The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

How to topple Saddam Hussein—nonviolently.


Recently a newspaper in Washington, D.C., carried a four-part series titled "Black Money."
For Louisiana writer Ernest Gaines, home is the place where you're torn between the difficulty of leaving and the terror of staying.
Imagine a packed elementary school auditorium and only an hour between hundreds of kids and summer vacation. "Peace" isn't the word that comes to mind.
A Bible study on health, healing and justice.
Against all odds, Palestinian Christians seek resurrection in Bethlehem.


How could anyone have gotten so out of touch with physical reality?
Attacks in both East and West Jerusalem damage and demoralize—but they're not the same.
What's happening in the religion-and-labor movement?
A victory for vouchers - but who wins?


‘ Hear this, you that trample on the poor and take from them their jobs and
retirement funds.

At Wimbledon in 2002, tennis great Serena Williams was asked how it felt to be
number one in the world.

Those of you just back from vacation might need a quick reminder about the state of the world. It's not good.

Culture Watch

Two Roches and Zero Church
I'm reluctant to mouth off about something like the 30th anniversary of the Watergate break-in and all that followed. It makes me feel old.
Leaving out my all-time favorites Carlos Santana and John Coltrane, whom I've written about for Sojourners, here are a few cultural artifacts I'm currently excited about.
"Fantasy is what people want, but reality is what they need.
Chris Rice, a former columnist for Sojourners, chronicles in Grace Matters: A True Story of Race, Friendship, and Faith in the Heart of the South his years living in Antioch...
Father John McNamee is a priest in the Philadelphia 'hood with a tough job.
Spokane Indian Sherman Alexie often snaps "that's personal" during interviews, yet the characters in his books and films closely follow his own life growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation...
What's the sound of a policy wonk clapping? I don't know.
John H. Timmerman's incisive look at poet Jane Kenyon could use a snappier title because, more than a "literary life," it is a quintessential modern American spiritual journey.


(Based on Mark 7:24-30)
Word and World : Tucson, Arizona : Nov. 9-16, 2002
Employment Opportunities
'Nonviolent resistance isn't about making a point, it's about taking power." Even many people who believe deeply in nonviolence might be taken aback by the bluntness of such a statement.