November-December 1998

Cover Story

Office of Interfaith Relations at the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
How Christians and Muslims navigate the road ahead will have profound consequences for both communities--and for the world.
The image of Islam in American pop culture.


Spencer Perkins' long road to reconciliation.
Spencer Perkins showed us what reconciliation looks like.
The book of Isaiah is like a great fugue, always advancing to fresh statements, at the same time continually returning to pick up and restate themes already sounded.
Or does diversity enrich our new 'creaturehood'?
Bethel New Life creates a place for God's people on Chicago's West Side.
Reconciliation, forgiveness, and the pursuit of justice.


Advent, incarnation, and the daily news.
A biblical reflection on public lies.
The systematic cruelty behind Sudan's suffering.
Moral authority and human rights.
The U.S. government is telling us that we have entered a new war, one that may last for years, even decades. If that is so, we are beginning with the wrong strategy.


Sometimes self-knowledge can be gleaned from the most unlikely of sources. From a glimpse of sunset, or a chance reading of a poem. Or, say, from a 14-year-old Japanese girl.
Many of those present for Bill Clinton’s prayer breakfast repentance were moved. Unlike his August 17 address to the nation, this speech was contrite enough to convince.
For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish.
Film stardom is an elusive dream for most, including even yours truly, whom many have credited with talents well-suited for the big screen.
by: Ed Spivey
Ecology does not begin and end with the human, but it certainly includes us. All other beings share the planet and the cosmos with us, and we with them.

Culture Watch

A graphic portrayed of mythic proportions.
A spectre is haunting Europe...." So begins The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Those words were true when The Manifesto first appeared in 1848.
What makes raising kids so tough?
An inordinate number of family members, friends, and friends’ family members have died in the last month.
Veterans look at the reality of war.
A new view of the 23rd Psalm.
Christian education and everyday life.
Faith in the age of excellence.
Growing in traditions of living water.
A novel approach to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
One key criteria in selecting Christian education curricula, as this article outlines, is the relating of theological thought and everyday experiences.


National Summit on the Churches and Welfare Reform.
For many Christian churches, having women in pastoral leadership is the norm. For a Catholic parish in New York, it’s apparently a firing offense.
by: Jim Rice
Carver at market speaks to a tourist Luanda, Angola
What if they gave a protest and nobody came? The organizer of a new Web site wants to make sure that doesn’t happen, and so has launched Protest.Net (www.
by: Jim Rice
Lt. William Calley was convicted for his role in leading the 1968 massacre of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. His conviction was later overturned by Judge Robert Elliott.
by: Jim Rice
The former owners of a nuclear processing plant in Pennsylvania were ordered by a federal jury to pay $36.5 million in damages for a rash of cancer cases near the plant.
by: Jim Rice
Letters and loans help survivors of genocide rebuild their lives.
The terrorist bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the subsequent U.S.