September-October 2000

Cover Story

The Internet has rekindled the zeal and magnified the power of hate groups. What can we do to fight back?
Resistance Records recruits soldiers for 'racial holy war.'

Feature

Some thoughts on sowing the mustard seed.
We planned to do great things. God had other plans.
Faith-based health ministries provide medicine...and hope.
21st Century global marketers are more seductive than ever before. And they want your kids.
by: Tom Sine
Perhaps the strongest effort toward health care reform is the Universal Health Care Action Network and its current U2K Campaign, "Universal Health Care in the Year 2000."

Commentary

Why we should apologize for slavery.
The infectious spirit of Tito Puente
Military role in Kosovo 'ineffective and unethical.'
Organizing around common values
It's time for a new ethic---justice without vengeance.
For activists dedicated to transforming the role that money plays in our politics, these are the best of times and the worst of times.

Columns

Overtaking poverty will take all of our best values and insights.
My former college, one of the nation’s top-ranked schools, is considering banishing a highly respected national Christian group from campus for discriminatory practices.
A legacy of service: Krista Hunt Ausland

Culture Watch

Affrilachian Poets claim the space between two worlds.
I heard it in passing on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered one afternoon; it was a blurb for an upcoming story.
Ian Frazier's On the Rez
Seeing the gospel in new ways.
A training manual in nonviolent revolution.
Bill Moyers on dying in America.
The big hearts of small friends.
Reflections on Cuba's past---and future.

Departments

Michigan city turns dialogue into action.
THANK YOU FOR Chris Rice’s "What I Learned When I Spoke Up About Gay Rights." I applaud his support of gay civil rights and continuing dialogue between our divided communities.
In most American "community watch" groups, residents report suspicious activity to the authorities.
I APPRECIATE THE education I got in Eugene and Jacqueline Rivers’ article "The Fight for the Living" (July-August 2000).
SOMEHOW I ALMOST let my Sojourners subscription lapse. How ironic that the July-August 2000 issue is one of the best I have ever read—excellent from cover to cover!
Bringing people together.
"A PUNISHING DECADE," by Ryan Beiler (May-June 2000), was right about the "static" figures for "estimated" incarceration in the United States.
As Bishop Samuel Ruiz, liberation theologian and champion of Chiapas’ indigenous peoples, faced mandatory retirement at age 75, many feared what would come next.
I’M RESPONDING TO your article "Fight for the Living" by Eugene and Jacqueline Rivers (July-August 2000).
THE SENTENCE IN the Catholic English version of the Lord’s Prayer "and lead us not into temptation" has always irked me ("A Prayer for All People," by Michael Joseph Brown, July-August 2000).
THANK YOU FOR your July-August 2000 issue. I enjoyed it.
In these boom times, the wealth gap is getting worse.
Mounting criticism of national missile defense by scientific and military experts has corporations such as Boeing on the defensive as they try to secure multibillion dollar contracts
I JUST READ Molly Marsh’s article "Breaking Down the Walls" (May-June 2000) on how many organizations are striving to make peace present in Israel and in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
I was so happy to receive my first issue of Sojourners.
by: Joy Banta
Protesting campaign finance corruption and the "dumb or dumber" choices of many current elections, activist filmmaker Michael Moore is asking Americans to vote for potted plants...
Resources for study and action.
IT’S BECOME A sort of game for Sojourners loyal readers to watch the magazine turn and twist and jump about when dealing with the issue of homosexuality. 
REV. BILLY has the right idea ("Clowns and Poets and Artists—Oh, My!" by Julie Polter, July-August 2000).
AS SOMEONE WHO has read Sojourners for 20 years, I am hoping to wire the entire Uniting Church in Australia Tertiary Students Association to SojoNet.
by: John Hirt
"No matter how we pray, nor how we sin, we can stand up for each other. We can stand up against hate."—Republican Sen.
CHRIS RICE COULD have signed my name to his May-June 2000 "Grace Matters" column.
It’s not just civil wars, AIDS, or other diseases that have brought suffering to sub-Saharan Africa in recent decades.
I CAN CERTAINLY relate to Chris Rice when he shares what happened to him when he started talking about gay rights (May-June 2000).
The Internet has made hate groups highly visible, completely anonymous, and available to a potentially limitless audience.

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