The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

From sit-ins against sweatshops to lobbying against religious persecution, many students today are proving themselves to be anything but apathetic.
Students on numerous campuses are lobbying for living wage policies.
Students are discovering that, by serving others, the receive more than they give.


Ordinary people could bring about a more just society. But to do so, we have to work together. An interview with sociologist William Julius Wilson.
Generous Christians and other people of good will can end the scandal of poverty. But will we?
The poor are always with us. The questions is what we do about it.
What will it take to build a humane global economy?
Beginnings and endings are important.


The price of a Marshall Plan for the Balkans would be less than the costs of indefinite military occupation.
The message of the Illinois shooting: Race matters.
Jubilee 2000 and the debt debate.
It's now or never for East Timor.
Moving from a "welfare state" to a "welfare society."


The emergence of the term "faith-based organization" in political discussion (and its acronym FBO) may signal one of the most significant new developments in American public life.

The continuing scandal is summed up in a 1997 Gallup Poll: The Christian church remains the one "highly segregated" major institution of American public life.

Notes from a new generation

Culture Watch

The spiritual vision of Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keefe, and Andy Warhol.
By now the Littleton, Colorado high school massacre has become the cultural Rorschach test for the new millennium.
A Y2K reference for "just in case."
The multi-faceted nature of ethics.
Annie Dillard's unsentimental view of God in the world.
What makes this holy fool tick?
The irreverent offerings of "This American Life.'
Quirky, intelligent music from Belle and Sebastian.


A poem for my grandfather.
Urban gardens bring hope to the city.
Call to Renewal welcomes new staff.
Bringing people together.
Some things come through planning. We planned to excerpt Ron Sider's forthcoming book Just Generosity, and for Jim Wallis to interview Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson.