The Common Good

Articles By Kimberly Burge

How a punk-rock drummer became a rescuer of ancient Syrian spiritual music. 
Gail Taylor hopes that Three Part Harmony Farm in D.C. Brookland neighborhood becomes the city's first commercial farm since the 1930s. 
There are many reasons to abolish the death penalty. Innocents on death row may be the most compelling.
In the new South Africa, the future is speaking in the voices of the girls.
The Better Angels, by John Francis. Horse and Rider/Dualtone.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell, by Gini Reticker and Abigail E. Disney.
Uwem Akpan, a Jesuit from Nigeria, tells stories about Africa through its children, creating rich and complex characters that capture the heartbreaking realities of growing up in the midst of war and poverty.
Reflecting Theologically on AIDS: A Global Challenge
Finding God in theater.
A journalist's portrait of a pandemic.
Lucinda Williams' singing voice inhabits at least a dozen personalities, sometimes within one song.
An uphill battle looms on the farm bill.
Sacred Singing, rooted in comunity and place
One last time, the Man in Black brings his music, and love, to the Carter Family Fold.
"A pilgrimage is a journey undertaken in the light of a story.
Bob Dylan's songs are born again.
Artists speak the language of the heart.
It's about truth. And listening. An interview with musician David Wilcox.
Author of such novels as Atticus and Mariette in Ecstasy, Ron Hansen believes in the power of stories and in the role that they can play in an examination of a faith-filled life.
Tribute albums are tricky beasts. Any artist who warrants such acclaim will no doubt have a strong following with deeply held opinions about the merit of someone else singing those songs.
There are two unrelated things that people learn quickly about me. The first is that you probably shouldn't talk to me early in the morning. And the second is that I love U2.
Faith in the Lord. True love. Murderous violence. The Bible draws on these three themes. So does good country music. Think David, Bathsheba, and Uriah on compact disc.
Subtle details and weighty matters abound in Dar Williams' songs.
Writer Anne Lamott staggers toward Jesus.
A tough and compassionate approach holds offenders accountable while seeking reconciliation.
Van Morrison and Bruce Cockburn explore the dark on new releases.
The struggle for quality schools.
An opportunity for more inclusive expressions in the church.
The hunger for dialogue in the Catholic Church.