May-June 1995

Cover Story

Developing a common agenda to make abortion rare.


Evangelicals build bridges for racial reconciliation.
Chiapas unrest is international in scope.
Healing in the presence of God and community.
Murder victims' families stand against the death penalty.
Will progressive evangelicals please stand up and be counted?


Can the words "Christian" or "faith" appear in proximity to political issues? And if they do, what should they mean?
Can Christians learn how to disagree without being disagreeable? As we enter the political arena, can we learn to differ without trashing those who disagree with us?
In the early days of the Gulf war, ABC's Nightline took a break from round-the-clock coverage of lit-up skies and talking dignitaries and shifted its attention to MTV...
Oregon voters approved Measure 16, becoming the first state to permit physicians legally to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill persons who have less than six months to live.


About five years ago, when my husband and I were hosting a gathering from our parish, a member of the group made a comment that caused me to flush with humiliation and anger.
'Yesterday, it was like fire on glass," says Mary Etta of the sunrise we missed. We had missed them all.
Europe once fought a war for 100 years. For the first 100 days of the new Republican-controlled Congress, another war took place on Capitol Hill, and now promises to continue.
I remember the moment when, as a new apprentice in a retreat center's vegetarian kitchen, I spotted the shelf of nuts in the storeroom.
"A group of women who have had abortions will be meeting" read the sign on the women's room wall. Immediately I knew I wanted to go. But why? I had never had an abortion.
Recently, some spots on my face were diagnosed not as the distinctive markings of a rare intellect-which I had assumed them to be-but as a precancerous skin malady.

Culture Watch

The popular music world was abuzz in 1994 when a recording of music 15 centuries old (and recorded over the last two decades) ended up a big seller for the year.
Twentysomethings' activism on campus.
Building hope in the inner city of Boston
The tribulation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The balance of rights and responsibilities.
The heart of Michael Lerner's vision
Star Trek's journey continues
It's tough to be a conspiracy nut these days, because the conspiratorial worldview has gone positively mainstream. Nobody's sure anymore who's a nut and who's not.
Warren McCleskey's final statement set to music.
Frank Peretti and popular Christian fiction.


Reflections on the common lectionary (May 7 - June 25, 1995)
Both the consistent life ethic and biblical feminism are foundational principles for Sojourners.
Both the consistent life ethic and biblical feminism are foundational principles for Sojourners.
The Right's Strange Bunkmates
Anathoth Community Farms gives roots to activists resisting ELF.