Issue: September/October 2016

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. 

God Has Not Given Us a Spirit of Fear

Donald Trump in his nomination acceptance speech July 21.
Donald Trump in his nomination acceptance speech July 21. Photo by JP Keenan / Sojourners

Sadly, and quite alarmingly, the spirit at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio was full of fear, anger, and even hatred. Vitriol often replaced serious public discourse about the most important issues at stake in our public life. I watched every night on television but have also received messages from people on the inside — including friends who are Christian, conservative, and Republican — feeling almost distraught about all three of those core commitments. One friend wrote me to say, “I am close to losing it. The spirit is so angry and hateful here."