March-April 1997

Cover Story


The Haymarket Square rebellion of 1886 was a watershed moment in the history of U.S. radicalism.
Blocking the Prayers of the Church
Rev. Daughtry's reflections on his ministry to Tupac Shakur show us the patience and tolerance for ambiguity required in the task of ministering to those wrapped up in what some call the "thug life."


Churches and the environmental movement.
Something new, real, and potentially very important is happening among several groups of white evangelicals.
Churches take a stand against sweatshops.
Churches plan nationwide Pentecost actions.
Serbia's surprising explosion of protest.


I live encircled by an eruv—though for weeks it was invisible to my eyes. I would not have known what I was seeing, had I noticed it.
Yesterday I learned that a friend will be moving far away.
I saw God the other day at the supermarket.
by: Ed Spivey
The many communities that Father Jim Healy served during 35 years as a Catholic priest came together recently at his memorial service.
If I had to choose one word to describe my friend Buddy Gray, it would be relentless. He was an advocate on behalf of homeless people in Cincinnati.
From welfare reform to overcoming poverty. A strategy for action.

Culture Watch

David Helfgott's search for meaning.
Well known and respected folk singer U. Utah Phillips announced his retirement well over a year ago in a letter to friends.
Father John Giuliani's Native American icon paintings.
Not many meaningful public rituals in America remain. 
The power of live recordings.
Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips build a bridge to the future.
Faith, interpretation, and The Good Book.
An opportunity for more inclusive expressions in the church.
Working on the new Sojourners environmental resource, Holy Ground, I have examined a large body of works on environmental theology.
The international movement to ban landmines.
Overcoming death and the power of empire.


I DID SO MUCH enjoy reading your series of articles about Henri Nouwen’s untimely (from a human perspective anyway) death.
Sue Bailey Thurman, 93, died on Christmas day 1996 in San Francisco.
Volunteer Opportunities
From below, it looks like a young woman
I AM WRITING because I am disturbed by Jill Carroll Lafferty’s review of The Dilbert Principle.
MY WIFE THINKS I’m weird. She tells my friend I can’t talk because I’m busy.
I AM A PENTECOSTAL (though I don’t really think the term is scriptural) Christian who has just recently discovered your magazine.
Building relationship between people of faith and the workers' rights movement.
I RECEIVED MY first issue of Sojourners and was ecstatic to find not only a hint of an article about Henri Nouwen on the front cover, but several articles about him inside.
I WANT TO thank Sojourners for honoring the life and work of Nellie Jean Sindab in the January-February 1997 issue ("Labors of Love").
Following President Clinton's signing of the federal "welfare reform" legislation last August, three top administration officials resigned in protest.
Though Martin Luther King Jr.
I AGREE WITH Jim Wallis’ contention in the January-February 1997 issue ("Hearts & Minds")—we must find another way besides the political Right or Left.
A moral and political agenda for 1997.
by: Sue Stine
While many people of conscience in the United States are aware of the plight of political prisoners in countries around the world, Americans rarely hear about those locked up in
I WANT TO congratulate Jim Rice on a fine article on the spirituality of leisure ("Why Play?" January-February 1997).
Catholic theologian and priest Tissa Balasuriya was excommunicated for heresy from the Roman Catholic Church in January.
AFTER READING your articles on play and work ("Why Play?," by Jim Rice, and "Why Work?," by Julie Polter), I continue to be amazed that no one I have read recently, from the pope...
Reflections on the revised common lectionary, cycle B.