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Sojourners Magazine: May 2013

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IN CASE YOU haven’t noticed, the movement to reverse climate change is not only growing—it’s also getting serious. Our coverage includes Rose Marie Berger’s cover story about how and why people of faith are stepping up to the plate; a graphic look at how climate change connects to other issues in ways that might surprise you; and an interview with Victor Mughogho of Malawi on how climate change is affecting the African church.

Stories of hope are a key part of any movement—stories that will be venerated when the now-outnumbered side becomes the winning side, as has happened with so many justice movements before. But why wait to celebrate? Check out our article, for example, about how longtime Sojourners friends Linda and Scot DeGraf have built a low-impact, high-beauty eco-house. And, in his column, Bill McKibben tells of the groundbreaking climate rally in Washington, D.C., this February. One small part of that story was written by Sojourners’ fearless interns, who handed out 1,000 stickers to share about Sojourners’ creation care campaign. (Indeed, some of you are reading this right now because, encouraged by the sticker, you texted “climate” to 877-877 in order to get a free digital copy of this issue!)
Another great way to access the healing power of story is to spring forward into a good book. We bring you a roundup of recent climate change books and movies, plus a special CultureWatch section on books you’ll be glad you checked out. Especially in these weeks after Easter, moving to Pentecost and beyond, there’s no better time to read up—and then step out in faith! 

Cover Story

What will it take to push back climate change? A Spirit-driven 'power shift' might be a key.


Fiction with a climate change theme.
Climate change leads to far more consequences than just destructive weather patterns.
Those who study together can also change together. Here are our recommendations for good books, videos, and online resources for stepping forward to reverse climate change.
Can getting to know people on the "other side" help tear down the walls between us? It already has.
Victor Mughogho works with local churches in southeast Africa to address the effects of climate change. But is it enough?
Villages in Senegal put an end to female genital cutting—and show the power of communities learning together to change.
More than just another green house, 'Woodhaven' builds community.
Thermal mass: More than 30 tons of plaster and other mass on the inside of the house collects and stores heat from sunlight.Forest-certified lumber: Along with local posts and beams, we used wood certified as sustainably harvested.


The heart of our faith calls us to attack poverty, the "cruel thief of dreams."
A recent agreement between U.S. churches marks important ecumenical progress.
A new generation of Cuban Americans encourages broader dialogue.


"Given the option of paying more for dirty power or paying less for clean power, what would you take?"
Who said it was a good idea to mimic the human brain?
"Richard Twiss was willing to step out for what he believed in."
We can see in our mind's eye all the generations to come, and so we know why we fight.
"This is not merely a philosophical enterprise; it is an urgent matter that requires moral courage."

Culture Watch

The Woman Who Died A Lot. Viking Adult
Just Lead! A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church by Sherry Surratt and Jenni Catron / 99 Blessings: An Invitation to Life by David Steindl-Rast / The World is Not Ours to Save: Finding the Freedom to Do Good by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson / Life after Death: Practical Help for the Widowed by Elizabeth Bookser Barkley
Everyone can use guidelines—and repair manuals—for living in Christian community.
The new Criterion BluRay edition of On the Waterfront not only offers the crispest representation of the 1954 New Jersey dockyard visuals any of us have ever seen, it also illustrates the sociopolitical and creative context in a manner richer than any previously released.
Sophoan Rath, survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime
Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture. Westminster John Knox
Whether you're preaching the Bible, teaching it, or reading it on your own, there are always new facets to be revealed. Here are a few books that may refresh your perspective.
Novels to stretch the mind and heart.
"It's time to declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture."


"Finding God in the Depths of Silence," (March 2013) by Richard Rohr was a thoughtful reflection. Japanese theologian Kosuke Koyama said late in life that we need to shift to spatial images of God.
Leonard Cohen ("Can You Hear My Song?") has a loving, loyal fan base here in Ireland.
Bill McKibben's "Top-Notch Theology (or Not)" brings to mind how, in many hunting/gathering traditions, the artist shows hands with holes in them to signify that we should take only the resources that we ne
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Bill McKibben hits one out of the park again ("Top-Notch Theology [or Not]," March 2013).
Thank you for spotlighting, in your Short Takes interview with Frank Mugisha (by Elizabeth Palmberg, March 2013), efforts by progressive and life-affirming Christians and other human-rights advocates.
I don't read many reviews with the depth of perception in "Can You Hear My Song?" by Shefa Siegel (March 2013).
IThe crumpled woman pushes through the doorand sees your plump limp limbsheld tight in my buckled arms.She remembers holdingsuch sweet eternity.IIHis temple:life's bright beating softens here.Some say it holds the place of time,

Web Extra

Resources to help you join the battle to stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
While many people continue to believe there is no climate crisis, those most affected by global warming—particularly in the global South—know otherwise.
With its earth roof, straw bale walls, and cordwood construction, Woodhaven is a beauty to behold.
Rose Marie Berger writes in the May 2013 Sojourners magazine cover story, “For God So Loved the World,” that people of faith are key to reversing climate change.
An infographic of the racial wealth gap in the U.S.