The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Big Money's assault on democracy is even worse than you think.


Rita Dove balances creative solitude with a public vocation.
Threat to Religion
The church in China is finding new openness--but only when the state says so.
The biblical vision of Sabbath economics.


The post-Cold War dream of a world free from nuclear weapons had a rude awakening this May.
Or just in need of repair?
Unholy alliance pushes more than religious freedom.
The death penalty is nothing more than revenge.
'Star Wars' just won't go away.
A tour of Sojourners Online.


Once upon a time, I lived on a farm in the mountains of western North Carolina. I had a
garden...of sorts.

When we made the decision to take our older two children out of public school, my
husband and I felt it was the only real choice we had.

Some days ago I received an unexpected call from Lima, Peru. A brother Franciscan there told me that Olga Valencia had died and, knowing of my friendship with her, he had attended the funeral.

Young people are the keystones of any culture. Youthful energy is needed to get work
done in society.

Jury duty is one of those responsibilities of citizenship that reminds us that the
American justice system is the best in the world.

Culture Watch

Greenbelt is no melting pot; rather, more than a rich stew, it is a smorgasbord of spiritual, cultural, and personal experiences.
When he died, Dr. Benjamin Spock had been a household name for more than 50 years. His book Baby and Child Care, first published in 1946, coincided with the first swell of the baby boom.
Billy Graham's walk with the Lord.
New visions of the body of Christ.
The danger of "men with guns."
Michael Moore's irreverent tour of American industry.
Lorrena McKennitt's musical and spiritual guidance.
Bernardin's journey of faith.
Within the Christian tradition, rarely is a concept more misunderstood than prophecy. Unfortunately, this misinterpretation wreaks havoc on our society in the form of doomsday soothsayers, apocalyptic dreamers, and militant revolutionaries.


When generations stand together, a movement is strengthened.
What is a Call to Renewal Roundtable?
Faithfulness. For the unnamed "young girl" in the story of Naaman, it meant trusting in God’s healing power. For Amos, it was speaking truth when it would have been safer to keep quiet.
This issue has the final "Signs & Wonders" column from contributing editor Joyce Hollyday.