdash
Reflections on the Revised Lectionary, Cycle C
The problem of modern slavery is staggering.
In your January 2007 issue p.10 photo caption, your editors shoot a barb at the protesters for their sign misspelling the legal term "habeas corpus." Four pages later, in a sideline to the article
This afternoon, sir we nailed God down He's at the back of the property He's going nowhere, sir His feet are stuck to a block of wood It's comical, sir
The U.S. provided nearly half of the conventional weapons sold to developing nations in 2005
As the parent of a middle-schooler with Tourette's syndrome (TS), I was truly disappointed in the way Amy Sullivan so flippantly referred to the symptoms of TS in the article "Democrats Talk Religi
by: Anonymous
In "Breaking the Holy Hush" (January 2007), Gail Martin makes the astonishing claim (attributed to Catherine Clark Kroeger) that "The rate of abuse in Christian homes is exactly the same as in the

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