A Modest Proposal

Article by Dennis Smith

Introduction On Monday mornings, ten or twelve of us meet to reflect on our faith in light of the pastoral challenges we face here and now. We are women and men, lay people and ordained ministers, some with and some without university training. Recently we have worked on the pastoral tasks that derive from the …

Between Anarchy and Fanaticism: Religious Freedom’s Challenge

Article by Eugene B. Borowitz

Today’s American religious community is beset with tension. On the left, religious liberals fear that the various spiritual orthodoxies Will lead to extremism. Every act of spiritual zealotry — such as the bombing of abortion clinics — awakens in them the specter of religious fanatics controlling America. They believe that the slightest hint of an …

Building Communities From the Inside Out

Article by Robert Bachelder

According to articles in the New Yorker and Business Week, churches are leading an urban renaissance. The media have celebrated the churches’ role in prompting economic development in distressed areas as well as the social services that churches offer to low-income residents. Presidential candidates are supporting measures to increase charitable giving so that churches and …

Cadets for Christ

Article by Amy Johnson Frkyholm

Most of the 30 new staff members gathered at the United States Air Force Academy for orientation are in their 20s and 30s. Some are air force personnel and some are academy graduates. Some are veterans of the Gulf War, while others served in Iraq. A speaker is talking to them about leadership and character. …

Cats in a Wood Stove: Reflections on Building a New Social Gospel

Article by William Barnwell

In October 1975 Peter Marin, writing in Harper’s, created quite a stir when he described the human potential movement as “the new narcissism.” I fear that the church today leaves itself open to similar criticism. Disciples of the social gospel still write challenging articles in liberal magazines; national church staffs sponsor conferences on the liberation …