November 2008

Cover Story

A guide to the issues -- just in time for the elections.
Once thought to be in the pocket of the Religious Right, many American evangelicals today are discovering a deeper understanding of what it means to be pro-life.

Feature

Books that traverse the terrain of war and peace, faith and family, and continents and cultures.
Mary Doria Russell, author of the best-selling books The Sparrow and Children of God, tells Sojourners about her disciplines -- in her spiritual life and in her writing -- and how she makes friends with her characters.
Classic books on science fiction and spirituality.
Uwem Akpan, a Jesuit from Nigeria, tells stories about Africa through its children, creating rich and complex characters that capture the heartbreaking realities of growing up in the midst of war and poverty.

Commentary

Catholic social teaching and gun control.
Politics and storytelling.
Wall Street's collapse is the logical consequence of the economic philosophy that governs America.

Columns

Editor’s Note: Okay, Ed, the lawyer has finished looking through your column to make sure it’s totally nonpartisan and that it doesn’t favor or oppose either candidate.
by: Ed Spivey
10 issues to consider in casting a ballot.

Culture Watch

For 500 years, Western culture, for better or worse, was formed by its books.

Departments

Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for November.
She consoles me as I meditate before Mass—Julian of Norwich, that is, who says, “We are clothed, wrapped in the goodness of God.”
God is always on the side of the marginalized, the people who are the weakest and poorest.
There is a reason we don’t have universal health care, and it’s not because we lack compassion for the sick.
The article by Elizabeth Edwards (“Heal Thyself?”) raises troubling questions regarding the path to a just system of health care in this country.
I read with great interest Elizabeth Edwards’ piece on health care (“Heal Thyself?” August 2008).

Web Extra

After reading our interview with award-winning novelist Mary Doria Russ
Once thought to be in the pocket of the Religious Right, many American evangelicals today are discovering that to be pro-life is to be pro-everyone's-life.

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