March-April 2000

Cover Story

Lessons from the life of an activist preacher. An excerpt from the new.


Issues of honor and shame permeate Paul's letters.
Reading the Bible in the new millennium.
E.J. Dionne talks about God, politics, and the American experiment.
Faith-based community organizing is taking off---with benefits for both community and church.
Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), a faith-based organizing network in Baltimore, won the first municipal living wage ordinance in the country in 1994.
The East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC) literally have rebuilt an entire community by securing the funding to erect 2,300 single family homes in a devastated section of Oceanhill-Brownsville...
Actually, even in Nicaragua, revolutionary fervor isn't what it used to be.


True or false: The Bible has no place in school.
The Net war on privacy
I now understand 'Christian nation' in a whole new way.
Ed Koch and Al Sharpton find common cause.
Census 2000 and a changing America.


The real story in Seattle was not the violence of demonstrators nor the misbehavior of police.
Developing a willingness to see and be seen is not easy work.
If those who know me really knew me, what would they think of me?
I am personally against dogs having credit cards.

Culture Watch

Mixing the spiritual and the cinematic.
Kevin Smith's irreverent Dogma.
Something new entered history on November 30, 1999.
Reclaiming the gift of time.
A surprising ally in the moment clean up politics.
The searching words of Ben Harper
Music to afflict the comfortable.


Women's project leads to transformation.
I have been in the House of Yahweh.
In response to mounting opposition to the U.S.
I WAS VERY TOUCHED and moved by Will Campbell’s "Feeding the Gods of Unfreedom" (November-December 1999). I am not a Christian.
On New Year’s Eve, 310 of the more than 500 activists gathered at the Nevada Test Site committed civil disobedience, calling for the abolition of nuclear arms.
THIS MORNING I READ Wilfred Manyango’s letter to the editor about how the Congo’s late president Mobutu was worth $4 billion, and whether the level of corruption entitled some countries to debt relief.
Ninety-eight people were executed in the United States last year—30 more than in 1998 and the most since 1951.
THANKS SO MUCH for the article "City Lights" by Edward J. Farrell (January-February 2000).
THE JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2000 issue of Sojourners is without a doubt the best one ever. 
Four Plowshares activists led by Philip Berrigan entered an Air National Guard base in Essex, Maryland, in late December to disarm A-10 Warthog aircraft
I RECENTLY RECEIVED a sample copy of Sojourners.
A recent consultation among United Methodist Church officials on the "authority of scripture and the nature of God’s revelation" acknowledged that the most divisive debates of the church hinge largely on one’s view of the nature and authority of the Bible. 
I am concerned with Will O’Brien’s article "Dare to Preach this Gospel." 
In the new millennium, faith will be known by action. We need to break through the individualistic and privatized approach to spirituality and reconnect with real community.
I READ THE ARTICLE by Michael L. Westmoreland-White, "Life on the Auction Block" (November-December 1999), with some concern.
WHILE I FOUND MUCH commendable in Will O’Brien’s essay "Dare to Preach this Gospel," his Herculean efforts to be as radical as possible finally degenerated into just one more of the now
U.S. military assistance to Colombia is reaching levels comparable to the aid given El Salvador in the 1980s, as the Drug War replaces the Cold War in the rubric of national security.
I very much enjoyed your last issue, especially the article about urban contemplatives, "City Lights."