The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

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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Sick of Drug Companies' Corporate Influence?

w5fpwem56m w5h2kbxnzs Is the U.S. finally sick and tired of a corporate-dominated trade agenda that is making people around the world sick?
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Why Are People Poor?

Why are people poor? I remember being asked this question 10 years ago while training for a program I was volunteering with.
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Self-Segregation In Social Networks

Every day across America we see self-segregation in lunchrooms, in classrooms, and in church pews on Sunday morning. But how about online?
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40 Ways to Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4

It's wild how easily we get sidetracked from Holy days by holidays, and how quickly we can smother our central identity in Christ with other identities such as our national identity.
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Iran: Twitter, Truth, and Revolution

I have been doing my best to keep up with the ongoing events in Iran. I don't know enough to truly understand the nuances of the election or the political science behind it all, but like many others, I've been caught up in the human drama of it all. Photos like this one literally brought tears to me eyes.
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My Interview with Jon Stewart

"A joyful heart is good medicine," the scriptures say in Proverbs 17:22. Laughter truly is good for the soul, and quite possibly a democracy. I have often said that the Hebrew prophets used humor and satire as they spoke truth to power.
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Direct from Iran, an Unvarnished Assessment of Protests' Potential

The protests rocking Iran are of great significance for the politics and society of a Middle East regional supe
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Iran: Two Kinds of Islam, Two Kinds of Religion

There is the Islam of the dictators and their religious allies, used to keep people in their place, used to justify their own power, used to shame and threaten those who question their authority. And there is the Islam of the protestors, calling out to God in hopes of liberation. Whose prayers are heard? Which group has a more true vision of God?
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