The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful. -Flannery O'Connor
Jesus spoke all these things in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. -Matthew 13:34 Story penetrates our souls and is woven into our being.
I discovered O'Connor when I was in college in the North and took a course in Southern writers and the South.
Flannery O'Connor and the healing of Southern culture

Features

Love and the Power of God

Commentary

And you shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the soul of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt. -Exodus 23:9
In 1967, two veteran Washington, D.C. police officers confronted a slender African-American man crossing a street...
Christmas came early this year, Lord
For years I scoffed at the idea of violence outside abortion clinics. Sure, plenty of violence was going on inside the clinics-more than 4,000 babies killed every day.
When the 13th Amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, its drafters specified one exception: prisoners.
When I first heard about The Bell Curve, the new book by Charles Murray and the late Richard Herrnstein, I remembered an incident last year at Sojourners Neighborhood Center.

Columns

I guess I am doin' all right. I'm studyin', and like the teacher says, it pays off.

This fall's elections were indeed a political turning point. The Democrats who say their debacle was only a rejection of politics in general and whoever was in power are just wrong.

It is fitting that this morning, after paying bills and moaning about another increase in our health insurance premium, I came across a Russian proverb in a nutrition magazine

A new day has dawned in our country. Unfortunately, that day is some time in the 1950s.

Culture Watch

Flannery O'Connor's disorienting fiction
Amidst the joy of celebrating the coming of the Child at Christmas, many of us are caught up in the bustle of holiday travels, shopping sprees, and plans to serve those less fortunate.
Books for pleasure and meaning.
Ordinary experience and extraordinary insight.
Small groups and the renewal of the church.
Groups that work.
Public forgiveness and TV Scandal.
The Vigilantes of Love's views on the American Dream

Departments

Three American soldiers committed suicide in the first few months after U.S. forces arrived in Haiti in September 1994.
Providing refuge for homeless families
Hunched over his mop, backbone like knotted cord
Reflections on the revised common lectionary (November 27 - February 12, 1995)
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
When in doubt, have a party. Our editor, Jim Wallis, spent October on the road doing a promotional tour for his new book, The Soul of Politics.

Between the Lines