The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

The human costs of maldevelopment
The neglected variable in the population and environment equation
Human population growth and reverence for life
A new way of seeing population, consumption, and the environment
Race, class, and the theology of domination


When trying to make sense of the world population picture, there are lies, damn lies, and there are global statistics.
A ghastly holocaust has taken the lives of nearly a half-million people in Rwanda, and the international community has buried its head in the sand.
Mrs. S. had lived with progressive emphysema for years. During her last admission, she was brought gasping for breath into the emergency room of a local hospital.
As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motions of your mind, lose it. Leave it as a sign to mark the false trail, the way


The transformation of South Africa is one of the most
significant events of our time. It therefore deserves serious

My dog is a practitioner of nonviolent resistance. I know you
don’t believe this, so I will explain.

In 1974, my family moved from Great Falls, Montana, to Visalia, California. All moves are difficult, but this one—falling between sixth and seventh grades—was particularly hard.

What can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; is grown in
all 50 states; and had a war named after it? The potato of

Never have I written on a more difficult subject than the pope’s recent letter on women’s ordination in the Catholic Church.

We recently changed over to a different health insurance company here at Sojourners.
The new company is less expensive than our previous insurer, and it covers virtually every

Culture Watch

Three books recently published by Orbis Books together represent a major breakthrough in African-American women’s theological scholarship.
Public relations people hope against hope to have their product hit the word-of-mouth circuit. Why?
Spiritual healing in an age of skepticism.
The challenge of a historical novel.
Evangelical Christians reach out to "the other."
Bill Miller sings of past and present.
The blended beauty of Indigo Girls.


The benefits of community retreats.
Support for Indo-Chinese farmers
In the language of "left brain, right brain" constructs, the scriptures for the weeks of August call upon our right-brain gifts.
She folded herself into a small package, legs and feet under her body, words even smaller. She carries a message. In a language
To sustain is not just to prolong something beyond its time.