September-October 2003

Cover Story

Who are these guys? And why do they think they can rule the world?
George W. Bush's theology of empire.


In a time of hardened hearts, the story of Exodus is relevant once again.
What a Department of Corrections shotgun pellet taught me about centering prayer.
Mexico's tradition of revolutionary murals continues in Chiapas.
An interview with The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick.
When desperate victims in distant conflicts plead for help, can America do more than save its own?


What will it take for us to trust the press?
The failure to discover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has exposed the lie at the heart of the Bush administration's case for war.
A struggle for the soul of the city.
Religious organizations and fair hiring.


We cannot give up the U.N., despite its inadequacies.
Holy leisure and radical hospitality are necessary components for surviving the vicissitudes of empire.
'Set small goals, and then put them off for as long as you can.'
'People hate this kind of talk. Raw truth is never popular.'

Culture Watch

The alternative voice of Pacifica's KPFK.
Gareth Higgins, author of the new book How Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films (Relevant Books) writes about...
In Image and Spirit, author and artist Karen Stone recounts comments she overheard in a modern art museum one November day
When Thérèse Martin died in 1897 at age 24, she was a nobody; most of the world had never heard of her.
Offering listeners more impassioned spiritual music in four hours than they might hear in a lifetime of Sunday morning services, "Stained Glass Bluegrass" is a wonderful—
While many in the U.S. civil rights movement were busy integrating lunch counters, others took on an even tougher challenge—integrating U.S. churches.
A political realignment in this country isn't possible until we heal the cultural breach that afflicts us.
"A pilgrimage is a journey undertaken in the light of a story.
"We should not harm anyone.


In this issue Jim Wallis examines apparent recent shifts in President George W. Bush's theological framework and how those shifts may spur or sustain dangerous politics.
Planning a stint in the federal pen? Don't leave home without Clare Hanrahan's Jailed for Justice: A Woman's Guide to Federal Prison Camp.
A new report from the University of North Carolina's National Study of Youth and Religion confirms the old saw: A family that prays together, stays together.
Standing for peace in a war zone is never easy, but it's becoming next to impossible for Middle East human rights groups.
The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst.
ARTHUR WASKOW ("Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace, Anti-Occupation," May-June 2003) red-baits one group that has been successful in organizing huge anti-war demonstrations.
Volunteer Opportunities
Cistercian monks in southern Poland hope to become the country's first distributors of an ale brewed from a 17th century recipe.
In Nairobi, 700 children walked out of school and through the streets this April, calling for an end to their country's debt burden.
I FOUND Sanho Tree's article "The War at Home" (May-June 2003) enjoyably thought-provoking.
Hundreds of years growing on a steep hill, desolate, aging / despite scarce nourishment, they wait for history to recognize them.
In April, Saskatchewan's Rosthern Junior College sponsored "In Exile...For A While," a new youth immersion program launched by the Mennonite Central Committee...
This spring Europe was rocked by a religious fashion war when the Danish superstore Kvickly started selling flip-flop sandals featuring images of Jesus and Mary.
AUTHOR SANHO TREE ("The War at Home") clearly articulates the failure of the so-called "war on drugs" from the perspective of the drug user and the drug supplier.
"We must re-vision Christian faith as a combative, argumentative, and emancipatory" practice that seeks "the well-being of all." 
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met with Catholic bishops in May to discuss his Zero Hunger Program.

Discussion Guide

A Discussion Guide for September-October 2003 Sojourners