The Common Good
Photo by Heather Wilson/PICO

by Jim Wallis
Thus far, there is little evidence that public officials in Ferguson and St. Louis County have the courage to alter their behavior and their systematic responses to young men and women of color in their communities. So faith leaders came to help begin the process of repentance.

Controversial megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll. Photo courtesy of Mars Hill Churc
Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor resigned from his Seattle church Oct. 15, writing in part, "... I do not want to be the source of anything that might detract from our church’s mission to lead people to a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Moral Monday march Oct. 13. in Ferguson, Mo. Photo by Heather Wilson/PICO


The Ferguson parable is simply this: black lives in America are worth less than white lives—especially in our criminal justice system.

Photo via Cathleen Falsani

I wanted to touch it, to hold it in my hands, feel the weight of the heavy white vinyl albums, and smell that new-album-smell that in a split second transcends the time-space continuum and transports me back to my teenage self, completely enraptured by the music. Escape. Refuge. Prophet. Solace. Friend.

While Guamanian residents serve in the military at three times the rate of the rest of the United States and territories, they receive the lowest per capita medical spending from the VA. This translates to only two full-time psychiatrists for an island of as many as 16,000 veterans.

Ebola precautions taken in Guinea, © EC/ECHO / Flickr.com

Fighting Ebola means much more than simply sending funding, medicine, and personnel to West Africa to contain the outbreak. This new epidemic should re-focus us on reducing the inequality between the global North and the global South that allows crises like this one to keep happening in the developing world.

On The Blog

  • Since the tragic death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, the authentic leadership of the moment has emerged from young people of color. The question is, will we adopt a spirit of arrogance by crowding out their voices? Or will we embrace humility and repentance, and make room to hear their cries and make room for their direction.
  • The rapture movie is neither hot nor cold. So why was it made? A roundtable of religion writers discuss.
  • I agree with Bill Maher and Sam Harris that we have to criticize bad ideas. But the “mother lode of bad ideas” doesn’t come from Islam. That’s an arrogant claim that will only kindle the spirit of violence and scapegoating in us. The “mother lode of bad ideas” is scapegoating violence.
  • Currently, the Sanctuary Movement allows members of congregations who are facing deportation to reside within the sacred space of a church, synagogue, or mosque in order to avoid immediate deportation from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
  • The headlines and talk shows are dominated by the response ISIS. To be clear, this group readily uses fanatical and brutal actions to achieve its radically exclusive vision. The images they skillfully project are like violent, X-rated video games made real. No wonder that many react to this horror with chills going down their spines. But there is something that worries me more: the ongoing Ebola crisis.
  • Faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress filled with mistakes, learning, humble interactions, and life-changing events. Here are a few things I would do differently if I could go back and start over ...
  • Many Christians look to the Bible to justify divinely sanctioned violence against our enemies. Excuse me for stating the obvious, but Christians are not Biblians. We are Christians. As Christians, we should be putting Jesus first.
  • Why do they join? Is it religious devotion? Psychological imbalance? Tendency toward radical movements and anarchy? All of these motivations may play a part, but my argument is that these men and women who leave their Western homes for the dunes of terror are lonely.

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