November 1994

Cover Story

The majority of Generation X Latinos perceive that our faith sects (both Catholic and Protestant) have little to say about the issues that affect us most: technology-induced future shock, a nati
Christian Twenty Somethings Challenge the Stereotypes.
To be a married couple in our 20s and Christian means exploring options and making choices for our future together. One of these choices is a commitment to intentional community.
The Body of Christ is the incarnation
We all need, even crave, a way to make sense of our lives and to bring unity to our daily existence.
Bitter and burnt-out is a wonderful way to gain a new outlook on life.
"Peace is our Profession" proclaims the billboard at the gate of the Air Force base where I was born in 1966.
Permeated by its own brand of consumerism, church-ianity force-feeds me a conditional message, requiring my allegiance to authority and beliefs, and masks it all as "faith."
Sometimes I feel as though I do not have time for God. In some ways, this is the legacy that has been passed on to my generation.
I grew up in rural Mississippi, a black girl who lived "out in the booneys," fairly isolated from peers outside school.
On a cold, piney evening last November on the Day of the Dead, residents of the Guatemalan town of Santiago were holding a night-long vigil in the town cemetery.
I think our ability to trust blindly has been forever hampered.
It’s not that we’re whiny. We’re cynical and isolated.
Faith is for me a mix of intellect straining to understand God, my senses, and what Van Morrison calls "the inarticulate speech of the heart." Music, the water and mountains of my Puget Sound ho
I have grown weary of the stereotypes and false representation of my generation—a generation that (believe it or not) gives me great hope.
When I first heard the phrase "Generation X," I thought it was in reference to a new generation of black youth who were moved to thought, dialogue, and action...
The fax machine said, White. Whiner.
This radical Jesus, this social gospel, this promise of liberation are always and forever in the back of my mind.
I have learned to be content with whatever I have.—Philippians 4:11


Across the country, the Religious Right has showed its strength in a remarkable series of recent victories. 
by: Jim Rice
MINNEAPOLIS-An early hint of the Christian Right's resurgence in electoral politics came in the Minnesota spring caucuses.
The parallel stories of biblical and contemporary women.
The Christian Right makes its bid for the political mainstream.
by: Jim Rice


The real story at the U.N. conference on population and development in Cairo this fall was the unprecedented emphasis on the empowerment of women.
A tense, cautious hope for a peaceful future in Northern Ireland emerged with the cease-fire called on August 31 by the Irish Republican Army...
Our faith has to be alive and light fires within our confused and fragile hearts or it is as meaningless as yesterday’s E-mail.
The occupation of Haiti marks a new, hopeful era in U.S. relations with our neighbors in this hemisphere, signaling the birth of the "Clinton Doctrine"...
by: Jim Rice


We started at the beginning, with Eve.
What if, in front of the whole world, the U.S. pledged unequivocal U.S. support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti?
It started with the kind of silence that makes a parent sit bolt upright in his bed; an unnatural awakening, a feeling of something wrong.
by: Ed Spivey
Someday I would like to see a cranberry harvest: crimson fruit floating on flooded coastal fields, skimmed off like a school of tropical fish.
"And so the disciples returned to their own homes..." —John 20:10

Culture Watch

Discerning abuse and recovery.
A novel of political and personal transformation.
A Conversation with musician T Bone Burnett
The generation that is -- maybe.


For many religious peace and justice organizations, the invited invasion of Haiti has posed a dilemma: a clash between the commitment to nonviolence and the hunger for justice.
Meeting the heart and soul of development
ALAN THEIN DURNING’S article, "Consumption" (August 1994) touches on one of the great challenges facing our society, and each of us individually.
I’M VERY EXCITED about the two superb cover articles in your July 1994 issue by Rosemary Radford Ruether ("Why I Stay in the Church") and Richard Rohr, O.F.M. ("Holy Fools")!
THANK YOU SO much for the fantastic commentary on East Timor by Aaron Gallegos ("A Light on East Timor," September-October 1994).
God is working God’s purpose out/As year succeeds to year...
I WRITE TO OFFER comfort and encouragement to Jonathan R. Anderson, whose thoughts in the "Close to Home" column struck a deep and resonant chord with my own experience.
An ad hoc group of Sojourners staffers in their 20s spent many long afternoon meetings brainstorming, arguing, shuffling through essays, and wrangling toward consensus to produce our cover feature...
THE AUGUST 1994 commentary by Jim Rice, "Too Many People?" accuses the Roman Catholic Church of opposing all forms of family planning. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Harvesting Occasions of Grace
THE "CLOSE TO HOME" column, August 1994, by Marybeth Shea, touched a chord in an old memory of mine.
WHEN I SAW the cover of the July 1994 issue, it stopped me cold.
WE ALL SHOULD be grateful for the August 1994 issue ("Too Many People?") ad-dressing the problems of overpopulation, overconsumption, and overuse of the planet.
I TOO SEE THE South African experience of the last months as cause for great celebration and hope.