May 2013

Cover Story

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


Victor Mughogho works with local churches in southeast Africa to address the effects of climate change. But is it enough?
More than just another green house, 'Woodhaven' builds community.
Villages in Senegal put an end to female genital cutting—and show the power of communities learning together to change.
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.
Fiction with a climate change theme.
Can getting to know people on the "other side" help tear down the walls between us? It already has.
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.
Climate change leads to far more consequences than just destructive weather patterns.


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


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

Culture Watch

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.
The Woman Who Died A Lot. Viking Adult
Novels to stretch the mind and heart.
Sophoan Rath, survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime
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
"It's time to declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture."
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.


Leonard Cohen ("Can You Hear My Song?") has a loving, loyal fan base here in Ireland.
Bill McKibben hits one out of the park again ("Top-Notch Theology [or Not]," March 2013).
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
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,
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 nee
I don't read many reviews with the depth of perception in "Can You Hear My Song?" by Shefa Siegel (March 2013).
"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.
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.

Web Extra

Resources to help you join the battle to stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
With its earth roof, straw bale walls, and cordwood construction, Woodhaven is a beauty to behold.
While many people continue to believe there is no climate crisis, those most affected by global warming—particularly in the global South—know otherwise.
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.