May 2015


There's liberating, countercultural potential when the black church and Anabaptist traditions meet. 
From "modest is hottest" to misreading sexual violence in the Bible, Christians have a checkered history regarding rape culture. 
What do people with disabilities need from the church? 
Fifty years of bloody conflict, economic greed, and environmental devastation. 
Churches on the U.S.-Mexico border are making a statement about immigration--by working together to meet humanitarian need. 
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Canadians are supposed to be the good guys in the story. Well, not anymore. 
For 50 years, people with and without developmental disabilities have shared life in L'Arche communities. 


The "me first" attitude of anti-vaxxers puts others at risk. 
The battle for hearts and minds continues, 50 years later. 
Paid sick leave helps not only the workers but businesses as well.


The 2016 election is an oppourtunity for a new dialouge on eliminating extreme poverty, at home and abroad. the Koch brothers, who have really nice bootstraps. 
We're like the bad babysitter who takes the 2-year-old out for a tattoo and some piercings. 
We watched our white peers accept the same salaries but somehow take vacations and buy homes—while we scrimped to pay rent.   

Culture Watch

Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism, and Mothering by Rosemarie Freeney Harding 
You wouldn't know it from the headlines, but things are getting better. 
Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers by Michael G. Long / The Mask You Live In by Representation Project / Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace by Patricia Raybon / Leave Some Things Behind by the Steel Wheels 
The extraordinary film Leviathan takes place in a tiny coastal town on the other side of the world, but it relates to all our dreams and fears.
One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, by Kevin Kruse 
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande 
Singer-songwriter Angaleena Presley paints a heartbreaking picture of what Appalachia has become. 
The Radical King by Martin Luther King Jr., edited by Cornel West. 


Reflections of the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B 
You hear a voice speaking about a bird dragging its dark universe of feathers across your yard, and you realize it must be you
Thank you for Ryan Rodrick Beiler’s “Pro-Israeli, Pro-Palestinian, Pro-Jesus” (March 2015).
Thank you for publishing David P. Gushee’s “Tackling the Hard Questions” (January 2015).
In “A History of (Non)Violence” (March 2015), Lisa Sharon Harper provides important insights into how the word “violence” is sometimes misused. She’s right.
In “How to Overcome Evil” (December 2014), Jim Wallis covers the problems and politics that made such a thing as ISIS possible. He’s quite right: ISIS did not just pop up out of nowhere.

Web Extra

In recognition of National Poetry Month’s “Poetry in Our Pocket Day,” and in celebration of Sojourners’ historical love of poetry, our staff selected some favorite poems below. 
An interactive map showing Canadian mining locations.