catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Citizens and Aliens

vol. 5, num. 14 :: 2006.07.14 — 2006.07.28

What does it mean to be a citizen of a country? Of the Kingdom? On the nature of belonging, as well as the tensions and harmonies that exist among our various allegiances.



Gone south

A Midwesterner in Tennessee reflects on alienation and belonging.


Into exile

An impending move prompt thoughts about belonging in a place.



An illegal immigrant learns about the difficulties of not claiming identity.

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'Tis the season to remember my citizenship

Reflections on the layers of identity involved in citizenship.

Late night thoughts on being a disciple of the Kingdom

A brief exploration of citizenship related to identity.


True, in the end

A review of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

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In case you missed it the first time

Interview with Jim Skillen

Exclusive interview with Jim Skillen regarding issues of church and state.

The poor are not the problem

A review of The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else by Hernando de Soto.

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Star-spangled dreams

Wouldn't we all love to live in the country of our dreams?

Mea Culpa

On why Christians should be disturbed by the current war in Iraq and what we should all be doing about it, regardless of our opinion.

Weaving the web

The Center for New Democracy

A project out of Wisconsin seeks to create a fourth branch of government, the Popular Branch, by allowing citizens to vote on pending legislation.  See what you think…


What's at stake?

Resources for promoting compassion, not criminalization in immigration reform.


Who is my neighbor?

A column from Carolyn Carney on the tension between being a consumer and being a citizen.


daily asterisk

With small towns shrinking and services eroding, many Dakotans retain an appalling innocence about what it means to be rural in contemporary America. The year we lost our J.C. Penney store, young people were quoted in the town’s weekly newspaper as saying they’d like to see a McDonald’s or a K Mart open in its place. Somehow they have not grasped that in modern American capitalism, which they defend vociferously in the annual American Legion Auxiliary essay contest, the market is everything. Since there is no market here, nothing that counts demographically, we don’t exist.

Kathleen Norris

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