September-October 1999

Cover Story

Students are discovering that, by serving others, the receive more than they give.
From sit-ins against sweatshops to lobbying against religious persecution, many students today are proving themselves to be anything but apathetic.
Students on numerous campuses are lobbying for living wage policies.

Feature

What will it take to build a humane global economy?
Ordinary people could bring about a more just society. But to do so, we have to work together. An interview with sociologist William Julius Wilson.
Beginnings and endings are important.
Generous Christians and other people of good will can end the scandal of poverty. But will we?
The poor are always with us. The questions is what we do about it.

Commentary

The price of a Marshall Plan for the Balkans would be less than the costs of indefinite military occupation.
The message of the Illinois shooting: Race matters.
Jubilee 2000 and the debt debate.
It's now or never for East Timor.
Moving from a "welfare state" to a "welfare society."

Columns

Notes from a new generation
The emergence of the term "faith-based organization" in political discussion (and its acronym FBO) may signal one of the most significant new developments in American public life.
The continuing scandal is summed up in a 1997 Gallup Poll: The Christian church remains the one "highly segregated" major institution of American public life.
Funny business.
by: Ed Spivey

Culture Watch

Annie Dillard's unsentimental view of God in the world.
The multi-faceted nature of ethics.
Quirky, intelligent music from Belle and Sebastian.
The irreverent offerings of "This American Life.'
What makes this holy fool tick?
The spiritual vision of Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keefe, and Andy Warhol.
A Y2K reference for "just in case."
By now the Littleton, Colorado high school massacre has become the cultural Rorschach test for the new millennium.

Departments

Bringing people together.
Some things come through planning. We planned to excerpt Ron Sider's forthcoming book Just Generosity, and for Jim Wallis to interview Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson.
A U.S. military accident in Puerto Rico has fueled opposition to U.S. military bases and troops stationed there. During a training session in April, U.S.
The Clinton administration’s 1996 plan for dealing with African debt was "mere public relations"
A bipartisan group of House and Senate members re-introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (EDNA) in June.
Urban gardens bring hope to the city.
One-hundred and thirty-eight national religious leaders announced in June their support for the Freedom From Sexual Trafficking Act of 1999, introduced earlier this year by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH).
Call to Renewal welcomes new staff.
The ashes of Mitch Snyder, a renowned activist for homeless people, were laid to rest in a June ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The Supreme Court upheld the death penalty in June, but that didn’t deter the Abolitionist Action Committee from holding its sixth annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty
A poem for my grandfather.

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