The Common Good

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Ethnic Cleansing of Burma's Karen Refugees Continues

On May 24th, 2009, Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) junta-backed troops attacked numerous villages in Paan District, Burma, causing the flight of at least 3,000 internally displaced persons (I
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Lazarus and the Iranians

I spent this week at a clergy conference in Liverpool, England, where the theme was the Justice of God: "Just by God, Just with God, Just for God." One of my presentations focused on Jesus' story
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From Frozen Rebellion to Flowering Seed

As the band of runaway Israelite slaves wander in their search for freedom, again and again they grow rebellious. In the greatest of these rebellions, Korach criticizes Moses, claiming "The whole community is holy -- all of them! Why do you, Moses and Aaron, raise yourselves above them?" (Numbers 16: 1-3ff)
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A Sojourner Goes Home: In Memory of a 'Cherished Pastor and Rebellious Saint'

As our nation mourns the untimely death of the King of Pop, I am grieving over the death of a lesser know man: a man whom many will never know, but whose mark on the world is significant. Two weeks ago, Rev.
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Immigration Reform This Year: Let's Get to Work

Yesterday, President Obama met with key legislators to discuss the details of moving comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year.
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A Call to Serve and Preserve Creation

I just returned to the United States from a clergy conference I was invited to address by Rev. James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.
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What Sustains Me: Lectio

Editor's note: In "What Sustains Me," an article in the
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Do a New Thing: 20 Years After Spike Lee's Groundbreaking Film on Race in America

It's hot in Chicago. Summer is officially doing its thing.
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Are Single Moms the New Widows?

Throughout the Bible, God's people are instructed to care for those who often cannot thrive on their own, most often widows and orphans.
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A White Woman's Turn as a Minority Under the Microscope

It was hard to miss me on the lava-rocked streets of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, while I was working for a locally led organization, HEAL Africa. I lacked the grace of Congolese women who glided across the tumultuous terrain in high heels while I tripped over the ubiquitous black rocks.
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