The Common Good

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Cover Story

Lessons from the life of an activist preacher. An excerpt from the new.


Faith-based community organizing is taking off---with benefits for both community and church.
The East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC) literally have rebuilt an entire community by securing the funding to erect 2,300 single family homes in a devastated section of Oceanhill-Brownsville...
Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), a faith-based organizing network in Baltimore, won the first municipal living wage ordinance in the country in 1994.
Memories of the archbishop on the 20th anniversary of his assassination.
Reading the Bible in the new millennium.
E.J. Dionne talks about God, politics, and the American experiment.
Actually, even in Nicaragua, revolutionary fervor isn't what it used to be.
Issues of honor and shame permeate Paul's letters.


The Net war on privacy
Census 2000 and a changing America.
I now understand 'Christian nation' in a whole new way.
True or false: The Bible has no place in school.
Ed Koch and Al Sharpton find common cause.


The real story in Seattle was not the violence of demonstrators nor the misbehavior of police.

If those who know me really knew me, what would they think of me?

Developing a willingness to see and be seen is not easy work.

I am personally against dogs having credit cards.

Culture Watch

A surprising ally in the moment clean up politics.
An entrepreneur's paradise?
Something new entered history on November 30, 1999.
Reclaiming the gift of time.
The searching words of Ben Harper
Music to afflict the comfortable.
Mixing the spiritual and the cinematic.
Kevin Smith's irreverent Dogma.


I have been in the House of Yahweh.
Women's project leads to transformation.
In the new millennium, faith will be known by action. We need to break through the individualistic and privatized approach to spirituality and reconnect with real community.