March-April 2001

Cover Story

In Eritrea, an American painter finds friends, suffering, and inspiration.


What we are able to remember is important, but how we remember is even more so. Nowhere is this more true than in the Middle East.
What does it take to create community? A calm and tender manner isn't a bad place to start.
A national study documents what many congregations already knew—that the arts are good for faith, and faith can be good for the arts.
Daring to believe in a life without logos.
Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church's new building demonstrates how architecture can incarnate the history, strength, and spirit of a people.
Lisa Sullivan has set her heart on politicizing the hip-hop nation.


The moratorium movement is changing the politics of death.
Once again, an outpouring in the streets brings change to the Philippines.
A conservative Republican makes the case for reparations for African Americans.
You can't go home again—there aren't any jobs there anymore.


Breakfast in the White House can be dangerous to the prophetic vocation.
Within the next 20 years, we'll see the evolving convergence of humans and machines.
I was either having a major cardiac event or was standing in a pool of water being repeatedly struck by lightning.
The last time Jake saw his mother, he spit on her.

Culture Watch

Like many North American Christians, I had my spiritual journey upended in the 1980s by an encounter with poor believers from Latin America.
When science meets religion, who wins?
It's easy for us to assume that no matter what comes our way, America will prevail politically and economically.
Derek Webb could hear the backlash even before the album came out.
An excerpt from The Friendship of Women: A Spiritual Tradition
There are two unrelated things that people learn quickly about me. The first is that you probably shouldn't talk to me early in the morning. And the second is that I love U2.
David LaMotte's sixth album fills the void left by sentimental, synthesizer-laden Christian pop-rock and modern rock lyrics about shopping, leather pants, and next year's Infiniti model.
Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines, edited by Richard Foster.
This collection has no reason to exist, except as a shameless exploitation of the Lennon-McCarney catalog.


I RECEIVED MY January-February 2001 Sojourners yesterday, and I love the new look and the beautiful colors.
The YouthPeace organizing packet has graphics, media information, literature lists, and training, workshop, and organizing ideas for local youth activists.
Leading Venezuelan educators and critics of President Hugo Chavez are calling his creation of 500 schools constructed and supervised by the military a political program for "ideological indoctrin
HAS SOJOURNERS GONE soft? That's what I wondered after I read Holly Liebowitz' article on the "Responsible Wealth" movement ("What's Right With This Picture?" January February 2001).
'When the children are well enough to go home, it is a gift to me.'
WRITING 'FAN LETTERS' is not something I do, yet after reading through all of your November-December 2000 issue of Sojourners I felt so grateful that I want to share my feelings.
I JOIN THE CHORUS of readers who applaud the remodeling of Sojourners. The new feel and attitude invite a different category of reader and adds freshness to the reading experience.
Convicted murderer and gang leader Stanley "Tookie" Williams has been nominated for the 2001 Nobel Prize for Peace.
Only when we know ourselves as broken yet fiercely loved can we share the gift of new life.
I WOULD LIKE to copy your article "A Cry for Atonement" (by Rabbi Michael Lerner, January-February 2001) and send it to all the lawmakers who make a difference in the Middle East situation.
According to the United Nations, one child in four lives in an unstable, often violent, environment. The World Council of Churches is determined to change those statistics-one city at a time.
THE EXIT POLLS ("Between the Lines," January-February 2001) taken on the morning after the election were most revealing.
The United Farm Workers union has called off its 16-year boycott of California table grapes, citing recent organizing and contract victories as the reason.
TAG EVERS' ARTICLE on Contemporary Christian Music ("Fiddling While Rome Burns," January-February 2001) reminded me of a long debated question among those of us in the actual biz...
April 23-29 is national "Turn off Your TV" week. Coincidentally, it is also "Roll Back the Rug and Teach the Kids the Electric Slide" week.
Jennifer Harbury's eight-year fight for justice in the death of her husband, Guatemalan resistance leader Efrain Bamaca Velasquez, has ended in victory.
I FOUND YOUR article on "Virtual Hate" (by Stacia Brown, September-October 2000).
The Church of Pakistan has ordained its first two women deacons, despite civil court action by a breakaway church that believes the Bible bans women from the clergy.
The Alliance of Religions and Conservation and the World Wildlife Fund brought together 11 major faiths-representing some 4 billion people-to ask that very question.
The best art bears truth-personal, communal, or both.
John Sage is low-key in approach and evangelistic in mission: Save the world through coffee. Can't be done, you say?
YOUR 'GRACE MATTERS' by Chris Rice ("Is That Racism on Your Shoe?" November-December 2000) was interesting. If Chris Rice is honest and credible, he should marry a black person to prove it.
Employment Opportunities Married couple wanted for innovative new public charter school and foster home near Taos, N.M.
54 percent of global billionaires are in the United States