The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Where some have found headship, others see equal promise for women and men.


The wrong answer to the right question.
The social benefits of empowered parents.
Orthodox Christianity is rooted in eternity, a balm for today.
Church and State in Post-Soviet Russia.
Ted Turner's charity is on his own terms.
Discipleship is rooted in God's redeeming love


Labor activism as an expression of faith?
Churches meet to seek peace in Chiapas.
In the trenches, Lutheran-Episcopal communion goes on.
Under Israeli occupation, peace eludes Palestine.
Billy Graham and Martin Luther King: the road not traveled.
A consistent stand against persecution.


Several notes and e-mails commented on the mention of my then wife-to-be in my column
last month.

"From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view....This is from God, who...has given us the ministry of reconciliation."— 2 Corinthians 5:16, 18

"The hardest part in this is seeing the pain, not only the pain of those I love,
but the pain of everybody involved.

Whew! I was afraid it was hereditary, since my grandfather on my mother’s side had
a cousin who looked like a pool cue.

"...and Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; and
Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias...."

Culture Watch

Conversations about rock-and-roll music inevitably come up in my life. If the guitars and amp stored in my office don’t start it, the row of recent CDs on our living room bookshelf does.
Recovering our Jewish roots.
A "New Age" St. Paul explains.
Ritual markings of lifelong transitions.
A novel of staying awake to injustice.
The second coming of Salt of the Earth
Hollywood visits China.
The child martyrs of the civil rights movement.
Did you survive the holidays?


A chance for a new beginning.
How will your community participate in the second annual "Pentecost to Overcome Poverty"?
Just Who is Transformed? Psalm 99; Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43
The book of the Persian poet covered in red amber promises riches, gold that filters through the cracks...
Tufa twists into the sky...
Several people from Sojourners attended the October 1997 Promise Keepers' "Stand in the Gap" gathering here in Washington, D.C.