September-October 2001

Cover Story

An interview with Palestinian Christian Jonathan Kuttab.
Jewish Unity for a Just Peace
You wouldn't know it from media reports, but there's a hopeful movement being born in the Middle East
Why 'Holy Land Tours' miss the real story
Following Jesus in occupied territory.
On the front lines with Christian Peacemaker Teams
Rabbis for Human Rights


When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, he was talking to us.
2001 marked the 150th anniversary of Sojourner Truth's famous "Arn't I A Woman?" speech. What does this preacher, agitator, theologian, and ex-slave have to say to us today?
What do you get for the magazine that has little and wants everything?
And how did he become the 'most influential Christian' in the country?
How Isabella Baumfree became Sojourner Truth.


The consequence for war crimes? It depends.
Are in-your-face visits to prison the best we can do for 'troubled' teens?
Don't know much about history. Obviously.
What does standardized testing have to do with education?


We killed McVeigh to make it clear that he was not like us.
It's not a matter of who's wrong or right, unless Santa somehow gets involved.
Millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito's joy ride was sheer hubris; talk about placing yourself at the center of the universe!
My wife, Joy, my son, Luke, and I had dinner recently with our friend Michael Lerner and his wife, Debora, in their Berkeley, California home.

Culture Watch

Bread and Roses, the latest from British director Ken Loach, portrays with incredible precision the reality of the modern immigrant experience in industrialized nations.
An author, biblical scholar, and itinerant teacher tells what sounds, sights, and words he's enjoying these days.
The Simpsons' love-hate relationship with religion.
Cornel West is nothing if not prolific.
Do you remember what Dr. Arroway (Jodie Foster) said, in the movie Contact, when she was launched by The Pod into humanity's first meeting with non-Earthlings? 
Jews and Christians is a great example of how magnificent television can be.
Rock has done the most to break down social conventions and cultural norms. So where are the gay rock stars?
How does one approach the task of writing about a continent as diverse as Africa, filled with extremes of poverty and beauty, suffering and hope?
The first thing one notices about the handsome young man in the jacket photo is his two full sleeves of tattoos.


Employment Opportunities
One of America's greatest strengths is our diversity of faith traditions. New research suggests we're getting stronger every day.
Truth commissions have brought to light atrocities in South Africa, El Salvador, and elsewhere across the globe. But some feel such hearings are needed closer to home.
An individual's right to refuse active military service on the grounds of conscience is a "fundamental aspect of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion..."
IN JIM WALLIS' column on poverty not being a Left-Right issue, he is saying things that most of us progressives have been saying all along.
JIM WALLIS, YOU ARE a prophet, a Christian activist, and an advocate for justice. And besides, you are my hero.
Two-Edged. In a national effort to disarm all fighting units in Sierra Leone, the U.N. destroyed nearly 10,000 firearms in a month-long amnesty period. 
I FAIL TO SEE how it is a Catholic position to demand that the budget surplus be used for things other than a tax cut.
AIN'T NO SUCH baby as the Scottish Royal Navy ("Great Scot!" Between the Lines, May-June 2001), there's just the Royal Navy.
We are reminded that the commitment to the gospel is an absolute one. Reflections on the revised common lectionary, Cycle C.
This issue of Sojourners marks our 30th anniversary (yes, Sojourners is older than some of our staff-it's even older than some of the leftovers in our office refrigerator).
St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church turned the tables on hate-monger Fred Phelps in May when Phelps brought 10 of his followers to protest the ordination of Anita Hill, a lesbian pastor.
I CERTAINLY AGREE with Danny Duncan Collum's assessment of Disney as a "faceless transnational conglomerate..."
I keep track of the comings and goings of people.
Looking for more information on U.S. drug policy? 
Are we doomed to descend ever-deeper into rage on the road, revenge in the workplace, and ruin in the home?
This spring 14 undocumented Mexican immigrants died from prolonged exposure to extreme heat in the Arizona desert.
When a University of California campus saw a marked increase in date rape, an unlikely alliance emerged. 
IN YOUR AMAZING conversation between Bill Wylie-Kellermann and David Batstone ("God is My Palm Pilot," July-August 2001), I must side with Wylie-Kellermann.
At the Faithdome in South Central Los Angeles in May, one of the most dynamic religious movements in the world was out in full force...
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada has decided that breaking the law can be a Christian duty.