May-June 2000

Cover Story

Jubilee 2000 has surprised people with its phenomenal success. A look at how and why it caught fire - and what's around the bend.
The Jubilee 2000/USA campaign
Church leaders came together to declare widespread poverty 'morally unacceptable.' And they promised to do something about it.


Honorable work and restful renewal are both aspects of responsibility.
Together Palestinian and Israeli activists fight 'functional apartheid' in the West Bank.
But does it have to COST SO MUCH!?
Steps to getting the funeral you want and can afford.
Pocket Canons are the most radical approach to the Bible since Gutenberg. Or at least Ginsberg.
The power of ministering to the bereaved.
Adapted from the Free Time/Free People Campaign statement.


The battle over who owns the Net rages on.
Family farms---and farmers---are looking different these days.
You can't be laid off for bad genes. Can you?
Benetton's ads open eyes. Can they say lives?
China is the current battleground---as Seattle was last fall---over the rules of global trade.
Missile defense: the wrong path to security.


Youthful idealism can grow into life-long commitment to justice.
The Covenant to Overcome Poverty is as simple as it is potentially life-changing.
Wherever self-censorship rules, a real debate is not taking place.
There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to begin a sentence with a really bad cliche. This is one of those times. You see, words are not coming easy to me these days.

Culture Watch

E-commerce guerrillas are the direct descendants of Abbie Hoffman.
Scripted hope in The West Wing.
A prophetic voice in the Christian pop wilderness.
Sorting out justice in South Africa.
Breaking our deadly addiction to advertising.
Vassar Miller is the Emily Dickinson of the 20th century.
Ambivalence as a religious virtue?
Native struggles for environmental justice.


SOJOURNERS IS ALWAYS "on target" in challenging us to be peacemakers, but the January-February 2000 issue is stunning! Thank you for each article.
JIM WALLIS VIVIDLY recalls the optimism at the ecumenical "Call to Jubilee" service on the eve of the WTO conference ("Seattle: Changing the Rules," March-April 2000).
Two Guatemalan military officers have been arrested and charged with the April 1998 murder of Catholic bishop and human rights advocate Juan Jose Gerardi.
THANK YOU FOR the subscription to Sojourners.
Coming together to say no to poverty.
JUST WHEN I THOUGHT Sojourners had gotten to the mountaintop in articles and analysis of truth and gets better.
IN RESPONSE TO Rose Marie Berger’s "Why I’m Walking to Work Tomorrow" (January-February 2000), I ask: What will it take for us to slow down and take a good, hard look at what we’re doing?
I’m sorry to sound cynical, but as Gil Scott-Heron rapped long ago, "the revolution will not be televised." 
Very soon now the light shall die.
A rag-tag movement of churches, development organizations, and trade unions...
A new report shows that the current economic boom is not finding its way to the collection plate.
I WANTED TO THANK you for Ted Parks’ thoughtful article about our beloved City of the Angels Film Festival ("Strange Bedfellows," March-April 2000).
I FOUND HELENE SLESSAREV’S article "Saul Alinsky Goes to Church" (March-April 2000) interesting because the situation in the United Kingdom is very different.
While the U.S.-backed sanctions against Iraq continue to devastate that country, a growing clamor of voices is rising up in opposition
I didn’t follow the holy man around
The U.S. prison population passed the two million mark in February, provoking vigils and protests in more than 40 U.S. cities.
Bringing people together.
THE JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2000 issue’s theme of "Ethics and the Bottom Line" brought to mind the different standards of accountability for the business and the nonprofit sectors.
I WAS GREATLY heartened to read Ched Myers’ account of a people’s Bible reading, motivated by a commitment to transformation and accepting of diverse readings.
Defying the assumption that Serbs and ethnic Albanians are incapable of peaceful coexistence, leaders of the religious communities of Kosovo issued a common statement for reconciliation.
For around $2,500 you too can be a DJ in the micro-radio revolution.