March 2009

A compilation of books, films, and training materials for making social change happen.

Cover Story

Here's an opportunity to help make social change happen: Join us in the nation's capital in April.
Seven ways to build a movement that includes poor and rich.
The art and craft of social change.
What does it look like to proclaim the gospel and invite people to follow Jesus in a way that leads to the work of justice?


Evangelist Charlotte Keys and the 'Jesus People' she organized took on a global corporation to save a small town.
How I went from being a corporate CEO to an anti-poverty activist.


How to splinter the Taliban and support Afghans.
Lessons from Gaza.
by: Jim Rice
A few e-mails can help fight AIDS.


Forgiveness is an act of will. Fake it until you make it.
Being the trusting sort, I clicked on the link. Life is different now.
by: Ed Spivey

Culture Watch

Does the Obama era herald a post-racial United States?
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, by James W. Douglass. Orbis.
The Complete Leader's Guide to Christian Retreats, by Rachel Gilmore; In Romero's Legacy, by Pilar and John Hogan; Wage Theft in America, by Kim Bobo; and Becoming the Answers to Our Prayers, by Claiborne and Wilson-Hartgrove.
Writing for Hollywood -- with Jesus in mind.
Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money, by Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson, with Patricia Snell. Oxford University Press.
An excerpt from This Flowing Toward Me: A Story of God Arriving in Strangers.


The memos to President Obama in the January issue are interesting for what they omit as well as for what they include.
Eugenia Bonetti, a Cath­olic sister in Rome, is tackling a tough social evil: human trafficking.
by: Joey Ager
Five desert photographs taken by Thomas Merton.
During some moments of pre-Christ­mas calm, I had a chance to read the memos to President Obama (“Dear President Obama,” January 2009).
In the wake of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depres­sion, tens of millions of Americans have suffered substantial financial losses, with many losing their savings, homes, and jobs.
Thanks for Jim Wallis’ thoughts in “A Pastoral Strategy for Hard Times” (December 2008). Our church is gearing up to assist more folks in our church and local community.
Like many U.S. municipalities, Alexandria, Virginia, is facing financial cuts. But in an unusual move, city officials hired ethicist Michael A.
After reading (for the second time) the “Dear President Obama” letters, I was disappointed that no one mentioned the need to reduce the huge U.S. military budget.
[Regarding “A New Faith Coalition,” by Jim Wallis, January 2009]: Those who characterize abortion as “single-issue politics” often use the goal to “reduce the number o
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for March.

Web Extra

When Associate Editor Rose Marie Berger contemplated "forgiveness" in preparation for her monthly column in Sojourners magazine, she knew who to go to: elder-prophet-pastor Mary Cosby, 86,
Charlotte Keys, an evangelist, Columbia native, and founder of Jesus People Against Pollution, a group dedicated to environmental justice for the people of Columbia, spoke with Sojourners
Onleilove Alston was a 2008 Beatitudes Society Fellow at Sojourners.
Ed Spivey Jr.'s latest H'rumphs video chronicles his misadventures on the latest social networking craze, Facebook. Listen in to the hilarity that ensues after Ed finally "becomes a friend."
by: Ed Spivey
Marshall Ganz, a lecturer on public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, shares the importance of narrative in initiating social change during a presentation at Sojourn
Listen in as Pamela Porter reads her poem, Unknown Country.
Poet Pamela Porter shares about her discovery of rare photos taken by Thomas Merton during his search for a hermitage.