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Sojourners Magazine: November-December 2000

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Cover Story

The real question is not whether religious values should help shape politics, but how.


The Broetjes had a crazy idea—to treat their workers like people.
What they're saying about the Human Genome Project.
"Jesus is bangala!" proclaims Rev.
The most effective Christian eco-groups are leaner and less hampered by unwieldy church bureaucracies.
An experimental summer camp brings children together with their dads--in prison.
The Earth may be the Lord's but we've trashed the place. The good news is that Christian attitudes toward the environment are changing.


U.N. inspections remain key to resolving the impasse.
Reaching Across the Barricades
Jerusalem's 'Sanctity' must be built on justice
What should we do with these Vatican documents?
On the campaign trail, populism's hot—but will it last?
I confess: I was a catalog girl who grew up to be a catalog woman.
How the church became entangled in death—and the way out.


Interstate 77 winds around the mountains of Bland County like lifelines on the palm of my hand. I cross through the Big Walker Mountain tunnel and know I am home.
Let the good times roll! President Bill Clinton was absolutely beaming as he reported the U.S. Census Bureau's annual poverty statistics.
Because our oldest daughter absolutely refuses to join the Merchant Marines after high school, she made me drive through New England this summer looking at prospective colleges.
A straight-shooting white friend once commented that whenever blacks and whites are together it's like there's a "big pile of poop in the middle of the room..."

Culture Watch

The Trappist's voice continues to resound.
Subtle details and weighty matters abound in Dar Williams' songs.
In the 19th century, with much sweat and blood, immigrant labor gangs pushed a railroad across the newly continental United States.
Weaving social engagement and spiritual practice.
Is true nonviolence possible only for Christians?
The consequences of globalization.


Bring poverty into the campaign.
THANKS VERY MUCH for your thoughtful, comprehensive treatment of the AIDS epidemic in Africa in your July-August 2000 issue.
I WOULD LIKE to respond to some of Ann McClenahan's concerns regarding the "simple living movement" ("Lives of Compassion and Meaning," July-August 2000).
As movements against the harmful effects of globalization are gaining strength in the United States, activists are increasingly outraged at some police behavior employed to control them.
Radical ecumenism in a land of strife.
ROSE MARIE BERGER'S Commentary "Conduct Unbecoming" (September-October 2000) was a provocative and thoughtful piece.
I HAVE BEEN a reader of your magazine for many years. I was therefore disturbed by Jim Rice's Commentary on the threat to U.S. workers...
On September 9, five Catholic nuns were arrested after entering Peterson Air Force Base, headquarters of the U.S. Space Command...
Full disclosure must be made: Cheryl and Ralph Broetje once sent us a box of apples after a visit to our office.
I AM AN EVANGELICAL who was raised in one of the "united" denominations. I made a real, conscious decision in my late teens to make that change.
The movement against land mines has achieved moderate success since the mine ban treaty became international law in March 1999.
RYAN BEILER'S Commentary "It's A Start" (July-August 2000) identified the members of the human family that were responsible for the IMF/World Bank protest in Seattle and D.C.
Despite presidential apologies and lip service to human rights, the Clinton administration continues to offer aid to the Guatemalan and Colombian militaries...
DANNY DUNCAN COLLUM'S article, "To the River Together" (July-August 2000) about his Springsteen concert experience with his young son was marvelous!
Employment Opportunities Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) seeks U.S.
DOROTHY DAY is fine where she is ("'Don't Call Me a Saint,'" by Rose Marie Berger, July-August 2000). Look what we've done to Francis of Assisi—he's ended up in a bird bath!
In August, the Chilean Supreme Court stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution for the kidnapping, torture, and murder of thousands of people during his 17-year rule.
Poetry is like prayer in that it is most effective in solitude and in the times of solitude as, for example, in the earliest morning. —Wallace Stevens
The caption on page 28 of our September-October 2000 issue failed to identify Sister Bernadette Kenny, MMM, who has worked with St.