The Common Good

Articles By Jim Rice

Genuine faith is never a private matter, something hidden away in one’s mind and spirit.
A few years ago televangelist Robert Schuller proposed that we take another look at the meaning of Lent.
Just Who is Transformed? Psalm 99; Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43
Proper preparation for the incarnation does not include counting down the remaining shopping days 'til Christmas.
Arafat's squandered opportunity
Contemplation, freedom, and the spirit of leisure.
Conspiracy buffs couldn't have concocted a more compelling story.
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the archbishop of Chicago, has announced that the cancer he was treated for in June 1995 has returned.
Some are calling it "a pivotal moment." Others have labeled it "flawed and dangerous."
The Pentagon snuck out an admission that the students at the notorious School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, once used manuals advocating torture, assassination, and kidnapping as t
Seventy-five years after its creation, a statue of suffragists Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton will at long last join the all-male statuary of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda...
What to do about sleazy TV?
The real-world effects of the just war theory.
Mixed motives and good fruit.
Serpents, doves, and the Religious Right
The occupation of Haiti marks a new, hopeful era in U.S. relations with our neighbors in this hemisphere, signaling the birth of the "Clinton Doctrine"...
For many religious peace and justice organizations, the invited invasion of Haiti has posed a dilemma: a clash between the commitment to nonviolence and the hunger for justice.
The Christian Right makes its bid for the political mainstream.
Across the country, the Religious Right has showed its strength in a remarkable series of recent victories. 
Imagine the situation if Jimmy Carter had not gone to North Korea this summer, and if Kim Il Sung’s death had come in the midst of a still-escalating crisis.
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When trying to make sense of the world population picture, there are lies, damn lies, and there are global statistics.
The day after Richard Nixon’s funeral, The New York Times editorialized that the White House-sponsored occasion was a "rite of reconciliation" that brought "to a fitting end his 20-y
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Like many U.S. Christians, Garland Robertson had moral concerns about the Persian Gulf war. And like many others, Robertson expressed his concerns in a letter to the local newspaper.
What’s the difference between a political protest and organized crime?
The forthcoming elections in El Salvador promise to be the freest in the country’s history, according to observers, and a step toward the construction of democracy—despite a campaign of
Harper’s magazine reported in January that the Miller Brewing Company spends $150,000 each year to endow its Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund—and $300,000 to
The front lines of the culture wars shifted to Cincinnati this fall, and as is so often the case in wars of all kinds, truth was the first casualty.
The Clinton administration has dropped hints that it may be backing off its support for exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, but members of the U.S.
On the third anniversary of Jean-Bertrand Aristide's landslide election to the presidency, 16 U.S.
For some religious leaders, spending hundreds of dollars for Christmas gifts - ostensibly to honor the birth of one who had "no place to lay his head" - is not merely ironic, it's sinful.
The U.S. government took hundreds of thousands of square miles from native people. In a recent ceremony in Alaska, the church gave a small portion of that land back.
While many denominations across the globe have opened the door to the ordination of women, none have taken as resolute an action for equality as the Lutheran bishops of Sweden.
The Mennonite Central Committee is launching a project to rid northern Laos of unexploded bombs dropped by U.S. planes during the Vietnam war.
President George Bush and Colorado Gov. Roy Romer engaged in a rare and remarkable bit of political theater at the National Governors Conference the first week of February.
In one of the most unforgettable scenes in Dances With Wolves, tens of thousands of buffalo thunder across the vast plains of the 19th-century American Midwest.