November 2013

Cover Story

Corporations are trying to buy up our water supply—and sell it back to us at a premium. Why it matters, and how consumer groups and faith communities are fighting back.


A pastor's journey of trust in the face of doubt.
IN FRANCE, about 70 percent of water services are privatized. French corporations continue to vie for control of the global water supply.
One minister's effort to keep the Anacostia River "baptizable."


These manufactured crises show how much our politics could use a dose of moral sanity.
Is the NRA preventing the U.S. from regulating the international arms trade?
John Howard Yoder's history as an abuser clouds his legacy.


The words of Jesus are either authoritative for us or they are not.
How did a skinny, shy, middle-class Indian come to lead one of history's great liberation struggles?
I watched the police toss Steve, age 70, into the crowd behind me.
Domestic space flight is an idea whose time has come.
"The alternative—not having negotiations—is guaranteed to fail."

Culture Watch

Breaking the Line by Simon & Schuster / Moved by the Spirit by USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture / The Adventists 2 by Journey Films / A Maryknoll Liturgical Year by Judy Coode and Kathy McNeely
Why are blockbuster movies so bad at imagining life after the end of the world?
JFK's assasination provides us with lessons about the dangers of secret wars and unaccountable power.
The makers of The Butler have told a kind of truth about the struggle for "beloved community" that has rarely been seen so clearly on multiplex screens.
Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. Simon & Schuster.
Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and its Relevance Today. Strategic Book Publishing.
Baseball as a Road to God. Gotham Books.


Be the pulse driven from a broken shell.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
“Overcoming Violent Fundamentalism” (July 2013), by Jim Wallis, is an excellent article.
I liked David Gushee’s article “Mr.
I was appalled to read about Liberty University’s program where they train drone “pilots” for the U.S.
Thanks so much to Rose Berger and her article “‘Why Are White People S
I find Rose Marie Berger’s “'Why Are White People So Mean?'

Web Extra

An interview with "Rev. Riverkeeper" Dottie Yunger
"Not all who wander are lost."—J.R.R. Tolkien
Dottie Yunger puts her faith into action as the Anacostia Riverkeeper.
God's word is rich with images of water. Drink up.