May-June 2003

Cover Story

A conservative Republican asks: What would happen if there were no profit in drugs?
Drugs, race, and some pretty skewed numbers.
Over the years, churches have had a lot to say about alcohol and drug policy. Some of it has been helpful.
Our jails overflow with nonviolent drug offenders. Have we reached the point where the drug war causes more harm than the drugs themselves?


Sometimes the best art isn't at all beautiful.
Exploring social change on the stage, street, and classroom.
Beyond community service, colleges educate for social change.
Preparing Christian agents of urban change.
The Gallery at the American Bible Society in New York City recently presented "Reflections on Glass: 20th Century Stained Glass in American Art and Architecture."
Integrating justice in all fields of study.
Building international and cross-cultural knowledge.
The persecuted peacemakers of the Colombian churches


Will the AIDS initiative make a difference?
Is there anti-Semitism in the anti-war movement?
A powerful new tool for strengthening the mission of the church.
Why the penal system isn't colorblind.


Into the formless void comes the "night of the spirit."
What would Jesus do? Turn the police horses into bunnies.
The American-led war against Iraq has begun.
Working Assets colors outside the lines.

Culture Watch

The Mekons: Part of the chain of holy warriors.
It's hard to imagine a noteworthy book about the civil rights movement that doesn't include the powerful ingredients of religion and faith. 
Nine polite, well-dressed men and women walked into the Catonsville, Maryland, draft board office May 17, 1968, tussled briefly with staff members there...
Be careful when you opt to wander off the beaten path; what you come across might change your direction altogether.
The ability to laugh, we know, is vital. To do so in the midst of terror and anxiety is even more important.
Jonathan Schell, author of such highly acclaimed books as The Fate of the Earth and The Gift of Time, has now written perhaps his most important work
The movement needs a good mix tape.
On Feb. 9, 2003, Orion magazine took out a full-page advertisement on page five of The New York Times.


By the time you read this, the snow in Washington, D.C., will have melted, we think.
Despite Jesus' greeting to the disciples, the weeks following his resurrection are anything but peaceful for the struggling community.
It's ironic that peace often brings strife.
Pro-life demonstrators protested the D.C. government's use of surveillance cameras during the January March for Life
For years activists have called attention to the plight of the Palestinians through protests, teach-ins, and seminars.
The San Francisco-based Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance received a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight HIV/AIDS in Malawi, Africa.
IN THE March-April 2003 issue, there were many compelling arguments against the war in Iraq.
It's a partnership that reads like a parable: Invest some talents around springtime, trust the farmer to sow good seed, then bring home the harvest all summer long.
In January, Maine Interfaith Power and Light—an electricity-purchasing group rooted in the faith community—announced the availability of two green electricity options for homeowners in Maine.
For too long civic participation in the arts has been viewed as the domain of the wealthy, but a new study by the Urban Institute suggests otherwise.
Rachel Corrie, 23, of Olympia, Washington, was killed March 16 when she was run over by an Israeli military bulldozer, moments after the photo at right was taken.
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the article by Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall ("With Weapons of the Will," September-October 2002).
Eighty-six human rights advocates from across the United States were tried in January and February in federal court for nonviolent civil disobedience
Healing Hope. Family members of Sept. 11 victims traveled on a peace mission to Iraq in January.
WHILE I AM sympathetic to the general point Gerald W.
WILLIAM H. GATES Sr. and Chuck Collins are clear and persuasive in their January-February article "Tax the Rich?" 
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Two years of economic slowdown has pushed the number of unemployed to new heights worldwide, according to a recent study by the International Labor Office.
EvangeCube slaps the entire mystery of salvation on a Rubik-style cube, enabling instant conversions in friends, family, and neighbors. Flip one way and you'll see our fall from grace.
When public high schools opened their doors last fall, military recruiters lined up to get personal student data.
I STRONGLY agree with Gerald Schlabach's commentary ("We Pledge Allegiance...") on allegiance and the issue of loyalty—will it be to Jesus or to some political figure?

Discussion Guide

A Discussion Guide for May-June 2003 Sojourners