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Sojourners Magazine: September-October 1994

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A sign of transformation in a world that isn't working.


Feminist theology seeks unity in diversity
Bruce Cockburn's songs of subversion


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Indonesia’s brutal 19-year occupation of East Timor has caused the deaths of one-third of the island’s population—some 200,000 people—and shows no sign of letting up soon.
Labor Day is usually remembered more for the fun things you do on a day off than for the workers it honors.
Labor Day: Justice. Workers. Solidarity. Sweat of the brow. Sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. Or...Picnics. Beaches. Hot dogs. TV telethons.
Four women sit, faces buried deeply in their hands, visibly anguished.
Imagine the situation if Jimmy Carter had not gone to North Korea this summer, and if Kim Il Sung’s death had come in the midst of a still-escalating crisis.


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I’m not sure why I turned on the television that Friday night. Mountains stand between me and most airwaves, and my old TV set tunes into only two channels.
People don’t always say what they mean (I meant to say that). And this past summer brought several examples of the daily "little white lies" we tell each other.
As I yelled at Melissa and Gabriel for disobeying, a terrible contradiction flashed before me, but I beat it down, intent on winning this battle of wits.
Rufina Amaya is one of the few survivors of the 1981 massacre in the Salvadoran village of El Mozote.
It’s hot. The yard needs mowing—the grass is so tall I have to wear rubber boots in the morning dew.

Culture Watch

When gangs become family.
1994 thus far has been a momentous summer.
The truth of one's own life.
The civil rights struggle goes Cuban
The value of continuing dialogue.


"I am mooring my rowboat at the dock of the island called God." —Anne Sexton The Awful Rowing Toward God
REFERRING TO JULIE Polter’s Commentary, "Ending Welfare as We Know It," in your July 1994 issue, I’m disappointed that no one seems to be focusing on one very basic flaw in the current
The value of a faith-based community in children’s lives cannot be overestimated.
THE FEATURE ARTICLES IN the July 1994 issue on "Why I Stay in the Church," by Rosemary Radford Ruether and Richard Rohr, while providing many insights, were not real helpful.
Every so often, movements and communities, churches and societies (and individuals), need to pause and assess who they are and how to move forward. Hard questions must be asked.
In September the ordered world of Proverbs and James is read against the cross of Mark’s world.
One congregation's environmental program.
WHEN CHRIST DIED on the cross, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom.
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ROSEMARY Radford Ruether’s eloquent article about the ingrained fallibilities of the organized church ("Why I Stay in the Church," July 1994) warns us that when we think we can encompass Go
I’LL BET YOU HEAR from a lot of old Student Christian Movement types who recognized the Robert Hodgell woodcut print on page 19 of the July 1994 issue, labeled "Artist unknown." In the 
AFTER READING THE excellent article "Faithful to the Word," by William Stringfellow, I found recognizable Christian theology on the pages of my Sojourners. Tragically, the preponderance o
DAVID BREMER and Ched Myers make the case ("The Flutter of History," July 1994) that Wim Wenders' films, especially "Wings of Desire" and "Faraway So Close," are profound theological meditations fr