November 2011

Cover Story

For 40 years, Sojourners has been fighting the good fight. Where do we go from here?


The 10-year pop culture love affair with Harry Potter leaves questions at the crux.
Ten books on the shelf of one of our most respected biblical scholars.
Largest U.S. climate action says no to pipeline.
An evangelical scholar looks at Sojourners' role in evangelical social justice.
How to deepen our spirituality, one step at a time.
Seminaries train pastors on how to read the Bible. But those tools often don't reach people in the pews.
When spurred on by God and conscience, there's no telling what trouble you might get into.


Doomsday threats and Wall Street influence erode U.S. government for the people.
Glenn Beck's exploitative event in Israel ignored justice and U.S. public opinion.
The Housing First approach to homelessness is more humane -- and cheaper -- than older models.


Fortunately, 40 is the new 34, or in my case, 38.
The Oslo shooter took inspiration from America's own anti-Muslim rightists.
People of faith, at our best, are the ultimate independents.

Culture Watch

Why are we still sinking in health-care induced debt?


Re: “Men Behaving Badly” (by Jim Wallis, August 2011): I recall the story of King David and Bathsheba.
Reflections on the Common Lectionary.
As a teacher for the Chicago Public Schools, I found your decision to run an advertisement from (September-October 2011) troubling.
Thank you for the interview with Rep. Walter Jones, “A Convert to Peace” (September-October 2011). Our government is truly disappointing in these past years and cynicism is rampant.
Gene Luen Yang’s otherwise enjoyable “Telling the Old, Old Story” (September-October 2011) inaccurately states that Moses was set on a river in a reed basket “to escape a besieged city.” Exodus clearly indicates that Moses’ family was trying to save him from Pharaoh’s decree that all male Hebrew
1. What led you to start an intentional community ministering to gang members? Gangs have a really strong sense of community: They fight and die for their homies and they support each other. Other programs offer job skills or anger management, but don’t offer community.
Claire Lorentzen’s article against the ROTC (“Studying War More?” September-October 2011) is intolerant. Not needing a military at all is a pipe dream. Nobody is forced to join ROTC. I have been in combat under various types of officers.
We all knew it would come. Someday. Always later.Mañana. It comes for us all. Sure. Of course. We know that. Someday.Mañana.