September-October 1996

Cover Story

The spiritual challenge of building a new politics.


Church burnings and America's quest for racial healing.
Mixing religion with politics is nothing new.
How Jesse Helms became my spiritual partner.
An interview with Sen. Mark Hatfield.


El Salvador's peace still fragile.
The myths behind the Pentagon's billions.
Together, abortion adversaries seek real solutions.
How political fortunes change.
The call to Christian mentoring.
No easy road to Bosnian peace.


It may be the most creative thing that’s ever happened in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.
 At home, the best-known of Sojourners' Washington, D.C.-based ministries is the Sojourners Neighborhood Center, where Barb Tamialis has served as executive director and
A visit to the United Nations stimulates reflections and emotions regarding humanity's striving for community.
An article on breakfast about did me in for reading any more words on what's new, healthy, or chic in the food world.
In deciding whether or not to sign the Republican welfare bill, Bill Clinton faced the most serious moral test of his presidency.
American democracy is the envy of the world. And millions of us will wake up on election day and realize just how lucky we are before deciding not to vote.

Culture Watch

The Atlanta Summer Olympics descended upon media-mad America like a vast mind-numbing, soul-sapping fog. 
The music and reputation of Alligator Records.
The struggles of abuse-survivors' spouses.
For generations which begat generations, the Bible has been translated into the languages of the people. Soon to follow were commentaries to aid in interpretation.
Home economics from different vantage points.
Joan Chittester's journey to Beijing.
The attempt to capture Dorothy Day on screen.
The continuing tragedy in East Timor
Complications with the immigrant experience.


I THOUGHT THAT Julie Polter's commentary on the late-term abortion veto, as well as Jim Wallis' comments, missed the mark. There are two issues which must be separated.
I JUST PICKED UP my July-August issue to peruse (perusing has been the case of late with Sojourners—I don't know if it's where I'm at in life or the magazine) but then WOW! 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer , the Lutheran theologian who was executed by the Nazis in 1945, may be officially pardoned later this year by the German government, according to Religion News Service reports.
I HAVE BEEN meaning to send this note for some time, and finally decided to do so after reading the July-August 1996 issue.
THE COMMENTARY "Until Things Fall Apart," by Julienne Gage (July-August 1996), was very personal to me.
THANK YOU for putting Sister Dianna Ortiz's picture on your cover and devoting such attention to her case.
In Baltimore, groups work to care for victims of sexual abuse, bring abusers to justice, and educate the community.
I DISAGREE WITH your criticism of President Clinton, both in Jim Wallis' "Hearts & Minds" column and in Julie Polter's commentary "Outrage Over the Abortion Veto" (July-August 19
THE "EYES & EARS" column by Danny Duncan Collum in your July-August 1996 issue was one of the most muddled pieces I've read in a long time.
Elizabeth Gravalos and Arthur Harvey, organic blueberry farmers in Hartford, Maine, had their home and property auctioned off by the IRS...
A tour for compassion, community, and civility begins this fall.
Chinese pro-democracy activist Harry Wu led 1,000 protestors to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to kick off Amnesty International's Annual General Meeting in June.
In what is surely a first for Sojourners, this issue prominently features the words and thoughts of not just one, but two U.S.
I MUST PROTEST the commentary in the current issue of your magazine, "Outrage Over the Abortion Veto," by Julie Polter.
DANNY DUNCAN COLLUM'S implication that lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans seeking equal protection under the law are in the same league as Ted Kaczynski because "radical individualism...fuels the drives for gay rights" is another example in a long line of blaming the victim ("Eyes & Ears," July-August 1996).
How shall we live as disciples of Jesus the Christ? The readings for these winding-down weeks of the year all address that question.
Female genital mutilation (FGM), which many young women in parts of Africa and the Middle East are forced to undergo as a coming-of-age rite, is starting to receive attention as a fundamental abuse of human rights.