May-June 2003

Cover Story

Our jails overflow with nonviolent drug offenders. Have we reached the point where the drug war causes more harm than the drugs themselves?
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.

Feature

The persecuted peacemakers of the Colombian churches
Exploring social change on the stage, street, and classroom.
Preparing Christian agents of urban change.
Integrating justice in all fields of study.
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."
Building international and cross-cultural knowledge.
Sometimes the best art isn't at all beautiful.
Beyond community service, colleges educate for social change.

Commentary

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

Columns

Into the formless void comes the "night of the spirit."
What would Jesus do? Turn the police horses into bunnies.
by: Ed Spivey
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.
Nine polite, well-dressed men and women walked into the Catonsville, Maryland, draft board office May 17, 1968, tussled briefly with staff members there...
The movement needs a good mix tape.
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
Be careful when you opt to wander off the beaten path; what you come across might change your direction altogether.
On Feb. 9, 2003, Orion magazine took out a full-page advertisement on page five of The New York Times.
It's hard to imagine a noteworthy book about the civil rights movement that doesn't include the powerful ingredients of religion and faith. 
The ability to laugh, we know, is vital. To do so in the midst of terror and anxiety is even more important.

Departments

Eighty-six human rights advocates from across the United States were tried in January and February in federal court for nonviolent civil disobedience
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.
To submit a non-commercial notice for "Connections," e-mail manuscripts@ sojo.net (with "Connections" in the subject line), or write to "Connections," Sojourners, 2401 15th St.
It's ironic that peace often brings strife.
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.
WILLIAM H. GATES Sr. and Chuck Collins are clear and persuasive in their January-February article "Tax the Rich?" 
WHILE I AM sympathetic to the general point Gerald W.
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.
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.
Pro-life demonstrators protested the D.C. government's use of surveillance cameras during the January March for Life
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?
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.
Healing Hope. Family members of Sept. 11 victims traveled on a peace mission to Iraq in January.
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.
When public high schools opened their doors last fall, military recruiters lined up to get personal student data.
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the article by Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall ("With Weapons of the Will," September-October 2002).
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 years activists have called attention to the plight of the Palestinians through protests, teach-ins, and seminars.
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.

Discussion Guide

A Discussion Guide for May-June 2003 Sojourners

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