March-April 2002

Cover Story

A return to the Dark Ages? Or a modern rebellion against secularism? Either way—as we've so painfully learned—we ignore this phenomenon at our grave peril.


Young Christians are pushing the edges of faith. Here's a glimpse into the hearts and dreams of a few of them, in their own words.
Rev. Billy may not be a reverend, but he's got some good news to tell.
Okay, so it's not such good news for everybody.
Christians around the world are being attacked and churches burned to the ground. Is anyone paying attention?


How a CIA cover-up sealed a husband's fate.
From his fifth-floor window in Mennonite Central Committee's D.C. office, Daryl Byler can keep an eye on the Supreme Court while he takes calls from a press...


Sounds like a great Old Testament saga, doesn't it?—the sin of Enron. Well, this may be a more biblical tale than we think.
Since Sojourners is a bimonthly magazine, you depend on us to cover the breaking news, with up-to-the-minute commentary on hot stories like Afghanistan which, by the time you read this, should be well on its way to becoming an independent democracy.
The once mighty energy trader has become everyone's favorite whipping boy. Unjustly so, I say.

Culture Watch

My friends and I are young and hip. We buy local, ride bikes, vote for Nader, and we do not despise conspiracy theory.
In light of the 9-11 wars, people worldwide are digging more deeply into the study of applied nonviolence.
A few blocks away, a sidewalk mailbox is covered with a magic-marker tribute to a young man downed in a shooting—"RIP Boo"
Studs Terkel reflects on life, death, and oral history.
During the month of March, PBS affiliates will be airing a documentary called Welcome to the Club—The Women of Rockabilly.
Driving north on I-75 through the flat state of Ohio, I'm usually scanning the horizon for those ticket-giving folks who, I'm told, like out-of-state cars.
A frequent comment by political pundits after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was that the United States lacks "good old-fashioned human intelligence" against terrorism.
Jewish-Christian "dialogue" is too often just that—an intellectual, theological discussion with no grounding in shared experience.
All Christianity has to give, and all it needs to give, is the myth of the human Jesus.


In Chiapas, Mexico, farmers are getting 25 cents per pound for their coffee crop. Starbucks' specialty grind is sold for $14.95 per pound.
Children in Putumayo, Colombia, painted this "before and after" mural of what U.S.-sponsored aerial fumigation has done to their homeland.
Ten U.S. soldiers from Fort Huachuca, Arizona, have been charged in a $3 million drug-running scheme...
Back in college, when you were asked to declare your major, "faith-based community organizing" with a minor in "direct action" probably was not an option.
JIM WALLIS' ARTICLE in the January-February 2002 issue was helpful in summarizing efforts of theologians of nonviolence to wrestle with the question of how to resist terrorism.
Is religion important to you? Whether you kick back a six-pack, light up a cigarette, or smoke a joint may be an indicator.
In Auburn, Alabama, two all-white fraternities wore blackface and Ku Klux Klan robes to Halloween parties; some even simulated a lynching. Both frats have been suspended.
The election last year of President Vicente Fox and Chiapas Gov. Pablo Salazar brought hope to Mexico's indigenous population...
Thanks for Ryan Beiler's wrenching humor and truth in "The Aroma of Christ."
The Catholic Worker Cooperative Bakery in Guadalupe, California, offers fresh, handmade communion bread and hosts, with 100 percent organic whole-wheat flour.
Archie McPhee's new "Jesus Action Figure" bends the question "What would Jesus do?" in some very weird ways.
Heifer International came up with a unique solution to a sticky problem. In the 1997 Albanian civil war, more than 500,000 weapons were stolen from military depots.
Thanks, Ryan, for keeping Jésus' memory alive ("The Aroma of Christ") and helping him to continue to serve a higher purpose than he might have been aware of.
Where's Mel? Lethal Weapon movie star and death penalty abolitionist Danny Glover, below, addressed students at Princeton University last fall.
Of course it's not what I expected.
At times we've discussed running articles on "pastoring in boom and bust"
Canadian evangelicals took on Ottawa's far-reaching anti-terrorism bill last winter and won some changes.
Did you see the recent Essence article about Dorothy Gaines? Or the Mademoiselle piece on Kellie Mann? Both women were convicted of minor nonviolent drug offenses.
We were in France when the news came of the terrorist acts of Sept. 11.
Years ago when my mother was quite ill, a friend copied a poem and surreptitiously slipped it into my Bible.
YEARS AGO I might have resonated with Danny Duncan Collum's insights about John Lennon's "Imagine" but long before 9-11 I found myself somewhat at odds with its message.

Discussion Guide

A Discussion Guide for March-April 2002 Sojourners