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.
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
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
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
Bhakti across the Colonial Divide
A Storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement, by John Stratton Hawley. By Anne Monius
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
By Justin Wymer
John Wesley; Epworth Rectory, 1709
John & Susanna Wesley; Kitchen Lessons
By Jill Bergkamp
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