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Summer/Autumn 2015 (Vol. 43, Nos. 3 & 4)

Summer/Autumn 2015

Making Room by Wendy McDowell

Dying in America by Ann Neumann
A national crisis looms as the population over sixty-five grows but inequalities in end-of-life care persist.
Ordain Catholic Women as Deacons by Phyllis Zagano
Pope Francis could restore Catholic women to the ordained diaconate.
The Underside of Globalization by Pedro Morales
Growing up a “street kid” in Juarez, Mexico, was like being a lab rat in a socioeconomic experiment with terrible consequences, especially for vulnerable children.
Spanish translation: La Cara Lóbrega de la Globalización por Pedro Morales
Jews and Tattoos: ‘Rooted in Conflict’ by Stefany Truesdell
Despite the ingrained Jewish prohibition against tattoos, a small but growing number of Jews are tattooing themselves to proclaim their religious identity and lineage.

Borderline by Maura Fitzgerald
Even as borders around the world become more militarized, activists, long-time residents, and migrants in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands engage in acts of resistance.
Spanish translation: Fronteras por Maura Fitzgerald, traducción de V.H. Hernández
The Little Stranger by Anna Mudd
An illustrated reflection on hospitality.
Recovering the Black Social Gospel by Gary Dorrien
Given the legacy of the black social gospel tradition, retrieving the leading figures and ideas of this important movement is long overdue.
Dull Habit or Acute Fever? by Bill Leonard
More than a century after it was published, William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience illuminates past and present fault lines in American Protestantism.
Into Wind and Water by Ryan Gregg
After a serious accident causes a young man to fall away from his Pentecostal faith, he gradually finds his way back.
Is Queer the New Black? by Jennifer S. Leath
“Quareing” Afro-Diasporic religion allows for the possibility of celebrating nonnormative sexual identities in Black religious spaces.

In Review
The Gospel of Guantánamo by Marisa Egerstrom
Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary recounts the worst of American torture while offering a compelling vision of faith and reconciliation.
Bhakti across the Colonial Divide by Anne Monius
A Storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement, by John Stratton Hawley
What Contributes to Moral Progress? by Bradley Shingleton
Michael Shermer’s The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Reason and Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence
The Spiritual Currents of Santería by Will Morningstar
An Interview with Aisha Beliso-De Jesús

Two Poems by Jill Bergkamp
Appalachian Sunday by Justin Wymer

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