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Sojourners Magazine: September/October 2016

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Following the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling this summer, and the violence in Dallas, the nation erupted with questions of how police interact with communities of color. There is much work to be done to change our policing systems, but in our cover story we offer some examples of police officials from all over the country who are working on new models of policing that see the goodness in each life rather than threats to neutralize. 

Cover Story

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In many neighborhoods, police are feared as "occupying forces." Some are working to change that from the inside.


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An interview with Onaje X.O. Woodbine on the grace, power, and transcendence of street basketball.
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It's not easy to teach college students about "social privilege." First step: Start with my own.
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We call Jesus the "Prince of Peace," so why don't more Christian colleges offer peace studies programs?


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Why a U.S. Army reserve chaplain resigned in protest.
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The "new sanctuary movement" stands with undocumented migrants.
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Welfare reform, 20 years later, has increased poverty - and moral poverty as well. 

Culture Watch

Illustration by Jeffrey Smith
A protest at a Tennessee weapons plant laid bare the deception of the nuclear age.
The Third Reconstruction
The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement, by William J. Barber II with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Beacon Press. 
Varieties of Gifts
Varieties of Gifts: Multiplicity and the Well-Lived Pastoral Life, by Cynthia G. Lindner. Rowman & Littlefield. 
Interfaith Leadership
Interfaith Leadership: A Primer, by Eboo Patel. Beacon Press.
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O.J. Simpson was acquitted in 1995, and in the next decade U.S. media culture plunged into the abyss.
Four September culture recommendations from our editors
From Good Vibrations
Ken Hanke was a  critic who believed in his own opinions, but didn't impose them on others.


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Letters to the Editor from Sojourners readers
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Reflections from the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C. 
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Reflections of the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C


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Healthy, diverse societies do not magically appear
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Funny Business with Ed Spivey Jr.
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Our new location will aspire to evoke spiritual power in the shadows of traditional wealth and power.