September-October 2014

Cover Story

Through farming, veterans across the country tend to the soil—and the wounds of war.


Fracking for oil and gas has toxic consequences for surrounding communities. Even worse: It's fueling climate change.
Four ways to organize around military testing and student privacy.
A unique faith-based training program in Memphis gives new teachers the skills and community they need to survive and thrive.
As military recruiters gain a foothold in Christian schools, grassroots activists are sounding the alarm.


Are new EPA rules and a U.N. Climate Summit enough to turn the tide on climate change?
Where is the resolve among us to make lasting change for all children?
U.S. intervention has been the problem in Iraq, not the solution.


America should be like a box of crayons, but with fewer colors.
"When I claim to be a Christian, it should be a radical statement."
We can work with others even while disagreeing on significant issues.
The Za'atari refugee camp is the fourth largest city in Jordan.

Culture Watch

Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. IVP Books.
Maybe young black men with transformed intellects isn't what the educational-industrial complex wants.
Excerpt from Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance, by Reggie L. Williams
Accidental Theologians by Elizabeth A. Dreyer / Extending the Table by Mennonite Central Committee / Overrated by Eugene Cho / Burning Down the House by Nell Bernstein
The Kennan Diaries. W. W. Norton & Company.
Following a musician's journey through the rough and the redeemed.
Calvary is a rare and beautiful film, one that tells the truth, or at least asks for it honestly.


The article by Michelle Alexander (“How to Dismantle the ‘New Jim Crow,’” July 2014) is heart-touching and wise.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
Thank you for the article about the work of Robert Lentz (“An Iconic Faith,” by Patricia Zapor, July 2014) with the wonderful photos by Lloyd Wolf.
As a retired UCC pastor, I felt comfortable with Tom Allio’s well-done essay on Pope Francis (“No Longer the ‘Best Kept Secret,’” July 2014).
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
Thanks so much for publishing David P. Gushee’s excellent “The Stubborn Persistence of Jew Hatred” (July 2014).
Peter and Kelly Shenk Koontz know the difficulties and joys of peacebuilding in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Thank you for Randall Balmer’s article on the rise of the New Atheism (“Losing My Religion,” June 2014).

Web Extra

Join the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014.
The deep roots of the land need deep roots of stewardship.
Memphis Teacher Residency believes that "urban education is the single greatest social justice and civil rights issue in America today."