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Sojourners Magazine: November 2017

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As people of faith, what is our responsibility to girls and young women who suffer abuse, lash out, and wind up in prison? In the eyes of the criminal justice system, these girls are violent criminals who get what they deserve. But, as Jenna Barnett reminds us in our cover story, no one is ever beyond our compassion and "nobody is the worst thing they have ever done."

Cover Story

We preach compassion for girls who endure abuse and trauma, but what about when those same girls commit crimes?
Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, and the future of juvenile justice.


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A resurgence of Indigenous identity and activism invites repentance and response from the descendants of European settlers--including Christians.
Credit: Jake Holschuh
As the Trump administration continues its attacks against immigrants, churches offer sanctuary, and more, to those under threat.


We must have confidence that we can achieve a nuclear-free world.
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How interfaith investors are matching money with morality
By 2030, half of the Latinos in the U.S. will be Protestant.

Culture Watch

Waltrina Middleton has found a way to harness the power of pain.
The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, by Lauren Markham. Crown.
When the English Fall: A Novel, by David Williams. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World, Edited by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Jann Aldredge-Clanton. Judson Press.
The way to deal with the legacy of slavery and the Confederacy is not to honor it or to erase it, but to fully and honestly recognize it.
Steven Soderbergh hits the mark between red-blue reconciliation and comedy.
In Times Like These, by Rev. Sekou featuring Luther and Cody Dickinson. Zent Records.


What is our responsibility to girls and young women who suffer abuse, lash out, and wind up in prison?
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Letters to the Editor
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A


A scholar and a recent Netflix comedy both tackle the question.
Funny Business by Ed Spivey Jr.
We need to learn from the evil of U.S. slavery and the lie of racial superiority that is still with us.
It's hard to hear with the devil tweeting in your ear.