The Common Good

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(And Why Being Good is Good for Business).
The body of literature on business ethics is growing rapidly. Here are some resources that treat the subject soundly without making it seem that ethical decision-making is simple.
A growing number of Web sites focus on business ethics. Inc. Online’s Ethics Corner features links to articles on business ethics for Inc. magazine
As the old moral infrastructure crumbles, will faith take its place?
Jack Feldbaile, CEO of a large firm, describes a business decision that he feels highlights the tensions he faced as a Christian in business.
Many corporations in the global marketplace have severed their social contract with workers and local communities.
Participants in conversations about corporate responsibility and wages often use the same words to mean entirely different things.
Judy Wicks sees her restaurant, the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, as an experiment in bringing business and social responsibility together.
Ten principles for saving a corporate soul---and (who knows?) maybe your own.
Founded by a handful of Oklahoma farmers in 1903, family-owned First Bethany Bank & Trust recalls some of the finest traditions of small-town business.


Labor activists and people of faith rally around 'core values.'
To be a contemplative has traditionally meant leaving the city for a quiet life of prayer.
To be a woman of faith in the midst of the city, I was forced to develop a contemplative stance. I am naturally pulled toward God in the midst of nature.
I do not view myself as a contemplative. I’d say that I am a "seeker" of God. This seeking has been a lifelong process.
Mark's gospel offers an antidote to domesticated, superficial Christianity.


Who would you choose as Person of the Millennium?
After the test ban vote, what next for the peace movement?
Putting a price on pollution.
Nyerere, Africa's father of independence.
Artists and believers have something to talk about.
Why the living wage campaign is working.


The breakfast table was covered with birthday cards decoratively labeled "50," which meant somebody in our home had crossed the half-century mark. But who?

The Spice Girls won't be remembered. Martin Luther King will.

Are we only liberated from something or are we also liberated into something?

A school system cannot hope to solve school violence simply by increasing security.

Culture Watch

A modern pilgrim walks an ancient path.
Get out the garlic! Hef is back. That was the gist of a series of articles last summer and fall chronicling the return to the limelight of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner.
Will Campbell's 'scandalizing' faith.
Capturing sorrow with hope.
A movement for a fair economy.
Listening for God's voice.
Bishop Belo's struggle for freedom in East Timor.
The harsh glare of life on the streets.


Food---and much more---for the poor.
50 Years of Good News (on the Radio)
Bringing people together.
What's good for General Motors---and other megacorporations---isn't necessarily good for the rest of us.