The Common Good

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Why the church and the labor movement belong together.
AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney talks about his priorities.
Seminarians are learning about another aspect of church members' lives.
For a century and a half, workers and church people have organized together.
From City Council to Rodeo Drive: campaigning for a living wage in Los Angeles.
Why New York churches are resisting workfare.
Only the rank and file can bring real and lasting change.
Baldemar Velasquez settles in for the long haul on behalf of cucumber pickers in the South.
Even church institutions can lose sight of human needs.
Support grows for a shorter work week.
Despite anti-union violence, the United Farm Workers persevere in organizing strawberry pickers.
Clergy in the Twin Cities are making economic justice a priority
Suggestions and questions to encourage faithful engagement with labor issues.
There is a key spiritual gift that the church may bring to labor struggle: pastoral care.
Since its founding in 1994, the People of Faith Network has organized targeted campaigns to educate religious people about the conditions under which the clothes they buy are made.
The Detroit-based monthly newsletter Labor Notes has emerged as the networking center for the labor reform movement.
Looking for information on strikes, boycott lists, religious statements on worker issues, stories of labor movement heroes, or watchdog information on corporations?
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice


This morning's Washington Post said it is a "workers' market." A booming U.S.
Sadly, kids killing kids isn't anything new.
Northern Ireland lurches toward peace.
Southern Baptists and the subordination of women
Power politics vs. the poor
The HMO system cries out for reform.


This summer I taught two weeklong courses, one in western Canada and one in the
American Southwest.

At midnight on May 21, I fell to the floor screaming when I learned that Krista Hunt
Ausland, my best friend for 24 years, had plunged to her death in a bus accident in

Put aside the Holy Scriptures for a while and read God's first
revelation—nature itself. Such was the advice offered some
years ago by a profound, Christian thinker.

Jesus' words as he wept over Jerusalem are probably more compelling today than ever: "If this day you only knew the ways that make for peace..." (Luke 19:42).

Morning in Washington, D.C.

Culture Watch

A library of progressive politics
When I began writing this column, way back in the second Reagan term, I held a certain spirit of optimism about the possibilities of American popular culture
During every presidential election since George McGovern's failed bid in 1972, I have argued that progressives could build a successful coalition and reassert authority.
An evangelical primer on decisive moments
Eugene Peterson's approach to spiritual growth.
The intimacy and poignancy of writing letters.
Carrie Newcomer's My True Name
A PBS documentary takes a personal look.
What can we learn from these films?
Music has many functions, worship included. But one of its primary roles is its ability to move people.


Sewer Pipes and Hope
A day of preaching compassion to Congress
Casa Juliana, a community dedicated to simple living, environmental sustainability, and social justice.
To be agents of the kingdom of God is a full-time occupation. It requires a whole-life commitment; it requires preparation and energy.
The sky shifts pinks of light through louvered fingers...
It rained and rained.
A basic principle of organizing is that a group of people with a common purpose can accomplish more than a single individual.