March-April 1998

Cover Story

Building a strategy to dismantle racism.
The unique experience of black America.
How do we describe our altered racial landscape?

Feature

Restoring hope and identity to El Salvador's youth.
A new look at the Apostle Paul.

Commentary

The Cold War's over -- the threat isn't.
A community responds to violence.
The Moral Dilemma of sanctions.
The rolls are down, but hunger is up.
For-profit prisons bring in the loot.
Thirty years after King's death, racism continues to rend the country.

Columns

It's February and so far you haven't kept a single New Year's resolution, have you? Not even the one about setting aside a special time to write in your journal.
by: Ed Spivey
room of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission burst open. The parents of Amy Biehl walk in, surrounded by reporters, microphones, and cameras.
A small group of twentysomethings can change the world. A generation of them can reclaim the cities of America for the kingdom of God. This is our calling.
In the first stage of the White House sex scandal, the media was obsessed with how allegations of sexual misconduct and possible cover-up against Bill Clinton might bring down his presidency.
The drama that unfolded in the arrest and court proceedings of Theodore Kaczynski deserves serious, even prayerful, reflection. In part it focuses our attention on that most basic of all communi

Culture Watch

Violence in Barbara Ehrenreich's Blood Rites.
The poetry of Denise Levertov, 1923-1997
In Kevin Costner's new dystopic fantasy, The Postman, the future is bleak save for the responsible individualism of the director-star.
Fiction and fact intertwined.
Oscar time is a'coming, and with it another chance to consider the relationship between Steven Spielberg's world and our own.
Why the sex industry thrives.
The importance of learning to listen.
The movement to close the School of the Americas.
The role of music in the church universal.

Departments

Some Michigan churches provide hands-on support to families in transition.
I AM WRITING in response to Harry C. Kiely’s article on the movie Sling Blade (November-December 1997).
Our existing public school systems have better schools in more affluent neighborhoods, and parents choose those schools by buying houses there, usually paying premium prices. 
Building a movement to overcome poverty.
IN 1994, FORBES listed 358 billionaires whose combined net worth equaled the combined income of the bottom 45 percent of the world's population.
I MUST WRITE to disagree with "Time for New Tools," by David McReynolds ("Commentary," November-December 1997).
Some say chaos brings creativity.
THE ARTICLE in the January-February 1998 issue by Dale Aukerman ("The Heart of Faith") is powerful and direct, but its 16-cylinder vocabulary, pronouns with unclear antecedents, and run-on sente
Longtime peacemakers Daniel and Philip Berrigan were nominated for the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize by Mairead Maguire. Maguire won the prize in 1976 for working for peace in Northern Ireland.
While some might question Promise Keepers' stated intention of "taking back America's cities," few can criticize the volunteer labor the group has offered to the urban areas...
IT WAS A great disappointment that your first article to address the "shatter the silence" movement would rebuke the "clan politics" of others, rather than examine your own.
While it may be too soon to tell if the 1996 Welfare Reform Act has succeeded in its goal of moving people from welfare to work, there are early signs from the streets that the attempts to make thi
THANK YOU FOR the November-December 1997 issue and its focus on the faithful work and witness of Mary and Gordon Cosby ("Mission: Possible").
I JUST FINISHED reading "A Community That Endures," by Jim Forest (January-February 1998).
Volunteer Opportunities
My Lord has lifted been in blackest blue...
I APPRECIATED the much-needed article, "A Collaboration Against Hatred," by Jim Hodgson ("Commentary," January-February 1998).
WHAT A WONDERFUL article on Mary and Gordon Cosby. I felt their convictions and assessments were right on everything...
A few years ago televangelist Robert Schuller proposed that we take another look at the meaning of Lent.
by: Jim Rice

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