March 2011

Cover Story

Why it's time to end the war in Afghanistan, and how to do it.
When the Taliban ruled, they prevented girls from going to school. Who's stopping them now?
Counting the costs of Obama's 'good war.' A report from Afghanistan.


The median wealth of African-American women is 400 times less than their white counterparts. Policy expert Maya Rockeymoore tells us why that is, and what can be done.
The affordable health-care act is already saving lives.
An American soldier ran from God to Iraq...but it wasn't far enough.


Finally, reparations for past federal mistreatment of American Indians and African-American farmers move forward.
A technique for natural gas drilling threatens drinking water and the environment.
We can't avoid the tough questions on how to change the culture in which we all participate.


Society's challenges won't be resolved just by being civil in our public discourse.
It's official: WikiLeaks says she's the cutest.
by: Ed Spivey
It's time to end the war in Afghanistan.
We need to clear the polluted political air before we'll have a real chance to clear the actual atmosphere.

Culture Watch

All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day, edited by Robert Ellsberg.
For nearly six decades, Mavis Staples has been bringing the gospel truth to song.
Reviews of 2010 films, and looking ahead to 2011.
A review of Why Love Will Always Be A Poor Investment: Marriage and Consumer Culture, by Kurt Armsrong; foreward by Aiden Enns. Wipf & Stock.
American alienation is the real killer that stalks our past, and our present.
Reviews of The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman, Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made, Somebody's Daughter, and This Sacred Moment.
For nearly six decades, Mavis Staples has been bringing the gospel truth to song.
Author Enuma Okoro talks about life and liturgy.


Let me give a word of support to Brian McLaren's God of love.
Brian McLaren's article "Is God Violent?" was a huge disappointment.
by: Bill Ball
This time they are the ones cauth, though they try to close their eyes.
Thank you for focusing on natural childbirth ("Reclaiming Childbirth," by Shafia M. Monroe, December 2010).
by: Jan King
Brian McLaren does a good job in "Is God Violent?" (January 2011), arguing for the urgent importance of all of us in the Abrahamic faith tradition to tackle our troubling sacred texts abo
by: Ron Young
Reflect;ion on the Revisd Common Lectionary, Cycle A: Transfiguration, False Desire to LIfe, Can We Start Again, and High-Water Mark.

Web Extra

Hear Joseph Ross read his poem, Luke 5:1 Disciples.
In this audio slideshow, photographer Heather Wilson talks about the beauty of the people, culture, and land of Afghanistan that she experienced while living there.
Enuma Okoro grew up in four countries, including Nigeria and the Ivory Coast, and describes her religious education as "doses of Roman Catholicism washed down with long gulps of multiflav