Issue: March 2016

Cover Story

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The baptism liturgy struck me as the epitome of patriarchal religion. But Jesus' words gave me hope for a feminist reinterpretation. 

Feature

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When Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, it was a chance to outline a blueprint for living. 
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Members of the early church shared everything they had 'in common.' Is there a lesson in that for us today? 
Ryan Rodrick Beiler
The climate change conference was an important step, but progress will be marked by actions, not words. 
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Your retirement plan may be supporting mass incarceration. But socially conscious investors are trying to change that. 

Commentary

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How Australians decided that gun ownership should become marginal, not mainstream.
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New megaregional trade deals are lighting up the global economy- and justice movements for labor rights are mirroring them. 
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Has the plow destroyed more options for future generations than the sword?

Culture Watch

The Christians
An off-Broadway play- a "kind of sermon"- portrays a crisis of faith. 
Asking for it: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture- and What We Can Do About It
Asking for it: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture- and What We Can Do About It, by Kate Harding. Da Capo Press. 
Joan Chittister
Joan Chittister: Her Journey From Certainty to Faith, by Tom Roberts. Orbis 
Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison
From Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison, copyright 2016 by Shaka Senghor. Published by Covergent Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LCC. 
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We stole the land fair and square.
The Secret Life of Your Clothes
Four March culture recommendations from our editors. 
From The Assassin
Films from 2015 that illuminate religion and spirituality.
The Leftovers, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. HBO. 
Nia Zalamea
Five questions for Nia Zalamea

Departments

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Letters to the Editor from Sojourners Readers
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Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
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Columns

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One of the most poignant moments was their tearful goodbye with their evangelical Christian neighbors. 
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"Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad."
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Fear is a spiritual issue, not a political one. 

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