The Common Good

Articles By Rose Marie Berger

Is daydreaming a dose of self-medication in a data-processed world?
As if there weren't enough reasons to get rid of your cell phone, a new study from the Worldwatch Institute reports that coltan—the mineral that keeps cell phones and other electronic eq
Lance Corporal Stephen Eagle Funk, 20, (second from left) turns himself in at his Marine Corps reserve unit after refusing to serve in the Iraq war.
A Jesuit priest in southern India, along with local Jesuit school students, has launched an AIDS-awareness campaign conducted mostly by children orphaned by the disease.
Calling herself "Aly," the Episcopal bishop of Rhode Island, Geralyn Wolf, spent the month of January on the streets, befriending the homeless and sleeping and eating in shelters.
Interest in conscientious objection is on the rise among members of the U.S. military, according to several indicators.
Tom Ciola, creator of the Bible Bar and a host of spiritual snack foods at Logia Foods, just released his newest treat: Bible Granola.
Labor Rites.
A coalition of Latino religious leaders from 17 states is fighting for amnesty for thousands of undocumented workers in the United States.
Following a two-year organizing drive by students and faculty at the University of New Mexico, the university became the first in the United States to adopt a policy against investment in World Bank bonds.
Arguing that "character counts," the United Church of Christ is pressuring all 50 state public utility commissioners to investigate WorldCom and revoke its local licenses...
Several religious bodies recently testified before the U.N. Commission on Human Rights about religious intolerance and discrimination in Pakistan. "
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Private companies are slurping up public water at an alarming rate.
The Motor City may never lack for drama, but until the Mosaic Youth Theatre came along there were few opportunities for young people to express themselves on stage.
For too long civic participation in the arts has been viewed as the domain of the wealthy, but a new study by the Urban Institute suggests otherwise.
Rachel Corrie, 23, of Olympia, Washington, was killed March 16 when she was run over by an Israeli military bulldozer, moments after the photo at right was taken.
The San Francisco-based Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance received a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight HIV/AIDS in Malawi, Africa.
When public high schools opened their doors last fall, military recruiters lined up to get personal student data.
In January, Maine Interfaith Power and Light—an electricity-purchasing group rooted in the faith community—announced the availability of two green electricity options for homeowners in Maine.
For years activists have called attention to the plight of the Palestinians through protests, teach-ins, and seminars.
Healing Hope. Family members of Sept. 11 victims traveled on a peace mission to Iraq in January.
It's ironic that peace often brings strife.
Eighty-six human rights advocates from across the United States were tried in January and February in federal court for nonviolent civil disobedience
EvangeCube slaps the entire mystery of salvation on a Rubik-style cube, enabling instant conversions in friends, family, and neighbors. Flip one way and you'll see our fall from grace.
Two years of economic slowdown has pushed the number of unemployed to new heights worldwide, according to a recent study by the International Labor Office.
Pro-life demonstrators protested the D.C. government's use of surveillance cameras during the January March for Life
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The Gallery at the American Bible Society in New York City recently presented "Reflections on Glass: 20th Century Stained Glass in American Art and Architecture."
Into the formless void comes the "night of the spirit."
On Feb. 9, 2003, Orion magazine took out a full-page advertisement on page five of The New York Times.
Recently the Associated Press identified some of the fundamental changes to Americans' legal rights by the Bush administration through the USA Patriot Act and the Office of Homeland Security:
Last November, 12 clergy in full regalia—accompanied by acolytes with candles, crosses, holy water, and faith—processed to the federal building in Portland, Oregon...
Gov. George Ryan cleared Illinois' death row in January when he commuted 171 condemned inmates' sentences...
To protest Prime Minister Tony Blair's threat to attack Iraq, two U.K. train drivers refused in January to move a freight train carrying ammunition
Sister Antonia Anthony is a 74-year-old Franciscan nun who raises funds for the poor of southern Mexico.
Critics who insist the church is full of hot air finally have their proof: British entrepreneur Mike Gill has introduced the world's first (and hopefully last) inflatable church.
Saints' Daze. A few days before Christmas, Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa, elevating her to the rank just below sainthood.
George Weber, 73, of Chesley, Ontario, was killed in a motor accident on January 6 while traveling with a Christian Peacemaker Team delegation north of Basrah, Iraq.
No Sweat apparel has a strict dress code: union-made only.
Last year corporations took it on the chin when it came to financial scandal.
'All Our Children' Not A Soap
Still confused about the rules governing political activity by religious organizations? 
What follows is an imprecise, and likely inaccurate, interpretation of the prologue to the gospel of Mark.
Yesterday I got a call from a friend I hadn't spoken with in more than a year. "I have to tell someone this," she said.
Americans are keeping the faith today in many different ways—including how they invest.
Forty-three prominent evangelical leaders sent a letter to President Bush indicating that the Christian Right's uncritical support of Israel is not the position of all American evangelicals.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Compassion Capital Fund released in October the first federal funds specifically targeted to assist faith-based and community organizations.
The RAND corporation, one of the earliest U.S. military think tanks, released a report on the implications of using alternative power-generation technologies...