November-December 1995

Cover Story

What it takes to restore a functioning democracy.
Practicing the Art of Active Citizenship
Resources for further action
Organizing for people-based politics.
What campaign money buys, and who it sells out.
Dilemmas of insider access.
Democracy's history is one of perseverance.
How money determines policy.
Challenging the newest barrier to the right to vote.
Stopping the sellout of democracy--before it's too late.
The blurring lines between Pat Robertson's money and politics.


Two decades of struggle in East Timor has made friends and enemies.
Ten years of Sojourners interns.
A conversation with Daniel Berrigan


O.J.Simpson and Louis Farrakhan are as contradictory figures as two people could be.
No matter what religious tradition one is part of, the grim cycle of violence and counterviolence that has gone on for more than three years in the former Yugoslavia indicts us all...
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Calvin Klein Inc., no stranger to the racy or randy, has shocked America over the past decade with its persistent testing of our moral consciousness.


By now you're probably pretty tired of reading about money and politics, and all the other serious stuff we've packed into this thought-provoking 100-page issue.
by: Ed Spivey
Last spring, Sojourners helped to mobilize a broad group of evangelical, pentecostal, black, Catholic, and mainline Protestant leaders to offer a visible alternative to the Religious Right.
"Can we make this a ritual?" my then-9-year-old niece asked me.
Every year, at our family reunion, one more seat of memories and laughter is empty.

Culture Watch

Books for children on a nonviolent path
Gang members and the question of God
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Secrets of the American West
The experiment of nonviolence.
The hottest trend in kids' entertainment
When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city quake.
Music from the heartland.
FIVE MINUTES BEFORE soccer practice starts, four or five kids sit in the corner of the field, passing cards back and forth and negotiating trades.
Missioning in the midst of war in El Salvador.


Community for a dying friend
Challenging the World Bank and IMF
You can get so used to seeing something that you forget to question why it is there. This is often the case with the role of money in the American political system.
NEW TECHNOLOGY, according to the commentary "" (by Bob Sabath, September-October 1995), is "helping people find each other, build relationships, and work together toward common dr
May Sarton-poet, novelist, feminist, journal keeper, and Sojourners member-died this summer at the age of 83 (see "May Sarton: Years of Praise," September-October 1995).
Reflections on the revised common lectionary (November 5 - December 24)