November-December 1996

Cover Story

A quarter century with Sojourners


As told to Rose Marie Berger
It's 4:20 p.m. I'm standing over the Olympic soccer stadium in Sarajevo. From one goal post to the other are graves-headstones of various sizes and shapes, most unmarked.
The gift and struggle of Henri Nouwen's life
Henri Nouwen's journey home
IT WAS A WONDERFUL sunny Sunday morning in June 1996. In high spirits our group left the Franciscan monastery at Rama, in central Bosnia, to drive to the small mountain village of Podhum.
I especially remember one visit among many to Sojourners by Henri Nouwen.


Kevorkian's caricature of mercy
Conspiracy buffs couldn't have concocted a more compelling story.
by: Jim Rice
A new measure of economic growth
Opening church doors to street youth
Netanyahu undercuts the peace process
The irreplaceable voice of Daughters of Sarah.


What time-honored edible has all of the following: the warmth and comfort of hot bread; the fragrance of a baking cake; the staying power of potatoes and gravy
It feels "normal" again in Atlanta, whatever that means.
"Death sucks." Five years ago this was the opening of a eulogy by a minister for a mutual friend who died tragically.
A recent survey, taken in a school for upper-middle-class American children, surfaced a startling statistic.
I'm beginning this column at about 30,000 feet, en route to Akron, Ohio. We're doing the Who Speaks for God?

Culture Watch

Baking bread the Jesuit way
Martin Luther King's challenge to injustice
The gentle power of Carrie Newcomer
Kathleen Norris' monastic reflections
The most relevant novel of our time is a 40-year-old fantasy
The public beliefs of Ralph Reed and Tony Campolo
A Tribute to Bill Monroe
Finding just the right gift for holiday pleasure
Hammering down the non-conformist in Harriet the Spy.
by: Ed Spivey


When a beloved person dies abruptly, first the bad news flies, short and rending.
The Pentagon snuck out an admission that the students at the notorious School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, once used manuals advocating torture, assassination, and kidnapping as t
Inspiring the faithful to be the "moral locomotive for social change."
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the archbishop of Chicago, has announced that the cancer he was treated for in June 1995 has returned.
WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT to see-in the same issue with Jim Wallis' article on civility in political discourse-the attack by Wallis on Clinton's decision to sign the welfare bill.
by: Karl Hess
Volunteer Opportunities
Tibetan Aid Project. Manufacturing Consent. Against Forgetting.
Some are calling it "a pivotal moment." Others have labeled it "flawed and dangerous."
AFTER READING Ed Spivey Jr.'s "H'rumphs," September-October 1996, I am disturbed by his "tongue in cheek" endorsement of Bill Clinton for re-election as president.
Baby don't cry:
Seventy-five years after its creation, a statue of suffragists Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton will at long last join the all-male statuary of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda...
MY SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER Sojourners arrived today, and as usual there was plenty to think about.
by: John Jago
DOUG TANNER'S account of becoming "spiritual partners" with Jesse Helms ("Politics Without Demons," September-October 1996) is notable for its Christian forbearance toward an enemy.
When a beloved person dies abruptly, first the bad news flies, short and rending.
THANKS TO Bert Golding, David Pultz, and Joel Swadesh for writing to protest your harsh criticism of President Clinton's veto of (legislation restricting) third-trimester abortion.
THE ARTICLE "From the Church to the Union Hall" ends with the words, "...for surely, in new ways and new places, the songs of working people will rise again."
I LOVE YOUR magazine and have read it "religiously" for years. In the September-October issue ("Our Unresolved Dilemma"), Sen.
Organizing to narrow the gap between rich and poor in America
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary
ONE MIGHT THINK from the "Letters" section of the September-October issue that there was overwhelming opposition to Julie Polter's commentary on partial birth abortions. 
by: Mike Gude
THERE ARE THREE big lies about welfare that the Far Right has promoted for decades: