Issue: August 2016

Following his death in April, Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016) was lauded as a prophet, poet, and peacemaker. He was a tireless resister to the U.S. military industrial complex who burned draft records and poured blood on warheads. In this issue, Sojourners pays tribute to Berrigan, a "doctor of the Church," by sharing the words of students, friends, and family, all who saw Berrigan's life as "preaching the resurrection." 

No Accountability. No Trust.

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While I am no legal expert on the details of the court decision yesterday or whether the charges against him and each of the other officers were carefully made or effectively prosecuted, nor a spiritual expert on Nero’s motives, nor an administrative expert on Baltimore police training, one fact continues to remain clear: No one has yet to be held accountable for Freddie Gray’s death who was alive and well before being detained and put into that police wagon.

 

Trump's Brand of Bigotry Isn't Going Away. So Neither Are We.

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As you likely know, faith-based organizations don’t endorse candidates. So you won’t be surprised that I am not going to endorse Donald Trump — neither will I endorse his Democratic opponents, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. But we faith leaders will comment on the morality of this presidential campaign, the issues raised or not raised, and the morality of candidates based on our moral values. That’s what we “values voters” do. And we will again this election year.

Of course, Trump took notice and attacked, in one of his regularly ugly tweets, calling Dr. Russell Moore a “truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!"

Well, Donald, many of us are right with Russell on this, and you will face strong opposition to your political use of racial bigotry from Christians across the political spectrum. If you had the courage to join a public forum with us faith leaders on the terrible dangers of racial bigotry in a time of such division and fear, it could be very good for the country. 

This Is How Real Change Happens

The Summit 2015
The Summit 2015, by JP Keenan/Sojourners

Imagine what it would look like for a diverse mosaic of justice movements to stand together to oppose white supremacy.

Imagine what it would look like for our spirituality to be infused with a longing for repair and restoration of what centuries of racial division have broken.

Imagine what it would look like for a room full of business leaders, local pastors, grassroots organizers, and artists to discuss real answers to deep problems.

That’s the vision for The Summit 2016. And we need your help to make it happen.

Issue: May 2016

Conservative pastor Rev. Rob Schenck has spent most of his life as an anti-abortion activist, but after witnessing countless mass shootings here in the United States, Schenck switched his focus to understanding--and challenging--the pro-gun enthusiasm that permeates his evangelical community. In our cover story, read Schenck’s declaration of “a theological emergency” about the idolatry of gun culture. 

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