The Common Good

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Cover Story

Developing a common agenda to make abortion rare.


Will progressive evangelicals please stand up and be counted?
Evangelicals build bridges for racial reconciliation.
How to pray for healing.
Healing in the presence of God and community.
Chiapas unrest is international in scope.
Murder victims' families stand against the death penalty.


Can the words "Christian" or "faith" appear in proximity to political issues? And if they do, what should they mean?
In the early days of the Gulf war, ABC's Nightline took a break from round-the-clock coverage of lit-up skies and talking dignitaries and shifted its attention to MTV...
Oregon voters approved Measure 16, becoming the first state to permit physicians legally to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill persons who have less than six months to live.
Can Christians learn how to disagree without being disagreeable? As we enter the political arena, can we learn to differ without trashing those who disagree with us?


Europe once fought a war for 100 years. For the first 100 days of the new Republican-controlled Congress, another war took place on Capitol Hill, and now promises to continue.

'Yesterday, it was like fire on glass," says Mary Etta of the sunrise we missed. We had missed them all.

"A group of women who have had abortions will be meeting" read the sign on the women's room wall. Immediately I knew I wanted to go. But why? I had never had an abortion.

I remember the moment when, as a new apprentice in a retreat center's vegetarian kitchen, I spotted the shelf of nuts in the storeroom.

About five years ago, when my husband and I were hosting a gathering from our parish, a member of the group made a comment that caused me to flush with humiliation and anger.

Recently, some spots on my face were diagnosed not as the distinctive markings of a rare intellect-which I had assumed them to be-but as a precancerous skin malady.

Culture Watch

The tribulation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
It's tough to be a conspiracy nut these days, because the conspiratorial worldview has gone positively mainstream. Nobody's sure anymore who's a nut and who's not.
The heart of Michael Lerner's vision
Building hope in the inner city of Boston
The balance of rights and responsibilities.
Frank Peretti and popular Christian fiction.
Twentysomethings' activism on campus.
Warren McCleskey's final statement set to music.
Star Trek's journey continues
The popular music world was abuzz in 1994 when a recording of music 15 centuries old (and recorded over the last two decades) ended up a big seller for the year.


Both the consistent life ethic and biblical feminism are foundational principles for Sojourners.
Anathoth Community Farms gives roots to activists resisting ELF.
Reflections on the common lectionary (May 7 - June 25, 1995)
Both the consistent life ethic and biblical feminism are foundational principles for Sojourners.

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