The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

A Father to the Fatherless

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school.
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Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a 2006 Pew Research Center poll, which indicates that people who go to c
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Rethink Afghanistan

An interview with a man and his children in an Internally Displaced Person (refugee) camp quickly devolves into a father desperately trying to sell his smallest child to the cameraman.
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A Father's Day Reflection

It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Day ...
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Green Jobs Take Youth Miles High

When La'Kyla Byrd cleared trails and tended to trees in Denver's City Park this past year as a member of Mile High Youth Corps, she also cleared a p
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Daddy's Girls

At a recent wedding I attended, one of the groomsmen toasted the bride saying that she was going to make the perfect wife because she had already demonstrated her ability to be her fiancé's
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Sojourners Magazine: We've Got a New Look!

Sojourners magazine just had its first redesign in my seven years of working here, and all I can say is "wow," because I have a limited graphic-design vocabulary.
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A Calendar is a Moral Document

"Dad, could we go to the field and practice a little more pitching?" Our Astros Little League baseball team had just won the Northwest Washington, D.C. championship game in the last inning.
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To My Brothers, Sisters in Iran

I have never met you but I have to thank you. You are half a world a way but I'm watching you on TV, reading blogs, looking at pictures and following your Twitter updates.
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Verse of the Day: 'You shall not oppress a resident alien'

You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. - Exodus 23:9
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