The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

From the strength of our church traditions has come a new ecumenical spirit for the 21st century.
Evangelical and ecumenical have been terms unfortunately divided. The "evangel" is the uniter.
M y son Daniel asks me when he will have a bar mitzvah like our friend’s son.
Jim Wallis has done an outstanding job of describing the new ecumenism that is fostering dialogue among black, mainline Protestant, Catholic, evangelical, and Pentecostal churches.
A few years back, after the Berlin Wall had fallen, George Bush was talking about a new world order.
Change agents often wish to make the church over in an ideal image, and prematurely herald new Pentecosts.


In the midst of contradictions, challenges, and divisions, Western believers and Muslims meet.
Truth-telling and the healing of South Africa.


The addiction of campaign money.
Hong Kong churches prepare for July1.
The struggle for quality schools.
Lawyers push for end to executions.
Care needed in "corporate welfare."
Mac Charles Jones: an appreciation.


The nation’s social welfare policy is changing dramatically, and the religious community will play a vital role in the transition to something new.

It had been several years since I'd visited New York City.

The hardest mothering of all is to give your children their own existence.

Ecumenism will happen not so much as a result of doctrinal discussions, but through real-life activities on behalf of a suffering world.

The loaves and fishes in the Bible story of the "feeding of the five thousand" (a major sandwich-making operation) should spring to mind whenever hungry people congregate.

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Culture Watch

The mass audience message is on the front page: "Rosenberg spied."
Theologian Douglas John Hall's systematic approach.
Icons invite seekers into the mystery of faith.
The long and winding journey of Dr. Joycelyn Elders
Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life on video.
Billy Bragg's music adapts to life's changes.
Strategies to end the civil rights movement in the '60.
Two March events consistently wreak havoc on my Lenten disciplines: the March Madness of NCAA men’s basketball and the annual Academy Awards ceremonies.
Since 1991, Douglas John Hall has published three large volumes designed to provide an essentially systematic theological statement that reflects the North American context. 


In the spirit of St. Francis, the SouthWest Environmental Equity Project works for the poor and the Earth.
A nationwide "Pentecost for the Poor"
Volunteer Opportunities
Put God’s saving justice first, says Jesus (Matthew 6:33).
Northern cardinal chips away at the blue light
Sometimes (well, occasionally) the words and image that we put on our cover come together quickly, seemingly with little effort on our part.