September-October 1998

Cover Story

Baldemar Velasquez settles in for the long haul on behalf of cucumber pickers in the South.
Why New York churches are resisting workfare.
Only the rank and file can bring real and lasting change.
From City Council to Rodeo Drive: campaigning for a living wage in Los Angeles.
The Detroit-based monthly newsletter Labor Notes has emerged as the networking center for the labor reform movement.
Support grows for a shorter work week.
For a century and a half, workers and church people have organized together.
Since its founding in 1994, the People of Faith Network has organized targeted campaigns to educate religious people about the conditions under which the clothes they buy are made.
Even church institutions can lose sight of human needs.
Why the church and the labor movement belong together.
Seminarians are learning about another aspect of church members' lives.
Looking for information on strikes, boycott lists, religious statements on worker issues, stories of labor movement heroes, or watchdog information on corporations?
There is a key spiritual gift that the church may bring to labor struggle: pastoral care.
AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney talks about his priorities.
Despite anti-union violence, the United Farm Workers persevere in organizing strawberry pickers.
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice
Clergy in the Twin Cities are making economic justice a priority
Suggestions and questions to encourage faithful engagement with labor issues.

Commentary

The HMO system cries out for reform.
Power politics vs. the poor
Sadly, kids killing kids isn't anything new.
This morning's Washington Post said it is a "workers' market." A booming U.S.
Southern Baptists and the subordination of women
Northern Ireland lurches toward peace.

Columns

Morning in Washington, D.C.
This summer I taught two weeklong courses, one in western Canada and one in the American Southwest.
Put aside the Holy Scriptures for a while and read God's first revelation—nature itself. Such was the advice offered some years ago by a profound, Christian thinker.
Jesus' words as he wept over Jerusalem are probably more compelling today than ever: "If this day you only knew the ways that make for peace..." (Luke 19:42).
At midnight on May 21, I fell to the floor screaming when I learned that Krista Hunt Ausland, my best friend for 24 years, had plunged to her death in a bus accident in Bolivia.

Culture Watch

Music has many functions, worship included. But one of its primary roles is its ability to move people.
An evangelical primer on decisive moments
A library of progressive politics
Eugene Peterson's approach to spiritual growth.
Carrie Newcomer's My True Name
When I began writing this column, way back in the second Reagan term, I held a certain spirit of optimism about the possibilities of American popular culture
During every presidential election since George McGovern's failed bid in 1972, I have argued that progressives could build a successful coalition and reassert authority.
The intimacy and poignancy of writing letters.
What can we learn from these films?
A PBS documentary takes a personal look.

Departments

Tens of millions of people were forcibly taken from their homes in Africa in the 17th and 18th centuries.
A day of preaching compassion to Congress
I AM GRATEFUL for Ann Monroe's reflection on Jack Miles' book, God: A Biography ("Honest to God," May-June 1998).
To be agents of the kingdom of God is a full-time occupation. It requires a whole-life commitment; it requires preparation and energy.
THANKS FOR YOUR article, "The Receiving End of Mission," May-June 1998 ("Life in Community," by Joe Nangle, OFM). It has given me the additional push to get through (or around) the roadblocks.
A basic principle of organizing is that a group of people with a common purpose can accomplish more than a single individual.
Sewer Pipes and Hope
I ENJOYED READING Bob Sabath's commentary "Cyberfaith, Politics, and Culture" (July-August 1998).
The sky shifts pinks of light through louvered fingers...
CHARITABLE CHOICE HAS little to do with choice and even less with charity.
I JUST FOUND the Sojourners Web page (thanks to the link from a like-minded magazine, Tikkun) and must say it was refreshing to see some Christians speak to the morality and kindnes
Tens of millions of people were forcibly taken from their homes in Africa in the 17th and 18th centuries.
AS I READ the July-August issue I note with gratitude and not a little longing the leaving of two Sojourners' torch-bearers. I add my farewell to Joe Roos and Joyce Hollyday.
Casa Juliana, a community dedicated to simple living, environmental sustainability, and social justice.
I WOULD LIKE to respond to the for- and-against articles regarding charitable choice in the July-August 1998 issue

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