May 2012

Cover Story

Psalm 65 — translation by Ellen F. Davis
From Mississippi to Kentucky coal-mining country, churches are taking on the public health crisis of obesity.
Books on food and farming.
Psalm 65 gives us a unique portrait of a deity who tends the soil, waters its furrows, and crowns the year with a rich harvest.
When you pick an apple in the store, think of those who held it first. A day in the life of a farm worker.


A U.S. church delegation this winter discovered a Cuba at the crossroads of change.
Gamaliel's Ana Garcia-Ashley is the first woman of color to lead a national community organizing network, faith-based or otherwise. And she's pulling no punches.
An infographic on why high-fructose corn syrup isn’t exactly in line with scriptural call, “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”


Internet sales of lottery tickets are shortsighted and wrong.
Low-wage work and racial inequity are rife in jobs that move food to your table.
Many in Central America say it's time to consider decriminalizing drugs.


A new definition of malnutrition is emerging, as formerly developing countries are globalized into “fast-food nation” lifestyles.
Subsidizing coal is like finding that beer-drinking college student and paying him to sit in a bar all day and night—it’s not just unnecessary, it’s ludicrous.
As the human soul matures, we are confronted with moments that force us to let go of yet another thin veil of self-delusion. The "right road," the moral high ground, sinks into a thicket of gray.
Becoming a dictator is a great way to get out of homework.
Gathering people from different faiths to serve others is one way of living out the command of Jesus to offer comfort to the afflicted.

Culture Watch

There is no vaccine against selfishness.
Nick Harkaway, writer of novels that brim with humor and meaning, talks about legacy, not-so-silly writing, and the moral to our stories.
The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good, by Marcia Pally (Eerdmans)
Four novels with nothing in common except storytelling done well.
Four books that encourage people of faith to bring more light and less heat to the public square—and to our pews.


I am reading the March issue of Sojourners and want to correct a small error in “‘Do Not Grow Weary or Lose Heart,’” by Vincent Harding. The quote “Don’t mourn.
Thank you for printing Michelle Alexander’s commentary “When the Spirit Says Go” in your March issue.
"Denial / This has nothing to do with blackness. / This has everything to do with blackness."
Rose Marie Berger’s article “Slaves in Our Family” (February 2012) is a reminder to us that slavery in our country didn’t end with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B