November 2014

Cover Story

Why powerful people are working to curtail voting rights in America (for certain people, that is). 

Feature

A look at three multiracial churches—and how they got that way. 
  As Christians concerned about peace and justice, this time of crisis in the Middle East provides us an opportunity to return to our principles, the “springs of living waters” for people of faith:
The oldest known redwood in the United States was a sapling during the Babylonian exile. Why trees should be part of Christian core curriculum. 

Commentary

Churches—like everybody else—needs accountability. 
Economics as if Values Mattered 
Even after the Ray Rice video, churches are in denial about sexual violence. 
Was the explosion in Ferguson a moment—or the begining of a movement? 

Columns

Where were the bugs? We were supposed to get lots of bugs. 
I eagerly await to see where the "rainbow generation" will take South Africa. 
Many of us are more comfortable on the plateau of rage or the plain of apathy. 
Hunkering down is deeply attractive, but we have work to do first. 

Culture Watch

Jesus appears on Adult Swim, as he did in Palestine, in a manner both obscure and mysterious.
Who are the people who understand the jargon and create the technology that defines our new digital age? 
The purpose of art is to help us live better. 
Chef, written and directed by Jon Favreau.  
Paternal Insights edited by Anderson Campbell / Sing Freedom by Robert F. Darden / In Between by finelinefilms.org / More than Metaphor edited by Shelia E. McGinn, Lai Ling Elizabeth Ngan, and Ahida Calderón Pilarski.       
Pilgrimage through Loss: Pathways to Strength and Renewal after the Death of a Child, by Linda Lawrence Hunt. Westminster John Knox Press. 
Forgive Us, by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah. 

Departments

Many thanks to Asra Q. Nomani for her excellent article “‘Get Them When They’re Young!’” in the August 2014 issue.
Thanks to Walter for this affirmation. Wink’s contribution was indeed enormous in my view and, in the end, well-received. After he was denied tenure, however, he could not find a job in the academy.
I was glad to see Bill Wylie-Kellermann’s tribute to Walter Wink (“Struggling to Become Human,” August 2014), but with one qualification.
Boys on a beach,women with cookpots,men bombing tender patches of mint.
Julie Polter (“The Rich Get Richer," August 2014) hits the nail right on the head, both in analysis of the issue and with her four policy suggestions.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A and B

Web Extra

A map depicting the lives lost at the hands of police brutality. 
A list of 5 fictional depictions of Jesus over the past few decades, including Adult Swim's Black Jesus.
A video on the way trees and plants communicate. 
Ryan Herring reads Langston Hughes' "Harlem" as photos of Ferguson are displayed.

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