November-December 1997

Cover Story

Fifty years of preparation for a future of faithfulness.
The inward-outward journey of Mary and Gordon Cosby. An Interview.
Mary Cosby tells the story of writing in her journal that Gordon "sauntered into his 80th year with a new call."


Redemption lies in the way of the cross.
"The Christian life--and especially the contemplative life--is a continual discovery of Christ in new and unexpected places." -- Thomas Merton, Trappist monk


The news is nothing but good on Wall Street, where life continues to be one wild, exciting ride.
Despite her insistence that things aren't the way they should be, Dorothy Day was intensely aware of beauty.
Despite her insistence that things aren't the way they should be, Dorothy Day was intensely aware of beauty.
We can call Mother Teresa saintly without also calling her a prophet.
NATO expansion a recipe for insecurity
Land mine ban moves forward--without the U.S.
Congress takes over the nation's capital.


St. Augustine said there is a God-shaped hole in the human spirit.
When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under...
For people in Shreveport, Louisiana, Christian Service (CS) represents different things.
For quite a few winters now, I have watched a great joy of mine turn slowly into sadness: No one writes letters anymore, a fact that is especially noticeable at Christmas card time.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NAFTA) has finally revealed which of the three astronauts was responsible for most of the trouble on board the space station Mir.
A unique faith community gathered recently in Washington, D.C., to celebrate its Silver Jubilee.

Culture Watch

The arts and the churches' vocation. Second of two parts.
The film industry and presidential violence.
Young girls tell of the Holocaust.
The defining cultural struggle of the early 21st century will be between the local and the global. This is already familiar ground in this column.
Checking out the fall TV line-up, I was overwhelmed with nostalgia when I saw that the Walt Disney Co.
Cuban music beats the embargo.
The subversive nature of oral history.


Starbucks workers in Vancouver, British Columbia, became the first employees in the 1,300-store coffee chain to unionize...
As part of a worldwide boycott of all old-growth redwood products, the World Stewardship Institute is urging faith communities to ban the use of redwood in the construction of worship facilities.
I READ DUANE Shank's commentary in the September-October 1997 Sojourners and my feeling is that it is a balanced, fair presentation that raises honest issues...
THERE HAVE BEEN many times over the many years of my membership in Sojourners that I have almost written—articles that moved, inspired, amused, or delighted me.
Michael Kelly, the editor of The New Republic, was fired by Martin Peretz, the owner of the magazine.
I WAS VERY, very pleased with "Turning the World Upside Down," by Aaron Gallegos, in the September-October 1997 issue.
Proper preparation for the incarnation does not include counting down the remaining shopping days 'til Christmas.
IN SCOTT ROBINSON'S "Where Have all the Choirs Gone?", the author makes the same mistake that most people make when defending the conservation of all things old and traditional.
A Peruvian school teaches possibility.
People of faith generally applauded the Republican leadership's backing of the Freedom From Religious Persecution Act.
YOUR EDITORIAL ON Promise Keepers prompted me to respond with some very strong negative feelings that I have about this increasingly popular men's organization.
A WORD OF thanks for the timely article on Miriam Therese Winter ("From the Inside Out," by Julie Polter and Anne Wayne, July-August 1997).
The debate about the place of religion in the public sphere continues to be played out in all aspects of our society, even on the fields of America's national pastime, baseball.
AS YOU SAY in your explanation about Sojourners, "We refuse to separate personal faith from social justice...."
During the early '70s, some of the people involved with the founding of Sojourners Community and magazine went on a road trip from Chicago  to Washington, D.C.
THANK YOU FOR Raphaelle Kosek's poem "What Van Gogh Saw," which was presented so effectively against the blue background of his self-portrait ("Poetry," July-August 1997).
But there is hope in working together.