The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story


Blocking the Prayers of the Church
The Haymarket Square rebellion of 1886 was a watershed moment in the history of U.S. radicalism.
Rev. Daughtry's reflections on his ministry to Tupac Shakur show us the patience and tolerance for ambiguity required in the task of ministering to those wrapped up in what some call the "thug life."


Something new, real, and potentially very important is happening among several groups of white evangelicals.
Churches take a stand against sweatshops.
Serbia's surprising explosion of protest.
Churches and the environmental movement.
Churches plan nationwide Pentecost actions.


From welfare reform to overcoming poverty. A strategy for action.

If I had to choose one word to describe my friend Buddy
Gray, it would be relentless. He was an advocate on behalf of
homeless people in Cincinnati.

I live encircled by an eruv—though for weeks it was invisible to my eyes. I would not have known what I was seeing, had I noticed it.

The many communities that Father Jim Healy served during 35 years as a Catholic priest came together recently at his memorial service.

Yesterday I learned that a friend will be moving far away.

I saw God the other day at the supermarket.

Culture Watch

Father John Giuliani's Native American icon paintings.
Not many meaningful public rituals in America remain. 
An opportunity for more inclusive expressions in the church.
Overcoming death and the power of empire.
Faith, interpretation, and The Good Book.
The international movement to ban landmines.
The power of live recordings.
Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips build a bridge to the future.
Well known and respected folk singer U. Utah Phillips announced his retirement well over a year ago in a letter to friends.
David Helfgott's search for meaning.
Working on the new Sojourners environmental resource, Holy Ground, I have examined a large body of works on environmental theology.


From below, it looks like a young woman
Building relationship between people of faith and the workers' rights movement.
A moral and political agenda for 1997.
Volunteer Opportunities
Reflections on the revised common lectionary, cycle B.
Following President Clinton's signing of the federal "welfare reform" legislation last August, three top administration officials resigned in protest.