March-April 1998

Cover Story

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


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


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.
The Cold War's over -- the threat isn't.
A community responds to violence.


room of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission burst open. The parents of Amy Biehl walk in, surrounded by reporters, microphones, and cameras.
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.
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
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.
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.

Culture Watch

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


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
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. 
WHAT A WONDERFUL article on Mary and Gordon Cosby. I felt their convictions and assessments were right on everything...
Building a movement to overcome poverty.
I JUST FINISHED reading "A Community That Endures," by Jim Forest (January-February 1998).
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
I AM WRITING in response to Harry C. Kiely’s article on the movie Sling Blade (November-December 1997).
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.
I MUST WRITE to disagree with "Time for New Tools," by David McReynolds ("Commentary," November-December 1997).
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).
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.
THANK YOU FOR the November-December 1997 issue and its focus on the faithful work and witness of Mary and Gordon Cosby ("Mission: Possible").
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...
A few years ago televangelist Robert Schuller proposed that we take another look at the meaning of Lent.
Some Michigan churches provide hands-on support to families in transition.
IN 1994, FORBES listed 358 billionaires whose combined net worth equaled the combined income of the bottom 45 percent of the world's population.