September-October 1999

Cover Story

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.
Students are discovering that, by serving others, the receive more than they give.


The poor are always with us. The questions is what we do about it.
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.
What will it take to build a humane global economy?
Generous Christians and other people of good will can end the scandal of poverty. But will we?
Beginnings and endings are important.


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."
The price of a Marshall Plan for the Balkans would be less than the costs of indefinite military occupation.


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.

Culture Watch

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


Bringing people together.
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"
Urban gardens bring hope to the city.
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 bipartisan group of House and Senate members re-introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (EDNA) in June.
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).
A poem for my grandfather.
Call to Renewal welcomes new staff.
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
The ashes of Mitch Snyder, a renowned activist for homeless people, were laid to rest in a June ceremony in Washington, D.C.