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Sojourners Magazine: November 2016

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We shouldn't take our participation in elections for granted, Jim Wallis reminds us in our cover story this month. While no political party, ideology, or candidate has a corner on the truth, election results have a huge effect on issues like racial justice, immigration, climate change, and other issues that deeply affect the lives of the "least of these." Citing tactics such as gerrymandering and new voter-ID laws that have deliberately made it harder for poor people and minorities to cast a ballot, Wallis calls on all Christians to see attacks on voting rights as "a fundamental moral issue, not just a political one."

Cover Story

Jim Crow's five-point plan for the 21st century. 


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... and other phrases Monica Coleman thinks the church should erase from its vocabulary. 
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Absent a social revolution, reducing the demand for abortion is the only meaningful path forward.
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Ever wonder why things in the local mall are so cheap? Prison labor may be part of the answer.
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Lessons from Desmond Tutu on working for justice and waiting for God. 


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The question is not if we will abolish the death penalty, but when.
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A Korean American on filling in the gaps of our collective history. 
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The election of our first black president shone a light on racism. Is it misogyny's time next?

Culture Watch

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People are creatively digging into justice issues while celebrating food as a gift. 
Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith, by D.L. Mayfield. HarperOne.
The Secret Chord
The Secret Chord: A Novel, by Geraldine Brooks. Penguin Books. 
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she: robed and wordless, by Lou Ella Hickman. Press 53. 
Roger Ailes helped give us a world in which people are entitled not just to their own opinion, but to their own facts. 
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Four November culture recommendations from our editors. 
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Hell or High Water is a great American film because it reaches into the past and says something new, something that might help us live better.


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Letters to the editors from Sojourners readers
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Reflections of the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycles C & A 


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The moral of the story? We're working on it. 
Indigenous people have been at the forefront - all over the world - of the fight for a sane environmental future. 
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 It is time for Sojourners to issue a clear endorsement of one candidate, regardless of the consequences.
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People of faith, like the country, are divided politically as to who and what will best serve the range of issues we care about.