The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Christian Twenty Somethings Challenge the Stereotypes.
"Peace is our Profession" proclaims the billboard at the gate of the Air Force base where I was born in 1966.
Faith is for me a mix of intellect straining to understand God, my senses, and what Van Morrison calls "the inarticulate speech of the heart." Music, the water and mountains of my Puget Sound ho
The majority of Generation X Latinos perceive that our faith sects (both Catholic and Protestant) have little to say about the issues that affect us most: technology-induced future shock, a nati
I grew up in rural Mississippi, a black girl who lived "out in the booneys," fairly isolated from peers outside school.
To be a married couple in our 20s and Christian means exploring options and making choices for our future together. One of these choices is a commitment to intentional community.
The Body of Christ is the incarnation
Bitter and burnt-out is a wonderful way to gain a new outlook on life.
This radical Jesus, this social gospel, this promise of liberation are always and forever in the back of my mind.
Sometimes I feel as though I do not have time for God. In some ways, this is the legacy that has been passed on to my generation.
When I first heard the phrase "Generation X," I thought it was in reference to a new generation of black youth who were moved to thought, dialogue, and action...
I have grown weary of the stereotypes and false representation of my generation—a generation that (believe it or not) gives me great hope.
I have learned to be content with whatever I have.—Philippians 4:11
I think our ability to trust blindly has been forever hampered.
The fax machine said, White. Whiner.
We all need, even crave, a way to make sense of our lives and to bring unity to our daily existence.
Permeated by its own brand of consumerism, church-ianity force-feeds me a conditional message, requiring my allegiance to authority and beliefs, and masks it all as "faith."
It’s not that we’re whiny. We’re cynical and isolated.
On a cold, piney evening last November on the Day of the Dead, residents of the Guatemalan town of Santiago were holding a night-long vigil in the town cemetery.


The Christian Right makes its bid for the political mainstream.
MINNEAPOLIS-An early hint of the Christian Right's resurgence in electoral politics came in the Minnesota spring caucuses.
Across the country, the Religious Right has showed its strength in a remarkable series of recent victories. 
The parallel stories of biblical and contemporary women.


The occupation of Haiti marks a new, hopeful era in U.S. relations with our neighbors in this hemisphere, signaling the birth of the "Clinton Doctrine"...
Our faith has to be alive and light fires within our confused and fragile hearts or it is as meaningless as yesterday’s E-mail.
The real story at the U.N. conference on population and development in Cairo this fall was the unprecedented emphasis on the empowerment of women.
A tense, cautious hope for a peaceful future in Northern Ireland emerged with the cease-fire called on August 31 by the Irish Republican Army...


What if, in front of the whole world, the U.S. pledged unequivocal U.S. support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti?

Someday I would like to see a cranberry harvest: crimson fruit floating
on flooded coastal fields, skimmed off like a school of tropical

"And so the disciples returned to their own
homes..." —John 20:10

We started at the beginning, with Eve.

It started with the kind of silence that makes a parent sit bolt upright in his bed; an unnatural awakening, a feeling of something wrong.

Culture Watch

A Conversation with musician T Bone Burnett
The generation that is -- maybe.
A novel of political and personal transformation.
Discerning abuse and recovery.


Harvesting Occasions of Grace
Meeting the heart and soul of development
God is working God’s purpose out/As year succeeds to year...
An ad hoc group of Sojourners staffers in their 20s spent many long afternoon meetings brainstorming, arguing, shuffling through essays, and wrangling toward consensus to produce our cover feature...

Between the Lines