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Sojourners Magazine: March 2017

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"What does it mean to not see what is right in front of us?" asks Marcia Good in this issue's cover story. Good, an anthropologist, often assigns her students spend time walking their neighborhoods, looking for any form of non-sanctioned text. The assignment often gets students thinking: who wrote these words, and why do we consider their effort unimportant and insignificant? 

Cover Story

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Sometimes the best textbook for learning can be found by walking through city neighborhoods with open eyes.


The church in North America has a lot to learn, says mental health counselor Maria-Jose Soerens.
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We can't end violent extremism with more violence. 
...and what that means for Christian forgiveness. 
Since 1998, more than 6,330 people have died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The Colibri Center's mission is to identify the dead and return the remains to their family. 


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Unarmed civilian protection works, and the practice is growing. 
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Restarting the Cold War, 140 characters at a time. 
Since 9/11, Muslims have been held to an impossible standard in the U.S. And now it's getting worse. 

Culture Watch

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With a mix of art, science, and conversation, The Liturgists welcome the spiritually hungry. 
Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother, by Kate Hennessy. Scribner. 
Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America, by Michael Wear. Thomas Nelson. 
Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good. Chelsea Green.
A shadow has hung over American life for at least the past 25 years: globalism. 
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Four March cultural recommendations from our editors. 
The crazy-beautiful idea in Paterson is that everyone is an artist.


Letters to the Editor from Sojourners readers
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A. 


Mirrors on the James Webb Space Telescope / NASA/MSFC/David Higginbotham/Emmett Given
In our science narratives, there’s a long tradition of featuring beautiful, rich white people and ignoring people of color and women.
Funny business by Ed Spivey Jr.
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The Obama presidency marked a historic era in the movement to undo white supremacy and privilege.
Has the Trump presidency revealed a truth about evangelical America that we have not wanted to see?