The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

The inward-outward journey of Mary and Gordon Cosby. An Interview.
Mary Cosby tells the story of writing in her journal that Gordon "sauntered into his 80th year with a new call."
Fifty years of preparation for a future of faithfulness.


"The Christian life--and especially the contemplative life--is a continual discovery of Christ in new and unexpected places." -- Thomas Merton, Trappist monk
A Middle East reflection
Redemption lies in the way of the cross.


The news is nothing but good on Wall Street, where life continues to be one wild, exciting ride.
Teresa, Di, and the search for meaning
NATO expansion a recipe for insecurity
Congress takes over the nation's capital.
Celebrating Dorothy Day's 100th
Land mine ban moves forward--without the U.S.


St. Augustine said there is a God-shaped hole in the human

For people in Shreveport, Louisiana, Christian Service (CS) represents different things.

A unique faith community gathered recently in Washington, D.C., to celebrate its Silver Jubilee.

For quite a few winters now, I have watched a great joy of mine turn slowly into sadness: No one writes letters anymore, a fact that is especially noticeable at Christmas card time.

When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under...

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NAFTA) has finally revealed which of the three astronauts was responsible for most of the trouble on board the space station Mir.

Culture Watch

The subversive nature of oral history.
The defining cultural struggle of the early 21st century will be between the local and the global. This is already familiar ground in this column.
Young girls tell of the Holocaust.
Cuban music beats the embargo.
The film industry and presidential violence.
The arts and the churches' vocation. Second of two parts.
Checking out the fall TV line-up, I was overwhelmed with nostalgia when I saw that the Walt Disney Co.


A Peruvian school teaches possibility.
But there is hope in working together.
As part of a worldwide boycott of all old-growth redwood products, the World Stewardship Institute is urging faith communities to ban the use of redwood in the construction of worship facilities.
Advent, 1996
Proper preparation for the incarnation does not include counting down the remaining shopping days 'til Christmas.
During the early '70s, some of the people involved with the founding of Sojourners Community and magazine went on a road trip from Chicago  to Washington, D.C.