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. By Maura Fitzgerald. This article is also available in Spanish.

Summer/Autumn 2015


Recovering the Black Social Gospel

Given the legacy of the black social gospel tradition, retrieving the leading figures and ideas of this important movement is long overdue. By Gary Dorrien

Is Queer the New Black?

“Quareing” Afro-Diasporic religion allows for the possibility of celebrating nonnormative sexual identities in Black religious spaces. By Jennifer S. Leath

Dull Habit or Acute Fever?

More than a century after it was published, William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience illuminates past and present fault lines in American Protestantism. By Bill Leonard

Word & Image

The Little Stranger

An illustrated reflection on hospitality. By Anna Mudd

Into Wind and Water

After a serious accident causes a young man to fall away from his Pentecostal faith, he gradually finds his way back. By Ryan Gregg


Dying in America

A national crisis looms as the population over sixty-five grows but inequalities in end-of-life care persist. By Ann Neumann

Ordain Catholic Women as Deacons

Pope Francis could restore Catholic women to the ordained diaconate. By Phyllis Zagano

Illustration of street kids sleeping together without shelter

The Underside of Globalization

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. By Pedro Morales. This article is also available in Spanish.

Jews and Tattoos: ‘Rooted in Conflict’

Despite the ingrained Jewish prohibition against tattoos, a small but growing number of Jews are tattooing themselves to proclaim their religious identity and lineage. By Stefany Truesdell

In Review


The Gospel of Guantánamo

Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary recounts the worst of American torture while offering a compelling vision of faith and reconciliation. By Marisa Egerstrom

Painting of a Rajput king worshiping Krishna


Bhakti across the Colonial Divide

A Storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement, by John Stratton Hawley. By Anne Monius

Required Reading

What Contributes to Moral Progress?

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. By Bradley Shingleton


The Spiritual Currents of Santería

An Interview with Aisha Beliso-De Jesús. By Will Morningstar


Appalachian Sunday

By Justin Wymer

Two Poems

John Wesley; Epworth Rectory, 1709

John & Susanna Wesley; Kitchen Lessons

By Jill Bergkamp


Summer Autumn 2015 issue cover

Making Room

A thread running through a majority of the essays in this issue has to do with hospitality to the “stranger” and its opposite—hostility, fortification, and exclusion. Who do we let in, and who do we try to keep out? By Wendy McDowell


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