The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Dianna Ortiz's Vigil for Truth.
On Palm Sunday, March 31, 1996, Sister Dianna Ortiz stood in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, and for the first time spoke in public of the most difficult parts of her torture.
Entries from the log kept at the vigil.
When the reporter asked, “Why do you believe Sister Dianna’s story?” I replied without hesitation.


A Georgia community provides a place at the welcome table.
An interview with author Dennis Covington
Kentucky Abolitionists in the antebellum South.


When President Clinton vetoed a bill this spring that would have banned a specific method of late-term abortion, many people were outraged.
South Africa grapples with reconciliation.
A new moment for Latino politics.
Why does the West ignore Africa until crisis strikes?
Churches stand against arson attacks.
Beyond the hype of voluntary simplicity.


If the opening campaign ads from the
Democrats and Republicans are any indication, it could be a
long fall.

It may be the most creative thing that’s ever happened in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.

Catholic religious congregations these days find themselves in uncharted waters as they increasingly move toward internationalizing their communities.

Life before white sugar probably was pretty

One day in early May I left Sojourners Neighborhood Center for about an hour to run to the post office and the bank.

Culture Watch

James MacMillan's operas draw on liturgical roots.
Jane Siberry's venture into jazz and rebirth.
The joys and limits of freedom.
Where the immigration debate hits home.
Narrative and nonviolence in the biblical story.
A Palestinian Christian theology.
John Dear's Peace Behind Bars.
For weeks this spring I was obsessed with the (alleged) Unabomber.


In a divided city, the dinner table can be a meeting place.
September event will bring together Spirit and action.
Transitions Abroad. Hear Our Voices. 500 Years of Chicano History.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A.
Washington, D.C., is a town with more than its share of vigils, marches, and demonstrations.
Washington, D.C., is a town with more than its share of vigils, marches, and demonstrations.