March 2015

Feature

When Nashville pastors and seminary students took a stand during the civil rights era, their own congregations were often their harshest critics.
A prominent Jewish scholar of the New Testament argues that Christian criticism of the Pharisees is anti-Semitic. 
Gail Taylor hopes that Three Part Harmony Farm in D.C. Brookland neighborhood becomes the city's first commercial farm since the 1930s. 
102-year-old priest Arturo Paoli is perhaps the most important economist you've never heard of. 
Evangelicals are no longer automatically taking a one-sided approach to conflict in the Middle East—and with that change comes hope for a troubled region. 

Commentary

A priest in Jordan opens his church's doors to Iraqis fleeing ISIS. 
The Vatican wraps up its three-year investigation of U.S. nuns. What's next for women in the church? 
Ben & Jerry's cofounder on how to fight back against big money in politics. 

Columns

According to the Vatican, “The very possession of nuclear weapons, even for purposes of deterrence, is morally problematic.”
Another great idea from our patriotic defense contractors. 
There is no "symmetry" in the violence of the Middle East today. 
Churches are profiting from desecration like this—and every time they look into the account books they should tremble. 
Many are calling today's protesters "violent" because they yell, they look angry, and they don't play by the rules. 

Culture Watch

Lila: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 
Black Messiah by D'Angelo / Faith: Essays From Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists edited by Victoria Zackheim / "Waiting for Fahd," from the Center for Constitutional Rights / Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age by James Carroll
Cyberwar stories were uninteresting until one involved a threat to our inalienable right to laugh at fart jokes. 
Francis of Rome and Francis of Assisi: A New Springtime for the Church. Orbis Book. 
These films create new benchmarks for the mainstream depiction of black history, black struggle, and wider perceptions. 
Doing Good Without Giving Up: Sustaining Social Action in a World That's Hard to Change. IVP Books. 
How art can help us wrestle with race and brokenness. 

Departments

             
In David Gushee’s articles about gays, lesbians, and the church (January 2015), there is a missing voice.
There’s always so much I love and learn from in Sojourners. I often feel immense gratitude and appreciation for the thoughtful, thought-provoking pieces.
Although I appreciated David Gushee’s articles in the January issue, I think a simpler way to deal with the biblical perspective on LBGT issues is to drop concepts such as “infallibility,” “inerrancy,” and perhaps even “inspiration” and “authority.&
4 Questions for Anastasia Uglova
Reflections of the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B
Thank you for David Gushee’s thoughts about sexuality in January 2015’s “Tackling the Hard Questions” and “Disputable Matters.&r

Web Extra

Photos depicting Gail Taylor's urban farming project at Three Part Harmony Farm. 
A video depicting the social responses to boycotts during the civil rights? 

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