The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

Hope and Action in Hard Times

In these times of foreclosures, tight budgets, and shrinking funds, community builders feel like Jesus' disciples with five loaves and two fishes and thousands to feed. During an earlier time before I retired from Bethel New Life, I reflected on doing more with less, and share this now.
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The Sad State of Dialogue on Civil Unions

I am an evangelical Christian who attends church regularly, so I was surprised to see a worship service on the grounds of the Hawaii state capitol this past Sunday.
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Calling for Interfaith Action in the Middle East

While at Yale last weekend, I had the opportunity to eat breakfast with a bright group of young students. One of the topics we touched on was interfaith dialogue.
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Audio: The Right Relationships to Fight Physical and Spiritual Poverty

Preaching from the story of Ezekiel and the dry bones, Pastor Efrem describes the "right relationships" that God wants to bring about for both physical and spiritual change in our lives.
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Video: Jim Wallis on the Poverty Forum

Jim Wallis on PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly's coverage of The Poverty Forum:
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Obama's Call to Rebuild

This wasn't really a budget speech, or even a State of the Union. It was a call to rebuild a country -- from its infrastructure, to its economy, to its values.
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Ash Wednesday: Concrete Solidarity

Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51; 2nd Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.
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Green My Hood

Is it possible to create a new economy in the hood that would create jobs, lower energy costs, reduce the carbon footprint of an urban neighborhood, and allow neighbors to get to know one another a
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Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."
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The Legacy of William Sloane Coffin

Sunday, I preached from the old pulpit of William Sloane Coffin at Yale University.
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